Walla Walla's Harvest Foods fetes food fair

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Bring your appetite to Walla Walla's Harvest Foods this week.

The Southgate grocery store is hosting a "Fancy Food Fair" Wednesday and Thursday.

Debi Weston, prepared foods director at Walla Walla's Harvest Foods, 905 S. Second Ave., said the market will offer flavorful foods for guests to sample. Several vendors will join for the two-day event that runs 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

"We wanted Walla Walla and the surrounding area to be aware that we have a growing organic produce section, all natural beef, bakery goods that are created from 'scratch' and even whole raw milk," Weston said in the announcement.

Guests will be serenaded through the various departments with live music from Rick Mugrage on Thursday. Mugrage will entertain during the store's wine-tasting event 3:30-6:30 p.m. The featured winery that evening will be Walla Walla Village Winery. The cost for that part of the event is $5 and is refundable with the purchase of one of the featured wines.

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A luncheon Wednesday will celebrate the hard-working people who serve as the foundation for local business.

Oregon First Credit Union will sponsor the 13th Administrative Professionals Day luncheon at the Community Building in Milton-Freewater.

The event runs 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and tickets are $13.50 per person. Each attendee will receive a plant, a portfolio from Oregon First, a corsage from Nature Garden Florist amp; Gifts and an apple from Brown amp; Sons. About 50 door prizes will also be provided from area businesses. The lunch will also include a chocolate brownie from Phil amp; Sally's Bakery.

For more details or to check ticket availability, call Susan Dohrmann at 541-938-3331.

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An omission was made in last week's announcement about the new "pre-loved" children's and maternity store opening next month at the new Country Store Consignment Center.

Little Mud Pies Clothing Co. is a mother/daughter-owned venture operated by sisters Amber Miller and Autumn Buttice. Buttice's name was left out of the original announcement.

The store, which opens May 1 at 2205 E. Isaacs Ave., will offer clothing, furniture and accessories.

New and next-to-new items are clean and checked for safety standards.

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, call 629-PIES or visit: www.littlemudpies.vpweb.com.

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

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