Service, Convenience at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, free consultations, same-day appointments, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find a full combination of such attributes. But then there’s Light Dental Studios.

Based in Puyallup, The dentist-owned company—with 19 locations in the South Puget Sound—has customer service at the core of its mission.

“We try to treat people the way we would want to be treated,” says owner and CEO Dr. Steven Broughton, who bought his first office from a former dentist in Puyallup in 1997. “People say our practice feels like we’re all neighbors, like they’re just going down the street for friendly dental care.”

With hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including Saturdays, doctors available 24/7, free consultations, same-day appointments, and entire-family same-day care, Light Dental Studios has solutions patients need.

“We’re trying to make dentistry effortless by making it about our patients, not the dentists,” says Broughton. “Our schedule accommodates their schedule, not the other way around. Our doctors are always available, and almost all procedures are done in-house.”

Besides standard dental checkups, treatments and other services, Light Dental Studios offers on-site orthodontics, implants, surgeries and dentures. Children’s dental care is also offered. In fact, the offices frequently schedule care for entire families side-by-side on the same day to save time.

Light Dental Studios also gives back to the community at the annual South Sound Free Dental Day. That’s when the staff donates its time and skills to give away more than $90,000 worth of dental work—including fillings and extractions—on a first come, first-served basis. “We want patients to feel comfortable,” Broughton says. “Our first goal is to provide same-day treatment.”

Broughton notes that Light Dental Studios will continue to add offices over the upcoming years in growing family locations.

Light Dental Studios
lightdentalstudios.com

BY LEAH GROUT

Oly Fed’s President CEO Lori Drummond to Retire in June 2022

Olympia Federal Savings (OlyFed) has announced that after over 38 years of service to the bank, Lori Drummond, president and chief executive officer, will retire from the financial institution on June 30, 2022. OlyFed’s board of directors has selected Joshua Deck, executive vice president and chief operating officer, to succeed Drummond in the top post; however, she will remain on the bank’s board of directors.

Born in Arizona, Drummond moved to Washington State shortly thereafter, so she has always considered herself a lifelong Washingtonian. In 1977, Drummond’s family moved to Olympia and after earning a degree in business administration from Washington State University, at the urging of her father, Drummond applied for the receptionist position at OlyFed and in 1984 so began her career at the bank.

Drummond was a quick study and in 1987, she advanced to Marketing Director and to executive-level management in 1991, eventually being named president and CEO in February of 2008 – the first woman ever to hold OlyFed’s highest leadership position. Under Drummond’s leadership as president and CEO, the bank has more than doubled in asset size, added a branch in Yelm, expanded with wealth management services through OFS Financial, added services for small businesses, added focus on commercial real estate lending, instituted new technology advancements, and enhanced bank wide culture, all while providing record-level support to the local community.

In fact, Drummond has amassed a long, diverse and impressive resume modeling OlyFed’s people-first values and commitment to civic involvement, serving on the board of directors for several organizations including: Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, United Way of Thurston County, Rotary Club of South Puget Sound, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, St. Martin’s University, Washington State Heritage Center Trust, Northwest Financial Association Trust, RoundTable of Thurston County and the Washington Savings League. Lori holds dear the “Distinguished Leader” recognition she received from the Thurston County Chamber Foundation in 2017. Drummond believes that Deck will continue that spirit of leadership as the eighth president of the 115 year-old organization.

Deck is a former commissioned bank examiner with experience in compliance and regulatory management. He joined OlyFed in 2011 as vice president/risk and compliance manager and quickly advanced to higher levels of responsibility and in 2020 was named executive vice president/chief operating officer. Deck serves on the board of directors of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, and with the Community Bankers of Washington (CBW). Last year he was honored with South Sound Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” award for his contributions to OlyFed and the community.

Founded in 1906, OlyFed is the South Sound’s only locally owned and operated mutual bank with eight regional branch locations. Throughout its 115-year history, the institution has demonstrated consistent financial integrity, earning a five-star rating from independent research agency Bauer Financial for 33 consecutive years. Only one percent of the nation’s banks have earned Bauer’s top rating for so long and with such consistency. To learn more, visit
OlyFed.com.

WA529 Plans Have Added Perks

Studies show that students who know they have the college savings available to them are nearly seven times more likely to attend higher education than those who don’t.  Starting a WA529 GET or DreamAhead account can put students on the path to a brighter future through higher education. 

What are WA529 plans?  In the simplest description, the Washington College Savings Plans, or WA529, are a collection of 529 college savings plans offered by the State of Washington.

