Sweet Basil to slice into new space

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The owners of downtown pizzeria Sweet Basil will be slicing into a wall on the south side of the business late this weekend as the business expands into neighboring space.

Stephenie Bowen, co-owner of the family operated business, said an opening for a double door between the existing pizzeria at 5 S. First Ave. and the space next door will be cut starting Sunday. The work will continue into Monday, which means the business will be closed that day, Bowen said.

Sweet Basil will reopen Tuesday on just the existing side. The opening of its expanded space will take place Thursday.

Bowen said 50 more seats have been added to the space that was previously occupied by Community Bank. A 60-inch television has also been added for games, as well as a section for kids and families.

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The Walla Walla Sears store is showing its support for the U.S. troops with the launch Sunday of its Heroes at Home Program.

From 6 to 9 p.m. that day the retailer at 1631 W. Rose St. will match donations to "Rebuilding Together" up to $100,000.

Rebuilding Together is a nationwide volunteer-based provider of home repair service. It also provides relief through its Disaster Assessment and Response Program, according to an announcement from the local store. One hundred percent of the tax-deductible donations received by July 31 will go to Rebuilding Together. More information on the nonprofit organization can be obtained at www.rebuildingtogether.org .

Sears will host a Friends amp; Family event to bring attention to the cause Sunday. A fashion show will begin at 4 p.m. with volunteer models from the community. Barbecue will be served 1-5 p.m. with beverages donated by the Coca-Cola company. Storewide discounts will be offered starting at 6 p.m.

The store will also give away a ProForm Elliptical machine Sunday. Tickets are available for entry from any associate. One ticket is allowed per customer per visit, and participants must be at least 18. The drawing will take place after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and the winner must be present to receive the prize.

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A little caffeine fix supports a good cause today at Dutch Bros. Coffee.

All 159 locations of the Grants Pass, Ore.,-based coffee franchise are donating coffee-sales proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The annual "MDA Day" kicks off May as ALS Awareness Month to bring attention and education about the illness commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dutch Bros. conducts the annual event in honor of company co-founder Dane Boersma, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and died in late 2009. Last year's efforts raised $110,000 to the MDA for research and family services funding.

Throughout the day, "Drink One for Dane" stickers and "hang loose" temporary tattoos will be handed out. Limited edition MDA mugs will also be available for $7 while supplies last. All proceeds will be donated to MDA. Those who want to contribute to the cause can also make donations at danesdrive.org .

The Walla Walla Dutch Bros. franchise is owned by Dave Beamer and is open until 11 p.m.

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

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