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child to choose everything from wall color to bedding, creating
a very personalized, though perhaps not terribly attractive,
space. In the second camp is the person who does not allow the child to
personalize anything except perhaps their teddy bear. This is a space that
might be thoughtfully arranged and beautifully furnished but not reflect
the personality of the actual tiny person who lives there.
My daughter, Leina, is at the age (she’s 9) where suddenly her “baby”
room no longer suits her. She has started forming her own opinions
about style and fashion, and now wishes to transform her room to
reflect her interests and personality. That said, she wants to create a
bedroom according to the theme “Rainbow Galaxy Party”—whatever
that might be! I’m more than happy to help her create the ultimate coolkid
First of all, it is important to set boundaries with kids when it comes to
wall color. With my kids, I’ve asked them what basic color they want
(pink, blue, etc.), and then I give them three or four acceptable options
to choose from. This eliminates the issue of a color being too bright, too
garish or too dark, which may be difficult to paint over later. If you’re
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perfectly alright to paint just an accent wall, as long as the rest of the
walls are neutral or white, as this keeps the color from overwhelming
For furnishings, I find that a fresh coat of chalk paint can freshen up
older pieces like dressers or headboards and give them a completely new
look. Kids can be hard on furniture, so reusing older pieces might be a
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holes with more inexpensive items.
For bedding, I tend to choose quality comforters that can be covered
with a duvet, which is good for frequent washings. When it comes to
sheets, I allow my daughters to choose, as these are typically covered
with the comforter during the day (if they remember to make their
beds), and they can pick something fun and colorful. Character-themed
bedding is not my favorite (too much of a commitment), but a throw
blanket or pillow based on the child’s favorite cartoon is just fine.
Lighting is particularly important in a child’s room. Make sure you have
appropriate task lighting for reading, choosing clothing, rummaging
around under the bed looking for lost Legos, etc. Good ambient lighting
is important as well, as with any other room in the house, to make sure it
is comfortable for general tasks. For younger kids, I find it is important
to have some kind of night light as well. It may not always be required,
but they can be nice to have if someone has a nightmare or is not feeling
Artwork is something that can add an element of fun and reflect the
child’s personality. If they are artistic, a fun option is stringing a laundry
line or even a string of Christmas lights and letting them hang their art
from it with clothespins. Magnetic bulletin boards are another great way
for kids to display their own art, notes, etc. Posters and other themed art
can be fun as well, but try framing them for a more finished look.
With kids, the sky is the limit when it comes to colors and styles, but
do try to keep the overall look somewhat cohesive with the rest of the
house. If you favor soft colors and pastels throughout, then choose
somewhat similar hues for your child’s room to keep the whole house
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CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON NEGOTIATING YOUR DIVORCE
By Felicia Soleil, Mediator and Attorney
It’s mid-July as I write this, and my garden beds are finally
showing signs of promise after an off-putting May and June of
cool and wet weather. Come September, if my garden history
serves me well, I’ll be relishing the abundance of beans,
carrots, tomatoes, and the dreaded zucchini, along with more
dahlias than I have vases for.
That long stretch of “extended spring” weather was good for one
thing, however. Weeds!
In years past, my garden has always been my source of solace and
calm, a place where I can regain my sense of self and centering after
a week of challenges as a divorce lawyer and mediator. This past
summer, during COVID stay-at-home restrictions, I was looking
forward to having the garden of the decade! Yet, weeds were all I
Yet, my greenhouse transplants were settling in and my direct
sown seeds were germinating ever so slowly. Eventually, leaves
multiplied and, if I searched enough, I finally discovered the first
cucumber hiding under a tangle of vines, a zucchini peeking out
from its leafy blanket, and my first pumpkin forming in a patch of
crabgrass outside the bed.
How does my garden relate to my work with separating and
divorce couples? This is a reflection on perspective. On choosing
your battles. On cost-benefit analysis. On seeing your glass half full
when you could so easily get lost in the weeds.
In my work with separating and divorcing couples, I find that a
client’s perspective makes all the difference as to how they might
emotionally—and financially—hold themselves up as they
navigate such a significant life event. Too many times I see clients
successfully negotiating through the “big stuff,” like residential
time for the kids, their child support payments, and who gets the
house (the “fruits of their labor” so to speak), only to get “lost in
the weeds” about rigid pick-up and drop-off times, how to split the
cost of school supplies and who gets the lawnmower.
Back to my garden analogy, I could have spent big bucks on
chemical weed killers, expended enormous physical labor on
pulling weeds or simply chosen to continue to dwell on their
appearance while overlooking the equal abundance of my growing
flowers and vegetables. I could have just as easily gotten caught up
in the “here and now” and dug in to fighting a hopeless battle for
the sake of the fight, forgetting that my garden would be entirely
different in September than it was in June.
In other words, focusing on my big payoff—the eventual harvest—
and what really matters while waiting—careful tending and
cultivating—will see me through the rough patches of dandelions
and crabgrass until I get there. Dwelling on weed eradication will
amount to nothing other than constant frustration and negativity.
See where I’m going here?
I came to the subject for this essay by realizing how many times I
seemed to be counseling clients to avoid “getting lost in the weeds”
once they successfully navigated the major components of their
divorce settlement and gained some goodwill, followed by their
raising minor thorny issues based on “principle.” It’s almost as if
they needed something to hang on to for “the win” after successfully
compromising on their major issues. Sure, it feels good to uproot a
dandelion, but what’s the payoff in the scheme of things?
How much do you really want to spend on “eradicating the weeds,”
whether time, money or energy? Or can you overlook those things
as merely a distraction and appreciate the harvest, an outcome that
reflects your concentrated focus and attention and care? The weeds
will always be there. That’s why they’re weeds.
Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney located
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foster both a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy
new beginning for them and their families so they can focus on
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The impact of COVID-19 has encouraged Special Events
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showcase what is to come at this site and how PenMet Parks fit the needs
of our community,” affirms Chuck Cuzzetto, marketing consultant for
Peninsula Metropolitan Park District. Kelly adds that they are looking
forward to hosting a Halloween-themed Drive-In Movie this October,
with the date and movie title to be announced soon. “Kids will enjoy a
snack pack and Halloween-themed crafts they can easily create in their
cars or at home,” she says. Admission is $20 per vehicle.
“Adventure in a Box” was another idea wonderfully executed by
Kelly and the PenMet team to help keep kids active and engaged.
“Adventure Boxes included camping-themed activities, a Park
Passport to adventure in our parks, a s’more kit and tons of fun!”
says Kelly. One hundred boxes were distributed via drive-through at
Sehmel Homestead Park. In addition, in order to help families better
be prepared for at-home learning, families were provided with all the
basics to start the school year strong. “Thanks to our sponsors Paige
Schulte - Windermere and Rainier Family Medicine, we were able to
provide 500 School Supplies Bags to the community.”
