By Kathleen Chambers
August 22, 2007
I conducted an experiment of my own and drove through downtown on several different days at several different times. What I noted, most overwhelmingly was the lack of customers in the jewelry stores. Places that had other things uniquely Alaskan, like Julies, were swamped busy, yet in most of the jewelry stores, the sales people were standing around. Enter one of these places and you are approached very quickly, often before you actually get in the door and some will not take "I'm just looking" for an answer.
It becomes immediately apparent
when you realize what stores are on the cruise ship "lists",
who is profiting here. I have talked to hundreds of tourists
from the ships and I hear one theme constantly repeating, "We
came to see Alaska and Ketchikan, NOT jewelry stores".
We have such a rich history and a beautiful land, why are we
wasting it on jewelry stores?
Received August 19, 2007 - Published August 22, 2007
About: "My husband Michael and I moved to Ketchikan a year ago for health reasons. We love it here and hope to make it our permanent home as we have already purchased a home here and are improving the property daily. We are both disabled but we enjoy going gold panning, beach hiking and meeting local people."
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