The HeART of the Home Cabinets by Trivonna

Cabinets by Trivonna of Olympia pride themselves on a design experience that is uniquely customized to their individual client’s dreams and wishes.

Trivonna Cabinets brings to life an artful design plan built around their customer’s need and budget. We’ve all discovered that the ‘heart of the home’ isn’t just for the cook anymore. 

“The kitchen has become a gathering place meant for entertaining guests and gathering family alike,” states Trivonna.

Navigating the myriad of decisions on textiles and design options can be daunting. Trivonna has created a design studio offering a nurturing environment that helps clients realize their best kitchen design.

Many of us have already discovered our kitchens to be the center of the home in more ways than one. Often our kitchen plays host not only to baking and cooking, but to child and adult art, science and sewing projects, and even Dad’s auto repair, fishing and tackle shop.

Whatever your kitchen design dream, creating a work of art and functional space built for you and your family is what Cabinets by Trivonna does beautifully. Be sure to visit their creative space and showroom in Olympia and realize your dream kitchen fulfilled soon.

For Additional Information
Cabinets by Trivonna
cabinetsbytrivonna.com

BY DANA PETHIA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County: 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. Kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring youth development professionals.

From homework help to tutoring, art to sports, and STEM activities to gaming, the Club experience prepares kids and teens for future success. By focusing Club activities on academic success, good character and 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 find safety and support annually at Clubs in Lacey, Olympia, Rochester, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, and new this year, a second Lacey branch located in the Raj Manhas Activity Center (RMAC). 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 seven Thurston County Club locations to see if the Club is the right choice 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: @OBGCTC

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

Yelm Branch
360.956.0755
105 W Yelm Ave
Yelm, WA 98597
Facebook: @BGCTCYelm

NEW! RMAC Branch (Next to North Thurston HS)
360.888.6614
200 Sleater Kinney RD NE
Olympia, WA 98506
Facebook: @ @BGCTCRMAC

Capitol City Honda: A Family Tradition

Kelly Leavesque, owner of Capitol City Honda, understands better than most what it means to do business in your hometown. According to Kelly, “It means your neighbors are buying from you and it is so important that they walk out of our dealership feeling great about their purchase. Our reputation depends upon it.”

At Capitol City Honda, that reputation was earned by Kelly’s father, Ed McCarroll, who opened the dealership in 1971. Impressed by the quality of the Honda motorcycles, Ed took a risk on a relatively new car brand to the US as a leap of faith. Through his industry knowledge of car sales and service, he built it into a thriving dealership, winning national awards from Honda.

Kelly purchased the dealership from her dad in 2017. Serving as the dealership manager since 2000, she and her husband Chris knew she was buying a legacy. The couple share the workload of running the dealership with Chris serving as General Manager and Kelly as the Principal and President.

With Ed McCarroll’s passing in June at the age of 94, the dealership where Ed had still kept an office is adjusting to a life without him. But Kelly learned from her dad that your reputation is built through relationships.

Like Ed, Kelly and Chris continue to build relationships through their support of the community. Whether it is the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, or their newest commitment to 4 the Love Foundation that donated Thanksgiving meals to more than 500 local, school-age children, the couple picks charities in the most need.

A strong reputation with customers extends to their employees as well, with several of the staff at the dealership, including the office manager and sales manager, boasting a tenure of several decades. “Employee morale is important to us. It starts from the ground up. Customers feel that morale and it sets the tone for the store,” said Kelly.

Capitol City Honda
Olympia Auto Mall
2370 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia
800.594.2956
capitolcityhonda.com

BY LYNN CASTLE

New Neighbors Guide – Pierce County

Summer/Fall 2021 Issue

Letter from the Publisher

Welcome to the New Neighbors Guide!

On behalf of the local community, we welcome you to Pierce County. Whether you’re here temporarily or for the long haul, we know you’re going to love our region. With our natural beauty, lakes, streams and forested trails, this is the perfect location for outdoor fun. With some of the best coffee in the world and a vibrant food and entertainment scene, Pierce County has something for everyone.

Let’s face it, moving to a new city can be expensive and time-consuming—but it’s also exciting! This guide is written by a mix of perspectives from native Pierce Countians to people who moved here from out of the area. We created this guide with the things we wish we had known when we moved here.

