Business Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Mountain Gears moves

JUNEAU - Mountain Gears, formerly located at 126 Front St., has moved to 5445 Glacier Highway, in the building with the Wizard of Oz figures on top, in Lemon Creek.

Owner Hans Moser said his two main reasons for moving were a need for parking and a more centrally located spot. "My third one would be just reorganizing a little and being more efficient," said Moser.

Moser has owned Mountain Gears since 1993. The shop sells mountain bikes, road bikes and BMX bikes, and provides bicycle rentals, repairs and outdoor clothing. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The new phone number is 780-6002.

Dockside Jewelers changes hands

JUNEAU - Jack and Penny Trip decided to sell their business, Dockside Jewelers, so that they could have "a little down time."

Effective Jan. 1, the store was sold to Dave and Virginia Blaisdell, longtime Juneau residents, Penny Trip said. "We are going to start a new store, Pioneer Jewelers," she said.

The Trips founded Dockside at another location about 1978 and moved to the current location, 145 South Franklin St., in 1981.

"We are doing this so we can have some free time in the winter," Trip said. "Jack has never wanted Dockside to be closed seasonally, so this was a way to pass the store on to people who could provide the same level of service year-round."

Trip said Virginia Blaisdell is very adept at repairs and has been working for them part-time for the last three years. Trip said she was happy the store would have this continuity under its new owners.

Bookstore has new owners

JUNEAU - Rainy Day Books has new owners, Toni R. Birdseye and her husband Donald C. Birdseye. They continue to sell new, used and rare books and to buy books, Toni Birdseye said.

"Basically it's the same business," Birdseye said. "We are keeping the name. We have carried over all the credits from previous sales."

"My husband and I have both been book lovers for years and have spent a lot of time in and around bookstores although we never owned a bookstore before," she added. "We enjoy the authors, the different subjects and the public." There are 15,000 books in stock.

The Birdseyes visited from Texas in July when they heard the store was for sale. "My husband has always wanted to live in Alaska," she said. "We liked the quaint and homey style of the store. We liked the town of Juneau. And we liked the beautiful location."

Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 to 5 on Saturday. For details, call 463-2665 or drop by 113 Seward St.

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