In love with your car? New salon will make it a clean machine

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A new detail shop is making tracks in Walla Walla.

Owner Manuel Maldonado recently opened Auto Salon as a home-based business. The detail garage specializes in thorough interior and exterior work on automobiles, from water spot removal, buffing and polishing to shampooing carpets and cleaning doorjambs.

Maldonado brings 10 years of experience to the new business at 2034 Glen Erin Drive.

Costs range from $25 for cleaning of the motor only to $200 for a full detail, which includes tires and wheels, chrome, buffing and polishing, windows and mirrors, excessive scrapes and scratches, interior plastic, dash, door panels, console, vacuuming and shampooing seats, carpet and floor mats, and more.

Customers can pay for just an exterior or interior detail package for $125 each. Sealant and stain protectant services are also available, as are ozone treatments that kill odors in vehicles.

Vehicle pickup and delivery are part of the service. For more information call 540-0149.


Portland-based Rodda Paint Co. will host the grand opening of its new Walla Walla store June 5.

The new store at 705 W. Rose St., the former site of Columbia Paint, is one of two expansion stores for the company. The other is in Kalispell, Mont., and is expected to open a week from Saturday. The two stores bring the total number of Rodda Paint retail outlets to 48 across the Pacific Northwest, the company announced.

"Our growth is exciting, and adding the Kalispell store to our existing Missoula location gives us a strong presence in western Montana," said Bill Boone, Rodda Paint's president and chief operating officer, in a prepared statement.. "The Walla Walla store helps fill out our greater Washington market and we will continue to open branches that fit our existing growth strategy and enhance our footprint in our five-state region."

Company officials say the openings represent the company's confidence in the Northwest and a commitment to a strategic growth plan that has included the opening of six new stores in two years. Fore more details on Rodda visit roddapaint.com.


Doug Coe, doctor of medical dentistry, has returned to Walla Walla's dental scene after a break.

Dr. Coe has joined with Nanette Goyer, doctor of dental surgery, to expand the services at Inland Family Dentistry, 217 S. Second Ave. Specialty services include oral sedation. Coe practiced dentistry in Walla Walla for years, but took time off to volunteer and travel.

Certified denturist Travis Fagala also joins the practice, offering in-house dentures, partial dentures, relines, night guards, retainers and mouth guards. Fagala graduated from Bates Technical College in Tacoma. His move to Inland Family Dentistry marks a return to his hometown.

In addition to the new services, Goyer has added oral appliance therapy and sleep apnea to her practice. She and Coe offer Invisalign, an alternative to conventional braces, as well. The operation welcomes new patients. For more information, call 525-7250.

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