This resource guide offers tips and reminders to get you settled and to get the nuts and bolts of your new home well underway. This guide will also help you get connected to your local community, schools and health care, and help you put down “roots” in your daily life here. From great ideas for your home and events to engage in the community, we have you covered.

As we put together this issue, we look forward to providing you with information and education about all the “best things” in Pierce County and we hope to give you a sense of place where you belong and can engage and feel connected. We welcome you, our “new neighbor,” to Pierce County.


Robin Lucas, Publisher

This Issue’s Content

Welcome to Pierce County!

You’re a new resident of beautiful Pierce County — congratulations! But now there are some important tasks to take care of. Updating personal information is essential in order to become […]

Life in Pierce County

Vibrant and diverse, Pierce County is made up of over 20 cities, including urban Tacoma, charming Gig Harbor and home of the Washington State Fair, Puyallup. The County is composed […]

The Harbor History Museum

Nestled on the Gig Harbor waterfront where Donkey Creek meets the bay, the Harbor History Museum is celebrating its 11th year of operation. Yet the Museum’s campus has a much […]

Youth Engaged in the World Around Them

Back by popular demand, the Agents of Discovery Puget Sound Explorer Campaign introduced last summer will be bigger and better with more Mission locations when it begins again in July. […]

Enrolling in School in Pierce County

Choosing the best academic environment for your child can seem daunting when you move to a new area. There are numerous traditional options to consider—your neighborhood public school, a charter […]

Dancing Goats Coffee – The Legend

The Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar opened its 10th location in the Point Ruston Public Market in December 2020. Tacoma residents and visitors are now enjoying a great coffee house named […]

Giving Back in the 253

In any community, a sense of “community” is built on the connections made through unique groups of people that support one another. When I moved to Tacoma five years ago, […]

Making Your House a Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with décor and furniture from the heart Your entry is the initial introduction to your home and sets the stage for you […]

Olympic Landscape – Heart for Community

Olympic Landscape has been designing, building and servicing outdoor residential and commercial spaces in the South Sound for more than 40 years. As an expert landscape contractor, the company creates […]

Getting Settled into a New Home

After the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of moving is over. And you’re right, but there are still things to take […]

Tacoma Mall Expands

Long known as a community leader in shopping, dining, and entertainment, Tacoma Mall has recently announced plans to further elevate the shopping experience. Looking forward to the 2021 fall season, […]

Gig Harbor’s Lele Thai & Vietnamese Food

When Lele started her first restaurant twenty years ago, she knew she wanted to create a place where she and her family could work together and gather. That tradition is […]

APCC: On a Mission for the Community

When Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) was formed in 1996, it was intended to fulfill a deep need as a place that brought together significant segments of minority Americans of […]

Celebrating 40 Years: Family Eyecare Assoc.

How you treat your customers sets you apart from others in your field. Dr. Spencer Garlick and his Family EyeCare Associates practice embraces that philosophy with his motto Do What […]

6 Tips for Winning Over Picky Toddlers

Getting young children to eat a balanced, healthy diet can be a definite challenge. But it’s important to remember that as you help your child learn healthy eating habits for […]

Service at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

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 […]

Physical Therapy with Fun & Family

Owners Kim Bisson and Susan Jankelson wanted to create a clinic that felt like home. Their goal was for each person who walked through the doors, whether patient or employee, […]

Northwest Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

During the winter months, slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses, especially for seniors. The following tips will help prevent common cold-weather dangers […]

6 Tips for Winning Over Picky Toddlers

Getting young children to eat a balanced, healthy diet can be a definite challenge. But it’s important to remember that as you help your child learn healthy eating habits for life, the foundation of healthy eating outweighs the challenges by far. Nonetheless, it can still be a difficult phase, so here are some ways
to ease you through this trying season.

1. Minimize mealtime distractions.

Turn off the television, clear toys from the dining table, and implement a “no phone at the table” rule to help everyone focus on the family conversation and their food.

2. Set a good example.

Eat together as a family as often as possible and eat a variety of healthy foods yourself. You are your child’s best role model; let them see you enjoying healthy foods and they will follow.

3. Don’t force your child to clean their plate.

Instead, avoid the power struggle by encouraging them to try at least two bites of everything on their plate.

