Adventures for a Different Day
This holiday season, friends and family may be wishing for a little takeout pizzazz to spice up isolation life, or long for the adventure of in-person dining, shopping or entertainment. Or maybe they’d appreciate a future experience when things get back to (ahem) normal. Gift cards from these locals gems are the perfect pandemic solution.
GIVE THE GIFT OF OLYMPIA AND BEYOND THIS SEASON
507 TAPROOM &
You likely have a friend or 20 who would love to fill a growler, grunt or whatever the heck’s on hand this holiday season. 507 Taproom & Filling Station serves up a selection of the tastiest microbrews, ciders and domestics from across the PNW. And while you’re grabbing gift cards for the craft brew fans in your life, it’s totally ok to enjoy one yourself. Because 2020.
When COVID came knocking, the stars at Olympia’s Three Magnets Brewing knew the right way to pivot. They created Garden Movement, offering locally sourced, ready-made meals and meal kits, groceries and other survival provisions. (Yes, we mean coffee and beer.) Curbside pickup or safe, contact-free door delivery are available for those keeping things under wraps at home.
Desperate times call for catching up on escapism chick lit, moody Scandinavian crime novels and the classics. Or maybe there’s someone on your gift list who prefers a little light reading about the 1918 Spanish flu. Regardless, an Orca Books Co-op offers shelves of fiction and nonfiction to feed the booklover’s soul.
A candlelit dinner in a charming Tuscan piazza is off the table right now, but a little slice of Italy is easy to come by in Olympia and Yelm. Pizzeria LaGitana uses fresh, organic ingredients to create their handcrafted, woodfired pizzas, long recognized as the best pies in the region. House-made salads and desserts are icing on the tiramisu.
BAR AND CAFE
While Swing preps to expand its outdoor covered and heated patio seating, you can still give the gift of great vino. And who doesn’t need that this holiday season? Swing’s online store offers wine, cool gifts, and gift certificates through the end of the year. The “Screw You 2020” sparkling six-pack makes an especially festive and relevant present.
Remember when we used to leave our homes to watch movies? Those days are back—in a safe, socially distanced, mask-wearing kind of way. A gift card for Yelm Cinemas is great for friends and family suffering Netflix fatigue and yearning for the big screen. No judgement if you grab some the theatre’s famous popcorn while you’re there.