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A Wing and a Prayer Barbecue + Catering has landed at the Walla Walla Farmers Co-op.

On the heels of two successful years catering and an "outstanding" season at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market, pit masters Teri and Timm Johnson are turning their growing barbecue business into a regular fixture at the co-op at Ninth Avenue and Rose Street.

The barbecue operation opened Monday. A grand opening will take place at a later date.

In the meantime, customers can get barbecue ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, ham, turkey, barbecue beans, potato salad, cole slaw and fruit salad from the menu.

The Johnsons are also in the process of getting their sauce and rubs packaged for retail sale.

The expansion to the co-op, a division of CHS Inc., continues the Johnsons' longtime passion for barbecue.

Four years ago the two started competing professionally in barbecue. Both graduated from the School of Pit Masters, run by "Kansas City Baron of Barbecue" chef Paul Kirk.

The Wing and a Prayer pulled pork won first place, and its smoked chicken was second, in the final competition. Last year the couple won another ribbon for pulled pork at the Evergreen State Barbecue Championship at Alki.

Timm Johnson also serves as a Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association certified judge.

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T. Maccarone menu-lovers: This week is your last chance to get lunch at the Colville Street restaurant before lunch is relocated to the new Olive Marketplace and Caf; later this month.

Friday will be the last day of lunch service at T. Maccarone's. After that owners Tom Maccarone and Jake Crenshaw will begin the transition to Olive, their new expansion slated for operation in the former Merchants Ltd. space at 21 E. Main St.

The exact opening date for Olive has not yet been determined. Lunch is available at T. Maccarone's 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dinner and lounge hours at T. Maccarone's will remain the same -- 4 p.m.-close daily. Saturday and Sunday brunch will also continue, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Corporate communications company CMBell has launched a blog, offering advice to business owners and marketing professionals.

The blog -- located at CMBellNotes.blogspot.com -- offers its tips to companies interested in improving their corporate and brand image, and increasing sales.

Blog topics include: digital media and social networking applications, increasing effectiveness through advertising and marketing materials, improving communication and reviews of books on consumer behavior, among other things.

CMBell President DeLona Lang Bell said new postings are expected each week on a variety of topics.

The business, located in the Bell-Saxby Building at 48 N. College Ave., serves clients across the country in improving their image and increasing sales.

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

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