The first program, created in 1998, is Guaranteed Education Tuition, or GET, which entails paying tuition in advance at a set price. The value of GET units is guaranteed to keep pace with in-state college tuition and fees at the state’s highest-priced university (currently UW Tacoma).

Even after more than 23 years, the GET program continues to evolve and improve to ensure that it equitably meets the needs of those enrolled.  For example, recent adjustments have been made to limit the annual increases to the unit purchase price and those limits were retroactive.  This means that GET account owners who bought units during the last two enrollment periods (July 2019 to June 2021) have either had additional units deposited into their accounts, or soon will, to make up for the adjustment. 

For the first time in the program’s history, the 2021-22 GET unit price has been set at $114.01, which matches the 2021-22 GET Unit Payout Value.  “In addition to creating an unprecedented opportunity for GET savers this coming enrollment year to literally ‘purchase tomorrow’s tuition at today’s price,’ the cost of units in future enrollment years should be more affordable,” said Rodger O’Connor, Associate Director for Marketing and Communications for WA529.

The second WA529 plan is the DreamAhead College Investment Plan, a Bronze Award winner by Morningstar, Inc.  In this college investment plan, for which enrollment is open year-round, returns are tied to the performance of the financial market. Account owners select one of two saving options: year of enrollment portfolios, which gradually grow more conservative the closer the student gets to attending college, or static portfolios, that always let the account owner set the strategy.

DreamAhead savings and GET units can be used nearly everywhere—including out-of-state institutions, private schools, community colleges, trade and technical schools, and even to cover the cost of an apprenticeship.  Since 1998, more than 55,000 students have used GET in all 50 states and 15 countries worldwide.  The benefits of the two WA529 plans are vast.

For more detailed information on these programs or to get started visit Wastate529.wa.gov.  

Capital Mall Unveils Large-Scale Art Mural

Capital Mall makes a big statement with the installation of a 1,400 square-foot outdoor mural between Century Theatres and Old Navy. Representing Capital Mall’s commitment to the local community, this mural, appropriately titled “Water & Land,” highlights the bountiful natural resources found in Thurston County. Specifically, the South-facing wall depicts ingredients found in water (oysters, halibut, salmon, kelp, etc.), and the East-facing wall depicts ingredients foraged from the land (strawberries, mushrooms, honey, etc.). This imagery is illustrated in loose, gestural graphics, patterns and overlays, with an organic, handmade “makers” feel. The colors are bold, bright and modern, yet refined to a limited color palette with slight vintage feel. The composition relies heavily on layering and interaction as the artist wanted to reflect its vibrant Pacific Northwest-theme.


Washington state native, Sarah Robbins, designed and painted the mural in early September. “Art has a huge role in a building community. I think there’s ways that it can bring people together,” explains Robbins about the project. With the launch of the center’s LIVE LOC-OLY initiative, Capital Mall’s goal is to highlight locally owned stores, showcase restaurants using locally sourced ingredients, and provide space for unique uses such as the recent grand opening of the newest branch of Timberland Regional Library. This community focused mural colorfully aligns with that vision.

“We are listening to our local community and their needs,” explains Stefanie Cicerello, marketing and business development manager at Capital Mall. “We love providing shopping and dining opportunities to our community and constantly strive to make that experience enjoyable. One of the ways we can do this is to showcase local artists and take a holistic approach to our role in the community. This mural celebrates the agriculture and flavor profiles of Olympia and the surrounding area.”

About the Artist:
Sarah Robbins is an illustrator, painter and designer living and working in Seattle, WA. As a Jill-of-all trades when it comes to art, she is not tied to any particular style or medium. She uses imagery, patterns, typography and color to create work, and strives to make something unique and custom for every project. Sarah prides herself on making classic pieces that can work on multiple levels straddling the line between specificity and ambiguity, often allowing room for people to interject their own thoughts and experiences into the work. Sarah believes it is important to create pieces that can amplify the voices and stories of others, not just her own.

For more information
Website: https://sarah-robbins.com
Instagram: @sarah_robbins

For more information about Capital Mall, visit our website at www.capitalmallolympia.com.

Linnea’s To Reopen West Olympia Boutique

Just a few months after celebrating the fourth anniversary of Linnea’s – (Multicare) Olympia at Capital Medical Center, the unthinkable happened—a global pandemic. Linnea Grantham, boutique owner, recalls receiving the bad news as a one-two punch when both of her hospital-based gift boutiques were forced to temporarily close. “I’m not good at doing nothing,” she reflects. “After staying home for a few days, I decided that to sustain my business I would put all my energy into my boutique in Lacey.”

