New Milton-Freewater shop to sell books, baked goods

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A new business that opened today in Milton-Freewater offers food for the body and soul.

"Our Daily Bread" is a bakery and book store at 311 S. Main St., in the building that for years housed a real estate office. Owned by Elvin and Agnes Ebersol and their family, the operation specializes largely in breads, but also features an array of treats, as well as a book store and gifts. Specialty breads include onion and cheese and Italian, among others. Cookies, muffins, cinnamon rolls and pies are also featured.

Many of the literary offerings reflect the Mennonite beliefs of the owners. Gift items are also available for sale.

The shop operates 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more details, call 541-938-9388.

Speaking of tasty items south of the Washington border, hours of indulgence are changing at another Milton-Freewater shop next week.

Custom bake shop Decadence will open an hour later each weekday morning starting Monday. Previously opened at 7 a.m., Decadence will run 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The change is an adaptation to customer preferences, according to a post on the Decadence Facebook page. Operators have seen higher lunch-time activity than morning drop-ins.

Weekend hours are also on the horizon, according to the post. More details to come as schedules adjust.

Decadence, 123 E. Broadway St., is owned by Marisa and Jerry Lemay. In addition to specialty baked goods made fresh daily, the business offers lunch, including housemade soups and sandwiches, and custom orders on everything from sugary confections to vegan, diabetic and gluten-free items.

The Walla Walla Farmers Co-op is collecting money, food and grain as part of the first CHS Harvest for Hunger food drive.

Starting Monday, the cooperative at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Rose Street will accept contributions, which will be delivered to Feeding America's network of food banks, according to an announcement. Donations will be accepted through March 18.

"We're excited to participate in CHS Harvest for Hunger," said co-op General Manager Mike Potter, in a prepared statement. For every donation collected, CHS Country Operations will make a local contribution to help folks in the local community, he said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to multiply the impact of every donation we make," Potter said.

The Walla Walla Farmers Co-op is a business unit of CHS, a nearly 80-year-old energy, grains and food company.

The ultimate goal is to raise the equivalent of 1 million meals for hungry families. Financial donations are encouraged since food banks can utilize their buying power to buy nutritious food at deeply discounted rates. According to Feeding America, every $1 donated helps provide seven meals.

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

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