Judging from the lines outside of Panda Express, it appears the population of College Place made it out for the opening day of the Chinese fast-food restaurant off State Route 125.
(Around dinner time last night the line of cars snaked from the drive past the new Chase bank onto Meadowbrook Boulevard; and the line of people waiting to place their orders stretched outside the restaurant.)
But here's an added incentive for those planning to make it in later this week: On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 20 percent of the proceeds from food sales will be donated to Riding Against Child Abuse, said General Manager Joe Beltran.
The cause is a focus of the Walla Walla Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and is typically observed through the Walla Walla Community College rodeo fundraiser.
Hours of operation at the College Place eatery, 1721 S.E. Meadowbrook Plaza across from Wal-Mart, are 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily.
The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman has opened a new retail shop downtown.
Catie McIntyre Walker's Wine Shoppe is a retail haven for everything from Walla Walla wine to Champagne.
Located at 19 N. Second Ave. in the former Mane Event hair salon space, the store is open limited hours this week and will officially be rolling Nov. 1, according to a Facebook post on the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman page.
Wine expert, author, blogger and columnist Paul Gregutt will sign copies of his recently published wine guide this weekend at Buty Winery.
Gregutt will be at the Walla Walla winery, 535 E. Cessna Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sign copies of "Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide." The newly published book is his second edition. It can be purchased in advance by calling Buty at 527-0901. Copies purchased in advance can still be inscribed by Gregutt.
The winery will operate 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. As a side note from the book, Buty, owned by Caleb and Nina Buty Foster, was highlighted as one of the top 20 wineries in the state in the book. For more details, call Buty or visit www.butywinery.com .
The Milton-Freewater Post Office is delivering a seminar for businesses on shipping and mailing Wednesday.
Business operators are invited to attend the presentation at the Milton-Freewater Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth Ave. The event starts at 7 p.m.
Presentations during the seminar will provide information on the postal services available to help businesses enhance their mailing and shipping needs. Finding new customers, driving traffic online and increasing profits will also be part of the event. United States Postal Service consultants will offer details on online services, commercial discounts, pickup, package tracking and effective use of the USPS's site. Refreshments will be served. For more details, call Milton-Freewater Postmaster Daniel Corey at 541-938-2744.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8321.