April Fool's! Not. Octopus to move to 7 E. Main St.


It's no joke: The Inland Octopus toy store will celebrate April Fool's with a relocation.

In a move owner Bob Catsiff refers to as "The Great Octopus Migration of 2010," the 5-year-old store will move to 7 E. Main St., next to Bright's Candies.

Catsiff said the move will take place sometime around April 1. The new spot, most recently home to Gotta Go Embroidery, is the same size as the current location at 220 E. Main St. But Catsiff said the greater foot traffic and proximity to the candy store is more "advantageous."

"Who wouldn't want to be next to the candy store?" he quipped Tuesday.

Catsiff said the original layout and "aura" of the store will be preserved, as well as enhanced. "An even wider variety of merchandise will be available plus a few more surprises," he announced.

Inland Octopus can be reached at 526-0115 or email@inlandoctopus.com .


Licensed massage practitioner Jan Atwater, owner of Atwater's Edge Massage, has joined downtown Walla Walla's Advance Health Clinic.

A nationally certified therapist in massage and bodywork, Atwater specializes in deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial release and trigger point massage. She also has advanced training in sports massage, pregnancy massage, manual lymphatic drainage and cancer massage.

Atwater has had private practices in California and in Washington, worked for the Washington State Health and Wellness Center and was head therapist for the Washington State University Cougars. She has worked on an Olympic gold medalist decathlete and was an instructor for seven years at a massage school in Moscow, Idaho.

She accepts health insurance from most companies and welcomes new patients at 30 W. Main St. For more information call 526-0655.


A 25-year employee of Key Technology has been appointed to the company's newly created position of InterContinental Sales Manager for the Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific and Latin American regions.

Teri Johnson most recently worked as the Fresh-Cut Industry Manager, a position responsible for supporting Key's worldwide business in the strategic industry.

She also previously worked as product marketing manager, systems engineer, sales engineering manager, service manager, among many other positions.

In her new role she will lead sales and aftermarket activities of the Walla Walla manufacturing firm's automated inspection, specialized conveying, product preparation systems and service in those geographic areas.

"Key Technology has a long and successful history of providing process automation systems to food processors and industrial customers around the world," said John Boutsikaris, Key's senior vice president of Global Sales and Aftermarket, in a prepared statement. "To maintain our leadership position, we need to constantly work to understand the changing dynamics of our diverse markets."


Second Avenue gourmet grocery Salumiere Cesario will feature authentic beers from Trappist monasteries during its special tasting event Thursday.

The private tasting will run 7-9 p.m. at the downtown store, 20 N. Second Ave. The event will pair a number of Trappist beers with beer-washed cheeses and other accompaniments. Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event is limited to 30 people. Tickets purchased in advance are $30. Any spaces left the night of the event will be $35 per person. Participants will get a beer glass to take home as a souvenir of the event.

The Trappist beers must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, according to the announcement. They are crated by or under the control of Trappist monks. The brewery and choices depend on the monastic community, but the end economic result is the same: all proceeds are directed to charitable assistance.

The beers are characterized by a yeasty breadiness, sustained sweetness and fruity esters that develop further complexity on the palate. They are also known for bright hops that may diminish with aging, damp earth, herbal or floral aromatics and bold strength.

To reserve a spot call 528-5620 or drop by the store.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.


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