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Posted: Monday, November 22, 2004

Play It Again Sports holds grand opening

JUNEAU - Kitty Maguire and Rusty Scudder planned to open their Play It Again Sports store quietly before making a big splash with their grand opening last weekend.

"It didn't quite work out that way," Maguire said, surrounded by winter sports gear at their green Lemon Creek store, across the street from Costco. "About as soon as we turned the open light on, people started walking in."

Scudder said the store has been open since the beginning of November. But the idea of the store started years ago. "Juneau hasn't had a store like this. Tons of people go to Play It Again Sports in Anchorage. A whole lot of people say, 'We're happy you're here,'".

Across the U.S. and Canada, there are almost 500 of the franchised stores. All are locally owned, selling used and new sports equipment. Maguire said they have been buying used items from customers, but give a better price when people accept store credit.

She said they have been acquiring the used equipment from flea markets and garage sales "from all over" for the last year before customers began coming in.

Outdoor sports dominate the loft that overlooks the ground floor, where hockey gear takes up a large corner. On the other side of the ground floor is golf and exercise equipment. There isn't much baseball and soccer gear available now, Maguire said. They have it in stock and will put it out in season.

But people won't have to wait long to see different things on display. With people trading equipment all the time, "everything changes," She said. "That's what makes it fun."

Capital Embroidery celebrates move

JUNEAU - Throughout November, Capital Embroidery will be celebrating its move to a bigger location at 611 W. Willoughby Ave., next to Domino's Pizza in the Foodland Shopping Center downtown.

"We sell the full line of Carhart work wear and high-end outerwear - coats jackets and vests," said part-owner Sunshine Hard. Throughout November the business will feature storewide savings, but she said she is already proud of her prices.

The business used to be two blocks away on Willoughby Avenue, across from the Fiddlehead Restaurant. Old customers have had good things to say about the new location, Hard said.

"There's lots of parking," she said. "They love that."

There also is more room to display work wear and outerwear. As the name implies, Hard said the store does embroidery and screen printing on items customers bring in as well as ones they buy at the store.

"We also order promotional items, such as pens with your company name on them," Hard said.

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