July 2020 253 Lifestyle Magazine

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July 2020 253 Lifestyle Magazine

ISSUE NO. 19

JULY 2020

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICA’S

FAVORITE INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT

Q&A WITH MIKE DAY

RETIRED NAVY SEAL AND AUTHOR OF

“PERFECTLY WOUNDED: A MEMOIR ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A MIRACLE”

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PUBLISHER’S Picks

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Executive Director

Celebrating Our Freedoms

Life has been unpredictable, and at times frightening, frustrating

and heartbreaking, during recent weeks—for us all. With

new “normals” put in place to battle COVID-19 and keep our

communities safe, and the addition of protests that began in late

May, our world has been turned upside down. But at the end of the

day, as we ponder the lives we’ve been able to build here in the

United States, we can’t take for granted all of the freedoms that

come with our great country. Through all the hardships, we are able

to raise our voices and demand to be heard. Through our voices,

we are able to lift others up while they may be silenced. We live in

a country like no other and are proud of the communities in which

we live. Despite the difficulties, we always come out stronger, and

more united, than before.

On July 4, friends and families will once again gather to

commemorate America’s independence. Though celebrations

may be a bit different this year, and smaller, people will still come

together to celebrate our great country—the place we all call home.

If we continue to love our fellow man and want for them the same

freedoms and opportunities we desire for ourselves and our own

children, our communities, states and nation will only become that

much more united.

Take this time to reflect on all the blessings you and your loved

ones have been bestowed, and focus on what we, as individuals

and whole communities, can do to support each other. Our strong,

hardworking families and communities are the backbone of this

great nation.

I ask you to take a moment to recognize the great privilege we have

as Americans, and the great work we have done and will continue

to do, in building this place we call home.

Happy Independence Day!

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICA’S

FAVORITE INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT

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About The Cover

On our July issue of 253 Lifestyle

Magazine, we are truly honored

to feature retired U.S. Navy Seal

Senior Chief and Navy Cross

recipient Mike Day. Today, Day, who

survived being shot 27 times in

combat, is a motivational speaker

and has written a book sharing his

experience. Read more about this

true warrior in this month’s Q&A on

page 30.

Photo By Chris Conway.

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ISSUE NO. 19

JULY 2020

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

X

Q&A WITH MIKE DAY

RETIRED NAVY SEAL AND AUTHOR OF

“PERFECTLY WOUNDED: A MEMOIR ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A MIRACLE”

HOME

From Victory Gardens to Garage

Greatness: 5 big jobs to tackle for summer

TRENDING

Small Business, Major Impact: How locally

owned businesses contribute to a thriving

community

TACOMA

FUSION: Housing for Families in Need:

Local nonprofit infuses our community

with hope

Q&A

Q&A with retired Navy Seal Mike Day

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from victory gardens to garage greatness

5 BIG JOBS TO TACKLE FOR SUMMER

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The importance of getting work done is especially true in this season of social isolation, when Americans are enjoying their homes’ outdoor

spaces more than ever. Outdoor work may require some extra sweat and elbow grease, but these big jobs are a welcome break right now, keeping

people busy and outside—and helping them truly appreciate their well -tended green spaces.

For many, outdoor work is a satisfying endeavor, allowing homeowners to take pride in their home and yard, along with the work they put into

it, which shows in what people are searching for, posting and sharing online. For example, Pinterest Insights saw an increase of 89 percent in

backyard renovation ideas on their website, along with a whopping jump of 658 percent in DIY small patio ideas on a budget, and an impressive

528 percent increase in budget garden inspiration ideas.

Ready to get started on your summer to- do list? Consider adding these big but worthwhile tasks to your roster.

Start a “victory garden”

Given all the questions brought about by COVID-19, many Americans are re igniting the WWII practice of growing their own fruits, vegetables

and herbs to give themselves more control over their food supplies. Many produce varieties are easy to grow, and cultivating them at home can

ward off unnecessary shopping excursions. “Americans are turning to gardens for food access, food security, food safety and food affordability,”

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your floors and establishing dedicated space for the tools and equipment

you regularly use. New cabinets, bins, racks, shelves or pegboard panels

can go a long way toward keeping everything handy and easy to find. You

may even want to create a mancave vibe by installing a TV, mini fridge

and casual seating.

Tackle your gutters

It can be a hefty job, but built-up debris must be cleaned out at least twice

annually to avoid wet basements, interior leaks, mold growth, rodent

infestations and/or displacement of the gutters themselves. Use a sturdy

ladder to safely access the edges of your roof, then use a trowel or gutter

scoop to remove refuse. Flush out the system using a power washer or

a garden hose with a spray attachment. Check for cracks, rust or paint

damage and missing attachments, ensure all sections are sloped enough to

drain stormwater and replace any sections that can’t be repaired.

Summer is here, and that to-do list won’t take care of itself. Plan now to

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impact of small businesses is multidimensional

and often underestimated. Now more

than ever, it’s time to rally in support of shopping

small.

Can you imagine what your neighborhood or town

would look and feel like without any of its locally

owned businesses? Each small business adds a bit

of value, culture and diversity to their surrounding

community in a way that larger chains simply don’t

have the ability to. Economically, the impact of small

businesses on both local and national levels is critical,

and only expected to grow.

The exact definition of “small business” can be

difficult to articulate. Most often, small businesses

are defined within a specific range of assets, revenues

and employees.

The federal government sets the definition by trade;

for example, having less than 100 employees as a

wholesale company, less than 500 employees in

manufacturing, and generating less than $6 million

in the retail and service industries.

Consumers may define “small business” as their

favorite local boutique, the corner restaurant or bar

they frequent, or the locally owned fitness studio

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Passionate business owners who

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talents while achieving financial

independence are often, deservedly, a

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where their mornings begin. With some reflection, it isn’t difficult

to identify the small businesses that have become a major part of

your daily life.

