$20 Equals $21 With Tenino’s Wooden Scrips

Donna Taylor Mayo, Graphic Designer, and Loren Ackerman, Printer, holding their Scrip pieces

When it comes to finding creative ways to foster community and support among local businesses, the Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce has stepped up to the challenge and has delivered in big ways. The Tenino Chamber is proud to announce the $20=$21 Tenino COVID-19 2021 Small Business Recovery Program, which benefits everyone from area businesses to residents and visitors. Residents and visitors alike can present $20 in cash to Tenino Chamber representatives and receive a $21 Wooden Scrip. The Scrip can be redeemed at Tenino Area Businesses for goods and services.

“During the Great Depression, the Tenino Chamber issued a similar wooden scrip to help support businesses,” Cheryl Pearce, Tenino Area Chamber President, explains. “We’re taking a page from the history playbook to support our small businesses and give a benefit to our residents and visitors for their support of our community.” Appropriately, the Chamber will issue a total of 2,021 $21 Wooden Scrip pieces, so be sure to support the community and grab yours before they run out! The monetary value of the Scrip pieces will expire on December 31, 2021.

The Chamber has partnered with the South Thurston County Historical Society (STCHS) and the Tenino Depot Museum on the program. “We are happy to work with the Chamber and print the Wooden Scrip on the same 1890’s press that was used to print the 1932 Wooden Scrip and help keep Tenino’s Wooden Money history alive,” said Loren Ackerman, STCHS President and the official printer of the Scrip.

In 2020, the City of Tenino issued its own COVID-19 recovery grant program using Wooden Scrip. The program was a success, and it was recently concluded by sending the last two remaining scrip pieces, on request, to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  “The story of the City of Tenino issuing Wooden Scrip in 2020 was covered by many media outlets across the nation and world,” said the Mayor of Tenino, Wayne Fournier  “I think it is terrific that the Chamber is now taking the next step in our story in making Tenino famous once again by issuing the $21 Wooden Scrip program.”

The Wooden Scrip will first officially be available for purchase at the Tenino Arts Spring Market March 19-21 in downtown Tenino. Starting March 19th, Scrips will also be available for purchase at the Sandstone Café, O Bee Credit Union, the Tenino Depot Museum, and on the Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce website https://www.teninoacc.org starting in April 2021. Be sure to purchase a Scrip while they last to become a part of this historical way of supporting our community!

OBEE “Brewpub” Branch in Tenino

The Olympia Brewery may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of banking, but O Bee Credit Union wants to change that. A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, O Bee announced today the opening of their newest branch is a unique blend of brewpub and financial service center in Tenino.

O Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is reflected in the interior of the new building. It features a brewpub aesthetic including repurposed wood, a transaction bar accented with brass rails and local beer taps, chalkboard signage and a beautiful arched ceiling highlighted with color-changing LED lights.  Historic photos of Tenino and the Olympia Brewery are displayed throughout the new branch. Our brewery history has always been part of our culture, but this building absolutely embraces our roots. “The pub atmosphere is reminiscent of the brewery tasting room where the community met and workers gathered after the end of a shift”, said James Collins, CEO. The new building offers additional services to the people of Tenino such as a drive-thru window, new ATM, and safety deposit boxes as well as Bernstein Bears Cub Accounts, an innovative rewards points program and competitive loan rates.

O Bee Credit Union will host a community-wide grand opening celebration on Saturday, November 4 from 1 pm to 4p m. The new building is located a 149 Sussex Avenue in Tenino.