Ah, Olympia. There’s no place like it on Earth, I mean that sincerely. I’ve had some amazing opportunities to travel the world. My military commitments dispatched a younger me to the rugged mountains and chaotic streets of Seoul, South Korea, the cobbled and storied avenues of Savannah and London, the biergarten houses of Bavaria, and the breathtaking costal paradises of Amalfi and Capri. For me, Olympia is a microcosm of all those places rolled into one - its a dream land. If you’re like me there’s always a good reason to visit downtown: a family visit, meeting, or need for inspiration is cause to head downtown Olympia for coffee, lunch, a show - communal or otherwise. There’s always something to do for those of us who seek to find it.
Of course nothing is created without first engaging the imagination. I’m sure we can all agree that imagination and creativity is abundant in Olympia. My 6-year-old son and I love going downtown and taking photos of the murals and scattered urbanity in Olympia’s downtown. We’re honing our photo production skills in preparation for this year’s Sand in the City.
I think his photos are far better than mine – and while the pictures you see here are from last year’s Sand in the City, we’ll take couple and share them with you and you can tell us what you think. Or, share your own – its up to you. Sand in the City is one of the many annual events that really make Olympia such a great place to live.
I was excited to find that Olympia’s downtown business community was taking an active role in their own survival; particularly in the company of a comic-book villain-like economic environment. Make Olympia, a downtown Olympia street market co-op sponsored by Enterprise for Equity, will host three street markets this summer in downtown Oly. The markets are held on Washington street between 4th and State and are a perfect example of the moxie found in the innovators in our fair city. Enterprise for Equity is a great resource for new business and its great to local business working together to move the Puget Sound further. Its another reason why I’m glad I’m living in Olympia.