Food co-op transitions to new locale

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Walla Walla's food co-op will soon be on the move.

On the heels of its strongest year yet, the Daily Market Cooperative, 508 E. Main St., will move to a new, yet undisclosed location as early as the end of May, said board President Matt Eppelsheimer.

Two informational meetings about the move will be offered this week. The first takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St. The second will be in the same location at 4 p.m. Saturday.

In an announcement about the upcoming transition, Eppelsheimer said the member-owned food cooperative grew in 2010 with new leadership, paid staff, more volunteers and better record-keeping. The operation turned a profit and saved for its growth.

A separate grocery location has always been part of the vision since organizers launched their membership drive in 2007. The grassroots organization is an alternative to national grocery chains. The co-op features local products and returns profits back to its member-owners.

With a larger space, room for more inventory, greater visibility and longer hours, Eppelsheimer said the operation can better deliver on its promise of convenient and affordable local, sustainable food.

Needs for the upcoming move include more money, skills, energy and leadership, specifically through volunteers in the areas of bookkeeping and accounting, finance, law, construction, leadership, networking and fundraising. For more information, call 529-7348.

A Walla Walla business known for makeup and skin care has moved to a new location and added a few more services to its menu.

Face It Skin Center has moved from downtown Walla Walla's Birch Street to 349 N.E. Myra Road, said owner Amanda Evans.

An open house is slated for sometime in May. In the meantime, visitors are welcome to check out the new space and schedule appointments for massage, reiki, hair services, facials, permanent makeup, lash extensions and more.

A number of local businesses are serving as drop-off sites for a communitywide diaper drive.

The Moms' Network is collecting diapers to donate for the support of families in need.

New diapers, pull-ups or swim diapers -- including open packages -- are accepted and will be donated to Helpline, the social service agency that assists families. The second annual Diaper Drive commenced late last week and will run through June 1.

Drop-off locations include the Plaza Safeway, YMCA, Kmart, Wal-Mart and Providence St. Mary Medical Center. The Moms' Network will also have a booth at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market when it opens in May. Diapers or cash donations will be accepted.

Last year's Diaper Drive collected 1,600 diapers for families with young children.

The drop-off locations include free brochures with diaper-changing tips provided by The Moms' Network. For more information, contact board President Amy Reed at amyashreed@charter.net or call 525-6925. For more details about The Moms' Network, visit www.themomsnetwork.com .

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

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