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What do you get when you cross a couple of goat heads with some bike tires? Flat tires, of course. But if you are Ed Marquand, you might also get an idea to purchase several buildings in a flailing downtown and start an incubator for artisan businesses. Welcome to Tieton, population: 1,191, nickname: Mighty Tieton.
Since the idea popped into Marquand’s tires mind in 2005, about a dozen independently owned businesses have started or expanded within the Tieton area, including a goat cheese farm and creamery, a printing and book binding press, a winery, a cidery, and even a kite making facility, making this once quiet town a hub of creative energy and entrepreneurship.
What to see and do while in town? Check out Santos Panderia for freshly baked Mexican pastries, stop into Paper Hammer Studios and stock up on hip stationary, and visit Tieton Farm and Creamery to get cuddles from baby goats and hand crafted goat cheese. (Be sure to call ahead to find out operating times).
Upcoming events you don’t want to miss:
From a thriving agricultural center in the 40’s and 50’s, to a town on the decline, to an inspirational artist mecca, Tieton is as they say, ‘mighty’ – but don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself.
Distance: About a 30 minute drive from Downtown Yakima – but blink and you’ll miss it, the town is less than 1 square mile
What to bring: spare tires and a bike pump if you plan on riding your bike into town
Who should go: the whole family, plus out of town guests, art lovers, and just about anybody who likes to have a good time
Cost: free - $$
When: Year round, but it doesn’t hurt to coincide your trip with one of the bigger events or exhibits
More info: Mighty Tieton
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What others are saying about Tieton
“Artists and artisans are transforming a flagging apple town into a hub of creativity.” – Sunset Magazine
“The town’s mood is one of quiet escape, regardless of whether you’re visiting for one of the many scheduled events or during the lulls in between.” – Seattle Magazine
“Even at the height of summer, Tieton is so serene that the only sound is of birds and a hot breeze spilling over the apple and pear orchards that envelop the town.” – Seattle Times