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Strictly - D'Olivo cuts the ribbon today

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes downtown olive oil and vinegar bar D’Olivo to the neighborhood with a noon ribbon-cutting event today.

Strictly - Zagat piece lists 8 reasons to drive to WW

In a new piece for Zagat posted online Thursday, food and wine writer Leslie Kelly highlights local fare in “8 Reasons to Drive to Walla Walla Right Now.”

Port eyes building to lease to tech firm

An Alder Street building known as a former destination for beauty services may be the latest Port of Walla Walla property acquisition as the economic development agency makes a play for an expanding tech firm.

Strictly - WW sandwich shop expands into Tri-Cities, ends catering

Another Tri-Cities location in the works for GRAZE sandwiches will give owners John and Becca Lastoskie a full plate.

Whiskey makers take over Port site

A startup distillery will become the newest tenant at the Port of Walla Walla’s Piper Avenue incubator facility.

First Mumford stopover gets rave reviews from officials

“Promises made, promises kept.”

Survey: Walla Walla excellent place to start career as lawyer

A new survey makes a case for Walla Walla as a great place to launch a law career.

Nearby cities to help with housing MumFoo visitors

With every hotel room and vacation rental in Walla Walla booked for August’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, local officials are reportedly knocking on the neighbors’ doors to find more space for visitors.

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Kate & The Crocodiles at Power House a homecoming for singer

A standard was never really standard under the spell of Kate Morrison.

AAA insurance adds agent in Walla Walla

Dean A. Wood has joined the AAA Washington Insurance Agency in Walla Walla as an agent.

Umpqua branch manager named manager of the year

Rick Craig, manager of the College Place Umpqua Bank branch, has been named the company’s 2014 Store Manager of the Year.

Expanded Walla Walla auto dealer prepares reopening celebration

Plans are in gear for a celebration of the reopened and expanded Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Walla Walla dealership Friday.

August music festival to hire local staff

Scratch the title “volunteer,” and make it “Fan Staff.”

Strictly - May breaks all-time record for airport

The busiest May on the books turned into the busiest month ever for Walla Walla air travel.

Strictly - Home inventory down, prices up in Walla Walla in May

May was not only Walla Walla’s biggest closing month for home sales of the year so far, it was also as busy as the busiest month in 2014, according to figures posted Monday.

Banner Bank recognized for giving

You may know it as a place to make a deposit. But Banner Bank is also recognized for how much money it gives.

Tourism website sweet on Maple Counter

The Maple Counter Cafe has mouths watering at “Only in Your State.”

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Walla Walla brand gets outside boosters

Bloggers and writers brought here by brands such as Buick offer a twist on building recognition.

Land trust tour to delve into history of peas in Valley

The Blue Mountain Land Trust invites the community to explore “Peas on Earth.”

Walla Walla tourist spending hits new high

Visitors spent more than $120 million in Walla Walla in 2014, the best year yet for local tourism, according to a new report.

Windermere agents, staff, brokers turn out for community service day

If downtown and other sections of Walla Walla seem a bit fresher, a bit cleaner, you may want to thank a Windermere Walla Walla agents.

Plumb Cellars to celebrate opening of new patio

It’s a party on the Plumb patio.

Walla Walla wins acclaim as romantic destination

A picnic in a vineyard. A stroll through a historic district. A kiss near a passing combine.

Downtown grocer extends hours as season changes

With the sun staying out a few hours later, so will Salumiere Cesario.

Woodward Canyon’s Nelm Road wines get new look

A new label completes a packaging changeover for Woodward Canyon Winery’s second label, Nelms Road.

Winery set for fundraising dog show

It’s a fundraising event that gets tongues and tails wagging.

Walla Walla airport lands federal grant for taxiway rehab

The first piece of a major taxiway rehabilitation at the Walla Walla Regional Airport is financially set for takeoff with a $1 million grant announced Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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For Walla Walla business, it's all in the cards

For players of tradeable card game “Magic: The Gathering,” the squelching leeches had grown strong in their control of the local swamps.

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Wine from stone: Landscape defines newest Milton-Freewater AVA

Any time you’re curious if you’ve reached the Northwest’s newest federally designated American Viticultural Area, look down.

Port OKs array of airport park charges

Port of Walla Walla Airport Industrial Park tenants will see anywhere from a 2 percent to a 3 percent rent increase on buildings each year for the next five years, plus another 5 percent a year on water and sewer rates.

Strictly - New location in the cards for Digital Heroes

A not-so-new trading card business is shuffling back into Walla Walla’s mainstream commercial hub.

Sweet Onion Festival heats up with new barbecue competition

The Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association will bring its grills to Main Street for the first Sweet Onion BBQ Bash at this year’s Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival.

Fish Fry Friday returns to downtown grocer

It’s a Fish Fry Friday trifecta at Salumiere Cesario.

Stores listed for coming Towne Center mall

It will be another year before construction transforms the former Blue Mountain Mall into new retail destination Walla Walla Towne Center.

Strictly - The Marc features wineries of the week

Wine Wednesday at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center offers guests some one-on-one time with local winemakers.

Strictly - Portland edges Walla Walla in food town title

In the running for Sunset Magazine’s Best Food Town in the West title, Walla Walla got edged by a more seasoned culinary community.

Walla Walla airport having a record month

On Tuesday, passengers cemented the month as the best May on the books as commercial carrier Alaska Airlines surpassed 3,000 passengers, said the company’s acting Walla Walla Manager Jasen Downey.

Strictly - Local wineries make the cut for US Open

At least 23 Walla Walla Valley wineries will pour at least 40 wines during the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Chambers Bay, according to online coverage making the rounds from Great Northwest Wine.

Strictly - Waterbrook Winery fair teaches fishing on the fly

Waterbrook Winery is hooking anglers with its annual Fly Fishing Fair.

Ticket sales at reduced prices frustrate fans

Third-party ticket sales offering discounts for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Walla Walla strike a bad chord with some fans.

‘Mumfoo’ attendance projections lowered

It may not double the population of the community after all. But the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is still expected to pack Walla Walla with tens of thousands of fans in August.

Summer arrives for downtown Walla Walla clothier

It’s summer at Walla Walla Clothing Co.

Sipid Bites to throw open doors to second location

An eatery that’s been serving through a downtown window will open the door on a secondary location Monday.

MumFoo ticket winner pounces early

It took the first winner of Whitman College’s Gentlemen of the Road Facebook contest just 10 minutes to spot the embedded Mumford & Sons lyrics in a status update.

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D’Olivo gourmet shop set to open downtown

Don’t expect to leave new downtown Walla Walla retailer D’Olivo without a taste of olive oil and vinegar.

Wineries report busier Spring Release

If Spring Release Weekend seemed busy, your eyes were not deceiving you.

Chamber seeks Youth Entrepreneur nominations

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for the community’s K-12 CEOs.

Balboa Winery's Mith 2012 to be featured at US Open

Balboa Winery will tee off in the tent this year at the U.S. Open.

Whitman contest offers up prize of MumFoo tickets

Here’s a reason to follow Whitman College’s Facebook page that may be music to your ears: A chance to win tickets to the Gentlemen of the Road stopover in Walla Walla this summer.

Dayton’s Summer Artisan Market gets underway Saturday

Blue Mountain Station is on track for the grand opening of its Summer Artisan Market.