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Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Olalla Bay Market

Location: Olalla Washington, Kitsap County

This is our third installment in our summer series Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest. Not a hidden gem for long, the new (old) Olalla Bay Market was a big hit with locals the minute it opened it’s doors this past April. Let me tell you a little bit about this Hidden Gem of the Pacific Northwest – Olalla Bay Market.

Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Olalla Bay Market


The Olalla Bay Market has a long history in the tiny hamlet of Olalla. The building has served as a general store over the past century, most recently as Al’s Market. Olalla itself, once a thriving agriculture area, became a sleepy hollow after the Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened, and ferry service to Olalla disappeared. For the past eighty years though the community has kept it’s identity with the “general store” and old post office playing a big role as a place to gather.

Old is New Again

Old is New Again

In 2021 Al’s Market closed and a new owner came in. Olalla resident and New York Times Best Selling author Gregg Olsen (Starvation Heights) committed to bringing the space back as a community gathering spot under the new name of Olalla Bay Market.

But only a few months into the restoration a devastating fire could have put an end to the dream. But no – the community rallied, Olsen set his intentions and work continued. The new (old) Olalla Bay Market opened three months ago.

Olalla Bay at low tide

Open and Thriving

Serving a wonderful selection of locally crafted beer, cider and more on tap, as well as a small menu of breakfast and lunch items and house made pizza after 4pm, the community came out in droves to support the new business. With both indoor and outdoor seating, a small grocery store and gifts area as well as a rental space for small groups, the only thing the business might need to work on is more parking.

Caprese Salad
Pizza by the slice

It really is a gem…a hidden gem…and one you should check out in beautiful Olalla Washington.

Outdoor deck
Beer, wine, cider and more

Check out the journal, history and current events on the Olalla Bay Market website. Thank you for reading my post Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest – Olalla Bay Market and be sure to come back next Friday to learn about another hidden gem of the Pacific Northwest.

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See last week’s post Hidden Gem’s of the Pacific Northwest – Rodeo Drive-In here.

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  • Reply Anna Schaeffer

    Hoping to make it to PNW later this year! Pinning this for later.

    July 8, 2023 at 8:42 am
    • Reply Laureen

      I hope you can. There is so much to do here!

      July 8, 2023 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Jasmina

    That was such an interesting read. The food selection on your photos has made me hungry for real!

    July 8, 2023 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Jen

    I love the PNW and hope to return soon so it’s fun to learn about hidden gems out there! Pinning to remember for that future trip!

    July 8, 2023 at 10:12 am
    • Reply Laureen

      I hope you can visit…such a beautiful place.

      July 8, 2023 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Bejal

    I have never heard of Olalla so this was such a. Fascinating read and I’m super hungry seeing all these beautiful market food pics. Another place added to my radar.

    July 8, 2023 at 10:30 am
    • Reply Laureen

      It is a hidden gem!

      July 8, 2023 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Mike Leonard

    Hi Laureen.

    July 8, 2023 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Sharyn

    I love to discover local gems like this one. The food looks fabulous.

    July 8, 2023 at 5:12 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you. It really is.

      July 8, 2023 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Goya Galeotta

    It’s wonderful what can be achieved when a community comes together, isn’t it? Thank you so much for introducing me to this place Laureen, I will make sure to pay a visit when I am in PNW!

    July 11, 2023 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Denise

    Most times I find the hidden gems are the best!

    July 14, 2023 at 4:48 pm
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