It’s largely because of this, small businesses becoming so ingrained

into the daily lives of many, that they have also become a major

lifeblood of their local economy. Of their revenue, a significantly

larger portion is recycled back into the community compared to

chain stores. According to G1VE, one Chicago study found that

$68 from every $100 spent at a local business will stay within that

community, compared to $43 from $100 spent at a chain.

On a national level, the United States Small Business Administration

found that small businesses generated 44 percent of the country’s

economic activity from 1998 to 2014, an impressive feat when up

against the immensely larger chain establishments and Fortune

500 companies. Today, over 50 percent of sales made in the U.S.

come from small businesses.

Sales provide the need for increased staffing and job opportunities.

More than half of the United States’ jobs in the last 25 years have

been created by small businesses. There are over 30 million small

businesses in the country, and as that total continues to rise, so

does the potential for more people to be hired.

Beyond their economic impact, many small business owners

cultivate an experience within their establishment that transcends

outward into the community. Passionate business owners who

pursue their ideas and share their talents while achieving financial

independence are often, deservedly, a source of inspiration. Times

that are difficult and uncertain call for leaders like these; consumers

often look to them for comfort, certainty and motivation, just

as owners look to consumers for the continued support to stay

operational.

The relationships between small-business owners and their

customers is truly something special. The care an owner puts into

the business they’ve poured their heart and soul into will be the

level of care they take with their customers, and that can be felt

throughout the “shop small” experience.

Being locals themselves provides small-business owners a greater

ability to foster deep connections with shoppers, community

members and fellow owners, promoting an environment of

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a business provides a level of personal relationship and

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Small businesses impact their local community and economy

in ways that are unmatched. They stimulate economic

growth, diversity and innovation within their communities,

both locally and nationally, all while touching the lives of the

patrons who walk through their doors.

Right now, the importance of supporting small businesses

has become more critical than ever. With uncertainty being

a constant presence throughout the last several months,

businesses and consumers alike have drawn on creative

solutions to stay afloat during trying times. Making cuts and

adjustments to everything from operational procedures to

the presence of staff, business owners face difficult decisions

every day while navigating an unprecedented period of crisis.

Although supporting your favorite small businesses may look

different today than it has in the past, there are still ample

ways to show your support in 2020.

Some of the most simple ways include ordering takeout and

delivery, shopping online and buying gift cards. A supportive

gesture doesn’t have to cost anything; it’s also as easy as pausing

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By Rachel Kelly | Photos Courtesy of Fusion

higher the hope, the more resilience.

The more resilience, the greater the

success,” says Robin O’Grady, the

“The

executive director of FUSION.

It is the core from which this local nonprofit functions.

FUSION germinates hope within their community.

Hope then culminates in energy. Energy then propels

individuals forward toward success. Joy, the underlying

emotion behind endurance, is built day after day through

real action. Who is the FUSION community? Families

struggling with homelessness. And how do they instill

hope? By practical, hands-on people investing in people.

You could say that FUSION encourages community

cohesion by fusing the gaps in society, bringing us

together.

FUSION began with a woman named Peggy LaPorte, who

saw a need and wanted a solution. It was as simple as that.

She began by gathering her closest friends around her

kitchen table. She started by asking them, “What can we

do for women and children suffering from homelessness

and trauma in our community?” Asking questions would

be a mainstay throughout Peggy’s servant-led approach

to providing housing for homeless families. It is why

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intent to facilitate life skills and to offer support. By listening, the case

manager is able to work with each individual family to put together a

“family support plan” with achievable goals. The goals are developed based

on their expressed needs in conjunction with a trauma-informed approach.

Evidence-based models of service are provided using the ACEs model

and the HOPE Scale. Both the ACEs model and the HOPE Scale are tools

used to help mitigate trauma and to help create sustainable, healthy, safe

and nurturing relationships and environments. The use of these models

allows the nonprofit to produce measurable results, while still providing

individualized attention.

As families reach their goals, they build necessary life skills. This moves

them closer toward independence, eventually reaching success. After just 18

months, 85 percent of families achieve their housing and employment goals

and move into permanent housing and self-sufficiency at the time of exit.

Twenty-seven years ago, Peggy LaPorte’s kitchen table meeting led to the

first fundraiser, which allowed the purchase of the organization’s first

family unit. Every year brought a new fundraiser, and every year the raised

funds have gone toward a new unit. Today, FUSION owns 20 units. Each

unit is fully integrated into the community, in a safe environment meant to

encourage a sense of belonging and well-being. Children make friends and

go to school. Parents talk to their neighbors. Life happens in these homes; as

such, families are given an opportunity to heal, grow and thrive. Families are

given the vital component of time, which heals all wounds.

Every home comes fully

furnished and dutifully cared for.

Every unit has personal touches,

such as the beginnings of a

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for families are facilitated by

volunteers; it is not uncommon

for volunteers to be seen on their

hands and knees, scrubbing a

particularly stubborn spot on

the floor. Volunteers pour their

heart and soul into creating a

space worthy of “home.” It is no

surprise then that the families

that come into these homes

thrive.

INTEGRATED INTO THE

COMMUNITY, IN A SAFE

ENVIRONMENT MEANT TO

ENCOURAGE A SENSE OF

BELONGING AND WELL-

BEING.

It is that spirit of practical handson

care that has spurred the

organization toward such high

rates of success. It is why FUSION was recently awarded a $3 million grant

from the state of Washington, and another $3 million from King County to

renovate the Econo Lodge in Federal Way to a “FUSION Family Center.”

A 90-day shelter with 29 family units, The FUSION Family Center will be

used for more immediate emergency situations. With an on-site housing

and employment specialist, the family center will provide services using an

open-table approach in conjunction with community partners. The FUSION

Family Center looks forward to receiving families from all counties.

