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Vicki Hillhouse

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Strictly - Antiquery to celebrated 20 years

Shady Lawn Antiques celebrates its 20th anniversary Friday, artWalk-style.

Strictly - Marc Restaurant takes catering service on the road

The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is expanding catering services from its in-house kitchen to include off-site events.

Strictly - WW vies with Vegas, Portland, Berkeley for food town honors

If you needed evidence that Walla Walla is a big-time foodie town, check out its co-finalists in the Best Food Town category for Sunset magazine’s first-ever Sunset Travel Awards.

Strictly - Haggen grocery store opens today

The Bellingham-based grocery chain opens in the former site of Albertsons, 450 Wilbur Ave.

St. Patrick's Day luncheon, open house set at Quail Run

Don’t forget to wear your green if you plan to attend Quail Run Retirement’s St. Patty’s Day luncheon and open house.

Harvest Foods offers discount for veterans

Walla Walla’s Harvest Foods salutes veterans this month with a discount on groceries each Friday.

Alder Street businesses remain open amid work

Alder Street is open for business, even if some of its entry points are closed.

Next small business academy to focus on banks, cashflow

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is gearing up for is next Downtown Academy ­— this time with a focus on capitalization.

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Updated: Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters to play in Walla Walla in August

A history making music festival will double the size of the community for one weekend this summer.

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Women’s store restores strength, femininity

It had been six months since the mastectomy when the woman came to Darcey Benzel’s M-Powered for help.

Home lender to celebrate new location

LoanStar Home Lending celebrates its new location with an open house and ribbon cutting next week.

YMCA lays groundwork for annual Corporate Cup

From the board room to the sport court. It’s Corporate Cup time.

Sweetest entry takes the cupcake (contest)

It’s the cinnamon roll with cream cheese cupcake for the win.

Journalist, grower to be honored at wine auction

A man who writes about the wine industry and another known for the grapes he’s grown are among those in line as honorees during the 28th annual Auction of Washington Wines coming this summer.

New supermarket wants to meet with local producers

Walla Walla’s newest grocery wants to get to know the neighbors.

Updated: Key Technology lays off 4 percent of workforce

Key Technology Inc. announced today it has laid off about 4 percent of its workforce in a strategic cost reduction initiative.

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New local Marriott to be feted as No. 1000

The Courtyard by Marriott on Rose Street is more than just a new hotel for Walla Walla.

Wine industry seeks leaders for program

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is looking for leaders.

Program opens door to budgeting, banking, personal finance

A program on budgeting, banking and personal finance will pay off for participants next month. Literally.

Wenatchee Italian gourmet shop expands to Walla Walla

A downtown retail space that had been known for outfitting homes is keeping a focus on the kitchen with a new tenant.

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Balloon Stampede reopens door to vendors

Commercial and artisan vendors are coming back for a landing at Walla Walla’s annual hot air balloon festival.

Sykes recommits to Milton-Freewater

MILTON-FREEWATER — A celebration ceremony at the Sykes Enterprises Inc. customer call center had a familiar ring Tuesday.

Produce packer awarded certification from USDA

Columbia Fresh Packing, a division of Walla Walla’s Columbia Fresh Produce, has passed an audit and received USDA certification for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices, the company announced.

Jazzercise studio tunes up image

Does Jazzercise conjure images of funky headbands and ’80s getups?

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Green roof at medical center to take center stage

Providence St. Mary Medical Center’s green rooftop takes a world stage in April.

College Place seeks tenants for school-based mall

The College Place Public School District is going to market for tenants of its new school-based business mall.

No tenants yet, mall owners say after post creates stir

The owners of the former Blue Mountain Mall property are still shopping for tenants, despite a social media post this week that linked to what appeared to be a very specific vision for the property.

Strictly - Key dives into entry-level date sorting

The latest sorting equipment from Walla Walla manufacturer Key Technology specializes in grading dates.

Strictly - Country Club reduces initiation fees

The Walla Walla Country Club is teeing up for a major drive. For membership, that is.

Strictly - Pizza truckers to expand to ice cream

If you’re looking forward to a pie from Why Not Pizza, the countdown is on.

Strictly - Walla Walla makes best-city list for first-date venues

Nothing to do in Walla Walla? How about fall in love?

Strictly - Whitehouse-Crawford to offer Italian wine tastings

Whitehouse-Crawford will be tasting through the wines of Italy right here in Walla Walla.

Etc - Banner Corp. eyes creating new class of common stock

The creation of a new class of common stock will be the subject of a special meeting of shareholders for Banner Corp. next month.

Corporate communications firm wins awards

Corporate communications company CMBell was feted with three awards recently during the 12th annual Service Industry Advertising Awards competition.

New program aims to help midcareer workers, college grads find work

A new program through the state’s WorkSource system is designed to help midcareer professionals and college graduates find work.

Grocer to combine shaves, beer, food for event

It’s the perfect combination of hair and hops.

Tenant eyes branding campaign for Walla Walla Regional Airport

“The funnest little airport in America?”

Walla Walla Albertsons set for Haggen conversion in March

Bellingham-based Haggen Food & Pharmacy takes ownership of the Albertsons store in Monroe, Wash., after the clock strikes midnight tonight in the first wave of a 146-store acquisition and conversion that hits Walla Walla next month.

Irrigation business under new owenership

Water Watch Irrigation is under new ownership.

Baker Boyer Bank announces promotions, hiring

Baker Boyer Bank has announced the promotions of two of its employees and the hiring of another.

Dayton to pull out the stops for Earth Day recycling

Bring your bottles, your milk jugs and your unwanted plastic containers, Dayton.

New officers, members join downtown foundation

New officers and several new members are at the helm of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation board of directors.

Salon plans grand reopening celebration

Salon Phoenix celebrates its move to downtown Walla Walla with a grand reopening celebration.

Senator lauds new “Rocks” appelation in the Valley

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., made a point Monday to offer cheers to the establishment of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater as an American Viticultural Area.

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‘The Rocks’ to gain viticultural status

From rocks to paper — the cobbly soils of Milton-Freewater that grow some of wine country’s most distinctive grapes will finally be reflected on labels with the establishment of a new American Viticultural Area.

Local RadioShack to stay open

Walla Walla’s RadioShack will keep on ticking.

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Local college students learn manners matter in job hunt

When can a BMW help an up-and-comer land an internship?

Alaska to add Saturday flight to Walla Walla airport

For the first time in more than six years, Seattle-based carrier Alaska Airlines will add service to the community, said Greg Sullivan, Walla Walla customer service manager for the airline.

Strictly - Boutique Shop Eleven celebrates first anniversary

Shop Eleven, the boutique retailer for jewelry, greeting cards, candles, accessories, bath and body care, housewares and more in the strip center at 11 Boyer Ave., across from the Mill Creek Brew Pub, celebrates its first anniversary this weekend.

Strictly - Mom-and-pops thriving in local merchant clusters

The tenants at Independence Square are introducing themselves with a Valentine’s Block Party today.