May 7, 2020
Pretzels back on the menu for Haines
Peterson’s Pretzels is winding its way back to Haines this summer for the foreseeable future, said owner Chris Peterson.
Peterson and his pretzel trailer became stranded in Haines last summer when ferry workers went on strike during the Southeast Alaska State Fair. He decided to remain in Haines and sold pretzels from his trailer on Main Street through the first week of September.
“Business was very good,” Peterson said. “This time, when we come up, we want to expand our menu. My wife makes some really good soups and really good biscuits and gravy.”
Peterson’s wife, Carol Peterson, retired as a judicial assistant from the Alaska Court System and they’re ready for a change of scenery, he said. They’re selling their Juneau home and plan to arrive in Haines on the afternoon ferry on May 31.
“When I was up there for that month, it really felt right,” Peterson said Monday from Juneau. “My wife is ready for a slower-pace place to live. The support we got when we were up there was remarkable. It made us feel like we were at home.”
Haines residents chose Peterson’s logo, which was selected democratically by customers after he displayed three options on his trailer and let customers vote.
The Petersons will live out of their RV at the Thor’s Fitness parking lot and sling pretzels, pretzel dogs and other foods from their Main Street location next door to Miles Furniture.
He said they’re unsure about staying in Haines through the winter, but may consider it given that so many places close or reduce their hours during that time.
Haines Packing store to open Main Street location
Haines Packing is opening a retail store on Main Street in the old LAB building on the corner of Fourth Avenue.
Haines Packing owner Harry Rietze said he hopes the store will reduce congestion at the cannery and increase customer traffic to the store that will offer seafood such as salmon, halibut, crab, canned fish along with other products like fish fertilizer.
“We’re trying to make it more convenient for everybody to have a retail location in town,” Rietze said.
Rietze said he decided to start looking for a downtown location in mid-April. He plans to open the retail store on May 15, five days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and possibly seven days a week during the summer.
Rietze said they’re turning their current shop space into a break room for the cannery workers.