Meanwhile, FUSION’s transitional housing program is located partially in

King County and partially in Pierce. If families are not capable of moving

toward permanent, stable housing in that 90-day period, they may be

eligible for FUSION’s transitional housing. The $6 million in grants will

enable FUSION to provide housing for both immediate and long-term

needs, encompassing a wider range of community care.

This is especially vital as our community comes out of the COVID-19

pandemic. FUSION’s housing generally runs at full capacity, but just the

other day they received over 20 calls from families in peril. The need for

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emergency housing is becoming more and more vital. As vacancies become

available, FUSION will post through the centrally located Mary’s Place in

Burien, but also accepts referrals through word of mouth and community

partner agencies.

As community needs grow, and as the family center begins its renovation,

the need for full-time FUSION staff has also become vital. FUSION just

recently hired its first employees, two full time and one part time. They plan

to hire more soon. Up until recently, the nonprofit has been entirely volunteer

run—which is incredible, considering its scope. As for the immediate

community housing need, FUSION plans to assist families now as they always

have: through the long-standing kindness, compassion and vigilance of its

volunteers and employees.

They have had to make a few changes this year, however, to accommodate our

community. Taking a cue from their partners, FUSION is doing their yearly

fundraiser online. August 5, FUSION will host a livestream auction dubbed

“Impressionist: Monet By the Bay.” One-hundred percent of the proceeds will

benefit the nonprofit directly to provide transitional housing for homeless

families. Thankfully, this is not their only source of income. FUSION has been

carried by their generous donors since its inception. Four years ago, FUSION

was also able to open up a boutique in Federal Way. Through the FUSION

Decor Boutique, they sell beautiful used/upscale housing decor and furniture.

The boutique has been a wonderful success. All generated funds from the

boutique go to the maintenance and operational expenses of the 20 temporary

housing units. Gently used donations are accepted.

As for Peggy LaPorte? Twenty-seven years after the inception of FUSION,

Peggy volunteers at the boutique. She arranges furniture and trains volunteers

working at the boutique. She is where she began, in service to her community.

For more information about FUSION, please visit FusionFederalWay.org.

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“I decided to share my

story with you because

I had seen my story in

so many others. We

have all suffered or will

suffer trauma, and it

will continually happen

until we leave

this place.“

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Mike Day is an American hero.

His tale is like a Hollywood

movie, almost unbelievable

but all too true for the man

who survived it. On April 6,

2007, he entered a room where four terrorists

ambushed him. He was shot a total of 27 times

but was able to take out the enemy and rescue

six women and children. Day was able to walk to

the helicopter that awaited the team. It took him

two years to recover from his physical injuries,

but the mental scars of Post Traumatic Stress

Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury remain

with him to this day.

Day served a total of 21 years in the military,

deploying multiple times. In addition to a chest

full of medals and ribbons, he was awarded the

Navy Cross, the Navy’s second highest award

after the Medal of Honor. Today he works as a

motivational speaker and has had a great impact

working as a Wounded Warrior Advocate for

wounded Special Operations Warriors. His book,

“Perfectly Wounded: A Memoir About What

Happens After a Miracle,” was published in June

2020 and tells his story about surviving being

shot 27 times while deployed to Iraq.

Q. Why did you decide to share your story in

a book?

A. I decided to share my story with you because

I had seen my story in so many others. We have

all suffered or will suffer trauma, and it will

continually happen until we leave this place. I

have personally learned how to deal with my

trauma through a combination of observing

others manage theirs, research and dumb luck. I

speak to the ideas and theories in the book that

have been most beneficial to me as an example of

what may work for others.

Q. How did you develop the resilience to

survive not only being shot 27 times but the

arduous recovery process?

A. My life has been like many others lives, in

that, figure it out or not, sink or swim, win or

lose and champion or victim. I had been forced

to believe that no one was coming to help me. I

learned that no matter what happened, I would

eventually figure things out. Luckily, I also

learned that the right people show up at the right

time. For me it has been the perfect combination

of people and me that got me through.

Q. One of the many hats you wear is that of

public speaker on resilience and overcoming

adversity. What is in your adversity toolkit?

A. My toolkit is continuously being put together.

My tendency is to move too fast and miss what

is being said. When I do slow down, shut my

mouth and listen to smarter people than me,

I learn and build my toolkit. I seek out these

people. I try things that meet the commonsense

bar. I have found that it’s not that difficult to

build some of the tools in the toolkit and more

so in other tools. One of the tools is being

healthy. I can control this mostly. I control what

I consume; what media, food, ideas, theology

and so on. I control my physiological and

psychological health. Relationships are another

big part of the toolkit. I have many acquaintances

and few friends. Although, some acquaintances

are great tools for resiliency, they are not as

essential as a friend. My friends will always take

my call, respond to a text, come move my stuff

on short notice, or respond very quickly to see if

I am alright or need something. I do the same for

them. I know they are coming, and that is huge.

Q. Physical fitness and training is still an

important part of your life. Can you share with

our readers how important outdoor activities

are to you?

A. I know what my wants and needs are. I want

to continue to have fun. Fun for me is to be

having an adventure. I want to be dropping in

on a perfect wave in the tropics, climbing some

mountain, crossing the Grand Canyon, riding

my bike across America, and so much more ...

‘til I break it. The practice for all these fun things

is training. I run, swim, ride, lift and play ... to

practice/train to be able to do the things I call

fun. This has always been part of me, until it

was taken away from me. I have been injured/

traumatized just like so many others who have

had the ability to have fun taken away. Some

lose a limb, job, friend, family member or

whatever. The loss can take your fun. My loss

was a physiological loss of gut flora that caused

symptoms of bad depression. The fix was a lot

easier than you can imagine.

