Founder and Co-Owner, The Islander Bookshop
Visit: http://melissahaffeman.com to learn more!
My family and I started The Islander Bookshop where my husband builds cabinet and hand-carves our sign and our little kids are learning how to alphabetize books and run the point of sale (which they think is just the best). After 17 years in the field of education, I pivoted my career and took the leap following my dream of opening a small business on Kodiak. My family and I are so grateful for our community's support of this little indie bookstore and the phenomenal staff which help craft the bookstore into a thriving resource for our island.
Co-Owner, The Islander Bookshop
I joined the bookstore team and became co-owners with Melissa in 2022. Born and raised on Kodiak, I come from a third-generation fishing family. After a decade off-island pursuing a career in the arts and design, I moved back to Kodiak in 2020 with my husband Chris and our three young boys. My involvement with the bookstore allows me to share my passion for creativity, art, community, and of course, the magnificence of Kodiak.
I’m a 4th generation Kodiak Alaska native.
I’m a lover of coffee, cats and art and my happy place is the Islander Bookshop.
Book Wall & Special Orders
Kasey Jo Wright
Bookstore Mocktail Queen
Judy Fine (a.k.a. Melissa's Mom)
Lead: Special Orders
You may know Judy from her years spent working at PKIMC Kodiak. She was the Long Term Care Administrator until her retirement in 2012. Fortunately, she came out of retirement to help her daughter, Melissa, with the special order process at the bookstore.