New guides, maps out for visitors to Valley's wineries

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A couple of new guides on the market will help visitors find their way through the wineries of the Valley.

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance will debut its 2011 "Wineries of the Walla Walla Valley" map and guide Sunday during the TASTE Washington Event in Seattle. Starting next week it can also be picked up at the Wine Alliance office, 13 1/2 E. Main St., suite 214; at the Destination Walla Walla window on Main Street and at member wineries. It can also be downloaded at www.wallawallawine.com.

According to an announcement from the organization the map is a reflection of two of the agency's goals: coordination and sustainability. Through a partnership on the project with Tourism Walla Walla the Alliance was able to access a map developed with the city by the tourism agency. The new version is printed on 100 percent recycled stock.

The finished product is easier to use and contains more member winery information than the previous versions, officials said.

That product comes on the heels of the release of a slick guide to the Valley's wineries and nearly 25 eateries from local photographer Brian Gaines.

The "Walla Walla Valley Wine Guide" is billed as a road map to the area's wineries and restaurants. Gaines said 20,000 copies of the publication, a colorful splash of ads for and maps to the community's wine-related destinations, were printed by Integrity Design & Copyworks. Rossi Giard of Mullet Creative designed the website at www.wallawallawineguide.com . The publication is available at hotels/motels and tasting rooms.

The owner of a Walla Walla fitness franchise has been honored for the operation's healthy bottom line.

Janet Byerley, owner of Walla Walla's Jazzercise, was honored by Jazzercise Inc. with the company's President's Club Platinum Award.

The platinum status recognizes the top money earners -- those who rank in the top 3 percent -- of the Jazzercise franchise operation, according to an announcement.

Byerley is celebrating with free classes during the 5:35 p.m. time slot Monday through Friday throughout the month of April at the Jazzercise center at 23 1/2 S. Spokane St.

"I truly believe in the Jazzercise Program, which combines cardio, strength training and stretching into a complete fitness package," she said in a prepared statement. "No gimmicks ... just fun, effective workouts."

Sales at the downtown Walla Walla fitness center contributed to a record $96 million in systemwide sales for Jazzercise lat year. The company ranks as the top fitness franchise, according to "Entrepreneur" magazine's Franchise 500 List for 2011. Overall the operation ranks 17th.

To learn more about the local Jazzercise program, call Byerley at 525-9772 or email: info@getfitwallawalla.com.

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

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