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Harvest In Bloom Market OCT 14


Event by In Bloom Boutique

Connell, Washington

Duration: 5 hr

Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10am-3pm.

In Bloom Boutique invites you to join us for our first annual HARVEST IN BLOOM Market.

FACEBOOK Event Page (press here)

🍂 This vendor market will be held on our century-old family farm located at 120 Paradise Rd, Connell, WA. (Look for the red barn!)

🛍️ Shop from the very BEST vendors of our community, from clothing & home decor to pumpkins, plants, & flowers. Be sure to take a class (or two!), pamper yourself with a spa treatment & stay for lunch!

➡️ Visit https://yourinbloom.com/events-classes for all the details & to register for classes. 

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C Street Vault, aka Old Legion Building progress

New trusses arrived this week for the C Street Vault, aka Old Legion Building. Demo inside is making progress too thanks to our helpers this week: Brandon Schouviller, Tucker Loeber, Penelope Hathaway, Levi Danz, Shelly Harper and Connie Heider Koch.

Thank you to the following who have donated this past week: Helen Tobin, Ella Mae Hudlow Hudson, Eppich Grain, Community First Bank, Rande Gjerstad, B&R Aerial Crop Care, 395 Farms (Hart), Karla Hays and Bob and Connie Koch. Without all of you, this building would be soooo SAD!

We still need lots of help! Our community is amazing. Please send donations to POBox 1185 Connell Wa 99326

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Joshua Snyder Photography - Starfield

I went out Saturday night northeast of Connell, Washington hoping for a fantastic viewing of the Perseid meteor shower. After about an hour of continuous shooting with little to show for it, my patience waned and I moved on to more fruitful subjects. Thankfully with a nearly new moon and only slightly smoky skies, the Milky Way was highly visible.

Joshua Snyder Photography is in Connell, WA

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Kaffrin's Coffee

For a few years, Connell has enjoyed having a local specialty coffee shop. But on January 15th, 2019, new owners Adam and KaTrina Kunkle opened Kaffrin’s Coffee with a new and fresh community minded vision. The local shop was restructured under a different name and with a lot of new ideas to generate community engagement while still providing quality beverages with personal service. Kaffrin’s serves coffee, teas, smoothies, Italian sodas and many other items as well.  Adding yet another level of business to the coffee shop, they also opened their doors to local artists and craft vendors to bring in their items to display on the walls and to offer to customers.

Kaffrin’s Coffee (pronounced Kaff-rIn) got its name from the owners daughter (Katherine – 4years old) as that is how she says her name. “She is a social butterfly and can light up any room she walks into, as well as make friends with anyone and everyone. She has a magnetic personality and she’s the reason I was brave enough to try and save Connell’s lone coffee shop”, says owner, KaTrina.

The Kunkle family moved to Connell in 2012 and had no plans to open a business – but this opportunity fell into their laps at a great time and they jumped at it. KaTrina goes on to say, “Besides our daughter, we have an older son (as well as a newborn son now) and when our older son started school Katherine was absolutely lost without her best friend, so we would go to the coffee shop and she made friends with all the baristas and a lot of the patrons. She would always order a “Kaffrin Coffee” (hot coco) and then tell them if I wanted a ‘mommy coffee’ or ‘mommy tea’. I couldn’t see her favorite place go away, I had to do something! So now, here we are.” Funny fact about the owners though – KaTrina is super outgoing but also loves to be a homebody and enjoy time with her family, with coffee of course! While Adam doesn’t actually like coffee (crazy huh?), he does enjoy the smoothies, Italian sodas and lemonades too.

Kaffrin’s Coffee has been a boost to the Historic Downtown area of Connell – hosting many community events in less than a year of being open – and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. They offer a community hang out, a place to come get cozy with friends and enjoy a favorite drink. In May they hosted the first annual car show, bringing in many people for that event. They have also hosted several paint nights, board game days, a teen night, and just this last weekend a Ladies night. Several home based businesses have come in on Saturdays for customers to shop. Be sure to look at the chalkboard in the shop to see upcoming events or check out the FaceBook page – Kaffrinscoffee and click on events tab to see what is happening in the next month or Instagram - @KaffrinsCoffee.

