Monday, September 13, 2010

Welcome Figure celebration, Sept. 18

You're invited to a celebratory event hosted by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Art Museum at Tollefson Plaza (17th Street and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma), Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. - noon, as a Welcome Figure designed and carved by Shaun Peterson (Qwalsius) is blessed and raised. Call (253) 591-5192 for more information.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September Economic Gardening Business Workshop: A Financial Check-up for your Business

This workshop will teach the fundamentals of financial statements and explain how businesses can use this information to ensure positive cash flow...and profitability. Economic Gardening workshops are FREE to any business that is located in Tacoma.

Thursday, Sept. 16 , 2010

Evergreen State College – Tacoma Branch (1210 Sixth Avenue, Room 105) Refreshments and light snacks will be served and there is free parking in campus parking lot.

To Register Online:
Morning Session (8-10a):
Lunch Session (12– 2p):

Tacoma kudos!

Special thanks to PubliCola for some serious Tacoma love in "Oh, Les Elites de Tacoma":

Final opportunity to give parking pay station feedback, Sept. 2

Learn more about the status of on-street parking pay stations in Tacoma at a public meeting this Thursday, Sept. 2 starting at 5 p.m. at the Pantages Theater (9th Street and Broadway). This is the last public meeting before the pay stations are operational on Sept. 20, 2010. For more information about the pay stations, visit

Friday, August 13, 2010

“Seaside Opera” to inhabit Tollefson Plaza

On Monday Aug. 16 at 2p.m., A.K. Mimi Allin will introduce her site-specific performance piece created for the plaza - 10 to 15 minute performances will occur on the half-hour from 2–7p.m. each day through Aug. 21. The piece was inspired by the physical space of Tollefson Plaza, its proximity to water and Allin's passion for sailing on Puget Sound.

Audience members may watch from the steps beside the plaza’s cascading pools where an array of wind-up water toys, miniature sampans, water guns and fishing rods invite play. Seaside Opera is funded by Tacoma Arts Commission as part of Spaceworks Tacoma.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Spanish Steps are getting a makeover

On Aug. 2, rehabilitation of the Spanish Steps started. While construction is underway, the stairs will not be accessible. The scope of work includes:

· Rehabilitation of urns, baluster, newels, post and railing
· Installation of pedestrian furnishings and signage
· Installation of a new retaining wall to support the steps
· Streetlights and landscaping

The Spanish Steps are on the National Historic Register and are modeled after the famous steps in Rome. The steps are used as a pedestrian connection between major roadways in Tacoma and also serve as an elegant backdrop for celebrations held by residents and visitors.

The project is scheduled to be complete in November 2010.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Spaceworks Tacoma block party, July 29

Celebrate artists and arts organizations using their creativity to liven up vacant spaces on July 29 at the Spaceworks Tacoma block party. The event marks the program’s official opening and will be held at 9th Street and Broadway in downtown Tacoma and at the participating venues.

The festivities will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and will celebrate the artists, their work and active life in downtown. The party will include guided walking tours, theatrical performances, live dance performances, an ongoing screening of short films and a season preview for the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. For more information about Spaceworks Tacoma, artists and activities, visit

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Spaceworks Tacoma takes shape, opening set for July 29

Artists and arts organizations have started to inhabit formerly vacant spaces in downtown Tacoma as the Artscapes component of Spaceworks Tacoma. Spaceworks Tacoma is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma, Shunpike, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce to activate empty spaces with creative use.

On July 29, Spaceworks Tacoma will host a ‘block party’ style opening at the Theater on the Square and at the participating venues to celebrate the artists, their work and active life in downtown Tacoma.

