Jan 23, 201711:31 AMBlog

Vintage venue, legislative leader honored

Jan 23, 2017 - 11:31 AM

McMenamin’s Olympic Club, a restored hostelry in downtown Centralia, received “Business of the Year” accolades from Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce at the group’s annual banquet on Friday.

The 27 room hotel remains virtually unchanged from the time of its earlier remodel in 1913, but Oregon’s McMenamin brothers have updated it to modern standards, adding features like a movie theater, family-friendly restaurant, historic photos and extensive original artwork.

The Chamber honored Olympic Club for its strong contribution to Lewis County’s economy as a visitor attraction and active participant in community affairs.

State Representative Richard DeBolt received Evergreen Award recognition from the Chamber at the same banquet event. He is a long-time leader in the state legislature representing Lewis County, as well as local representative for TransAlta Corp., which operates a major employer in electric power generation. The Canadian-based company is also contributing significantly to development of a large scale industrial park as it closed out its coal mining there.

Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce is the largest organization in Lewis County dedicated to supporting local businesses and their marketplace. Executive Director Alicia Bull provides staff leadership.


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