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Find a New Brew—or Stock Up on Local Favorites—at Thriftway’s Coffee Sale

  T.S. Eliot may have measured out his life in coffee spoons, but here in the Northwest we prefer mugs…big ones. It’s been reported that “coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil.” It fuels our days, brightens our spirits, and warms our hands. In this region, we import, roast, drink, and celebrate […]

Olympia Woman’s Legacy Lives with Food Trucks at 4th & Plum

  By Heidi Smith It’s hard to imagine today, but not so long ago the multicultural dining spot at 4th and Plum was a mostly vacant lot. When Olympia restaurant manager Cindy Dickson first took over The Filling Station espresso stand on the property, “It was sort of a bad spot,” says her daughter Carissa. […]

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On the Hunt for Spring Treasures to Celebrate Easter and Passover

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis I hold a warm place in my heart for the Easter Bunny. One Christmas my toddler had a clear aversion to getting his photo taken with the big man in the furry red suit. However, the following spring we came upon a lithe, friendly Easter Bunny at the mall who […]

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Dick’s Brewing Owner Julie Pendleton Brews a Batch with Women Across the Globe

  By Kate Scriven For years, the brewing industry has been pretty much a “boys club.” However the historically male dominated field has seen an increase in women among their ranks in recent years. As the popularity of quality, craft beer increases so does the following among both genders. Men and women are enjoying drinking […]

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Living Dreams Yarns & Fiber Keeps Ancient Craft Alive in the Digital Era

  By Heidi Smith What happens when a timeless art meets the accelerated world of cyberspace? Ask Tanja Baucken. Her Rainier-based online business Living Dreams Yarns & Fiber is taking a distinctly 21st century approach to the art of spinning, felting, knitting and crochet. All of her yarns and fibers are locally milled and either […]

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Sara Rucker Thiessen – Local Actress Who Creates Her Own Roles

  By Lynn West By day, Sara Rucker Thiessen enriches lives as the Education and Travel Director at the Olympia Senior Center. After hours, she is equally passionate about entertaining her audiences. Her name may sound familiar since she has been appearing in Heartsparkle Players improvisation performances at Traditions Café in Olympia for the past […]

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Fish Brewing Company’s Over and Out Oatmeal Stout Is Not Just for Drinking

  By Kelli Samson I am well-versed in borrowing a cup of sugar or a bit of flour from a neighbor for a recipe, but some stout beer? This was a first. When I told Fish Brewing Company’s events manager, Max DeJarnatt, that I wanted to feature a St. Patrick’s-themed cake using one of their […]

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Left Bank Pastry: Baker Gary Potter Brings Paris to Your Sweet Tooth

  By Kelli Samson For me, it was love at first bite. When I first tasted one of Left Bank Pastry’s apricot croissants, or “oranais” in French, it was like my surroundings shape-shifted. Suddenly, my taste buds transported me to the front stoop of a patisserie in Colmar, France, where I once stood out of […]

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SOGO Trains Young Musicians

  By Laurie O’Brien John Welsh believes that musical acumen comes from several sources. Raw talent is only one piece of the puzzle. Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO), of which Welsh is the musical director, builds on top of the base created by school programs and private instruction, providing motivated school-aged instrumentalists with an […]

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Betsy Perkins – Making Feet Dance at Meadows Elementary School and in Local Bands

  By Amy Rowley To Betsy Perkins, inspiration for her music often comes from the people around her – lots of young people that attend Meadows Elementary School in Lacey. As the Library and Music teacher, Betsy finds that lyrics are just as likely to pop into her mind while working in the garden as […]

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