From Hard Nails to Hard Candy: Kobuk’s roots in Historic Kimball Building

Housed in The Kimball Building, one of the first commercial buildings in

Anchorage, The Kobuk has become a “must: stop for four generations of Alaskans. Built in 1915 as home to Irvin Kimball’s family and a general store supplying the necessities of frontier life, the wood frame building survived the Great Quake of 1964. By 1965, Irvin’s daughter, Decema Kimball, was running the store and sublet a third of the building to her good friend Patsy James. James started Goldpan Gifts and later added the name “Kobuk Coffee Co” when she turned her specialty to fresh roasted coffee beans, tea and porcelain. The Bonito family purchased the Kobuk business in 1993 and began an 18-year business relationship with Mrs. Kimball, eventually purchasing the building from her heirs in 2002.