Despite his injuries, Day recovered to the

point his new mission was to raise awareness

of traumatic brain injuries. He trained and

competed in a 70.3-mile half Ironman race and

raised over $88,075 for the Brain Treatment

Foundation, a nonprofit division of Carrick

Brain Centers. He has continued to maintain a

high level of physical fitness.

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Family photos are a way to remember how your

family looked throughout the years, how they grew,

how life changed. These photos can be admired

as they hang throughout your house, be used for

Christmas cards, and made into gifts for grandparents and

other family members. After deciding on a photographer

and location, most people run into the issue of how to dress

your family for a photoshoot.

Should we all wear the same thing? (Insert the classic jeans

and white T-shirt idea we’ve seen through the decades here.)

Should we wear something different and color coordinate?

How can I color coordinate my entire family?

Here are some easy options and things to consider when

deciding on your outfits for the photos you’ll hold onto for

years to come:

Choose yours first: Usually moms are the ones having

to get everyone prepared for this hour or so of chaos, so

choose your outfit first. Choose a specific color that looks

good on you or that beautiful patterned dress you’ve been

dying to wear but didn’t have an occasion to. This is what

I personally do most of the time, since my husband could

care less what he wears, and our child looks cute in anything.

After you’ve chosen your outfit, you can find colors that

match or coordinate with it from there. The easiest thing

to do is take it with you when you shop, that way you can

hold it up next to the items for your family and make sure

the colors match.

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Should we wear

something different and

color coordinate? How

can I color coordinate

my entire family?

Mommy and me: Specific stores and brands have

what’s called a “Mommy and Me” collection.

This is a line of clothing that is made with

specific prints/patterns or colors offered in sizes

for both adults and kids. A majority of the time

it is clothing for moms and daughters, but on

occasion you can also find matching clothing for

moms and sons. These collections make it easy

to get outfits for multiple family members in one

place that already match or color coordinate.

Sibling sets: Many large department stores carry

kids clothing brands that make styles for babies,

toddlers and children sizing. You can grab the

same outfit for each kid then base your outfit off

of theirs. Sometimes these are the exact same

outfits, other times it’s the same color schemes.

Solid colors: If you want to go the solid color

route, I suggest alternating those colors instead

of everyone wearing the exact same thing. For

example, if you choose black and white, have Dad

wear black pants with a white top, Mom wear a

solid white dress, your daughter wear a solid black

dress and son wear white pants with a black top.

This still keeps the solid colors but adds in variety

so you don’t all look the exact same. You can also

choose a set of complementary solid colors (like

blue and yellow) and have the boys wear blue and

the girls wear yellow.

Location: The location is always something to

take into consideration when choosing outfits. If

you have decided on a dark background like trees

in the mountains, then you don’t want to wear

dark colors that will make you blend in. The same

goes for if you decided on a studio shoot and you

know the walls are white, you wouldn’t want to

wear white. Also consider the appropriate type

of clothing for your location. If you are getting

your family photos done at a pumpkin patch, you

wouldn’t wear shorts and tanks because it would

look uncharacteristic.

Choosing outfits for your family photos does

not have to be difficult. You can make it a fun

shopping experience finding pieces that look

great together and in turn will help capture your

beautiful family, resulting in a memorable photo

shoot that will be a happy memory for all for years

to come.

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Health

COMMON BEAUTY MYTHS

TRUE OR FALSE? WE SOLVE YOUR MOST

COMMON QUESTIONS

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN

W

e all want to look our best, and the beauty industry

is full of information, products, tips and tricks to

help us do just that. But what information out

there is true, and what is a myth? Below we break

down some common misconceptions and set your beauty record

straight.

Botox and filler will make me look unnatural and “done.”

False. Botox and filler are wonderful tools for helping you to age

gracefully and continue looking like you! But you need to find an

aesthetic provider who shares the same vision and approach. The

technique used to place the product, the type of product used

and the amount of product all plays a role in your outcome. Do

your research before choosing a provider. Look at their before and

after photos and schedule a consult before treatment to ensure

that you are on the same page. When done well, “work” should be

undetectable. You should still look like you, only refreshed.

Junk food can cause breakouts.

True. High sugar and high fat (particularly hydrogenated fat) diets

can increase the body’s sebum production, which then creates

inflammatory responses in the body—sometimes in the form

of acne. Further, overindulging in junk food can increase your

chances of becoming deficient in skin-healthy nutrients found in

fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. It is best to keep junk food to

a minimum and stick with nutrient-dense foods to help ward off

breakouts.

I do not need to wear sunscreen because there is SPF in my

foundation.

False. The amount of protection provided in your makeup is

not enough to protect you from UV damage. According to

Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, “You need seven times the

normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of

powder to get the sun protection factor on the label.” It is important

that you wear a dedicated sunscreen under your makeup. Look for

one that is labeled “broad spectrum,” meaning it protects from UVA

and UVB damage.

Department store skin care is good because it is expensive.

False. The high price tag on department store beauty counter

goods can fool you into thinking it is high quality. Big price tag

It is important that you wear a

dedicated sunscreen under your makeup.

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must mean high quality, right? Wrong. While some may be

better than drugstore brands, they still do not have to meet

criteria set forth by the FDA to prove efficacy. They fall

under the category of “cosmetics,” meaning that they are

only “considered to make people more attractive.” Medicalgrade

skin care, on the other hand, falls under the category

of “drugs,” meaning that the product has been proven to

change the structure or function of the skin. So, when a

medical-grade product claims to diminish fine lines for

instance, it has been scientifically proven to do just that.

So why the higher price tag with department store brands?

Advertising and packaging, whereas medical grade is more

expensive because of research, blind clinical trials and FDA

approval. Which would you rather pay for?

It is important to do your research when it comes to your

health and beauty routine. It is easy to get caught up in

mainstream hype, celebrity/influencer advice and big

marketing, but look to your professionals for the facts.

