A relatively new confection at Bright's Candies has a long history in Ren?©e Unterseher's family.
And now the treat that has been shared nearly three decades in her family is being sold through the Walla Walla store to help raise money for HelpLine.
"Rene's Rocha" is handmade almond toffee dipped in premium Guittard chocolate. It is the featured candy of the month at Bright's, 11 E. Main St., where one pound sells for $22.50. As part of the partnership between the store and Unterseher's Prayerfulhearts.org , $5 from every pound of the candy sold is donated to HelpLine. Bright's recently presented a check for $500 to HelpLine based on the newly featured candy, according to an announcement from the store.
Unterseher, who works in Walla Walla University's enrollment office, reportedly began selling the treats as a fundraiser shortly after last Christmas for two families in need.
The response was so overwhelming that she sought help from Bright's owner Paul Jenes, who contracted with her to manufacture the candy. Jenes and Unterseher collaborated on a duplication of the family recipe, and then Jenes created an "extra fancy" version. Both are made in Bright's store-front candy kitchen.
"Rene's Rocha has been a great addition to our specialty candies, and the idea to raise money for a local organization just makes our partnering on the project even better," Jenes said in the announcement.
Both the original and extra-fancy versions can be purchased in the store or online at: www.brightscandies.com .
E Street Driving School is cruising into its new summer classes.
A new class started Monday and runs into Aug. 17. Class hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
A Sunday-only class will begin Aug. 15 and run until Dec. 19. Class hours are 4:30-6:30 p.m.
E Street Driving School, 915 S. Second Ave., is owned by Brian and Beth Luxton.
For more information, call 527-7898 or visit: www.estreetdrivingschool.com .
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8321.