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washington business 8 a.m. justin and jennifer stiefel: Heritage Distilling Company Justin and Jennifer Stiefel, a husband-and wife-team, own Heritage Distilling Company. They have three children. The idea for the business venture was hatched in 2011 around a campfire with stogies and whiskey. Graduates of the University of Idaho, the Stiefels opened Heritage Distilling Company’s flagship operation in Gig Harbor in November 2012. Justin has a degree in chemical engineering and a law degree and Jennifer comes from a family of small-business owners. It was the perfect combination, they believed, to open their craft spirits business. It’s a dream Justin has had since he distilled his first batch of spirits for a seventh-grade science project in Spokane. The project was inspired by an episode of the hit show M.A.S.H., where he noticed the tubes and pipes of a contraption and a fellow holding a martini glass. “I wondered, ‘What is that machine and why is it in the middle of the Korea?’ So, I did my research and made a still as my chemistry class project. I got an ‘A’ on the project. My teacher liked it very much,” Justin recalled. Starting out with initial investments from family and friends, Heritage Distilling Company has expanded to include stores and tasting rooms in downtown Gig Harbor, Eugene, Ore., and, most recently, Roslyn. At A Glance Just )ȁMѥ)͉ݥѕѡЁݹ́!ɥхѥ) 䰁ݡ́͡ѥ䁥!ɉȰ)ȸQ䁹܁́Ʌѥ́Iͱ帰-ѥх) չ䰁՝=ɔQ䁡ٔѡɕɕ)ͽ Ցمͽ)͉ݥѕѡЁݹ́=Ёѡ )5ՙɥIѽQ䁡ٔѡɕɕ) 5͠5ɬѕ) չ́ݹ́Ր͕MЁMѕ)-и5ɬ́ݼɕ)Qͥ́ݹ́ѡȁ́ѡȁٕ́Ѽ)]Mх]ɥѕȁ ͥ́х5 ɑѽ) ɥQѡ́յȸ(ȁͽѥ݅͡ѽͥ(䁄)ѡѼ聑٥Օ))ѥɥٕ́Ёѡ͡ѥ䁥!ɉȁݕ(؁܁5́ЁѡЁͻeЁх)ѼչЁ́ЁхЃPݽɭɽ($)ȁɥٕ́ɽչ䁄ѕȁѥѡe)ѡɕ́ɕ䁙ȁ͍Ѽѡ́ѽ($)ѥ́ѡɽչ̰ѡѕѥ)9ݡ̃qɅѡˊt%хP)͔Ѽ䁡Ѽ́ɽ̸Ёѡ)ѡѥ́эЁѕȁݡЁ́ͥ)ݡͭ丁!չ́́ȁչȁѡЁѡЁ́)ݡȁхє($qQӊéѼѡЁэгt̸ͅ($!́ѡɽՍѥѡЁ́ѥЁ)ѱ́ѡѥé эȃP͡еЁѼMݭ)̃Pѽ́ѼͱЁչѥѡЁ́ѡ)ѱ́ѡٕȁи($5ݡ)ȁ́ѡݡ)ɽ՝ՅɔЁݥѠݼх̰ݼ)ͭ́ȁхٕ́ȁѥ́х)ȁ͕ٕɅ)ձ䁕ٕ́ݡɔ!ɥхѥ́ݥ)ɕQ䁅ͼոѡɽ՝ѡѥ́Ѽٕ)ٕѽ䁙ȁѡѡ܁ѥIͱ常($]ݥɔѡɔ]ӊéѡݕѡȁ)AѡɅ̸=eЁɝЁ́)хȁȁQєQ($)ȁ́Ёɝ镐ɥѡ