Share Walla Walla's bounty with gift boxes of local goods

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The Daily Market Cooperative is taking orders for its Holiday Made in Walla Walla Boxes, which are filled with specialty items created by local artisans.

This year brings two different choices for the boxes. Both cost $30. Only 100 of each box is available and both include an assortment of specialty items available for pickup Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Walla Walla Holiday Farmers Market.

Boxes can also be shipped anywhere in the United States for an additional $10.

The first box option includes: a soy votive candle from Blue Moon Artworks; goat milk soap by Midnight Oil Soap; spiced pecans by chef Melissa Davis; greeting cards by 3Inklings; bee lip balm by Walla Walla Soap Works; and a hand-crafted wood wine/oil/vinegar bottle stopper by Heidi Chapin.

The second option features: a soy votive candle by Blue Moon Artworks; natural plant and vegetable oil mini-soap by Walla Walla Soap Works; candied almonds by chef Margaret Thomas; a bottle of honey from Octopus Garden Honey; biscotti from Detour Farm Baking by Hand; a tote bag featuring original artwork by Rich and Karyn Hinz.

To order, visit: http://dailymarket.coop/, click on the holiday box link on the left and again on the registration form in the body copy. For more information, email andrea@dailymarket.coop. Boxes can also be purchased directly at this weekend's market event.

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Key Technology has promoted a new director of marketing.

Steve Johnson has been named the manufacturing firm's new marketing director after serving the last year as product marketing manager responsible for the company's family of vibratory conveyors.

In his new role he was lead the Walla Walla company's worldwide marketing activities to build awareness for Key's automated inspection and sorting systems, specialized conveying and processing equipment. He will oversee the development and execution of product line strategies, branding and marketing communications programs.

Since joining Key, Johnson has "exhibited an outstanding ability to drive marketing initiatives that focus on delivering value to our customers," said Key CEO David Camp in a prepared statement.

Before joining the company, Johnson was vice president and general manager for Gordon Composites. He worked at Key for four years prior to that as a senior manufacturing engineer. He has a bachelor's in engineering from Weber State University.

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

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