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Our Alaskan History


APRIL 14, 1985

We are Last Frontier born, from the efforts of two long time Alaskans, Ray and Larry, former Anchorage firefighters, who created a "working man's store" on 6th Avenue for the families, miners, trappers, fishermen, pilots, truckers and utility workers living Alaska's weather every day.    


Over three decades, Ray managed the store, while Larry provided the financial backing. 

Larry came to Alaska in 1956, like most folks back then, dirt poor and looking for work.  Over time, he became financially successful, though he was never one to brag about it.  He drove a regular guy's car, lived in a regular guy's house and he quietly supported charities that improved the lives of animals and children. He loved donkeys because he thought they were the most underappreciated of all animals.  In 2010, he started a private foundation and dedicated his wealth to continuing the support of his beloved charities long after he was gone.  

Larry passed on December 22, 2017 at the age of 96.  

Because he wanted to benefit Alaska, where he lived his life and made his wealth, Larry's estate purchased Ray's share of the business and converted it to an Alaskan retail co-op that any Alaskan could own.

Now, more than 240 Alaskan families and 18 Rural Alaskan Villages own 6th Avenue Outfitters Co-op.  

Its Alaska's hometown co-op, Frontier Born on April 1, 2018, 33 years after first opening its doors on 6th Avenue in Downtown Anchorage.