What’s New in Walla Walla – Part #1
“Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party’!”… Robin Williams
By Kirsten Telander: Clearly, new business owners in Walla Walla took Williams’ sentiment to heart. The town is exploding with virtual fireworks as new businesses open and others expand. As such, this is just What’s New in Walla Walla Part 1:
The Ox & Cart
7 ½ S. First Ave.
Olive Marketplace & Café owners, Chef Jacob Crenshaw and his wife Tabitha, present The Ox and Cart with the tagline, “A study of the small farms and ranches in the Walla Walla Valley.” This intimate bistro is all about culinary terroir, and offers guests a taste of the Walla Walla Valley. The ambiance also pays homage to our agriculturally rich valley with historic photos, exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and Edison bulb chandeliers.
Whoopemup Hollow Café
13 E. Main St.
Ross Stevenson, husband Leroy Cunningham, Chef Bryant Bader, and Pastry Chef Valerie Mudry – developed a cult-like following at their location in Waitsburg and have expanded their Southern comfort food stylings to downtown Walla Walla. Gumbo meets muffuletta sandwich with both grab-and-go, seated service, retail (hot sauces, Steen’s syrups, etc.). You can also belly up to the cheese bar –Dayton’s Monteillet Fromagerie offers a cheese counter with other farm products in the restaurant.
Walla Walla Bread Co.
201 E. Main St.
It’s go big time for Michael and Rachel Kline as they expand from 1100 square feet to just shy of 3000, not including outdoor seating in an Olson Kundig designed space (kudos to building owner, David Thompson). Seasoned Chef Michael will get to flex some serious culinary muscles with impressive menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – still served in a relaxed setting with an open kitchen.
Trove Home & Vintage Goods
225 E. Main St.
Talk about re-purposed! Trove Julie Batson has transformed the former Walla Walla Bread Co. space into a delightful showroom of tone-on-tone furniture and home accessories. She has a keen eye for one of a kind treasures and re-purposing finds with her decorator perspective so look for her DIY workshops in the future. Julie also carries carefully curated products from women entrepreneurs – everything from jewelry, scarves, candles, greetings cards and more.
385 B St. (Airport District)
Pronounced day-boo-shay, this shop has mid-century modern and vintage fans swooning. Formerly on Main Street, owner Amy Reser re-opened her swanky showroom at the airport district (not too far from the delightful home goods boutique, Two Birds). In addition to furniture and home accessories, you’ll find handbags, art, jewelry, and more – whatever Amy thinks is a true find.
32 S. Colville
This gift shop, sharing space with existing vintage clothing store Door Number Two Vintage Clothing and Accessories, is the latest addition to this eclectic block of Colville. In addition to Walla Walla souvenirs and home goods – think logoed tote bags and wine-centric items – owner Zibby Wilder’s fun finds range from a cool dog leash to a doorbell.
A downtown pedicab service
This bicycle driven cush taxi with personality-plus drivers epitomizes a jont – a short excursion or journey for pleasure. Jump aboard for wine tasting, to and from your hotel, to sporting events, restaurants, music venues, for lunch deliveries… whatever is a ride away by calling 541.203.0748 or just flag a swank Jont rig down as if in NYC but happily WW.