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

Ruby Soul Yoga, Spa & Juice Bar

Starting a new wellness routine can be intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner. To help clients select the best classes for their needs and break through any discomfort, the team at Ruby Soul Yoga, Spa & Juice Bar focuses on giving you lots of face-to-face time and personalizing their recommendations for yoga, massage, and even for that perfect pick-me-up at their juice bar. “We’re very intentional about talking to clients, learning their wellness goals, and getting them placed in just the right class,” explained Aimee Marchant, studio manager.

The wide variety of yoga classes offered makes it easy to find one to match your needs. “Our yoga instruction is designed to be therapeutic and restorative—helping people heal while getting a workout,” noted Marchant. The most popular class right now is one that combines flowing Vinyasa yoga with an uplifting and energizing reggae play list.

Head to the in-house juice and smoothie bar after class to get your thirst quenched with a refreshing and nourishing beverage. The menu features fresh pressed, organic blends that are also free of gluten and soy. “We had so much fun creating the recipes based on our at-home favorites,” remembers Marchant. The signature drink, Ruby Red, includes beets to deliver a powerful punch of nutrients, partnered with spinach, carrot, orange, lemon, cucumber, and cinnamon.

For more relaxation, therapeutic massage and infrared therapies are available in the spa. The infrared sauna uses full spectrum FAR, NEAR, and MID infrared waves to help you detoxify, heal, and relax your body without the intense and overwhelming heat of a traditional sauna. The private space allows you the opportunity to meditate, listen to music, or incorporate aromatherapy to enhance your session.

“We are passionate about self-care and healing the body in unique ways,” said Marchant. “We want to educate people about whole body care and make it accessible.”


8640 Martin Way E, Suite H, Lacey

(360) 522-4491



Olympia’s Farmers Market

Shopping at the Olympia Farmers Market can be a great way to get to know your community while supporting your local economy. Open year-round with three distinct operating seasons, it’s a great addition to your weekly shopping routine. The market is open Thursday to Sunday, April through October for High Season, Saturday and Sunday in November and December for Holiday Season, and every Saturday in January through March for Winter Season, always 10am to 3pm.

Founded in 1975, the Market has been in its current location at the top of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia since 1996. With four dedicated full-time employees and a volunteer board of directors comprised of vendors, they are committed to their mission “to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.”

The open-air, barn-inspired building provides protection from the weather and space for over 100 unique small businesses from the South Sound region to connect directly with customers in the community. Visitors to the market will find fruit and produce, artisan foods, wine, plant starts, cut flowers, pasture-raised meats, dairy, baked goods, seafood, jams and preserves, confections, handcrafted gifts including jewelry, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, glasswork, photography, local art and more. Free daily live entertainment can be enjoyed at the Market main stage with ample seating and space to enjoy delicious foods from the eight restaurants. The Market also has over 200 free two-hour parking stalls, accessible restroom facilities, and three ATM’s for customer convenience.

The Market accepts new farmer and food processor applications year-round and new crafter applications annually from December 1 through December 31. Visit the website for more information at www.olympiafarmersmarket.com.

Cultivating Kindness Landscape & Design

Some things are just meant to be. As L.J. Cirilo describes how she started Cultivating Kindness Landscape & Design in Olympia, you are definitely left with the impression that her rapidly growing business is one of those “meant to be” things. “Cultivating Kindness was born from my love for gardening and desire to help people, realizing that by being kind to one another we can all make this world a better place to live,” she explains.

In 2016, Cirilo was working at a local garden center when her landlord asked if she would take on the landscape maintenance of his 20 properties in the area. With a lawn mower and a few basic tools loaded in her truck, Cirilo jumped at the opportunity. It wasn’t long before she realized she wanted to expand her client base and take on more meaningful projects. “I made up a simple flyer,” she reflects with a laugh, remembering how simple it looked. Between word-of-mouth, advertising and client recommendations on social media, Cultivating Kindness has blossomed into serving 171 clients, offering an ever-expanding list of services, and showcasing completed projects on her website with an updated logo.

“I believe that love makes everything grow and I apply that philosophy in everything I do,” says Cirilo. “I enjoy building relationships with my clients and collaborating with them to create a landscape that is unique and personal.” As each project concludes, her most satisfying moment is the smile her work has earned from a client.

Cirilo has taken her love of gardening a step further by starting Eternal Harvest, which builds community gardens, the first of which was at the Providence Community Care Center in downtown Olympia. “Having my hands in the soil is like therapy,” she notes. “I wanted to give others, especially the homeless, a chance to grow food and build community.” The bounty of the garden was given away at the Center. Cirilo hopes to build more gardens in the future with the help of community support and donations.





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 dol.wa.gov/licenseexpress.html.

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 dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/moving.html to expedite your visit.

Register Your Car

Updating your address for a vehicle already registered in Washington is easy and free! Go online to dol.wa.gov/licenseexpress.html.

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 dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/moving.html.

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 intercitytransit.com.

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 voter.votewa.gov. 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 jointanimalservices.org/licensing.

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 trl.org.


