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Vicki Hillhouse

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Muddy Frogwater seeks vendors, parade entrants

Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival organizers are seeking vendors and parade participants.

M-F Drive-In Theater revs up for opening

Movie-lovers, start your engines.

Walla Walla yarn shop reaches end of its thread

It’s the end of the line for Walla Walla’s yarn shop.

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Food Truck Night prequel on tap April 6

The incubator village known for drinks will be a cluster for cuisine April 6.

Brewery closing local pub to focus on production

Laht Neppur Brewing won’t have a Walla Walla bar to belly up to after this month.

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Dancing days are over for local lounge

Dancing is done for at the Red Monkey Downtown Lounge, but the beat goes on as the Alder Street business prepares for a bit of an identity change.

Strictly - Wellness center offers free classes

Sandi Wicher, owner of Harmony and Health, will offer two free weeks of Tai Chi for Health and Wellness classes April 7-16.

Strictly - Beehive institute’s first stylists class to take wing

As the Beehive Cut and Color Bar braces for its first graduates of its new institute, a few snippets about the program:

Strictly - New real estate brokerage open on Main Street

Walla Walla real estate broker Jayne Didario joined with new partners to open the doors of a full-service brokerage firm at 3 E. Main St.

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New barber shop a blend of old-school, modern

It is old-school barbering in a modern, social environment. In other words, it’s owner K.C. Pratt’s ideal space.

Strictly - Shareholders OK new, non-voting common stock for Banner

A new class of common stock has been approved for investors in Banner Corp.

Strictly - Retired astronaut visits Banner, Wa-Hi

A retail sales conference for branch managers of Banner Bank leads today to an out-of-this-world experience for Walla Walla High School students.

Strictly - CP communications firm wins ad awards

Local communications firm CMBell Company picked up industry awards for four more projects in the 30th annual Educational Advertising Awards Competition.

Strictly - Food drive at Co-op ends soon

A monthlong fund and food drive at the CHS Farmers Co-op in Walla Walla comes to an end this weekend with a Harvest for Hunger Festival.

Strictly - Local firms team up to form event- rental business

What do you get when you combine a wedding and event planner with a wedding and event photographer?

Gut Grub to provide facetime for food vendors

A new food truck park in the works for downtown Walla Walla gives new meaning to “cruise the gut.”

Port gives water break to tenant

Port of Walla Walla commissioners granted a 50 percent break on the water bill to a tenant with a malfunctioning water system Thursday, and hope that carries on with their own similar request to the city for the effects the system had on their sewer bill.

WWU students, local business join to help build Uganda orphanage

A bit of Releaf this weekend will help make a home for orphans in Uganda.

Port gives break to tenant, hopes for same from city

Port of Walla Walla commissioners granted a 50 percent break on the water bill to a tenant with a malfunctioning water system Thursday, and hope that carries on with their own similar request to the city for the effects the system had on their sewer bill.

River cruise to wine country set to visit Walla Walla

It’s a river cruise to wine country.

Pi, pies figure in business's celebration

What do you get when you combine one first-year anniversary of business ownership on a weekend that includes the mathematically celebrated Pi Day?

Downtown booth's ticket sales in the hundreds for August festival

More than 730 tickets for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour coming to Walla Walla were purchased at the Walla Walla Visitors Center.

Alaska to add flights around August music festival

Concert-goers descending on the Walla Walla Valley will have more flights to help get them to town.

Key Technology adds online service for global customers

Key Technology is boosting its global service and support with a package of new services designed to help food processors maximize their time.

Port of Walla Walla seeks relief for high sewer bill

A malfunctioning component in a new Port of Walla Walla building inadvertently shot high flows of clean water down the sewer drain. But Port officials hope that doesn’t mean their money is going with it.

Pineapple Pete's aims for opening at new location

Shaved ice business Pineapple Pete’s is counting down to a March 18 opening at its new location.

Personal chef service rings in milestone

Personal chef service What’s Cooking is turning up the heat on its brand as the business celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Walla Walla named among most beautiful towns in state

Walla Walla made another list of top places. This time for being among the 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Washington.

Banner acquires Siuslaw in Oregon expansion

Banner Corp., the Walla Walla holding company of Banner Bank, expands its Oregon footprint with the acquisition of Siuslaw Financial Group Inc., the company has announced.

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Pair of kid-oriented businesses to close

An arcade that has busied idle hands and a bounce-house business that’s done the same for frantic feet are both closing their doors.

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MumFoo: Organizers bring festival veteran to help city prepare

There couldn’t be a more perfect ambassador for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour than Karin Manovich.

Local family gets second chance at seeing Mumford & Sons

Half a year hadn’t taken the sting out of missing British folk rock band Mumford & Sons.

MumFoo: Local ticket sales soar past other venues

Tickets for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tours went live Friday in five communities where Mumford & Sons has announced festivals. But nowhere else sold as many as Walla Walla, tour organizers told local officials.

MumFoo: Festival won't dramatically change city budget

If the sound of $12 million coming into the community via the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover has you thinking of major city projects like road improvements or traffic lights, you’d better hit the brakes.

MumFoo: Festival to need hundreds of volunteers

It will take a village to get a behemoth of a music festival off the ground this August.

Vets golf course makes plans to host thousands of festival goers

It’ll be a different kind of pitching for Veterans Memorial Golf Course for about a week this summer.

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Tales from the 'MumFoo' ticket line

The festival, with dozens of other bands, takes place Aug. 14-15 in Walla Walla, with the headliners performing on the Whitman College Athletic Fields.

Duo kicks off spring cleaning of the body Monday

Naturopathic physician and acupuncturist Melissa McClintock and health coach Amy Rootvik are teaming together to offer a 21-day Spring Rejuvenation Detox and Cleanse program that kicks off Monday.

L’Ecole to release old-school blend

One of the Walla Walla’s most recognized tasting rooms turns 100 this year. And owners are celebrating with — what else? — a new release in its honor.

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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Video: 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.