Eatery ups the ante with new event space

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T. Maccarone's has taken its operation to the next level, literally.

The Colville Street Italian restaurant has expanded into the space above the business. Owners Tom Maccarone and Jake Crenshaw are reportedly putting the finishing touches on a new private dining/event space, which has already been reserved for this weekend's Holiday Barrel Tasting.

According to an announcement, the space was gutted and made over with a "downtown" vibe -- sleek furnishings and cool lighting for private dinners and parties of up to 30 guests. Reservations for the space are available at info@tmaccarones.com or by calling 526-0200.

Lunch is also making a return to T. Mac's. Starting Monday, the restaurant at 4 N. Colville St. will offer a lunch menu featuring roasted winter squash gnocchi, chanterelle mushroom risotto and braised lamb pappardelle, among other things. Lunch service runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dinner hours will remain the same: 4-9 p.m. nightly. Brunch is served Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For reservations, call 522-4776.

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Laht Neppur Brewing Co. is serving up art with its ales this weekend.

The business will feature the work of several artists at its new downtown Walla Walla digs, 53 S. Spokane St., said co-owner Katie Ruppenthal.

From woodwork to watercolors the company known for its beers will be showcasing works of art.

Featured artists include David Gloor, a Walla Walla resident and custom woodworker who created the bar at the brewing company; Dixie artist Shannon Duvall, who painted the Celtic murals at Laht Neppur's corner building at Alder and Spokane streets; and Walla Walla watercolorist Cassey Burnett.

There is no charge, and the business is open to all ages. The operation will also have extended hours this weekend: Friday, 2-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

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Looking for a gift idea for a home-improvement junkie?

Walla Walla's nonprofit outlet for new and used building materials is offering gift certificates.

Operators of the Builders ReSupply say certificates are available at the operation at 551 Lockheed, located at the Walla Walla Regional Airport industrial park complex.

The recently opened operation offers new and used construction materials at deeply discounted prices. Products include cupboards, doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, carpet padding, skylights, sinks and more.

The materials are donations from local contractors and the public to avoid deposits in the landfill.

The operation is a subsidiary of the Walla Walla Sustainable Living Center, a nonprofit formed as an information, education, outreach and partnership-facilitating center to enable the efficient use of resources.

The Builders ReSupply operates noon-3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Those who want to purchase a gift certificate but can't make it to the shop during those hours can mail a check to Builders ReSupply, c/o 803 Valencia St., Walla Walla, WA 99362. The gift certificate will be mailed. For more information on items available at the store, call construction materials coordinator Dan Mallery at 509-629-1638.

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ATT is introducing its second store to serve area customers.

The new branch is located at Meadowbrook Plaza in College Place. Its opening comes less than a year after ATT opened its Call Me center at 11 W. Alder St.

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. Food, drinks, prizes and giveaways will be part of the celebration. Free activations will also be available that day.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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