Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2006

Sand Piper Cafe opens in old Fiddlehead space on Willoughby Avenue

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Diners are returning to Willoughby Avenue to check out the Sand Piper Cafe, which is replacing the Fiddlehead Restaurant and Bakery.

The Fiddlehead closed in January and was a Juneau landmark for 25 years.

The cafe has a new menu, look and owner. The only remaining part is the kitchen, said Doug Arends, chef and managing partner.

The Sand Piper serves breakfast and lunch, consisting of hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and other dishes. Arends said he did not want to make it a seafood menu, as many locals probably have enough fish in their freezers. He wants to expand the hours and the menu to include dinner later this year.

Local interior designer Jeremy Bauer helped create the look of the cafe. The carpet was replaced with white oak hardwood floors, and the tables and walls are arranged to give the atmosphere an "airy" feel, Arends said.

The room's original ceiling makes one think they are sitting under a boardwalk or a pier, which is where some of the ideas came from, he said.

The building's upstairs space, formerly the Di Sopra restaurant, is still unoccupied. Arends said he considered using it, but thought it would be better to focus on the success of the cafe on the first floor.

Arends has been working in the Juneau restaurant industry since 1995, after he arrived from California, he said.

Walsh chosen as Southeast Conference executive director

Murray Walsh, former Juneau community development director, was selected as the new executive director of the Southeast Conference, a nonprofit group with Southeast Alaska business and city members.

Walsh replaces Rollo Pool, who left earlier this year to become the executive director of the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka.

The Southeast Conference is assisting electricity projects and working on solid waste solutions for the region, Walsh said. Its annual meeting will be held in Ketchikan Sept. 19-21.

The Southeast Conference, a 50-year-old organization, has 150 members and provides support for all industries in Southeast Alaska, including the timber, fishing, energy, mining and health sectors.

Workshop to focus on making local businesses eco-friendly

The Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training will meet Aug. 1 to learn how one's business can become environmentally friendly.

Beverly Anderson, business and community organizer for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, will present this seminar. Participants can learn how to save energy, reduce effects on the environment and gain customer loyalty.

The presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the third floor of the Juneau Empire building. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. They also are encouraged to come a few minutes early and stay a few minutes afterwards for networking opportunities with other business professionals.

- Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. Business-related news should be e-mailed to him at

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