Grantham went online and began promoting gift baskets for Easter and Mother’s Day that could be shipped or picked up curbside. She started offering personalized FaceTime shopping and doing a weekly Facebook Live to showcase her consolidated inventory. She also revamped her website to offer more products in her online store. Today, Linnea’s – Lacey is flourishing in an expanded space filled wall-to-wall with fun and eclectic gifts, a little sarcastic humor, adorable plush animals, trendy clothing and accessories, and so much more! “I only stock things that I would personally buy,” explains Grantham. “I love everything in here.” She’s also added a wine boutique and small group crafting classes to her repertoire.

Grantham has now received the green-light to reopen Linnea’s – Olympia. “We’re working on giving the shop a little facelift and then we will start restocking with new inventory and customer favorites,” says Grantham. Fresh flowers will also be available again. “We’ve missed seeing our CMC customers and being able to share a little joy with patients and families,” she says.

The boutique is located in MultiCare Capital Medical’s hospital’s main lobby and is slated to reopen on Thursday, Sep. 9 with in-store promotions and bonus points for loyalty club members through Friday, Sep. 10. Check the website (www.shoplinneas.com) for boutique hours. Follow them on Facebook or join their loyalty club to learn about upcoming promotions, sales, and special events.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For more information:

Linnea’s – Olympia at Capital Medical Center

3900 Capital Mall Drive SW, Olympia

Linnea’s – Lacey at Hawks Prarie

6715 Martin Way East, Lacey

360-789-1112

shoplinneas.com

The HeART of the Home Cabinets by Trivonna

Cabinets by Trivonna of Olympia pride themselves on a design experience that is uniquely customized to their individual client’s dreams and wishes.

Trivonna Cabinets brings to life an artful design plan built around their customer’s need and budget. We’ve all discovered that the ‘heart of the home’ isn’t just for the cook anymore. 

“The kitchen has become a gathering place meant for entertaining guests and gathering family alike,” states Trivonna.

Navigating the myriad of decisions on textiles and design options can be daunting. Trivonna has created a design studio offering a nurturing environment that helps clients realize their best kitchen design.

Many of us have already discovered our kitchens to be the center of the home in more ways than one. Often our kitchen plays host not only to baking and cooking, but to child and adult art, science and sewing projects, and even Dad’s auto repair, fishing and tackle shop.

Whatever your kitchen design dream, creating a work of art and functional space built for you and your family is what Cabinets by Trivonna does beautifully. Be sure to visit their creative space and showroom in Olympia and realize your dream kitchen fulfilled soon.

For Additional Information
Cabinets by Trivonna
cabinetsbytrivonna.com

BY DANA PETHIA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County: Youth Inspiring Youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County inspire youth to realize their greatness. Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home by providing a welcoming, positive, out-of-school environment. Kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring youth development professionals.

From homework help to tutoring, art to sports, and STEM activities to gaming, the Club experience prepares kids and teens for future success. By focusing Club activities on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles, youth are better prepared to graduate from high school, have a plan for their futures, and thrive as adults.

Nearly 3,000 kids and teens find safety and support annually at Clubs in Lacey, Olympia, Rochester, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, and new this year, a second Lacey branch located in the Raj Manhas Activity Center (RMAC). Low membership fees and scholarships keep the Club accessible to youth who need them most, thanks to 76% of funding coming from generous individuals and community supporters.

Visit BGCTC.org or contact one of the seven Thurston County Club locations to see if the Club is the right choice for youth in your care:

Lacey Branch
360.438.6811
1105 Tracey LN SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Facebook: @LaceyBGCTC

Olympia Branch
360.556.3615
Jefferson Middle School
2200 Conger Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Facebook: @OBGCTC

Rochester Branch
360.273.9397
10140 Hwy. 12 SW
Rochester, WA 98579
Facebook: @BGCTCRochesterRocks

Tenino Branch
360.810.3700
Tenino Elementary School
301 Old Highway 99 N
Tenino, WA 98589
Facebook: @BGCTCTenino

Tumwater Branch
360.570.8888
600 Israel Rd. SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
Facebook: @TBGCTC

Yelm Branch
360.956.0755
105 W Yelm Ave
Yelm, WA 98597
Facebook: @BGCTCYelm

NEW! RMAC Branch (Next to North Thurston HS)
360.888.6614
200 Sleater Kinney RD NE
Olympia, WA 98506
Facebook: @ @BGCTCRMAC

Capitol City Honda: A Family Tradition

Kelly Leavesque, owner of Capitol City Honda, understands better than most what it means to do business in your hometown. According to Kelly, “It means your neighbors are buying from you and it is so important that they walk out of our dealership feeling great about their purchase. Our reputation depends upon it.”

