Brown & Hawkins

Outdoor fun of all types
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Lots of Orca pods in the Bay
We are surrounded by Glaciers!
Breaching humpbacks in our front yard !

Experiences of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Brown & Hawkins has served the needs of Locals & Visitors in Seward, AK's since 1903. We are in the heart of historic downtown Seward, just 1 block from the Bay. We have 2 stores that offer a unique assortment of outdoor gear & apparel, handmade goods, gifts & other unique treasures.

Seward is a quaint Alaskan town nestled between rugged mountains and the sparkling Resurrection Bay. There is fantastic hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, whale-watching, glacier viewing and so much more to do all season right from our doorstep.

About Brown & Hawkins

Charles E. Brown, a young banker from Montreal, Canada met T. W. Hawkins, a young merchant from Roanoke, Virginia during the Nome Alaska gold rush of 1898. Brown and Hawkins became fast friends who played an important part in establishing the banking and mercantile systems currently serving central Alaska.

Brown and Hawkins partnership began in Valdez, Alaska in 1900. They came to Seward townsite in 1903 to serve as banker and merchant for the building of the Alaska Central Railroad. The large Mosler safe and vault can still be seen in the back of the store.

In 1912 Brown and Hawkins chartered the SS Bertha. It was loaded with general merchandise, a gold scale and a big iron safe. This inventory was to serve the needs of the trappers and miners. The SS Bertha was sent up the Cook Inlet into the mouth of Ship Creek. To protect the ship from the strong inlet tides it was firmly anchored on the mud flats. Thus the coined name “Anchorage.”

Brown and Hawkins eventually separated the banking operations from the mercantile operation of their stores. The Bank of Seward and the Bank of Anchorage were created by this separation. Charles F. Brown was the president of both banks. The Bank of Seward was absorbed by the First National Bank of Anchorage and the Bank of Anchorage has become the Alaska State Bank.

Charles Brown died in 1929 and T. W. Hawkins in 1946.

The Brown and Hawkins Store was one of the oldest continually operated businesses in Seward. It was also the oldest store in Alaska under the same ownership. T. W. Hawkins’s son James Hawkins took it over from his father and then passed it to his daughter Virginia Darling (Hawkins.) Virginia’s son Hugh Darling and his wife Iris ran it until 2013. Cliff & Linda took over in 2017.

An extensive history of the founders is on display in the store along with the old brass cash register and of course the “old bank vault.”

The Employee Experience

Seward is one of the most beautiful places that you will ever have the opportunity to live in. It offers everything from the water to the land that you could hope for- boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, dog-mushing, flightseeing, whale watching. You name it. It is here. 

Seward is nestled between the Resurrection Bay and Kenai Mountain Range. You will see it all from your doorstep here: from Humpback whales bubble-net feeding, to rafts of Sea Otters preening and grooming in the Sun, to Brown Bears pulling Salmon right out of the Rivers. We have some of the best Salmon runs on the Kenai Peninsula. And you don't have to walk further than a quarter of a mile to hike some of the most picturesque and pristine mountain trails!


Ideal Candidate

Happy, engaged, curious, full of life, professional, generous, energetic, mindful.

Room and Board

We can help locate housing and give you insight into whom you should contact and where to look. 

Employee Perks

Full/Part Time & Seasonal Benefits:

  • Generous Employee Purchase Program and Family Purchase Events
  • Summer Season Bonus payable upon successful completion of Season and Contract.
  • Free or discounted trips with Local Tour Companies

Getting Here and Getting Around

There is a Bus Service and Train Service from Anchorage to Seward during specific periods of time. There is a Free shuttle around town during certain periods of the Summer season. There is taxi service available as well.  A bike will get you most places you want to go in Seward. 

If the opportunity presents itself, we encourage you to take the Train ride down to Seward or from Seward to Anchorage just for the experience! You will ride right through the heart of the Peninsula and see why so many of us came for a Summer and never left. 

For Fun

Seward offers an unbeatable year-round quality of life environment to attract residents, visitors and employees. The spectacular mountain and bay scenery, with abundant land-based and marine wildlife coupled with immediate access to pristine areas for hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, cross country skiing, snow machining, camping, fishing, white water rafting, dog mushing, sea kayaking, cold water scuba diving, and other outdoor activities make the City of Seward a year-round outdoor playground for all ages.

How to Apply

Please click on the Apply Here button to complete our Contact Form & paste in your Resume. Once we receive, we will reach out to you to set-up a phone call to chat. For the Candidates that we wish to move forward with, we will set up a Skype Interview. The entire hiring process usually takes about 2 weeks.

We look forward to chatting with you and sharing our love of Seward, Alaska with you!

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