Ekone Tinned Fish
Ekone Oyster Company was incorporated in 1982 by Nick Jambor and his wife, Joanne. They had already started farming oysters in Washington, where you can privately own intertidal ground. Nick built a wooden smokehouse for Joanne’s birthday, and they smoked a few oysters to enjoy. They experimented with brines and smoking times for the oysters, and found that their friends loved them. Nick and Joanne started taking their oysters to restaurants in Seattle, where they were popular also. It did not take long to rent a small space, upgrade the smokehouse and start producing more smoked oysters to keep up with the demand.