Winter 2020


Saint Martin’s Golf Classic
Hands On Children’s Museum Summer Splash!
Corks & Crush Virtual Fundraiser
Washington Center for the Performing Arts CENTER stage Virtual Gala
Farm 12: Giving Back Step By Step
Together! Bringing Hope During the Pandemic
How To Love Your Community During A Pandemic
Holiday Gift Giving Solved


Owens Meats Brings The Sizzle To The Public Market At Point Ruston
I’m Dreaming of a Wine Winter


Whidbey Island: A Welcome Winter Escape

Home & Garden

Going For The Gold


Get Your Home Holiday Ready
Gift Guide 2020


Dr. Finch Joins Tumwater Eye Center
Celebrating Success: 20 Years with Olympic Dermatology
5 Simple Strategies for Healthier Holidays

5 Simple Strategies For Healthier Holidays

American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good™ movement offers simple tips for self-care this season.

Nourishing yourself is smart for your heart and an effective way to take control of your health during the holidays. During Eat Smart Month this November, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives,offers its latest recipes and science-backed tips to help you be Healthy for Good™.

“The holidays can present nutrition challenges and additional stressors, but simple changes and investments in your own health can make an impact on your well-being and help you enjoy the season even more,” said Jo Ann Carson, PhD, RD, retired professor of clinical nutrition volunteer chair of the nutrition committee of the American Heart Association. “Start small by making one more healthy choice today and build on it tomorrow.”

The American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good Eat Smart Initiative offers five tips for nourishing yourself this holiday season:

Get creative with swaps:

Cooking at home is a great way to take control of your diet and tweak favorite seasonal dishes.Reduce sodium by replacing salt with herbs and spices, adding more fruits and vegetables to dishes and using lower-sodium canned and frozen products. Combine lower-sodium foods with regular versions to help your taste adapt.

Snack smart:

To avoid overindulging at holiday gatherings, prep with nutrient-rich, Good Mood Foods that don’t sacrifice taste. Check out this no-added-sugars recipe for Cinnamon Sweet Tortilla Chips with Fruit Salsa created by the American Heart Association and Healthy for Good® supporter, SweetLeaf. It’s perfect for a pre-party snack that will keep you feeling full and less tempted by those unhealthy choices.

Take your time:

Don’t rush through meals. Enjoy mealtime with family and friends by pausing between bites and savoring your food.

Use time-saving technology:

Many grocers make it easy to shop deals and save time with online ordering and pick-up and delivery options. Plus, it’s easier to resist that candy bar in the checkout line if you aren’t in a staring contest with it.

Practice gratitude:

It can help lower blood pressure, improve your immune system and spur you to eat better and exercise more. Write down five things you’re grateful for and share them with your family and friends. Gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Celebrating Success: 20 Years with Olympic Dermatology

Selective laser surgical procedures. Fine-tuning in diagnostics. The paradigm shift in the development of designer medicines. Scientists that uncover the biochemical nature of disease by studying human genome sequencing.

These are some of the medical advances that keep Dr.James L. Brazil fascinated with his work at Olympic Dermatology and Laser Clinic in Olympia as the clinic begins to celebrate its 20th birthday.

“I love my practice. I love Olympia. I love being part of the community. I’m honored to offer services to our patients,”Dr. Brazil said. “This 20-year celebration was supposed to be a big community party, but the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented that. We will celebrate our success and happiness with you in other ways.”

Dr. Brazil finished his residency in 1991 and moved to Olympia for a five-year trial. He’s still there after 29 years, practicing first at Memorial Clinic before forming his own clinic in 2000 with a small staff. Now the clinic includes a staff of 21, including three who have worked with him fora total of more than 50 years.

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to bring an extraordinary amount of technology to Olympia for skin rejuvenation,body contouring, hair removal, tattoo removal and leg vein treatments,” he said. “I like being able to practice as a medical doctor, surgeon and pathologist.”

Dr. Brazil and the staff are a full-spectrum general dermatology practice, including skin diseases that are diagnosed as being associated with internal diseases. With the surgical focus of his practice, he can remove growths and perform reconstruction of the face.

Some other aspects of work at the clinic are new,including tele-dermatology–consultations with distance connections. Some guidelines have stayed the same.

“Always use broad-spectrum sunscreen, minimize sun exposure and avoid tanning beds,” Dr. Brazil counseled. “Trust an expert. An online search with a lay person is no substitute for a well-trained medical provider. The same holds for public health. Trust an expert.” EMILY HAPPY

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Dr. Finch Joins Tumwater Eye Center

Devin Finch, O.D., says the timing couldn’t have been better for him to join Dr. Douglas Jeske and the team at Tumwater Eye Center. In July 2020, Dr. Finch completed a residency in ocular diseases at Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center in Texas after earning his doctorate in optometry the year prior from Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon. At Tumwater Eye Center, the team recently moved into an expanded facility offering state-of-the-art eye care technology, equipment, and additional services.

