August is a month filled with the last summer festivals, ice cream and—at least this year—plenty of warm sunshine. But even though we had no shortage of beautiful days, our readers still found plenty of time to check out what’s going on in Lewis County.

August 2016 was a time when local businesses and the people our readers see every day as they’re out and about were a hit. This month, you most loved reading about local vintage and antique sellers, the Country Chicks, and about fun and fashion at Cheryl’s Attic, but you also had time to cool down a bit at Nana and Papa’s Place, a tasty ice cream shop.

Read below to check out these stories for yourself!

1. The Chicks Behind the Country Chicks

Sheena Turner and Melanie Smythe, the Country Chicks.

Who are the chicks behind local vintage and antique market, the Country Chicks? Our writer, Cassie Miller, learned more about mother-daughter team, Melanie Smythe and Sheena Turner, and how they came to run this popular local business, as well as how they’ve grown to include a group of 20 vendors!

2. Life is Too Short Not to Wear Something Fun

Cheryl Parker loves to help women have fun shopping and putting together outfits. Photo credit: Nancy Keaton

Sure, you could shop at big box stores, but there are so many perks to shopping local for clothing. Cheryl Parker talks with our writer Nancy Keaton about fun and fashion in this feature on her store in downtown Centralia called Cheryl’s Attic. She loves helping women find unique clothing that suits who they are. After all, life is too short not to wear something fun.

3. Nana and Papa’s Place

Larry and Wanda Meade with their daughter Amy Brooks. ©LewisTalk

Larry and Wanda Meade, owners of Nana and Papa’s Place in Onalaska, believe every day should start with coffee and end with ice cream…and, really, who are we to argue with such genius logic? But how did they get started, what to they bring to their community and—most importantly—what kinds of ice cream flavors do they offer?

4. Editor’s Choice: Hiking Juniper Ridge

At about the half way point, the trail winds out of the thick forest and into the open, providing a breath-taking view of Mt. Adams. Photo credit: Courtney Murphy

While most Western Washington cities and towns tend to have a view of a mountain or two, it’s not just anywhere you can see five mountain peaks in one place. Writer Courtney Murphy hiked Juniper Ridge herself to check out this amazing sight and the results are stunningly beautiful!

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