Studio Opal plans move to Main Street


Downtown Walla Walla boutique Studio Opal is planning a move to Main Street.

Owners Amy Glase and Kathy Nelson plan to relocate their operations to the corner of Colville and Main streets, across from Macy's. As of late last week a lease for that space had not been finalized, Glase said. However, she and Nelson are looking for a potential tenant to take over their current 2,800-square-foot space at the corner of Spokane and Alder streets.

Studio Opal, a compilation of artisan jewelry by Nelson, paintings by Glase, clothing lines and other items, first opened its doors in 2007 on First Avenue in the space now occupied by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. Shortly after that, the lifestyles boutique moved to 5 S. Colville St. In 2008, the store made another move to its current spot at 53 S. Spokane St. Its pending fourth move is expected to be its final destination, Glase said.


As part of its ongoing efforts to honor unsung heroes, Liberty Tax Service is offering a little tender, loving tax care to doctors, nurses, hospital employees and other medical professionals this week.

The office at 688 W. Rose St. is offering free tax preparation today through Sunday to medical field employees who are first-time customers.

General Manager Bob Dodgin said in an announcement the service is a way to "give back just a little to these individuals who perform life-saving miracles every day." For more information, call 526-5081.


Nearly 250 eligible customers of the Walla Walla Farmers Co-op will get their share of a dividend pie that totals just over $132,000.

"We're extremely proud that we can provide this tremendous return to our customers and owners," said General Manager Mike Potts in a prepared statement. He said providing a return on investment is one of many advantages to the co-op, a locally controlled division of energy, grain and food co-operative CHS Inc.

This year the Walla Walla Farmers Co-op, 111 N. Ninth Ave., will distribute $132,100 in patronage dividends to its eligible customers. The money is based on business transactions between Sept. 1, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2009. Of that amount, $55,132 will be paid out in cash. Over the next 12 months, eligible patrons will also receive redemptions of equity earned in previous years, the announcement said.

Patronage is based on business conducted throughout the year, while equity redemptions represent retirement of ownership in CHS earned in past years, officials explained.

Potts said those 70 and older are encouraged to request redemption of their equity. Representatives of the estates of deceased members should also do this. CHS makes equity redemptions to eligible individual direct members throughout the year for those 70 and older or those with estate retirements. Potentially eligible individuals must initiate contact.

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


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