April 5, 2023
This Issues Topics:
Centralia Outlets • Chehalis valley Realty • Dawns Delectables • Economic Alliance of Lewis County • Experience Chehalis • Master Recyclers • Paula Burrows Team • The Chronicle • WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners

Spring Fever at the Centralia Outlets

Think of refreshing hues like whites, creams, and pastels. Incorporate this spring palette into your Easter Sunday outfit, and find dresses, blouses, pants, and accessories at the Centralia Outlets. Find adorable clothes for both boys and girls sizes 0 to 16 at the Children’s Place and Gap Factory, while Polo Ralph Lauren carries sizes 0 to 20 for boys and 0 to 16 for girls. Lane Bryant, Chico’s, and the DXL Mens Outlet are great options for the grownups in the family.

Spring training season is also here. Whether it’s a team or individual sport, athletes require sportswear that is practical and comfortable. At New Balance, Nike, and Under Armour you will find all types of apparel including base layers, polos, t-shirts, tanks, shorts, hoodies, and more importantly athletic shoes. 

Discover the savings on spring apparel as our brands prepare for incoming summer fashion. Also, be on the lookout for final clearance winter clothing as well, living in the PNW means that sometimes we need to be prepared for four different seasons in one day on occasion. 

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see the latest arrivals for our brands, and as always save on the brands you love every day at the Centralia Outlets.

Local Realtor Celebrates Major Milestone

Busch Buschlen, local realtor with Chehalis Valley Realty celebrates 53 years in real estate April 15, 2023. This major accolade comes with decades of knowledge and experience. 

Busch was raised in Michigan, but after marrying the love of his life in May 1962, he and his wife Jan moved West to escape the cold Michigan winters. They moved first to Seattle, then on to California, and lastly Mexico where they taught, traveled, and discovered numerous archaeology sites before returning back to Washington. Upon their return, Busch decided to get his real estate license in April 1970, then welcomed daughter Julie in July 1970. While Busch has traveled to every state in the country and held property in many places, he has called Lewis County home since 1977. In his spare time, Busch enjoys spending time with family, traveling, attending weekly Men’s Group Breakfast, playing cards, and catching up with friends. If you would like to congratulate Busch on this achievement or have questions about real estate, feel free to call the office at 360-740-4222.

Tourism is an economic engine. If you want a new income stream for your business you need to target tourists this travel session. Mount St. Helens and Mt. Rainier are two of the biggest tourist attractions in Washington State. And, if you fly into Seattle, you have to go through Centralia and Chehalis to get there.

The Chronicle is publishing this year’s Southwest Washington Tourism Guide. We are printing more than 30,000 copies and it will be distributed in all 3 of our newspapers (The Chronicle in Centralia, The Nisqually Valley News in Yelm, and The Reflector in Battle Ground) as well as the visitor centers, chamber of commerces, hotels, and rest areas throughout SW Washington. The bottom line; this Tourism Guide is going to influence where people travel to this season and you should be included. 

We have a team of very talented graphic designers that can make sample ads for your business if you want to see what it would look like, at no cost, if you think this is an interesting idea. 

Please reach out to me at The Chronicle if you want to drive more new customers to your business this year! [email protected]

Dawn’s Delectables to Celebrate Milestone 10-Year Diamond Anniversary

Woman, Veteran-Owned Dessert & Sandwich Shoppe Will Host Prairie Fire Band

Dawn’s Delectables has announced plans to celebrate their upcoming 10th anniversary of operation in historic downtown Centralia. On Tuesday, April 18, Dawn’s Delectables will be offering free drip coffee and 10% off eat-in orders all day.  Then from 3pm-6pm they will have free cupcakes and dolce fine espresso shots while hosting the well-known Prairie Fire Band. The public is invited to join in festivities all day long. 

When Dawn Merchant opened Dawn’s Delectables in 2013, the shoppe occupied one space on North Tower Avenue. Since then, Dawn’s Delectables has expanded and doubled its building footprint, now occupying an entire ground level of their building located at the intersection of North Tower and Pine Street, next to Pine Street Plaza. 

In the past 10 years, Dawn’s Delectables has earned countless local awards, including numerous nominations and wins in The Chronicle’s “Best of Lewis County,” as well as nods in KMNT’s “Listener’s Choice” event and United Way’s “Chef’s Night Out,” among other events in the community and region.

