The New Kids On The Block

 Wander Coffee Bar + 5 Rights Brewing, 3rd St in Marysville

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Just when I’d all but given up hope on finding “go to” places to eat and drink local in Marysville, some new faces have popped up on the scene to save the day. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good places to do both in the city. It’s just that, when a big part of your job is trying different places like me, it gets harder and harder for any one place to stick out enough for me to want to return to just hang out and enjoy.

Since I know you’re wondering what some of those “go to” places are … I’ll help you out with a handful of them:

The Stilly Dinner, Arlington

LJ’s Bistro, Lake Stevens

Original Pilot House Coffees, Monroe

Chanterelle, Edmonds

The Bine, Bothell

Now back to the article at hand, and me adding Marysville newcomers Wander Coffee Bar and 5 Rights Brewing to that list. They not only make the cut, they do so in a way that is hard to accomplish by bringing together the perfect mix of really good food and really good drinks in the same place. The best part, they are neighbors and partners in crime when it comes to serving up some of the best desserts and quick bites you will find in Snohomish County.

So, where do you find them? That’s easy, just venture onto 3rd Street, home to some amazing locally owned businesses, then take a step back in time by entering the historic Carr’s Hardware building. Take some time to enjoy the old wood floors and bits and pieces of Carr’s that both businesses continue to let shine through, then sit down to eat, drink, and enjoy.

Before getting into both in depth, and setting the food and drinks aside for a second, one of my favorite things about Wander and 5 Rights is the sense of community. Whether it is in the way they maintain the history of their location, or the atmosphere and owners that greet you when you walk through the doors, you can’t help but feel like you are somewhere you belong.

Apparently, I’m old enough to have a flashback of the TV show Cheers, and that whole “where everybody knows your name” thing (I can’t be the only one who remembers that, right), when I think about it. It’s true though! That is the kind of feeling and service you get when you are not only shopping local, but with owners who truly care about what they do and what they sell, behind the counter.

Now that I’ve once again got you thinking about why it’s awesome to shop local, let’s get into who these guys are and what you will find when you stop by …


 Wander Coffee Bar & Eatery

There are a lot of things to love about Wander Coffee Bar + Eatery, the obvious of which is the coffee and food. Standing equal to those things are the concept and sense of community founders Kimberly, Brandon, and Julian have built into every aspect of the business. And, yes, before you ask, you will most likely see at least of them behind the counter or serving up food when you stop by. We have tried them out twice,and have already been greeted by Brandon and Julian. As for Kim, we’re just going to have to keep coming back until we see her!

First things first, let’s get into the coffee. Wander is one of a handful of local coffee shops who feature a rotating set of local coffee roasters. Their options are all Western Washington based, which I absolutely love. It is an amazing example of local supporting local. When we stopped by, the coffee on brew (is that a thing like beer being on tap, if not, I just made it one) was Olympia Coffee of, you guessed it, Olympia.

The fact that they serve locally roasted coffee isn’t the only thing that makes Wander’s coffee good though. Although, it definitely makes it automatically better than shops who serve mass produced coffee. Nope, how it is brewed and how elements are incorporated are equally important. I’m happy to report that both times we stopped by, the coffee was prepared to perfection. If you are wondering if you can trust me on that, know that it takes a lot to impress me after trying so many different local options. 

 Wander’s coffee wasn’t the only thing that impressed me though, so did their food. First and foremost, these guys are baking geniuses. I haven’t tried everything in their display case, but I am placing good odds on all of it being as delicious as what we did try. Oh, and I will most definitely be going back to try more of it, I won’t be able to help myself.

As good as everything in the case looks and is, don’t miss out on the cookies up on the counter. They are big and delicious, especially the Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies. I had one, and it was probably the best cookie I have ever had. That is a title that used to belong to my own Banana Honey Snickerdoodles (that recipe is on our website by the way), so you know I’m super serious when I give them that honor.

Something else, you should definitely try if you are indulging your sweet tooth, their Pretzel Cake which is made with 5 Rights Dripline Chocolate Milk Stout. The slices are huge (pictured on the last page), and not on the cheap side, but well worth the purchase. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I took a slice home.

