In Sunday's paper, Paul DeSloover stated that I opened Foggy Mountain Shop on South Franklin Street because ``it was the hub of business.'' While he made many other inaccurate statements in his column, I would like to specifically address that one error. My partners and I decided to open Foggy Mountain Shop upstairs in the old Alaska Steam Laundry Building because it was the only appropriate space available to rent in the Juneau area that we could find after searching for about three to four months. He may have forgotten how tight building space was in the early 1970s, but it was difficult to find either residential or business rental space anywhere in the community. I would like to take this opportunity to remember and thank our former landlord, the late Skip MacKinnon, for giving us a chance to get started.
I greatly appreciate Mr. DeSloover's patronage over the years. However, I am always mildly amused when someone who has no true interest in the business that feeds and clothes my family feels obligated to point out to me how the local business economy works or how I should run my own small business. I would never presume to tell Mr. DeSloover how to do his job at Fish and Game. I would hope that he appreciates and respects the knowledge and experience I have gained in small business management over the past 27 years, as well as the perspective I have of the local economy.
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