Concert season is on!

We take only a brief break in July and August from our concert season but we are ready to resume September 10th with about 65 concerts presented over the next 10 months. The fall is full of great shows.

There is Sierra Hull’s virtuosity on mandolin, sensational fiddlers in a variety of styles (Bruce Molsky, Randal Bays, Jamie Laval, Jocelyn Pettit, Paul Anastasio...just to name a few), great groups such as the Righteous Mothers, Hot Club Sandwich, or the Downtown Mountain Boys and duos such as Tingstad & Rumbel, Gypsy Soul or Reilly & Maloney. And not to leave out folk and jazz singers LaVon Hardison, Jim Page, Bill Staines. And.......O.K., you get the idea. Once I start naming some performers scheduled this fall I have a hard time leaving out others and I already have. 

Go to our Events page and you can see the schedule or come to pick up a monthly flyer. You can call or come in to get your tickets in advance. For many shows there will still be tickets at the door but a good number will sell-out beforehand.


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.


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).




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.



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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