“Providing safe social outlets to engage emotionally and unique
parks and recreational experiences are an incredibly vital component
to our District goals,” states Chuck. He is excited to announce that
the community can also look forward to the Miniature Golf Course
opening this month!
“Even though fall and winter events will look a little different, we are
working hard to continue our tradition of providing our community
with memorable events and experiences,” says Kelly.
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TIDES TAVERN PRESSES FORWARD
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THE TIDES IS
A MAINSTAY IN
don’t know how he did it, I don’t think he
knows how he did it, everything just sort
of happened,” said Dylan Stanley. From the
roof of the 110-year-old building, the Tides
Tavern owner can take a breath during the always busy
day to take in the astounding views of the Puget Sound,
see his staff running orders out to boats docked just
outside his doors, and the lovely flowers that Gail takes
care of throughout the year. The Tides is a mainstay in
the harbor—and it almost never happened.
The building that still stands was built in 1910 and was
originally a general store. In the decades to follow it
served as several businesses and taverns, which included
ownership by “Three Fingered Jack” in the late ‘60s to
early ‘70s. After 60 years the building had fallen into
disrepair and was about to be condemned. That’s when
a recent college graduate and some friends decided to
take a chance and see if they could keep the place alive.
“He was out of school, needed something to do, and he
liked drinking beer,” laughed Dylan.
That graduate was Dylan’s father, Peter Stanley. In 1973,
alongside a couple of friends, he decided to purchase
the old building in hopes of keeping the good times
rolling. They spent six months getting it back into
shape and up to code in order to allow visitors in again.
The Tides Tavern was opened on “Harbor Holidays”
weekend. “When you first start a business, you are doing
everything,” said Dylan. “They were continuing to make
improvements and work on the building while serving
customers too.” The Tides was so popular off the bat that
when Dylan was born you could often find him sleeping
in his bassinet behind the bar during lunch hours (back
when it was allowed).
While Dylan grew up around the tavern, he initially
decided to take a different path. He worked in several
industries running businesses but ultimately decided to
come home to the Tides in 2012. “Dad lost his GM and
wanted to figure out what to do next. He wanted me in
the role, I accepted, and I’ve never left,” said Dylan.
Now in its 47th year in operation, The Tides Tavern
looks much the same as it did the day it opened in 1973.
A kitchen remodel was done in 2009, and the docks out
front were replaced in 2012, but most everything else is
behind-the-scenes maintenance in keeping a more than
century-old building flourishing.
The Tides is lined with old photos of the building and
surrounding waters. Their T-shirts are always for sale,
and if you snap your photo wearing one in a unique
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AS HE SITS ATOP THE 110-YEAR-OLD
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AS TO WHAT THIS PLACE MEANS TO
SO MANY PEOPLE.
as well. “We have fighter pilots from the view of a refueling plane, the
Himalayas and Nepal, people skydiving, on board Coast Guard ships;
they’ve really been all over the world,” said Dylan. A frequent traveler
himself, he says it’s rare he goes on a trip and doesn’t see a Tides Tavern
shirt or have someone comment on his shirt, no matter where he is.
While the atmosphere is of great importance, Dylan believes the food
is also what keeps people coming back to the Tides. Their chowder and
multi-award-winning Fish & Chips are immensely popular, but they
are also committed to serving up high-quality pizza, burgers and other
handhelds. With a chef of Hawaiian descent working the kitchen this
summer, Dylan says the Ahi Poke has been extremely popular.
There is a full bar, so you can have your favorite cocktail mixed up, and
the selection of local beers includes a unique relationship with 7Seas
Brewing, which makes several beers exclusively for the Tides. “I’ve
known Mike for a long time, and 7Seas is near and dear to us,” said
Dylan. “I believe we bought their first keg when they started, and it’s been
a great partnership since.”
As with all other restaurants, The Tides Tavern has had to alter its
approach for 2020. Online ordering was something that was planned for
the near future, but the pandemic forced them to incorporate it earlier.
While the tavern still brings in daily diners, Dylan says many fans have
appreciated the to-go options as well.
While Dylan knows they have the right building, and the right location,
he believes strongly that the restaurant would not have lasted so long
without the right group of staff whose goal is to make the guests smile
and have a great overall experience.
As he sits atop the 110-year-old building and continues to reflect, Dylan
is still astonished as to what this place means to so many people. “Every
day people come in to talk about how important this place is to them, one
way or another. People have met their wives here, and others have [had
celebrations of life for] the loss of a loved one here too.”
On any given day you’ll find business meetings taking place alongside
road crews who are just finishing up their day. The Tides is a place for
everyone, and Dylan and his staff are committed to keeping it that way.
“The Tides will continue as it has and hopefully do it for another 47 years.”
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HARBOR HEALTH AND APOTHECARY &
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Gig Harbor, Washington, 98335
“Our model is built on personal
relationships. Our pharmacy
wellness center is built around the
needs of the patient. We are driven
by seeing our patients obtain and
maintain their healthiest life.”
Two new businesses will soon open their doors to the
Gig Harbor community! Set to open this winter, Harbor
Health and Apothecary will provide the community with a
compounding pharmacy and wellness center for humans and
animals to live their healthiest life. And right next door you’ll find the
Hop Pharm Taproom; the perfect place to sit back and enjoy time with
your Gig Harbor neighbors.
The practice of pharmacy was built on the art and science of
compounding medications toward the individual patient,” states Nick
Wyatt, Chief Pharmacy Officer. “Over the years, many things about the
practice of pharmacy have changed. With these changes, pharmacies
became more about retail and less about community. In pharmacy, the
community matters—the relationships matter. And I promise, Harbor
Health is going to be everything that was great about the 'old school'
community pharmacy with a 'new school' wellness center twist.”
Founded by Conrad Esser, Chief Executive Officer, and Nick Wyatt,
Chief Pharmacy Officer, Harbor Health and Apothecary is their
solution to the shortcomings of the current health-care model. They
believe that patients deserve better—and this includes animals too!
“More and more, our health-care model seems to be trending toward
transactional relationships where the focus is more on profit versus the
need of the patient,” says Conrad. “Harbor Health and Apothecary’s
model is built on personal relationships. Our pharmacy wellness center
is built around the individual needs of the patient.”
Harbor Health and Apothecary is excited about becoming your trusted
resource for compounded medications and nutritional supplements.
They will carry an exclusive professional line of supplements, called
Cell Code, and an IV drip therapy program, called Cell Code Hydrate,
whose products focus on supporting your immune system and overall
The two were inspired by family members and the recent COVID
pandemic to create a facility focused on health, wellness and immunity.
Conrad, a graduate of Pepperdine University with a business degree,
was inspired to pursue the health and wellness field by his wife Gillian, a
graduate of the University of Southern California Medical School, who
is a gynecologist for Women’s Health and Wellness. Nick’s mother-inlaw
is a pharmacist, with Nick following in her footsteps and graduating
with his pharmacy degree from the University of Washington.
