Shop Small and Support Washington Creatives Amidst Coronavirus: Part One

During this time of sheltering in place, we here at Explore Washington State want to take this time to share some of our favorite local businesses. Supporting the small and local companies in our state during this tough time is vital. Whether purchasing, following, or sharing their content, every little bit counts. Today, we’re sharing three brands that we have worked with in the past and truly love, and in the coming weeks, we aim to share more to highlight the many creatives throughout Washington state. 


2232 Ceramics

Brooke Martinez is behind this Spokane based ceramics brand. Her love for ceramics blossomed years ago when her grandmother introduced her to the art. She went on to take classes in high school, and it became her go-to hobby back again in 2015.

A powerhouse mom and business owner, Brooke produces some of the most beautiful mugs and cups that you’ll lay your eyes on. Her garage-turned-studio is where you’ll find her working on her next masterpiece. If you’re wondering where she gets inspiration for her pieces, Brooke draws elements from Spokane as well as nature. Before turning 2232 Ceramics into her full-time gig, she was in product development, fashion and graphic design. She relies on her knowledge from her past career when researching new color palettes and design elements.

Visit her online shop to order something new for your kitchen to lift your spirits, and while you wait for your order to arrive, you can check out this fun video of her working her magic: 

bag of coffee

Roast House Coffee

Based in Spokane, Roast House Coffee is owned and operated by some of the friendliest people you’ll ever find! They only source organic and ethically traded coffee beans that come from sustainable sources, and you’ll taste the quality in each cup.

With an easy online shop, you’ll be able to browse various roasts with helpful descriptions that are in lay-mans’ terms. You don’t have to be a coffee-connoisseur or expert to select your beans here. On top of their flavor profiles, you’ll also be able to read a short blurb about where the beans come from, how they are grown and the best fitting brew methods.

If you’re actually in the Spokane area, you can call in your order and do drive-up pick-up where you won’t even have to leave your car! We recommend F-Bomb, and pretty much everything else they have to offer. 


Rainier Watch

Since 2013, Rainier Watch has been the place to go to find out if the mountain is out. It all started with a simple Tweet from founder David: “A sunny day morphed to drizzle.. Alas these clouds are keeping Rainier cautiously hidden.”

He began posting on Twitter while on his commute up and down Aurora/99 if the Mountain was out, or not. In 2016, he decided to step things up and take it further. Since late 2017 Rainier lovers have been able to purchase various Mt. Rainier gear on his website. From cozy T-shirts to hats, stickers and sweatshirts, David’s products make fun gifts for lovers of the Mountain. When purchasing from David, you are also donating money to help protect Mount Rainier and other organizations like Washington’s National Parks Fund.

In 2019, they had their first pop up shop at the Fremont Sunday Market, and now they are working their way into even more shops and markets. In the meantime, you can support this local creative by ordering from the Rainier Watch online shop. 

That’s it for today! If you have a favorite local company that you think deserves to be highlighted, make sure to reach out to us and let us know. Add your favorites in the comments of this post, or send us a message on Instagram. We’re all in this together! 

Photo credits:
Roast House Coffee via Joel Waite Photography
Rainier Watch via Rainier Watch

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MacKenzie Passegger

MacKenzie Passegger is the face behind our various social media accounts, and also routinely writes articles on our blogs (that you’re hopefully enjoying). She's a Washington state native who found herself settling in Austria after bouncing around Europe. When her toddler isn’t keeping her on her toes, she enjoys cooking, craft beer & traveling back home. Being away from Washington allows her to have a different perspective and has deepened her love for the Evergreen State.


  1. Spokane HVAC on November 23, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Love this article. Supporting small business is so important. People rail against the evils of big business but forget that actions speak louder than words. As a small biz owner I know this all too well.
    HVAC Spokane

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