Landmark Seward business as old as the town is closing


From the Seward Phoenix-Log: The oldest business in Alaska run continuously by the same family is closing. Brown & Hawkins, founded in 1904 in Seward, started out operating from a platform tent and has been in its current buildings since 1906, surviving even the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and tsunami.

Iris and Hugh [Darling] say it’s time to see what the outside world looks like after having been tied closely to the operation of the clothing, gift and candy emporium that in 1956 became known as the Brown & Hawkins Mall.

In the years since 1989, when they came to Seward to assist Hugh’s ailing mother, Virginia, the Darlings have only been away from Seward a handful of times. As Hugh says, “When you own three 100-year-old buildings you don’t have much spare time.” 

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