If you follow us on social media or happen to be a Yakima Herald reader, you may have seen the feature on Fitterer’s that was published in Yakima Magazine last week. The article written by Bridget Turrell and photos taken by Chad Bremerman were beautifully done, providing a peek into the 122 years of business and service that Fitterer’s has proudly provided to the Kittitas valley.
They also put a face to this project – my face. A little over a year ago I decided to experiment with sharing some of the incredible history that lives in this building. I wasn’t sure what kind of response we’d get; not everyone gets as excited as I do about dusty old fabric and furniture polish. Soon though, I started getting some regular followers and decided that ‘Throwback Thursday’ was worth keeping up.
I’ve never been a fan of the spotlight. That’s why I’ve always kept the blog fairly anonymous; after all, these stories are about the history not about me. That’s probably why I struggled so much with what I wanted to do this morning. Did I continue with my routine of writing anonymously, or introduce myself now that my name and photo were out there? Despite heavy reservation, I settled on opening up – and here we are!
So, who am I anyway? We’ll start with the basics. My name is Amanda McDougall. I’m originally from Lakebay, Washington (just outside of Gig Harbor) and I’ve been living in Ellensburg for 11 years. I came to Ellensburg in the Fall of 2007 to attend CWU as a freshman. I was a typical nervous 18 year old leaving home for the first time, and I wasn’t sure what to make of Ellensburg. It wasn’t long before I fell in love with the small town feel and strong sense of community here. My husband and I even married in Ellensburg, even though we both come from the Gig Harbor area. Our families weren’t thrilled they all had to travel over Snoqualmie Pass in the middle of December to attend– but that’s another story!
In 2012 I graduated from Central with a BA in public relations. Following graduation I was lucky to land a job in the call center at FairPoint Communications, permitting me to continue living here rather than moving back home. Making connections in the community allowed me the fortune of getting involved in athletics at Kittitas Secondary School, where I continue to assist with high school fastpitch and coach middle school volleyball. In April of 2017 I came to work for Fitterer’s, where I currently handle digital marketing. My husband and I are happy to call Ellensburg home, and look forward to continuing to build our lives here.
I’ve always really enjoyed various local history. When I was a kid family vacations generally included trips to little museums here and there, and I grew up appreciating antiques and vintage pieces. Being that Ellensburg and the Kittitas Valley have such an interesting and long history in the state of Washington, I immediately gravitated toward the historical aspect of Fitterer’s. Very few small businesses can boast the longevity that Fitterer’s has seen, and I wanted to share these antique pieces and tell their stories.
The family atmosphere, community and customer first approach and general caring nature of the culture at Fitterer’s is unmatched. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity not only to sift through amazing history, but to be a part of this iconic business that cares so much about the community and our customers.
I look forward to continuing to uncover little bits of the past and share them with you! If you have something you’d like to share with me, don’t be shy! I enjoy getting photos of vintage furniture and hear stories of times gone by – I love to feature submissions from customers on Thursdays, with permission of course!