Whatever the question, cooking is – almost – always the answer. Whether throwing a party, celebrating a loved one, settling in on a rainy autumn night or warming a quick pick-me-up, tasty treats are always a great idea. Food Network novice or long-time professional chef, you’ll find all the tools of the trade at The Rolling Pin on Olympia’s west side.

outside of the building that The Polling Pin and
The Rolling Pin shares space with The Park Side Café and Olympia’s West Central Park project, a community hub and gathering space. Photo courtesy: The Rolling Pin

Located directly above The Park Side Café, The Rolling Pin opened their doors in November 2019. Since then, they’ve become Olympia’s kitchen store mecca for foodies galore. Need a cookbook full of inspiration? A gift basket for the coffee or tea aficionado in your life? Locally made products or knife sharpening services? Never fear, they’ve got you covered.

Quirky Home Kitchen Goods at Olympia’s The Rolling Pin

Store manager Asaph Lopez says that they offer kitchen supplies for every purpose, from essential to specialized. “Our mission is to bring a necessity to every home in the community, the tools to make good food and warm memories,” Lopez adds.

From a picturesque Victorian-styled location, The Rolling Pin shares a goal and home with the West Central Park Project, a community hub and vibrant gathering place. The Park hosts concerts, a Saturday Market during the warmer months, outdoor movies and events, and even the annual Procession of the Species luminary parade. In the high season, enjoy The Park Side Café, a delicious vegan restaurant, swing over to the market for produce and spices, then take the stairs to The Rolling Pin and explore all the tools you’ll need to become Olympia’s next Iron Chef, unofficially, at least.

A Kitchen Store in Olympia with Large Selection and Knowledgeable Staff

At The Rolling Pin, staffers are constantly researching products. “Within the realm of kitchen tools, there’s a massive array of styles and varieties of everything,” says Lopez. “Whether it’s deciding between ceramic non-stick versus stainless steel pans, or Japanese knives versus Western, our staff can help you make the right choice. There is a whole world of tools for you to use and discover at your disposal.”

aprons, towels and more lines the walls at The Rolling Pin, a kitchen store in Olympia
Whether long-time professional chef or pandemic-inspired foodie, there’s something for everyone at The Rolling PIn. Photo courtesy: The Rolling Pin

“In the future,” says Lopez, “you can expect an even wider range of interesting tools and expertly curated products to make sure you go home with a new addition to your cooking arsenal that you’ll be happy with for a very long time.” And if they don’t have it in stock, they’ll special order whatever you need.

The store also focuses on sustainability and can recommend reusable or eco-friendly products to reduce waste. They’re always happy to answer questions and introduce you to new cuisines, techniques and equipment. “Some products we carry are procured for not only high reliability, but also uniqueness,” Lopez explains. “You may take a tool home and make a masterpiece with it, without having ever heard of it beforehand. We aim to spice up your culinary world in both substance and technique.”

The Rolling Pin is Olympia’s Kitchenware One-Stop-Shop for Holiday Gifts

From browsers to focused shoppers, The Rolling Pin provides a nostalgic, funky, welcoming vibe. There is seating to use while flipping through cookbooks and they even host in-person demonstration events. Need a gift that celebrates Olympia’s talented artisans or Pacific Northwest craftsmanship? Look no further. The Rolling Pin features a thoughtful selection of locally made goods that are beautifully crafted and useful things manufactured right here in your neighborhood, says Lopez.

interior shot of The Rolling Pin in Olympia with retro desks holding products
The Rolling Pin offers kitchen tools, equipment, cookbooks, knives and knife sharpening, supplies and in-person demonstrations. Photo courtesy: The Rolling Pin

Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, bring your seasonal wish list for friends, family and yourself. “Stop by after work or during your Café visit on the weekend for a quick look around,” encourages Lopez. “Our selection will treat you to a delicious holiday season, complete with a myriad of great gift choices.”

Follow The Rolling Pin’s latest news and store events on Facebook and Instagram. In addition to online shopping with curbside or in-store pick up, soon they’re hoping to add gift guides and registries as well. While visiting, check out the interesting products are on sale, currently including handheld smokers, fermentation sets and more. “Our offers are always evolving, and we are happy to find in item you desire to add to our stock,” says Lopez, “That’s what we want, to make sure your cooking life stays everlasting.”

Some of us learned to cook as family tradition, others out of necessity, and more than a few from pandemic boredom. However you found your way into the kitchen, let The Rolling Pin keep you going. Cooking is fun, stressbusting and benefits local growers, farms and the environment. Recipes can be tweaked to accommodate varying tastes, dietary requirements and budgets and Lopez and his team are available to answer questions or provide informed opinions. Give them a try today and maybe your homemade hand pies and biscuits and gravy will soon be as good as those from The Park Side Café.


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