Pampering yourself was never more eco-friendly.
At least, that's the hope of owners of a new organic spa opening Feb. 1. Four Feathered Sparrow LLC will open at 120 E. Birch St., suite 6. The boutique spa is owned by stylist Amy Vories, who will be joined by stylist Sarah Allen and Emilee Hendrickson of Emilee's Aesthetics.
"Spa Sparrow" uses products that are naturally derived and certified organic. The business focuses on minimizing emissions, waste, energy consumption and toxic residuals, operators said in an announcement.
The grand opening for the business is 4-7 p.m. on opening day. Drinks will be provided by Balboa Winery with snacks by Maria Ferarro Catering. Employees will be wearing clothes featured by Studio Opal.
Walla Walla's Christian Aid Center started the new year with a donation from AmericanWest Bank.
Last week, representatives from the bank presented Christian Aid Center Executive Director Jason Wicklund with a check for $950. The organization, founded in 1946, serves the area's homeless and low-income population through its shelter and food kitchen. The donation by AmericanWest Bank was part of the company's annual commitment to support local food-assistance organizations.
"The need is great right now so we're hoping our gift will encourage others who can give to also step up and do what they can to assist Community Action Partners, which in turn benefits so many of our neighbors," said Mark Becker, AmericanWest Bank's Walla Walla-based regional manager, in a prepared statement.
A headline on a Sunday story about the cuts to the state Main Street program may have led some to believe the local Main Street program could be shutting down.
As I explained in the story, the cuts proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to help close the $2.6 billion budget deficit could end the state program. That program helps support about 85 Main Street programs throughout the state, including Walla Walla's.
However, officials with the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation would continue to operate and follow the tenets set up by the national program, no matter the outcome at the state level.
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