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After opening on June 8, Yelm’s Northwest Grind coffee shop has had quite a busy summer.   The new coffee stand, 9241 Burnett Road Southeast, features a variety of drinks, including … more
Worthy Coffee Co. in McKenna, which opened its doors on June 6, aims to establish a loving and friendly environment for its customers. The business sells a variety of coffee and other drinks, as … more
Cosmic Carrot Farm, nestled in the scenic outskirts of Yelm, is embarking on its first market season filled with ambitious plans and a commitment to sustainable farming practices. Co-owner … more
Being outside for the summer is fun, but what if you could picnic in style? That is what Picnics and Parties By Liz aims to do. The company, owned by Fort Lewis resident Elizabeth Rivera, … more
Funtime Toys has relocated its business to a larger location, which will provide people with an opportunity to play more games at the store and will also allow people to host events in the new … more
Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que announced on Wednesday, May 10, that a restaurant location is coming to the Nisqually Plaza in Yelm this summer.   Customers describe its slow-roasted, wood-smoked … more
When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted supply chains of food, residents could more clearly see the value of local resources, said Aslan Meade, director of strategic alliances for the Thurston County … more
The Shiplap Shop and Coffee House in Yelm recently received a facelift and an expansion. On Sunday, April 9, the business opened its doors for the first time since the renovations. Gary … more
The Washington Department of Commerce announced the approval of $2 million worth of Evergreen Manufacturing grants designed to create new manufacturing, research and development jobs statewide, … more
For Justin Vanwinkle, owning his own business is something he dreamed about since he started working in the construction field when he was 18 years old. Vanwinkle grew up in Yelm and has lived … more
After opening its doors in January, Mount Rainier Clock Repair has been off to a busy first month of business in Yelm. The new shop works on all sorts of clocks, which range from cuckoo to … more
Mathis Bosch had a GMC truck and an idea, which he has since turned into a business. The Rainier High School student hasn’t graduated yet but Bosch has stayed busy transporting and hauling … more
After opening their food truck for weekend take-out in November, Steele Barrel Barbecue has become a well-known staple for residents with a hankering for a smoky or saucy treat.   Selling … more
Twenty-five years ago, someone made less than flattering comments about Jackie Wright’s painted portraits of her grandmother. As a result, she decided to focus on ceramics, which eventually … more
As a new business, 507 Auto Detailing has garnered a good reputation, securing the top spot in the Best of Nisqually contest in its first year.  Co-owner Jeff Stockbridge got into car … more
Rainier’s Sprouffske Trees Inc. has provided Christmas trees to the Nisqually Valley area and beyond for generations. Their trees have filled more than half a million homes, family member … more
Main Street Cookie Co., a former staple in downtown Rainier, relocated to Tumwater earlier this month and changed its name to LUV Cookies.   Store owner Joycelyn Zambuto said management … more
At the age of 10, Kahne Loftus began sending care packages to soldiers who were stationed overseas for the holidays. In Loftus’ first year, the Rainier resident sent 40 packages with items … more
The owners of Scoopology give a crap and that’s because they’re scooping it up. Through a collaboration with A New Beginning Dog Training, the pet waste removal company owned by … more
There are several local locations for kids to gather safely at what has become known as trunk or treat events. I will be at the American Legion Post 164 in Yelm with my decorated trailer but … more
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