Coffee Connection to break for winter

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Fresh on the heels of Christmas, the owners of Coffee Connection Café are planning a holiday of their own.

The downtown Walla Walla restaurant, 57 E. Main St., officially begins its winter break today.

Owners Greg and Laurie Clayton are continuing what has become an annual tradition with a vacation in January. The restaurant will reopen Jan. 26.

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The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce has its sights on May's 36th annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.

The business membership organization is accepting designs for its annual Balloon Stampede poster and memorabilia, according to an announcement in the organization's Valley Business News.

The theme for the 2010 Balloon Stampede is "Lighting up the Skies." Photos and drawings for the poster and memorabilia can be dropped off or mailed to the Chamber office, 29 E. Sumach St. Entries must be submitted no later than Jan. 8. For more information, contact Susan Hall at 525-0850, or e-mail: shall@wwvchamber.com

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Southgate grocery store Walla Walla's Harvest Foods has bagged an award in the 2010 National Grocers Association Creative Choice Awards Contest.

The store at 905 S. Second Ave. won its class in the "Non-Price or Consumer Value Print Ad." According to the announcement from the National Grocers Association, the contest had a record number of entries in its 25 advertising and merchandising categories. Winners were chosen by a panel of food-industry experts.

The winning entries will be on display and honored at the 2010 National Grocers Association annual convention at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in February.

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Sandi Wicher, senior instructor for Tai Chi for Health programs and the owner of Many Waters Wellness Center, recently assisted with two teacher update training workshops in Sisters, Ore., and Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Wicher assisted Tai Chi Master Dr. Paul Lam, who specially designed the Tai Chi for Health programs with his associates and a team of medical experts. The programs have been adopted by the Arthritis Foundation as safe and effective for relieving pain and stiffness, according to the announcement. Wicher offers the programs at her studio, 820 Sprague Ave. near Jefferson Park. For more information, call 509-386-4305.

Strictly Business is a local column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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