Business Profile: Lisa Gable

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

Title and firm: Lisa Gable, owner, Thunder Mt. Crafts & Gifts at the Nugget Mall.

Services: Thunder Mt. is a craft store specializing in supplies for needle art and scrapbooking, Gable said. The store also carries other craft and sewing supplies, including specialty floss. Gable said the store has something for experts as well as beginners, and eventually will include mini-stitching starter kits.

Though scrapbooking is a fairly new fad, it stems from an old tradition. However, Gable said today's scrapbooking is "not the old fashioned way of people just putting pictures in an album." The store carries a variety of stickers, borders, die-cuts and albums for making scrapbooks of memories.

The store also carries supplies for cross stitch, crochet, crewel and knitting. She said Thunder Mt. is the only store in Juneau to carry such a large selection, which includes specialty suede and fur-covered threads. Gable said she and her mother intend to hold classes in needlework and scrapbooking later this fall. She said the classes will be free except for the purchase of the materials.

Quotable: "Our mission is to enhance the lives of women through creativity," Gable said.

Background: Gable moved to Juneau from Macon, Ga., in 1999. She also is a full-time nurse at Bartlett Regional Hospital. After being a nurse for 15 years, Gable said she opened the store in part to be able to leave nursing and eventually run the store full time.

"Most business that go under do so in the first five years because people make the mistake of using the store as their primary source of income," she said. "But you can't do that. Everything I make at the store now goes right back into the store."

Gable said she and her mother used to enter craft shows with their stitching work and decided to open the store. To do this last year she created a survey for craft show patrons asking them what Juneau needed in terms of craft supplies. Further, in developing a plan for her store, Gable said she worked with the Juneau Small Business Center and couldn't have opened without its help.

Family: Gable lives with her mother, Jeanette Almond.

Contact information: The store is at 8745 Glacier Highway, Suite 328. For more information call 789-5265.

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