This summer, they put in many hours of hard work to create an outdoor space in the backyard for customers to enjoy as well as having a couple different conversation areas inside: couches, tables, benches – something for all ages to sit and enjoy. As far as expanding – they plan to expand only locally in the Connell Shop. Hopefully someday (3-5 years) adding a little drive through, serving soups, salads and sandwiches. They currently have 4 part time employees.

Kaffrin’s Coffee Shop is located at 257 N Columbia Ave in Connell – you can reach them at Kaffrinscoffee@gmail.com or on Facebook or Instagram. They are open Monday-Friday 6:00am-6:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-2:00pm during the school year.  Their summer hours are posted at the shop (typically only altered hours for July and August). With the holiday season coming up and cold weather setting in – come and bring a friend for a warm drink or grab a few gift cards for some quick gifts from family, friends, teachers and neighbors.

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Bobbie Lee Alpaca Farm

Just a few miles outside of Connell is Bobbie Lee Alpaca Farm owned by Michael and Bobbie Woodcock. They have had the farm for 2 years and have grown quite a bit in a short amount of time. They raise the alpacas for their fiber to then make retail items to sell – scarves, hats, socks, rugs, blankets, gloves, dryer balls, soap, fertilizer and other apparel items as well.  They also open their farm up for tours to the public too so that they can educate others on the kind and gentle nature of alpacas and also provide information on their fiber as well. Tours are available any day before 5:00pm, they just ask that you first call ahead.

Bobbie Lee Alpaca Farm is a family business. Aside from Michael and Bobbie, they also have their daughter and Bobbie’s sister who help with the business as well. Bobbie’s sister makes some of the retail items from the alpaca fibers.  Something new they did this year and will continue to do in the warmer weather months is Alpaca Yoga. Typically you sign up in advance and then show up on the day with your yoga mat. As you do yoga in the field, the curious and friendly alpacas with wander throughout and join the group.  

The Woodcocks lived in Connell a few years ago when they relocated back to Washington. After then moving to Pasco for 5 years, they decided that they wanted to start the Alpaca farm and that Connell would be the perfect place for it. Bobbie stated, “Connell just felt more like home than anywhere else so we moved back and started raising alpacas.”  They wanted to be able to bring something new to the community, something that everyone would be able to enjoy while learning the unique features thatalpacas provided both as a live animal and from products derived from alpacas.    

The weekend of September 27-29th was National Alpaca Weekend – the Woodcocks opened up the farm for tours, despite the very cold weather. The community got to go out and feed the alpacas and walk in the pens amongst them all the while learning about them too. Some fun facts about alpacas – they are much smaller then llamas and don’t spit (unless threatened), they have a gestation period of 11 months and have the capability to choose when to have their baby. All babies are born on a decent weather day between 10am and 1pm – the mother alpaca knows that her baby needs to be up and stable before it gets dark so they don’t have babies when they know they wouldn’t have enough time to be up and eating before then.  Also alpaca products are as soft as cashmere and warmer than wool and the best part is they don’t have the ‘itch factor’ in their fiber.

So if you are looking for something fun, unique, and free to do locally, call to visit the Bobbie Lee Alapaca Farm – it is perfect for little kids too! It is located just a few miles east of Connell at 3961 E SR 260, just be sure to call ahead if you’re coming out to be sure they are there and available - #509-948-0062.  You can get more information on their products and about alpacas by emailing bobbieleealpaca@gmail.com or check out their website bobbieleealpacafarm.com. They are also on facebook – like their page and stay up to date on any events they are hosting and follow the progress and growth of their baby alpacas and the whole farm too.

