Services offered elsewhere as downtown druggist, clothier retire

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Two downtown Walla Walla businesses that share a building will close their doors today as the owners retire.

Jill's Uniforms & More and The Medicine Shoppe, 25 S. Colville St., will close, but some of the services they've offered over their years in business will continue.

The uniform business has been sold to Graphic Apparel, 860 N.E. Rose St., said Jill Becker, who for 35 years fit prostheses and sold uniforms and maternity clothes. At Graphic Apparel, owner Lynette Gordon will take over the inventory and continue to offer Cherokee and Koi brands, as well as other items, Becker said. Those items will be ready for purchase by Monday.

Another business, Green & Jackson, 1365 Dalles Military Road, has purchased the prostheses side of the business. Becker will continue to perform fittings there until a new fitter becomes certified, she said.

Becker's husband, pharmacist Ron Becker, also is retiring. The Medicine Shoppe has been part of the community since 1988 when it was converted from an independent pharmacy established in 1973. About five years ago the business underwent an extensive remodel that included the installation of a drive-through window and construction of a compounding room, a lab where prescribed drugs no longer commercially available could be mixed.

With the closure of The Medicine Shoppe, all prescription accounts have been transferred to Walgreens, 633 W. Tietan St.

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Snow enthusiasts can gear up for the season at this weekend's ski and snowboard swap and sale. The Walla Walla Valley's largest winter sports equipment and clothing event will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

Consignment of equipment or clothing is accepted 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday.

Admission to the event is free. For more details call 522-1443 or visit theskiswap.com.

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A social media workshop planned for next week has been extended by one hour.

What started as a two-hour event has grown to three. The "Content Strategy for Social Media Success" workshop will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Walla Walla Regional Airport conference room.

Social media strategist Russell Sparkman of Fusionspark Media Inc. will lead the event. Attendees can register the day of the event, but organizers hope those who can will register beforehand so they can fill out a pre-workshop survey.

The cost of the event is $25. Participants can register at http://conta.cc/pKRbQL or by contacting the Tourism Walla Walla office at 525-8799 or aholt@wallawalla.org. The workshop is sponsored by the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and Tourism Walla Walla.

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