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 | capitalmedical.com
Providence St. Peter Hospital | providence.org/swsa

Urgent Care Clinics
MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care | indigourgentcare.com
Providence Immediate Care
Rapid Orthopaedic Urgent Care
UW Neighborhood Olympia Clinic | uwmedicine.org

Dental Care
Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society | tmcdental.org

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

Parks & Recreation Programs
City of Lacey | ci.lacey.wa.us
City of Olympia | olympiawa.gov
City of Shelton | sheltonwa.gov
City of Tumwater | ci.tumwater.wa.us

Senior Centers/Resources


Boys & Girls Clubs – Youth Inspiring Youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County inspire youth to realize their greatness. Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home by providing a welcoming, positive out-of-school environment where kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs and activities, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring youth development professionals.

Whether its homework help and tutoring, art, sports and recreation, STEM activities, or gaming, the Club experience prepares kids and teens for future success. By focusing Club activities on Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles, youth are better prepared to graduate from high school, have a plan for their futures, and thrive as adults.

Nearly 3,000 kids and teens annually find safety and support at our Clubs in Lacey, Olympia, Rochester, Tenino, Tumwater, and new this year, Yelm. Low membership fees and scholarships keep the Club accessible to youth who need them most, thanks to 76% of funding coming from generous individuals and community supporters.

Visit BGCTC.org or contact one of the six Thurston County Club locations to see if the Club is the right for youth in your care:

Lacey Branch
(360) 438-6811
1105 Tracey LN SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Facebook: @LaceyBGCTC

Olympia Branch
(360) 556-3615
Jefferson Middle School
2200 Conger Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Facebook: @Olympia-Boys-Girls

Rochester Branch
(360) 273-9397
10140 Hwy. 12 SW
Rochester, WA 98579
Facebook: @BGCTCRochesterRocks

Tenino Branch
(360) 810-3700
Tenino Elementary School
301 Old Highway 99 N
Tenino, WA 98589
Facebook: @BGCTCTenino

Tumwater Branch
(360) 570-8888
600 Israel Rd. SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
Facebook: @TBGCTC

NEW! Yelm Branch
(360) 956-0755
105 W Yelm Ave
Yelm, WA 98597
Facebook: @BGCTCYelm

Service and Convenience at Light Dental

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, free consultations, same-day appointments, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find a full combination of such attributes. But then there’s Light Dental Studios.

The dentist-owned company—with 16 locations in the South Puget Sound—has customer service at the core of its mission. “We try to treat people the way we would want to be treated,” says owner and CEO Dr. Steven Broughton, who bought his first office from a former dentist in 1997. “People say our practice feels like we’re all neighbors, like they’re just going down the street for friendly dental care.”

With hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including Saturdays, doctors available 24/7, free consultations, same-day appointments, and entire-family same-day care, Light Dental Studios has solutions patients need.

“We’re trying to make dentistry effortless by making it about our patients, not the dentists,” says Broughton. “Our schedule accommodates their schedule, not the other way around. Our doctors are always available, and almost all procedures are done in-house.”

Besides standard dental checkups, treatments and other services, Light Dental Studios offers on-site orthodontics, implants, surgeries and dentures. Children’s dental care is also offered. In fact, the offices frequently schedule care for entire families side-by-side on the same day to save time.

Light Dental Studios also gives back to the community at the annual South Sound Free Dental Day. That’s when the staff donates its time and skills to give away more than $90,000 worth of dental work—including fillings and extractions—on a first come, first-served basis. “We want patients to feel comfortable,” Broughton says. “Our first goal is to provide same-day treatment.”Broughton notes that Light Dental Studios will continue to add offices over the upcoming years in growing neighborhoods.



Olympia’s Capital Medical Center

The Pacific Northwest is home to endless natural beauty and premium medical care providers to boot. Located in the state capital of Olympia, Capital Medical Center is a heavily accredited and committed provider for residents in more than five local counties.

The hospital, which celebrates 35 years in the community in January 2020, enjoys an alliance with UW Medicine and specializes in several services, such as radiology, hip, joint and spine, birth services, cancer care, surgical services, rehabilitation and more. But what truly makes Capital a top medical facility is that it is dedicated to improving the overall livelihood of individuals within the community. Its mission simply is “Making Communities Healthier”.

Capital Medical prides itself not only on a focus of healing patients, but also on having a strong relationship with its employees and fellow physicians. Capital serves as a place people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work. Capital also offers financial assistance to eligible under-insured and uninsured patients, support for staff and invests substantially in the quality of the facility.

Capital is passionate about keeping patients informed and providing knowledge and encouragement through events and helpful health-related articles on its website. In featured news articles, Capital Medical stresses the importance of mammograms, details on avoiding the flu, donating blood and highlights trusted experts of the healthcare community. Capital team members even administered free blood pressure checks for community members attending the Grays Harbor Summer Concert Series.

In addition to providing world-class medical care in West Olympia, Capital Medical Center positively impacts their community in other ways through sponsorships and donations to organizations like CIELO, Empowerment 4 Girls, SafePlace Olympia and many more community benefit programs.

Capital Medical Center strives to embody integrity, compassion, and excellence, and its caring providers are ultimately here for you, our new neighbor.