Housed in a newly renovated 3,500-square-foot facility, located in
Downtown Gig Harbor at 3216 Judson Street, quality and safety will be
at the forefront. The sterile and nonsterile compounding labs exceed
industry standards, in turn providing patients, humans and animals,
access to the safest and highest quality compound products. Exam/
consultation rooms allow pharmacists and providers to have private
conversations about a patient’s health. These rooms also provide specialty
providers with access to offer services to the community that may not be
When it comes to what they find most rewarding in this path they have
chosen, both Conrad and Nick agree it is the opportunity to be servants
to their community and the ability to educate people on taking the steps
to achieve ultimate health: “Seeing people take charge of their health, get
their health back on track and live their healthiest life,” affirms Nick.
In addition to the wellness center, the duo is excited for the opening of
Hop Pharm, located next door.
“Here is the answer to the question everyone keeps asking: A pharmacy
and taproom, how did that combination come about?” Nick grins. “When
Conrad and I were designing the space, the Hop Pharm space was set
aside for a conference room—but we did not need that much space.
“While walking the space with our architect and discussing design needs,
we mentioned the conference room being used for community education
events. The rest is history, and the Hop Pharm Taproom was created.”
The Hop Pharm will provide a welcoming space for the community to
enjoy. It will also provide a space for Harbor Health and Apothecary to
hold community education events.
Nick and Conrad agree that “Gig Harbor is an amazing community. It
is a great feeling to be welcomed by the community and other healthcare
providers." They are looking forward to working with naturopaths,
physicians, nurses and dietitians.
“There is something for everyone in downtown! Books, coffee,
restaurants, beer, wine, whiskey and cider. What is not to love?” smiles
You will have to wait until construction completes in winter 2020 to
experience it for yourself.
Children are one of a community’s
most precious resources, and it
is up to all of us to do our part in
helping to ensure our children
reach their full potential. Serving children and
families at more than 18 sites throughout the
state, Children’s Home Society of Washington
(CHSW) is dedicated to ensuring children
reach their full potential.
children and families to access various services
that meet all their needs.
Gina Cabiddu joined Children’s Home Society
of Washington - Key Peninsula more than six
years ago, where she worked her way from
an intern and volunteer to family educator
and now, in her current role, as community
manager for the Key Peninsula site.
Children and families are connected to
Children’s Home Society of Washington
through ongoing community partner
engagement, which provides referrals,
website and social media engagements,
community events, and word-of-mouth efforts
built through the long-standing, trusting
relationships with the families and community
members they serve.
Founded in 1896, Children’s Home Society of
Washington is the oldest and largest family
prevention services provider in the state. With
a mission to develop healthy children, create
strong families, build engaged communities,
and speak and advocate for children, CHSW
focuses on providing comprehensive services
to children from birth to age 12, providing
an efficient and unified support system for
“I was drawn to CHSW because of my passion
for prevention-based services, the statewide
presence of the organization, and the multitiered
level of impact the organization has,” says
Gina. Her passion for social work and serving
with Children’s Home Society of Washington
stems from her own experiences of growing
up in the foster-care system and being raised in
the Key Peninsula community.
“CHSW has been a leader in child and
family services for nearly 125 years because
of our commitment to quality service for the
children and families we support,” affirms
Gina. “Our organization emphasizes statewide
programming and operates as one organization
while possessing the capacity to address the
specifications of each community’s unique
needs and resources.
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“Coupled with a nimble ability to evolve and
reimagine success in challenging times, we are
afforded the opportunity to continue as a leader
in the industry with a common vision to help
children and families thrive.”
The children and families served span across
the Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor, and Pierce and
Mason counties. Each family CHSW works with
is required to complete a one-page Welcome
Form for CHSW to learn more about the family
and their culture, and to more easily address the
immediate needs they seek relief for. In addition,
CHSW can offer resources that can promote
long-term stability and goal attainment.
The people CHSW serves are vast—they come
from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, gender,
family size, education, career and income levels.
There is no fee nor income requirements for any
service offered to the families that Children’s
Home Society of Washington serves.
Serving families that are prenatal through end
of life, those with or without children, single
parents, multifamily households, guardianship
or parental custody status, and more, “CHSW
provides a comprehensive continuum of care
to 39,000 children and families each year in
early learning, family support, out-of-home
care, child and family counseling, adoption and
advocacy,” says Gina.
Working with families while acting as an
extension of their family and advocate for their
needs, CHSW supports families in a number of
ways: rent/mortgage, utility assistance, food and
gas cards, school supplies, clothing as needed
(when available) and more. “Community
members are aided in navigating complex
systems with support as CHSW can sign families
up for food stamps and health insurance and
also navigate family court, juvenile court,
mental health and substance use treatment, and
more with our case management services and
referrals,” affirms Gina.
The Key Peninsula has a team of just seven
who serves more than 1,200 different people
every year with over 5,000 services annually,
“which leads to so many humbling journeys
we get to be part of,” smiles Gina. She recalls
one such journey: “One comes from our Little
Buddies, Big Buddies program. Several years
ago, we had a high school girl volunteer as a
mentor for younger students in our academic
and recreational mentoring program. She so
enjoyed it, her high school aged brother became a mentor with her, and
their elementary school brother continued in the program. Fast forward
to 2020, the high school girl has now graduated from the University of
Washington with a degree in social work because she was so empowered
by the impact she made with CHSW in her community. The high school
brother graduated Peninsula High School and received a scholarship
bolstered with the community service on his resume as a Big Buddy. Last,
the elementary school brother aged into becoming a Big Buddy as a middle
school volunteer to mentor elementary youth just as his siblings had before
The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including
important organizations like Children’s Home Society of Washington.
But fortunately, they were able to quickly mobilize their teams across
Washington state and shift to a virtual format for as many services as
possible. This allowed them to continue providing support with minimal
disruption at a time when families need help more than ever. According to
Gina, CHSW’s Key Peninsula branch has always operated with a focus on
literally meeting clients where they are at—whether that be at their office,
in schools, at community sites, through home visits, phone calls, emails and
When it comes to what Gina and the rest of the Children’s Home Society
of Washington team find most rewarding, it is the knowledge that they are
changing the lives of children and their families for the better. “The most
rewarding part of the work we do are the breakthrough moments in seeing
the positive impact our work has on the children and families we serve,”
says Gina. Preventing a family from becoming homeless by paying their
rent after medical bills stacked up after an unforeseen medical incident.
Seeing a sixth grader testify in Olympia to legislators about how she wants
CHSW’s elementary girls’ empowerment program to go statewide because
it’s given her the skills and confidence to pursue a career that will help her
support her family. Helping a veteran who is a single dad of several youth
get his rent paid and utilities taken care of so he doesn’t have to worry about
where his family will be sleeping, and him being able to choose new clothes,
toys, and food and gas cards from the holiday program so he can go beyond
meeting the basics with dignity. Seeing a grandparent who is caring for a
child, whose parents cannot do so safely because of substance abuse, have
a partner to help them in attaining guardianship to prevent the kids from
going into foster care.
