Olalla Bay Market family reacts to heartbreaking week

The owners of Olalla Bay Market thank the community for their support and are helping family friends who were found dead two days after their store was destroyed by fire.

OLALLA, Wash. — In a single week, the small, close-knit community of Olalla, in Kitsap County, became the focus of two devastating investigations.

The cause of a fire that ripped through Olalla Bay Market early Tuesday morning is still under investigation.

“We had a visit from the fireman again [Friday] and she sends samples to the crime lab,” said Marta Olsen Drevniak, a member of the market management team and daughter of owner Gregg Olsen. “The cause is still unknown at this time. Nothing is out of the question. We eagerly await their results.”

Two days later, Olalla was struck by tragedy when a couple were found dead at their home.

Olsen Drevniak and her family were close friends with Steven Shulz (51) and Mina Shulz (51). The couple owned East 2 West Brewery in Olalla.

“We feel the pain of losing our neighbors Steve and Mina,” said Olsen Drevniak. “They were great people and such innovative entrepreneurs. We had conversations about a strawberry beer they created in honor of Olalla.”

Olsen Drevniak said she and her family are grateful for the community support and launching a GoFundMe page to help rebuild Olalla Bay Market, but she also reminds people that a fund has been set up for the Shulz family as well.

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The Olsen family is still assessing the damage and cost of rebuilding Olalla Bay Market but say the building is a total loss. The damage to the kitchen where, according to Olsen Drevniak, the fire started, has been destroyed.

“We expect significant costs,” said Olsen Drevniak.

There were plans for a special opening in early October, but Olsen Drevniak said that would be postponed by at least two months. Community members can expect to see updates on the cost of the remodeling and the new opening date on the Olalla Bay Market Facebook page.

While it’s been a rough week for members of the Olalla community, an annual event is returning after a hiatus due to the pandemic. Olsen Drevniak said she believes it is a good opportunity for everyone to see each other and offer support at a difficult time in the community.

The Olalla Americana Music Festival takes place Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Olalla baseball fields.

“We will be at the festival all day,” said Olsen Drevniak. “We look forward to being with our community.”

Further details and ticket information for the festival can be found here.

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