Downtown tasting room renovates, changes its name

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A downtown Walla Walla tasting room that opened late last year amid its development is back in the construction zone.

Plumb Cellars tasting room, which closed for renovation at the end of December, will soon re-open as Wine@NINE S. First.

The new name is an umbrella for the tasting room that will be shared by Plumb Cellars and Mansion Creek Cellars, according to an announcement.

The tasting room, located at 9 S. First Ave., is expected to open in February. Plumb Cellars is owned by Edie and Dale Johnson, Margo and Gary Kagels and Crandall Kyle. Mansion Creek is a partnership of Julia and Roger Russell and winemaker Jerry Myrick.

Plumb Cellars opened in the space before work was complete for Fall Release last November and continued to operate through the holiday season. The tasting room participated in the Walla Walla HomeTeam's Light a Candle for Hope fundraiser. Walla Walla HomeTeam is a collaboration between the Walla Walla Exchange Club, Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Children's Home Society of Washington. The tasting room sold candles for the fundraiser and accepted donations in lieu of tasting fees for the last two weeks of December. Such community service projects are expected to be an element of the Plumb Cellars business as it builds it presence in the Valley, the announcement said. The winery's owners said several neighboring downtown businesses purchased and lit the Candles of Hope, including World Wide Travel, Peach & Pear frozen yogurt shop, Sweetwater Paper & Home and Darrah's Framing & Decorator Center.

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New beginning level tai chi classes are on the horizon for February at the Many Waters Wellness Center, 820 Sprague Ave.

Sandi Wicher of Harmony and Health said the introductory tai chi for health classes will focus on the basics for those wanting to refresh or start as new students.

Designed by Dr. Paul Lam, the exercises are based on the sun style of tai chi and are safe for people of all ages who want to improve coordination, balance, memory and health.

The new classes will start Feb. 1 and run Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:15 a.m. throughout the month of February. Two Saturday mini-workshops will also take place for those who can't make the weekday times. The mini-workshops will run 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Feb. 12. Registration is required. For more details contact Wicher at 386-4305.

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A pink party on Main Street last September raised quite a bit of green on behalf of cancer patients.

Representatives of J.U.G.S. - Just Us Girls Sharing - presented a $6,000 check last week to Providence St. Mary Medical Center's Special Needs Fund for cancer patients.

J.U.G.S. President and founder Amy Vories said businesses and local residents made the Sept. 24 event a success. For six hours that day, local hair dressers were set up at First Avenue and Main Street to sell and apply pink hair extensions as a fundraiser for the Special Needs Fund.

Supported by donations, the fund helps patients in need with the costs of medications, transportation, food and lodging while they receive treatment at the Poplar Street hospital.

To learn more about J.U.G.S., visit www.just-us-girls-sharing.org or visit the group's J.U.G.S. Facebook page.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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