Blue Moon Coffee shop serves java, fresh pastries

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Need a boost with your rise-and-shine? Check out Blue Moon Coffee.

The coffee shop has opened for business at 213 S. Ninth Ave., in the former spot of Coffee Cravings at Ninth and Birch Street. Coffee Cravings has moved to its own building, where it's operating at 10th Avenue and Poplar Street.

Owned by Ron and Jamie Coleman, who also own the neighboring Ice-Burg as well as Tamarack Cellars, Blue Moon's focus is on fresh, local products.

The operation features its own Blue Moon blend of coffee created by the Walla Walla Roastery. It also has pastries from the Walla Walla Bread Co. Manager Korynne Van Riper said operators have an eye toward organic and natural products.

Blue Moon, which has seven employees, opened Nov. 12. It operates 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. As a bonus to employees at nearby Providence St. Mary Medical Center, where Jamie Coleman is a member of the active medical staff, those who show their identification badges get a 20 percent discount on their drinks. For more information on the business, call 525-0445.

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There are still seats at the table for the Thanksgiving feast hosted by the Fat Duck Inn and Walla Faces.

The venue for the dinner has changed since the event was originally announced.

The family-style dinner will be served at Walla Walla Inns at the Vineyard, located at the Ahler Vineyard, 254 Wheat Ridge Lane, off U.S. Highway 12. The inns and winery are owned by Rick and Debbie Johnson. It was originally expected to be served at the winery's downtown tasting room.

Dinner, prepared by Fat Duck Inn chef Charles Maddrey, is $65 per person and includes one bottle of Walla Faces wine per couple.

The feast begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information or reservations, call Alexa Palmer at the Fat Duck Inn, 526-DUCK (3825), or 1-888-526-8718; or visit the Web site at fatduckinn.com .

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What better holiday gift could there be to pair with wine than jewelry?

Sweet Valley Winery will host a "sister act" open house for the designs of Rosalie Lesko and Karla Kizer later this week.

Lesko, who also owns Jabamo Capelli salon, and her sister design their own pieces of jewelry under the name Sister-Act Jewelry Design. They will showcase their wares at the downtown Walla Walla tasting room, 12 N. Second Ave., Friday. The event, which also features painted Santas by Terry Pauly, begins at 11 a.m.

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Had a chance to "Graze" yet?

Graze Catering opened its new lunch spot downtown earlier this month.

The business, owned by John and Rebecca Lastoskie, offers sandwiches, salads, soups and paninis at 5 S. Colville St., formerly home to Studio Opal and most recently Cheval.

The business roasts and cures its own meats and is particularly known for its pastrami and meatballs.

The 750-square-foot space houses the business's eatery. The catering kitchen remains at 213 S. Ninth Ave.

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

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