4. Think about how you brand it.

Food becomes more approachable with a fun name attached to it. Think “pinwheel sandwiches” rather than turkey and cheese rolled up in a tortilla, “pink fish” rather than salmon, or “miniature trees” rather than broccoli.

5. Get your child involved.

Encourage them to help you shop for healthy food at the grocery store, then let them help wash and prepare the fruits and vegetables. Being a part of the process makes kids more interested in the end result on their plate.

6. Let your child have a say by giving them choices with limited options.

Ask questions like: Milk or water with dinner? Purple cup or green cup? Superhero plate or Mickey Mouse plate? This keeps your child feeling like their input matters while also keeping the conversation focused.

Pediatrics Northwest
pedsnw.net

Celebrating 40 Years: Family Eyecare Assoc.

How you treat your customers sets you apart from others in your field. Dr. Spencer Garlick and his Family EyeCare Associates practice embraces that philosophy with his motto Do What is Best for Your Patient.

“When you treat people, including your staff, like family, you can’t help having success,” said Dr. Spencer Garlick, owner of Family EyeCare Associates in Fircrest.

Celebrating 40 years in business, Family EyeCare Associates was started in 1981 by Dr. Erick Hartman. While Dr. Hartman retired in 2016, he still fills in to stay connected with old friends and perform a service he loves.

Specializing in low vision cases, or persons legally blind but with some range of sight, brought Dr. Hartman and Dr. Garlick together in 2013. With the same specialization and more importantly, the same vision for quality eye care through caring customer service and a family friendly atmosphere, the two Doctors of Optometry created a succession plan to keep the practice in place.

A new logo for the practice was introduced this year to celebrate the 40 year anniversary. Designed by a patient, the logo features the nearby Tacoma Narrows Bridge. According to Dr. Garlick, “The logo exemplifies a bridge to future success as well as the communities we serve.”

The pandemic year of 2020 was supposed to be a great year for eyes, but that didn’t work out so well. So, in an attempt to capture some of the special significance, Dr. Garlick discovered some inadvertent hidden meaning in his new logo. A careful inspection shows the bridge has the Roman numeral XX over XX. That also adds up to 40, symbolic of the practice’s 40th year. Clearly, he was happy with his new logo design. It also goes perfectly with the last four digits of their phone number: 2020.

The entire team at Family EyeCare Associates cares about vision and eye health, stressing the importance of annual comprehensive exams. The clinic provides the full scope of optometry services as well glasses, contacts, and medical
eye exams.

Family Eyecare Associates
6314 19th Street West, Suite 1, Fircrest
familyeyecare2020.net

BY LYNN CASTLE

APCC: On a Mission for the Community

When Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) was formed in 1996, it was intended to fulfill a deep need as a place that brought together significant segments of minority Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. For more than two decades, APCC has taught and celebrated the cultural history, customs, arts, crafts, people and legends from their 47 represented nations. And it has been a hub for so many people to gather and celebrate. To be entertained. To show their pride. And to help each other.

Helping each other is one of the major missions of APCC. And, help they do. Whether it is assistance in filling out government forms to start a new business or guiding members in understanding complicated regulations, APCC is there to help. The organization knows they are trusted because they look like their members and speak their language. They form a comfort zone and have the capacity and earned trust to improve their members’ lives.

Through phenomenal support from their sponsors, APCC puts on a vast number of annual events that entertain and educate. But APCC also sees a need to help with students creating many wrap-around youth programs in the local schools. Reducing stress for youth begins and ends with reducing stress on their parents. This is accomplished by APCC through housing and food assistance, two of the biggest stressful issues for any family.

As APCC approaches its 25th anniversary in November, it has expanded its role in the community by offering free testing and vaccinations, much needed food boxes and school supplies plus Resiliency Grants Assistance for small businesses. Asia Pacific Cultural Center – on a continued mission of service.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
253.383.3900
APCC96.org

BY LYNN CASTLE

Gig Harbor’s Lele Thai & Vietnamese Food

When Lele started her first restaurant twenty years ago, she knew she wanted to create a place where she and her family could work together and gather. That tradition is still in full swing at Lele in Uptown Gig Harbor, where she serves authentic Thai and Vietnamese dishes using her own family recipes.

A Vietnamese refugee from Saigon, Lele opened her first restaurant in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma focusing on dishes from her homeland. The restaurant was an oasis for her community.