“I’ve known Dr. Jeske for several years and I’m glad to work with him to provide high quality eye care to the community,” said Finch. “The team is friendly and personable, and the new facility has been designed to include top notch diagnostic equipment that helps to identify eye health issues sooner.”

In addition to providing comprehensive eye exams to assess the health of his patients’ eyes, Dr. Finch has clinical interests in treating retinal pathologies, dry eye disease, and glaucoma. He is especially committed to helping pediatric patients control myopia(nearsightedness) to prevent the condition from becoming unmanageable or becoming the catalyst for eye diseases later in life. Adults with moderate to high levels of myopia have an increased risk of blindness from cataracts, retinal degeneration, and glaucoma.A myopia control treatment plan, which could include the use of medicated eye drops or contact lenses, can slow down or stop the progression of myopia in children,improving their quality of life.

An Olympia native, Dr. Finch was glad to return to his hometown to be near his parents and friends throughout the Puget Sound. He enjoys traveling to foreign countries and spent time in Japan during his medical training and in Guatemala on a mission trip to provide eye care to those in need. Chile and Peru are places he hopes to visit soon. JULIE LEYDELMEYER

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Gift Guide 2020

Slumberkins Collection

Not only a plush friend to snuggle with,but also a tool to promote emotional learning. Each “kin” comes with its own individual story and technique to help build healthy routines and bonds between guardian and child. $44

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

This coat is lightweight, weather-resistant, extremely compressible and performs its main duty of warmth. Insulation and lining are 100% recycled and sewing is Fair Trade Certified™. $199

Holy Lamb Organic Pillows

Certified organic, handmade wool pillow that comes with a premium sateen case. Size and thickness options available. $99

Spiceology Popcorn Seasonings

Add some flavor to movie night with a fun variety of Spiceology popcorn seasonings such as Apple Cinnamon and Bleu Cheese Buffalo. Available in a gift pack set. $34

Yeti Lunch Box

Elevate your meals to go with sleek design, ColdCell™ Flex insulation and a leakproof, waterproof exterior. $80

Vita and Luz

Skillfully handcrafted pieces made of hammered brass and smooth Skagit River driftwood meant to reflect lunar and celestial power. A portion of all proceeds support Wipe Every Tear Foundation’s fight against sex trafficking in the Philippines. $50-$250

Get Your Home Holiday Ready

As the holidays approach, many of us think about making improvements to our home. New furniture and décor are a quick and easy way to spruce up your surroundings. At Courtyard Antiques and Home Decor, they offer vintage pieces that you will not find elsewhere.

According to owner Laurie Johnson, “Antiques can be mixed in with even highly contemporary pieces to give a room a warm glow. We show customers how to work antiques into their design aesthetic and that your design doesn’t have to be all one or the other.”

Creating a vignette or fun display using a family heirloom or something you purchase from one of the30 vendors at the 10,000 square foot mall can be just the thing you need to get your home “holiday ready”. And, shopping at Courtyard Antiques and Home Decor during the holiday season is a magical experience where each of the unique vendors strive to create a cozy,festive environment. The large collection of vendors means that there are many styles and a huge variety of furniture and décor to select from including farmhouse,industrial, mid-century modern, cottage and Asian. It is also a great place to find special one-of-a-kind gifts.

Under the new ownership of Johnson, who was a vendor in the mall for 15 years prior to purchasing, Courtyard Antiques has been facing the challenges of operating a small business during a pandemic. Altering their business model to include more social media shopping with photos of the ever-changing inventory and adding curbside pick-up was a must. Johnson credits the success of Courtyard Antiques during these past few months to the supportive vendors who are passionate about what they do and the service and products they provide. Curbside pick-up will be available through the holiday season.

Courtyard Antiques also carries a full line of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® products with a paint studio offering classes on how to transform or repurpose your furniture and kitchen cabinets. LYN CASTLE

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Going For The Gold

A hot new trend is adding gold or brass accents to a room to add warmth. After living in their home for a little over a year, Gig Harbor residents turned to Signature Design& Cabinetry to do a redesign and makeover of their bathroom. Their vision was to go from small and dark to a dramatic and bold mid-century modern bathroom with lots of storage space.

“The project was completed in a few months and the cabinetry was on-time, within budget, and so very beautiful,” say the homeowners. “Our new enhanced storage space is so incredible. The result is a warm and welcoming new space.”

“Crystal Delgado of Signature Design & Cabinetry has amazing vision; she really listened and exceeded my design expectations.”

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Whidbey Island: A Welcome Winter Escape

The perfect opportunity for a winter escape is just over the water on Whidbey Island. As you drive onto the ferry from the mainland to the island, you are transported across the Sound to a true adventure that is close to home, but feels much farther away.

To start your journey, be sure to stop by the adorable artist town of Langley. There are plenty of local boutique shopping options in town, as well as places to grab a bite to eat, like Braeburn Cafe. This eclectic bistro offers vibrant food that is sure to please, and owner Lisa Carvey and her staff know how to make guests feel at home in the café.

