Dear Olympia is a family owned small business out of Olympia, WA run by husband and wife team Taylor and Nate. We have two kids, Adair who is four and is just starting preschool this year and James, our miracle micropreemie baby who survived a severe brain bleed at birth. James is medically complex, diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other medical issues.
Running Dear Olympia from our home is a true blessing to us as it gives me (Taylor) the flexibility to attend all medical appointments and do therapy at home with James during the day and work at night or on weekends. ate We are often up late making sure your orders get out ASAP and we love it! Thank you for choosing us as your Fusion Mineral Paint online source!
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 now owns Dear Olympia, an online paint shop offering the full line of Fusion Mineral Paint products 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 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). A U.S. Navy veteran, Nathan is also in charge of packing orders and helping Taylor stay sane. Nathan is an Olympia native, born and bred. He enjoys high quality coffee and shaving supplies.
The foundation of Dear Olympia always comes back to:
- Bold creativity through transformative paint projects and ready for sale handmade wares.
- Sharing tutorials and inspiration on the Dear Olympia blog.
- Empowerment of customers to trasnform tired furniture and decor as inexpensively as possible, saving pieces from the landfill.
- Ethical business practices.
- An intentional entanglement with the local community.
- Promotion of military spouse owned businesses.
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."
Check out a tour of our booth at Lighthouse Antique Mall below: