Stylists abuzz over 'Lather, Rinse, Defeat' fundraising campaign

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A classic beehive created serious buzz during the first-round of Walla Walla's four-week hair-styling competion "Lather, Rinse, Defeat."

Five teams with 24 stylists from nine salons competed Monday at Impress Salon. The winning team included Emilee Hendrickson of Four Feathered Sparrow, Stephanie Hinceman of Impress, Lisa Johnson of Bella Salon, Marisa Loyd of Impress and Michelle Stanton of Impress. Kyla Knopper was the model.

The competition is a spin on reality television show "Shear Genius." Lather, Rinse, Defeat. showcases the talent of local stylists while also raising awareness of J.U.G.S. -- Just Us Girls Sharing -- a nonprofit organization created to help educate people on and raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

Monday's first round was judged by Sam McCleod, Ester Bock and Maria Ferraro-Driver.

People are encouraged to visit the Lather, Rinse, Defeat. Facebook page and vote one time only for their favorite team. New teams have been drawn for next week. Stylists will accumulate points based on voting as well as the judges decisions. Next week's challenge is inspired by a pearl and diamond pendant from Falkenburg's Jewelers and the word "vortex".

A free workshop will provide an introduction to solar power for businesses Thursday.

Doug Boleyn of Energy Trust of Oregon will present a two-hour workshop in Milton-Freewater that will explain how business operators can save 90 percent on the cost of solar installation. The event runs 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

According to a bio circulated by the Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce, Boleyn began his solar work in 1974 with the design and construction of one of Oregon's first solar homes. He worked for Portland General Electric Company for more than 20 years as solar energy consultant, researcher and program designer. For 10 years after that he worked in private solar consulting. In 2009 he joined the Energy Trust of Oregon as commercial solar program manager. He has taught and lectured on solar topics extensively in his 35-year solar career.

For more information, contact Susan Badger-Jones of the Oregon Energy Trust at sbadgerjones@eoni.com .

Olive Marketplace & Caf has changed its hours of operation.

The Main Street restaurant is opening a couple of hours later weekday mornings. Co-owner Tom Maccarone said customers have so embraced Olive's lunch and dinner service that it's led to a natural switch in focus at the downtown caf, 21 E. Main St.

Consequently the operation is now opening weekdays at 10 a.m. It closes at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays it closes at 9 p.m.

The operation does open earlier on the weekends, and with breakfast service, too. Hours begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The business closes at 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday.

Maccarone said the new schedule is a great fit for Olive and allows operators to focus on consumer demand. "We've analyzed the business, and the pendulum has turned," he said.

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

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