Baker Boyer offers new hours in 2010

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Baker Boyer Bank will extend the hours of operation at its area branches starting next month.

The new hours are intended to offer clients "a more accessible schedule, realigned for the new year," said Baker Boyer Vice President and Retail Banking Manager Terri Lyford in an announcement.

Starting Feb. 1 the lobby hours at the downtown branch, 7 W. Main St., are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. Drive-through hours there are 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

At the bank's branches in College Place, 603 S. College Ave., Eastgate, 1931 E. Isaacs Ave., Plaza, 1530 Plaza Way, and Milton-Freewater, 320 N. Columbia St., the lobby hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays (with the exception of College Place, which closes at 5 p.m.) Drive-through hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. To see the list for yourself, visit www.bakerboyer.com/hours .

In addition to the extended hours, the Walla Walla-based bank has extended its call center hours for clients reaching out to a local representative. Call center reps are available 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and can be reached at 525-2000 or 800-234-7923.

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Many Waters Wellness Center will host an open house this weekend to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the fitness and wellness studio.

Visitors may tour the facility, 800 Sprague Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Instructors and therapists will be on hand to answer questions about classes and massage techniques offered at the center. Demonstrations of several forms of tai chi, as well as yoga and NIA fitness dance -- which combines elements of dance, martial arts and healing arts -- will be performed.

For more information, visit www.manywaterswellnesscenter.com or call Sandi Wicher at 386-4305.

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An ownership and name change at the former Jackpot Food Mart and gas station in Waitsburg will be celebrated Friday.

New owner Joe Kumar has changed the name of the business at 903 Preston Ave. to Midway Food Mart. He said a ribbon-cutting ceremony will help celebrate the changeover. Mayor Markeeta Little Wolf is expected to attend, Kumar said. The event takes place at 11 a.m. with refreshments served.

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Work behind-the-scenes this year is expected to pave the way for future development of the Burbank Business Park.

Port of Walla Walla officials say 2010 will be a big year for the Port-owned acreage along U.S. Highway 12 near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers -- though their efforts may not be all that visible to those driving past the property.

Port officials pitched their plans for the property at a Columbia School District meeting, also attended by interested developers and area residents.

Port Executive Director Jim Kuntz said some developers have already shown interest in some of the roughly 30 parcels expected to be subdivided at the property. The parcels are slated to be developed into a cluster of stores, professional offices and possible living spaces.

Kuntz said Port commissioners and staff will likely focus this year on the development and approval of covenants, conditions and restrictions for the property, as well as a division of the property into short plats.

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

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