The pretzel part definitely threw me a bit, and stout’s are very low on the list of beers I will try, but my curiosity won over and I’m glad it did. The cake was delicious and falling on the very sweet side (nothing wrong with that). Best part by far, the layers of thick fudge like chocolate, which I’m not sure of, but am guessing, is where you will find the 5 Rights baked in. If I’m right about that, I just might have to change my mind about how I feel about stout’s. We’ll see! 

There is more to the food offerings at Wander than just baked goodies though. They also have a small menu of starters, grilled sandwiches, sliders, and more. I’ve also heard good things about their crepes, so if you happen to try them before you see them in my social media feed, let me know how they are. I’m being serious. If you follow me, you know how much I love local breakfast.

Their menu is available for service at both Wander and neighboring 5 Rights. How awesome is that, you can sit down and enjoy their offerings with either amazing coffee or amazing beer. Our choices are pictured, the first being potato slices covered in beer cheese and bacon (the Kid loves potatoes), and the second being their Pretzels and Beer Cheese.

Like with the rest of their baked goodness, their pretzel style bread was amazing. I have to say that it leans more towards bread though, and less like pretzel. Regardless of that, they are amazing and a must try. The beer cheese is pretty awesome too and is made with 5 Rights Mingler IPA. I l seriously love how these guys not only partner on serving food, but come together on what goes into it too.

Beyond specific dishes, Wander gets bonus points for sourcing locally when possible. Their produce comes from Charlie’s Produce of Seattle, several of their meats are from local farms, and they of course incorporate 5 Rights Beer into more than one option. Love the local love!

 Now that we’ve got the coffee and food out of the way, let’s get into what else makes Wander so great. The name is as good of a place as any to start. Here is what co-founder Kim had to say about it:

“We all have felt like we have wandered in life, asking questions like what’s next, what is life about, why am I here. Even though we find ourselves wandering in life and love anyone can #befoundhere.”

This is an idea that is tied up in the community feel of Wander. It is a place for gathering, whether it is just for some “me”time or for meeting with friends, old and new. The atmosphere is perfect for either, with cozy tables and sitting areas that make you want to come in and sit for a while. The fact that there is amazing coffee and food to enjoy while you’re doing it is just an added bonus.

Don’t forget about the fact that you will frequently find one of the founders behind the counter. With other workers running around preparing food, coffee, and more, them getting hands on anyway is a testament to just how much the business, their customers, and the sense of community they have created means to them.

Wander Coffee Bar + Eatery is definitely on my list of “go to” places in Marysville and Snohomish County now, which means I definitely recommend stopping by and giving it a try. You can find out more about Wander by following them on social media, checking out their website, or stopping by the shop at 1514 3rd St in Marysville.


5 Rights Brewing

If you follow me at all, then you know I am not a fan of beer, something that makes a big segment of our drink local section extremely difficult. I see change on the horizon however, and that is all thanks to 5 Rights Brewing and the husband + wife duo behind it. 

To put just how big that is in context, know that I have had only had beer three other times since starting Live the SnoCo Life. Before that, my only experience with it was my grandpa letting me sip it when I was a kid (honestly, I think he ruined it for me). My tries consisted of …

#1 A single sip of one of Scuttlebutt Brewing of Everett’s offerings after attending the 2016 Rock the Boat Festival in the city. Gave them credit for my first beer, but I didn’t actually drink the whole thing.

#2 A visit to our 2017 Best Bar/Taproom winner The Independent Beer Bar in Everett for a feature on them. I did actually drink an entire beer there! it was a passion fruit based IPA from Black Market Brewing of California (so, not my first official Snohomish County beer).

#3 On a recent trip to Timber Monster Brewing of Sultan, where we tried out their brunch, I had a sip of or guests beer. If I recall right it was a stout. As I said in the Wander feature, I don’t really think those are my thing, so I will have to go back out there and try something else.

Now that we are all caught up on my beer experience, or lack thereof, lets get into 5 Rights Brewing and how they may have just changed the game for me when it comes to local beer. The number one thing I love about them is the approachability. That is something that applies not only to the beer, and how it is presented, but to owners R.J. and Kristi as well.

