O Bee Opens Second Pub-Style Branch to Embrace its Rich History
Second branch to serve the Fern Hill, Washington, area in Tacoma.
O Bee Credit Union has introduced its second unique, pub-style branch to Pierce County. The credit union hosted a gathering at the new location on July 20, featuring treats, prizes, raffles, and special guests, the Rainier Grazers and the Berenstain Bears.
The new branch, located at 8002 Pacific Ave., in Tacoma’s Fern Hill, neighborhood, follows the credit union’s first pub-style banking branch, opened last summer, also in Tacoma.
O Bee, the original credit union of Olympia Brewing Co., replicated a pub experience with branch designs that include beer tap handles and brass railings along the teller lines, wooden hop barrels, tall brick walls, hand-painted murals, and images from the region’s crewing history.
“It’s exciting,” said James Collins, CEO. “We look forward to bringing our unique brand of banking to Fern Hill.”
O Bee believes that it’s critical to have a brick-and-mortar location for a better membership experience. By making the branches unique to the credit union’s rich history, members feel connected and learn about its roots.
The branches are reminiscent of old brewery tasting rooms, where workers gathered after the end of a shift to socialize. The credit union honors brewing history through its support of local craft breweries and as a member of the Washington Brewers Guild.
Also this summer, Forbes ranked O Bee as the top credit union in Washington state, according to member surveys. Fifteen Northwest credit unions appeared on the Forbes’ 2019 list of best credit unions in the United States.