Fort Walla Walla Museum closes 'til April 1

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It's curtains for the 43rd season at Fort Walla Walla Museum.

Today was the final day of what had been an extended season for the museum, which celebrates the heritage of the Walla Walla Valley.

The museum, 755 Myra Road, will open for the 2011 season April 1. For more information, visit: www.fortwallawallamuseum.org or follow the operation on Facebook.

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The Beehive Cut and Color Bar was a cut above when it came to continuing education in 2010.

The Walla Walla salon was named one of Bumble and bumble's Top 10 Salons in 2010, said Beehive owner Kate McCaw.

New York City-based Bumble and bumble is a hair care company whose products are carried at The Beehive. McCaw said 2,400 salons are in the Bumble and bumble worldwide network. The top salon recognition is largely based on education through class attendance both in New York at Bumble and bumble University and through in-house classes.

She said the Beehive sent eight stylists to New York in 2010. Four more are already scheduled to make the trip next March. She said the salon has also hosted monthly classes, bringing in outside educators to teach, as well as the salon's own Network Educators.

Salons recognized in Bumble and bumble's top 10 listing are also determined by annual salon growth through both stylist and client numbers.

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Downtown's newest boutique is far more than a destination for "pre-loved" children's items. It's also a retailer of clothing, furniture and toys that are new, hand-crafted and hard-to-find, owners say.

An item in last week's Strictly Business about Little Mud Pies might have given the impression that the retail shop at 21 W. Alder St. specializes only in the purchase and sale of the gently used name-brand items brought into the store.

But more than half the items at the business that got its start earlier this year at the Country Store Consignment & Antique Mall is brand new.

Local crafters also crochet hats sold for children at the store, as well as bibs, furniture and dollhouses.

The family business owned by Yvonne Coers, Amber Miller and Autumn Buttice is designed as a trendy boutique for infants and kids up to a children's size 12. The store also carries maternity clothes.

Hours of operation for Little Mud Pies are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 629-7437.

Contact Vicki Hillhouse at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.
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