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The Martin Way Diner – Olympia, WA


This article appeared in the February 2014 edition of the online JBLM Spouse Magazine *

Some days, you are just in the mood to go out for a meal that has that comforting, home cooked feel to it. Do yourself a favor and bypass all the big name chain restaurants and make your way to The Martin Way Diner in Olympia. This restaurant has a distinct vintage feel to it that lets you know it has been around since the 1950’s, which is a good thing. On one side, there is a wrap around counter where you can sit to enjoy some house made apple or peach crisp along with some hot coffee. Perhaps you are in the mood to be nostalgic and while sitting at the counter, you might decide to order a root beer float, milk shake, or ice cream sundae.

Almost all the seating at The Martin Way diner features the good old fashion spacious booths with all the condiments that you need at your fingertips. Familiar oldies music will play as you read through the menu deciding whether you want breakfast, which is served all day, or perhaps an old fashioned burger. If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, the Mega Chicken Fried Steak is a delicious choice. Even a half order of this meal would be more than enough to fill you up. Along with a large portion of chicken fried steak cooked to perfection and smothered in a generous scoop of country gravy, you also get hash browns, two eggs, and a side of toast ($9.59).

Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast Plate at The Martin Way Diner in Olympia, WA

Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast Plate at The Martin Way Diner in Olympia, WA

The fun thing about The Martin Way Diner is that this is the type of place where all the guests seem to know one another and are familiar with the staff. If they don’t know you, they sure want to get to know you. The staff and guests are so friendly, you will feel as though you are one of the family right off the bat and have been going to the diner for years. Some members of the staff have worked at The Martin Way Diner for 25 years and clearly know their regular guest’s orders by heart. As soon as they see the familiar face of a regular guest come in, they have their order already cooking and bring them their favorite beverages.

With their newly expanded seating area, The Martin Way Diner is now capable of serving more guests and welcome larger parties. The diner features flat screen televisions so that guests can watch their favorite sports games, too. With a full service bar and selection of alcoholic beverages, The Martin Way Diner can offer guests just about anything they may be in the mood to eat or drink. With the items on their menu being served at any time during the day, it makes the perfect place to stop whether you’re craving breakfast food at night or a hearty dinner style meal early in the morning. Whatever it is that you want, you can rest assured that the great food, fun atmosphere, and friendly service will leave you will a smile on your face.

The Martin Way Diner is located at:
2423 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98506.
If you have any questions, please call: (360) 705-1438.



Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique – McKenna, WA


The following is my article about Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique that was featured in the February 2014 edition of the online JBLM Spouse Magazine:

Soon after you find out that you are expecting a little bundle of joy, you may find yourself making list after list of everything that you will need to welcome a baby into your life. Panic may follow when you think of the hefty price tag that comes along with all those items. One stop at the Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique in McKenna will help ease that panic when you see that you can quite possibly get everything you need in one place. The best part is that you won’t pay full retail prices.

Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique opened their doors six years ago in Yelm but have most recently made their home in McKenna. The boutique currently specializes in offering previously owned clothing, crib bedding, cribs, strollers, and just about anything else you may need for your baby or toddler. The concept of the Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique is to keep products going so that they are used more than once, which creates less waste. “We offer a more inexpensive alternative than normal retail businesses,” said owner, Sara Ramos. “With such a large, local military population nearby, we also get products from other states or countries that people here don’t normally see.” This allows Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique an advantage by offering more unique baby items than you might find anywhere else. Beyond the multiple racks of clothing and bedding, Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique also has jump-a-roos and baby swings as well as an impressive array of stroller and infant car seat combinations to choose from.

Sara Ramos purchased the store from her long time friend, Serena Hoffman, in December 2013 and has plans to expand the boutique into something even bigger. Soon, the boutique will offer an expanded children’s clothing section as well as adult and junior clothing as well. The idea of expanding the store came from Ramos wanting to make the boutique a convenient, one-stop shop for parents. She would like to alleviate the hassle of packing up and unloading children at multiple stores just to get clothing for kids of different ages and sizes. “You can get something for yourself and the baby,” said Ramos. “I’d like it to be convenient for the whole family.”

Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique also offers in store credit to patrons who donate items they no longer need. When your child grows out of clothing or becomes too big for their crib, you can bring those items in for store credit. Customers are then allowed to use their store credit to purchase items that they do need. “That program is great because you don’t necessarily have to have money in your pocket to purchase things here,” said Ramos. The in store credit also does not expire.

The main thing that keeps Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique above the rest is their dedication to only taking and receiving items that are in near perfect condition. Ramos does not take items that have rips, stains, missing buttons, or zippers that don’t work and all pieces must be present. Ramos even takes many of the donated items to her home to clean them herself so that they are presented well in her store.  She prices all items offered in her store well below retail price to make things affordable for any type of budget.

The variety of things you will find at Bullfrogs and Butterfly Boutique will surprise you. Ramos says it reminds her of treasure hunting because there are always new items coming in. Whether it is your first child or your fourth, you will be no doubt be able to find what you need at Bullfrogs and Butterflies Boutique. Although it can be a one stop shop to fulfill all your needs, it will be hard not to keep coming back to see what is new.

I happen to shop here quite frequently lately! Sara began to recognize me by face before I ever had a sit down interview with her. She knows what I am looking for, how I have decorated my nursery, and remembers my name every time I walk in. In fact, yesterday, she knew that when I walked in the door of her shop that I was there to inquire about the owl Bumbo seat cover that she had posted on the shop’s Facebook page! I laughed as soon as she asked me if that is what I was there for. Of course, I bought it. Please be sure to stop in an see Sara and tell her Heather sent you. This is THE place to drop off all your children’s old clothes and toys to get merchandise credit or just pass it on to be used again and again. 

Bullfrogs and Butterflies
35025 90th Ave South
McKenna, WA 98558

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