“Every day, we get to be part of alleviating family suffering, celebrating their
triumphs and growth, and breaking cycles of abuse, neglect and poverty
with resources and support for families and community members,” reflects
Gina. “Our entire team is invested because we grew up here, raised our
families here, and these are our neighbors. When we all are supported,
we have a strong community that can accomplish amazing things. I am so
honored to work with such a heartfelt, talented and committed team in such
a caring and generous community.”
To find our more, whether you or someone you love is in need of help,
call 253.884.5433 or visit ChildrensHomeSociety.org/pierce. For those
interested in volunteering with the organization, you can email Donna
Verretto, community engagement officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LOCAL MAN SHARES FASCINATING HOBBY
BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF RICK MORRIS
While most of us might see pigeons as a troublesome bird
hovering over our parks and homes, Rick Morris sees
them as athletes, pets and part of the family. “They’re
actually quite clean birds, and we’ve been living in close
proximity with them for thousands of years,” he said.
Egyptians housed and cared for an almost immeasurable amount of
pigeons during the dynasty, and nobility across Europe also used the birds
as a status symbol and as message transporters. More than two dozen
carrier pigeons have received wartime medals for their efforts during the
First World War in transporting messages that helped save hundreds of
lives. While our ability to communicate has changed vastly, champion
bloodlines are still highly sought out—now for racing purposes.
A resident of Gig Harbor for nearly 15 years, Rick remembers growing
up in Southern California and being introduced to the sport of pigeon
racing around the age of 9. “The anticipation of waiting and then
watching them fly home was a lot of adrenaline; I was hooked,” he said.
Rick has always been fascinated by birds, but as a tradesman typically
working 60 hours per week, he didn’t have time to fully commit to
training birds. Now retired, he has the hours, and caring and training his
flock is now part of each day. Rick has approximately 20 to 40 birds at any
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given time. They are given very comfortable lofts in his backyard where
chickens, dogs and cats also roam. “Nobody messes with anybody back
here,” laughed Rick.
During the breeding season, the birds reproduce every 28 days. Rick
handles the newborns from birth, so they grow very accustomed to him
while also building great trust. What makes pigeons so unique in the
vast world of ornithology is their extremely strong instinct to return
home, even from unthinkable distances. By creating a safe loft where
they are well taken care of, fed, and free of predators, Rick creates a home
base where the birds will always return to.
Training begins around six to eight weeks old. Rick will take the new
bird or birds about a mile from his home and release them. At first it
takes a little time, but when the birds begin to beat Rick back home,
it’s time to go further, this time about 5 to 10 miles out. When they’ve
conquered that distance, Rick will next drive them upward of 100 miles
from his home and release them. “Eventually they will beat me home
from there, and that’s pretty amazing,” he said.
The pigeon’s instinct to return home is boosted by their uncanny abilities
to navigate by using the earth’s magnetic field, sense different pressures
and hear frequencies that humans do not. Much like a team of athletes
or a family group, Rick says his flock is often jockeying for position, and
each bird has a unique personality. “I had a 17-year-old bird named Mr.
Wilson. He ran the place, would always be first in the cage. They will line
up in order for the bath. It’s really fascinating,” he said.
Much like greyhound and thoroughbred horse racing, a big part of
training is keeping the birds healthy. When they are at their peak, Rick is
ready to race. While it might be a bit under the radar, these events draw
many participants and big money. Rick has seen racing pigeons with
desired bloodlines sell into six figures and prize pools swell to $60,000
In order to race, an aerial distance scan is done to ensure each
participant’s birds are flying the same distance back to their respective
homes. Each bird is fitted with a band, and each band is an entry fee.
The birds are released simultaneously, often a thousand or more, and
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the birds are traveling at speeds of more than 65 miles
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Being a unique community, Rick says some of the nicest
people he’s ever met have been pigeon people, while
simultaneously stating that there are some extremely
competitive bird owners as well. There are 700 clubs
across the country including the Tacoma Pigeon Club,
which has been in operation since 1934.
When not racing, Rick is discovering additional
opportunities for his birds to make their mark. More
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for special occasions like opening days, business grand
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Rick believes that this is a unique hobby that can be
enjoyed by many if they are willing to put in the time.
“If you are into hounds or horses, it’s a sport like that,
but all in the safety and comfort of your own backyard.”
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Jackie could not be more thankful
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The daughter of Dza Le (LeLe), the successful woman behind LeLe Thai
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customers will also find a delicious selection of Asian-inspired desserts. “We are
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Gig Harbor’s first boba shop, the space offers adorable décor along with a beautiful
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straight from Taiwan! “I have tried many different bubble teas all across
Asia and even America,” Jackie states. “I take my experiences from that
and combine them into Pearl Tea’s drinks to make them even better and
to sculpt them the best they can be to serve to the customers.”
Their premium tea leaves are brewed fresh every four hours, cooking
their tapioca pearls every four hours as well. This process allows for
customers to get the best taste and experience when taking a sip of Pearl
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ice cream. While most boba locations do not serve desserts, Pearl Tea
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Jackie could not be more thankful to have been afforded this opportunity
and credits it all to her mother LeLe. “Without her, Pearl Tea would have
never existed,” she affirms. “My mom really loves and cares for me.”
witnessed her mom’s strong work ethic in full force. Jackie would spend
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where she could. From bussing tables and washing dishes to serving and
customer service, she has learned her way around the ins and outs of
running a successful business.
“I’ve seen how hard my mom works to provide for our family,” reflects
Jackie. “She is such a strong and independent woman and has created so
much by herself. I think it’s my time to give back to her and make Pearl
Tea very successful.”
For Jackie, customer satisfaction is her number one goal, sharing that
it warms her heart seeing happy families and friends enjoying the
atmosphere, food and drink they have created at Pearl Tea. “Having
regulars coming in almost every day and seeing their excitement every
time makes me happy that people love my shop,” she says, “and seeing
how much hard work can pay off feels very rewarding.”
Jackie invites you to take a seat at Pearl Tea, which is open for the
community’s enjoyment 10:30am to 9pm Monday through Friday and
10:30am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday.
Jackie was practically raised in her mother’s restaurant, where she
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It is probably the most common question in the aesthetic community: Is
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now, let us return to the rehab and medical
vernacular of how strokes are addressed after
the acute phase. Any residual symptoms that
were not resolved shortly after the event or
rehab outcomes that were not retained are
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months or years after having a stroke under
insurance coverage. Unfortunately, many
survivors believe their unresolved issues are
permanent after they are discharged, which
may not be the case, but how does one know?
We have heard the saying, “If at first you don’t
succeed, try, try again!”
Stroke survivors must be discharged from inpatient
or out-patient rehab when clinicians/
therapists cannot document the continuation
of progress. But instead of seeing it as a
plateau needing to be challenged, most believe
the patient has reached their “maximum
rehab potential.” In-patient rehab is optimal
immediately after a stroke due to daily
therapies, however, when a patient returns
home and back to a familiar environment,
they are able to achieve better quality sleep
and nutrition, which helps the brain heal
tremendously. Morale can be better at home,
provided they have family/caregiver support.
