New tire store set to open in Milton-Freewater


A new tire store is gearing up for an October opening in Milton-Freewater.

Blue Mountain Tire Pros is slated for opening on Highway 11 in the former spot of Jon's Garden Center.

The store is owned by local resident and retired contractor Herman Jones, who is building the business from the ground up with son Ben Jones, who also has a background in construction, and wife Brenda Jones.

The business will sell tires and wheels and offer alignment and brake services, according to an announcement from the family. The goal is to open Oct. 1.

Ben Jones and David Gates will manage the store.

Gates has 17 years experience in the tire business; Jones, a lifelong resident of the area, has worked in construction with drywall and painting.

Alignment and front-end specialist Bert Froom also brings 17 years experience as he rounds out the team.


The ultimate pairing of cheese and wine will take place Wednesday when the owners of Cheese Louise drop by the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop.

An evening of cheese and wine is promised at the shop, 19 N. Second Ave. Bill Krieger, founder of cheese retailer Cheese Louise with his wife Tamara Krieger, will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m.

A selection of wines chosen by shop owner Catie McIntyre Walker will be paired with cheeses of the evening, including a "wild card or two," she said.

Many may remember Cheese Louise from its former Wellington Avenue location, where Blue Mountain Trading Company currently operates.

The cheese shop previously operated there but closed a couple of years ago after the Kriegers relocated their shop to Richland.

Tamara Krieger continues to make cheese deliveries locally.

Bill Krieger recently retired in Walla Walla after a teaching stint in Montana.

Wednesday's event will include background from Bill on the history and origins of the cheeses.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 509-526-8321.


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