In the month of May, LewisTalk readers were looking for a little bit of everything. You wanted to know more about new developments in town, places to get out for a hike and an amazing view, and where to buy fresh, local produce at area farmers markets.

Read on to find out more about your top stories!

1. Fairway Shopping Center Remodel Will Breathe New Life into Community

Lee Ingram, owner of Fairway Shopping Center, hired an architect to come up with the new design, which will look similar to this concept drawing. Ingram says his inspiration was a popular Seattle coffee chain. Photo courtesy: T.J. Guyer

Lee Ingram recently purchased the Fairway Shopping Center, located at 1600 South Gold Street in Centralia, and is currently doing an extensive overhaul and remodel of the whole shopping center. The goal is to attract new businesses and to make the shopping center a “Twin City destination” for shoppers. T.J. Guyer Property Management will be managing the property for Ingram. Read on to learn more about what will come of Fairway Shopping Center.

2. Hitting the Heights of Lewis County’s High Rock Lookout

High Rock is not for the faint of heart. The drop off between Mount Rainier and the lookout tower is nearly 1,000 feet. Photo credit: Douglas Scott

High above the Nisqually River, on a rocky outcropping south of the majestic Mount Rainier, one of the most iconic and breathtaking views in the Pacific Northwest is waiting for you. Known as High Rock Lookout, this hiking destination is one of the best places to see Mount Rainier, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Hood all from one spot. Learn more about High Rock Lookout.

3. Farmers Markets Sprouting Up in Lewis County

Produce at Chehalis Farmers Market. Photo courtesy: Community Farmers Market.

Lewis County has long been known for its rich history in rural farm life and backyard gardens. But now, the wealth of its produce is starting to spring up in farmers markets across the county. Young markets have big dreams in towns like Pe Ell and Packwood, while more markets may be on their way. Here is a list of farmers markets in Lewis County that you can shop this summer to support local producers and craftspeople.

4. Editor’s Choice: Meet the Tenacious Miss Lewis County Kennedy Woods

One of Kennedy’s reasons for running was to promote positive body image and to help kids accept themselves for who they are. Photo credit: Mom’s Gon Snap Photograph

Intelligent. Charming. Sweet. Beautiful. Spend one minute with Miss Lewis County Kennedy Woods and these words will spring to your mind. She is a tenacious teenager who at 18-years-old has already done incredible things, including starting her own business and creating a positive body image platform targeting the pre-middle school age group. Read on to learn more about Miss Lewis County.

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