Business Digest

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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

Alaska Foto Fun moves into Mendenhall Mall

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Alaska Foto Fun received better exposure after participating in an arts fair held at the Mendenhall Mall during the Christmas shopping months of November and December, said co-owner Christine Tolman.

The owners liked it so much that it prompted the store's move into the mall last month. Alaska Foto Fun was previously located in Lemon Creek near Capital Arms.

The shop specializes in printing personal photos on hats, mugs, mouse pads, posters and other items. They also print logos on goods and create vinyl stickers known as "car tattoos" for vehicles.

The business started in Wrangell in 2002 but the owners decided to move to Juneau where they could bring in more customers. They opened the Lemon Creek store in July.

Tolman said she hopes to expand the new store in the future.

Class offered on start-up businesses

"Starting Your Own Business," a two-evening class, will be offered by the Juneau Small Business Development Center starting next week.

Community professionals will share their knowledge of business start-up steps, marketing, record keeping, risk management, commercial banking, legal forms of business, and key elements to consider before starting a business.

Speakers include Stephen Sorensen with Simpson, Tillinghast, & Sorensen, P.C.; Ron Hulstein, accounting professor with the University of Alaska Southeast; Heather Mitchell with Alaska Pacific Bank; and Jackie Stewart with Juneau SBDC. The class will be held March 15 and March 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Classes will be in the Juneau Empire Building third-floor conference room. Registration is required in advance by calling 463-3789. The two-evening class is $35. Scholarships are available for low-income participants.

Shoefly to move for window exposure

Shoefly, a women's shoe store located across from downtown's Marine Park, is moving next door into the space previously occupied by the Kodiak Coat Co.

Co-owner Sydney Mitchell said the main reason for the move is to take advantage of the property's window frontage. Shoefly is currently tucked behind the Paradise Café.

The store also plans to expand its inventory with jackets from the Kodiak Coat Co. and five more brands of shoes. The new property is about 300 square feet larger then the current store that is 600 square feet.

The shop carries designer labels often found only in major metropolitan areas, Mitchell said. Some of their merchandise is purchased from the owners' trips to conventions in Las Vegas. Mitchell said often there are no sales representatives for Alaska; instead they are referred to the companies' international sales departments.

Shoefly plans to complete the move on April 1. Occupying the old store will be a boutique apparel shop, Mitchell said. Shoefly first opened its doors in May.

• 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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