Business Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2001

BaCar's owners will move to new ferry

JUNEAU - Barry and Carlene Shaw, owners of BaCar's Restaurant, are moving lock, stock and spatulas to a new home - on the water.

The Shaws won the contract to be an independent restaurant operating aboard the new Inter-island Ferry Authority ship the Prince of Wales. The ferry is scheduled to provide daily service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island beginning Jan. 15. The restaurant aboard ship will offer the same menu as the Juneau restaurant at 339 N. Franklin St., probably best known for its large breakfasts.

Carlene Shaw said she and her husband want to find a way to keep the Juneau restaurant open. "We hope to sell or lease it out," she said.

The Shaws have operated BaCar's for nearly nine years. "It's breaking our hearts to leave our customers, but this was an opportunity we couldn't turn down," she said.

Holiday high tea served in the Gold Room

JUNEAU - In honor of the season, the Baranof Hotel is serving Holiday High Tea on three consecutive Thursdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20.

"The Baranof is trying to get back to what the Baranof used to be the local destination for fine dining," said Vicky Van Fleet, regional sales manager for Westmark Hotels in Southeast Alaska.

"This is the second year we have brought back high tea," Van Fleet said. "It's really special. People with three- or four-person offices use the tea as their Christmas party. We are getting more and more men coming with their families. My particular favorite is moms and grandmas with little girls in red velvet dresses and pinafores."

The menu includes many traditional British items: scones and Devonshire sauce, German stollen, fresh fruit, sugared grapes, freshly baked quiche, cucumber sandwiches, salmon pinwheel sandwiches, and chocolates. Tea and hot chocolate are served, with sherry poured for adults.

Each tea features its own entertainment, Van Fleet said. Carolers in Victorian costume led by Peter Anderegg will perform Dec. 6. A Juneau-Douglas High School instrumental group performs Dec. 13, and a JDHS vocal group performs Dec. 20.

Tea is served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Gold Room at the hotel, 127 N. Franklin St. Cost is $16.95 for adults and $10.95 for children 12 and younger. Call 463-6234 for reservations.

How to get your name on the train

JUNEAU - C.C. Dargan had her name on the train for Thanksgiving - a model train that runs around its own track at Rick's Cafe, 720 W. Willoughby. Every week, a new name is carried by the train.

"We have a glass jar," explained Rick's Manager Kyle Davenport. "You throw your business card or a piece of paper in there with your name and phone number. Every Monday we pick one out."

Office Plus opens storefront location

JUNEAU - Office Plus has operated a new location at the Nugget Mall for several months.

"Before we moved, we were in a warehouse setting on Industrial Boulevard," said Debbie Burkhardt, general manager. "It was more commercial. We took orders on the phone and delivered, and only a few people walked in. We moved from 2,500 square feet to 4,000 square feet. In our new location ... people can shop."

Office Plus carries file cabinets, desks and chairs for the home office as well as the large firm. Burkhardt said items that sell well include ink cartridges for printers and facsimile machines. "We have it all - and what we don't have is on its way."

Office Plus offers free delivery in Juneau, and will ship anywhere in Southeast Alaska. Hours at its shop, next to the Wee Fishie Shoppe, are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Online ordering is available at www.officeplus-alaska.com. The toll free number is (888) 271-2325, while the Juneau phone number is 790-2323.

Anniversary cookbook edition goes on sale

JUNEAU - The Tenth Anniversary edition of "The Fiddlehead Cookbook," recently released by St. Martin's Press in New York, will be celebrated with a special signing at Hearthside Books Nugget Mall location Dec. 2 from 2-4 p.m., accompanied by North Douglas Chocolate Cake - one of the recipes from the book.

Authors Nancy DeCherney, Susan Brook, Deborah Marshall and John DeCherney will be present for the signing. The cookbook, based on recipes developed at the Fiddlehead Restaurant on Willoughby Avenue, enjoys steady sales in Southeast Alaska, particularly during the tourist season and the holidays. This anniversary edition is the book's seventh printing. More than 35,000 books have been sold.

Author/illustrator Nancy DeCherney worked as chef, baker and a manager at the Fiddlehead and now works at the University of Alaska Southeast as the administrator for the Alaska State Writing Consortium. Co-author Marshall, one of the founders of the restaurant, now serves as the director of Alaska InvestNet. Co-author Brook, trained as a biologist, worked as a chef at the Fiddlehead and opened Meadow's Glacier Bay Bed and Breakfast in Gustavus. Co-author John DeCherney served as Fiddlehead chef for nine years and has worked at Specialty Imports, a fine wines distributor, for the past eight years.

A primer on going into business

JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council is offering a course called Buying a Business: Steps to Take Before You Sign the Check. Organizers said anyone considering the purchase of an existing business would benefit from attending this course, which will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, at JEDC, 612 Willoughby Ave., Suite A.

Find out what you should investigate, learn about potential liabilities, review valuation basics, and see purchase contract clauses that could save money and disappointment. Course fee is $25. For details or to register, call 463-3662 or toll free, (888) 393-3662.

Princess redesigns cruise insurance plans

JUNEAU - Cruise insurance protection plans for Princess Cruises have been relaunched with a new name and look.

In addition to offering comprehensive coverage for medical emergencies, lost baggage and other unforeseen difficulties, Princess Travel Care (formerly Love Boat Care) and Princess Travel Care Gold (formerly Love Boat Gold) allow passengers to choose to postpone their vacation for any reason. The plans cover Princess-booked air and hotel travel, and include children traveling in third or fourth berths without any added cost. The plans do not base rates on a passenger's age.

"In these uncertain times, passengers appreciate the security of knowing that they are protected when traveling, and that they always have a choice when it comes to their Princess vacation experience," said Phil Kleweno, president of Princess Cruises. "Other travel plans don't provide this type of voluntary cancellation coverage."

Passengers receive 100 percent cash reimbursement of nonrefundable cancellation fees from the insurance portion of Princess Travel Care in the event a covered illness, injury or other specified event forces them to cancel their vacation. Coverage also includes trip interruption. That is, passengers receive reimbursement for any unused cruise vacation days as well as transportation expenses to return home should an illness, injury or other covered reason force them to interrupt their vacation.

Plan cost begins at $59 for Travel Care or $109 for the deluxe Travel Care Gold. For complete terms and conditions, call the Princess Travel Care desk at (800) 453-4069.



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