Experience Chehalis Hosts Earth Day Community

Clean-up on April 22

In celebration of Earth Day, Experience Chehalis is organizing their 2nd Annual Earth Day Community Clean-up on Saturday, April 22 from 10 am – 2 pm. The public is invited to come downtown and join in the activities.

Volunteers can check in at the Lewis County Historical Museum and choose from a list of activities including weeding and wiping off benches to sweeping downtown and collecting litter in areas throughout Chehalis.

To make it a little more fun, Experience Chehalis will offer raffle tickets in exchange for bags of litter returned. Stop by for trash bags at the Lewis County Historical Museum, and for each bag of litter picked up in Chehalis, volunteers will receive a raffle ticket towards downtown gift certificates. The drawing will take place at 2 pm and entrants need not be present to win.

Experience Chehalis asks volunteers to call 360-345-1738 or email [email protected] to register. Those who register by April 10th will receive a free Experience Chehalis Earth Day t-shirt. On the day of the event, please visit the museum to check in. Participate for an hour or the whole event!  Find more information at experiencechehalis.com/business/earth-day.

The Growth Roadmap Workshop

Join us as we host a workshop created to create a customized and relevant roadmap for your manufacturing business. The Growth Roadmap Workshop will help your organization and prioritize the growth opportunities in your business so instead of running all over the place trying to fix everything, you can identify and prioritize the areas that will generate the most immediate impact and success.

Happening April 13 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Centralia College SWFT Center located at 807 W. Pear St. in Centralia.

Who should attend? 
-Business owners
-General Managers
-Plant Managers
-Other critical decision makers

Presented by Impact Washington, hosted by Economic Alliance of Lewis County.

To claim your spot: 
Contact Dolly Tardiff, Economic Alliance of Lewis County 
Business Development Center-Program Manager
360.748.0114 | [email protected]

The Paula Burrows Team brokered by eXp Realty

The Paula Burrows Team brokered by eXp Realty is a full-service real estate team led by managing broker, Paula Burrows. Our team of expert agents are committed to your real estate goals and we enjoy being a valuable part of our local communities!

Lewis County Residential Only Stats for February, 2023:

  • Total Sold – 59 homes!
  • Average Sales Price – $419,668
  • Percent of List Price Received – 97.9%

The numbers above show that it is still a great time to buy and sell in our area!! Call (360) 520-4810 or visit www.pbthomes.com with any questions regarding these stats,  real estate interest, and your home’s value!

(All data from Northwest Multiple Listing Service)

WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composters
Repair Fair

Do you have something lying around your home that could be useful again if only you knew how to repair it?

Join us at the free Repair Fair. Volunteers experienced in repair will be on hand to try to fix items brought in by the public. They will do their best to make repairs.

We are very excited to be offering the first Repair Fair in Lewis County on Earth Day- April 22! 

It will be at the Swift Center at Centralia College from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bring in any small household items, such as:

Chairs and tables
Blenders, coffee makers, lamps, and fans
Cell phones with broken screens
Clothing and curtains, ripped or needing minor alterations
You will need to bring your own replacement parts and materials for specialized repairs, which many are.

For more information please call the Lewis County Solid Waste Utility at 360-740-1451 or email [email protected].

WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners

Pre – Registration is required by 3pm on the Thursday before the workshop.

Gardening for Everyone, April 8th, 9am – 4pm, Centralia College – Washington Hall

Pre-registration not required. Workshops available are as follows: 

9 am – 10:30 am Stream Team & Public Outreach, Basic Vegetable Gardening, or Stormwater Management in Centralia.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm Inviting Pest Fighting Pollinators into Your Garden, Roses: Selection, Planning and Care, or Growing Plants Inside a Greenhouse/Polytube. 

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm Aerated Static Compost, Identifications of Priority Noxious Weeds and Their Control, or Hoop-houses. 

Rose Care and Pruning, April 15th, 10am, Providence Place Demonstration Garden, 350 SE Washington Ave., Chehalis

Care & pruning of rose bushes does not have to be intimidating or difficult. Join us to learn some basic rose care and how to prune for healthier, happier blooms.

Deer Resistant Gardening, April 29th, 10am, Fort Borst Park Demonstration Garden Located by the Historic Borst Home

In this class we will learn how to design a deer resistant garden without fences and what plants to select.

For more information, contact Jason Adams, Program Coordinator, WSU Lewis County Gardeners at 360-740-1216 or  [email protected]

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