Community Stories

We partner with other local small businesses and non profits to tell their stories, grow our professional networks, and utilize each other's strengths for the health of our local community. Just check out our community stories below to see for yourself! We greatly value serving one another and giving more than we take. We love working with members of our community who have the same values!

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Rods and Reels in Need

The organization is called Rods and Reels in Need its goal is to collect gently used or new fishing equipment to donate to veterans, kids, and those who can't afford it and want to get into fishing. The project was started by Larry Stamp who grew up fishing with his dad growing up on a naval base where gear was limited. They're hoping to collect enough donations to be able to give a rod and reel to any veteran and child who needs one. If you have any old rods or reels lying around, this is a great way to put them to good use! We currently have a lot of rods, but little reels.  

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The Bridge Music Project

The Bridge Music Project is a Thurston County based nonprofit organization which teaches at-risk youth how music and songwriting can be used as tools to deal with life's challenges. 300+ youth have participated in The Bridge Music Project, having collaboratively written, recorded and performed over 37 songs. Through mentoring youth in song writing we equip them with tools for self-expression and understanding that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. The Bridge's vision is to create a world where every youth is free to be their true, uncompromising self; A world where through music and self-understanding, young people can overcome any trauma to be the future leaders of tomorrow. Bobby Williams has done a phenomenal job connecting to our community's youth and leading them down a healthy path. Enjoy the film!

Learn more about The Bridge Music Project HERE.

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The Popinjay

The Popinjay has prided itself providing imaginative gifts and accessories for your home, your body and your life. The Popinjay, located in downtown Olympia at 414 Capitol Way is known for serving fine chocolates from a traditional candy counter, greeting cards for all occasions, artisanal jewelry,

Learn more about The Popinjay HERE.

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Kell Chuck Glass

Kell-Chuck Glass has served the Thurston community by being a one stop shop for all of your glass needs whether that be windows, a new shower door, mirrors, or commercial building supply, since 1980! Kim Kelly, president of Kell-Chuck Glass, sat down with us to express Kell-Chuck's

Learn more about Kell Chuck Glass HERE.

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Thurston EDC

Thurston County is home to an incredibly diverse and talented community. It wouldn't be the same if we chose not to look deeply inside of ourselves, our businesses, and our neighborhoods. As Michael Cain from the Thurston Economic Development Council states "We must ask ourselves the question... and take advantage of our opportunity of excellence."

Learn more about Thurston EDC HERE.

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Harbor Foods Group

It's difficult to realize the effort that goes in to supplying the food we get at our local convenience stores, and at our favorite restaurants throughout the community. Harbor Foods Group is the quintessential local business that makes it all happen. By community, for community. We had the pleasure to speak with Justin Erickson, 4th generation owner and CEO of Harbor Foods Group, and after a few minutes, it was easy to see its all about community!

Learn more about Harbor Foods Group HERE.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Southwest Washington

An organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters is a blessing to have in any community. It's clear that the passion and love for youth is front and center with Jeff Engle, CEO and Big Brother for BBBS Of Southwest Washington. The youth growing up today are the future leaders of our community, so partnering with an organization whose sole focus is to ignite their potential is an absolute honor. Please enjoy our very first #CommunityStory of 2020.

Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Southwest Washington HERE.

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Lynch Creek Farm

How can local community grow sustainably without compromising local values? Lynch Creek Wreaths seems to do it perfectly. Sustainably sourcing materials, and working hard to listen to the community year after year. We are so excited to announce our final #GRGcommunitystory of 2019 with one of our community's most hard working local businesses, Lynch Creek Farm!

Learn more about Lynch Creek Farm HERE.

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Schilter Family Farm

When you buy a pumpkin in the Fall or a tree for the holidays you might be looking for just that, but at Schilter Family Farm they take it so much further. Schilter Family Farm is owned and operated by a local Thurston County family FOR families across the PNW. They aren't just a place that sells pumpkins or trees, they are a destination for fun, excitement, and joy that fills the atmosphere almost every day during the fall. Here's a look inside Schilter Family Farm!

Learn more about Schilter Family Farm HERE.

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