Local firms to share their wares at business fair

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Locally made items and the people who produce them will be on display Thursday during the second annual business fair at Walla Walla's Harvest Foods.

A dozen or more vendors will be showcased in the event that runs 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the store, 905 S. Second Ave.

The business fair is a way to support local businesses in the Walla Walla Valley, said General Manager Ed Wilkinson in the announcement.

Participating vendors include Pure Eire Dairy, A Wing & A Prayer Barbecue + Catering, Walla Walla Bread Company, Copier Service Inc., Aloha Sushi, Walla Walla Roastery, AJ's Walla Walla Sweet Mustards, Sei Mee Tea, local honey and sweet onion producers and more.

Items made fresh in the bakery and deli departments will also be highlighted, Wilkinson said. Many of the local operators will have samples and can answer questions about their products.

A special wine tasting will also run 4-6 p.m. that day. A $5 tasting fee, refundable with purchase, will get participants an opportunity to taste wines from Robison Ranch Cellars, including the award-winning Robison Ranch Combine.

A new store manager has taken the helm at the College Place maurices, the company announced.

Nicole Stiefel has been named to run the retail store that targets itself to "savvy, fashion-conscious customers with a 20-something attitude."

In her new role, Stiefel is responsible for the daily operations, including sales performance, visual presentation and personnel recruitment and training at the store at Meadowbrook Plaza, 1705 S.E. Meadowbrook Blvd.

Maurices is a brand of Ascena Retail Group Inc. More than 800 maurices stores operate in 44 states, offering sizes 1-26. For more information visit maurices.com.

Charter will expand its high-definition programming this week.

The communications company, which previously announced plans to add 48 high-definition channels, will roll out the service Thursday as part of the evolution of Charter TV, the company said.

The company will also launch Estrella TV on basic (digital-only) channel 304. That station is an affiliate of the Spanish-language network Estrella TV. It features Latin American talent in musical-variety, comedy, scripted drama, talk and game shows and newscasts and news magazine shows.

"We want our customers to have the best television experience on all their screens," said Frank Antonovich, Charter's vice president and general manager, in a prepared statement. "We're committed to providing the highest quality video experience, more choice, greater reliability and additional value."

Charter customers should have received notice about the new channels and information about where to find them. For more details, check out charter.com/futureTV.

Park Plaza retirement community will welcome guests to its upcoming Hawaiian luau dinner with a hearty "aloha."

The independent senior living facility, 1400 Dalles Military Road, is inviting the senior public to its tropically themed dinner Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Complimentary dinner and drinks will be served for those who RSVP. The cost at the door is $10. Guests are encouraged to don Hawaiian garb. To RSVP, call 525-6513. To learn more about the facility, visit park-plaza.net.

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

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