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

ONLINE ORDERING

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WOMAN-OWNED

Budd Bay

Café

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.

CANDY CANE
ICE CHIPS

EL
SARAPE

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.

Olympia

Coffee

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.

Shopping local is more important than ever

ABOUT THE GIFT GUIDE

Oh, 2020. It’s been a little too real. That’s why we created the decidedly different gift guide to get you and yours in the holiday spirit by shopping (and supporting) our unique and distinct local businesses. You’ll find everything on your gift list, from handcrafted bites and brews, to Zoom-worthy gear and gadgets, to weirdly wonderful items perfectly suited for a pandemic. During this decidedly different holiday season, give the gift of local. For more Thurston County inspiration visit Experience Olympia & Beyond.

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