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Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2005

Scrapbook Shop to close mall doors

JUNEAU -The Scrapbook Shop in the Mendenhall Center will close its doors next month and concentrate on its online business, owner Heidi Glasen said.

The store resided in the mall for four years but will say goodbye on Jan. 29. Glasen said she wants to spend more time at home with family.

A scaled-down version of the store online (www.scrapbook-shop.com) offers many of the same items scrapbook makers can get from the store, Glasen said.

Juneau has many small scrapbook clubs that patronize the store and customers from the Lower 48 buy from her online, she said. High in demand is Alaska-themed artwork that is created by local artists and converted into stickers.

Grant money up for salmon vessel owners

JUNEAU - The state is offering salmon vessel owners $1 million in grants to improve the quality of their catch.

This matching grant program is a continuation of Gov. Frank Murkowski's Fisheries Revitalization Strategy.

Commerce Commissioner Bill Noll said the improvements to vessels ultimately result in a larger market share for Alaska.

Eligible projects include freezers; coolers, ice machines, chutes and accessories; hold insulation and related repairs; refrigerated seawater systems; slush bags; generators or generator upgrades related to quality improvement equipment; quality handling equipment and/or the fabrication of quality handling equipment; and insulated totes for use on the vessel.

Reimbursement made on a dollar-for-dollar basis cannot exceed $25,000. The Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development will accept applications Jan. 1 through May 1. For more information, call 465-2023 or visit http://www.commerce.state.ak.us.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. If you know of any businesses opening, closing or relocating, or of other business related news, please contact him at andrew.petty@juneauempire.com.



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