Thanks very much to John Dodge for his excellent coverage on the issue facing the Loft on Cherry Street.
As a member of the Olympia community, I support both Fish Brewing Company and the Loft as valued community resources.
What troubles me and others is that Fish’s owner, Washington Wine and Beverage Co., is planning to remove the Loft floor to increase its storage capacity without talking with the 75 or more groups that use the Loft on a regular basis.
Moreover, we fear that time is growing short to resolve this community dilemma. It is reported that WWBC is pushing up deadlines and seeking to begin deconstruction of the Loft as early as February.
As concerned community members, we are simply asking WWBC to talk with us about other storage options currently available. While deciding to use a warehouse independent of the current brewery space might add pennies to the cost of a glass of Fish Ale, saving the Loft would demonstrate a generosity of spirit we rarely hear about in today’s corporate climate. Such a demonstration would no doubt generate a loyal response to Fish from our community.
Again, we urge WWBC to open a dialogue with concerned citizens and explore other storage options so that they can grow as they wish and still allow the artists, musicians and community groups of Olympia to gather and practice at the Loft.