From the Malfunction Junction to Northland Wildlife Studio

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006


  Gloria and Roger Ager at their new Northland Wildlife Studio in Sterling.

Gloria and Roger Ager at their new Northland Wildlife Studio in Sterling.

They’re still looking for the bear that use to provide many Kodak moments for visitors and shoppers at the Malfunction Junction near the “Y” in Soldotna, but Malfunction Junction entrepreneurs Gloria and Roger Ager have now opened the new Northland Wildlife Studio in Sterling. “We got the original name from a book in the Soldotna Library by homesteader Elsa Peterson and she said that in the late 1940’s one of the first women’s groups were formed in Soldotna and they called themselves ‘The Malfunction Junction Stitch and Bitch Club’ and we thought the Malfunction Junction would be a great name for an Alaskan made gift store,” explained Gloria.

Roger Ager is a professional taxidermist who mounts a lot of bears as well as fish and a lot of big game shoulder mounts. Roger has also moved his shop to the new Northland Wildlife Studio in Sterling. The spacious Wildlife studio comes alive with a beautiful array of Alaskan furs and native crafts, “The furs we get from a fur dealer here in Sterling and my former landlord at the Malfunction Junction Lee Martin still makes all our fur products such as slippers, and we also feature many Soldotna artists like John Nelson who does our carved birds and the salmon and fish plates are by Claudia Nickerbocker, bowls by Patsy and Ted Archer and we are very much an Alaskan made gift store with primarily local craftspeople from the Peninsula,” said Ager.

Gloria says she had no previous retail experience until she opened the Malfunction Junction six years ago and prior to that she had worked for the State of Alaska with the Welfare to Work program. “We love our new store and location because we live here and love the Sterling community so it’s great to have both our businesses here too,” added Gloria. Visit the Ager’s Northland Wildlife Studio anytime you’re looking for a unique Alaskan made gift or decorative item for you home. They’re open during the winter Monday through Saturday 10:30am to 6:00pm, or call 262-3199.

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