Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2007

Juneau Power Sports offers Chinese ATVs

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JUNEAU - Keith Imel, owner of Speedy Glass in the Mendenhall Valley, has started a new motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle business.

Juneau Power Sports is currently displaying dirt bikes, street-legal bikes and ATVs outside of Speedy Glass on Crest Street, across from Honda Hut. The business plans to open at a new location in the spring in Lemon Creek near Affordable Auto Sales.

"We are going to market our ATVs fairly vigorously into the Native villages: Kake, Hoonah, Angoon, even Gustavus," Imel said.

The bikes are all Chinese brands, and Imel said they are 80 percent the quality of a Japanese brands, but at 40 percent of the cost. For more information, contact Imel at 321-4079.

Hudson's Shoe Store sold to new owners

JUNEAU - Claudia and Gary Pierce, 20-year owners of Hudson's Shoe Store, are selling their business to Sydney Mitchell and Dawn Walsh, owners of Shoefly shoe store.

The Pierces "are amazing people who, over the last 20 years, have created a gathering place for locals to discuss politics and more," Mitchell said. "They have a commitment to customer service that is rarely seen in today's world."

The Pierces have worked the store through life-threatening illnesses.

"They believe in opening their doors every day when they say they will, and for the most part, they have accomplished this with flying colors," Mitchell said. "Even right now Gary is scheduled for a surgery on Nov. 3, but he is in the shop helping customers find the right shoes. Amazing."

Hudson's will keep the same name. Brands for both men and women will continue and will focus on shoes for healthy feet.

Nominations sought for citizen awards

JUNEAU - Nominations are being accepted for the "Juneau Citizen of the Year Award" and "Juneau Lifetime Service Award," sponsored by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. The awards are given to individuals who have shown exemplary contributions to the welfare and reputation of the community.

The "Juneau Citizen of the Year Award" and "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipients will be determined based upon similar criteria, with the Citizen of the Year more focused on recent contributions to the community.

Nominees do not have to be active in business. Preference is given to nominees that have given a significant element of service outside of the source of their livelihood.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m. Oct. 12 to the Chamber of Commerce offices. The 2007 Award recipients will be announced at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Oct. 27.

To get the guidelines for nominations, or to send in a nomination, contact Cathie Roemmich, CEO, Juneau Chamber of Commerce, 3100 Channel Drive, Suite 300, Juneau, AK 99801, call 463-4844 or go to

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