Strictly Business 11/02/09


Spotlight shines on remodeled Tan-A-Rama

Normally the clients are the ones who experience the shine at Eastgate tanning studio Tan-A-Rama. But with a newly remodeled space the business is getting a little time in the spotlight.

The studio has re-opened at 470 N. Wilbur Ave. next to Albertsons.

A grand opening celebration is reportedly expected sometime this month.

Tan-A-Rama offers 14 tanning units, as well as a new spray room for airbrush tanning.

The business has also added new products, including jewelry, according to an announcement through the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 526-9370 or visit: .

Planned Parenthood of Central Washington is preparing for its 28th annual Wine Auction fundraiser and is on the lookout for auction items.

The organization is requesting donations for silent and live auctions for this Saturday's event.

Proceeds benefit the agency's health center in Walla Walla. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Every year Planned Parenthood offers a selection of items at a variety of bidding levels.

Businesses who contribute get exposure from local attendees, as well as visitors from the Northwest making the trip for the event.

The evening begins with wine tasting, followed by a silent auction, music and hors d'oeuvres and the live auction at about 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $90 each or $170 per couple.

Golden Tickets can be purchased for $100 and give each ticketholder a chance to win the live auction item of their choice. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

Attendees do not have to participate in the wine auction in order to enter.

To donate an item, contact Mark Lee at 866-904-7721, extension 8016, or e-mail: .

To make a reservation or purchase a Golden Ticket, visit: or call the aforementioned number.

Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce volunteers raced against the clock in a recent membership recruitment event and crossed the finish line with 117 new members.

Nearly 100 volunteers worked over the two-and-a-half-day period starting Oct. 13 to find potential members "hidden in their Rolodex," Chamber officials announced.

The membership event was organized by "Your Chamber Connection," a Texas-based organization that specializes in high-energy membership campaigns.

Volunteers were divided into teams to compete for bragging rights. Shannon Bergevin of Express Employment Professionals was the leader of the winning team and received the "God Muddah" award.

The Chamber continues to accept new members.

To learn more, contact Susan Hall, vice president of operations, at 525-0850.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 509-526-8321.


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