Thurston chamber of commerce celebrates businesses re-opening with “ribbon tying”


THURSTON COUNTY –– The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) started hosting “ribbon tying” events at local stores this week in an effort to celebrate the beginning of re-opening businesses. 

The ribbon tying ceremonies are part of a series of events the chamber called “Tying Our Community Back Together,” meant to celebrate the re-opening of local employers.

“We anticipate this event to go on until all businesses are successfully open, essentially phase four,” said Krystal Barkus, the director of member engagement and events at TCCC. “We understand that business took the ultimate sacrifice of closing their doors for the benefit of keeping our environment and community safe. Now let us celebrate with them.”

Employees and volunteers at TCCC to keep local politicians and civic leaders informed about which businesses in their communities are re-opening from week to week so local leaders can attend a business’s re-opening. 

“We’ll have mayors, council members and county commissioners attending as many as they can as it relates to their jurisdiction,” Barkus said in a press release. “We have partnered with the cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County to inform them on a weekly basis of what businesses are participating for the week.”

Owners and managers of businesses who want their own ribbon tying ceremony can contact Barkus at 360-357-3362.

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