New spot for chilly treats aims to be hot ticket

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A new self-serve frozen yogurt shop should add some chill to a hot July.

Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt is slated to open in the middle to tail end of this month on Plaza Way.

Owners Paula Elsom and Heather Threadgill are converting a former cash store into their new hotspot for frozen treats at 1417 Plaza Way, next door to Great Clips.

The shop will carry YoCream frozen yogurt, as well as options of low- and no-fat, a sorbet or nondairy selection, a tart option and a no-added-sugar flavor, Elsom said. Ten flavors will be on tap at all times, but the selection will rotate. An array of 30 or so dry and fresh fruit toppings will also be offered, with an emphasis on local seasonal fruit. Customers will create their own dishes and then pay by weight.

Operators also plan to focus some of their attention on helping with local causes. Elsom said portions of proceeds from various weekend evenings will be dedicated to special interests or needs identified by patrons and community members.

To follow along with the building transformation or learn more, find Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt on Facebook or visit www.bluepalmyo.com.

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The Red Monkey is hitting the streets for lunch.

The downtown Walla Walla lounge and eatery, 25 W. Alder St., at has added a lunch delivery service to its menu of options.

The Monkey's recently expanded menu is available for delivery to the downtown area. Deliveries are made on a customized three-wheel bike dubbed the "Iron Horse" and intended to bring smiles as deliveries are pedaled, according to an announcement from General Manager Brian Shields.

Those interested can visit the Red Monkey site to check out the menu at www.redmonkeylounge.com or call 522-3865 with an order and desired time and location of delivery. A special treat comes with every order.

In a separate service, the Red Monkey has also added a "text club." Members of the free club can learn about occasional special offers and freebies exclusively for members. To join, text "MONKEY" to 87940 on any mobile phone. Additionally, a check-in touch screen computer pad allows consumers to check in at the door for more offers. Those who sign on will get a welcome offer. To retrieve, show the server or bartender the telephone message.

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A new full-service mortgage office has opened in Walla Walla.

Eagle Home Mortgage has opened at 47 E. Main St., just east of the plaza at First Avenue and Main Street.

Tom Shaw, a mortgage banker for more than 14 years, is branch manager at the office and looking for other mortgage professionals to join.

Headquartered in Bellevue, Eagle Mortgage is a 25-year-old full-service lender with 47 offices in nine western states. It is part of the Lennar family of companies.

The office offers conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, jumbo and manufactured home loans. The company processes, underwrites and funds loans in-house, according to the announcement. For more information, call the local office at 522-1900.

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

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