Jewelry business sprouts from Farmers Market to downtown shop

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A jewelry and accessories business that took root at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market has taken permanent residence downtown.

Bijou recently opened as a new boutique on Main Street, according to an announcement.

Jewelry designer and shop owner Tracey Goebel is likely a familiar face, having had a presence at the farmers market over the last seven years.

Her new shop is located at 26 E. Main St., two doors west of Starbucks through the entrance between Tru Cellars and the Destination Walla Walla booth.

Bijou, adorned with a bright orange daisy over the entrance, features handbags, scarves, candles, wine accessories and other gift and personal items, as well, of course, as Goebel's hand-crafted jewelry.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday. The business will also be open Sundays during the holidays.

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Speaking of the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market, vendors will come together Saturday for a one-day seasonal holiday market.

The fourth annual event runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the market location at Fourth Avenue and Main Street.

Those in the market for gifts are likely to stumble upon some unique finds while being entertained with live music throughout the event.

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West of the Blues Barbeque is headed east this weekend.

The mobile food vendor that specializes in barbecue and other fare will move this weekend from its traditional spot at 12th Avneue and Rose Street to Le Chateau Winery, 175 Aeronca Ave. at the Walla Walla Regional Airport industrial park.

The father/daughter operation owned by Keith Knotts and Annie Goff will feature its traditional barbecue sandwiches, as well as pork and chicken gyros and New Orleans-style gumbo. West of the Blues will serve up their fare 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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A taste of Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine is coming to Isaacs Avenue this weekend.

Phuomy's will hold its grand opening at 1528 Isaacs Ave. -- the former site of Wing's Fusion and The Homestead -- on Sunday.

The restaurant will operate noon to 9 p.m. that day. The rest of the weekly schedule is 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and the aforementioned Sunday hours. The schedule may fluctuate depending on demand.

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More than 65 entries will travel the downtown streets this year in the Macy's Holiday Parade of Lights.

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation officials say more participants will be getting in the action Saturday. Last year's parade featured 50 entries, said Jennifer Northam, the foundation's events and public relations manager. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at Palouse and Main streets. It will travel along Palouse to Alder Street, then proceed to Fifth Avenue, around to Main Street, ending back at Palouse. Parking is allowed along the route, but no vehicle movement will be allowed during the parade.

The foundation is also taking reservations for its Hot Cocoa with Santa event Dec. 11. The event runs 9 a.m.-noon at CrossRoads Steakhouse, 207 W. Main St. The cost is $7 per person. Kids under 2 get in free. Families can sip cocoa and munch on goodies. Photos with Santa will be taken. Space is limited and reservations are required at 529-8755.

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

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