WFH Pick Me Ups
For many, commuting from bedroom to den and coworking with an 8-year-old are kind of the norm now. If you have work-from-homers on your gift list this year, our local retailers have some suggestions sure to perk up the marathon Zoom sessions and help field online learning curve balls.
GIVE THE GIFT OF OLYMPIA AND BEYOND THIS SEASON
This Thurston County staple has served up fresh, local seafood for more 32 years, and they’re not about to let a pandemic mess things up. Iconic Budd Bay Café is open for business, offering heated, outdoor dining complete with waterside views. Takeout and individually boxed catering options are also available.
Coffee. It’s what we run on here in the Pacific Northwest and essential for quarantined workers. Olympia’s own Dancing Goats® Coffee Bars have some of the best. Choose from a selection of blends and single-origin coffees, certified specialty grade and all roasted to order. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.
Dancing Goats® Coffee Bars
Need a refreshing blast between calls or emails? Candy Cane Ice Chips® are a treat for the taste buds that will plunge you into holidays past, set the tone for holidays future and make the pandemic present a whole lot more festive. Added bonus? This delicious Yelm-made product is sugar-free and promotes dental health.
There’s nothing nachos can’t fix, so a gift card from Thurston County’s oldest Mexican restaurant is a sure-fire winner this holiday season. El Sarape’s menu has it all, from authentic, traditional dishes and creative cuisine, to loads of vegan options. And it’s all made fresh daily and guaranteed to brighten anyone’s spirits.
Meconi’s Italian Subs
Going out to lunch might seem like a pipedream, but takeout from a favorite, local spot is a great way to add a little zip to the work-from-home routine. Meconi’s subs, salads, soups and cookies taste just as delicious in your dining room. (No judgement if your dining room is the bed.) Gift cards are the perfect stocking filler.
NEW TRADITIONS CAFE & FAIR TRADE GALLERY
This community hub has served the art and soul of Olympia since 1996, offering cool food, live music, global gifts and an awesome vibe. And despite a truly uncool year, they’re open for takeout, outdoor dining and shopping. Stop in for some eclectic fare, pick up a gift certificate and peruse a unique array of artisan jewelry, clothing, accessories and homewares.
Hopefully your Zoom sessions don’t go 12 to 24+ hours, but if they do, Olympia Coffee has you covered. This local coffee roaster offers a vacuum-insulated bottle that keeps hot or cold beverages at the ideal temp. Easy to carry, leak proof and designed with the minimalist in mind, it’s the ideal gift for the person on the go. Even if it’s just a trip to the kitchen.