Sow Social to work with local businesses


"You reap what we sow" is the motto of a new group buying company that launches at the start of December.

"Sow Social" is seeking participating businesses as well as interested consumers who want to take advantage of the group buying concept that's grown with the power of the Internet.

Walla Walla residents Tami Arias and Gayla Seymon have been partnering with merchants that will be featured on the new website. Here's how the concept works: Merchants partner with Sow Social to offer steep discounts -- usually 50 percent or more -- on their services. Sow Social then promotes the deal on its website to get sales in the form of printable vouchers.

Buyers that purchase the vouchers take them into the merchant for redemption. The merchants are paid through Sow Social which collects all the payments from the consumers.

The deals are offered on the site for a brief period of time -- three days. According to an announcement from Sow Social, deals lined up for December include discounts on popular local restaurants, cooking classes, professional photography, tanning, coffee cards and personal concierge services. Participating consumers are alerted via e-mail each time a new deal is posted.

As another element of the operation, Sow Social intends to give back to the community by sharing its profits with sponsoring partners, the owners say. For the month of December, Helpline and the Christian Aid Center will be the chosen charities to each share 50 percent of Sow Social's profits. To learn more, visit


Face It Skin Center is spicing up the holidays with an avant garde/Christmas glamour photo shoot next week.

The Walla Walla beauty business, 120 E. Birch St., is offering the extreme makeup, hair and photo sessions Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. The sessions run $50 and last about an hour and a half, said makeup artist Amanda Evans. A couple of openings remain for the event. Appointments are required. For more details, call 876-2834.


Plans are apparently cooking up for a new restaurant in the Isaacs Avenue space formerly home to Wing's Fusion.

A new restaurant specializing in Thai food and Southeast Asian cuisine is slated to open there Dec. 5, according to a sign on the door of the building.

The restaurant space at 1528 Isaacs Ave. was home to The Homestead, which closed after 27 years in 2008. Months later the Italian Bistro opened its doors there. That restaurant eventually evolved into Wing's Fusion, a blend of steak, seafood and pasta dishes, among many other offerings. The new restaurant opening next month is called Phuomy's, but few other details about the operation were immediately available this morning.


Jazzercise is heating up with two new body sculpting classes.

The new classes at 231/2 S. Spokane St. are intended to help accommodate new participants as well as offer current participants a greater choice in their class format, according to an announcement from Janet Byerley, owner of the local Jazzercise studio. The new classes take place at 5:55 a.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Sundays. The new classes will focus on strength, balance and stretching, removing the jazz dance aspect out of the other classes. The classes run 40 to 50 minutes and are open to people of all fitness levels. For more details, call Byerley at 525-9772 or visit to learn more about the worldwide class information.

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


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