A New Home for Holy Lamb Organics

The innovative and sustainable company, Holy Lamb Organics, surprises our community once again with a new location. This time, right in the heart of creative downtown Olympia! Surrounded by international cuisine, historic buildings, breweries, cafes, art stores and other clothing and home goods shops, Holy Lamb Organics fits right in.

Since 2017, the previous Olympia location was in the historic steam plant building, mere minutes from the space on Washington Street. When asked why the company decided to move, co-owner Jason Shaefer explained, “[when] the lease ended, we came here because this was more of a central spot. And we wanted to be a part of the revitalization of the downtown after all of the antics of COVID-19.”

The new space is narrow, but still spacious enough to fit all their product, including mattress displays, and walking room for social distancing. Between handmade blankets and soft bed sheet bundles is a colorful chalk board featuring the cellular structure of wool drawn by a local artist. Around the store are more art pieces by another local artist, giving the store appropriate Olympian character.

The move is working out well for the company and providing a different shopping experience than before. Most customers that visited the steam plant store were more conscious and already-decided buyers. At this central location, customers are largely walk-ins browsing the downtown. The benefit has been the profit of display settings, meeting interesting people and more involvement in a community they love.

They are becoming especially close to their neighbors, Painted Plate and Ember Goods coffee. “When customers seem to be stuck or indecisive, we will send them to Painted Plate for some creative release,” says Shaefer. “If the customer is lagging, we send them over to Ember Goods for some caffeine and vice versa. People are sent over to us to rest and test our mattresses.” Overall, the connection the company is creating with their community has been the most rewarding part of their move to central downtown.

Be sure to check out Holy Lamb Organics’ new showroom to touch and experience their all-natural product and learn about their mission to provide ethical bedding.

For Additional Information
holylamborganics.com

NATALIE BENSON

Wellness begins at Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery

Mindy and Jason Schaefer are the owners of Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery in University Place’s blossoming town center. That’s where to find chemical-free mattresses, bedding, soft Holy Lamb baby gear and comfy cotton robes.

“We care about organic,” Mindy Schaefer said. “It is about health and the preservation of our natural world.”

A baby started the movement. In 2003 Barry A. Cik, a board-certified environmental engineer with a long record of advocacy for safer products, researched mattresses for his first grandchild. He couldn’t find a single option that didn’t have questionable chemicals, potential allergens or hazardous flame retardants. 

Barry and his sons Jeff and Jason co-founded Naturepedic to offer parents a better mattress for their babies. Now Naturepedic has grown to offer certified organic mattresses and accessories for the whole family.

In the University Place shop small baskets of fleecy wool invite shoppers to feel the natural fibers. Cut -away mattress samples offer a look at how organic products are combined to create comfy beds. This is the only privately owned gallery between Vancouver, BC, and the San Francisco Bay area for experiencing the mattresses.

“Come in and take a short rest,” Schaefer invited. Then, shoppers can check the shelves and displays of Holy Lambs organic and Coyuchi products for their children or grandchildren.

The Schaefers say their vision is to promote health and well-being and to strengthen the local economy using sustainable and ecological practices. Their shops in University Place and in Olympia (in the historic Steam Plant Building) are owner operated. 

“We bring distinctive, comfy healthy goods to the marketplace without ever compromising our commitment to sustainability and the environment,” Schaefer said.

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Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery

naturepedic.com/uplace

EMILY HAPPY

Holy Lamb Organics: Natural Bedding

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. The company’s retail showrooms are the only all-natural bedding stores between Seattle and Portland, according to owners Jason and Mindy Schaefer.

The showroom is a great way for customers to experience the products. “We’re excited to be part of the downtown Olympia neighborhood – it is a great fit for our business,” says Mindy Schaefer.

Holy Lamb Organics’ manufacturing plant is located in what was once Oakville’s historic Little Bit General Store, which served the community in eastern Grays Harbor County for over 85 years. Built in 1902, the building also includes a showroom that is open to the public.

According to the Schaefers, Holy Lamb Organics bedding is handmade using the highest quality materials and forward-thinking design and innovation. Made in the USA, the products are natural and certified organic. The Schaefers add that replacing the bedding of an allergy sufferer with natural products can reduce or eliminate the effects of allergies.

Besides promoting health and well-being, the Schaefers’ vision is to strengthen the local economy using sustainable and ecological practices in their manufacturing and selling. “We bring distinctive, comfy, healthy goods to the marketplace without ever compromising our commitment to sustainability and the environment.”

The Schaefers’ showroom has become a welcome space for the community. They invite you to the showroom to experience the difference all-natural bedding offers.

Holy Lamb Organics
418 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA
holylamborganics.com

BY LEAH GROUT