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Health

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BY DRS. KARLA BLOOMQUIST AND CHIARINA IREGUI

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What is the first thing that we do as humans when we are

born? What is the last thing we do as humans before

we leave this earth? Breathe!

Breathing is the most fundamental of needs. It trumps the need for

food and water. Some might argue that your beating heart or brain

function are more important. The reason you have a heart is for the

purpose of pumping blood throughout the body. Blood provides

oxygen to your organs, oxygen obtained by breathing. Your brain will

not function if deprived of oxygen for more than six minutes. Where

does this oxygen come from? Breathing! It all comes back to breathing.

If breathing is so essential, shouldn’t you be doing it correctly?

This might seem like a ridiculous question given that breathing is

something we, as humans, do automatically. However, most of us do

not breathe correctly.

By not breathing correctly, you are not optimizing oxygen consumption.

This might sound like a silly question, but why is oxygen important?

It comes down to every cell in your body. They must have oxygen—if

they don’t, they die.

So what does proper breathing look like? If you are breathing properly,

then you are breathing comfortably through your nose with your lips

together, teeth apart, with your tongue at the roof of your mouth. It

also includes using your diaphragm, as well as your back and stomach,

not your shoulders and neck. Sounds simple right? Unfortunately,

many people do not breathe in this manner.

Why is it so important to breathe through your nose as opposed to

your mouth?

The nose is your first defense against bacteria and viruses that can

make you sick. Turbinates are ridges inside the nose. It is the job of

these ridges, along with hair-like projections in the nose called cilia, to

keep as many germs, dust and debris out of your lungs as possible. Your

sinuses produce mucus, otherwise known as snot. This mucous also

assists in the capture of unwanted air debris and germs. By breathing

through the mouth, this first line of defense is eliminated.

The turbinates also humidify and warm the air we breathe. This is

important so that the airway does not shrink, making it more difficult

to breathe. This can be particularly bad for people with asthma.

Mouth breathing can cause the airway to not function at its normal

capacity because the air is cold and dry. A dry airway leads to poor

oxygen exchange.

Dryness due to mouth breathing can also cause dental diseases such as

decay, misaligned teeth and gum disease.

By exhaling through the nose, the process of breathing is slowed down

and a back pressure develops in the airway. This allows more oxygen to

be transferred from the lungs to the bloodstream.

Mouth breathing in children can lead to facial deformities that

will cause a small airway as an adult. A lower chin, longer face, less

pronounced cheekbones and narrow jaws will predispose a child to a

lifetime of difficult breathing.

Why does all of this matter?

Oxygen is essential for cellular activity. Proper breathing allows for

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do for our cells.

Breathing is the most fundamental of needs.

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PYROTECHNICS:

Fourth of July’s Bright Moment

BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE

INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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Every year as Independence Day approaches, we anxiously await the festivities: parades, barbeques, three-legged races and an abundance

of watermelon. But the moment that has always captured American’s focus are the fireworks. Every year we wait for the moment the first

explosion hits the night sky. It’s become synonymous with freedom, and the main attraction of every Fourth of July event.

Part of the magic is perhaps that we can’t see the process taking place—the brightly lit sky and colorful patterns feel almost magical. But

behind the scenes there is a whole lot of work and planning that makes the show possible, and decades of science that date back to ancient China.

Historians believe fireworks’ precursors date back to the second century B.C., when the Chinese would throw bamboo stalks into the fire to produce a

loud pop and explosion, thought to ward off evil spirits. Somewhere around 600 to 900 A.D., Chinese alchemists mixed potassium nitrate, sulfur and

charcoal to produce the original “gunpowder.” They would then pack this powder into hollowed out bamboo stalks—which would later become stiff

paper tubes—and light them on fire, forming the very first man-made fireworks.

It wasn’t until the 13th century that gunpowder started making its way into Europe and Arabia. It was quickly adopted for military purposes, but also

gained a popular use in fireworks used to celebrate military victories and mark celebrations and ceremonies. In medieval England, the first skilled

fireworks professionals were known as “firemasters,” and their assistants were “green men,” aptly named because of their caps made of leaves to protect

their heads from the sparks.

Italians in the 1830s were the first to incorporate trace amounts of metals and other additives to the powder to produce the colorful, vibrant modern

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fireworks that we know today. Fireworks came with

the first colonists to the Americas and were a popular

part of colonial life. The day before the Declaration

of Independence was adopted by the Continental

Congress, John Adams memorably predicted in a

letter to his wife the significant role fireworks would

hold in celebrating the independence of the United

States.

“The day will be most memorable in the history of

America,” he wrote. “I am apt to believe that it will

be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great

anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with

pomp and parade … bonfires and illuminations

[fireworks] … from one end of this continent to the

other, from this time forward forevermore.”

And so it would be—since its inception, the United

States has used fireworks to mark its independence,

with shows taking place in large cities and small

towns alike throughout the country.

But our beloved fireworks displays don’t just happen

every year. In fact, planning for them often starts

the previous year, says Heather Gobet, president of

Western Display Fireworks out of Oregon. “There’s

so much that goes into one of these,” adds Gobet.

Fireworks for the shows need to be ordered over

a year in advance, and there are a lot of permits,

paperwork and state and national laws that have to

be taken into consideration.

The process of planning a fireworks show begins

with a preliminary evaluation of the site through

Google Earth. There has to be adequate room for

a display, and the space will determine the size and

types of fireworks that can be used. “If you’re using

smaller caliber multi-shot boxes, you may only

need 100, 150 feet,” says Gobet. But the large shells

require 1,000 feet in every direction.