Site specific art installations are at 906 Broadway across from the Pantages Theater, the Woolworth Windows, Commerce and 11th streets and in the corner of the windows at 950 Pacific Ave. Look for many more installations throughout downtown Tacoma in the coming months. For more information about Spaceworks Tacoma, visit

Friday, July 2, 2010

Brewery District gets new art foundry

Up from the ashes, Tacoma’s new art foundry, Two Ravens Studio, recently opened in Tacoma’s Brewery District. Two Ravens can do everything from conceptualizing a sculpture to finishing it and everything in between. Artists who work in any sculptural medium can have molds created and their works cast in bronze, aluminum or resin. Or if you have never created a sculpture but would like to design one, they can help. Two Ravens worked with the City of Tacoma’s Community & Economic Development Department through their Economic Gardening and Arts programs to gain assistance in establishing themselves. For more information, check out

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Safeway Grand Re-opening Events in Hilltop

Hilltop Safeway, Preview party: Friday, June 11 from 4 to 8 p.m.
All are welcome to attend a community preview party at the store with a variety of entertainment, food and product demonstrations, promotional discounts, customer and employee recognitions and some welcoming comments from Safeway store manager Chris Smith and Council member Lauren Walker.

Hilltop Safeway, Ribbon cutting ceremony: Saturday, June 12 at 8 a.m
Regional Safeway corporate executives and Council member Lauren Walker will speak and there will be in-store special promotions and demonstrations throughout the day.

Come celebrate a win for the Hilltop!

Friday, June 4, 2010

3rd annual Pacific Ave Spring Festival & Car Show, June 12

The newly designated Pacific Avenue Business District will host the third annual spring festival and car show on Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stewart Middle School, 5010 Pacific Ave. Don’t miss the arts, crafts, plants, food and cars galore!

Buzz about Tacoma’s Business Districts

Read more about the good work of Tacoma’s Business Districts in a recent article the Business Examiner published…

Pacific Plaza awarded LEED platinum rating

Tacoma's first LEED platinum rating was recently awarded to the Pacific Plaza building. LEED Platinum certification is the highest rating possible from the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Pacific Plaza , which was developed through a unique public-private partnership between the City of Tacoma and Pacific Plaza Development, LLC, is the only core and shell design project in Washington, and one of only 21 such projects worldwide, to achieve platinum certification.

Pacific Plaza has also received other awards for its design and dedication to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability since 2009, including a Ghilarducci Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and a Build Washington Award for Green Building from the Associated General Contractors of Washington.

Vroom! LeMay car museum to break ground June 10

After nearly a decade in development, the LeMay Museum recently announced that it will break ground on the long anticipated automotive museum in Tacoma, on June 10! Once construction is underway, the museum will begin to focus on the “Race to the Finish” campaign which will focus on exhibit and educational program development in preparation for the museum’s grand opening in summer 2011.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

UWT continues to grow!

The University of Washington Tacoma will start construction this summer on a $24 million building that expands the library and provides more classrooms. The new building will be four stories with a basement. Check out the News Tribune story...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Proctor Farmers Market unveils market mural, May 15

The Proctor Farmers Market is pleased to announce the unveiling of a market-themed mural at the market site, North 27th and Proctor streets in Tacoma. The unveiling will take place on Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m. The mural consists of four, 4 x 10 panels that reference the Art Nouveau period.

Developers tour the South Sound’s Downtown

On Friday, April 30, local real estate and industry leaders gathered together to learn more about Tacoma’s vibrant downtown districts and opportunities for development from the City's Community and Economic Development Department and the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board. Attendees toured the area and heard more about the City’s plan to continue public investment into downtown and plans to use efficiency, creativity, incentives and partnership to spark future investment from around the region.

Tacoma's SiteCrafting Inc. named to fastest-growing list

SiteCrafting, a website design and web application development company here in Tacoma, made the Bloomberg BusinessWeek's list of the 100 fastest-growing inner city companies in the country. Read more!

Silver Cloud Inn -Tacoma is a 2010 Best of Northwest Escape

Silver Cloud Inn - Tacoma, located along Ruston Way, was recently voted one of the top four romantic hotels in the northwest from King 5 Evening Magazine as part of the 2010 Best of Northwest Escapes!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Giddy-up! Farmers Market Rodeo Barn Dance, May 8

For a mere $25 you can attend the first-ever Farmers Market Rodeo Barn Dance! Your ticket includes a live auction, music by the Oly Mountain Boys, a free drink ticket and all night access to the mechanical bull. YeeeHaw! Show your pride for Tacoma and local farmers by attending on Saturday, May 8 at Freighthouse Square. Line dancing, good eating and hearty fun to be had by all at this country casual Ho-Down! For more information, visit

Congrats to the New Tacoma Award winners!

