Gourmet grocery Salumiere Cesario is ushering in the changing seasons with new hours.
Starting this week the Second Avenue market is open seven days a week. The schedule will change further at the start of next month, when extended hours are added Thursdays for "Sashimi and Sake Night" each week through the summer, owners Damon and Colby Burke announced.
Regulars at Salumiere Cesario may be familiar with the business's sashimi and sake, offered since shortly after the operation opened in 2006, according to the announcement. Now it will become a more regular offering with fresh Oregon albacore tuna and house-made ponzu sauce, served alongside with large- and small-format sake selections.
The patio and lunch counter will operate at the business, 20 N. Second Ave., until 8 p.m. Thursdays starting July 1.
In the meantime the store will operate 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Then at the changing month, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, in addition to the other hours.
For more information, call 529-5620 or visit www.salumierecesario.com.
It was a food drive organized by one bank for another.
At least that's how AmericanWest Bank cleverly dubbed its recent effort to collect food and money for local families through area pantries and the food bank.
Employees and customers from four area locations collected 750 pounds of food and more than $700 during a monthlong drive. The fruits of their labor were donated last week. Here's how the donations were broken down: The Dayton pantry received 60 pounds of food and $139 through the Dayton financial center; the Walla Walla Christian Aid Center received 154 pounds and $40 from the downtown Walla Walla branch; the Blue Mountain Action Council received 526 pounds and $532.37 from the Eastgate branch; and the Waitsburg food bank received more than 10 pounds of food.
The donations were part of a monthlong effort to help food banks in Eastern Washington and North Idaho stock their shelves before kids are out of school for summer, according to the Spokane-based bank.
"Summer is a particularly challenging time for families struggling to make ends meet because kids are out of school and not getting the benefit of subsidized lunch programs," said AmericanWest Walla Walla Regional Manager Mark Becker, in a prepared statement. "It is rewarding to be able to assist local food banks right now because we know they'll stretch the donations to help many local families."
Organizers of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival are looking for volunteers.
The free community event runs July 17 and 18. Two-hour time slots are available in the Memorabilia Booth or Beer Garden, according to an announcement from the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.
That Saturday's event schedule is 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday's is 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
To volunteer, call 525-0850, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at email@example.com or 526-8321.