FAIRBANKS — For the past 35 years, spending time behind the counter at Somethin’ Special has become a tradition for the Bertrand family.
The gift shop, which first opened at Shopper’s Forum in 1977, has become a reliable destination for local shoppers. Working there also became a rite of passage for owner Myrna Bertrand’s three daughters and their children.
“We’ve had three generations working in the store, on and off,” said one of those daughters, Stacia Koshak, sitting in a back room at the store. “As soon as they were old enough, they were here.”