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Thurston First Bank: Revitalizing the Downtown Olympia Core

  After ten years of operating from a snug spot on the primarily residential locale of Pear Street Northeast, Thurston First Bank is making a statement by moving to Downtown Olympia. While the bank outgrowing its current space necessitated the move, the decision to relocate to the downtown core was deliberate. Jim Haley, President and [...]

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Oxygen at H3 Therapy Services

  As we age, inevitable physical changes occur.  Some are unavoidable but others can be moderated—or even eliminated—through diet, exercise, and preventive care. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are major risk factors for stroke.  About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three [...]

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South Sound Trucks Oly: Creating Satisfied Truck Owners, One Story at a Time

  Chances are, at some point in your life, you have been the victim of an unpleasant car shopping or buying experience. Maybe you had a pushy salesperson leave a sour taste in your mouth. Or worse, bought a lemon (talk about sour) off of Craigslist and had to spend hundreds (or more) on post-purchase [...]

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Boggs Inspection Services Creates Connections in the Community

  Starting something new is hard.  And when that “something” is a new business, it’s even harder.  Putting out your shingle and saying to the community, “I’m here – trust me to help you in your life,” is a step that takes courage, conviction, and commitment. Dwayne Boggs knows this well.  The Olympia-based home inspector [...]

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Dan Baxter – Local Veteran and Small Business Owner Encourages People to Never Give Up

  By Cara Bertozzi Dan Baxter, a veteran and small business owner, has learned through experience not to take his current success for granted. Today, he is running an in-demand carpet cleaning business, DKB Restoration, and has a beautiful family with two children. However, he has navigated a spectrum of highs and lows both professionally [...]

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The 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 at Northwest Harley-Davidson

  It’s been 13 years since Harley-Davidson has introduced an all-new model.  This spring, the company introduces the 500cc and 750cc Street.  This new bike is aimed at younger, more urban riders and has a price point to match.  Starting at $6700, the Street is within reach of younger riders who love the Harley brand, [...]

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Top Rung Brewing: Local Craft Beer with a Focus on Family

  Casey Sobol and Jason Stoltz are firefighters.  However, with each passing month, the two dedicated first-responders, based at the McLane Black Lake Fire Station, are becoming something else as well:  Brewmasters. With the six month anniversary of their Lacey-based craft brewery, Top Rung Brewing, quickly approaching, the two managing partners are busier than ever.  [...]

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Acupuncture: Effective Healing for Thousands of Years

  While acupuncture has only been offered in Olympia for approximately the last twenty years, it is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical practices in the world. Originating in China at least 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has been steadily increasing as a form of treatment for patients in the United States. Annually over [...]

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Raise a Pint to Toast Three Magnets Brewing Company

  By Lisa Herrick The highly anticipated opening of Three Magnets Brewing Company will soon be here, although it is intended to be a quiet and understated event. The plan is to open with a soft launch by the end of October and unveil the brewery’s craft beers with a limited menu.  The full menu [...]

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Garden Courte Cares for Others in Untold Ways

  The gradual slide into autumn always makes me stop and take stock of things.  Swapping out the shorts, sandals, and toys of summer for coats, boots, and holiday decorations is when I do my biggest donation pile of the year.  I like knowing that outgrown clothes and surplus housewares will do more than help [...]

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