Frozen yogurt shop slated for downtown Walla Walla

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"Peach & Pear" will move into the space at 15 S. First Ave., according to a sign posted on the window.

Few details were available this morning. But the sign promises "European-style" frozen yogurt to come soon.

The business is slated for the spot right next to the incoming Sweetwater Paper & Home on the corner of First Avenue and Alder Street.

That business, owned by Robin Consani and specializing in greeting cards, paper, party supplies, candles, home goods and wine accessories, is slated for a Sept. 3 opening.

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Spokane-based accounting firm LeMaster Daniels Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, which operates an office in Walla Walla, is planning a merger with a Minnesota-based firm this fall, according to an announcement Monday.

The more than 100-year-old company plans to join with LarsonAllen LLP, said LeMaster Daniels CEO Scott Dietzen.

"We had actively been looking for Northwest firms to fold into the LeMaster Daniels brand as part of our overall growth strategy," Dietzen said in a prepared statement.

"An upward combination wasn't initially on our minds, but LarsonAllen's success in developing strong industry specialization was very attractive. Bringing that niche focus to our firm will benefit our clients and employees immensely and that's something we would never say 'no' to. We pursued this emphatically for all the opportunities it presents."

Founded in 1908, LeMaster Daniels expanded from Spokane into rural Washington communities, such as Walla Walla and Yakima, in the 1960s. It has 12 offices, 26 owners and 300 employees with annual revenues of about $40 million.

LarsonAllen is a top-20 CPA firm with 275 principals, 1,500 employees and more than 30 locations from Washington, D.C., to Phoenix, Ariz.

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

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