O Bee Credit Union roots run deep into the history of the Olympia Brewing Company and the Pacific Northwest. Back in 1955, an employee, Ted McGill, working on the floor of Bottle House “A,” began noticing a new banking trend — employee-owned credit unions. Intrigued by this new concept, Ted and his wife, Vi, began the arduous task of brewing something from the ground up.
During the day, Ted would walk the floors at Olympia Brewery handing out forms, and in the evenings, out of his dining room, McGill would make deposits, run books, and discuss loans with fellow employees. Eventually, in 1975, the first official brick-and-mortar space was built in Tumwater.
Despite the brewery closing in 2003, O Bee Credit Union continues to grow and serve the over 27,000 members at its six branch locations in the South Sound. The newest branch, located at Point Ruston, speaks to the beginnings of O Bee in both design and welcome. Old pictures from the brewery days, iconic logos, and teller stations designed like a bar greet you as you step into the space.
Display-only beer taps from local brewhouses like Odd Otter and Fish Tale adorn the teller stations.
No more standing in lines — there is plenty of comfy seating while you wait to do your banking.
For the Kids
O Bee thought of everything, even a kids’ area to keep the little ones entertained.
From Brewery to Bank
Tall ceilings and polished concrete floors are reminiscent of Bottle House “A.”