49 Voices: Tim Pominville of Eagle River

Download Audio

This week we’re hearing from Tim Pominville from Eagle River. We caught up with Tim in downtown Anchorage where he works at the Glacier Brewhouse.

Tim Pominville of Eagle River (Photo by Zoe Sobel, KUCB - Unalaska)
Tim Pominville of Eagle River (Photo by Zoe Sobel, KUCB – Unalaska)

I’ve been here just over a year and a quarter, but I love it.

I grew up in the mid-west – Minnesota, Wisconsin – went to Nashville for four years did some music industry stuff there. Loved it. And then I kind of wanted to just do some stuff where maybe learn a new craft, explore, and just see what I was made of, see what I could do. It just sounded fun and opposite of anything I’d ever done before.

You know, I really thought I was gonna first come up here and like get on a fishing boat. Try all these new things. The first job I ended up getting in the first two weeks was working for a meat market, Mike’s Meats in Eagle River. So I worked for him for two months, I learned a lot. And I never thought I’d come running back to the service industry. I really love bartending and restaurant management and I just found a home at Glacier Brewhouse in downtown Anchorage.

The first few months not knowing a whole lot of people I kind of shed a lot of my possessions and stuff. So that was the biggest humbling thing I would say, just rebuilding, but it was so liberating to know you could go anywhere with what was important to you. Just repave and rebuild.

If you’re a business minded person – if you got a great idea and it’s not being done up here you have a nice opportunity to share that and bring that to the community.

If you’re bored. If you’re bored in Alaska, I’m sorry but you’re probably just being lazy cause there’s always something to do.

Yeah, there are so many trails. And I still want to go on a big commercial fishing boat and I also want to fly and land in a plane that lands on water. I’ve never done that. I just can’t wait to do that.

Zoe Sobel is a reporter with Alaska's Energy Desk based in Unalaska. As a high schooler in Portland, Maine, Zoë Sobel got her first taste of public radio at NPR’s easternmost station. From there, she moved to Boston where she studied at Wellesley College and worked at WBUR, covering sports for Only A Game and the trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Previous articleMarijuana legalization in Alaska
Next articleManaging Global Insecurity