New play center leaps into action next week


What better way to celebrate the opening of an indoor play center than by bouncing off the walls?

Jumpin' Jellybeanz is bracing for a possible opening late next week.

If all goes accordingly, operators will open the doors to the new business, 20 E. Poplar St., on Thursday, according to the latest update on Facebook.

The children's activity center, owned by Sean and Alisha Cunha, will feature bounce houses and floor toys -- including Cozy Coupe cars and crawl tunnel -- and party rooms. A small kitchen and snack bar will also serve visitors with drinks and snacks. Located next to LeFore's Spa, the space, as well as the neighboring spa area, was formerly home to Total Office Concepts.

The owners have been accepting reservations for parties and events in the space. According to the operation's website, prices range from free for "crawlers" under 11 months old; to $5 for "jumpers" between 3 and 16. A 10-visit punch card is available for $35. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jumpin' Jellybeanz will be closed Wednesdays. For more information, call 200-4958 or visit


Those in the market for a vacation may want to check out a presentation next week from AAA Walla Walla.

The local office will join with Holland America Line to present information about new cruise itineraries to worldwide destinations, including Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, Alaska and more.

The presentation will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at the AAA office, 1361 Dalles Military Road. For more details or to RSVP, call 525-9213 or 527-7857.


A Tri-Cities hearing care practice that's operated more than three decades will expand next month with a new office in Walla Walla.

The owners of Columbia Basin Hearing Center plan to open their new office March 7 at 30 W. Main St., suite 205.

The office will be part of an existing system of offices that includes locations in Kennewick, Prosser and Richland.

In an announcement this week, Dr. Neil W. Aiello, owner, said the expansion is a demonstration of the operation's commitment to Eastern Washington and allows it to introduce hearing loss solutions to a greater population. The practice will feature advancements in hearing technology, including invisible hearing aids and wireless Bluetooth connectivity solutions.

The grand opening celebration of the office will begin at noon opening day and include refreshments, prize drawings for gift cards, free audiological services and a chance to win gift baskets. Anyone who makes an appointment at the Walla Walla office in March will be eligible to win a pair of state-of-the-art digital hearing aids. Additionally, the three other offices will celebrate the grand opening with various special events, including free hearing screenings.

To learn more about those, as well as educational seminars and in-office technology demonstrations visit For other information, call 509-876-4541.

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


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