Milton-Freewater firearm shop targets Sunday for grand opening

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A firearms retailer and tactical training business in Milton-Freewater is shooting for a grand opening Sunday.

Double Diamond Tactical will celebrate its opening at 84101 Highway 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The shop popped up a few weeks ago in the strip center known for the iconic lighthouse. It offers custom gun builds and gun and ammunition sales. The operation also provides firearms and tactical training for both the private and public sectors. Jeff Pierce, chief executive officer of Double Diamond, even offers private training and firearms packages.

According to the operation's website, nearly a dozen instructors, specialists and other staff help run the training and educational programs.

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more details, check out the website at d2tac.com or call 541-215-8300.

The kickoff of the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market this weekend seems an appropriate time to present the Green Travel Awards.

The Sustainable Living Center will recognize businesses, agencies, schools and other organizations with the best Green Travel programs for employees, students, customers and others during Earth Week in April. A grand-prize winner will receive a traveling trophy with its organization's name engraved. Second- and third-place winners in the overall competition will also be honored, as will winners in the colleges and schools divisions and residential services division.

The awards are part of the opening of the market Saturday at Fourth Avenue and Main Street.

Green Travel programs are intended to encourage people to find low-energy ways to commute.

For more details on the competition or benefits of green travel, visit sustainableww.org.

Pap Machinery has announced the expansion of its Gradall excavator territory.

The company is now the authorized dealer for Gradall throughout Eastern Washington, northwestern Idaho and northeastern Oregon. The agreement allows Pap to provide parts, service and sales from its current Idaho and Washington locations, including Walla Walla.

The new areas add to the company's established Gradall territories throughout Northern California and Oregon, according to the announcement.

"We have represented the Gradall excavator product for over 10 years and we're excited about this opportunity to provide Gradall customers with sales and product support from our six current locations," said Rodger Spears, president of Pap Machinery, in a prepared statement.

Starbucks reportedly planted some philanthropic seeds last weekend.

The coffee company partnered with Blue Mountain Action Council in the planting of a garden for Harvest Walla Walla, according to an update from the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce. All of the produce harvested from the garden will go directly into local food banks. The effort is apparently the start of a relationship expected to have a big impact on the community.

On a side note, Starbucks kicks off its annual Frappuccino Happy Hour on Friday. Between 3 and 5 p.m. through May 13, customers can get their favorite Frappuccino at half off the regular price.

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

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