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Papa Ray's

Papa Ray’s is the newest restaurant to open up in Connell and is owned by Ray & Rachel Robinson. After an extensive remodel including new and additional seating options, new paint and wall coverings, and decor, they opened in March 2019. Their menu includes pizza, burgers, appetizers, salad bar, wings, dessert pizzas, and since initially opening has added take-n-bake pizzas. The other unique service Papa Ray’s provides is a delivery option – a first to Connell residents or those who are just outside of town.  

Ray and Rachel have been in the food business for 17 years. Previous to moving to Connell, they owned Time Out Pizza in Quincy from 2003-2018.  They consider their business in Connell to be a family business as their kids work there in addition to 5 other part time employees. Opening a new business in a new town has meant long hours for them but they have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the community.

Papa Ray’s came to Connell because the Robinsons wanted to be able to own the building they were working in.  They visited Connell and loved the small town feeling, supportive community, and just so happened to find the perfect space that they were looking for in old downtown. The Robinson’s have 4 children, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Their oldest daughter is married and lives in Moses Lake but she comes to work at the restaurant in Connell, one son is on a church mission, and then they have a sophomore son and a freshman daughter who both attend Connell High School. Papa Ray’s immediately engaged in the community by becoming chamber members, sponsoring and donating to chamber events as well as several other school and community activities as well. During the recent Manton Way fire, Papa Ray’s was one of the businesses that provided pizzas for the fire fighters and first responders.   

So, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Papa Ray’s for either lunch or dinner – take the family to dine in, order for delivery or get a pizza and bake it at home.  They offer “Group Specials” that are perfect for a family or big groups – they include a pizza, sides and drinks.  Some of the Robinson’s personal pizza favorites and local favorites include the ‘Papa Ray’ and ‘The Works’. They have 24 named pizzas to choose from or you can always build your own so surely there is something for the entire family to enjoy. They even have pizza with corn (Calvinator) or pickles (Lil Ray) and also Gluten Free Pizza crust. They are located at 245 N Columbia Ave and are open Monday – Saturdays 11:00am -8:00pm or 9:00pm.

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Community “BUSINESS BINGO BLACKOUT” – Grand Prize: Apple iPad

The Greater Connell Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to launch the first ever Business Bingo Blackout Card….a game designed to support local businesses.  After feedback from community and chamber members, the Chamber Board brainstormed ideas on how we could help boost commerce while promoting our local business members….the end result is the Bingo Stamp Card. It will launch this week and run through July 2nd. The rules are simple and everyone in the community is eligible to participate.

The Rules:  Pick up a Chamber Bingo Card at any one of the 12 participating businessBurger Factory, Papa Ray’s, Taco la Herradura, McCary Meats in Basin City, Michael Jay’s, Old Brick Store, Subway, Sunset Theatre, Mei-Lings, Connell Grange Supply, Pizza Station and Kaffrin’s Coffee – and start collecting the color coded stamps by making the qualifying purchase listed on the card at each business. Be sure to present your card at checkout to receive the individualized stamp from the business. One stamp per qualifying purchase. Once your card is filled with all 12 stamps, put your name and contact info on the back and drop your card into the collection box at the Connell Grange Supply to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE – an Apple iPad. Additionally, there are 10 reserve prizes from local businesses that will be awarded. Multiple entries per person can be entered as long as you have received the stamps from all businesses. Drawn entries will be validated to be deemed eligible prior to being awarded. The final drawing winners will be announced at the 4th of July Fireworks Show in Connell, come and enjoy the Fireworks Show and see if you won, we will also be publishing winners in Graphic the following week and contacting each winner to claim their prize! ImportantNote:Connell Grange Supply is the only collection site for completed entries; participating business will not collect cards.

Shop Small, Support Local Business and You could Win! For more information and list of the prizes please visit connellwa.com. Have fun playing Business Bingo Blackout…..Good Luck!!

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