By Craig Sailor
It’s not every night when your dinner plans are punctuated by a gyrating male go-go dancer. We had inadvertently picked Girls Night Out, a downtown shopping event and fundraiser, for our visit to Olympia’s Acqua Via. Gangs of giddy women roamed the streets, stormed shops and packed restaurants.
Inside downtown gift store Archibold Sisters, the scantily clad dancer was giving it his all on a countertop. Enthusiastic women gathered around him. On the sidewalk stood a knot of men, clearly the husbands and partners of the women inside, wearing the shell-shocked expressions only survivors of a natural disaster have.
Down the street at Acqua Via, unnerving amounts of wine were being consumed. The enthusiasm level was at code red.
The scene: Acqua Via has about a dozen tables, a cheese case and a table with European food products for sale. Light pours in through large windows. A long bar fronts one side of the space. Hip lighting and modern art complete the scene.
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