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Perfect Reflections Auto Body


Perfect Reflections Auto Body

 Perfect Reflections Auto Body Exterior Shot

The first businessman I encountered in Shelton, WA was Bob Rosie of Perfect Reflections Auto Body. He greeted me cheerfully and quickly set about taking pictures of my mangled door and dangling power mirror assembly. I told him about my budget requirements and he told me he could get me used parts that would save me quite a bit. I liked the fact that he didn't try to shame me into spending more money on an aesthetically perfect result. He was a guy that understood sometimes people just can't afford perfection and was helpful in sourcing the used parts to save me some money.

The parts came in ahead of schedule, the work was done, while I waited in their comfortable waiting room, and  I was out of there there same morning with a repair that exceeded my expectations and a bill that was exactly what we discussed. This was a good omen for my time ahead here in Shelton.

Perfect Reflections Auto Body Repair

Perfect Reflections Auto Body
W. 101 Hulbert Rd.
Shelton, WA  98584
Office: (360) 426-0805
Fax: (360) 426-8957
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Hours of Operation


Monday           8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday           8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday      8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday         8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday              8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday                          Closed
Sunday                            Closed

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Batstone Bud Shop - Medical Marijuana Shelton WA


The first cannabis dispensary I visited in Shelton was Batstone Bud Shop. From the outside, I confess to being a little put off by the name and the logo. Bats in popular culture are not generally thought of as harbingers of light and good fortune, but generally accompany vampires. I'm glad I was able to put aside my anti-bat prejudices and discover what was within. Incidentally, the name derives from the location at the corner of Batstone Cutoff Rd (probably a whole story behind that name in itself) and John's Prairie Rd. I also learned very few actual vampires shop there, which is a good thing. Nothing worse than a vampire with the munchies.

I was greeted by a pleasant young man named Stephen (pronounced Steffen) who, after checking my ID, asked what I was interested in today. I explained that I was new to Shelton and I was interested in learning more about local businesses whose core mission resonated with my own interests and beliefs. I explained that I was interested in writing about organizations doing good things in the world and I was a longtime advocate of cannabis, in all its forms, and how I saw it as a wonder plant, the virtues of which we were being unjustly deprived.

He handed me a glossy magazine called Everything Medical Marijuana and told me it was a publication they were producing. Then he asked if I would like to meet the guy who made it. Sometimes the Universe seems to care just for you.

Claude Mahmood came out from the back and I got the sense of a totally authentic person following his vision in his work. As we spoke, it became evident that this enterprise was not about profits above all, but working to increase knowledge about the healing properties of cannabis and helping people find relief from their suffering. He told me about one of the owners, Jami, whose son's muscular dystrophy responded to cannabis better than pharmaceutical drugs and with fewer side effects.

About that time, Jami walked in. The impression I got from Jami is she is a fighter. Not in the aggressive confrontational way, but the way a mother overcomes all obstacles as an advocate for her child. I'd say compassion was her passion.

She explained how she resented the way the state of Washington made all medical dispensaries become recreational marijuana outlets. Her focus was on healing and symptom relief, not helping people get stoned on a weekend (not that there's anything wrong with that).

One of the problems that come with recreational marijuana is the focus on THC levels. If you're buying a product for a buzz, your inclination might be to get the most THC for your cannabis dollar. On a personal note, I think that can be a mistake - a strain like Critical Cure with a 9% THC and matching CBD can make for a much more pleasant experience than a 25% THC strain whose potency that might cause anxiety. A huge portion of Batstone's focus is CBD Outreach. CBD is non-psychoactive, but contains many anti-inflammatory and anti-seizure properties. Not much recreation there, but a world of relief.

The other problem Jami shared with me was that some recreational grow operations are more about maximizing profits than providing pure product or medicine.  Some growers are using pesticides and other chemicals on their plants that may be downright dangerous if ignited and the smoke inhaled. These chemicals have not been tested for this use and who knows what carcinogens are in the smoke of a miticide or fungicide? This is why Batstone keeps only a small number of trusted organic growers as  suppliers. The dedication to providing only pure medical cannabis products also benefits the  recreational patrons of Batstone Bud Shop.

At one point during our discussion of pesticides and commercial grows, Jami mentioned that home grows are really the best option for people who are able.  When I asked if that wouldn't diminish her business, she replied it was more important that people could be sure of getting the clean, natural medicine they need than for her to make a few extra bucks.

This is my kind of business and these are my kind of people...

Batstone Bud Shop
935 E Johns Prairie Rd
Shelton, WA 98584

Store Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8am to 10pm

Saturday: 10am to 10pm

Sunday: 10am to 8pm

Store number: 360-426-2000

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Chainsaw Artistry

 Chainsaw art

I'm driving back from Maplewood Farms, going through Allyn, Washington and the most fantastic shapes, colors and textures caught my eye as I cruised by. The sun had just peeked out and the scene was so striking I had to go back and get a closer look.


I had stumbled upon Bear in a Box, home of the George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving.


As you shall see in the following images, the things this guy, his pupils, and his fellow professional chainsaw carvers can do to a piece of wood is marvelous. As big a role as timber plays in this part of the world: jobs, fuel, building material, etc., it's wonderful to see it pressed into service as a first rate medium for artistic expression and just plain whimsical fun.



Bear in a Box - George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving


For more info about George Kenny and his work, visit http://bearinabox.com


For more info about George Kenny and his work, visit http://bearinabox.com

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Maplebrook Farm - Gig Harbor, Washington


Although I'm meeting new people and discovering neat things about my new home here in Shelton, WA, I miss my dogs, especially having an English Shepherd to walk with twice a day. I heard of a possible re-home of a grown female English Shepherd in Gig Harbor, a little over half an hour away from my new place, but when I contacted the owner I was informed the dog had been adopted several months prior. Then an upcoming litter was mentioned. Thus an e-mail dialogue between myself and Sherie McMullen began and I learned she was doing some neat stuff on the 5 acre mini farm she shares with her husband Tim.

The house at Maplebrook Farm

They have 4 English Shepherds plus about 20 hens, 2 roosters, 3 Katahdin cross hair sheep, a few lionhead rabbits and lots of raised beds, raspberry canes and fruit trees. A new greenhouse graces the property and fresh mulch and compost are being put in place for the upcoming market gardening season.

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Sherie was on the forefront of the homeschooling movement and spent many years education her now grown children. Now that they are empty-nesters, the Sherie and Tim decided they wanted to keep the place they'd spent so many happy years in and figure out a use for which to put the extra space. Since lots of home-school moms look for enriching experiences for their children, the concept of a "farm stay" with animal and other education classes was born. There is no shortage of books and educational material amassed from decades of Sherie's home schooling 4 kids and outdoor hands-on education is always an option.

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This rooster has a beard - chicks dig it!

isthatall Copy"Is that really all the feed I get?"

If you have an interest in booking a stay at this novel home schooling B&B, for lack of a better description, or you want to learn more about the English Shepherd dog and upcoming litters, you can contact Sherie through her website: https://maplebrookfarm.wordpress.com/

Fruit Trees and raised beds

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Raspberry canes

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