Business tours show spirit of community

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Soldotna Community Schools recently celebrated the real meaning of community education by hosting tours of three of our local businesses. Frames and Things, Mykel's and Safeway all took time from the work they do every day to make our lives better and more enjoyable to give local residents, of all ages, a look "behind the scenes."

Thanks to Manager Brian Erwin and Assistant Manager Gayle McIntire of Frames and Things, we learned there is much more to framing than the artistic value, some tips and ideas about how to frame specific types of pictures and how to choose the accessory parts of the framing process.

Mykel's owners Kevin and Alice Paulson and chef Denise McCamon gave us a "sneak peek" at their small, well-organized kitchen, shared ordering tips and told where they get some of their great menu ideas.

Bakery Manager Diana Lewis introduced us to department managers of our local Safeway store and shared some "Did you knows?" For example, Soldotna Safeway is the management training store for all of Alaska. Did you know that the salads on the soup-salad bar are made from scratch? Did you know the bakery makes their frosting from scratch 50 to 100 pounds at a time?

All the folks who joined the tours know more now about each business and we can all make better, more educated decisions when we take advantage of what they have to offer our community.

Thanks to Frames and Things, Mykel's and Safeway for sharing with our community once again and for their ongoing support of the Soldotna community and especially their partnership with Soldotna Community Schools.

Rosie Reeder, Lead coordinator, Soldotna Community Schools

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