Fisher line lands more space at Walla Walla Clothing Co.

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The top line at Walla Walla Clothing Co. is getting a makeover this weekend in what store co-owner Teresa Morasch describes as one of the retailer's most important events.

The Eileen Fisher line of clothing carried at the downtown store, 103 E. Main St., is expanding into its own dedicated department. A grand opening of the department takes place during store hours Friday and Saturday. Valerie Fisher from Eileen Fisher will attend the celebration. Customers will receive 10 percent off all Eileen Fisher purchases, wardrobe consultation, free gifts, drawings for gift cards and refreshments to help celebrate the new venture.

Walla Walla Clothing is one of more than 400 specialty boutiques that carries the line, but it's one of only 18 such stores chosen as a special account of Eileen Fisher, Morasch said.

She said the new department will carry an even larger selection of the lifestyle brand designed for women of all ages and body types.

"We have found that as Eileen Fisher has evolved, our customer base has significantly grown as well as the demand," Morasch said in the announcement. "With the opening of this new department, we hope that demand will be better filled and allow us to introduce the line to even more customers."

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Hop into Walla Walla's Harvest Foods this weekend for a display of real-life bunnies.

Just ahead of Easter the Southgate grocery store, 905 S. Second Ave., is teaming with the Dry Creek 4-H Club of Walla Walla on Saturday to display some of the club bunnies. Visitors to the store will be able to see and pet the rabbits.

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Realtor Tarah McCaw of WilliamsTeamHomes.com has earned the Short Sales and Foreclosures Certification.

The certification enables her to assist sellers as they maneuver through short sales, which take place when the seller's mortgage lender agrees to accept less than the balance on the mortgage. She will also help buyers pursue short-sale and foreclosure opportunities with the training, according to an announcement.

The certification comes on the verge of a new government program that could encourage more short sales. In a move to end the nationwide foreclosure crisis, the Obama administration has created a program that will provide incentives for home owners who have defaulted on their loans to sell.

According to a recent piece in The New York Times, more than 5 million households are behind on their mortgages and risk foreclosure. Under the new program, the servicing bank would get $1,000. Another $1,000 would go toward a second loan if there is one. Home owners who go through the short sale process would get $1,500 in "relocation assistance."

McCaw can be reached at 240-0455 or tarah@williamsteamhomes.com.

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

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