Dennis Johnson’s ‘Picture This’ gets new ownership, but changes little — Eagle River, Alaska

It’s sad to see galleries change direction, but Dennis still has Jitters, “where coffee is art” — and where locals’ artwork is still  boldly displayed.

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From: Frontiersman

Eagle River’s Picture This gets new ownership, but changes little

Picture This gift shop in Eagle River is changing ownership, but you’d never know it. Its manager of seventeen years, Michelle Haynes, is taking full reins come this January from longtime friend and owner, Dennis Johnson, who also owns Jitters coffee shop next door. …

Dennis and partner, Jim Starry, started Picture This in a sixteen-foot wide space, when he took to framing up his wildlife photography as a sideline to teaching. Over the years, when most galleries failed to survive, his morphed and expanded into a thriving gift shop, a lot in part to Michelle’s managerial expertise. …

Dennis will keep Jitters, now run in partnership by his daughters Briana and Shanda. He likes the idea of being able to focus on just one business and, of course, to have more time to expand his already lofty fly-fishing goals. …

Dennis Johnson said the ownership transition is smooth but doesn’t come without mixed feelings. Building this “little baby into a monstrosity of sorts with the two businesses” over these past 33 years comes with gratitude to the community for their support. He’s made friends, attended weddings and funerals, and became like family to so many.

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