“There’s kind of two major components of

designing a fireworks show,” explains Gobet. “The

first one is safety. There are state and federal laws

that dictate how much area you have to have open

around the launch site.” After evaluating the site on

Google Earth, Gobet’s team will talk to the sponsors

about their goals for the show, their budget, and the

context of the event the fireworks are being used for.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION, THE UNITED

STATES HAS USED FIREWORKS TO

MARK ITS INDEPENDENCE, WITH

SHOWS TAKING PLACE IN LARGE

CITIES AND SMALL TOWNS ALIKE

THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

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The moment that has always captured American’s focus are the

fireworks. Every year we wait for the moment the first explosion hits

the night sky. It’s become synonymous with freedom, and the main

attraction of every Fourth of July event.

This initial conversation sets the stage for early planning of the show, and at this point, the

pyrotechnics company will go out to the site in person to understand the logistics of the

launch area. Once the show is designed and a contract put together, it gets sent off to the

customer for approval. “There may be some back and forth,” says Rich Vaughan, district

manager and show designer in Spokane, Washington, for Pyro Spectaculars.

Once it is approved, permits are filed and the process begins. “I take the show design itself,

and depending on the size of the show, I do the choreography and how the show will be

laid out, how it will be fired. We make sure we have a good crew that is experienced,” adds

Vaughan.The majority of Western Display Fireworks’ crews for the Fourth of July shows

are between six and 12 people, says Gobet, and shows start out at $15,000 to $20,000 at

a minimum and go up from there. The process of getting permits and approval is fairly

laborious, and there are different laws in each state pyrotechnics companies have to know

and work with. “We have so many entities that we have to answer to,” says Vaughan.

Once the permit is received from the fire department, the physical planning for the event

starts. “On Lake Coeur d’Alene [in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho] we have to sign up barges and tug

boots, file a marine permit to be on the lake,” explains Vaughan. “When I design the show, all

the paperwork goes to California, they pack the shows and then they ship them up, and we

have a storage facility where everything goes.” Setup for the show usually starts

the day before, but often the fireworks arrive the day of the show, since you have

to have 24-hour security and house the fireworks a certain distance from any

inhabited building, says Gobet.

Equipment like forklifts and cranes will often be used to move the fireworks

and mortars around on site. “For every single firework that goes up in the air

you need a tube to launch it,” she adds. If you have an electric or computer firing

system that actually launches the fireworks, then you need a preprogrammed

script.

While small shows can still be hand fired,

the majority are fired electrically.

Anything on the water is electrically

fired. “We can shoot in just about any

weather,” says Vaughan. “What will shut

us down is wind. The wind is really

bad.” In addition to wind, dangerous

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show. But the rain—and even snow or

below zero temps—isn’t enough to stop

the show.

The second component of designing

a fireworks show is presentation,

says Gobet. Multiple zones, water

features, themes, color combinations

and the type of event all play a part in

determining the design of the show.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on

is the artistic value of what we do,” says

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music, says Gobet. A lot of times there are scripted shows

that don’t have music, so the fireworks are the show. If

there is music involved, fireworks can be planned and

timed in conjunction with the music. “In virtually every

case that we’re involved in, when somebody’s purchasing

a show, they’re not just purchasing a show,” says Gobet.

They’re purchasing everything involved—the design, the

planning, the presentation, the equipment and the day

of show.

“I take a look at what I have available to me, and then

I try and do color scenarios,” explains Vaughan. “When

you get into really big production shows you do what

they call scenes. What you don’t want to do is shoot the

same stuff over and over again, it gets repetitive. If they

have the same budget, I don’t just pull up last year’s show

and repeat it. Everything I do is custom designed.”

When it comes to pyrotechnics companies, the majority

are family companies that have been in the business a

long time. “The crazy thing is, virtually every major

fireworks company in the U.S. is a family business. I’m

the fourth generation, my kids work here, they’re the

fifth,” says Gobet.

“Almost, without exception, the fireworks production

companies are people who are born into it,” she says. The

pyrotechnicians come from all walks of life, but a large

number are people who were born into it or who have

loved fireworks since they were kids.

It’s what makes the pyrotechnics industry special. “The

family nature of this business and the fact that some

of the customers we’re dealing with go back to doing

business with my parents and grandparents,” says

Gobet. Despite—or perhaps because of—its smaller

size and family roots, Western Display Fireworks brings

professionalism and excellence to every show they put

on. “We would go up against the biggest shows that

anyone in the country could do,” she adds. “We made a

conscious effort to not change the geographic area where

we operate or that small-company feel. We’ve traveled

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Vaughan’s story with fireworks began in 1984 when he

was a young adult. A friend of his father’s worked in the

fireworks industry. Vaughan got roped into helping with

a show, and he was instantly hooked. “I did that show

and I told George this is the coolest thing ever; I want to

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I WAS BANGING

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do this for a living. I was banging on his door every

time I heard there was a fireworks show,” he laughs.

He worked for free in the evenings after he got off

from his regular day-time job, and when George

retired in 1989, Vaughan took over the business.

Last year alone, they worked on 180 firework

shows. “You stay busy all the time,” he says. This

year fireworks companies have been hit hard by the

virus. “Everyone’s sales are down tremendously,”

says Vaughan. As many cities and towns across the

U.S. cancel or postpone their Fourth of July and

other fireworks events, it’s been a tough time for

the companies that rely on the business. But they’re

hopeful when COVID lifts, things will rebound and

be even busier than before.

It’s not an industry for the faint of heart, but it is one

that holds a lot of passion. People are in it for the

long haul. So this time, when those bursts of magic

reign down this Fourth of July, we can all appreciate

just how much time—and work—went into our

favorite display of independence.

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WAITING IN

ANTICIPATION

MANY SUMMER EVENTS TO RETURN IN 2021

By Jillian Chandler

There’s nothing like summertime in the 253, as the beautiful

weather and scenery draw the community outdoors to

experience all the Puget Sound has to offer. From the

wonderful array of dining destinations, breweries and

distilleries, to the unique shops and boutiques, to all of the outdoor

activities we are blessed with, there are always new flavors to

explore and new sites to see. And … you can’t forget about all of

the big annual community events that both young and old wait in

anticipation for all winter long!

