Chase bank's new College Place branch to host open house


Chase has officially opened the doors of its new College Place branch and will celebrate with a grand opening this weekend.

The 4,100-square-foot bank branch quietly opened at its second area location at 1715 Meadowbrook Blvd. The new building, located next to Panda Express at Meadowbrook Plaza, features four drive-through lanes -- one of which includes an ATM -- and a walk-up ATM. Branch Manager Mary Kasma leads a staff of eight employees at the branch.

According to an announcement from the company, the new location was best for offering "convenience, accessibility and ease of doing business for our present and future customers."

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will help welcome the new business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening that starts Saturday at 9 a.m. The ribbon-cutting will be 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Chase at 525-1570.


First new owners. Now a new designer.

Shelly Kalua Graham, a universal and interior designer, has joined Walla Walla Carpet One, the flooring and home store previously known as Modern Floors Carpet One and recently re-opened by new owners Ron and Maddie Thornhill.

Graham came to the area from a design practice north of Spokane to be near her son who is attending college in the area.

According to an announcement, her design work focuses on "beautiful functionality with a strong emphasis on lifespan planning." Her specific expertise is in universal design issues, lighting design and home automation design. She has also facilitated trainings and workshops in universal design and accessibility. A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where she studied interior design, she is working on her master's in interior architecture and design.


A new stylist is doing 'dos at Impress Salon.

Livia Hegdal has joined the staff at the Plaza Way business. She has spent more than 10 years working in salons, including Paule Attar in Bellevue, Wash. She has also owned and operated her own salon in Twisp, Wash., for the past four years.

Hegdal, who brings expertise with color and curly hair, has participated in a number of advanced education programs, including at Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., and Seattle, and through TIGI with Michele Rein in Seattle.

She will be available for appointments at Impress on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more details, call 529-3534.

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


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