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Shop Local in Olympia for Reusable Lunch Sacks

  By Sara Johnson When my mom packed my lunch for me back in the 1980s, she usually tucked it all into a brown paper bag for me to carry off to school. My carrot sticks, apple slices, and peanut butter and jelly sandwich were each sealed up tight in plastic zippered bags, along with [...]

Shelby Adams: Embracing Everyone via the Universal Language of Music

  By Tali Haller Just six months ago, Shelby Adams adamantly told her friends, “I am not going to college!” Now she is headed to one of America’s most prestigious music schools, the Berklee College of Music, which has a 19% acceptance rate according to data from U.S. News. “I’ve always been inspired by music,” [...]

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George Mollas Brings his Old-World Values to Lacey’s George & Sons Fruit Market

  By Kelli Samson The word “market” conjures up a very different image than the words “grocery store.” Think about it. A market is small. It’s where you perhaps can’t buy every little thing on your list, but the interaction with the people is so genuine and the food is so fresh that you shop [...]

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Isaiah Dominguez: Olympia-Based Musician Makes Music for Ears, Hearts

  By Gale Hemmann If it’s possible for music to have a geographical heart, the heart of Isaiah Dominguez’s music is in Olympia. The talented singer-songwriter grew up here, and though he now calls Seattle home, he has carried the spirit of Olympia with him in his songs. And Isaiah Dominguez’s songs are very good. [...]

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Looking Through the Lens at Molley Gillispie Photography

  By Libby Kamrowski Simply stated, Molley Gillispie, the one woman show behind Molley Gillispie Photography, has gotten a head start on life. At just nineteen years old, she is already a junior at Western Washington University in Bellingham because she participated in the Running Start program at SPSCC to earn an Associate’s Degree. At [...]

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Faces of the Olympia Farmers Market – Sea Blossom Seafoods

  By Doris Faltys “Don’t buy food from strangers,” says Steve Wilcox. “It is a motto I like, though I did not come up with it.” Wilcox has put a couple of lawn chairs out in a shady spot near his impressive vegetable garden.  As we enjoy the shade and the garden view, he tells [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Favors Olympic Mountain Ice Cream Flavors

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis The best way to eat Olympic Mountain Ice Cream is any way or anywhere you can – but my favorite way is in the company of owners Karl and Bev Black. Even after three decades of long nights, early mornings and producing tons of ice cream, both remain energized and [...]

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Gourmet Camping Meals to Feed a Crowd Under the Stars

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis You may think camping is all about roughing it – pit toilets, well water and smoky clothes. Nevertheless, there’s no need to lack luxuries in the food department. Consider upgrading your camping life with gourmet touches. The benefits are outrageous (eating like royalty) and you’ll likely have time to savor [...]

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Grace Bell Peddles Gelato by Bike around Olympia

  By Tali Haller Gelato, fun people, a day out and about around town, and sun – how could that get any better, right? Well, maybe getting paid to be there. Welcome to recent Olympia High School graduate Grace Bell’s summer job: riding a Gelato Bike around downtown Olympia for Adam Adrian, the owner of [...]

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Follow these Natural Directions to the Thurston County Fair

  The Thurston County Fair is always a high point of summer.  This year’s festivities promise to be Fun for the Whole Herd.  The Fair runs Wednesday July 30 through Sunday August 3.  Eager beavers and thrifty souls alike will line up for One Buck Wednesday to enjoy the array of music, vendors, animals, and [...]

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