The New Tacoma Awards recognize businesses and individuals making oustanding contributions to downtown Tacoma. The 2010 winners are:

Schoenfeld Award: Recognizing exemplary performance and pizzazz as a retailer or restaurateur (Two Winners)

  • Dragonfly
  • Doyle’s Public House

Ghillarducci Award: Recognizing successful new development, renovation or beautification

  • Pacific Plaza LLC

Union Station Award: Recognizing leading organizations, companies or individuals that have built or sustained momentum for revitalization (Two Winners)

  • Tacoma Farmers Market
  • Stan Selden

Popham Award: Recognizing the individual that has done the most to build “community spirit”

  • Derek Young – Exit133, Suite133, Seasonal View

Hughes Group gets loan and plans to expand

Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) recently provided a loan to Hughes Group, LLC to assist with the acquisition of a building located on South 37th & Lawrence streets. The total project is just over $1.2 million. The Hughes Group is a logistics company providing facility management with the majority of its business generated from military contracts. The company is relocating from Lakewood and expects to create about 15 new jobs! Hughes Group was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as the 7th fastest-growing minority-owned business in Washington State in 2008.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tacoma puts the class in glass

A writer for the Oregonian newspaper highlights Tacoma's glass art in an article posted today. Read more...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Murray Morgan Bridge ribbon cutting, March 31

Rain or shine, the Murray Morgan Bridge ribbon cutting will take place on Wednesday, March 31, at 9 a.m. on the west side of the bridge (near the intersection of A and 11th streets). The celebration will commemorate the completion of the re-cabling work and the turnback agreement. All are welcome to attend!

Pacific Avenue Business District is official

After applying for recognition from the Cross District Association and meeting the necessary requirements of the Neighborhood Business District Program, the Pacific Avenue Business District is the newest member of the 15-recognized business districts in Tacoma. The new district is located between South 46th and 56th streets along the main corridor of Pacific Avenue. It's in both the East Side and South End neighborhoods .

Eat fresh. Buy local. Sustain community.

Every Saturday from now until November, you can hit the Proctors Farmer's Market for fresh, local goods. When you come to the market, you can expect to find: local and organic vegetables and fruits, plants for your garden, cut flowers, grass-fed meat, fresh salmon, musicians, cooking demos and more! The market runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. along North 27 Street and Proctor.

WANTED: Creative Pierce County high school students

Ethnic Fest 2010 is drawing near... With that, all Pierce County high school students are invited to participate in the Ethnic Fest Poster Contest. Winning artwork will be used on posters, t-shirts, and promotional materials as well as in advertising and public service announcements for Ethnic Fest 2010. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three student artist winners. The poster contest is open to all Pierce County high school students. Entry deadline is Friday, April 23, 2010. Visit for complete contest rules and entry materials.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Go Tacoma! Real Estate Price Forecast: City by City

Interesting read by - When will the value of your house finally start climbing again? This article has exclusive forecasts compiled by financial services company Fiserv for 384 real estate markets across the United States. How does Tacoma rate? Read more...

