New Neighbors Guide for Living in Thurston County

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

El Sarape – Spicing Up the Community

There’s a good reason that El Sarape has four restaurant locations. The food is authentic and delicious, and the service is consistently inviting. When the Mexican restaurant first opened in Olympia in 1979, its owners believed that local and fresh foods shouldn’t be hard to come by. With that philosophy in mind, they have since […]

A Community for the Arts

Experience the music, the movement, the entertainment magic! The Washington Center for Performing Arts (WCPA) is the region’s largest performing arts facility and has hosted thousands of events and over 10,000 local performers in this last season alone. However, the WCPA isn’t just a place for entertainment, it is a non-profit organization that stands as […]

Community Spotlight: Success Story

Heidi Duncan of Duncan Insurance, Olympia It could be that some superheroes come into being from a toxic spider bite, but other superheroes are just born into their roles as descendants of “do-gooders” before them. That’s the case with Heidi Duncan of Duncan and Associates Insurance Brokers, based in Olympia. From the time she was […]

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 […]

Enrolling in School in Thurston County

Parents have more options than ever before in choosing an academic environment that best fits the needs of their student. In Thurston County, there are 60 public primary schools, 17 public high schools, and 19 private schools that are approved by the Board of Education. Eight school districts provide primary and secondary education to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 faced by the elderly population. Avoid slipping on ice. Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. These falls often cause […]

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 care of before you can relax completely.  Get Your Utilities Set Up You don’t want to arrive at your new place, late at night, and […]

Making Your House A Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with decor and furniture from the heart Your entry is the initial introduction to your home and sets the stage for you and your guests. Place a cozy rug or floor mat inside the door to define the entry and give an immediate sense of personality. A […]

Panowicz Jewelers: Celebrating 71 Years

Even after seven decades, Panowicz Jewelers still holds true to its founding: a legacy of quality, integrity and value. Founded in 1948 by Anton Panowicz Sr., the local, family-owned jewelry store recently celebrated its 71st anniversary serving the Olympia community. “Retail has to be about outstanding customer service and care,” says Rob Panowicz, son of […]

Natural Bedding Made Locally

Holy Lamb Organics has been making natural bedding products locally by hand in the small town of Oakville, Washington for 18 years. The South Sound community can access a “touch and feel” experience in Olympia, after the retail store opened this past year. The company’s retail showroom is the only all-natural bedding store between Seattle […]