Fill up on Bacon & Eggs at former gas station

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The opening of a new restaurant promises to be worth the wake.

Bacon & Eggs is expected to make its Main Street debut Monday, according to an announcement on Facebook.

The breakfast and lunch spot will operate at 503 E. Main St. in the remodeled location of a one-time gas station that in more recent years was a mini-mart.

Owners Michelle Adams and Michelle Giannunzio have described the restaurant's focus via social media as a "locavore" destination for breakfast and lunch, meaning ingredients will be homegrown or as close to home as possible.

The 7 a.m. opening will start with Stumptown coffee and pastries. Breakfast will be served starting at 8 a.m. The business will operate until 3 p.m. daily with the exception of Wednesdays when it's closed.

In addition to breakfast, lunch and espresso, Bacon & Eggs will serve breakfast cocktails and beer on tap.

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A group of local performers will be combining their musical chops for a Holiday Cabaret this weekend. Downtown tasting room Walla Faces, 216 E. Main St., will be the stage Sunday for holiday performances by Mark Brown, Gary Romjue, Emily Riley, Jennifer Northam, Brian Griffiths and special guests.

Two shows will be performed, and proceeds from the $20 Holiday Cabaret tickets will benefit Friends of Children of Walla Walla. Shows begin at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Destination Walla Walla booth, 26 E. Main St.; the Friends office, 120 E. Birch St. #10; or at the door.

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Looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift for 2011? How about something from 1928?

Operators of the Marcus Whitman Hotel amp; Conference Center's 1928 Gift amp; Wine Shop are reminding consumers they have an array of locally made items in store.

The shop carries local wines, hand-knit scarves, books from local authors and works from Walla Walla area artists, including framed pieces and blown glass by Kris Keller.

The gift store also carries gel-band watches, jewelry, wine accessories, an extensive line of Miche bags and even the luxury hotel's exclusive bathrobes and slippers. Gift shop Manager Sheryl Mathewson said gift baskets can be assembled with a variety of items from 1928.

The shop operates inside the hotel, Second Avenue and Rose Street. Open daily, it also sells snacks, espresso and other drinks. For more details, call 524-5117.

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Students at Walla Walla Community College will have a smoother walk to some of their classes courtesy of new sidewalks from Columbia Rural Electric Association.

While installing new lines on the campus, crews from CREA saw a need for paved pathways and sidewalks to help students and families with children traverse the campus more safely.

The first area of concern was near the Health Science and Performing Arts building, where students sometimes had to walk in the roadway.

The second area recognized for improvements was near the First Flight Childcare Center. Students with children at the center would walk across a narrow roadway to pick up their kids. Columbia REA engineering technician Wes Bernal and WWCC Vice President of Administrative Services Jim Peterson worked together to see that a combined 600 linear feet of handicapped-accessible sidewalk could be installed in those areas.

"These improvements have improved pedestrian travel and enhanced safety," Peterson said in a prepared statement. "We especially appreciate the new sidewalk near the Child Care Center."

In addition to the sidewalks, Columbia REA also donated $5,000 to the college's Foundation.

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

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