Little Mud Pies relocates to downtown

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Downtown Walla Walla's newest retailer is a business that specializes in hand-me-downs.

Little Mud Pies is a store for children and pregnant mothers, featuring clothing, furniture and toys in like-new condition.

The business opened early this month at 21 W. Alder St., next to the Red Monkey in space formerly occupied by a portion of Graphic Apparel.

Though new to downtown, it's not new to the community.

Family-owned Little Mud Pies got its start earlier this year at the Country Store Consignment Center.

Amber Miller, who runs the store she owns with her sister, Autumn Buttice, and mother Yvonne Coers, said seasonal name-brand items in good, clean condition are purchased by the business outright from customers.

Those who sell their items to the store get paid in cash or in-store credit. The items are then re-sold through the store.

The space is chock-full of clothing racks with items for kids from infants to children's size 12.

Those who bring items into the store are asked to bring them in totes and only bring one or two totes at a time.

Hours of operation for Little Mud Pies are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 629-7437.

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Old St. Nick will make appearances this weekend at a couple of local hardware stores.

Santa Claus will be coming to the Ace Hardware stores in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater on Saturday, said Linda Henry, who co-owns the stores with her husband, Doug.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. the jolly old elf will be at the Walla Walla Ace at the Eastgate Marketplace, 460 N. Wilbur Ave.

He'll then move to the new Milton-Freewater store, 175 S. Main St., 2-5 p.m.

Parents should bring a camera to take their own pictures.

Friends with paws will have their chance to meet Santa Claus.

Walla Walla pet care center Wags to Whiskers, 1903 E. Isaacs Ave., has teamed up with the Hot Dogs 4-H Club for pictures with Santa on Saturday.

Participants are invited to bring their four-legged friends to the store from noon to 4 p.m.

The cost is a suggested donation of five cans of pet food or items from the wish lists of local animal rescue groups.

The wish lists for the Blue Mountain Humane Society and the Milton-Freewater Humane Society, previously known as Cats Galore, will be posted on the Wags to Whiskers Facebook page.

For more information call 529-4444.

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If you didn't get a chance to taste the new bubbles from Ginevra Casa Smith on Wednesday, you'll have another chance Friday.

The Walla Walla winemaker will pour her Secco Italian Bubbles during a tasting at import Italian food market Cugini, 960 Wallula Ave.

The northern Italian sparklers -- in blanco and ros?copy; -- will be poured 2-4 p.m. Ginevra, who happens to be married to Walla Walla winemaker Charles Smith, made a move from Rome to the United States about six years ago.

She is a sommelier who began her wine industry career as an Italian wine specialist for a Colorado distribution company. With her sister Olivia's expertise in business, public relations and graphic design, the pair set out to make their own Prosecco blends.

For more details on Friday's tasting, call Cugini at 526-0809.

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Walla Walla appraiser J.P. "Jack" Fredrickson was recently recognized for his 47 years of service by the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

Fredrickson of Associated Appraisers of Walla Walla LLC was honored for his service in the advancement of the real estate appraisal profession during the December meeting of the organization's chapter in Richland.

Fredrickson has served as president of the Columbia Basin Chapter on several occasions.

He's also been a regional vice governor, and in late 2000 was appointed by Gov. Gary Locke to serve a six-year term on the Washington State Appraisal Commission.

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

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