Though summer is in full swing, these next couple of months will

feel a bit different than years prior, as coronavirus is still affecting

our way of life and how we are able to safely interact with others in

our community. This means, unfortunately, that some of our muchloved

summer events have been canceled for 2020.

Summerfest, originally scheduled for July 11, will not be taking

place. The city of Lakewood made the difficult decision to cancel

a number of upcoming events, including their signature summer

celebration.

Ethnic Fest has been celebrating culture and community with two

days filled with music, dance art, food and more for more than 30

years, and like so many of our wonderful community events that

bring us all together, this celebration has been put on hold for 2020.

Each July, The Zoo Society hosts their Summer VIP Experience &

Long Table Dinner. Though this event, which includes a live auction

and paddle raise, raising funds for The Zoo Society, has been

canceled for the time being, the community can still donate to the

organization at TheZooSociety.org.

The Proctor Arts Fest, a community-based street fair organized by

the Proctor District Association along with community volunteers,

which draws in nearly 10,000 visitors annually, will not be making its

way to North 26th and Proctor streets as it has in years past.

Though these wonderful events will not be taking place in 2020, our

anticipation and excitement will only grow that much stronger as

we await their return, along with so many other events, in 2021.

The family friendly Point Ruston Independence Day 5K will return

July 4, 2021, for its eighth year.

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Though there won’t be any parades making their way down the streets

as adults and children alike line the roadways wearing their red, white

and blue and waving their American flags proudly, and the bright

sights and booming sounds of fireworks won’t be taking over the

night skies in honor of our independence, there is still much to rejoice

in—even if this means a smaller, more intimate celebration. There’s

nothing like a good ol’ Fourth of July backyard barbecue, or spending

a day out on the water boating, paddle boarding or kayaking. Or hop

in the car and take a mini road trip. However you choose to celebrate

this Independence Day, it’s up to you to make it one to remember. And

the most important way is by celebrating with the ones you hold most

dear. Happy Independence Day!

RACE FOR A SOLDER VIRTUAL RACE EXPERIENCE

JULY 05

Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation invites the community to

join them for the Race for a Soldier Virtual Race on Sunday, July 5

(you may also complete your run by July 30)! Race for a Soldier has

gone virtual to offer an experience to run miles while raising money

to support the PTSD Foundation. All proceeds go to the foundation,

with every mile logged supporting local veterans and first responders

in the Pacific Northwest. Choose your race distance: 5k, 10k, 10 or 13.1

miles, or even make your own Race for a Soldier distance! Go online to

RunSignUp.com and search Race for a Soldier Virtual Race Experience

to register for the event, which is $30, no matter which distance you

choose to run.

A DAY AT THE ZOO

NOW OPEN DAILY

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

have reopened! To comply with Washington’s Phase 2 COVID-19

guidelines, there will be timed online tickets (to limit capacity) and

new guest experiences, which have been designed to help guests

connect with wildlife while staying safe and healthy. While visiting the

zoo and wildlife park, guests can rest assured that the safety of them,

the staff and animals continues to be their number one priority. Only

outdoor experiences will be offered at this time, and Northwest Trek

will continue to offer its popular Wild Drive premier tours, allowing

guests to drive through the park’s 435-acre Free-Roaming Area and

see bison, mountain goats and other native Northwest animals from

the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. Timed tickets can be

purchased at PDZA.org and NWTrek.org. There will be no ticket sales

at the door.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

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Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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Eat & Drink

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FOURTH OF JULY PARFAITS

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP NHC

Yields: 4 parfaits

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Lemon cookies (see recipe below)

Coconut cream (see recipe below)

INGREDIENTS (FOR LEMON COOKIE):

3/4 cup salted butter, softened

1 cup Erythritol sweetener

Zest of 1 lemon

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

Juice from one lemon

1 tsp. pure lemon extract

1 3/4 cups almond flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 tsp. baking powder

INGREDIENTS (FOR THE COCONUT CREAM):

1 (13.5 oz.) full fat canned coconut milk

1 tsp. vanilla

METHOD (FOR LEMON COOKIE):

• In a medium bowl using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add lemon

zest, egg, yolk, lemon juice and extract and mix thoroughly. Add almond flour,

coconut flour and baking powder and mix until all ingredients are combined.

• Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes.

• Scoop 1 tablespoon-sized cookie dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place

on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.

• Bake at 350˚F for 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool entirely before serving.

METHOD (FOR THE COCONUT CREAM):

• Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for up to at least 4 hours. Chill a

medium glass bowl in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

• Open your can of coconut milk and scoop out all of the cream into the bowl.

Reserve liquid for another recipe like a soup or smoothie.

• Using a hand mixer, fluff up the coconut cream for one minute. Add vanilla and

mix for another minute until creamy.

• Use the coconut cream right away or store in a glass jar with a fitted lid for up to

one week.

LAYERING THE PARFAIT:

• Using a pint-sized mason jar, layer parfaits in this order: lemon cookie, cream,

blueberries, lemon cookie, raspberries and then cream. Repeat each layer.

Each jar should hold 4 total layers. On the top layer use both raspberries and

blueberries.

• Serve immediately or keep chilled in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

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Mountain, City, Sea

CAN YOU REALLY ENJOY ALL THREE IN ONE STAYCATION?

YOU CAN IF YOU LIVE IN PIERCE COUNTY

BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND AND COURTESY OF TRAVEL TACOMA

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Travel

Have you ever been challenged while planning a vacation? Some in the group want outdoor fun while others

want the cultural experiences only found in a city. Tacoma and Pierce County is a destination sure to appeal

to everyone in your group. It’s only 42 miles from a saltwater shoreline to the peak of a glacial volcano with an

art-focused downtown in between. Discover exhilarating outdoor activities at Mount Rainier National Park.