At Capitol City Honda, that reputation was earned by Kelly’s father, Ed McCarroll, who opened the dealership in 1971. Impressed by the quality of the Honda motorcycles, Ed took a risk on a relatively new car brand to the US as a leap of faith. Through his industry knowledge of car sales and service, he built it into a thriving dealership, winning national awards from Honda.

Kelly purchased the dealership from her dad in 2017. Serving as the dealership manager since 2000, she and her husband Chris knew she was buying a legacy. The couple share the workload of running the dealership with Chris serving as General Manager and Kelly as the Principal and President.

With Ed McCarroll’s passing in June at the age of 94, the dealership where Ed had still kept an office is adjusting to a life without him. But Kelly learned from her dad that your reputation is built through relationships.

Like Ed, Kelly and Chris continue to build relationships through their support of the community. Whether it is the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, or their newest commitment to 4 the Love Foundation that donated Thanksgiving meals to more than 500 local, school-age children, the couple picks charities in the most need.

A strong reputation with customers extends to their employees as well, with several of the staff at the dealership, including the office manager and sales manager, boasting a tenure of several decades. “Employee morale is important to us. It starts from the ground up. Customers feel that morale and it sets the tone for the store,” said Kelly.

Capitol City Honda
Olympia Auto Mall
2370 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia
800.594.2956
capitolcityhonda.com

BY LYNN CASTLE

New Neighbors Guide – Thurston Summer 2021

Welcome to the New Neighbors Guide!

On behalf of the local community, we welcome you to Thurston County. Whether you’re here temporarily or plan to make this a permanent home, we know you’re going to love our region. With our natural beauty, lakes, streams and forested trails, this is the perfect location for outdoor fun. With some of the best coffee in the world and a vibrant food and entertainment scene, Thurston County has something for everyone.

This resource guide offers tips and reminders to get you settled and to get the nuts and bolts of your new home well underway. This resource will also help you get connected to your local community, schools and health care, and help you put down “roots” in your daily life here. From great ideas for your home and events to engage in the community, we have you covered.

Let’s face it, moving to a new city can be costly and time-consuming—but it’s also exciting! This guide is written by a mix of perspectives from native Thurston Countians to people who moved here from out of the area. Our group reminisced about what we wish people had told us when we first moved here.

As we put together this issue, we look forward to providing you with information and education about all the “best things” in Thurston County and we hope to give you a sense of place where you belong and can engage and feel connected. We welcome you, our “new neighbor,” to Thurston County.

Kindest regards,


Robin Lucas, Publisher

This Issue’s Content

Capital Mall Unveils Large-Scale Art Mural

Capital Mall makes a big statement with the installation of a 1,400 square-foot outdoor mural between Century Theatres and Old Navy. Representing Capital Mall’s commitment to the local community, this […]

New to Thurston County?

Here’s What You Need to Know There is always so much to do when you move. This checklist will help you to quickly navigate a few important tasks related to […]

Linnea’s To Reopen West Olympia Boutique

Just a few months after celebrating the fourth anniversary of Linnea’s – (Multicare) Olympia at Capital Medical Center, the unthinkable happened—a global pandemic. Linnea Grantham, boutique owner, recalls receiving the […]

Living in Thurston County

Thurston County is centrally located to some of the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Any day of the week, you can embark on a new adventure. Visit spectacular […]

Oly Fed CEO is ‘Here for You, Here for Good

“I believe every team member plays a critical role and everybody contributes to our success,” says Lori Drummond, president and CEO of Olympia Federal Savings, or Oly Fed for short. […]

Enrolling in School in Thurston County

Parents have more options than ever before in choosing an academic environment that best fits the needs of their student. In Thurston County, there are 60 public primary schools, 17 […]

OlyFed Celebrates 115 Years

Founded in 1906, Olympia Federal Savings (OlyFed) began as a mutual bank to help the community save in a safe and secure manner, while providing loans to make home ownership […]

From Homeless Backpacks to All Kids Win

Homeless and hungry children and teens are an existing, exponential problem in our country. It may not cross one’s mind that the student they see walking down the school hallway […]

