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A Day in the Life Living in Downtown Oly


Walking to work, The Olympia Farmers Market or one of Oly’s downtown restaurants’ many Happy Hour options are all things Andrea Tawes, Marketing Coordinator at The Rants Group, enjoys about living in the heart of downtown Olympia. Originally from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Tawes has called downtown Olympia home for 10 years.


“I live in a building originally built in 1896 that is now a mix-use of commercial and residential space; it was renovated in 2012,” says Tawes. Since 2010, Tawes has worked for The Rants Group and works currently as their Marketing Coordinator/Administrative Assistant, assisting with creating marketing flyers and materials for commercial and residential properties and other administrative tasks. 


“I love being able to walk to work, and do it almost every day,” says Tawes, who works downtown at The Rants Group office on Columbia Street. She also likes to try out after-work Happy Hour hangouts in her neighborhood. “I frequent both Fish Tale Brew Pub and The Spar Café - McMenamins,” says Tawes. “Oly Rock Fish Grill is also a great place to stop in for Happy Hour, they have great food and drink specials; and I love the addition of Well 80 to the neighborhood; I enjoy their patio in nice weather.” For a fancier meal or special occasion, Waterstreet Café is her restaurant of choice.


She also enjoys live music and pops in regularly to LeVoyeur and Rhythm & Rye and recently caught a Women of Comedy show at Tipsy Piano Bar.


Tawes is a runner and recently participated in the Pints Barn Run and often runs around Capitol Lake, meeting with friends for runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “I’m training for a half marathon that’s in May, so I’m trying to run regularly,” says Tawes.


She pops into PopinJayArchibald Sisters or Compass Rose if she needs a gift for someone (or for herself!) and loves being right downtown for events likeArts Walk and Procession of the Species. Tawes recently got a tattoo atSpidermonkey Tattoos, and if you’re wondering, yes, she walked there too! Included in the tattoo are her trademark red Canadian maple leaf and a nature scene with mountains.

“I like Olympia and the convenience of living downtown,” says Tawes. The energy is unique, eclectic and non-judgmental and I’m happy to call it home.” 

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