Some changes have come to the Cafe. Two years ago I turned over the fair trade retail store to Jody and Stacy who remodeled the space beautifully and added many wonderful fair trade crafts, clothing, and jewelry. When I contemplated the next part of my slow down plan by stopping the running of the cafe, Jody and Stacy expressed their interest. As you might know, Jody has worked in the cafe and store for over 20 years since Traditions first moved into this space, and now she, along with Stacy, are the owners of both the cafe and the store. You may not notice any significant change in the cafe but over time they have some wonderful plans about the space and about what the cafe can offer you. Stay tuned.....and of course, I am very grateful for your support over these years in making me feel that Traditions is an integral part of this community. – Thanks, Dick
September brings a new concert season and there are a number of Traditions’ favorites as well as new performers. We start Friday September 7th with a CD release free concert of the Reds Band, Olympia’s own teenage quartet doing fine original and traditional music, and the next night have an excellent instrumental duo of NW violist Gwen Franz and Chilean guitarist Albert Cumplido. Some of the early fall concerts include award-winning Canadian blues artist Michael Jerome Browne, fantastic Brazilian music with Choro das 3, Canadian 2017 Juno (Grammy) winning quartet The Fretless, folk legend Bill Staines and..........more
Check our Events page for more detail...we hope to see you at some of these shows.
Traditions is a place to discover folk art products from cultures around the world, made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with low-income artisans and farmers from more than fifty countries.
Traditions is also a cafe and center for concerts, workshops and public forums; a gathering place for a community of interesting and involved people.
This site is about community - from our friends here in Olympia to the wider community of the world. Here you'll find useful information, stories and connections to others. We welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas and your presence. We encourage you to come gather with us for conversation, music and good food.
Find out where some of our clothes and accessories came from in our interactive “Where in the world did it come from?” pages. Click on the images below to learn interesting facts about a number of fair traded items.
Traditions, as Traditions Fair Trade, started at the Antique Sandwich Company. in Tacoma, Washington. in October of 1993. The Antique Sandwich Company has been operating since 1974 as a place for tasty and healthy breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and desserts as well as a spot for the South Puget Sound community for folk and classical concerts, open mikes, plays, and social benefits. Tamie and Shirley Herridge started small and grew over the years and they continue to serve the first and next generation of Antique regulars. I had been a working part of that partnership for two decades until devoting my time to the Olympia store and cafe. However, you can still find a section of Traditions crafts at the Antique Sandwich Co., so visit there as well - if not for the crafts then for the best milkshakes you might ever have. (Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 No. Pearl, Tacoma, Wa. 98407 (253) 752-4069, near the entrance to Pt. Defiance Park and the Vashon Ferry landing) -Dick Meyer
Contact Dick by email at Dick@TraditionsFairTrade.com.