Giving Back in Thurston County

A great way to quickly learn about your new community and meet new friends is to get involved with a nonprofit organization. Every community offers numerous opportunities to support these […]

Spotlight: South Sound success Story

Heidi Duncan of Duncan Insurance, Olympia It could be that some superheroes come into being from a toxic spider bite, but other superheroes are just born into their roles as […]

Making Your House a Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with décor and furniture from the heart ~Design tips provided by Sage Interiors in Tacoma Your entry is the initial introduction to […]

The HeART of the Home Cabinets by Trivonna

Cabinets by Trivonna of Olympia pride themselves on a design experience that is uniquely customized to their individual client’s dreams and wishes. Trivonna Cabinets brings to life an artful design […]

Getting Settled into a New Home

After the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of moving is over. And you’re right, but there are still things to take […]

Holy Lamb Organics: Natural Bedding

Holy Lamb Organics has been making natural bedding products locally by hand in the small town of Oakville, Washington for 18 years. The South Sound community can access a “touch […]

Continuing a Legacy—Panowicz Jewelers

Founded in 1948 by Anton Panowicz Sr., the local, family-owned jewelry store recently celebrated its 72nd anniversary serving the Thurston County community. After seven decades, Panowicz Jewelers still holds true […]

Capitol City Honda: A Family Tradition

Kelly Leavesque, owner of Capitol City Honda, understands better than most what it means to do business in your hometown. According to Kelly, “It means your neighbors are buying from […]

Merle Norman: More than a Cosmetic Store

Even though it’s been reopened since June 1 of last year, the owner of Lacey’s Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa, Madelin White, answers phone calls every day asking […]

El Sarape: Spicing up the Community since 1979

There’s a good reason that El Sarape has four restaurant locations. The food is authentic and delicious, and the service is consistently inviting. When the Mexican restaurant first opened in […]

Olympia OB/GYN Heroes: Babies Born During a Pandemic

Babies are born when they are ready, not when a pandemic says so. Dedicated medical personnel tackle coronavirus challenges to deliver them safely. That’s true of the team at Olympia […]

Health & Wellness Close to Home

Moving to a new community means finding new healthcare providers for you and your family. Thurston County offers a wide variety of independent health practitioners and large healthcare systems to […]

Olympia Farmers Market

Shopping at the Olympia Farmers Market can be a great way to get to know your community while supporting your local economy. Open year-round with three distinct operating seasons, it’s […]

Service, Convenience at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, free consultations, same-day appointments, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find […]

Tumwater Eye Center: Designed with New Technology

At the Tumwater Eye Center, Dr. Douglas Jeske and his wife Karen have created a distinctive look and customer experience for their patients.  This new facility, located at 6510 Capitol […]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County: Youth Inspiring Youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County inspire youth to realize their greatness. Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home by providing a welcoming, positive, out-of-school […]

Warm-Weather Wellness Tips for Seniors

Warmer weather often awakens a desire to get outside and be active. But seniors who have a higher sensitivity to heat need to use caution when making plans in the […]

Olympia Farmers Market

Shopping at the Olympia Farmers Market can be a great way to get to know your community while supporting your local economy. Open year-round with three distinct operating seasons, it’s a great addition to your weekly shopping routine. The market is open Thursday to Sunday, April through October for High Season, Saturday and Sunday in November and December for Holiday Season, and every Saturday in January through March for Winter Season, always 10am to 3pm. (Please check for current hours due to pandemic restrictions.)

Founded in 1975, the Market has been in its current location at the top of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia since 1996. With four dedicated full-time employees and a volunteer board of directors comprised of vendors, they are committed to their mission “to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.”

The open-air, barn-inspired building provides protection from the weather and space for over 100 unique small businesses from the South Sound region to connect directly with customers in the community. Visitors to the market will find fruit and produce, artisan foods, wine, plant starts, cut flowers, pasture-raised meats, dairy, baked goods, seafood, jams and preserves, confections, handcrafted gifts including jewelry, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, glasswork, photography, local art and more. Free daily live entertainment can be enjoyed at the Market main stage with ample seating and space to enjoy delicious foods from the eight restaurants. The Market also has over 200 free two-hour parking stalls, accessible restroom facilities, and three ATM’s for customer convenience.

The Market accepts new farmer and food processor applications year-round and new crafter applications annually from December 1 through December 31. Visit the website for more information at www.olympiafarmersmarket.com.