JUNEAU - Balance Climbing, a new climbing gear and yoga store, has opened at 1308 Eastaugh Way, near the Rock Dump climbing gym in Thane.
The shop is run by four climbing friends: Jeremy Hansen and Tyler Gress, owners; Brandon Howard, who also works at the climbing gym, and Hunter Brown, a climber the shop sponsors.
Gress said that Balance is intended to be a climbing community resource as well as a gear shop. It will be open 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Its grand opening at the gym, 5 p.m. tonight, will include a climbing competition.