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Neighborhood Notes – Steamboat Annie’s Provides a “Heartwarming Homecoming” for New Owners Todd and Kacey Magnusson

  By Kelli Samson A building owned by my grandparents, Jessie and Daryl Duerr, became Steamboat Annie’s back when I was a pre-teen in the 1980’s. Picture me, pre-hair products and on the cusp of braces. Wait. Maybe don’t. On summer afternoons, my grandparents would hand the other grandkids and I the key to their […]

Lucky Eagle – Expansion Amenities Will Excite Visitors

  Ah, spring; time to clean out the old and make way for the new. Or, as comedian Ellen DeGeneres prefers, “If you want to get rid of stuff, you can always do a good spring-cleaning. Or you can do what I do. Move.” This time of year it’s exciting to start the season of […]

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Take a Yoga Class – Physical Benefits, Mental Clarity Just Two Reasons to Add Yoga to Your Workout Routine

  By Melanie Kallas Ricklefs If you’re like most people, you probably made some New Year’s resolutions to start fresh in 2015. Maybe you’re sticking to your resolutions, or maybe they’re already a distant memory. Now that the year is underway and life has settled into its familiar groove, why not treat yourself to a […]

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Rise and Shine: Exploring Thurston County’s Breakfast Options

  By Gale Hemmann Breakfast is not just the most important meal of the day. In my opinion, it is also the most enjoyable, especially for dining out. What better way to start your day than lingering over coffee and great food (with no dishes to clean up afterwards)? Thurston County offers literally hundreds of […]

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Treasure Hunting at the 95.3 KGY On-Air Auction

  “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together,” said funnyman Garrison Keillor. Though the storm is past and life has returned to normal, the gift-giving part of our brain often takes longer to recover. Inspiration, drained dry by the holidays, fizzles when Valentine’s […]

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Greene Realty Group: The Local Choice

  Supporting local small business is important to many of us. We often choose food from the local farmer, buy gifts from artisans in our community, and entrust our money with a local community bank. Local options also exist for one of the biggest investments and financial decisions we make in our lives – buying […]

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Obsidian: Olympia Locals Chris Beug and Nathan Weaver Bring us a Music Venue and Cafe

  By Kelli Samson I’ll admit it. When I drove by 414 4th Avenue East in Olympia this fall and saw the windows papered and a new sign being painted by Ira Coyne (designed by Glyn Smith), I was skeptical. In the last decade or so, it feels like many businesses have tried to thrive in […]

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Olympia Couple Get Engaged Atop Maui’s Haleakala Volcano – With Help From Hartley Jewelers

  Submitted by Hartley Jewelers Heather Littke and Andrew Claiborne met by chance in December 2012 at a restaurant in Olympia. What began as a search for a bite to eat would eventually end (with a whole new beginning) amid a marriage proposal at the top of a Hawaiian volcano. “We were both there on […]

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“It’s the Bread” – Meconi’s Head Baker Callie Robello Bakes from Scratch

  By Kate Scriven Olympia Beer’s famous motto, “It’s the Water,” refers to the fresh artesian spring water used in the original Tumwater brewery’s production and showcases what set the brew apart from the competition. Likewise, when you ask area sandwich lovers what sets local sub shop Meconi’s Italian Subs apart from the rest you’ll […]

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Treat Your Valentine to a Special Day at the Olympia Red Lion Hotel

  After the dark days of winter, Valentine’s Day is a welcome splash of brightness. With colors heralding the cherry blossoms of spring, it’s a holiday custom-made to cheer even the gloomiest of souls…but that could be the chocolate talking. In 2014, total Valentine’s spending was an estimated $17 billion, according to the National Retail […]

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