The Useful and the Eclectic: Fruffles in Centralia and Astoria

Eclectic design says a lot about a person, whether it’s wearable design or décor for the home. Everyone has a specific style they want to convey, and Fruffels is the place to find it.
Fruffels specializes and excels in distinctive gifts, home décor and wearables for women and men. With locations in Centralia and Astoria, the shop’s diverse offerings have customers stopping by to see what’s new every time they drive through town. As Michelle Peak Dragoo posted on Fruffels’ Facebook page: “I love this place! It’s like a wonder emporium for us adults!”

The offerings in Fruffels are seemingly endless. Just take a peek at the online shop and you’ll get an idea of what all is in store. There are lotions and candles, lamps and mirrors, vibrant floral arrangements and hand-painted fruit and veggie bowls. In the boutiques, the items are beautifully placed to showcase their capabilities for utility or decoration.

“A little this, a little that, something for everyone in every price range” is the description for Fruffels’ online store. Imagine one place that offers a dragon or octopus puppet for children, nautical cufflinks for men, and unusual leather purses for women. That’s Fruffels.

Besides home decor and kitchen gadgets, Fruffels also offers design services. These include residential and corporate design, room makeovers, landscape design, and space planning. Customers can use these services to remodel an outdated room or simply to refresh their home by rearranging what they already have. Refreshing and remodeling a home is a “science” that Fruffels is expert in and enjoys putting to use to help others.

For more information about store locations or to peruse the online shop, visit Fruffels on Facebook or at Stop by once and you’ll have a similar reaction to customer Patricia Riffe: “Love your shop and stop there every time I’m in Centralia!”


Resort Community: Refined Retirement Lifestyle

Retirement has been redefined at Trilogy at Tehaleh, a 55+ resort-style community in Bonney Lake. In this active lifestyle adult community built by Shea Homes, residents have the choice to engage in numerous on-site activities such as regular social events, cooking, fitness, or art classes, and fine dining. Spectacular views of Mount Rainier are visible throughout the community and from several nearby parks and miles of local trails.

At the heart of Trilogy is Seven Summits Lodge, a clubhouse that beautifully blends rustic design, inspired by the mountaineering and logging roots of the Pacific Northwest, with modern amenities that easily merge indoor and outdoor spaces. A staff member is always on hand to offer a warm welcome, and likely so are several of your neighbors, who have gathered around one of the seven fireplaces, in the aptly named Hawk’s Nest game room or The Mantel restaurant. A fun highlight of Seven Summits Lodge is the disappearing swimming pool. This space-saving design feature allows the floor of the pool to be raised, creating an event space, or lowered for water activities—and it takes less than 20 minutes for each transition.

“Trilogy at Tehaleh is focused around a way of life that promotes an engaged community and active living,” says Mark Grey, area president for Shea Homes Washington. “The top comment I hear from new residents is that they wish they had made the decision to purchase sooner.”

Homes at Trilogy at Tehaleh are as unique as the community they have been built in. Starting with green building features that are energy-wise, eco-friendly and healthy, each singlelevel floor plan includes a large kitchen and dining area perfect for entertaining and a luxurious master suite set apart from other bedrooms.


For additional information:
Trilogy at Tehaleh
14218 Knoll Park Dr E, Bonney Lake

valentine’s day pomegranate mimosa

mimosas-410x314Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of romance!  This year mix-it-up with the Tommy Bahama Pomegranate Mimosa – a hand-crafted  Champagne cocktail that uses Pomegranate syrup and fresh orange juice to create the perfect combination of fruit flavor, while Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur brings a hint of sweetness and redefines the classic mimosa.

The Pomegranate Mimosa is a refreshing bubbly cocktail and a festive addition to any Valentine’s Day celebration or Sunday brunch the day after. Bring a little island flavor to those you love by creating it this drink at home following this simple recipe.

Pomegranate Mimosa¾ parts Pomegranate Syrup¾ parts Fresh Orange Juice

½ part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

4 parts Brut Champagne

Pomegranate Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup Pomegranate juice

  • Heat in a saucepan, bring to boil
  • Simmer for 10 minutes or until the syrup coats the back of a spoon
  • Cool before using
  • Store in a squeeze bottle and refrigerate

Add all ingredients except the champagne an a mixing glass, add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into the champagne flute, top with champagne and garnish with Pomegranate seeds and orange twist.
Recipe provided by, Tommy Bahama