Over the course of twenty years, Lele has opened and closed several restaurants, but she holds on to the Gig Harbor location. Familyowned
and operated, most evidenced with Lele’s mother as the head cook, Lele’s provides a taste of Southeast Asia in every bite.

According to Lele, “My mother was the head cook in a restaurant in Tacoma when we decided to open our own restaurant using her family recipes.”

Some of those recipes include many of the most popular items on the menu. Saigon Crepes, a savory pancake stuffed with fresh vegetables and meats; Phanaeng Curry, a flavorful and slightly sweet dish; Tom Kha, a thick and creamy soup that tastes like curry; and, of course, Pad Thai, stir fried noodles with tamarind sauce, are just a few of the specialties.

Featuring a full bar with high top tables, the upscale atmosphere at Lele is perfect for a date night. But when you visit, don’t expect a fast food experience. With a small kitchen and food that is lovingly prepared, your meal will be more elegantly paced. Your patience will be rewarded with authentic tastes of the family’s homeland.

Like so many businesses and restaurants during the pandemic, Lele is building back her clientele and staff. “I am always looking for quality people to work with me who share my values of loving and caring for our customers,” said Lele recently.

The realities of the pandemic could have been much worse for Lele and her family had it not been for the kind owner of Uptown Gig Harbor, John Hogan. “Always offering assistance, Mr. Hogan is the kind of landlord everyone wishes they had,” Lele said proudly.

Lele Gig Harbor
4747 Point Fosdick Drive, Suite 200, Gig Harbor
lelegigharbor.com

Dancing Goats Coffee – The Legend

The Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar opened its 10th location in the Point Ruston Public Market in December 2020. Tacoma residents and visitors are now enjoying a great coffee house named after a sweet legend.

The Dancing Goats® legend says that in the remote highlands of ninth century Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, a lone goat herder named Kaldi noticed his goats were full of energy, dancing and prancing after eating a small, red fruit from a nearby shrub. Not wishing to be left out of the fun, he ate the cherries and soon he was dancing too. Kaldi and his goats had discovered coffee!

According to the Operations Director for Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar, Aaron Shively, “Coffee is our priority. Fostering relationships with coffee producers is at the core of everything we do.” The buyer for Batdorf & Bronson, Dancing Goats’® parent company from Olympia, visits coffee farmers around the world multiple times a year. These visits cultivate long-lasting relationships and ensure the fabled Dancing Goats® blend continues to make its mark at bars, cafés and restaurants across the country.

The Dancing Goats® blend is the house espresso of choice for the most recent Public Market location. Unlike many other coffee blends, it brews well as espresso, drip or any way you want to brew it up. Baristas at Dancing Goats® Coffee Bars strive to give customers the highest-level coffee as well as service. “We want our customers to have a great first experience and come back time and again,” said Shively.

“One of our favorite tag lines is taste our coffee and meet our people,” said Retail Operations Manager Krista Bentow. “We encourage our people to provide outstanding customer service in an approachable, down-to-earth way; not as a coffee snob or a purist.”

Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar is located just inside the main entrance to the Ruston Public Market. During the summer months, watch for the roll up doors on the north side to be open for walk-up orders in the outdoor seating area.

Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar
Ruston Public Market
253.433.7926
dancinggoats.com

BY ANDREA LERUM

New Neighbors Guide for Thurston County – Summer 2021

Communities & Neighborhoods

New to Thurston County?

Living in Thurston County

Oly Fed CEO

Education

Enrolling in School in Thurston County

Giving Back in Thurston County

Giving Back in Thurston Co.

Community Spotlight:  Heidi Duncan

Your Home

Making Your House A Home

The heART of the home: Cabinets by Trivonna

Getting Settled into a New Home

Holy Lamb Organics – Natural Bedding Made Locally

Shopping

Shopping Guide

Continuing a Legacy – Panowicz Jewelers

Dining & Reputation

Capitol City Honda: Reputation is a Family Tradition

Merle Norman: More than a Cosmetics Store

El Sarape – Spicing Up the Community Since 1979

Health & Wellness

Babies Born During a Pandemic

Health & Wellness Close to Home

Olympia Farmers Market

Service and Convenience at Light Dental

Tumwater Eye Center

Boys & Girls Clubs: Youth Inspiring Youth

Senior Living

Warm Weather Wellness Tips for Seniors