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Inland Cellular has dialed up its service in the Touchet Valley.

The regional wireless communications company opened a new store in Dayton's historic downtown corridor today and announced improvements to service with an additional tower in that area.

The new location, 151 E. Main St., is run by Waitsburg resident and longtime Inland Cellular employee Gina Wilson, who previously managed the College Place location at Meadowbrook Plaza. Wilson has been with Inland Cellular more than seven years and previously worked another seven as a billing administrator with CellularOne.

"I couldn't be happier to be serving the people of the Dayton and Waitsburg areas our of our new location," she said in a prepared statement. "We are confident the new showroom will make life much easier for our valued customers in the region through improved customer service, reduced travel times and real-time solutions."

In celebration of the store's opening, Columbia County and Waitsburg residents are eligible for $200 in switch credits at the new location for each line they change over to Inland Cellular through the end of May. Current customers can also get a $75 credit to upgrade to a smart phone during the same time. An open house and grand opening will take place in early May, according to the announcement.

Inland Cellular's new Dayton showroom will be stocked with Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smart phones, plus basic phones, professional-grade phones, tablets, accessories and more. Home and business phone service is also available to the region through a service known as IC Home Phone. The service offers unlimited local and national calling for $19.99 a month. International calling is available upon request.

The new tower also enhances service with 3G coverage, faster data speeds and improved safety and security for end users.

The Dayton store operates 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store is available at 509-629-0789; fax: 509-382-8972. Wilson can also be reached at ginaw@inlandcellular.com.

Hot Poop will commemorate what has become an unofficial holiday for independent music shops: National Record Store Day.

The downtown Walla Walla business -- Washington's oldest independent record store -- will celebrate the fifth annual event Saturday with a day of free musical performances, food and festivities.

Jim McGuinn, "principal poop" at 210 E. Main St., took a new spin on Joni Mitchell's stance on paradise being turned into parking lots. In an announcement on the celebration this weekend, he said the parking lot will become a music lover's paradise. The party will take place in what he has christened the "Presley Methodist Of The Assumed Paradise Parking Lot Barbecue Boogie Revival."

Free Pepsi products and chips will be served, and Backstage Bistro will sell its barbecue pulled pork sandwiches.

The musical lineup includes sets from Livevil, Soul Status, Plateau, Burger Machine, Acid Reflex, Lentil Brothers, Franky Jo, Jacob's Weekend, Chastity Belt and Joe Keown. Special guests will be announced later, McGuinn said.

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Hot Poop will join hundreds of independent music stores in parties across the country that day to celebrate music, art and the culture of the industry.

Limited edition vinyl LPs and seven-inch 45s will be for sale from artists such as David Bowie, Grateful Dead, Eddie Vedder, Phish, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Gorillaz and more.

Numerous artists have given their stamps of approval to the event, including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Ben Harper.

"Independent record stores are much more than the name suggests," Harper said in a statement. "They are an international community and platform where music has an outlet and an opportunity to grow over the long-term, in a way that sincerely connects with community and culture. They are also a magnificent mob of highly opinionated musical bandits which I am proud to call my pals."

For more information, call 525-9080.

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

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