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October 9, 2012 at 4:38pm

Flow and Function Opens in Olympia

Flow and Function opened Friday, October 5 and offers a variety of handmade, local items as well as vintage and antique items.

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A new business has opened its doors in downtown Olympia.

Flow and Function, located at 113 5th Ave, between Capitol and Columbia, opened Friday, October 5.

Owners Kelly and Terry Ziniewicz sold their local business of 20 years, Espresso Parts, (they were also the founders of Olympia Coffee Roasters,) in February, and after doing summer travelling decided they wanted to start a new business in the world of art, artisans and antiques.

“We have a lot of talented family and friends,” said Kelly. “This was a way to bring everyone together.”

The boutique, which is warm and inviting, with hardwood floors and thoughtful arrangements of plants and display items, offers a variety of locally made items like soaps, lotions, jewelry, musical instruments and even clocks made from old vinyl albums. They also carry small antique items such as collectible books.

When Kelly learned the previous business, Matter, was moving to a new location, she knew the spot on 5th Ave would be the home of their new business.

“The space spoke to me,” she said.

The store utilizes the couple’s love of estate sales, industrial vintage and local flavor. It also brings in the talents of their two adult children, Sara and Sean.

The name Flow and Function was thought of by Sara, who intended to use it as a blog name, but the family found it to be perfect name for the store.

“This is a real family adventure,” said Kelly.

Flow and Function is open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. and closed Mondays.

Learn more about this unique store and check out items for sale here.

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