Oly on Ice

Celebrate the holidays by gliding into Thurston County this winter. Oly on Ice is open through January 20 in downtown Olympia at Isthmus Park. The entire family can come out to enjoy ice skating at Olympia’s seasonal ice rink. Skaters of all ages will enjoy the warm glow of activity during the busy rush of the holiday season at the tented rink.

“Bringing structured seasonal programming to the Isthmus Park builds community, supports local business, and increases the health and well being of our citizens by providing the opportunity for physical activity during the winter months, “ notes Anna Uyeda from Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation. “Not to mention, it’s fun!”

So bundle up and head down to Oly on Ice with family and friends and makes some great holiday memories. 

For information on dates, times and pricing, check out www.olyonice.com

HILLARY RYAN

Drees Celebrates 90 Years of Business

In a world of online shopping, Drees of Olympia still sets the standard in home furnishings and gifts after 90 years.

The home furnishings shop on the corner of Washington Street SE and Legion Way SE in Olympia is celebrating its 90th year in business. Housed in a building built in 1890 in downtown Olympia, Drees offers a variety of products including home furnishings, gifts, seasonal decorations and stationary. The 90-year-old legacy started in 1929 when Jimmy Drees bought the Art and Paint Store and added additional decorative products. He sold the store in 1965 to a previous owner before it was sold again in 1976 to the store’s current owner, Ruthann Panowicz Goulart. Ruthann has held the helm for over 40 years.

Ruthann grew up in Olympia, and went off to college to school, and on to Washington DC to work at the Smithsonian. Her return to Olympia was rooted in running the “beloved store where she shopped as a child. We believe that Drees offers more than great products; we create traditions, nurture relationships, enhance homes, and provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.” The quote that Jimmy Drees used to display in his windows that sums it up was, “Enjoy our Browspetality.”

Drees has not only been a pillar of the shopping community in Olympia, it also gives back to the community in various ways. Ruthann is a founding member of the Junior League of Olympia and has served on multiple boards for the city, including the City of Olympia’s Parking and Business Improvement Area. She is also active on the Board of Directors at Thurston First Bank in Olympia and a member of Seattle Art Museum Supporters.

ALLIE COLOSKY

For Additional Information

Drees

524 Washington St SE, Olympia

360.357.7177

dreesofolympia.com

Olympia Orthopaedics Welcomes New Sports Medicine Physician

Moving to the Pacific Northwest is a new adventure for Leila Borders, MD, who is joining the team at Olympia Orthopaedics. Hailing originally from Georgia, the doctor stayed true to her southern roots when pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Emory University and Mercer University, both in her home state.

“I’m excited to make Olympia my new home,” says Borders. “I was initially worried that I might get homesick for Georgia, but when I came out to interview I was pleasantly surprised to find the plants and foliage were similar, so that helped put me at ease.”

Before starting her new role, Borders is completing her primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She completed her internal medicine residency at the same institution. As part of her training during the last year, she is helping college, high school and semiprofessional athletes to stay at peak performance, in addition to addressing routine health care issues and injuries.

“I enjoy sports medicine because I am able to help change a patient’s quality of life,” the doctor explains. “It’s wonderful when I can help someone with their injury or chronic joint pain and it allows them to do the things they want to do.”

One way Borders will do this in Olympia is through total joint readiness for patients preparing for joint replacement surgery. Maximizing a patient’s ability to engage in physical activity before surgery can help the patient have much better results after surgery.

The doctor is also hoping to work with both recreational and elite athletes to optimize their performance. “One of my favorite things has been working with the student athletes at a rural high school,” says Borders. “It’s such a rewarding experience helping them to improve their athleticism and I’m looking forward to doing the same in Olympia.”

Borders is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Olympia Orthopaedic’s Westside Clinic has begun scheduling appointments for Dr. Borders.

We welcome Dr. Borders and her expertise to our community.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information
Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
3901 Capital Mall Dr SW, Olympia
360.709.6230
olyortho.com

Well 80 – Olympia’s Hottest New Brewery

Well 80 Artesian Brewing Company opened its doors March 19 in downtown Olympia. Complete with a restaurant and a 10-barrel brewing system, Well 80 is a brewery and brewpub built on the site of one of Olympia’s famous artesian wells. In addition to tasty craft beers, Well 80 serves pizza, burgers and sandwiches, all with a unique twist, in its all-ages restaurant.

Co-owner Chris Knudson is enthused by revitalization efforts bringing a new sense of excitement to downtown Olympia. He also points to a number of craft breweries in the area that have surfaced in the past few years. Three Magnets Brewing, Matchless Brewing and Top Rung Brewing are joining local staple Fish Brewing Company.

“Olympia’s history is built on beer,” Knudson says. “There’s a growing brewing community here and we’re happy to be part of it.”

Knudson is speaking of Leopold Schmidt, a politician and brewer from Montana, who traveled to Olympia in 1895 to observe construction of the Washingtonstate capitol. After being introduced to Olympia’s artesian water, he proclaimed, “With this water, I can brew better beer than ever!” The next year, at the foot of Tumwater Falls, the Olympia Brewing Company was born. Its beer was made with water from the artesian wells made famous by the slogan “It’s the Water.”

At Well 80, all of its “Well Made” beers are brewed in-house by experienced brewers. The company also features a series of rotating guest taps supporting the local brewing community. You might find Triceratops Pennsyltucky Lager, Cascadia Elderberry Porter, or Whitewood Cider Co. Olivia Newtown-Jonathan cider blend.

Well 80’s goal is to follow in the footsteps of Leopold Schmidt, Paul Knight and all the other pioneers that made great beer from some of the best water in the world.

KELLY LENIHAN

For Additional Information
Well 80 Artesian Brewing
514 Fourth Ave E, Olympia
360.915.6653
well80.com

Percival Condos: Downtown Living at its Best

With an identity unrivaled by any other city in the region, Olympia is growing as a place of economic, social and development opportunity. Joining this vibrant community is Percival Condominiums, a seven-story development built with its residents—and Olympia’s character—in mind.

Percival Condominiums will be downtown Olympia’s first upscale condominium community. Located in the heart of the city near Percival Landing, this contemporary 28-home building will include five floors of residences and two floors of parking. Ten floor plans, ranging from 1,300 to 2,400 square feet, each include a spacious balcony for outdoor seating and dining.

Only eight condo units have been built in Olympia in the last 35 years, so Percival Condominiums fill a demand for people who want to live downtown and own their home. Its location makes it just a short walk from fine cuisine, shopping, entertainment and Percival Park’s boardwalk.

The ambitious project is the most recent development of the Rants Group, a longtime commercial and residential real estate company based in and focused on Thurston County.

“The development of Percival Condominiums meets a longtime call for an upscale downtown Olympia living option,” said Pat Rants, president of the Rants Group. “Thurston County lacks downtown condominiums that are deluxe and modern with incredible views. With this project, we’re giving owners unrivaled views and access to the city—simply by looking out their windows or stepping outside their front doors.”

Percival Condominiums are now pre-selling with a move-in date set for 2020. Future residents will join a lively, enriching downtown district while contributing to Olympia’s unique and evolving identity—all while enjoying breathtaking views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and the Capitol.

KELLY LENIHAN

For Additional Information
Percival Condominiums
322 Columbia St NW, Olympia
360.943.8060
percivalcondos.com