The Owl’s Nest, a new cafe, opens in downtown Olympia

Shelby Haggard’s longtime dream was to open her own business, and so she will do so on Friday, June 10, at the Olympia Press Building, the tall orange building on the corner of Capitol Way North and State Avenue.

“I’m thrilled to be part of downtown and just thrilled to be a positive influence,” said Haggard, who opens a cafe called The owl’s nest.

It had a soft opening for friends and family on Thursday, June 9, but officially opened to the public at 8 a.m. Friday. Its regular hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Although this is Haggard’s first company, she has worked in the coffee industry for 20 years, both as an employee and as a manager.

“It’s nice to have creative freedom,” she said.

Haggard grew up in the Portland area, so she uses a number of Oregon-based products in her business, such as Trailhead Coffee, dairy from Lulubelle’s Creamery, and Metolius Tea.

She also bakes her own scones, muffins and cookies. All are vegan, but people unfamiliar with vegan food will still find them delicious, Haggard said.

She hopes her cafe will become a destination for arts parties, writing groups and pop-up events for small businesses in need of space.

“I want to support creativity and other businesses,” she said, adding that her business is one of many women-owned businesses in the immediate area. Browsers Bookshop, across Capitol Way, is also a woman-owned business.

For now, The Owl’s Nest is a cafe, but Haggard plans to serve alcohol in the future, she said.

Also on Friday, there will be a ribbon cutting with the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce at 12:30 p.m. at the store at 116 Capitol Way N.

Other business events

Intercity Transit Walk N Roll Bike Shop at 215 Washington St. in downtown Olympia has reopened.

At the store, volunteers help refurbish donated bikes. These bikes are then donated to Thurston County youth who take IT’s Earn-A-Bike courses.

The bike shop is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

To become a new volunteer, complete an application and send it to [email protected] No experience in bicycle mechanics is necessary, according to IT.

Meanwhile, the owner of a cross fit gym explores the “relocation of the gymnasium to the building” at 2775 29th Ave SW. in Tumwater, according to information from the town of Tumwater.

Real estate transactions

Based in Los Angeles TruAmerica Multi-Family acquired The Dakotaa 156-unit garden-style apartment community in Lacey for $54 million, the company announced Thursday.

The Dakota, at Pacific Avenue and Carpenter Road Southeast, offers a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments with open-concept floor plans and an average unit size of more than 1,000 square feet, according to a release. Press.

“The Dakota represents an attractive, value-added opportunity for TruAmerica, as nearly 60% of apartments have not been significantly renovated since the property was built in 2006,” TruAmerica officials said in the release.

The Seattle office of the Commercial Real Estate Company Berkadia marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a Bellevue-based private investment company.

If youIf you know of a retailer, restaurant, cafe or other business that is opening, closing, expanding, renovating or changing focus, email reporter Rolf Boone at [email protected]

This story was originally published June 10, 2022 5:00 a.m.

Rolf has worked for The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the town of Lacey and business for the newspaper. Rolf graduated from Evergreen State College in 1990.