Yelm Community Blog

ANOTHER YELM CRAFTSMAN CLOSING THEIR DOORS!

To our appreciated customers and friends,

Sadly, we have to announce the closure of our bakery, Sebastian’s Best, by the end of August ’08. Unfortunately, we are not able to meet and support our financial needs with Sebastian’s Best and, after crunching all the numbers several times under different scenarios, we’ve accepted this reality. We even considered opening just a couple of afternoons a week, but could find little profit other than our enjoyment of being here with you.

Sebastian is searching for baking space to rent for 1 day a week to continue some wholesale business and perhaps special orders for you. Please feel free to call with any suggestions or leads. Also, perhaps you know someone who’d like to make a different business with this established kitchen. We are happy to talk to any interested parties – we think it’d be the perfect space for a caterer or special order business like pizza delivery or Dinners to Go.

If we don’t find someone interested in taking over the kitchen, we will be selling off equipment and odds and ends (buckets, spatulas, etc.) over the month of September. Please request a list of items if you or someone you know is interested.

We have so enjoyed being here and serving you. Thank you!

–Sebastian, Amy and Elena Schefer

THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG THANKS THE SCHEFER’S FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS COMMUNITY & WISH THEM WELL IN THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

THIS IS SAD TO NOTE THAT LOCALS CREATING AND SELLING THEIR CRAFT ARE LOSING GROUND HERE TO THE MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATIONS LIKE YUM BRANDS’ KFC & TACO BELL. IN PASSING THE NEWLY OPENED KFC LAST NIGHT, WE OBSERVED OVER A DOZEN CARS IN THE DRIVE-IN AT 8PM BACKED UP INTO THE PARKING LOT.

Mayor Harding stated in his monthly NVN column out today that “The City of Yelm is on the right track.”
I suppose he is right, if the “right track” is a loss of this community’s uniqueness in a sell-out to the Super Wal-Marts, KFCs, & TacoBells. Since few raise any issues here about this progress, Yelm is getting exactly what it wants.

In the last year, the City has said good-by to friends at Annie’s Bistro/Two Friend’s Cafe, Arnold’s Country Inn, & QFC.

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  1. Joyce
    My husband and I moved to this community about 14 months ago from a very hectic, populated area. We loved what Yelm had to offer in unique dining and shopping etc. in a friendly face to face atmosphere. We are deeply saddened at the closing of the latest victim of large corporations. What can we do to keep this community the quaint, desireable place it is known to be? Sebastian Best, I hope you find an outlet for your great bakery items, and one such outlet that will enable your friends to continue to enjoy the fruits of your labor. May God bless your endeavors. From, A very satisfied customer.
  2. Steve
    "What can we do to keep this community the quaint, desirable place it is known to be?? This is a great question, Joyce! One of the things is to speak up on-the-record about the over building this city is approving for developments. My wife & I went to the newly-opened Kinja Japanese Restaurant last night, though noted the long lines at the KFC/Taco Bell drive-in and Starbucks. We said this town has really turned-over to multi-national corporations and is accelerating in losing the local flavor what with Sebastian's, Arnold's, Annie's/Two Friends and Hutnick's and other local establishments all closing. When I arrived here in 1988, there was only one traffic light and no McDonald's, Burger King, Jack-in-the-box, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, chain drug store or Safeway. We must support our local business owner or we will have sold this town out.

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