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Dennis and Jessie Adams
]Title and firm: Adams' Vacuums Sales and Service.
Services: Servicing, repairing and cleaning of vacuums, shampooers, sewing machines and other small appliances. Additionally, Adams sells vacuums and will locate spare parts to help with repairs.
Biographical information: Dennis, 53, was born in West Falmouth, Maine, Jessie in Lawrence, Mass. They met in Cortlandt, Maine, and were friends for 16 years before marrying in 1982. In Maine, Jessie ran a jewelry design business, while Dennis worked in appliance and repair. Previously, he served 19 years in the U.S. Navy as an electrician.
The couple moved to Juneau a year ago. Their business is less than a month old. Jessie handles the paperwork, and Dennis takes care of all the repairs and sales. Currently, he's also running Don Abel's electrical and plumbing department. In the future, Jessie hopes to start another jewelry design business of her own.
Family: The Adams have an 8-year-old daughter, Patricia, and a 2-year-old son, Harry.
Notable: Both Dennis and Jessie are skilled in making jewelry, and have been active in rockhound clubs for years. ``We try to dig our own stones and cut them,'' Dennis said. That's been harder in Juneau, but some rhodecrocite -- a creamy pink stone -- has turned up, as has jade and some jaspers.
Quotable: ``There are some things people don't want repaired. If too many parts are broken, it's going to be too expensive. They're going to be looking for something new.'' -- Dennis
Employees: Just Dennis and Jessie.
Contact information: In Juneau, call 586-9877; outside of Juneau, call toll-free 1-888-566-9877. The business is located at 5827 N. Douglas Highway.