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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

2018 WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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he history of Two Dice Pawn Shop and Stella’s Superstore is really a love story. “A man that owned Two Dice was downtown and Ben became his silent partner,” Stella Carpenter said. “And then the next thing I knew,

we owned it, Ben tells me. We own it — a pawn shop.” Carpenter, 90, came to Alaska with her husband, Ben Carpenter Sr., in 1951. They traveled in their 1947 Chevy Convertible, with their 3-yearold daughter Omega. Seven years later, the couple’s son, Ben Jr., was born. They were “self-made people,” she said.

Two Dice Pawn Shop was located on Second Avenue when Ben Carpenter Sr. purchased it. Since then, the shop has been moved to its present location off Airport Way. “Whenever he started it was very small,” Carpenter said, “but once we got in it, it just mushroomed.” Carpenter grew up in Mississippi, where she worked in her

parents’ restaurant and met Ben. They got married with only $43 between them, Carpenter said, and they shared a hamburger and a glass of milk, something she does for their anniversary to this day. While she never planned to be in business, when they moved to the state Carpenter worked at the local co-op and she opened her own dry-clean-

ing business, The Alaska Cleaners, which she operated while helping at Two Dice until she decided to transition over entirely to the pawn shop. Carpenter said she hasn’t faced many issues being a woman working as a business owner. Even dating back to her time working in her parents’ CARPENTER » 5

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2018 Women in Business  

Special section highlighting woman who own or manage businesses in Fairbanks, Alaska

2018 Women in Business  

Special section highlighting woman who own or manage businesses in Fairbanks, Alaska

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