A couple of new businesses in the works will bring a little rise-and-shine to downtown Walla Walla.
Two new eateries slated for separate downtown corridors will specialize in breakfast and other fare.
The Maple Counter Caf is slated for 209 E. Alder St. in the former home of a transmission shop. Crews have been working on framing inside the building and workers Wednesday were busy pouring concrete pads outside.
Owners Kory and Rachel Nagler, transplants from the west side of the state, plan to offer breakfast and lunch, as well as beer and wine sales, according to an application filed with the Washington State Liquor Control Board. A little poking around online shows the couple have a history together in the business. The two have been part of a family tradition in breakfast spots through Oak Table Cafe Kingston, a restaurant created by Kory's sister in the image of their parents' own Oak Table Cafe in Sequim, Wash., according to the business's website.
If The Maple Counter Caf continues the tradition, expect an early start for employees, creating batters with fresh ingredients and a focus on quality across the board.
While work continues on that project, downtown patrons can get to know Kory Nagler through his music, described as fusion of rock, soul, country, folk, blues and gospel. He has an upcoming performance Sept. 16 at Sapolil Cellars, 15 E. Main St., from 9 a.m. to midnight.
Downtown's other upcoming breakfast hot spot is part of a gas-to-gastronomy transformation.
Bacon Eggs is the name of the new place in the works at 503 E. Main St., the one-time site of a gas station that in recent years changed hands as a mini-mart. Construction has been under way at the property in recent weeks.
Word is owners Michelle Adams and Michelle Giannunzio have been familiar faces at other downtown restaurants. According to the Bacon Eggs Facebook page the business will specialize in locavore breakfast and lunch, as well as breakfast cocktails, beer on tap and espresso drinks. A link to a website from Facebook indicates an expected opening this fall. Stay tuned as more details unfold.
Just a little over a month ago Walla Walla was named Friendliest Small Town in America. Now the signs are being posted to spread the word to visitors.
The first of a handful of signs celebration Walla Walla's designation went up Wednesday on Ninth Avenue south of Orchard Street, said Tourism Walla Walla CEO Michael Davidson. He said the rest are expected at strategically designated locations over time.
Those include an eastbound Pine Street location east of Myra Road; on southbound Second Avenue near Pine and Oak streets; on southbound Clinton Street; and southbound Wilbur Avenue.
Davidson said Rand McNally, which sponsored the contest along with USA Today, provided one sign as an award. Tourism Walla Walla was given an opportunity to purchase duplicate signs to place throughout the community.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8321.