A positive mental state is what facilitates
continued progress, and brain cells can
regenerate (“neurogenesis”) in the absence
of stress and with the optimal environment.
Our brains are always seeking “homeostasis”:
internal balance and stability.
A stroke may affect vision in many ways
depending on the area of the brain that was
injured because our visual cortex takes up
a lot of brain space. For example, field cuts
(blindness to the right or left of both eyes),
called hemianopsia and cranial nerve palsies,
cause the loss of control of one or both eyes.
Other visual disturbances include:
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When stroke affects the areas of your brain
that process information you see, it can cause
problems such as:
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• Judging depth and movement
• Recognizing objects and people
• Visual hallucinations
Patients with visual processing damage may
be referred to a neurologic ophthalmologist,
orthoptist or low vision clinic where
occupational therapists (OTs) have specialized
training in vision rehabilitation. Neurospecialized
OTs also address visual disturbance
after stroke or head injuries. Neurogenesis
needs skilled guidance for proper “re-wiring,”
especially when there are greater deficits. This
is when specialized rehabilitation is warranted.
But often people, not knowing where else to
go, return to the place where therapies were
discharged, and the potential is missed. Please
note, no two rehab centers are alike because
the clinicians are not the same. Most therapists
have a passion for a particular deficit or
treatment modality and may have specialized
niche training. Likewise, no two patients are
the same in their “late effects.” A new set of
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When the decision is made to
conceive a baby, there is often
much celebration, excitement
and focus on preparing the
external environment that will house the
newborn. The spare bedroom gets a fresh
coat of paint and becomes the nursery; ample
new baby gear is purchased; and soon-to-be
grandparents are ready and waiting. However,
the mother’s body, the primary environment
that baby will grow in, is often neglected
besides supplementation with prenatal
vitamins and routine checkups.
In traditional wellness practices, there is
no such thing as preparing for conception
or optimizing fertility. This is because for a
woman’s entire life her body has already been
cultivated and supported to have vibrant
health and therefore abundant fertility, as
fertility is simply the fullest expression of our
health and vitality. Our culture stands in direct
opposition to this, as women are expected to
work a demanding schedule, maintain the
home, and are commonly sleep deprived
and overfed yet undernourished. Suddenly,
it’s time to make a baby without the proper
preparations in place in baby’s first true home,
and a soon-to-be mother is scouring Google
and blogs for all the answers.
This lack of preparation sets the stage for
fertility issues, anxiety during pregnancy
and postpartum depletion. Only if the body
is well nourished pre-pregnancy will she be
able to sustain new life both during pregnancy
and postpartum during breastfeeding. Not
only is this preparation supportive for a vital
pregnancy and postpartum period, but also
for an easier birth and a robust newborn.
Modern science graciously parallels this
ancient wisdom with the discovery that both
the egg and sperm require three months’ time
to develop in the potential parents. With this
knowledge, it becomes essential that both
parents consider their health, diet, lifestyle,
and exposure to trauma and toxins—especially
during this preconception window. Healthier
eggs and sperm inherently mean a healthier
child from the moment of conception onward
through the rest of their life.
In Chinese medicine, the philosophy of health
and longevity is rooted in the concept of a
well-tended garden. We must regularly see
to the garden of our health with the depth of
care that a devoted gardener would provide,
tending to our earth in preparation for
planting and for the future fruit that garden
will bear. The best soil has been tended to for
years before sprouting its first seed.
Pregnancy Preparation Guide:
• Gauge your current health and wellbeing:
How stressed and how well-rested
are you? How well do you eat? Do you have
an established self-care practice?
• Recognize your surroundings and
support systems: Who is available to
support you through this time? Who
can help you ensure you get the rest and
nourishment you need?
• Connect with your fertile feminine body:
What is the quality and health of your
monthly cycles? How well attuned are you
with your fertility?
• Seek well-informed support: Chinese
medicine supports the mother-to-be
through acupuncture, herbal medicine and
lifestyle changes to help ensure a vibrant
pregnancy, an abundant mama and a
Jeff Pufnock and Jessica Youngs are the owners
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DEMENTIA CARE TODAY,
HOPE FOR TOMORROW
Q&A WITH DAVID TROXEL, MPH
BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE
David Troxel, MPH, is an author,
dementia care expert and
consultant who was the executive
director of the Santa Barbara
(California) Alzheimer’s Association from
1994 to 2004. Troxel lives in Sacramento,
California, and together with his writing
partner, Virginia Bell, MSW, developed the
Best Friends approach to dementia care.
Troxel discusses dementia and Alzheimer’s
care of today and tools developed in
collaboration by him and Virginia Bell to
enhance the well-being of those living with
memory loss and cognitive impairment.
Q. How would you summarize what we
know about Alzheimer’s disease and
dementia as we know it today?
A. The famous opening sentence of Dickens’
“A Tale of Two Cities” captures the state of
dementia care today: “It was the best of
times, it was the worst of times ….”
It’s the worst of times, because we are still
struggling to find an effective, diseasealtering
medicine for dementia. Fifteen years
have come and gone since the most recent
FDA-approved drug entered the market.
Today, dementia not only is the sixth leading
cause of death but the only one in the top 10
with no effective prevention or treatment—
and the most expensive disease an American
It’s the best of times, however, in that
awareness is growing and there is much
we can do to improve quality of life for
people with dementia, particularly those
living in community-based environments
such as memory care communities. The
right blend of people, programming and
environment add up to what we call a
therapeutic environment—an environment
that contributes to spiritual, physical and
For 30 years, Virginia Bell and I have worked
to create therapeutic environments that
benefit people with dementia. In our view,
this kind of dementia program embraces
meaningful and innovative activities, good
communication, skilled problem-solving
around behaviors challenging for staff, and
excellent staff training.
Q. What are some tools that you
recommend for creating a therapeutic
A. Our number one recommendation is to
pull out the resident’s “life story.” Gaining
knowledge of a person’s personal preferences,
interests, history and motivations allows
you to start conversations about things
that are important to them. It's a great way
to establish rapport and create a social,
emotional and physical environment that
feels like home for them.
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because, even when they don't remember
something, you can still provide relevance
to them, creating a sense of familiarity. How
would you feel if someone brought you
apple juice instead of orange juice, or coffee
instead of tea? Develop and use the life story
to say aloha to a resident who lived in Hawaii
(evoking smiles and happy memories) or to
sing a resident’s favorite Louis Armstrong
tune to lift their spirits.
Secondly, emphasize socialization. Focus on
relationships and activities that fill the days
of a person with dementia. Structure the day
with several meaningful interactions with
those around them. Group activities and
programming that allow them to interact
with other residents, the team and their
families is extremely important. No matter
how far the disease has progressed, they
desire a feeling of self-worth.
