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Copies Done Right For A Great Price

I love a great price for a good product and I’m slightly picky. I do occasional print jobs that I want done at a higher quality level than my inkjet printer. I love using local service providers to get things done, but oftentimes, it costs quite a bit to have print work done this way…until I found 9 Cent Color Copies.

When I met Chris Fryer at a local networking group a few years ago, he ran the Thurston County branch of 9 Cent Color Copies. He regularly brought print jobs he’d done to deliver to customers at meetings. Sometimes he’d bring his two adorable daughters with him because he’s a great family man and always keeps his delivery promises. I decided to try out his services when I made a flier for my Hawaiian club’s festival event a couple of springs ago. Since then, he’s always helped me with quick-print business cards, fliers and even postcards at a good price. His costs are low because he runs his business from his house, which saves on leasing costs. Since I’m a solopreneur on a tight budget, he meets my printing needs and I know he’ll meet anyone else’s.

He also ships to customers (for a fee) anywhere! Check out his website, call him at 360-441-7517 or email him for more information.

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Lightening The Care Giving Load With FirstLight

FirstLight Home Care Owner Sarah Lane

I love small businesses that pursue excellence, especially the ones who have humble beginnings and are dedicated to providing a solution for life’s challenges. First Light Home Care does this by providing quality care-giving services to families who have members needing assistance. Their services range from companion, personal care and dementia care, to respite and travel companionship.

During my interview with owner Sarah Lane, who owns the business with her husband Greg, I learned that the passion to serve the elderly started early in her adult life and has brought much satisfaction today. Voted Best Of The South Sound 2015 and Best Of The South Sound 2016, with only three years running, the business helps families of the elderly have peace of mind by providing excellent care giving services with high standards. Sarah not only hires caregivers who meet above-Washington State standards, but also considers, before making the hiring decision, “would I trust this person with my own parents?” and makes it a practice to only hire people who are caring and compassionate. This to me speaks volumes about the care FirstLight provides to their clients. Her staff, which is the bread and butter of her business, is very important to her. She is proud of them and considers it a privilege to participate in helping people “put food on the table.”


What I like about Sarah, the heart of FirstLight, is that she is humble, high achieving and seeks to benefit her clients. I highly recommend anyone looking for quality care givers to let FirstLight help.

Just Like Family!

The world is full great businesses. Before I got into business, I didn’t pay much attention except when the business provided bad service or the prices were unreasonable. (I still pay attention to that) However, I love finding businesses that provide either a unique product or service, or have amazing staff that treats customers like family. Sandstone Distillery is one of those kinds of businesses that treat you like family the moment you walk in. The business is run by husband and wife, John and Jenni Bourdon, along with their son, Justin, and makes all of their spirits (including bacon whiskey) onsite. John tells the story, Jenni serves you up some samples and Justin explains the distilling process. Heck, you may even see the other family members pitching in, here and there.

They offer their local products in establishments around Thurston County, Washington, but are gaining visibility at various festivals, networking groups and Total Wine in Western Washington. They’ll even set you up with gift packs! If you’re ever in Tenino, Washington, you’ve got to check them out at 842 Wright Rd SE Tenino, WA, 98589, email them or call (360) 239-7272. They’re definitely special people!

