Gov. Inslee at Bluegrass Jam

Concert season continues through June

Battlefield Band sold out on April 8, adds performance on April 9.

We have more excellent shows coming up - in addition to Battlefield Band, we have Hot Club Sandwich, Claudia Schmidt, the Kathy Kallick Band and Kevin Carr just to name a few. Check our Events page for details. Also, on each month on Sundays we have 3 free afternoon events - the Jazz Jam the 1st Sunday, the Bluegrass Jam on the 3rd, and a Hootenany on the 4th. never know who might show up for those events either on stage or in the audience such as the last bluegrass jam with Governor Inslee in the audience.


Santa Ana Weavers

We have new beautiful crafts from Oaxaca, Mexico. We feature the intricate and colorful Zapotec weavings from Santa Ana del Valle (the story of their weaving is in the audio slide show below) as well as the carved, brightly painted Alebriges (wooden creatures) from another village, and a variety of other crafts. My daughters, Xela and Zannah, returned to these villages in October and November to deepen the relationships and continue to support the equitable trade partnerships with these traditional artisans. Come see us in Olympia or at the Antique Sandwich Co. in Tacoma. You can also order online from the display of these weavings shown on numerous pages of Xela and Zannah’s XYZ COOPERATIVE website.

(Video by Zannah and Xela Herridge-Meyer).


Concert Season is rolling on!

John McCutcheonOur 17th year of concerts with over 65 concerts in the season from September through June has many great performers. From Ireland John Doyle, guitarist and singer extraordinaire, swing chanteuse Sylvia Herold, master multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer Kevin BurkeJohn McCutcheon, award-winning

African jazz quintet the Kora Band, outstanding Irish fiddlers such as Kevin Burke or Randal Bays, stellar bluegrass musicians the Downtown Mountain Boys, the lauded instrumental duo Tingstad and Rumbel with two holiday shows are just a few of the more than two dozen concerts Kora Bandalready scheduled through December.

The full schedule is available each month in a flyer at Traditions or with music excerpts and more information on our Events page. Tickets are available in advance or at the door if it is not sold-out.

Come join us!


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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