Learn about art glass in Downtown Tacoma and see why the art form really shows off the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Then throw in a bonus by visiting Gig Harbor, the Maritime City, because who doesn’t love time spent by or on the water.

For this staycation you can visit each area on a day trip or spend the night so you can immerse yourself in your hometown.

Mountain

Every now and then you stumble upon a unique lodging that is incredibly special. The Paradise Village Lodge is just such

a place. Lovingly renovated to look like a Ukrainian village, owner Anatoliy Zaika has created a cozy inn with comfortable

touches from the old country. He and his family run the lodging, restaurant and coffee shop in the town of Ashford, the

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It’s a city of entrepreneurs and

innovators. From craft breweries, to

restaurants, to experiences, most

businesses here are owned by

passionate and local owners, so you get

an experience or flavor that is wholly

“unique to the area.”

gateway to Mt. Rainier. Make sure to try the galushki, Ukrainian gnocchi which

is a rich and hearty dish. What really brings people to stay here is the Instagramworthy

Cannibal Hot Tub. A giant cauldron is heated over a wood fire to create

the most unusual soak you will ever have.

To get the most out of your time at Mt. Rainier, book a Discover Nature Tour

with Diann Sheldon. She has degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology and

is truly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the park. With many years

of experience exploring Mt. Rainier, she knows the ins and outs of the crowds

and how to plan a day which will have you experiencing the best the park has to

offer. Before each tour she speaks with you to plan a day based on your interests.

A tour is only as good as the guide, and Sheldon is engaging and never boring. In

July, wildflowers will start peeking out in lower elevations and will peak at higher

elevations in August. Well worth seeing.

After a day in the park, stop at the Wildberry Restaurant. You can’t miss it with

Buddhist prayer flags adorning the building and courtyard. It is owned by Lhakpa

Gelu Sherpa, who holds the world speed record by summiting Mt. Everest from

base camp to the top in 10 hours, 56 minutes and 46 seconds. He has climbed

to the summit of Mount Everest 15 times and Mount Rainier 95 times. The

restaurant is decorated with memorabilia of his exploits. Now his wife, Fulamu,

shines as the chef of the restaurant serving up Nepalese favorites from home as

well as American pub fare.

City

Tacoma has all the big-city amenities with a small-town charm. The Silver Cloud

Tacoma Waterfront has one of the best locations in town. Every room has a

waterfront view and it is just 2 miles from the Museum District and 3 miles from

Point Defiance. You can easily walk from the hotel to numerous restaurants along

Ruston Way on the waterfront urban trail that connects to Point Ruston, where

you can find restaurants, shops and a movie theater.

You can’t go to Tacoma without seeing artwork from the most renowned glass

artist in the world, Dale Chihuly. You can see his work at two museums, the

Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum by crossing over the Chihuly

Bridge of Glass, a public art installation. Purchase a three- or seven-day attractions

pass at Travel Tacoma to save on city museums.

To really appreciate what Tacoma has to offer, take a tour offered by Pretty Gritty.

“Tacoma is a beautiful and honest city. It’s a city of entrepreneurs and innovators.

From craft breweries, to restaurants, to experiences, most businesses here are

owned by passionate and local owners, so you get an experience or flavor that is

wholly unique to the area,” said Chris Staudinger, owner of Pretty Gritty Tours.

“Our ‘Get to Know Tacoma’ tour is a crash course in the art, food and history of

the area and prepares you to launch into the city proper.”

African American business owner Terry Waller has created a Victorian

wonderland at her Olive Branch Café and Tea Room located at Freighthouse

Square. A master of upcycling, she has transformed this warehouse space into an

oasis. From the time you walk in the door, are greeted with a hug and hear Brian

playing the grand piano, you know you are in for a treat. Reservations are a must,

and order one of the specialty teas so you can try all the deliciousness the Olive

Branch Café has to offer. Make sure to check out the hat room for a jazzy hat or

fascinator to wear while you enjoy your tea.

Sea

For a more intimate “sea” experience, head across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

to Gig Harbor, a maritime city. You will want to head to the waterfront, which

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is known as downtown. Plan to stay at the Maritime Inn Gig Harbor. This cute

boutique inn is located across the street from the harbor and centrally located so

you can walk everywhere.

Rather than your typical harbor cruise, book a trip on the Gig Harbor Gondola.

Owner John “Cinque” Synco will serenade you as you float through Gig Harbor.

Reservations are a must, and you can order appetizers or just stop by the

Harbor General Store to pick up your own and a bottle of prosecco, an Italian

sparkling wine.

Gig Harbor is well known for its many great restaurants, but Brix 25˚ really

stands out. This is one of the pricier places to eat but well worth it. The food is

outstanding, but they really shine with the craft cocktails. All the ingredients are

fresh or made in house. Classic cocktails are updated and reimagined with a Brix

twist. Each season a new cocktail list is created so there is always something new

to try.

The Gig Harbor BoatShop has classic boats you can rent to take out on the harbor.

If you have more time, book a family boat building workshop over a weekend.

Over two days you will build your own rowboat which you can take home

with you.

No visit to Gig Harbor is complete without a visit to Heritage Distilling.

What started as a small, local business now has multiple locations throughout

Washington and Oregon. Their signature Brown Sugar Bourbon has won

“World’s Best Flavored Whiskey” by Whisky Magazine’s World Whiskies Awards

in both 2018 and 2019. It really is that good and put this company on the map.

There is a tasting room in Downtown Gig Harbor and in Uptown Gig Harbor is

the distillery.

There is so much to see and do in Tacoma and Pierce County—even if you live

here! Visit Travel Tacoma for more ideas and itineraries so you can explore

mountain, city and sea all in one destination.

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