Bike shops tout pedal power for Friday commute

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Local residents are encouraged to tap into their pedal power for their morning commute Friday.

Walla Walla's bicycle shops are celebrating Bike-to-Work Day and asking area residents to participate.

Allegro Cyclery and Bicycle Barn are encouraging commuters to leave their vehicles at home Friday and pedal to work. Those who cruise into either bike shop between 7 and 9 a.m. will be treated to cookies donated by the Walla Walla Bread Co. and coffee donated by Coffee Perk.

Bicycle Barn is located at 1503 E. Isaacs Ave.; Allegro Cyclery is at 200 E. Main St.

Bike-to-Work Day is observed in communities across the country on various designated days in the spring, according to details found on the Internet.

The event is meant to encourage bicycling as a healthy alternative to driving.

Taste-testers wanted.

Walla Walla's Harvest Foods is planning the ultimate indulgent event Friday. From 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Southgate grocery store will host a "Try Before You Buy Pie" event.

The store, 905 S. Second Ave., will promote its "scratch" bakery throughout the day. Cupcakes, graduation cakes, wedding cakes and photo cakes will be featured. Pie by the slice will also be available, said Bakery Manager Bea Rhoads, in an announcement.

She said the store has several new Cyrus O'Leary's pies, including some of the sugar-free variety. Pies made in the bakery will also be showcased.

Store operators say the event is a treat for the tastebuds as well as a mechanism to help consumers plan for upcoming celebrations and gatherings. For more information, visit the store's Facebook page.

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

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