We’ve learned much from the power of
creating a caring community in which
everybody—residents, staff members and
families—thrives. Residents with dementia
respond well to this caring and loving
culture, rich in relationship and activity.
The result will be a reduction in behavior
challenging for staff and an increase in the
staff ’s experience of success.
David Troxel is the dementia program
consultant for Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence
in Gig Harbor, Washington, and for Prestige
Senior Living. He contributed to the
development and launch of award-winning
memory care program, Expressions, and
we will be hosting a webinar with David on
September 22 at 10am PST. To learn more,
please visit PrestigeCare.com/Expressions.
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AGE IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.
For Sam Brown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, the age of 39 is just a number.
“I still train regularly and compete when I can,” he explained with a quick smile. “Just not quite as much as when I was younger and
In 2015, Brown opened his small studio in Bonners Ferry. His dream was to eventually grow into a larger facility where he could
combine his personal experience working in traditional gyms with the Jiu-Jitsu training they were already doing.
That vision became reality seven months ago when Brown opened the doors to, what he described as, “a different kind of gym.”
His overall plan had always been to provide world-class martial arts instruction with alternatives for fitness workouts in a family
Shortly after opening five years ago, Brown found himself searching for another—much larger—site where he could offer more than
just Jiu-Jitsu. His time and dedication eventually resulted in the grand opening of his dream, the APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym.
In the short time since the unique fitness center began to welcome students to the facility built to his exacting specifications, the martial
arts gym has expanded to include separate areas for boxing and grappling in addition to family oriented workouts. His wife, Diana,
also teaches Zumba.
Sam and Diana first met in New Hampshire—where Sam is from and where Diana was attending college on a student visa from Bogota,
Colombia. The couple were married while they were still in New England before they traveled together to visit her in her hometown
Prior to meeting his spouse, Brown had traveled to Rio De
Janeiro, Brazil. This is where his Jiu-Jitsu journey began and
his love for the art started.
“I could have lived there forever,” he said. “Beautiful city.
Brown said he stayed in Brazil “until he could not afford to
stay any longer.”
He returned to New England, met and married Diana and
started to search for an American city where he and his bride
could establish their first home. The idea to visit the town of
Bonners Ferry—more than 2,500 miles from where he was
born and raised—was based on a recommendation from his
father, who had been impressed with the small town when
he had visited the area years before.
Brown admitted the charming rural community where he
has chosen to live is “night-and-day” from the crowded
cities of the South American country that his wife grew up
in and the busy East Coast where he had spent his younger
Known in his gym as “Professor,” the second-degree black
belt explained that he had achieved the title, which is earned
one year after getting your black belt if you’re teaching Jiu-
“It is considered an honor,” he explained. “A teacher is a
revered position in the Brazilian culture. The position I hold
as the head of my team is not one that I take lightly.”
Having a family and a business in the small-town
environment is something that Brown has enjoyed
thoroughly—and he never plans to leave. He often expresses
the wish that he had been born and raised in this area and
loves the fact that his kids will grow up in such a beautiful
and friendly town.
Brown explained that the decision to move West was made
not long after the birth of their daughter.
Sam and Diana have three children who all began training
in martial arts before their fifth birthdays. Their 13-yearold
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according to her proud father.
The couple’s two boys—Sam Jr., 8, and 6-year-old Solomon—
are currently training and competing in Jiu-Jitsu as well as
refining their skills on the finer points of Taekwondo.
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“They are both super athletic,” Brown said with a wide smile.
“But I think they really enjoy the finer aspects of kicking and
The design, equipment and layout of the interior of the
APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym, he said, would fit in
with some of the most respected facilities in any big city. All
of the equipment is state of the art. One wall is covered with
a 40-foot canvas mural that spans the mountain ranges from
the peaks that loom over the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro
to the Rockies and the Bitterroot Mountains that dominate
the skyline over Montana and Idaho.
The same mural that hangs proudly inside the APEX also
honors the legacy of the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu with images
of the individuals who helped establish the art’s unique
moves and techniques.
The images on the wall also depict illustrations of his friend
and mentor, Sylvio Behring. Mestre Sylvio Behring is a
world-class fighter from Brazil who has established Jiu-Jitsu
training centers around the world. Each of Sylvio’s training
centers is staffed with black- and brown-belt athletes who
teach in the style of the Jiu-Jitsu Master.
Behring is the son of ninth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grand
Master Flavio Behring. The entrepreneurial son holds an
eighth-degree red and black belt in Jiu-Jitsu as well as a black
belt in Judo.
Widely regarded as one of the top grappling instructors of
his generation, Sylvio began his career training under the
tutelage of ninth-degree Grand Master Alvaro Barreto. He
advanced quickly to become one of Barreto’s top students.
Sylvio has also been credited with the development of Jiu-
Jitsu in diverse regions of Brazil from Sao Paulo to Porto
Alegre. His late brother, Marcelo Behring, has also been
recognized as an important pioneer in the evolution of the
martial art. Brown took a moment from admiring the mural
on the wall of the APEX studio to appreciate the years of
dedication the images represent. “It is really cool to just step
back and appreciate the artistry and the history that went into
the mural,” Brown proudly. “It could really be considered the
Mt. Rushmore of Jiu-Jitsu.”
The mountains of Idaho displayed on the murals also played
an important role in the second-degree black belt’s decision
to establish a Jiu-Jitsu center in what seemed like an unlikely
location for the American center for instruction.
For a year, when Brown first moved to Idaho, he said he
would make the 70-minute drive to Sandpoint, Idaho, to
teach. At that time, the gym in Sandpoint did not have a
black belt in residence.
“After a year, I decided to open up a school in Bonners
Ferry so I could stop making that long drive,” he laughed.
“Once the school turned out to be successful, my plan was
Brown said he was honored to have Mestre Sylvio Behring
present for the APEX grand opening in February. He
described the seven months leading up to the grand opening
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of the new APEX location as “some of the hardest work we have ever
In the days before COVID, Brown explained that Sylvio had visited with
American students in the Idaho town on a regular basis to lead seminars
for a growing number of students who made the long drive to learn from
the master. The Jiu-Jitsu team based in Bonners Ferry, said Brown, draws
on students of the sport from as far away as Sandpoint in Idaho and the
towns of Troy and Libby in Montana.
the outskirts of town. He explained that he could have selected a smaller
space, which would have required less buildout. But in the end, he chose
a bigger project knowing that it would allow him to bring his vision from
the drawing board to reality.
“This is my ideal situation. I spend my days in the gym that I built, where
I am able to share the knowledge and the skills that have been passed on
through the efforts of some of the grand masters of the sport that I love,”
“Master Sylvio is like family. I do not think
the people of Bonners Ferry realize that a
legend in the world of Jiu-Jitsu is coming to
their town twice every year to train with our
students,” said Brown.
“Personally, I have been extremely grateful
for all of his help and the investment that he
has made in me over the years.”
