Cooperative offers Made in WW gift boxes

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Walla Walla goodness is being packed into a seasonal gift box at the Daily Market Cooperative.

Operators of the local food co-op have brought back their Made in Walleyes Walla holiday gift boxes.

The $25 boxes are packaged with home-grown and made items, including samples of walnuts, honey, soap, candles, candy canes, jerky, truffles, coffee and granola -- all from local businesses.

The boxes will be available for pickup in the store, 508 E. Main St., between Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

To reserve a box, call 529-7348, or stop by the co-op on weekday afternoons. Reservations can also be made at: info@dailymarket.coop. Leave your name, telephone number and the number of boxes you'd like to reserve.

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The Walla Walla Sweets are swinging for improvements at Borleske Stadium for the 2011 West Coast League baseball season.

The overall expansion will increase capacity at Borleske from 1,600 to more than 2,200 seats to accommodate fans.

Among the editions and improvements: The Diamond Seats behind home plate will expand from 80 to nearly 200.

A number of the new seats will be available for reservation as season tickets, while others will be available for single-game seats.

"Diamond's were in such high demand last season that we felt an obligation to the community to build more," said Sweets' ticket sales and service Manager John Junke, in a prepared statement.

Expansion plans also include a new press box behind the Diamond Seats with room for four seating sections, as well as a new sound system. "A lot of constructive criticism we received focused on the sound system, so we're happy to upgrade to a system that we believe will please our fans," Sweets General Manager Zachary Fraser said in the announcement.

The right-field fence will be cut to about 4 feet, and a picnic pavilion that seats 74 will be nestled against the fence. Directly behind that will be a satellite beer garden, which will become the primary service point for box seat and Sweet Spot servers. It should also alleviate strain on the Budweiser Beer Garden located down the left-field line. Sweets officials say a walkway separating the right-field picnic pavilion and the satellite beer garden will lead to new bleacher seating in right-center field. When that's finished the General Admissions seating will grow from under 800 to more than 1,000 seats.

Other improvements include a walk-in cooler and upgrades to the Borleske Stadium Sweets Shoppe, such as flooring, walls and lighting.

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

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