Story last updated at 4:33 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2002

In Business
THE HOMER CHAMBER of commerce is seeking entrants for the annual Fourth of July parade. More than $600 in cash prizes will be awarded in several categories under the theme "Homer of the Free." Entry forms may be picked up at the Homer Chamber of Commerce office at 201 Sterling Highway. For more information call the chamber at 235-7740.

The chamber is also planning various events to celebrate Independence Day. Businesses with activities seeking to be listed among the official list of holiday events need to give the information to chamber officials by next Friday, June 21.

THE TIDE LINE CAFE has opened for business at 161 Ohlson Lane, above Bishop's Beach near the Elk's Lodge in Homer from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except Mondays. The cafe is operated by Miriah and Aleta Phelps, two youthful sisters who formerly helped manage the Surfin' Salmon, an Internet cafe on Pioneer Avenue. Miriah just graduated from Homer High School, while Aleta is a high school junior.

The small cafe serves chowder Malaysian curry and quiche, as well as eight flavors of ice cream, shakes, malts, sundaes and floats. Fresh baked goods, espresso, lattes and bubble tea are also offered. A computer is available for Internet access and e-mail.

LOOPY LUPINE RECYCLED Products has relocated to 3581A Main St. in Homer in a refurbished building just above the Sterling Highway. A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring discounts for in-stock items. The shop specializes in a variety of recycled and unbleached tissue and paper products, including paper towels, toilet tissue, copy paper, cups, plates and more. Local delivery is available on Mondays at no extra cost.

Owned and operated by Dale Banks, Loopy Lupine has been in business for nearly five years.

COURTNEY'S CACHE is a new shop at 1529 Ocean Drive in Homer. Owned by Diane and John Butcher, the shop sells craft supplies and gifts such as handcrafted planters, coat racks and pet feeders. The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Longtime Alaskans, John has lived in the state since 1957 and Diane has been here since 1968. Two years ago the couple moved to Anchor Point where they built a house on land they said they purchased about 20 years ago with a dream to live in the area.

VICKI RENTMEESTER, a Registered Dental Hygienist who has been practicing in Homer for eight years, has joined the staff of Dr. Jim Meesis at 3915 Lake St.

According to Dr. Meesis, Rentmeester is especially good with calming children and fearful patients.

EAGLE QUALITY CENTER, which operates the Eagle food, drug and liquor stores in Homer, has begun a program to increase efforts to prevent sales of alcohol and tobacco to minors.

As part of an initiative by the Alaska District of Carrs/Safeway Inc., which includes Eagle among its 28 stores in the state, store cash registers will automatically lock when an alcohol or tobacco product is scanned, making it impossible to continue the order until valid identification is presented and date of birth entered into the system. The automated system will then determine if the buyer is of legal age and then unlock the system to allow the checker to complete the order.