About Us

Media 

    She Percolates Podcast Interview (January 2015)
    Reigning in the Toy Clutter for the Daring Dandelion (January 2016)

    Our Team

    Taylor Hoffman, Owner (@DearOlympia)

    "The Crazy Haired one"

    New to the island of Oahu, Navy spouse Taylor decided to paint a desk white on her lanai.  The desk sold and soon she had a waiting list of customers.  She kept saying "yes" and is now a regional distributor for CeCe Caldwells Paints (HI, AK, WA, OR and northern ID).  She also runs the DearOlympia online paint shop and the Dear Olympia retail booth inside Lighthouse Antiques Mall in downtown Olympia.  She is bookish and loves watching documentaries and wearing the battery out on her iPhone.  She thinks the Pacific NW is the most beautiful place on God's green earth.

    For more about my business story, check out my podcast interview on ShePercolates.com.

    Nathan Hoffman
    "He Likes Numbers One"
    Nathan is Taylor's long suffering husband who not only helps haul things, but is the man in charge of inventory and all IT and network challenges that arise (and there are many).  He is also in charge of international paint shipments and helping Taylor stay sane.  Nathan is an Olympia native, born and bred.  He enjoys high quality coffee and shaving supplies.
    Adair Hoffman
    "This Baby"
    Adair is Taylor and Nathan's toddler daughter.  She is in charge of calling people "silllllyyyy" and "organizing" mommy's paint shelves.  She enjoys sliding on her side, playing outside and watching Dumbo.
    Adrien Lemos, Head of Designs  (@DearOlyDesigns)

    "The Fun One"

    Adrien is a Coast Guard Spouse Living in Portland.  She is the woman in charge of sign designs as well as the making and shipping of painted signs.  She will also be blogging about DIY and paint tutorials!!  This woman is good at finding a deal, lemme tell ya!  Adrien has a super fun personality and is an absolute boss when it comes to design and customer service.  She is expecting her first little one any day now.  Adrien enjoys fitness, fashion and exploring the PacNW!

    She will be launching a new Dear Olympia product line this summer!  

    Billy Lemos (@FatManWA)

    "The Muscle"

    Billy is the equally long suffering husband of Adrien.  He is active duty Coast Guard and helps Adrien do whatever she needs done.  Duties include: driving, hauling, laughing, drilling.  He even weeds and applies vinyl!  Whattaguy! Billy enjoys craft beer, football and watching funny YouTube videos.

    The foundation of Dear Olympia always comes back to:

    • Bold creativity through transformative paint projects and ready for sale handmade wares.
    • Ethical business practices.
    • An intentional entanglement with the local community.
    • Employment of military spouses.
    • The upward economic push of military spouse entrepreneurs via the Dear Olympia retail experience.

    I often borrow these words from C.S. Lewis:  "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."

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