It's tee time at The Sweet Putt


The indoor portion of Walla Walla's new miniature golf course will open Saturday, said co-owner Juli Dunn.

The grand opening of the indoor nine-hole course will be at 11 a.m. at 417 Wellington Ave.

Dunn, her husband Brent Dunn, their business partners Tyler and Julie Morris and their respective children, have spent the last several months converting the former Rhoades Music Co. into the site of a new mini-golf and game center destination.

Plans for and construction of the 18-hole outdoor course will continue through the cold season. In the meantime, mini-golf fanatics itching for family fun will be able to get a jump on the action with the opening of the indoor portion.

Hours of operation through the holidays will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. most days. The exceptions are Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's. Once winter break ends, hours will be adjusted.


Ski Bluewood and the YMCA are partnering to give families a lift this season. Up the mountain, that is.

Mike and Travis Stephenson, the new owners of the ski resort, have partnered with the local YMCA, as well as the Y of the Greater Tri-Cities on a lift ticket sales fundraiser.

The promotion is designed to get more families to spend time together on the slopes, according to a joint announcement.

The YMCA, 340 S. Park St., will sell discounted lift tickets. Adult tickets will be $32 plus tax. Students with ID cards will pay $29 plus tax. Tickets for senior citizens and children will be $25 plus tax. Savings range from $8 to $10.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Youth Development Programs and Youth Scholarship funds at the respective YMCAs.

For more information on the tickets call 525-8863 or stop in at the Y. This morning's snow update on the mountain showed 24 inches of snow at the summit and 19 inches at the base.


Walla Walla's red wine stain remover will be getting some ink this weekend in The Wall Street Journal.

Wine Away will be among the products featured Saturday in a column on wine accessories. The piece by staff writer and wine columnist Lettie Teague is slated for the Off Duty Section.

Local residents may know Wine Away as a product of Evergreen Labs, owned by mother/daughter team Cheryl Corn and Staci Wanichek.

The spray removes most red wine stains from carpet and fabrics without the use of bleach or phosphates

When it comes to wine and accessories, Teague knows her stuff. Prior to working for The Wall Street Journal she spent 10 years writing the "Wine Matters" column for Food amp; Wine magazine, where she also was wine editor.


Andrae's Kitchen has been picked up by the Walla Walla Sweets for another three seasons.

Andrae Bopp, chef and owner of mobile food operation Andrae's Kitchen, agreed last week to a sponsorship deal with the baseball team that will keep the gourmet food truck behind home plate at Borleske Stadium for the next three seasons, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Bopp's fish tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, hand-cut fries and poutine were reportedly fan favorites during the 2011 season.

"The menu that Andrae serves has been a great addition to the stadium," said Sweets' General Manager Zachary Fraser in the announcement. "We're very fortunate to have a talented chef serving gourmet cuisine at our ballpark."

Starting next season, fans will be able to order Andrae's Kitchen dishes at AK's Dugout Cafe. Cafe-style tables will be set up behind home plate, creating a service area where customers can watch the game while dining at the food truck. AK's employees will deliver items to customers seated at the tables.

Bopp is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who interned at Le Bernardin before starting Andrae's Kitchen in Boise in 2004. He moved to Walla Walla in 2008. In addition to operating Andrae's Kitchen as a mobile unit, he operates La Porte Brune Catering.

The Sweets open their season at home June 1. For more information on Andrae's Kitchen, visit

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


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