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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006

Businesses get nods for 'youth friendliness'

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Four Juneau businesses were nominated for the annual Youth Friendly Business Award, sponsored by Anchorage-based group Spirit of Youth.

Among the 12 statewide nominations were Juneau's Alaskan & Proud grocery, Southeast Waffle Co., Super Bear Supermarket and Sweet Dreams Teas.

The award honors businesses throughout Alaska that are recognized as being welcoming and responsive to the youth of their community. Spirit of Youth's Teen Action Council looks for businesses that treat youth customers with respect, support community activities for youth and hire youths and prepare them for future careers.

Cher Easley with Spirit of Youth said this year the group decided not to give one award away to a specific business, but to honor all nominees. A banquet was held in their honor on Saturday in Anchorage.

Easley said statewide celebrations will also be organized to honor the businesses, including in Juneau.

Architecture firm adds partner

Evelyn Rousso is joining NorthWind Architects as a principal architect and a partner in the firm.

NorthWind is a small Juneau-based firm that works on public projects. The firm's partner architect Sean Boily said Rousso was selected for her creative thinking and social awareness, and her focus on public projects and interior design.

Rousso has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the board of the Alaska Design Forum. Rousso has also taught architectural design at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Rousso has 16 years of architectural experience and has lived and practiced architecture in Juneau for the past seven years.

Boily said her addition to the firm will allow the company to take on more projects.

Hardware store to repair downriggers

Western Auto-Marine has an agreement with Scotty Plastic, maker of Scotty Downriggers, to service and repair its line of products.

Downriggers are devices attached to fishing rods to allow fishermen to troll their bait at a specific depth.

A space in the upstairs floor of the Lemon Creek store now carries parts needed for repairs and offers the service. General manager John Weedman said prior to his business expanding to accommodate this service, fishermen had to mail their broken merchandise to Sitka or elsewhere for repairs.

"It made sense for us to have the parts and fix them here," Weedman said. The manager does not expect to make too much profit on the new repair center, but use it to secure a firmer position in the supply and gear market.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. Contact him at

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