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Promoting Small Businesses & Charitable Organizations on KELA AM1470 – Week 2
Author: peterabbarno
March 29, 2020

As host of the AM1470 KELA “Let’s Talk About It” radio, I am highlighting local businesses and organizations weekday mornings at 8:30am. This is the Week 2 list of highlighted charitable organizations and businesses. Week 1 is available Here.

Our community has an ‘all hands on deck’ mentality and supports each other through the good and bad. I think we do it because our community feels more like a family. I know we will get through the COVID-19 crisis stronger as individuals, families, businesses, and a community.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem, Candidate for State House in the 20th Legislative District, and Host of KELA AM1470’s Let’s Talk About It

Now more than ever, the #chooselocalfirst effort will have an direct impact on the survival of many small and family owned businesses. Be sure to #StayConnected and tune-in AM1470 or stream the show at weekdays at 8:30am for the latest news, commentary, and information about local businesses and charitable organizations.

Monday, March 23, 2020

SPARC (Specialized Activities and Recreation in the Community) is organized by Lewis County People First. They provide a variety of inclusive and social opportunities to people with developmental disabilities/special needs. To learn more visit SPARC or People First.

Sandstone Distillery is located in Tenino on Wright Road SE, they hand-craft spirits from Washington-grown grains, carefully fermented and artfully distilled to bring the finest of the spirit to your bottle…right here in our community. During the COVID-19 crisis, they pivoted and began making and freely distributing hand sanitizer to the public and our first responders. To learn more visit,

NW Sausage and Deli is located on Prather Road in Centralia and has new hours during the #StayHome order, from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Call ahead for food and beverage to-go orders. Lunch menu can found online under the deli tab. The number to call and order your lunch or dinner is (360) 736-7760.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Human Response Network of Lewis County (nka Hope Alliance) advocates for and empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Hope Alliance also seeks to effect social change by collaborating with community partners to inspire life without violence. Call any day, anytime (360) 748-6601 | (800) 244-7414 and learn more at Hope Alliance.

Black Dog Pottery was born of a desire to create a fun, creative space in Lewis County for friends and family to let their artistic energy flow.  Choose the potter, choose the colors, paint, and then pickup your newest creation. Located on Tower Avenue in Centralia, Black Dog Pottery is the perfect experience for the whole family. Learn more at

Donna’s Place on Ramsey Way in Toledo, is a family restaurant ready to serve you for lunch or dinner. During the COVID-19 crisis, Donna’s Place has take our service from 11:00am to 7:00pm by calling (360) 864-2700. The menu is located at

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Centralia College Foundation was founded by community members in 1982, the Centralia College Foundation seeks and secures private funds to supplement Centralia College’s traditional revenue sources. The Foundation provides scholarship assistance, faculty and staff recognition, development, and enrichment programs, and recognition of distinguished alumni. Learn more about the Centralia College Foundation by visiting

Sister’s Quilt Shop is located in Chehalis and offers a wide variety of about 11,000 bolts of high quality quilting cotton and flannel fabrics. If your are looking for a new hobby or materials for your current #StayHome order situation, Sister’s Quilt Show online at has a wide variety of online products and ships daily.

Mackinaws is located in historic downtown Chehalis and a dining gem. The front is Mackinaws and fine dining, the back is Curious the Bar, still fine dining in a more casual setting. Check out their online menu on Facebook or visit If you are checking out Curious The Bar- my advice is don’t leave without the Buffalo Cauliflower.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Big T BBQ in Centralia is all about great food and great service. Slow Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork, Brisket, Meatloaf, Burgers, and more. Big T BBQ is a small family based business with take out service during the COVID-19 crisis. To see their menu, visit them on Facebook or and call your order in at (360) 330-0830.

The Mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club, visit

Thorbeckes Athletic Club and Thorbeckes At-Home PE has the mission to offer our members an environment that supports continued health, emotional well-being, and improved quality of life. Although the gym is closed, their staff and trainers are posting home exercises on Facebook and social media.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Good Health Nutrition Center in Centralia has been supporting our community members since 1976. Take care of your body by taking quality supplements from a trusted health food and supplement store. Call Good Health Nutrition Center at (360) 736-3830 for the best vitamin, mineral, herb, and protein supplements! Learn more at

The Tin Snug in Pe Ell lives up to its reputation for great food and friendly service. Pe Ell sits right in the middle between Centralia/Chehalis and the Pacific Ocean, and the Tin Snug is the perfect place to stop. Visit them on Facebook or at for their menu and hours.

Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce helps small business grow and succeed; attracts new business, conventions, and tourism by working with Lewis County Economic Development Council and local agencies, constantly seeking to broaden our tax base and strength our economy; creates and maintains a climate for business growth and strong quality of life – Protecting and Informing the Business Community and serves as a business advocate in city, state, local, and national government affairs. Provides credibility for your business through association. During the COVID-19 crisis they are the lead agency for the First Responders Fund. Donate by visiting