Downtown firms to thank local patrons this weekend

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Downtown customers are in for a treat over the next two days.

At least 20 merchants are making plans to "thank" their patrons in a Downtown Customer Appreciation event.

Participating businesses on Friday, Saturday or both will offer "a little something special to their customers to thank them for spending their dollars locally," according to an announcement from the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. Participating businesses are listed on the Downtown Walla Walla Facebook page.

Among them: Olive Marketplace & Cafand T. Maccarone's will offer a handmade truffle to every patron Friday; Whitehouse-Crawford will feature its Italian menu Friday and Saturday at special prices; and Charles Smith Wines will extend complimentary tastings to Walla Walla Valley residents, plus offer a 30 percent industry discount on case purchases of core portfolio wines Friday and Saturday.

Others planning to participate as of this morning include Public House 124, Providence Fine Living, Red Monkey Downtown Lounge, Sapolil Cellars, Sinclair Estate Vineyards, Sweet Basil Pizzeria, The Marc, Walla Walla Bread Co., Baker Boyer Bank, Book & Game Co., Cookie Tree, Door Number Two, Community Bank, Locati Cellars, Lotus Clothing & Jewelry Design, Laht Neppur Ale House and Maple Counter Caf. To learn more visit the Downtown Walla Walla Facebook page or contact the agency at 529-8755.

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The largest selection of Eileen Fisher clothing in the country is about to get bigger this weekend.

Walla Walla Clothing Co. will host a special trunk show for the Eileen Fisher spring and summer collection.

Eileen Fisher is a "lifestyle brand" designed for women of all ages and body types.

With community support the downtown retailer, 103 E. Main St., has grown to carry the largest selection of Eileen Fisher clothing in the country. As a thank-you, Valerie Fisher and Eileen Fisher staff will be here Friday through Sunday for the special event.

The weekend will feature 10 percent off Eileen Fisher purchases; wardrobe consultation; free gifts; drawings for $100 gift cards; and refreshments. For more information, call 525-4783.

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Jumpin' Jellybeanz will be bouncing with activity Friday for the ribbon-cutting of the downtown Walla Walla business.

The children's bounce house and activity center, which opened in February, will welcome visitors with an official ceremony and celebration from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will conduct the ribbon-cutting. Free admission to the family-friendly entertainment business, 20 E. Poplar St., will be offered to Chamber members.

Owned by Sean and Alisha Cunha, the indoor fun center features bounce houses with slides, an obstacle course, floor toys and video games. It's also a destination for birthday parties, Zumba and other classes, and is expanding into children's birthday parties and other events.

Friday's ceremony immediately following the ribbon-cutting will feature prizes, plus pulled pork sandwiches, pizza from The Den and cake.

The business is closed Wednesdays, but operates 11 a.m.-8 p.m. other days with the last admittance at 7 p.m. For more details, call 200-4598.

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

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