Mortenson Construction wins Cheney Stadium contract

By a 7-1 vote, Tacoma City Council approved a $26.5 million contract with Mortenson Construction for a major renovation of Cheney Stadium on March 9. A selection committee A selection committee considered bids from three teams and recommended the one led by Mortenson Construction.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Artists for bike-themed temporary artwork needed

In recognition of National Bike Month, the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Art Museum invite artists and/or artist teams from Pierce and Thurston counties to get into gear and submit proposals for the creation of a piece of temporary artwork for the 4th annual Zeit-Bike exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum. Deadline for submissions is March 19, 2010. Artists interested in applying may download the Call to Artists at Calls to Artists are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or by e-mailing

Monday, February 22, 2010

Design-build team selected for public garage

The City announced today that it has selected an award winning design-build team for the public garage which will be constructed on property adjacent to the historic Elks Temple building in downtown Tacoma. GLY Construction and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF) was the team selected for the public garage project. ZGF will design the project and GLY Construction will provide general contracting and construction services. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2010 with an opening scheduled for the spring of 2012. Read more in the News Tribune...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Free foreclosure information workshop, Feb. 20

Individual help with foreclosure issues will be available to the public at an upcoming free foreclosure workshop on Feb. 20 starting at 10 a.m. The workshop is being held to help those who are overwhelmed by their home mortgage payments to learn more about the foreclosure process and what options there are available. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Evergreen College Tacoma Campus located at 1210 6th Ave. More information is available at and

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sister City Film Festival sells out, gets rave reviews

The 8th annual, 10-week long International Film Festival held at the Blue Mouse Theater every Thursday night has sold out!

“I am from San Francisco – this was the best $10 I have ever spent in all my 44 years on this earth.” - Kitakyushu film night patron

Each week during the festival, one of Tacoma’s Sister Cities features a film that was produced in that particular country, and to add to the festive nature of each week’s film presentation, an authentic cultural presentation from the country starts off each night.

Monday, February 8, 2010

McKinley neighborhood to be featured as best place to buy an old house

The McKinley Hill neighborhood will be featured in an upcoming issue of the This Old House magazine’s “The Best Places to Buy an Old House."

The qualities which distinguish McKinley Hill as a neighborhood to be considered lie in its location, the relatively low price of entry into the housing market for first time buyers and investors, the vistas from the perimeter and knolls of the hill, and a support for preservation of historic structures through advocacy groups like Historic Tacoma, its neighborhood council and at the community level with financial incentives for rehabilitation and restoration.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Calling all South Sound techies

South Sound techies now have a new award to strive for! SiteCrafting, a local website design and web application development company, recently developed the the SHIFT Awards, an event which will recognize and honor technology application and innovation in the South Sound. Award winners may be nominated by the public and will be chosen by an advisory panel of South Sound professionals. Winners will create and share a brief presentation about their company and/or technology related innovation. For more information, visit

Dock Street Marina named 2009 Marina of the Year

Congratulations to Tacoma's own Dock Street Marina - the winner of Marina Dock Age magazine’s Marina of the Year award in the small category. Each year, Marina Dock Age honors two marinas for their spectacular facilities and dedication to customer service, as well as a continued commitment in areas such as environmental responsibility, advertising and marketing, industry and community involvement and facility improvements. Located in the heart of Puget Sound, the award winning Dock Street marina opened as an integral part of Tacoma’s economic revitalization project.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Traylor Bros. pre-cast plant to open in Tacoma

Old plant, gets new life. Traylor Bros. which is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, recently selected a former pre-cast site to open operations here in Tacoma at 6801 South Adams. Traylor Bros., is a family-owned construction company that builds tunnels, bridges, dams, wharfs, ports and more. The plant in Tacoma will be providing the tunnel liners for the UW to downtown Seattle light rail link. Traylor expects to hire 25-30 employees to start with potential to grow up to 40.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tacoma's Goodwill garden gets good press

The Tacoma Goodwill-Milgard Work Opportunity Center's vertical gardens were recently highlighted in The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Section. The new center was unveiled in September and the lush garden graces the entrance of an imposing new building designed by BCRA Architects, and is large enough to be clearly visible from busy Tacoma Avenue. Read more...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Satellite Coffee, Smooth and Juicey take up residence on Market St.

Espresso drinks. French-press coffee. Whole beans.... smoothies and juices now available at Satellite Coffee and Smooth and Juicey's newly renovated space on the Market Street side of the Embellish Salon building next to the downtown YMCA, 1122 Market St. This is the 3rd Tacoma location (Division and 6th and Pine are the other 2) for Satellite.