Eastgate store to offer many things Halloweenesque

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An Eastgate storefront that went dark a few years ago is about to become goulish and spooky, too.

Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal retailer of all things creepy and crawly, will soon open a store at 1938 Isaacs Ave.

That spot has been vacant since the 2008 closure of the Walla Walla area's last Blockbuster video store. A sign recently displayed on the face of the building promises the coming of Spirit.

A specific date for the opening has not been announced, but according to the company's Facebook page the typical store opens around Labor Day weekend and closes in early November.

Spirit specializes in Halloween costumes and accessories -- hats, wigs, shoes, makeup, masks and more -- for all shape, sizes and ages. There are even costumes to transform the family pet. The store also has an array of items to turn your house into a haunted Halloween destination.

The store first came to life in 1983. By 1999 it operated 63 seasonal locations throughout the country. It was acquired that year by Spencer Gifts LLC and has since grown to almost 1,000 locations in 48 states and Canada. It also operates online. The shops are generally located in "high-visiblity, high-traffic strip centers," according to a description of the company.

To learn more about it, stop by Spirit Halloween's Facebook page, or visit www.SpiritHalloween.com.

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Clothing, jewelry and housewares from around the globe will find a new home in downtown Walla Walla next month.

Lotus Clothing Jewelry Design will open in September at 19 S. Spokane St., according to a sign on the building. The space is the former site of Annabelle's Clothing and Accessories Boutique.

According to the business's website, Lotus Clothing amp; Jewelry Design was established in 1997 in downtown Ellensburg, Wash. Owners Hildi Neff and Kim Holland travel overseas each year to develop the coming year's inventory and new designs, the site explains.

The two work with small businesses across the globe that specialize in recycled silk saris, fine cottons and hand-painted rayon materials.

For the jewelry line, they work with silversmiths using fine gemstones and .925 sterling silver for an array of gemstone earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings.

The selection of housewares incorporates everything from woodblock printed curtains and tapestries to hand-painted pottery and hand-carved statues.

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

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