Make Your Home Cozy

Many of us think about making improvements to our home. New furniture and décor are a quick and easy way to spruce up your surroundings. At Courtyard Antiques and Home Decor, they offer vintage pieces that you will not find elsewhere.

According to owner Laurie Johnson, “Antiques can be mixed in with even highly contemporary pieces to give a room a warm glow. We show customers how to work antiques into their design aesthetic and that your design doesn’t have to be all one or the other.”

Creating a vignette or fun display using a family heirloom or something you purchase from one of the 30 vendors at the 10,000 square foot mall can be just the thing you need to get your home “cozy and company ready”. And, shopping at Courtyard Antiques and Home Décor during the holiday season is a magical experience where each of the unique vendors strive to create a cozy, festive environment. The large collection of vendors means that there are many styles and a huge variety of furniture and décor to select from including farmhouse, industrial, mid century modern, cottage and Asian. It is also a great place to find special one-of-a-kind gifts.

Under the new ownership of Johnson, who was a vendor in the mall for 15 years prior to purchasing, Courtyard Antiques has been facing the challenges of operating a small business during a pandemic. Altering their business model to include more social media shopping with photos of the ever-changing inventory and adding curbside pick-up was a must. Johnson credits the success of Courtyard Antiques during these past few months to the supportive vendors who are passionate about what they do and the service and products they provide. Curbside pick-up will be available through the holiday season.

Courtyard Antiques also carries a full line of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® products with a paint studio offering classes on how to transform or repurpose your furniture and kitchen cabinets.


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Olympia Farmers Market now open

This weekend the beloved Olympia Farmers Market will begin offering a
modified “High Season” schedule and will be open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Although the Olympia Farmers Market has currently been open on Saturday and Sunday, today marks the Market’s transition into Phase II of Washington State’s COVID-19. response and shoppers will see even more vendors offering, fresh picked local vegetables, Washington grown fruit, prepared food, artisan crafts and to-go restaurants open.

Visitors to the market are still required to wear masks as part of a Thurston County Public Health & Social Service directive and vendors will be spaced out to maintain social distancing. Bring on the fresh and local food.

Olympia Farmers Market, 700 Capitol Way N

New to Thurston County?

There is always so much to do when you move. This checklist will help you to quickly navigate a few important, but often dreaded, tasks related to relocating.

Update Your Drivers License

If you have a valid Washington driver license, you have ten days after you move to change your address. A new card with your updated address will cost $20. It’s free and simple to do online at

If you’ve moved from out of state, apply for a Washington State driver license within 30 days. Remember to bring proof of identity and residence, in addition to the correct fees ($89/standard or $113/ enhanced) for the type of license you want. Pre-apply online at to expedite your visit.

Register Your Car

Updating your address for a vehicle already registered in Washington is easy and free! Go online to

If you’ve moved from out of state, register your vehicle in Washington within 30 days. Mailing the required documents and fees gets you plates in about three weeks. Head to a vehicle licensing office to receive new plates immediately. Download the forms at

Use Public Transportation

Intercity Transit provides bus service vanpool options for commuters, in addition to dial-a-lift service for those with a disability. Plan your route online at

Register to Vote

Whether moving within Washington or new to Thurston County, the driver licensing office can assist with your voter registration. You can also register online at Voting in Washington is primarily done by mail, so be sure to register at least eight days before Election Day.

Get a Pet License

Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater require licenses for all dogs and cats in city limits. Thurston County requires licenses for all dogs in unincorporated areas and offers voluntary licensing for cats. Even if your pet is indoors only, a license is required.

A list of license fees and licensing offices can be found online at

Get a Library Card

Timberland Regional Library provides library services to the residents of Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties. Library cards are free to anyone living or owning property in these areas. Applications are accepted online or in person, but both require in-person address verification.

Learn more at


Oly Fed CEO is ‘Here for You, Here for Good’

“I believe every team member plays a critical role and everybody contributes to our success,” says Lori Drummond, president and CEO of Olympia Federal Savings, or Oly Fed for short. She should know. She has the unique perspective of starting as a receptionist and working her way through several positions during her 35 years with the company. “It’s given me insight into how every role in our organization is vital to creating an exceptional customer experience.”

After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in business, Drummond was encouraged by her father to apply for employment at Oly Fed. Initially, she says, she wasn’t excited about a receptionist position because she felt that it didn’t put her degree to work. But her dad, who was a banker, told her she’d be fortunate to work at a bank like Oly Fed. She got hired.

Drummond now oversees eight branches in Thurston and Mason counties, 120 employees, more than $675 million in assets, and a 113-year mutual savings and loan tradition. She explained that a mutual institution promotes thrift, homeownership and community involvement. There are no stockholders—“no one looking over our shoulder asking for a return on their investment,” she says. “Instead, we are accountable to employees, customers and our communities.”

Culture and reputation have always been paramount to Oly Fed. “When our culture is healthy and alive,” says Drummond, “our customers feel it and business thrives. We build a culture of entrepreneurship so that our employees take personal ownership for our business and growing it in meaningful ways. When our business grows, so do our community contributions.”

In 2018 Oly Fed won the Business Philanthropy Award from South Sound Partners for Philanthropy. Under Drummond’s guidance, Oly Fed’s charitable giving ranges from 10% to 20% of profits. Last year, that equaled nearly $450,000 in financial support and thousands of hours of volunteer service supporting approximately 300 local organizations.

It seems that under the direction of Lori Drummond, Oly Fed is living up to its community motto: “Here for You, Here for Good.”


