Peppermint leaves with a hint of lavender. The Kobuk is a piece of Anchorage history. Built in 1915 as home to Irvin Kimball’s family and a general store supplying the necessities of frontier life, the wood frame building survived the Great Quake of 1964. By 1965, Irvin’s daughter, Decema Kimball, was running the store and sublet a third of the building to her good friend Patsy James. James started Goldpan Gifts and later added the name “Kobuk Coffee Co” when she turned her specialty to fresh roasted coffee beans, tea, and porcelain.