Friday, April 30, 2010
What's old will be new again when the Country Store Consignment Center re-opens for business Saturday.
The Isaacs Avenue shop -- a giant of a building at 33,000 square feet -- has been remade into an antique mall with about 30 vendors, said new owner Kyla Greiner.
Greiner has led a makeover of the building since February and lined up an array of vendors for the new operation.
The longtime consignment shop at 2205 E. Isaacs Ave. closed a year ago and the building sat vacant. Greiner, the daughter of building owners Bill and Sharie Greiner, worked with her parents on plans to spruce up the interior and re-open with new consignments.
Greiner said response has been so overwhelming she's had to expand before she's even opened. "We actually sold all of the spaces we were planning on renting and more people were still interested, so we expanded the stalls toward the middle of the store," she said in an e-mail message.
It wouldn't be much of a first Spring Release celebration if wine-tasters didn't travel to the right address.
An item in Thursday's Strictly Business column posted an incorrect address for Grantwood Winery, which is opening for its first spring barrel-tasting event this weekend.
The winery is located at 2428 W. U.S. Highway 12, said owners Joe Grant and Doris Wood. The winery will open 1-5 p.m. today through Sunday.
A new downtown Walla Walla winery will also open its doors for its first Spring Release.
Sinclair Estate Vineyards is introducing its wines throughout the weekend at 109 E. Main St.
Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
Rock and roll fans can ring in Spring Release with musician Geoff Tate at Three Rivers Winery.
The frontman for Queensr?oslash;che has partnered with the winery on his own blends of red and white wines over the last couple of years. He'll be at the winery's barrel room Saturday and Sunday for a bottle signing.
Three Rivers, located on the south side of U.S. Highway 12 west of Walla Walla, will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sunday.
The winery will also have food, as well as in-store food demos featuring its custom wine chocolate sauces, and a selection of 10 wines for Spring Release.
Downtown Walla Walla boutique Studio Opal has reportedly completed its move to Main Street.
Owners Amy Glase and Kathy Nelson have relocated their operations to the corner of Colville and Main streets at 61 E. Main St., across from Macy's.
Their Studio Opal, founded in 2007, is a compilation of artisan jewelry by Nelson, paintings by Glase, and clothing lines and other boutique items.
The business most recently operated at the corner of Alder and Colville streets.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at email@example.com or 526-8321.