Walla Walla jeweler pairs with nonprofits


Falkenbergs Jewelers is offering more bang with the bling this week.

The historic downtown jewelry store has partnered with the Blue Mountain Humane Society and the YWCA for a Harvest Celebration that runs through Saturday.

Ten percent from every purchase at the Main Street store this week will benefit the two nonprofit agencies, said Falkenbergs owner Skip Cundiff. Silent auction items will also be available, and the entire winning bid will be donated.

Items throughout the store at 6 E. Main St. will also be marked down, and the YWCA and Humane Society will have information available about their organizations.

"Jewelry and crisis services don't sound like they go together, but this event shows how Walla Walla and our business community understands that we all have to work together to make life better for everyone," said YWCA Executive Director Anne-Marie Schwerin, in a prepared statement. "We appreciate Falkenbergs' support of our work with women and families."

Sara Archer, executive director of the Blue Mountain Humane Society, said she's equally thrilled to be involved.

"It is such a great opportunity for people to learn about and support our mission in a way that benefits them and local business at the same time," she said in the announcement. "And since dogs are welcome in the store, you can bring your bet friend along to get their opinion on your purchase."

For more information call 525-6060.


Three new practitioners have joined the staff at Many Waters Wellness Center.

Sandi Wicher, owner of the operation at 800 Sprague Ave. at Jefferson Park, said the new additions have filled out the staffing at the health and wellness facility. The new faces at Many Waters belong to licensed massage practitioner Holiday Sloan, energy healer and Reiki master teacher Dr. Joy Kachel, and licensed massage practitioner and certified energy practitioner Laura Ray.

Sloan specializes in therapeutic, clinical-based massage. She uses trigger point therapy, deep tissue and structural relief therapy to target habitually tense and painful areas of the body. She can be reached at 529-0973.

Kachel, of Blue Lotus Healing Arts, is also a spiritual counselor and ordained minister. She offers energy healing and Reiki healing sessions and classes, advanced healer training, personal insight and spiritual practices classes, spiritual counseling and life-affirming talks, rituals and ceremonies. Her contact number is 529-1048.

Ray, of Wings of Dee, is a level III Reiki practitioner and certified advanced energy healer. She employs DNA/Theta healing, etheric myofascial release, Body Matrix cleanse and lymphatic drainage, as well as other treatments. She can be reached at 541-938-6827.

All of the professionals and practitioners at Many Waters Wellness Center will be available for a meet-and-greet during the operation's Fall Open House event Oct. 17. The open house runs 1-4 p.m. and includes demonstrations and information on classes and therapeutic techniques. For more information, visit www.manywaterswellnesscenter.com or check out Many Waters on Facebook.

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


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