Nisqually Indian Tribe’s main business center has expanded with new stores that are up and running, ready for the public to take advantage of their services.
As Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation has grown over the years, it planned and executed a phase two of its building, which has created more office space and a series of storefronts facing Yelm Highway SE.
Two of these storefronts have been filled; one with Nisqually Post & Print, and the other with a She Nah Nam Seafood retail store.
Bob Iyall, CEO of Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation said the two stores have undergone soft opens in the past few weeks, getting employees trained up. Now, though, the businesses are ready to roll.
“We took our time getting it going, but now we’re to the point where everybody’s feeling pretty comfortable so we are going to start marketing for both spots so that we can hit it hard now,” Iyall said.
While both stores are under the umbrella of Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation, there is a fine line of separation between them.
“Nisqually Post & Print is basically Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation doing business as Post & Print,” Iyall said. “She Nah Nam Seafood retail is actually an extension of She Nah Nam Seafood: the purchasing, processing and distribution company,” which is part of Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation, Iyall added.
Iyall said that building these two stores, and filling them with business ventures, shows that the local economy is on the upswing.
“The two stores certainly serve a purpose and will serve the community and hopefully surrounding communities as well,” Iyall said. “It’s all a part of building the economy here in Nisqually. That means having more places for consumers to spend their money here on the reservation so that those dollars will stay here maybe one or two more transactions than they would normally. That’s basically the goal here.”
Nisqually Post & Print
“After doing the research, we decided on a post and print store — similar to a UPS,” Iyall said. “So we have some mail boxes in there, we have some pretty outstanding printing capabilities down there and we’ll do shipping right now through UPS.”
Nisqually Post & Print’s services include business cards, flyers, folding, cutting, staples, copies, booklets, prints, posters, banners, vinyl prints and binding & coils, among other services.
There are currently four employees — three of them Nisqually tribal members, with the other one being a Yakima tribal member. Jay Simmons is the project manager of the store, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, at 12820 Yelm Highway SE, Suite C.
For more information, contact Orders@nisquallypostandprint.com or call 360-338-6431.
She Nah Nam Seafood
“The storefront down there for She Nah Nam Seafood is an extension of the processing and distribution company that we have,” Iyall said. “It’s just another way to get the product out there to the public.”
Along with the storefront, She Nah Nam Seafood is adding e-commerce so people can order fish online, coming in the next few weeks, Iyall said.
The store offers tribal-caught salmon, halibut, oysters and clams, among other seafood.
“In general, the proceeds are to help support the fishers here and to help support the salmon in the Nisqually River,” Iyall said.
There are currently five employees — two of them are Nisqually tribal members.
“The manager at the She Nah Nam Seafood store has been a long-time Nisqually Markets employee,” Iyall said. “She took an interest in the seafood and so she made a pretty natural transition from the markets over to the seafood. Her name is Sue Bachmeier.”
She Nah Nam Seafood retail is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, at 12820 Yelm Highway SE, Suite D. For more information, call 360-359-7553.