Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2007

Japanese steakhouse to open on Friday

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JUNEAU - The new Tokyo Japanese Steak House, formerly Taco Bell off Riverside in the Mendenhall Valley, officially opens for business at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Kenny Yoon, owner of Kenny's Wok and Teriyaki downtown, signed the lease for the property in June 2006. Construction began in September.

The steak house will feature Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including teriyaki, sushi, bento boxes and the popular Japanese teppanyaki, cooked on an iron griddle. The restaurant will serve a wide range of seafood, steak, beer and wine. It will also provide to-go orders and delivery service.

Opening hours are 11 a.m. Monday-Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday; closing is 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 463-3119 or send a fax to 463-3361.

Mortgage company expands its team

JUNEAU - Two new employees have been hired on at Alaska Pacific Mortgage. Adam Hendren has joined as vice president and mortgage lending manager; Nancy Hudson, a long-time member of the local real estate community, was hired as a mortgage loan officer.

Hendren will be responsible for managing the mortgage lending division of Alaska Pacific Bank-Alaska Pacific Mortgage. He will oversee and train the team of loan officers, processors, closers and underwriters. Hendren will also manage relationships with third-party lenders and oversee the development of new systems and the addition of new loan products. He has 11 years experience in the financial industry and is a graduate of Colorado State University.

Hudson will work with customers to on loan mortgage programs and help them through the application and approval process. Hudson has more than 25 years of financial experience and is certified as an FHA underwriter.

She is the treasurer of a local Rotary organization. Alaska Pacific Bank is a locally-owned community bank serving Southeast Alaska for more than 35 years.

The bank has offices in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka. It is headquartered in Juneau and is the sole subsidiary of Alaska Pacific Bancshares, Inc.

New salon and spa opens in Juneau

JUNEAU - Veronica Tausili, Amy Sausili and Richard Marks last month opened a new salon and spa in Juneau. The business, "StyleZ Unlimited Salon and Spa" is located at 2055 Jordan Avenue, Suite 2 in the Mendenhall Valley. Services include haircuts and styles, massages and nail work. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. To make an appointment, call 523-8811.

U-Haul reveals new goshawk design

ANCHORAGE - U-Haul recently announced the release of 1,800 new 26-foot moving vans depicting the northern goshawk, which is found in the Tongass National Forest.

On May 13, U-Haul unveiled the graphic at the Alaska Zoo in its "Venture Across America" campaign. It also kicked off the 5th Annual Migratory Bird Day with this year's theme focusing on global climate change and birds.

"Now, people all over will have the privilege of seeing this fierce, fiery-eyed goshawk raptor that rules the Tongass, as this bird travels across North America on the sides of U-Haul moving vans," said John Norris, president of U-Haul Co. of Alaska.

U-Haul has been decorating its moving trucks with images featuring distinctive features of every U.S. state and Canadian province since 1988.

The newest graphics are part a campaign that highlights little-known facts about North America. Nearly 200 different images have been created since the SuperGraphics Program began. They can be viewed online by visiting

U-Haul has a network of more than 15,400 locations in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces.

Alaska engineering firms earn spot among nation's tops

JUNEAU - PND Engineers, based in Anchorage with an office in Juneau, was ranked for the first time this year on the Engineering News Record's Top 500 Design Firms list.

PND debuted at number 413 among companies nationwide, ranked according to revenue for design services performed in 2006.

PND is a full-service civil and structural engineering firm, founded in Anchorage in 1979. PND has 95 full-time permanent employees and also has offices in Seattle.

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Also on the list were USK★ Inc. an Anchorage-based firm with offices on Clinton Drive in Juneau as well as VECO Corp. ASCG Inc. and DOWL Engineers, all Anchorage-based firms.

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