Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2006

Meeting to focus on personal finances

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The next monthly Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training meeting will discuss how smart personal-finance decisions can lead to a better future for one's own business.

Lisa Greenough of Edward Jones and Amy Lea of the U.S. Small Business Administration will present an overview of retirement-planning options for those who are self-employed, and also discuss how the personal-finance landscape is changing.

The meeting will be held on June 6 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on the third floor conference room in the Juneau Empire building at 3100 Channel Drive.

Rag Doll, an outlet for young designers

The idea for downtown fashion boutique Rag Doll started in the classrooms of Juneau-Douglas High School. With the shop's opening last month, that dream is now a reality for longtime friends Alana Ballam-Schwan and Rebecca Canaday.

The budding fashion designers, both 22 years old, moved into the store located behind the Paradise Café near Marine Park, after Shoe Fly vacated the space for a larger location next door.

On Friday, the shop will participate in the city's monthly arts festival, "First Friday," by co-hosting a costume party with Shoe Fly and Paradise Café, to the theme of "Old Time Hollywood Glam Night" from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Goldbelt Hotel finds Zen and gets Jaded

After months of hand-picking decorations and making thousands of dollars in changes, Asian fusion restaurant Zen and its bar, Jaded, have opened their doors on the first floor of the Goldbelt Hotel.

The result is two separate establishments owned by Gino Kuang and Heather Howard incorporating ideas borrowed from restaurants and bars they have enjoyed in major cities around the globe.

Zen serves Asian food with some Alaska ingredients, such as salmon and halibut, as well as classic steaks with an Asian flair. Local architect Jeremy Bauer put the touches on the décor.

Jaded employs flat screen TVs to project art videos and offers couches, love seats and deep-sitting chairs to present a lounge and bar combination.

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