OBEE Credit Union opens Point Ruston branch

The Olympia Brewery may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of banking, but O Bee Credit Union wants to change that. A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, O Bee announced the opening of its newest branch, a unique blend of brewpub and financial service center in Point Ruston.

O Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is reflected in the interior of the new building. It features a brewpub aesthetic including brick walls, wood barrels, hand- painted murals, a transaction bar accented with brass rails and local beer taps, chalkboard signage and decor reminiscent of times gone by. Historic photos of Point Ruston and Tacoma are displayed throughout. “The pub atmosphere ties in well with our history. It’s reminiscent of the old brewery tasting room where

the community met, and workers gathered after the end of a shift,” says James Collins, CEO.

This will be the sixth branch opening for O Bee and its first venture into Pierce County. “It’s exciting,” says Collins. “We’re one of the most unique credit unions in the country with products that can’t be found at most financial institutions.” In addition to an array of loan options including home and auto, O Bee offers its signature brewery credit and debit cards featuring favorite brands like Rainier and Olympia. The Berenstain Bears® Cub Account is also part of

O Bee’s selection of products. Cub Accounts provide an incentive program for young savers that’s part of a financial education program emphasizing the concepts of “Save, Share, Spend and Earn.”

“Banks shouldn’t feel cold or impersonal and having a brick-andmortar establishment is important to our membership, so we decided to have some fun with the design concept,” added Collins.

O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) was started Feb. 15, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full-service not-for-profit credit union, owned by its members, has five other branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Yelm and West Olympia. Membership is open to all Washington residents.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information O Bee Credit Union obee.com

 

Straight From The Heart

The Straight from the Heart dinner and auction on January 28 drew 330 guests to benefit Thurston County families. Guest emcee Nancy Leson worked the crowd, and Chef Micheal Kim demonstrated the fine points of making gnocchi from scratch. The evening’s proceeds of $180,000 will go toward helping children and youth learn and succeed, promoting financial stability for families and individuals, and improving people’s health.

Beer, Wine & Coffee lovers listen up!

svglogo (1)Beer, Wine and coffee this exhibit includes something for every adult!   Now open and running through Sunday, April 23, at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma is showcasing its newest exhibit, Steins, Vines & Grinds: Washington’s Story of Beer, Wine & Coffee.

Steins, Vines & Grinds documents the long history of beer, wine and coffee in Washington, from early Hudson’s Bay Company imports through modern-day innovative processes. Even predating statehood, beer, wine and coffee quickly became important commodities. All three beverages could be found inside the walls of Forts Vancouver and Nisqually. Whether roasting their own green coffee beans from Hawaii, sipping on homemade wine or imbibing a bottled India pale ale from London, early Northwest settlers took the first steps in the creation of a cultural phenomenon.

Visitors to Steins, Vines & Grinds will be immersed in the origins of these three beverages in Washington. Museum guests can see an unopened bottle of Rainier Beer discovered in a sunken ship, a grape press used by Croatian winemakers in Gig Harbor, coffee and beer mugs and wine bottles and glasses ranging back in time, a bobblehead brewmaster and inflatable bottles, and a host of beverage memorabilia and ephemera that includes posters, neon signs, beer trays, and more.

  • “Music to My Beers,” an Evening at the History Museum
    Thursday, March 2, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Washington State History Museum, Tacoma
    (Ages 21+, $15 with preregistration/$20 at the door)
  • History Happy Hour at The Swiss in Tacoma
    Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
    The Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave. in Tacoma
  • History Happy Hour at Three Magnets in Olympia
    Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

The Washington State History Museum, washingtonhistory.org

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Tacoma, WA  98402-3109

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