Business Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Alaskan Brewing releases Summer Ale

JUNEAU - Following the success of Alaskan Winter Ale, Alaskan Brewing Co. is releasing one of its most popular limited-edition or "rough drafts" as a summer season product. Alaskan Summer Ale has been brewed in small batches since 1997 and had been available only in Alaska.

"Our crew really wanted to bring this summer favorite back and share it with Alaskan fans everywhere," said Alaskan lead brewer Brent Kesey. The beverage is based on the traditional style of Kolsch beer brewed in Cologne, Germany, and fermented with the company's house yeast to give it a smooth, rounded flavor, Kesey said.

The packaging is intended to capture the vibrancy of summer in Southeast Alaska, said marketing manager Cindy Burchfield. "Orca whales are often seen playing in the waves along the Inside Passage inspiring us to feature them on the label and as our first figural tap handle," Burchfield said.

Alaskan Summer Ale will be on tap in May throughout Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, northern California and northern Nevada.

For details, call Kristi Monroe at 780-5866 or browse the Web site at

Gov. seeks nominations for exporter awards

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles is seeking nominations for the annual Governor's Exporter of the Year Award. This award honors Alaska companies that make important contributions to the state's economy by expanding their international operations. Gov. Knowles intends to honor two winners this year for the first time, by establishing separate categories for large and small exporters.

The state's Division of International Trade and Market Development will collect entries and assist the Governor in choosing the winner based on criteria such as new market development, quantifiable export growth, innovation and creativity, diversification of products/services, value added, and number of Alaskans employed.

Nominations are due April 25. Winners will be announced at a banquet May 23 at the Anchorage Hilton.

For details or an application, call Shelley James or Patricia Eckert, (907) 269-8110.

Boat show May 20-21 at mall

JUNEAU - The Nugget Mall's annual Used Boat Show will be in the mall's parking lot April 20 and 21. A $10 fee reserves a spot for the entire weekend.

Call 789-4439 or stop by the mall office to register.

Free yoga classes available

JUNEAU - The Rock Dump Indoor Climbing Gym is sponsoring free yoga classes four times a week. Instructor is Arianne Williams.

Hours are Wednesday and Friday, 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sundays, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Food, merchandise permits

JUNEAU - The Juneau Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for commercial and nonprofit vendor permits for food and merchandise sales in designated park locations for the 2002 season.

The permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Designated locations, fee information, insurance and Department of Environmental Conservation requirements are available upon request. The Alaska DEC requires vendors to obtain food service certificates. Contact Tom Park, DEC, at 465-5285. Nonprofit organizations are required to provide a copy of a 501 (c) (3) IRS form.

For details or to request an application, call Parks & Rec at 586-5226.

Put a photo on your cake

JUNEAU - The Gumdrop House now has the capability of copying a wedding photo and reproducing it in edible form for an anniversary cake. The same holds true for birthday photos and retirement events.

For details, call 789-7645 or drop by 9077 Hurlock St.

Beginning drawing scheduled

JUNEAU - Local artist Tisket Seslar will give a class in beginning drawing and pen and ink drawing, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 13, at The Art Department, at the Nugget Mall.

Class fee is $30 plus tax. To register, call 790-2787.

Salon offers permanent makeup

JUNEAU - Cuts Online Salon and Spa will offer permanent makeup through the services of Carla Hayes. Hayes is a licensed dermagraphics technician currently taking advanced education. She has 15 years of training in dermagraphics, micropigmentation and intradermal pigmentation.

Permanent makeup is cosmetic color applied beneath the surface of the skin to create accents that won't run, smear or rub off. It includes eyeliner and lipliner.

For client safety, Hayes uses sterile equipment that is discarded after each use. Topical anesthetics also are used.

Hayes is accepting appointments at Cuts Online, Monday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon. She is available to answer questions, distribute brochures and share before and after photos. For an appointment, call 586-8333.

Celebrating American Home Week

JUNEAU - Juneau realtors are joining in this year's observance of American Home Week, April 7-13. For 50 years, realtors across America have led their communities in this celebration of home ownership and private property rights.

Larry Telfer, president of the Southeast Alaska Board of Realtors, said this commemoration is "all about reminding realtors and citizens of our rights and responsibilities to work together in creating a positive community in which to live and work. As members of the Juneau community, we are more than just residents; we are agents for a constantly improving quality of life here."

Realtors subscribe to a National Association of Realtors code of ethics, and are encouraged to get involved in civic, social and patriotic activities in their communities.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the association established the Realtor Housing Relief Fund. The Southeast Board of Realtors contributed $3,800 to the fund that paid out more than $8.4 million in aid to 1,303 families struggling to pay their housing costs due to the disaster.

Research by the association indicates homeowners vote and volunteer their time for political and charitable causes more frequently than renters do. "Owning a home gives people greater reason to care and that helps us build better and stronger communities," Telfer said.

McDonald's boating safety program honored

JUNEAU - The owners of all 30 McDonald's restaurants in Alaska recently received the Region 8 "Award of Merit" from the National Water Safety Congress for their lifejacket incentive program. The award will be presented in Daytona Beach, Fla., on May 2. The NWSC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting recreation water safety in the United States.

Since 1998, McDonald's owners in Alaska have distributed and honored free ice cream cone certificates to help promote recreation water safety. During routine boating safety checks, the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, park rangers, harbormasters, and Coast Guard auxiliary volunteers distribute the certificates to kids under 16 if they are wearing lifejackets.

"I am very happy to see this recognition of this program, as it is extremely popular with boats in Alaska, and it represents a great partnership effort," said Sue Hargis of the Juneau Coast Guard office. "Our officers report that the program is a major aid in educating boaters about the importance of actually wearing lifejackets when boating."

Alaska Visitor Industry plans charity walk

JUNEAU - The 2002 Alaska Visitor Industry Charity Walk is scheduled for Friday, May 10. This year, in addition to walks in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan will also host walks, and the Matanuska-Susitna area will organize a team to participate in Anchorage. Specifics vary with the community.

For event information and to register, log on to, or call Mark Morones at the Alaska Travel Industry Association office in Anchorage, (907) 929-2842.

Ratcheting up kids' cruises

SEATTLE - Princess Cruises is taking its onboard kids' programs to a higher level by improving the physical aspect of them, providing larger and better-equipped facilities in more appealing areas. They are also upgrading the content level.

"Judging from the reaction to our Glacier Bay Junior Ranger program in Alaska, it's clear to us that the content of the kids' programs is becoming more important to the parents and grandparents bringing the kids on board," said Princess Executive Vice President Dean Brown. "We are getting away from the old put-them-in-front-of-the-video kind of programming that parents are disappointed in."

Among key components, Princess is partnering with the California Science Center and the National Wildlife Federation to provide activities ranging from coral reef habitat studies to stargazing with astronomers. The new program was launched on the Sea Princess' Mexican Riviera sailings and was expanded to the Star Princess, which will be sailing in Alaska waters soon.

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