Finding the right space for a world-class
facility in Bonners Ferry was a more complex
challenge than Brown had imagined. He
toured several prospective sites before
accepting the challenge to build the gym he
had always envisioned.
The search for an expanded gym took him
inside several abandoned buildings and to
“I am doing
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beautiful place,” he concluded. “This is my
More information on the APEX Fitness and
Martial Arts gym on Main Street is available at
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OLD FAVORITES MAKE THEIR RETURN
by TAYLOR SHILLAM
With the leaves beginning to turn and
temperatures making their way back down,
the arrival of fall invites a breath of fresh air
and a feeling of renewal in many aspects of
life. The closet is no exception.
In 2020, the season’s trending looks will invite old favorites back
into the spotlight with a new twist. Tailored silhouettes, familiar
patterns and new takes on classic pieces will bring a sense of
comfort alongside the newness—in a year marked by uncertainty,
many of us could use a bit of both.
From bold accents to fresh colors, the fall fashion of 2020 invites
you to choose your level of change from your usual attire. Read
on to discover the season’s top trends.
Glitzy Metallics. This season, give a few of your staple items a new
twist with a touch of heavy metal. Pieces like collared blouses,
cardigans and purses will find their edge with accents of metallic,
sequins and sparkles, many toeing the line between daywear and
playwear. The metallic trend can be played up or down; embrace
the look with a full-metal sequin dress, bodysuit or button-down
top, or simply add a pop of shine with a shimmering accessory.
Gold and silver chains are dominating the spectrum of accessories
this season, from jewelry to bags and belts, so pick your level of
metal and bring some shine to your autumn.
Fur Fantasy. While the weather patterns are always unpredictable
as the year comes to an end, one trending item this fall will
have you prepared for the lowest of temperatures. Major fur is
making its way into stores this season, with statement coats and
shearling of all sizes and shag levels dominating the outerwear
departments. The bigger, the better is this year’s mantra when it
comes to fur, and designers have become more creative than ever
with crafting options for animal-friendly faux substitutes.
Back to School. Going back to school will be in style for all ages
this fall, with a renewed appreciation for collegiate-inspired
attire. Tailored blazers, classic sweaters, thin stripes and argyle
accents made their way across runways this year, making way for
a return to school-girl chic. Reach for fitted items in navy, white and gold, or layer with a tailored collared jacket, collegiate sweater or cardigan to
throw an instant prep in your step.
Sweater Vests. An extension of the academia-inspired trend, a major player in this fall’s complete wardrobe is the sweater vest. With jewel-toned knits
and fresh patterns emerging, the sweater vests of 2020 will be a step up from those of the past.
Lots of Leather. Does leather ever really go out of style? Though a familiar classic, the leather trend is expanding to include more than the classic biker
jacket this fall. Keep your staples, but don’t be afraid to level up your leather with head-to-toe options including leather trousers, tops and lengthy
If you’ve been waiting for a chance to try something new with this always-fashionable medium, take your chance this season. Go for versatile pieces
in neutral black or nude, or mix and match with a statement color, such as this year’s on-trend rich burgundy.
Glamorous Gloves. This year’s statement accessory is the glamorous full-length glove. Here for any occasion through the end of the year, the longsleeved
glove will be highly available in a variety of hues, ready to add standout sophistication to your event wear.
Statement Suits. From fitted skirts to equestrian ensembles,
the suit is here to stay for fall. You can opt for the full twopiece
set with the skirt suit, highlighting a flattering silhouette
with a swingy skirt and matching cropped jacket, or take the
equestrian-inspired look by matching a fitted blazer with
trousers tucked into riding boots.
Just as easily, you can take the trend one piece at a time, rounding
out a complete outfit with a statement blazer. This year, blazers
will be available in both neutral tones and color-popping hues,
with options ranging from oversized to fitted, providing options
just as stylish in a single piece.
Color: Less is More. The fall runway shows saw timeless color
palettes this year, with many looks opting for just one single
color throughout an entire outfit.
Primary colors were prominent, including deep burgundy reds,
vibrant, bold blues and muted, almost green-yellows bringing
crisp pops of color. Neutral tones will be embraced more than
ever, with deep, asphalt grays, creamy beiges and warm toffee
browns holding their own in versions of these classic hues that
are anything but boring.
When shopping for your fall wardrobe, create the perfect balance
of versatility and functionality with items in each category. Play
with dimension by mixing various fabrics and shades of color,
pairing colored pieces with denim or leather, and accessorizing
with bold belts and bags.
Flat Boots. Taking a turn from the platforms of the past, this
year, flat boots are having their moment. With trending styles
including low-maintenance and slouchy to the straight and
sturdy riding boot, put a little ease in your step with shoes that
keep you lower to the ground.
This fall’s trends provide ample opportunity for change, creativity
and self-expression. While fashion trends come and go with the
seasons, true style maintains. With so many of this year’s fall
fashion trends emphasizing the timelessness of favorites like
leather, deep colors and tailored silhouettes, take this season as a
chance to reimagine your look with a bit of ease, and hopefully,
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September is here, and we can already feel that slight nip in the
air at night that says fall, and all of its beloved activities, is not
far away. While you’re still enjoying the last vestiges of summer
weather and boating life, here are some exciting experiences to
get you excited for sweater weather. From apple season to pumpkin
patches, beautiful autumn drives and home baking adventures, there are
safe and fun experiences for the entire family, even if your local fall fest
isn’t happening this year.
Visit a pumpkin patch. No fall is complete without a visit to the pumpkin
patch to find that perfect future jack-o-lantern. Better yet, it’s typically an
outdoor adventure, so it’s easy to stay socially distanced. Stop by family
favorites (be sure to call ahead for hours) like Hickey Farms north of
Sandpoint, Idaho, Prairie Home Farm in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and
Patterson’s Farm Market in Gig Harbor, Washington, for some seasonal
family fun, where there's more than just pumpkins to explore.
Go apple picking. There’s nothing quite like biting into a ripe, juicy apple
freshly picked from the tree to signal fall’s arrival. Orchards throughout
Washington and Idaho have fresh-picked apples available from August
through October, and many even offer you-pick. Explore the various
Green Bluff Growers just outside Spokane, Washington, or head to
Butler’s Farm in Gig Harbor for some goodness fresh off the tree. If you
want the experience of harvesting your own, check to make sure an
orchard is you-pick before visiting.
Join a fall fun race. Celebrate the healthy way with a fall fun run or
harvest race. It’s the perfect weather for running, the colors have started
to change, and you usually end the race with some treat to honor the
season. Many races have been canceled or gone virtual this year, but you
can still head out on your own 5k with close family and friends or search
your area to see if any events are still happening. Enjoy the brisk fall air,
treat yourself to a pumpkin beer or cider after the run, and give yourself
a pat on the back for getting out.
