Blue Window Vintage offers old, new clothing

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What's old is new again at a downtown store specializing in vintage clothing.

Blue Window Vintage opened early this month in upstairs space in the Beehive building above Coffee Perk on downtown's First Avenue.

Proprietor Karianna Allum offers new retro-styled clothing as well as vintage items and other "niceties," according to a description on Facebook.

"Vintage" items are considered 20 years and older. Blue Window Vintage specializes in items from the '20s to the '90s in all sizes.

Hours of operation are noon-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Access to the shop is available through the door closest to the alley south of Coffee Perk.

For more information, call 509-301-1880.

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Walla Walla Bread Co. has brought back its handmade candy canes for the holiday season.

The downtown bake shop, 225 E. Main St., has started offering its hand-pulled and twisted candy canes.

The all-natural confections are made from scratch in peppermint, lemon and cinnamon flavors, said chef and Bread Co. co-owner Michael Kline.

Kline said the candy canes are a little larger than last year's. Prices are $1.50 each or six for $7.50.

Discounts apply for orders of 12 or more. Steady production is expected through Christmas.

The recipe is relatively simple but the process to make the holiday treats is intricate.

A concoction of sugar, light corn syrup and water is heated to 285 degrees in a process that takes about an hour.

The piping liquid is poured into baking sheets and cooled to 180 degrees not;?-- hot enough to be stretched but not touched with bare hands.

From there the sugar is pulled, worked and twisted into shape as candy canes.

More information about Walla Walla Bread Co. is available at w2breadco.com or on Facebook. The shop operates 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

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The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce drew its first $100 prize-winner last Friday in its "Keep It Home For the Holidays" campaign.

Walla Walla resident Christa Maiuri was the first of what will be three weekly winners in the Chamber's initiative.

The campaign is designed to encourage people to consider local stores first when shopping and keep their dollars in the community.

"Our local Chamber members offer a great selection of goods and services, and we want people from the Walla Walla Valley to support them," Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer David Woolson said in a prepared statement.

Participants who shop, dine or play at a Chamber-member business can bring in a receipt or business card from their visit into the Chamber office, 29 E. Sumach St. The receipt or card should include their own contact information. During the next two Fridays, a drawing will take place. The winners will receive $100 each from the Chamber.

No purchase is necessary to participate. Rules are available on the Chamber's website, as is the list of Chamber members: checkthechamber.com . For more details call 525-0850.

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A new general manager is behind the wheel at Gilbert Auto Honda.

Kirk Williams, the former owner and president of Ford of Walla Walla, has returned to the community to take the helm at Gilbert Auto Group's newest dealership, President Mark Gilbert announced recently.

A more than 25-year veteran of the automotive industry, Williams led Ford of Walla Walla for nearly 10 years before leaving the dealership in 2009 as part of the automaker's corporate restructuring. He worked afterward on the west side of the state before accepting the new position at Gilbert Auto Honda.

Apart from his professional contributions, Williams was active on boards for various organizations. He previously served on the board of directors for the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, Blue Mountain Action Council and Walla Walla Catholic Schools.

In his new role he will lead daily operations the dealership at its state-of-the-art autoplex, 1240 Commercial Drive. More information on Gilbert Auto Group can be found at gilbertauto.com .

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

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