The Bread Peddler for Lunch
For a city of about 46,000 residents, there are MANY wonderful places to eat and shop for food. I don't do much other shopping, but Olympia also has all the major stores you'd expect in larger cities. http://breadpeddler.com
The Metro area is huge, and I haven't done any research on the total population. It's like the City of Sacramento surrounded by several other
communities, but not millions in population. Olympia has NO airport, and it's the Capital of Washington. Portland and Seattle are the closest, and just about the same distance from Olympia (2-hour drive... on a good day).