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Shop Local for Mother’s Day Gifts

  By Katie Hurley Every May on the second Sunday of the month, mothers across the country are recognized for the roles they play in our lives. Whether you celebrate the day with gifts, a special meal or a card in the mail, locally-owned Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway stores has what you need to make […]

Loving the Lifestyle at Olympia’s LOLA Lifestyle Boutique

  Stevie Olson was born with an eye for style. As a Tenino High School student, Stevie can remember looking forward to weekend shopping trips in downtown Olympia where she and her girlfriends would refresh their wardrobes with trendy finds from local boutiques. She remembers with particular fondness Capitol Way, with its tree-lined streets, buildings […]

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Sisters and Shop Owners Switch Business Banking to Thurston First Bank

  By Amy Rowley I am a fierce proponent of shopping local. I grew up in a third generation retail business, listening to my dad and grandfather speak nightly about developing repeat customers through exceptional service, supporting the community through philanthropy and designing a work environment that creates loyal employees. The part that I think […]

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Julie Robinson – Olympia’s Honey Baker

  By Kelli Samson While I do consider myself a decent baker, bread and I have only become acquainted during recent years. I am an amateur bread baker, at best. And loaves take time, though they’re always worth it. After a certain bakery closed last year, I no longer had a place to buy freshly […]

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Harbor Wholesale and the Erickson Family Celebrate 92 Years of Family Owned Business Success

  By Natasha Ashenhurst In 1923, butter, eggs and cheese were grocery basics in high demand at logging camps throughout the Aberdeen area. Carl Erickson began his business the way many small businesses begin – he saw a need and filled it. His business, the West Coast Produce Company, supplied fresh food to camps throughout […]

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Paul Pearson – Head Brewer at Fish Ferments Roister Oyster Stout

  By Cara Bertozzi When Paul Pearson, head brewer at Olympia’s Fish Brewing, left his home state of Oregon 13 years ago for Colorado State University, he hadn’t planned a career in the art of beer. However, once he was old enough to patronize craft breweries, he developed an appreciation for the abundance of small […]

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Celebrate Home at the Thriftway Housewares Appreciation Event

  Mario Batali, legendary local chef, once said “the kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.” The delicious current trend of food television and hands-on classes mean every home can celebrate food, friends, and family. Running from April […]

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Mathnasium – A Different Approach to Math

  Jennifer Chevalier has always had a passion for math. So much so, that she studied the subject through college, earned her teaching credentials through The Evergreen State College and now teaches 8th grade Math at Bush Middle School in Tumwater. The mother of two has always shown a true commitment to teaching math and adding […]

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Cheri Wilkins & Ashley DuVall Keep Family Businesses Alive at Van Dorm Realty

  The Conway Center for Family Business reports that “family-owned businesses are the backbone of the American economy… family businesses account for 50 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, generate 60 percent of the country’s employment, and account for 78 percent of all new job creation.” On Olympia’s west side, Van Dorm Realty is a […]

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Sensory, Science and a Little Bit of Magic – A Family Tour at Sandstone Distillery

  By Nikki McCoy During my first phone call with John Bourdon, co-owner of Sandstone Distillery in Tenino, we talked tours. We chatted about aspiring distillers and brewers, curious tourists and even school-age children coming through his family’s craft distillery. His passion for community involvement was evident, and on his mention of being able to […]

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