Peterson’s Pretzels looks for permanent space. Plus: a line-less DMV?



Peterson’s Pretzels was born in 2015 as a food stand in downtown Juneau. They’re hoping, with the help of a crowdfunding campaign, to move to a full-time space.

Winter halts production of their warm and salty treats, they say in their Kickstarter campaign. They’re hoping to fundraise $35,000 to open up shop in a storefront somewhere in Juneau.

“The cold maritime climate in Juneau 5-6 months out of the year restricts our ability to remain open year-round which impedes our growth and ability to serve the community. We want to offer our pretzels to the community year-round, expand our menu options, and increase production,” the business writes on their Kickstarter page.

Backers are offered pretzel rewards for funding the move to storefront. If the business meets its goal, those rewards are estimated to be paid out in March of 2018.

DMV Express

For Juneauites who can’t make it to the DMV office during regular hours, or don’t want to wait in line, Juneau Motor Vehicles Express recently opened at 8717 Mallard St., behind Nugget Mall.

The business offers DMV services and shorter wait times for a fee. Available services include tags, titles, license plates, state IDs and driving tests.

“We do everything the DMV does aside from CDLs and reinstatements,” said J.C. Harris, who owns the business with his wife, Michelle.

Harris said Juneau Motor Vehicles Express is the first third-party DMV office to open in Juneau. Anchorage has several such offices. The principle behind the business is that people who don’t have the time to wait in line at the state DMV office can pay a fee and be processed quicker at a third-party office.

“It’s all about whether or not it is worth your time,” Harris said. “We work with the state, so we’re not at all in competition with the state.”

Juneau Motor Vehicles Express is open 9-5, Monday to Friday, or by appointment outside of normal business hours, even on weekends.

For more information, call 586-TAGS (8247) or find Juneau Motor Vehicles Express on Facebook.

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