After shopping downtown, make a stop at Sweet Mona’s for handmade chocolates, caramels and truffles. Sweets are made in-house, and the owner invites visitors to try her artistic creations.

Grab breakfast at Sunshine Drip in Coupeville before heading off for the day! This adorable breakfast and lunch spot serves delicious food and has a cool vibe with plenty of fresh breakfast options and outdoor seating.

Enjoy shopping and galleries along Front Street NE, followed by lunch at the Oystercatcher. This restaurant serves up savory, sustainable, farm-to-table dining options created by owners Chef Tyler Hansen and Sara Hansen. The Oystercatcher also produces in-house breads made from local wheat, which are then featured at their sister location, the Little Red Hen Bakery.

For a creative way to relax, try your artistic hand at Marbley, where you can create your own silk scarf with water marbling. It’s an intuitive, fun, grounding, and mesmerizing art form where you float colors on water and move them with a comb or stylus. Then, when you have a pattern you want to save, you capture it on a silk scarf to take home.

There are plenty of fantastic dining options on Whidbey Island, and if Italian food is on your wishlist, check out Ciao during your vacation time. This family-owned business offers homemade local Italian cuisine made with finesse by Mark Laska and the entire Ciao family. They create wonderful meals for takeout or delivery.

For a day excursion, travel to Oak Harbor for a mouth-watering seafood lunch from the Seabolt’s Smokehouse. At Seabolt’s, seafood is smoked and processed daily in the open-air kitchen for a wonderful smell and fresh taste.

This escape would not be complete without exploring the trails and beaches at Deception Pass State Park where beautiful vistas and beaches await you.

Looking for an easy escape that is safe and has a multitude of options for food, art, shopping and outdoor activities with a laid back vibe? Whidbey Island is just a short drive and sail away! MORGAN LUCAS

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I’m Dreaming of a Wine Winter

Thinking outside the familiar confines of the box to find ways of entertainment and exciting experiences has been a necessity with this unusual year. And while some winter practices will always remain the same—curling up under a warm blanket as you watch your favorite holiday film or catching snowflakes on the tip of your tongue—there is opportunity to try new things. So as the frosty flurries roll in and the crisp chill clings to the air, let your palette explore these unique and highly rated wines to cozy up with this season. NATALIE BENSON

CasaSmith Cinghiale Sangiovese 2018 (92 points)

Wahluke Slope & Rosebud Vineyards

Pleasant, coating mouthfeel, flavors of savory herbs, ripe red current, dark raspberry and juicy Bing cherry. Aromas include subtle spice and leather. A delectable red that would fit perfectly in Grandfather’s study.

Lemberger 2018 (93 points)

Kiona Vineyards

Red Mountain

The Lemberger is special to Kiona Vineyards as they were the first winery to commercialize the wine in 1980. Smooth and silky with a buttery texture and flavor.Medium body of lush blackberry and fig.

Woodland Goddess Reserve Red 2016 (Double Gold)

Silvara Cellars

Leavenworth, WA

A favorite for those snowy cabin evenings while enjoying a roaring fireplace. Deep aromas of dark fruit, chocolate and an array of spices. Bold, present tannins, velvety notes of black licorice and vanilla, paired with a dash of viognier, complement the fresh floral finish.

Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris “Spicy Pig” Blend (limited release)

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Columbia Valley

An atypical mix, but one that works beautifully. Supple texture and musky aromas from classic barrel fermentation. Season appropriate with flavors of spice, fresh apple and pear.

Owens Meats Brings Sizzle To Point Ruston

The Candy Store For The Carnivore, this is a one-of-a-kind, family-owned business that has flourished through five generations. Owens Meats is a specialty meat market with a huge line of fresh choice and prime meats that are aged to perfection.

For over 125 years, Owens Meats has been serving meat to the tables of families in the Northwest and across the country. Owens Meats is the oldest continuously-operated family business in Kittitas County and one of the oldest in the state of Washington.

Owens Meats opened its doors in 1887, two years before Washington became a state. Today, Owens Meats is known as “The Candy Store for the Carnivore” and after over a century of consistent excellence, they have solidified their legacy into the hearts and bellies of people all over the Northwest who have come to cherish this fine establishment.

When they began offering meat from a machine, it was a totally new concept for our region. The ability to buy Owens Meats’ famous meat snacks and treats via vending machines is now available in 12 locations in the Northwest including Point Ruston’s waterfront.

For several months, they have had a vending machine for their premier meats located next to Purpose Boutique. With the success of that location, Owens has now joined the Public Market at Point Ruston with a beautiful 2,300 square foot premier butcher shop at the Point Ruston Market. “ Welove the area and it reminds me of an old fashioned village on the water and our family is thrilled to be able to now offer our products at the new location” says Don Owens. Bring the finest quality specialty smoked and marinated meats to your family this holiday season and experience for yourself why generations of customers have been shopping Owens Meats. When you visit you will likely meet one of the Owens family members that will be working behind the counter. NATALIE BENSON

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