Alaska Small Business Development Center

Resurrect Art Coffee House and Gallery

Seward’s Best Kept Secret:
Resurrect Art Coffee House and Gallery

Off the beaten path in Seward rests a picturesque church that has been lovingly renovated into a charming coffee house and art gallery, appealing to both locals and tourists who come across its welcoming atmosphere. Creative in her own right, Micheley Kowalski purchased this hidden gem in October 2015 and has worked to maintain the culture and sense of community that Resurrect Art Coffee House and Gallery provides to its patrons.

To ensure her business purchase went smoothly, Kowalski worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). On her entrepreneurial experience, she shared, “I feel very proud of our successes here at Resurrect Art Coffee House Gallery. I feel great about being a year-round business in our community and I think the small changes we’ve made to the business and structure are exciting. We’ve renovated the kitchen, added a soapstone masonry heater, and remodeled the belfry all in just the last few months. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the structure and we’re excited to be stewards of such a special building and business in Seward.

The SBDC helped me out as a new business owner from the very beginning – they were first there to help me sort out whether or not to even buy my business at all! They helped me figure out what I could afford and whether or not my plan was reasonable and sustainable. I was a brand-new business owner, with a lot of questions and concerns, and having their expertise to lean on was very helpful and reassuring.”

SBDC advisor, Cliff Cochran, says it best: “Micheley has done a great job creating a thriving business in one of the most iconic buildings in Seward.  The atmosphere she’s created at Resurrect Art is something truly unique and very special.  I’m proud of how she’s overcome every challenge she’s faced to establish such a vibrant and successful business.”

Connect with the “Rez Art” team on the business website and swing in to enjoy thought-provoking artwork, a crackling fire, a deliciously crafted beverage, and gorgeous view of Seward from the upstairs of this welcoming coffee house.