Aromatic Flavors of Curry House Lacey

As you can tell, I enjoy eating—especially cultural cuisine. I live in a small city that is bordered by two other smalls cities, comprisingIMG_9851 the “tri-cities” of Western Washington. We don’t have tons of multi-ethnic cuisine but, thankfully, we have an Indian restaurant that boasts such flavor and hospitality that I cannot help but share. The Curry House at 8765 Tallon Ln NE, Unit H, Lacey, WA 98516 has become my “go-to” restaurant for curry and spice. 
When you enter the establishment during lunch, owner Pranjit welcomes you with her warm smile. After ushering you to a table, your olfactories are met with tantalizing smells of curry, garlic and other flavors that helps you to know you are, indeed, in an Indian restaurant. The menu (also available online) offers selections of appetizers, clay oven dishes and vegetarian. Don’t worry if you’re a meat-lover, there are number of chicken or lamb, to satisfy your carnivorous hunger pangs. Each meal is so robust, even during lunch that you leave with leftovers for the next meal! I love this because it offers a great value for the price. I usually eat the vegetarian entrée because I thoroughly enjoy Mattir Paneer, a curry contaiIMG_9854ning Indian cheese and peas, and comes with other curry dishes and basmati rice. Mmmm…basmati rice with cloves and other spices. Of course, each of these entrée dishes comes with Naan (Indian flatbread). This facilitates dipping and enjoying the various sauces on your plate!
Please, if you’re in the Lacey, Washington area, specifically the Martin Way area near Hawks Prairie Costco, stop by the Curry House Lacey. Also, if you’re in a hurry, you can also order online and pick up your meal. You will not be disappointed! And, if you happen to meet Pranjit, please let her know Karen, the Hawaii lady, sent you.

Arirang Market: Small Market Feel with Big Flavor

IMG_9285I love going to small businesses that have character, familiarity and coziness. Arirang Oriental Market is no exception. Started by Mr. Woo, a wonderfully humble Korean man, this little community market, located at 7940 Martin Way E, Lacey, Washington, boasts a variety of products that will satisfy any type of Asian recipe outside of Tacoma and Seattle. From fresh garlic, to homemade kimchee, to Thai and Hawaiian products, you can find most ingredients to satisfy your Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai or Chinese homemade dish. For you Hawaiians craving home cooking, you can find crack see, poi (frozen), Aloha Shoyu and other yummies. IMG_9284

I must not neglect that this little market does specialize in a few things besides homemade kimchee (by the way, is good for kimchee fried rice): kim pop and chop chae. Kim pop is a Korean sushi roll that includes watercress, takuan and carrots wrapped in plain (not vinegared) rice with nori (seaweed paper). Great for a quick lunch or to take to parties as an appetizer (or as we Hawai’i people call it—pupu). Chop chae is a stir-fried noodle dish with a bunch of julienned veggies, garlic (of course) and clear noodles. This, too, is a great dish for a lunch or pupu.

Alice Woo and her husband Sung now run the store but the elder Woos are on occasionally to say hello and help out in the back. This is the small enterprise that is being perpetuated through the next generation, while serving those with Asian product needs.

Next time you go in, let Alice know you read about their great establishment on Talking Small Biz!

Boutique Offering A Well-Outfitted Lifestyle: Industrie Clothiers

Little treasures are all around us, especially in west Olympia, in Washington State. The recession has subsided and more little businesses are cropping up. IMG_8876There’s a new little boutique that’s not even a year old yet but packs a good fashion punch. Industrie Clothiers is situated in a little strip mall, next to Jay’s Farm Stand. Owner Amy Peters, who’s been in the retail apparel industry for a number of years, decided to launch her business that reflects her understanding of affordable, trendy clothing, while balancing her other full time job—Mommying. Industrie Clothiers’ main focus is casual lifestyle- primarily premium denim and cute tops. Brands include 7 For All Mankind, Hudson, Joe’s Jeans, J Brand, Maison Scotch, True Religion, etc. Every time I go in there, I cannot help but purchase a new blouse or dress. Her prices are affordable without sacrificing style, including offering Joe’s jeans. IMG_8871In addition to women’s apparel, she’s added some men’s casual and kids’ pieces. There are also luscious scented lotions and candles to set the “ooo-I’m-in-heaven” atmosphere to any home, as well as purses and easy slip on flats.

I encourage any one of you who want fashion, for yourself or your family, in a relaxing atmosphere where the owner (and great staff) is always on hand to help but not harass, visit Industrie Clothiers on Olympia’s Westside at 4419 Harrison Ave NW #103, Olympia, WA 98502.

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