Garden city plaza

Visitors to Garden City Plaza can take a lunch or snack break from shopping at more than a half-dozen boutique and specialty stores.

Behind the inviting façade of Garden City Plaza on Alder Street is a shopping and dining experience that’s out of the ordinary. 

When a popular College Place pizzeria moved to  W², it became The Den Downtown Pizzeria. Jennifer and Jason Oney, who own The Den, also partnered with Scooter and Jesse Johnston to open the adjacent Journeys Pub. 

The Oneys decided to offer the small shop spaces lining one side of the building to small businesses, shops that were eagerly snapped up by entrepreneurs. 

They include the Nest, also owned by the Johnstons — it stocks local artisan goods — and Walla Walla Soap Works products. Up Balloon Boutique specializes in unique balloons and balloon bouquets. Abrielle’s Cowgirl Boutique features Western wear and decor. JCB Sports provides team sports wear, including hats and T-shirts. Walla Walla Wine Barrels offers a selection of wine-barrel furniture, and Skye Gardens has the perfect tie-dyed apparel and new-age products. The newest tenant, A Touch of Flair, features gently used children’s clothing.

The centerpiece of the plaza is The Den Downtown Pizzeria, managed by Mary Kay Hetterley, featuring a variety of pizzas (the dough is made fresh daily), pasta, salads, burgers and handmade fries.

Watch for special events and Saturday-night music performances. A 25-seat side room is available for parties; sidewalk seating is available in nice weather. The Den offers beer and wine, and the adjacent Journeys Pub has a full liquor license.