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[30 Sep 2020 | Comments Off on Why does Thurston County need a JOLT to our LOCAL News Media? | ]

By Danny Stusser
Publisher, The JOLT – The Journal of Olympia, Lacey & Tumwater

In March this year I dug out a local-news business plan from 2011. The need for this idea was clear nine years ago, even more today. But before I tell you about it, please consider three questions:

1) Do you feel concerned about the declining number of local news* stories available from established media in Thurston County?

Stories about schools, businesses, elections, local officials, public works programs, crime, construction, transportation, people helping people, organizations that help people, …

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[30 Sep 2020 | Comments Off on Shoes: From Leon to Olympia … Estileon Shoes | ]

When Armando Estrada set his sights on exporting his hand-crafted shoes to the United States, he encountered one huge obstacle. Big Box American shoe retailers make their purchases in lots of 30,000, 50,000, even 100,000 pairs at a time. Armando’s 4-person workshop could only produce 17 pairs of shoes per day.

In Leon, Mexico where Armando’s workshop is located, shoe making is a craft. The city is known as Mexico’s Shoe Making Capital with over 3,000 shoe-making enterprises.

Many businesses are small, like Armando’s, and produce their shoes by hand. …

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[30 Jun 2020 | Comments Off on Sandstone Distillery | ]

At the end of a pleasant, winding drive in rural Thurston
County, you will find Sandstone Distillery, a four-generation family-owned
enterprise that was the first legal craft distillery to open in the State
Capitol area since the Prohibition.  This
surprising little gem is one of the highlights of the county’s agritourism
loop, the Bountiful Byway, and the Bourdon family who own and operate the
distillery produce internationally awarded spirits of all kinds.  But how they do it is a lesson in ingenuity
and sustainability.

With roots anchored deep in the Tenino community, the
Bourdons have a penchant for the …

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[27 Jul 2018 | Comments Off on Taqueria La Esquinita . . . What Is Authenticity Anyway? By Carlos Camargo | ]

There’s a city in north-central Mexico called Ciudad de Queretaro, the hometown of Owner and Executive Chef of Taqueria La Esquinita, Erick Gutierrez. It’s an ancient city that predates the Spanish Conquistadors and features agricultural settlements dating back to 500 BC. A city riddled with unique cement homes and old European style architecture where no two walls are the same color. The people of Queretaro are friendly, family-centric, and hardworking; typical Midwesterners. It’s here where Chef Erick developed his values as well as his taste for truly good, honest Mexican …

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[29 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on Tumwater’s 13th Annual “SCREEN ON THE GREEN”, by: Marisa Worden | Recreation Marketing Specialist, City of Tumwater Parks & Recreation | ]

Looking for some free summer activities for the whole family? How about having your family movie night under the stars for a change? If that sounds like your idea of fun, then Tumwater Parks and Recreation’s Screen on the Green movie series is for you!
It’s no secret that everyone in the Pacific Northwest looks forward to the arrival of summer, which brings warmer weather and a chance to get outside and enjoy the great community that we live in. It’s a busy couple of months that we look forward to …

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[29 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on The ABC’s of Abstract, by: Jeff Turner, Abstract Precision Exercise and Bodyworks | ]

Almost 19 years ago, Abstract Bodyworks was born out of necessity. Typical gyms attract and market to young people from 18-30 years old. Unfortunately they have not experienced the loss of muscle and health as those of us above 50. Abstract is designed to fight the disease of aging. Through proper exercise and rest we help people live young even in there 90’s.
Age is never a factor nor is gender. In fact, 90 year old men and women gain muscle and youth as quickly as 25 year olds according to …

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[29 Jun 2018 | Comments Off on FEAR FACTOR! Through the Eyes of a Fearless Zip Line Guide on Treehouse Island, by: Grady Eilts, Owner and Fearless Guide | ]

Running a zipline park has lots of perks!
First: The guests. Everyone wants to be there…it’s not like visiting a dentist or an IRS agent. People are there to have fun (even if they’re a little afraid), and that’s what we do! We’ve celebrated birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family days, GNOs, anniversaries, reunions and bucket lists, to name a few. We’ve met friendly, interesting people from the local area and all over the world!

Second: Guests who are scared provide the most entertainment for the zipline guides. Don’t get us wrong…it’s not that …

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[27 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

Olympia Beer is an important name to folks here in Tumwater. It has been a few years since we heard the last whistle sound from the brewery (2003), but a new era of craft beer is alive and well. We celebrate the proud tradition of brewing and build toward the future of our community with the annual Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on August 18th.
At the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest, over 50 craft brewers from around the Pacific Northwest will bring their best to celebrate with us. Join us for some well-mannered frivolity …

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[29 Mar 2018 | Comments Off on The Pizza Story! by: Michael Fritsch, owner, Eastside Big Tom / Big Tom Pizza | ]

We keep getting the same question online and at the windows: “Why is a successful burger place getting into pizza?”
To my family and friends I’ve talked about opening up a separate pizza spot on the grounds for more than two decades. Obviously, there was no room to attempt anything out of the drive-thru, but I own the entire block front, so there’s room, there just had to be the right time.
The right time came this fall. We’d had a great run over in the ice cream shack, the neighborhood embraced …

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[29 Mar 2018 | Comments Off on Welcome to the All New Lacey Forza Bistro & Event Center, by: Rachel Young, co-owner | ]

Five years ago, Christine and Tom Forrey had a vision. A vision to create a special place where people feel welcome, have opportunities to connect with one another, and experience a sense of belonging. A true labor of love, the Forrey’s invited the community not only into their business, but into their hearts. On February 1, they passed the torch to two local business owners: Rachel Young of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes and Ryan Lindstrom of PugetSound2Go.
What was known and loved as Forrey’s Forza, Home of TC Pies, became Lacey …