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Arlene and Jack Tripp Owners, Mt. Juneau Trading Post

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Title and firm: Owners, Mt. Juneau Trading Post. Services: Mt. Juneau Trading Post sells a wide variety of Native and Eskimo art. The store has a large inventory of hand-carved silver jewelry, masks, miniature and full-size totem poles, carved ivory, soapstone and handmade-custom knives. The shop also offers artists a workshop equipped with tools. Artists who utilize the workshop understand that the shop will have the first option to display the pieces created in that space. About 95 percent of Mt. Juneau Trading Post's inventory is devoted to Native art.

Biographical information: Born in Fairbanks, Jack Tripp Jr. moved to Juneau when he was 16. He is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and the University of Alaska Southeast. Arlene Tripp was born and raised in Juneau. She is from the Raven Tlingit clan and a graduate of JDHS. Originally Mt. Juneau Trading Post was owned by Jack's father, Jack Tripp Sr. The couple took over the business in 1990. They also own the Viking Lounge and Pull Tabs.

Family: The couple has seven children, three of whom are adopted: Kyle, 18, Ryan, 14, Rex, 13, Andrew, 12, Erin, 11, Stephanie, 7, and Erica, 2.

Quotable: ``We're the last of the traditional Native trading posts that exists in Southeast. The most important thing for us is that people are interested in Native art. If people are interested, it's less likely that it will disappear.''

Employees: Thirteen in the summer for the curio shop and the bar.

Contact information: 586-3436, 151 S. Franklin St.

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