Bicycle shops fuel Bike to Work Friday


Local bicycle shops are offering a sweet reward for commuters who pedal to work Friday.

Allegro Cyclery and the Bicycle Barn will open early to serve refreshments in honor of Bike-to-Work Friday. Cookies and coffee will be served 7-9 a.m. at both locations.

Allegro is at 200 E. Main St. downtown, two doors from Hot Poop. The Bicycle Barn is at 1503 E. Isaacs Ave. on the corner of White Street, next to Dusty's Ski Shop.


It's no bull: Walla Walla's Harvest Foods is carrying Thundering Hooves beef.

The grocery store at 905 S. Second Ave. has partnered with the multigenerational local farm operation to offer a small selection of the 100 percent grass-fed meats.

Thundering Hooves also offers its beef, as well as pork, lamb and poultry, in its own retail shop at 2021 Isaacs Ave. So Tom Angotti, market manager for Harvest Foods, hopes the companies can "grow together."

He's been working with Keith Swanson, Thundering Hooves co-owner and sales manager, on the initial setup and recommendations, according to an announcement from the Southgate store.

"The biggest advantage that both Keith and Tom see is the exposure for both companies to share a quality product that has many health benefits over others," said Walla Walla's Harvest Foods co-owner Kathleen Lockwood, in the announcement.

The grass-fed meats have fewer saturated fats, more Omega-3 fatty acids, anti-carcinogen conjugated linoleic acid, and no added hormones or antibiotics. For details on Thundering Hooves, visit . For details on Harvest Foods, visit


Walla Walla County officials have been highlighting four areas over several weeks as part of Building Safety Month.

Energy and green building, disaster safety and mitigation; fire safety and awareness; and backyard safety have been the focus in May.

"The important work we do is often overlooked until a catastrophic tragedy occurs," said Tom Glover, director of the Walla Walla County Community Development Department, in a prepared statement.

Building Safety Month in Walla Walla County follows a national theme -- "Commemorating a 30-year Legacy of Leadership." Three decades ago, Building Safety Week began, becoming Building Safety Month.

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


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