This June 2016 photo shows then-Alaska Marijuana Control Board member Brandon Emmett at the board's meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Regulators amid much fanfare in early 2020 approved the first cannabis lounges in Alaska. It was a milestone for the state's legal marijuana industry. Then the pandemic hit. An owner of one of the shops hopes to open later this year. An owner of the other said his shop opened briefly last fall before having to hit pause amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the state. Emmett, a former member of the Marijuana Control Board who strongly advocated for rules to allow onsite use, said he thinks the number of cannabis lounges or cafes in the state will be limited "for at least a couple years." (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Pandemic puts pause on on-site use for some Alaska pot shops

By Becky Bohrer Associated Press Regulators amid much fanfare in early 2020 approved two cannabis lounges in Alaska, making it one of the few states… Continue reading

This June 2016 photo shows then-Alaska Marijuana Control Board member Brandon Emmett at the board's meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Regulators amid much fanfare in early 2020 approved the first cannabis lounges in Alaska. It was a milestone for the state's legal marijuana industry. Then the pandemic hit. An owner of one of the shops hopes to open later this year. An owner of the other said his shop opened briefly last fall before having to hit pause amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the state. Emmett, a former member of the Marijuana Control Board who strongly advocated for rules to allow onsite use, said he thinks the number of cannabis lounges or cafes in the state will be limited "for at least a couple years." (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
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The Gold Town Theater’s new drive-in location at the downtown subport lot hosts a fully armed and operational screen for all-weather conditions.

New faces downtown: Drive-in theater settles into new home

The Gold Town Theater’s drive-in gets lively with its showings.

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The Gold Town Theater’s new drive-in location at the downtown subport lot hosts a fully armed and operational screen for all-weather conditions.
Juneau’s Salvation Army thrift store, shown here on Feb. 12, 2021, has been glanced but not stopped by the pandemic, a Salvation Army officer said. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Secondhand stores hang tough amid pandemic

Demand hasn’t yet outrun the charity of Juneau residents.

Juneau’s Salvation Army thrift store, shown here on Feb. 12, 2021, has been glanced but not stopped by the pandemic, a Salvation Army officer said. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Juneau’s breweries are holding a fundraiser called “Pour the Love,” its logo shown above, to benefit the town of Haines, recently hammered by massive landslides. (Courtesy Art/ Celia Bower and Tulsi Zahnow)

Juneau breweries hold joint fundraiser for Haines relief efforts

The Juneau Four are piling in to help a town dear to their hearts.

Juneau’s breweries are holding a fundraiser called “Pour the Love,” its logo shown above, to benefit the town of Haines, recently hammered by massive landslides. (Courtesy Art/ Celia Bower and Tulsi Zahnow)
Midgi Moore, CEO of Juneau Food Tours, holds up a Taste Alaska! Alaska Sweetheart Box inside Juneau Food Tours' new location on Shattuck Way. The boxes, which were launched in June, are a way for Juneau Food Tours to give people a taste of the capital city amid the pandemic. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Thinking inside the box: Food tour business has new location, delivery product

Delivery box gives people a taste of Alaska wherever they are.

Midgi Moore, CEO of Juneau Food Tours, holds up a Taste Alaska! Alaska Sweetheart Box inside Juneau Food Tours' new location on Shattuck Way. The boxes, which were launched in June, are a way for Juneau Food Tours to give people a taste of the capital city amid the pandemic. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Spruce Root business development manager Paul Hackenmueller, Village Coffee Company owner Justyne Wheeler, Foundroot co-owner Leah Wagner, Spruce Root Board Chairwoman Susan Bell and Spruce Root programs manager Ashley Snookes smile together after the presentation of the Path to Prosperity awards Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

These two Southeast businesses just won $25K

Alaska-ready seeds and village’s first drive-thru earn awards.

Spruce Root business development manager Paul Hackenmueller, Village Coffee Company owner Justyne Wheeler, Foundroot co-owner Leah Wagner, Spruce Root Board Chairwoman Susan Bell and Spruce Root programs manager Ashley Snookes smile together after the presentation of the Path to Prosperity awards Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Downtown bar closes for business

Downtown bar closes for business

Monthly drag shows are still planned.

Downtown bar closes for business
Udderly Merged: After three decades, local sandwich-sweet shop sells to competitor
Udderly Merged: After three decades, local sandwich-sweet shop sells to competitor
Here’s where you can eat, shop and drink on Thanksgiving Day in Juneau
Here’s where you can eat, shop and drink on Thanksgiving Day in Juneau
Four new Juneau entrepreneurs share struggles, motivations

Four new Juneau entrepreneurs share struggles, motivations

This is what it takes to open a business in Juneau.

Four new Juneau entrepreneurs share struggles, motivations
Crystal clear: First-time Juneau business owner enjoys her new adventure
Crystal clear: First-time Juneau business owner enjoys her new adventure
Brad Robbins, the new owner of the Hooked Seafood Company, holds a fresh king salmon at their Industrial Boulevard location on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Hooked Seafood closes its doors

After nearly 30 years and 3 owners, the local seafood supplier cuts its line.

Brad Robbins, the new owner of the Hooked Seafood Company, holds a fresh king salmon at their Industrial Boulevard location on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Game On announced July 3 that the video game store in Nugget Mall was closing. The closure was caused by both financial and family challenges, according co-owner Casey Harris. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

LGBTQ-friendly video game store closes

Despite Kicksterter campaign, it’s game over for Game On.

Game On announced July 3 that the video game store in Nugget Mall was closing. The closure was caused by both financial and family challenges, according co-owner Casey Harris. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
New owners, new name: This valuable Juneau property could be seeing some long-term changes
New owners, new name: This valuable Juneau property could be seeing some long-term changes
Juneau’s bowling alley sees bowl-d new changes
Juneau’s bowling alley sees bowl-d new changes
Forget diamonds. This new shop on Franklin showcases all local craftsmen

Forget diamonds. This new shop on Franklin showcases all local craftsmen

Custom furniture on Franklin? There’s a shop for that.

Forget diamonds. This new shop on Franklin showcases all local craftsmen
Fred Meyer installs fast car chargers

Fred Meyer installs fast car chargers

The atmosphere was electric at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Fred Meyer installs fast car chargers