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 website.

(Video by Zannah and Xela Herridge-Meyer).




Traditions Fair Trade
‘Back To School’ Fall Sneaker Sale!

Come See our Line of Fair Trade INKKAS Sneakers from Peru

There are a number of styles, kids and adult, that are all colorful, high quality, and offered at the best prices.


New at Traditions Café!

Traditions Café now serves fine Wines and Craft Bottled Beer, a nice addition to dinner and our concerts.


Traditions' 2014-2015 Concert Season Is On!

Our 10 month concert season started on Friday, September 5th with two exciting acts. Tattletale Saints, winner of New Zealand’s Grammy equivalent for 2014 Folk Album joined a duo from Nashville, 10 String Symphony, known for mesmerizing acoustic innovation.

Rhythm RunnersOn Friday the 12th we’ll featured the Rhythm Runners who are 5 outstanding jazz musicians from New Orleans, New York, and Seattle coming together to do Prohibition Era Jazz. The café began offering fine wines and craft bottled beers on the menu.

We then went to Canada to have one of Canada’s finest jazz singers Jennifer Scott and her internationally acclaimed bassist Rene Worst along with guitarist Ed Dunsavage from Oregon to perform jazz and Brazilian tunes.

Olympia’s Holly Gwinn Graham sold out the house the following week providing her wit, her knack for theater, and most of all very good vocals on standards, originals, kids music...and more.

October brought us Artswalk with our free evening of 6 acts of fiddlers, called the Fiddle Fest and on October 4 bluegrass favorites the Downtown Mountain Boys brought us stellar musicianship and tight 3-part harmony vocals.

When John McCutcheon returns on Sunday the 12th, there are sure to be big crowds. We have shows at 5PM and 8PM to accommodate people who want to hear 'folk music's renaissance man', a master of many instruments, an excellent songwriter and storyteller.

Sarah McQuaid returns from England on Saturday, the 18th to provide fine vocals especially on traditional Irish and Appalachian tunes.

And the next night, Sunday the 19th the fall visit from a long-time and well-loved folk songwriter and performer Bill Staines entertains us and gets us to often sing-along.

A sighting of the witty trio Uncle Bonsai happens the next Saturday, the 25th. Their densely-packed quixotic lyrics are matched by their intricate tight harmonies.

Finally, this month ends with a Thursday show (the 30th) with long-time folk favorites Reilly and Maloney. Their show like many of the ones above will be well-attended.

For more information and music excerpts for these performers, look at the Events page. You can also see who's coming in November and beyond. Remember tickets are always available in advance to make sure you have tickets by the night of the show.

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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