Business Digest

Posted: Friday, January 06, 2006

Capital Embroidery doubles floor space

Capital Embroidery, located downtown near the Alaskan & Proud grocer, is expanding its store to include women's and children's apparel and boots.

The store is doubling its size by more than 1,000 square feet by knocking down the wall and renovating the empty property next to it.

Owner Sunshine Hard said the expansion will be finished in February.

The business moved into its current space in April 2004. It offers several brands of working, casual and outdoor clothing, such as Carhartt, Red Ledge and Dickies. The business also features custom embroidery.

Former speaker seeks student internships

Former Alaska Speaker of the House of Representatives Gail Phillips is now in charge of developing an employer outreach plan for the state's Youth First Initiative.

Phillips will work with businesses throughout Alaska to create student internships and summer jobs for the state's youth, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

She will also place teachers in Alaska businesses and job training programs to help them "understand the challenges of today's workplace," a department release said.

The Youth First Initiative is a part of Gov. Frank Murkowski's "Alaska Hire" campaign to help local youths find in-state jobs and strengthen students' career courses.

In a written statement, Phillips said sectors may include transportation, construction, mining and energy.

Phillips served as executive director of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council since 2003.

Her employer liaison position will be located in Anchorage and funded under a $7 million grant the state recently received as part of the president's High Growth Job Training Initiative.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. If you know of any businesses opening, closing or relocating, or of other business-related news, please contact him at

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