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The Washington State Liquor Control Board hopes that opening temporary holiday gift shops will help reduce the state's budget deficit.
Washington State is looking to narrow its budget gap and one way the state is trying to do so can be seen at malls this holiday season. The Washington State Liquor Control Board set up temporary holiday gift shops at four shopping malls in the western part of the state this year, with expectations to operate eight shops during the 2010 season. WSLCB hopes to collect $3.8 million in additional revenue during the 2009 and 2010 holiday seasons from these shops, which will offer gift packages (usually consisting of a bottle and a glass or shaker) and a limited selection of wines and spirits. Part of the store will be designated for featuring offerings from local craft distillers. Rest assured, mallrats under 21 are prohibited from entering the stores unless accompanied with someone of legal drinking age. This 60-day pilot, from November 1 to December 31, marks the first time the WSLCB has opened holiday stores in malls and the board will gauge customer interest for these shops. Shoppers who visit the stores are invited to take part of an online survey or they can send comments to email@example.com regarding their experience.