For Additional Information

Olympia Federal

360.754.3400 or 800.865.3470

Health & Wellness Close to Home

Moving to a new community means finding new healthcare providers for you and your family. Thurston County offers a wide variety of independent health practitioners and large healthcare systems to meet the needs of every member of your household. You’ll find high quality services, which rival larger communities, conveniently close to your new home.

Thurston County’s Public Health & Social Services department provides a wealth of information online about services and programs to achieve and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. A list of community gardens, helpful information and resources for quitting smoking, first-time pregnancy support, and much more is available on their website.

When you’ve finished lifting moving boxes and are ready to get back to lifting weights, Thurston County is home to several national gym franchises, in addition to locally-owned facilities and YMCA branches. You won’t have to look very far to find options for cardio, strength training, yoga, or aquatics. Recreational leagues for both youth and adults are offered seasonally through city parks and recreation programs for football, soccer, baseball, and volleyball.

Health and wellness resources are abundant and convenient in Thurston County. As you meet your new neighbors, ask for recommendations about their favorite healthcare practitioners, recreational activities, and wellness programs. It won’t take long to find the right combination of care providers and healthful activities that are the best fit for you and your family.

Health & Wellness Resources

Thurston County Public Health & Social Services

Hospitals & Emergency Departments
Capital Medical Center |
Providence St. Peter Hospital |

Urgent Care Clinics
MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care |
Providence Immediate Care
Rapid Orthopaedic Urgent Care
UW Neighborhood Olympia Clinic |

Dental Care
Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society |

Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness/Thurston-Mason
Chapter |

Parks & Recreation Programs
City of Lacey |
City of Olympia |
City of Shelton |
City of Tumwater |

Senior Centers/Resources


Giving Back in Thurston Co.

A great way to quickly learn about your new community and meet new friends is to get involved with a nonprofit organization. Every community offers numerous opportunities to support these worthwhile causes. Finding organizations that are meaningful to you will make the experience most rewarding.

These four questions can help you find your perfect nonprofit match:

  • Do you have a passion? By identifying what motivates you, such as sports or outdoor pursuits, environmental or conservation issues, working with children, or assisting the elderly, you’ll start to narrow down the list.
  • How much time can you give? Figure out how many hours per week or month you’d like to contribute to an organization. If you have schedule limitations, check to see if the organization can work around those.
  • What do you bring or want to acquire? It’s important to know how you’d like to contribute to an organization. Are you interested in providing leadership, planning events, or being a social media guru? Volunteering is also a way to get practical training and experience to help your career.
  • How do you want to serve? Consider whether you prefer working one-on-one, such as mentoring a teen or helping an adult learn to read, or working in a group, such as helping to renovate a home or coordinating fundraising activities.

Once you’ve had a chance to consider your ideal organization, start exploring what’s available. If you worked with a nonprofit in your previous community, there’s a good chance you’ll find a local chapter in Thurston County too. Three consortiums support a variety of community nonprofits and the lists of their member organizations are a good resource.

Want to get involved but don’t feel you have the time as you get settled? Consider attending a fundraising event. Events are a fun way to meet like-minded people, raise funds for the cause, and give you a feel for the organization.


Living in Thurston County

Thurston County is centrally located to some of the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Any day of the week, you can embark on a new adventure. Visit spectacular mountains, like Mount Rainier, one of the most glaciated mountain peaks in the continental U.S., or Mount St. Helens, the most active volcano in the Cascade Mountains. Create your own tour of the nearby vineyards, distilleries, and microbreweries. Admire the power of the Pacific Ocean and pools of sea creatures along miles of coastal beaches. Stroll the campus of the state’s capital. Take in the culture and nightlife of Seattle and Tacoma. Add in access to high quality healthcare, a lower cost of living compared to the state overall, and a temperate climate, and Thurston County make this the perfect place to make your forever home.


The Pacific Northwest weather can be unpredictable at times, but the weather in Thurston County also has a beauty all its own. The high temperature during the summer is on average about 77 degrees. The low in the winter averages 35. Rainfall averages 50 inches and snow six inches per year.


Interstate 5 runs through the heart of Thurston County, making it easy to find your way to Seattle or Portland by car. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is a little more than 50 miles from Olympia. Within the county, Intercity Transit provides bus service and vanpool options, in addition to dial-a-lift service for those with a disability.

Arts & Entertainment

Ready to go out and explore? Whether you’re interested in fine dining, the performing arts, museums, shopping, farmers markets, hiking, golfing, and more—we’ve got you covered!


Exceptional public and private schools can be found in Thurston County. Please refer to our Education section for more information. A community college and two universities provide lifelong learning opportunities.


Five branches of the Timberland Regional Library serve Thurston County. Many services are available online: you can apply for a library card, request books, check their monthly calendar for events and classes, Ask a Librarian, and more.

Parks, Facilities & Trails

There is something for everyone when you explore Thurston County’s 25 regional parks, which cover approximately 2,800 acres and include nearly 50 miles of recreational trail corridors. Each city also maintains parks, playgrounds, and community centers. There’s never a shortage of recreational opportunities in Thurston County.

Health Care

Medical providers in Thurston County are committed to providing high-quality care that rivals larger communities, for general and specialized healthcare needs. Two hospitals and numerous medical clinics mean you will always have access to top-quality medical care and technology.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of 12 joint bases worldwide, is an amalgamation of the Army post Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. JBLM has more than 45,000 soldiers and civilian workers. The joint base supports more than 120,000 military retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post. Adjacent to JBLM, Camp Murray is home to the Washington National Guard and the Washington Air National Guard. The two armories at Camp Murray can be used for graduations, receptions, tournaments, youth events, potlucks, seminars and charity events.