Jacobi's holds toy, clothing drive for area youngsters

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Jacobi's Cafe is launching a toy and clothing drive to make the holidays a little better for those in need.

Until Dec. 15, the Walla Walla restaurant, 416 N. Second Ave., will accept gently used coats and toys at its onsite drop boxes.

The Jacobi's staff will wash the items, wrap the toys and distribute them to community organizations such as Catholic Charities and the Christian Aid Center, according to an announcement.

Some toys will also be given to local law enforcement and fire stations to help children cope with tragedies and trauma.

Restaurant operators have adopted a motto for the event: "Help Jacobi's help the children of Walla Walla so gifts for the Christmas season can reach those in need."

Those looking for more information can contact call Jacobi's at 525-2677.

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Downtown Walla Walla retailer Romanza Gift Home Decor has been transformed into a virtual winter wonderland for its holiday open house this weekend.

From 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, visitors to the store are invited to wander through the themed trees and two miniature villages as they browse through traditional holiday gifts and decorating items at 12 E. Main St.

Refreshments will be served throughout the day, said Manager Judy Rostollan.

Attendees can enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate, and discount coupons for merchandise will be handed out throughout the day.

Some of the themed trees include a winter frost tree, a Hollywood tree, a pink diva cowgirl tree, SpongeBob SquarePants tree, a Mardi Gras tree and a martini tree.

The two mini-villages were inspired by "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" and "A Christmas Story." For more details on Saturday's open house call 525-9731.

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

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