Coffee shop to add barbecue

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An Eastgate coffee shop is brewing up plans to add barbecue.

Tiffany Oney said her Blackbirds grind & grill will soon introduce barbecue to its Wilbur Avenue operation.

If the "Blackbirds" name causes you to pause, it's likely because that's a change, too.

The shop at 515 N. Wilbur Ave. was formerly home to the Java Hut until Oney and her husband, Jason Oney, purchased it several months back.

They're revamping the inside, converting the tropical theme to a more rustic style. Along with Jason's brother, Blake Oney, they'll introduce their barbecue offerings Sept. 8. Tri-tip and chicken dinners will be on the menu, as well as lunch offerings. The food will be available to eat there or for carryout. The business can accommodate about 15 diners inside.

Coffee is available now, but once the barbecue is served up the hours of operation will change slightly. New hours after that September date will be 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The business will be closed Sundays. For more information call 540-1215.

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Mondays are about to become a little more bearable thanks to new hours at The Colville Street Patisserie.

The sweet shop known for its pastries, coffee, gelato and array of other tasty treats is expanding its hours to include Mondays.

Tiffany Cain, who owns the business with her husband, David Christensen, said the Monday addition is a response to customer requests. A new baking assistant is also expected to help with the transition.

The shop on the corner of Colville and Alder streets currently operates 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

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Craig Sievertsen has been promoted to senior vice president/consumer and small-business lending manager for Banner Bank.

In his new role, Sievertsen will be responsible for the Walla Walla-based bank's consumer and small-business lines, particularly focused on lending efforts, the company announced.

Gary Wagers, Banner's executive vice president of retail products and services, lauded Sievertsen as a "natural leader and a valuable member of our team."

Sievertsen has worked as vice president/credit administrator for the Yakima, Western Oregon and Walla Walla divisions. He has 10 years in the banking industry and received one of Banner's Best Awards in 2009.

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