Family fun center to leap into action

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Plans are springing forward for a new indoor play center with bounce houses in Walla Walla.

Jumpin' Jellybeanz is tentatively slated for a January opening at 20 E. Poplar St., next to LeFore's Spa, according to the operation's Facebook page. Word was also circulated this week in the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation's newsletter.

The business will offer floor toys, party rooms, refreshments and more.

A lease agreement was reportedly negotiated nearly two weeks ago, and operators expect to get moving on what is certain to be a destination for family fun.

Based on Facebook posts, owners have sought local input on the kinds of services and specific features that should be included. According to one of the posts, at least five bounce houses are on order for the business.

Prices range from free to "crawlers" under 11 months old; to $4 for "jumpers" between 3 and 16. A 10-visit punch card is available for $35.

Those interested in booking a party early can get in on a little Black Friday special on their website: jumpinjellybeanz.tripod.com.

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Shoppers may be gearing up for "Black Friday," but a downtown Walla Walla tasting room has its eyes on "Reds Friday."

Plumb Cellars, 9 S. First Ave., will commemorate the day after Thanksgiving with special prices on red wines. Tasting fees will also be reduced to $1 per person that day. Fees collected will be donated to Walla Walla's Home Team, a parent mentoring program that's supported by a partnership between the Walla Walla Exchange Club and Children's Home Society. For more information, call 529-9463.

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Key Technology has announced the appointment of Louis Vintro as the manufacturer's new senior vice president of business development and global operations.

Vintro will plan and manage all aspects of the Walla Walla manufacturing firm's operations, including business development. He will lead Key's global operations and manufacturing activities, manage the development of new business alliances and future acquisition opportunities and work with Key's research and development team to bring new products into production, according to an announcement from the company.

Vintro has almost 20 years of business development and operational leadership experience. He most recently served as vice president and general manager of the semicondutor division at ESI Inc. He has also been senior director of technical programs for KLA-Tencor Corp., and global business manager for BOC Edwards Kachina, now Applied Materials Inc.

He has a doctorate in physics from Stanford University; an MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a bachelor's from MIT.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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