Business Digest

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2007

Hill to sell Juanita's Coffee after 4 years

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JUNEAU - Jane Hill, owner of Juanita's Coffee for the past four years, is leaving Juneau and selling her business, which sells organic, free-trade coffee.

"We have been up here for 43 years, and we decided that it was time to do something different. The rain, and this last winter helped make the decision," Hill said.

"(We) will be looking for four seasons, good weather, affordable housing, open roads ... probably a small town in the Pacific Northwest."

Serious inquiries about purchasing the coffee business can be sent to Hill at

Pet store closes, moves online

JUNEAU -Juneau Pets and Supplies in the Mendenhall Mall is closing shop July 31 and going online, owner Steve Robertson said. He and his wife, Dayna, have owned the business for just more than two years, but said they are struggling to compete with the big-box retail stores.

"A lot of our loyal customers have begged us not to close our doors, so we will remain in business, but online only," he said. "Basically, the days of the independent retailer in Juneau are soon to be over."

The store will be moving online to a site at

Dayna Robertson also will groom animals full-time and began booking appointments Monday.

For more information, call 523-0413.

Meeting focuses on networking

JUNEAU - The Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training's monthly meeting will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room on the third floor of the Juneau Empire building at 3100 Channel Drive.

This month's topic is "Working the Room: Networking Tips for Professional and Personal Growth." Juneau Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Cathie Roemmich will present networking tips and lead an informal discussion about meeting people, building relationships and sharing resources.

Attendees are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch and are encouraged to come a few minutes early and stay a few minutes afterward for networking opportunities with other business professionals.

For more information, call the Juneau Small Business Development Center at 463-3789.

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