A new second-hand retail shop on Poplar Street promises loads of items for bargain-hunters.
Walla Walla Pickers' Paradise opened mid-July at 37 W. Poplar St. in a former pawn shop location.
The new business is a family operation owned by Gary and Melissa Stack, who run the store with daughters Kaylee and Kelsey Stack.
Inventory runs the gamut from furniture to collectibles, dishes to children's items, antiques to tools and everything in between, Gary Stack said. He said the merchandise is constantly changing as items are sold and rotated from a 4,000-square-foot warehouse next to the store.
The items come from an array of sources, including packed-up storage units bought at auction, Stack said.
"We've been playing 'Storage Wars' over the last year and a half," he quipped.
He said the concept for the store was born from the recession. As consumers sharpen their bargain-hunting skills, Stack and his family wanted to serve the market with a store that could serve a broad base of needs.
The store operates Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more details, call 200-9060.
Community Bank paid out nearly $4,000 over the last two months as a reward to area students for good grades during the school year.
About 190 students participated in the bank's first "Earn While You Learn Program" designed to encourage academic success by celebrating students' good grades, officials with the Joseph, Ore.,-based bank said.
During June and July, all 16 Community Bank branches accepted end-of-the-year report cards from students from first through 12th grade. Top grades -- A-, A and A+ for middle and high school students, and S+, E and the like for grade-schoolers -- earned $1 apiece into students' Community Bank youth savings accounts.
The payout was $3,895, which averages to just over $20 per student. The Earn While You Learn Program will continue as an annual reward with payments for the whole school year given in June and July, officials said.
Looks like the Daily Market Cooperative is shelving plans for a new store this year.
According to an update from the member-owned market, an expansion is still in the works. However, board members have decided to take a slow-and-steady approach to financing and opening a new storefront.
They've established some criteria for the new store, which they believe will require a minimum of $100,000 to open. First: The space must be large enough to be self-sustaining, which is at least 1,000 square feet, the update explained. Paid staff is another desire from board members, as is an achievable business plan. Fundraising is the biggest challenge, according to the update. But organizers believe with strong leadership and strategizing, it can be done.
"Other food co-ops in communities even smaller and more rural have successfully raised large sums to open their doors, so we are cautiously optimistic that we can raise significant investments from our community," the announcement read.
In the meantime, the organization's wildly successful "Made in Walla Walla Box" program will continue at another location. Through that program, consumers pay once at the start of the growing season and get weekly boxes of an assortment of locally grown and made foods. That program not only serves to provide access to sustainable foods but also will help build funds to eventually open a full-service store.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8321.