Olive Branch Café owner Terry Waller worked in forensics at Western State Hospital for 26 years. Seeking something more fulfilling, Waller volunteered at Java Fusion. There she learned product ordering, cooking, and the art of making teas and coffees – skills that equipped her to open her own business inside the thrift store Hidden Treasures.
Waller serves up abundant smiles with her simple inexpensive sandwiches, large salads, Market Spice teas, Delano coffee, espresso and homemade soups ($3-$7.95). Waller also says freshly made pastries and desserts will be offered soon.
"I've had people come back two and three times already for my Reuben, and chicken pesto sandwiches," says Waller after being open less than a month.
Reaching out to the younger crowd, Waller has seen a good response to her offer to mentor teens and young adults who have a curiosity or passion for baking.
Out front, the café is mellow, warm and welcoming - with a vibe that's part European parlor and part Granny's sitting room.
The steamed milk hot chocolate has a secret ingredient that gives it a rich, delicious creaminess. It is not to be missed.
[Olive Branch Café - inside Hidden Treasures, 3902 S. 12th St., Tacoma, 253.330.6511]