You may not think it, considering what my job is, but I don’t always find it easy to speak directly with local makers and business owners. A lot of it has to do with the fact that, like myself, they are masters of their craft, things I know nothing about and I’m someone who likes to figure out how things work on my own. What can I say, I’m just more a move in the shadows and try things out kind of person naturally (I’m the Batman of local reviewing, you don’t know I’m there, but I do awesome things when I am).

Don’t believe me? We visited 5 Rights two days in a row, and they didn’t even notice we were there the first time. Opting instead to sit down to a sampler of what we thought looked most interesting, we took the time to explore their beer on our own and figure out what we liked and didn’t like (catch our sampler choices on the right). It was also an opportunity for me to try it without worrying about offending anyone with my past lack of beer experience. How bad would it be to not like something while talking to the person who created it.

 Thankfully that wasn’t an issue. Out of the five beers we sampled, I actually enjoyed two of them and drank the entire samples. Those would be the Carr’s Cream Ale and Nellie’s Nectar. My enjoying them was actually the reason we made a return trip the next day. One, I needed to give a full size of their Nellie’s Nectar a shot in order to make it the first official Snohomish County beer I have ever had. Second, I wanted the opportunity to talk to R.J., the man behind the beer, to not only let him know that and to get to know more about their business.

As much as I wanted to shout it from the rooftops that I had my first local beer and loved it, a bigger part of stopping by to have a conversation was how approachable both R.J. and his wife are. They are super friendly and their love for what they do comes through without even talking to them. It is obvious from the way they interact with customers, talk about their beer, and create a community atmosphere that you can’t help but want to come back to.

 If you do actually take the time to sit down and talk to them, you get far more. R.J. is more than willing to walk you through each and every beer, helping you figure out what is right for you. I think he should be the official beer “tour guide” of Snohomish County (his term, and the perfect one). That is awesome for someone like me who knows nothing about beer. Although, I was fairly impressed I found not only one, but two, I liked on my own without helped. That’s just how good their beer is. 

Our sampler tray from the first visit featured:

Carr’s Cream Ale: This one was all me, and I enjoyed it. Would have it again.

Dripline Chocolate Milk Stout: Enjoyed by our guests, but after Wander’s Pretzel Cake that features it, I just might have to give it a try.

The Mingler IPA: This one had a tropical/citrus twist. We both tried but passed on it. I was half in on it, so worth another try for me.

Nellie’s Nectar: I fell in love with this one, and even came back for full size one. It is a Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen with a banana and clove twist (I love bananas, they got me there).

Boom City IPA: This one also had a tropical/citrus twist. Again, we both tried but passed on it. I was half in on it, so worth another try for me.

He is also more than willing to show you the behind the scenes stuff and walk you through it. As someone who loves knowing how things work and how they are made. I had a blast learning a bit about the equipment involved in the brewing process and how the idea of community plays such a huge role in local breweries, whether it is the community created with customers or by breweries working together.

I’m happy to say the 5 Rights beer offerings are as approachable as its owners. There truly is a little something for everyone, including someone inexperienced like me. A lot of the breweries I’ve visited only list the beer names without any info about them. At 5 Rights, however, you not only get a name, but information about the flavors and characteristics you can expect. That is part of what made it so easy for me to find something I might like on my own. I didn’t have to guess, and I loved that. 

I also love the philosophy behind the business and brews, helping make sure you find the RIGHT beer for you. Kristi’s background as a nurse plays a huge role in not just his, but the name of the brewery.

“We get our name and mission from the CARE and DETAIL of the nursing community around the country. Every nurse needs to learn the 5 RIGHTS: The RIGHT patient, the RIGHT medication, the RIGHT timing, the RIGHT dosage, and the RIGHT method. It’s all about providing quality care and making sure every person is treated exactly RIGHT.”

So, whether you are a novice like me, or a beer aficionado, 5 Rights Brewing is definitely one to try. I of course recommend the Nellie’s Nectar. You can find out more about this awesome brewery by following them on social media, checking out their website, or stopping by the brewery at 1514 3rd St in Marysville.

If you follow me at all, then you know I am not a fan of beer, something that makes a big segment of our drink local section extremely difficult. I see change on the horizon however, and that is all thanks to 5 Rights Brewing and the husband + wife duo behind it. 

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1 Comment

  1. Perry

    Awesome. Love them. Thanks for your input.


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