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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Enter the Wild in Juneau


4. Insider’s Tip

Many of the supposedly authentic goods sold in the main shopping area are in fact mass-produced.  

In response to crowds of cruise-ship tourists passing through the capital, several chain stores have opened up downtown to make profits by selling mass-produced “local” souvenirs. Skip these spots and support the local economy by shopping only at stores with a sign in their window reading “This store is owned by an Alaskan family.” One of the best is the Juneau Artists Gallery, a cooperative of 26 local artists who make jewelry, ceramics, and paintings of local scenery.

Published on Dec 19, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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