Transitions at Traditions

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

After two days of deep cleaning and a newly painted walls, the café is open for business!

Jody and Stacy and the superstar staff send you all the love and joy we are feeling at this opportunity to carry on Dick’s legacy!

A heartfelt thank you for the beautiful support from our community!


Concerts resume at Traditions!

Concert performers
The new concert season is on and there are a number of Traditions’ favorites as well as new performers coming our way.

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.



Where in the World?

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.

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The Traditions Story

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

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Traditions Café and World Folk Art
300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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