Blazing Guitars smokin' with new hours, services

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Blazing Guitars is fine-tuning its operation at 33 S. Colville St. with new hours and services, according to an announcement from the downtown Walla Walla guitar shop.

Onwers Dan Goodall and Bart Wuest have altered their hours to include more shop time Saturdays. This month the hours of operation have changed to 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To compensate for the Saturday hours Blazing Guitars is now closed Mondays, which Wuest described as the shop's "lightest business day."

Additionally, the shop has broadened its line of accessories "to support and enhance and connect the guitars and amplifiers they offer," the announcement said. Owners say quick turnaround of repairs and upgrades to electric and acoustic guitars remains a focus of the business.

Blazing Guitars offers entry-level equipment, including "starter bundles." The bundles contain everything needed to begin playing guitar, including the instrument, strap, pick, chord book and an educational DVD. For electric guitars, the bundles include an amplifier and cord. For more information, call 526-0633.

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A group of local moms has provided a resource center for families.

The Moms' Network has opened a center at Book amp; Game Co. at First Avenue and Main Street. The self-serve center contains brochures and information on 40 nonprofit or service organizations, said Moms' Network founder Beth Swanson. She said families can find information ranging from child care to health care to the local Girl Scouts organization.

"The Moms' Network has created one place in town where a parent can find information for their family and children of all ages," Swanson said in the announcement. "Walla Walla has so much to offer families and now there is one place to find it all. The Resource Center will continue to grow as we add more information."

The center is open seven days a week. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. An online resource center is also available at www.themomsnetworkww.com . Organizations that want their information included at the centers can contact Swanson at 301-7471 or: beth@themomsnetworkww.com .

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Palouse Counseling has relocated.

The operation that provides mental health and employee assistance services has moved just down the street from its former office at 120 E. Birch St. The new location at 19 E. Birch St. is on the corner of Birch Street and First Avenue in a building occupied for years by the former Colonial-Dewitt Funeral Home.

Kim's Healing Place has moved along with Palouse Counseling and will continue to share space with the operation. For mroe information, call Laurie Heikkenen at 527-8451 or e-mail: laurie@palousecounseling.com .

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

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