New College Place shop revs into bloom

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A new destination for floral finds has sprung up in College Place.

The Garden Shed is one part gift/floral shop and one part lawn and garden engine repair operation at 1219 S. College Ave.

The business quietly opened mid-March, but will host a grand opening next Monday and Tuesday, said Pat McCloy, who owns the shop with his wife and son.

Colleen McCloy operates the crafts, finds and florals gift shop section of the business. James McCloy will run the repair side, his dad explained. Pat McCloy, who also works for American Rock Products during the day, will also oversee the operation in the evenings.

The operation will also include an herb-snipping garden, where visitors can cut fresh herbs, as well as lawn decorations and custom arbors.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 540-1773.

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This weekend will be a chance to give a hearty "Howdy, pardner" to the Lazy MF BBQ amp; Western Market Place.

The grand opening Saturday of the barbecue operation at Sam's Corner Market in Milton-Freewater is dubbed as a "Spring BBQ Round Up."

Free giveaways, games, prizes and a bonfire will be part of the festivities that run 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Live music from Coyote Joe The Western Trio will be performed 2-3:30 and 4:30-6 p.m.

But the main feature will be food: barbecue ribs, tri-tip, pulled pork and chicken, along with beans, slaw, grilled potatoes and more.

The barbecue operation is at 107 E. Broadway Ave. Joining it is the Western Market Place, where vendors can rent space to sell homegrown goods and artisan items.

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The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman is joining guests on a world-tasting tour with a special wine dinner Saturday.

The Fat Duck Inn, 527 Catherine St., will be the setting of a five-course "Around the World Dinner" that will pair some of wild wine woman Catie McIntyre Walker's favorite foods with exotic wines from Austria to Morocco.

Chef Richard Koby, formerly with Madrona Bar and Grill in Orcas Island, Wash., and Loew's Ventana Canyon Resort four-star dining room in Tucson, Ariz., will pair the wines with foods that run the gamut from oysters to bread pudding.

The cost is $95 for the 6 p.m. event. Seating is limited. For reservations and information contact Richard Lane at 526-3825.

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Walla Walla Clothing Co. will have guests covered for spring with a special "Tee Party" and denim sale Friday and Saturday.

The downtown retailer, 103 E. Main St., will host a special shopping event both days with drawings for free T-shirts and denim and special gifts for those who attend. The weekend's sale will also include 10 percent discounts on all tees and denim, including on Michael Stars, Three Dot and Splendid brands. For more details, call 525-4783.

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

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