Real Deals Home Decor relocates


A store specializing in items to decorate homes has found a new one of its own.

Real Deals Home Decor officially opened Thursday in its new location at 1917 E. Isaacs Ave. A grand opening celebration continues Saturday.

The store had previously been at 1348 W. Pine St., where it had operated since late 2008.

Open just two days a week, the Jefferson, Ga.,-based retail franchise operation specializes in affordable home furnishings, including clocks, lamps, wall hangings and much more.

The Walla Walla franchise, owned by Ginny Perry and Kyla Nunes, is now located in the former spot of Abbey Carpet & Floor. The store operates 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.


A pair of sisters who redesign and repurpose home decor items will sell their wares in a "porch sale" Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the collectible treasures of "Re-Designing Sisters" Tana Park and Debi Kraft will be offered at 327 Locust St.

Walla Walla-inspired subway art, Frankoma, Fitz & Floyd, and vintage linens will be among the items for sale.


For former customers of Hollywood Video who were slapped with collection notices in the wake of the company's closure: A happy ending.

The Washington Attorney General's Office announced Thursday a settlement with the liquidating trustee for Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery stores.

Hollywood Video had operated at 21 N. Columbia Ave. in Milton-Freewater for seven years when news of its closure broke in the first quarter of 2010. The store was one of 760 Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video and Game Crazy stores across the country slated for closure through bankruptcy proceedings.

Problems began surfacing after the announcement, the Attorney General's Office reported Thursday. Hollywood Video's approved plan created a liquidating trust to collect an estimated $244 million in outstanding debts from 3.3 million customers. The trust contracted with Massachusetts-based Credit Control Services Inc., which subcontracted with National Credit Solutions of Oklahoma.

But consumers reported they were being asked to pay excessive fees and their credit scores were being damaged. Many claimed they didn't owe money in the first place.

One of the settlement terms negotiated with the liquidating trustees is that negative information must be removed from consumers' credit reports. The trustee can also not collect any fees or interest charges that were added to the principal debt amount. Furthermore, the trustee cannot bill customers for both a late fee and the full price of items that allegedly went unreturned. In the case when items were damaged, late or never returned, the collection agency can only pursue the lesser charge.


A couple more Spring Release weekend events for those interested in pairing music with their wine this weekend:

Tranche Cellars will have food, live music and a s'mores roast Saturday night. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. at the winery at 705 Berney Drive. New and library releases will be served. Food from Andrae's Kitchen will be served. Imperial Twang will be the musical act. At dusk: a bonfire and s'mores roast. Advance tickets are $10. To learn more email .

Three Rivers Winery has also designed a weekend to entertain. The winery at 5641 Old Highway 12 kicks off its annual Friday Night Music Series with reunited 1960s-era Northwest rock band The Gems, 6:30-8:30. Tickets are $5 each for lawn seating; $30 for a table for four on the deck; and $40 for a table of six on the deck. The Bank & Grill Catering Co. will sell dinners onsite.

From 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Blue Mountain Spanish Sound will perform. There's no cost to enjoy the music. Regular tasting fees apply.

On Sunday the winery will host a book-signing, 1-4 p.m. by Steve Roberts, author of "WineTrails Walla Walla." Books will be available for purchase. The day's events will also include the Chubby Goddess Bead Design Trunk Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tra Goold of Chubby Goddess Bead Design will display one-of-a-kind jewelry in time for Mother's Day. For more information on all events at Three Rivers call 509-526-9463.

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


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