Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
People move to new places for all different types of reasons, a new career, school, family, or even a new way of life. In this new series, we will be interviewing someone who just re-located to the Valley to find out what it’s like to be a new resident in our community. Please help me in welcoming, Shelly Parker.
Name & Age: Shelly Parker, 37
Professional Job/Title: Illustrious Brand Champion (Account Manager), The Field Group
How long have you been in Yakima?
We moved here in December of 2013
Where did you move from?
Why did you move here?
My husband and I were both recruited to work at the Yakima Herald. My husband is still at the Herald in the central marketing department. I have since moved over to my dream job at The Field Group.
Who did you move here with?
My husband Kyle and our five-year-old, Asher.
What’s been the most surprising thing about Yakima so far?
It is surprising how much Yakima resembles Casper. The community is roughly the same size and has a similar hometown feel.
How do you like to spend your free time?
In addition to work, which is sometimes a 7-day-a-week gig considering all of the unique events and clients we work with, I also spend some of my free time on the board working with the YWCA. My favorite activity, though, is practicing with the Wine Country Crushers roller derby team. I joined the fresh meat squad a few months back and it has been one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.
What’s something you couldn’t wait to try when you moved here?
We were thrilled when the farmer’s market started up. One of our favorite things about Yakima has been the local fruit and vegetables. Did it live up to the hype? Absolutely, this is the healthiest we’ve ever eaten.
Can you share your favorite restaurant(s)?
901 Pasta and Taj Palace are fabulous.
Anything you’re looking forward to trying that you haven’t done yet?
We didn’t make it to a Pippins game and are really looking forward to that next season. We also explored some of the outdoor activities this summer, but heard that fall in Yakima is stunning.
What’s been the best part of living in Yakima so far?
We were fortunate to find Oakridge Montessori for Asher and it has been the best place in the world for him. I can’t believe the level of education and care he receives there. Kyle and I also love our jobs and how welcoming our coworkers have been. We moved to Yakima sight-unseen, so it was a relief to get here and immediately be surrounded by a great group of people with a strong sense of community.
If someone was on the fence about moving to Yakima, what would you tell them?
It is the intangibles that make Yakima such a wonderful place to live. The progressive community feel, the loyalty to seeing Yakima grow and develop, and the way people invest in making it a better place to live – those are the things that make this place so special.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I want to thank everyone for welcoming us to this lovely community.
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