Our Awesome Olympia Neighbors
Updated: Oct 7, 2019
It's been a year already, and we're loving our showroom space in the historic Steam Plant building more every day. The nearby businesses have been so welcoming and supportive, it didn’t take long for us to feel like a member of the family. We wanted to return the favor and tell you about some of our new friends.
This sweet flower and gift shop in 222 Market is a gem. The flowers alone are reason enough to pay them a visit, but you'll find so much more. Sourcing locally, owners Iana and Carissa offer a handpicked selection of jewelry, art, stationery, soaps, and skincare items. When it comes to the flowers, they bring an artist's eye to everything they create, whether it's just a few blooms to brighten your day or a themed celebration. Their floral designs for weddings, events, and photo shoots are simply lovely, with a loose, romantic style that's a relaxed alternative to more formal arrangements.
This coffee shop and retail space came on the Olympia scene in late 2018, but it's already making a big impression. Owners Nick and Jessica have carved out a special niche for themselves here. Literally. Nick's a master woodworker, using reclaimed wood to create art pieces inspired by our beautiful natural surroundings. He also makes stunning one-of-a-kind tables, headboards, and other custom items on request. In addition to the artwork, you'll find Pacific Northwest-inspired clothing and gift items for sale in the shop. And, of course, the coffee. We really like the coffee (we highly recommend the golden milk latte).
Starting from scratch with milk and cream from a family-run dairy just down the road in south Thurston County, Chris and Sofie make the most wonderful small-batch gelato using locally sourced organic ingredients and authentic Italian methods. Enjoy their take on traditional flavors or try one of their inventive concoctions like Tamarindo sorbetto or fresh mint stracciatella. Top off your choice with one of their house-made sauces--hot fudge and salty butterscotch, plus seasonal surprises. Tucked inside 222 Market, Sofie's is open until 9:00 pm to satisfy those after-dinner cravings. Hang out a while, indulge your sweet tooth, and practice your Italian pronunciation.
Located in the historic Capitol Theater, the Film Society brings an eclectic mix of music, movies, and art to the downtown core. Classic and world cinema, groundbreaking indie films, live music, burlesque. It's just the sort of cultural hub you'd expect from an artistically diverse community like Olympia. Locals look forward to the annual film festival every November. Not only does this dedicated nonprofit keep us entertained, they're also preserving a significant piece of the city's history. Efforts are underway to conduct a major restoration of the nearly-100-year-old building.
This is just a sample of the great things you'll find downtown. There are so many diverse enterprises choosing to call Olympia home these days, and we're getting acquainted with more of them all the time. One thing they all share is a commitment to using their unique talents to enrich the local community. We're delighted to be a part of this exceptional group of individuals and Olympia's thriving small business scene.