Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2007

New coffee business opens downtown

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JUNEAU - The Rendezvous Bar has opened a new coffee business, Rockfish Roasters, which will serve coffee at the downtown bar during business hours. The downtown bar is owned by Erik Emert, Deb Barry and Ethan Billings.

Drinks can also be delivered for a charge to businesses and homes in the downtown area.

The Rendezvous is at 184 South Franklin St. For more information or to place an order, call 586-1270.

Treat shop reopens

JUNEAU - Andrea Mogil this week reopened Pie in the Sky, a shop that serves treats, drinking chocolate and espresso beverages at Costa's Diner in Merchants Wharf.

The Chilkat Cone Kitchen, which serves ice cream, also was reopened. It is run by Tony Tengs.

Mogil said she has added options to the drinking chocolate menu and has also received a shipment of chocolates by Michel Cluizel, El Rey and Domori, representing the best of the chocolate Mogil has tried while traveling this past year.

The diner is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sundays it is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed Tuesdays.

Nominations sought for family-friendly employers in Juneau

JUNEAU - Partnerships for Families and Children, United Way and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce are seeking nominations for "Family Friendly Employers of the Year." Juneau's top employers that help workers balance work and family life will be honored during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon April 19.

Studies have shown that family-friendly policies and procedures are mutually beneficial for both employer and employee.

Businesses gain rewards of higher retention rates, productivity and positive community response by offering pre-tax deductions for child care, flexible work hours or allowing a child to come to work.

Nomination forms can be downloaded at and faxed to 789-1239.

They are due by April 9. For more information, call the Association for the Education of Young Children, Southeast Alaska at 789-1235, Ext. 110.

Home business class offered Wednesday

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center is hosting a class, "Operating A Home Business," on Wednesday. Participants will learn about setting up efficient office space, keeping work and personal life separate, managing time and staying organized. General information on tax issues, zoning and insurance issues also will be provided.

The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the conference room on the third floor of the Juneau Empire building. Registration is required in advance by calling 463-3789. The cost is $25, but scholarships are available for low-income participants.

The center offers free, confidential business counseling for new, aspiring and established business owners. It is a program supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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