O Bee Credit Union is introducing a unique pub-style banking experience to Pierce County. A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, O Bee has announced the opening of their newest “Brewhouse” branch in the waterfront community of Point Ruston. O Bee continues to change the banking experience in ways that surprise and delight.
O Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is celebrated in the design of the branch. Local brewery beer taps and brass railings are featured along the teller line. Wood hop barrels, towering brick walls, hand painted murals and historical brewery images complete the décor along with a chalkboard menu with “specials.”
“It’s exciting,” said James Collins, CEO. “We look forward to bringing our unique brand of banking to Pierce County. The word is spreading; we’re on of the best credit union in the state.”
Forbes Magazine recently named O Bee one of the Best Credit Unions in Washington State on its list of “.” O Bee was one of only five credit unions in the state to be recognized by Forbes. The ranking was based on overall recommendations and satisfaction as well as five subdivisions including trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice.
The pub style atmosphere is reminiscent of the old brewery tasting room where the community met to socialize, and workers gathered after the end of a shift. O Bee further honors its brewing history by supporting local craft breweries and is a proud member of the . “Banks shouldn’t feel cold or impersonal and having a brick and mortar establishment is important to our membership, so we decided to have some fun with the design — with a nod towards our roots in the brewing industry,” added Collins.
Experience pub style banking at O Bee’s grand opening celebration on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 3–5 p.m. The celebration will be held at the branch, located at 5062 Main St., Tacoma, WA 98407.
O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) was started Feb. 15, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full-service not-for-profit credit union, owned by its members, has six branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Yelm, West Olympia and Point Ruston. Membership is open to all Washington residents.