View the changing leaves. Scenic drives are spectacular during this time
of year. From Gig Harbor to Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene,
there are many opportunities to experience the autumn foliage. Head to
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington on scenic state
routes 542, 20, or toward Leavenworth by way of the Steven Pass Scenic
Byway to see the colors unfold in Eastern Washington.
The Selkirk, Cabinet and Purcell Mountains in North Idaho offer some
stunning opportunities to view the changing colors. Drive through the
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge or along the Pend Oreille National
Scenic Byway to take in the views. If you don’t have the time for a day
drive, wander local parks or gardens like the Finch Arboretum in Spokane
on foot for breathtaking color and foliage right outside your back door.
Visit a cidery. Where there are apples, there is cider. Stop by one of the
many cideries in Washington or North Idaho to sample some of the
region’s finest creations. Various cideries in the growing region of Green
Bluff are a short drive from Coeur d’Alene, or stop by the local North
Idaho Cider company in Coeur d’Alene to sample ciders ranging from
traditional fresh apple to more adventurous flavors like Hoppy Mango or
Strawberry Lemon. Nearby Seattle and Gig Harbor, visit Finnriver Farm
& Cidery for some fresh organic draft ciders that provide the best of what
the season has to offer.
Make a pie. With fewer public events and activities taking place, now is
the perfect time to hone your pie-baking skills. Grab a friend or family
member and learn how to make the perfect apple pie. Even if baking isn’t
your forte, there are many online or print resources that can help. Now
might be the perfect time to take a pie-baking class like those offered by
the Farm Pie School of Lil Punkin Pie Co. out of Coeur d’Alene. Whether
you stay home or head to the farm to learn, this could be the year you
master the art of pie making—and have some fun with someone special
along the way.
Experience a fall fest. Whether it’s Oktoberfest or Autumn Leaf Fest, fall
festivals have added some seasonal fun spirit to each of our communities
for years. This year may look a little different, and many festivals are
canceled or postponed, but keep an eye out to see if some local favorites
may still be happening. Fall Fest at Schweitzer Mountain is an annual
Sandpoint tradition that brings visitors in from all over. Enjoy some
brews outside, take in the scenery and celebrate the season. Or make
it an overnight trip and head out for somewhere like Leavenworth,
Washington, where the Bavarian style makes the perfect place for its
annual Oktoberfest and Autumn Leaf Festival.
Attend a soup cook-off. Each year Sandpoint restaurants and cooks vie
for the Golden Ladle at SoupTember, where the best soup wins the day.
While many public chili and soup coo-offs may not be happening this
year, you can still host your own with close friends and family outside
(socially distanced), or unite the neighborhood for a contact-free soup
share, where you each surprise someone with a tasty fall dinner.
Whatever your fall plans may hold, we hope you get outside, enjoy the
autumn breeze and take some time to experience the changing of the
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• 1 bottle red wine (shiraz, merlot, pinot noir)
• 2 cups apple cider
• ½ to 1 cup brandy
• cinnamon sticks
• 1 orange cut into slices
• 6-8 whole cloves
• 8-10 peppercorns
Pour all ingredients into a large pot or slow
cooker. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove cloves
and peppercorns from the mixture. Pour into
coffee mugs and garnish with an additional
fresh orange slice.
You don’t have to break into the cellar for this
concoction, as the spices and brandy will add
delicious flavors to even mid-level red wines.
Feel free to add additional spices and fruits to
really kick the flavor up a notch.
Patron XO Coffee/
• 2 oz. Patron XO Café Liquor
• 5 oz. coffee or hot chocolate
• dash of cinnamon
• whipped cream (optional)
Pour ingredients together in a ceramic mug,
stir, top with whipped cream and sprinkle
People add all kinds of mixtures to coffee,
but this moderately priced liquor is a
great blend to any warm drink. Patron
Silver Tequila is blended with coffee and
chocolate to create a warming sensation
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Late Summer Fizz
• 2 oz. rye whiskey
• ½ oz. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup liquor
• ½ oz. sweet vermouth
• club soda
• ½ tsp. allspice
• ½ oz. apple cider
• squeeze of lemon
• pinch of sea salt
Add rye, cider and Pimm’s in a shaker over ice
and shake vigorously. Pour into old-fashioned
glass and add a splash of club soda. Float the
vermouth on top and follow with allspice,
lemon and salt.
This recipe is taken from “Whiskey Cocktails”
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Fall means it’s time to pack away the hard seltzers and clear liquors in favor of
deep-colored ales and amber-colored spirits. To give ourselves a little comfort
on a chilly afternoon or night, a warm cocktail or malty beer can be the perfect
pour for a quick relax. Here are just a few of our favorites for when the days get
shorter and the nights just a little colder.
Mint Julep 3 Fall Beers to Try Non-Alcoholic
• 2 oz. bourbon
• ¾ oz. simple syrup
• 2 large sprigs of mint
Combine sugar and half the mint in the
bottom of the glass and muddle gently. Add
bourbon and lots of crushed ice and gently stir
together. Top with additional mint leaves and
drink through a straw.
OK, so this isn’t truly a fall drink, but with
The Kentucky Derby being held in September
instead of May, let’s keep the tradition alive.
Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of
the derby, but any high-end bourbon will do
Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, Kettlehouse
Brewing. Available year-round but a favorite
of fall and winter outdoor enthusiasts,
this traditional Scotch ale has a cult-like
following amongst those who’ve experienced
it. You could describe it, but most just say,
“Man that’s good!”
Pecan Porter, Laughing Dog Brewing. This
imperial porter checks in at 8.1% ABV—so
be careful. The pecan flavor is very evident
without being overly sweet. A 4 malt
combination makes it a very unique beer.
Punkuccino, Elysian Brewing. One of
Seattle’s best-known brewers pumps out
many different varieties of pumpkin beer
each fall. This 6% medium-bodied ale
combines Stumptown Coffee with pumpkin,
and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Night
Owl and The Great Pumpkin are two other
• 4 parts Ritual Whiskey Alternative
• 1 part Bittermilk Bourbon Barrel
Aged Old Fashioned Mix
There are many non-alcoholic beers and
wines available, and now several companies
are also mimicking spirits as well. Ritual’s
take on alternative whiskey contains allnatural
flavors of American oak, cane sugar,
Madagascar vanilla and Mesquite smoke,
all in a 10-calorie alcohol-free serving. Add
the premixed old-fashioned ingredients and
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By Marguerite Cleveland
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Kalispell, Montana, has a lovely small-town feel with its historic downtown but also has all the modern amenities you need for a
fall getaway amid a pandemic. Centrally located, Kalispell is in the heart of all you want to see and do in the area.
Where to Stay
When booking lodging during the COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness and safety are tops on the list for evaluating a hotel. The
Homewood Suites in Kalispell follows the Hilton CleanStay program. Rooms are sealed to indicate they haven’t been accessed since they
were cleaned, and extra disinfection takes place on the top 10 high-touch areas such as doorknobs and light switches. You can also check
in and out with their digital key. Another thing to consider is having a place to stay that has more room and a kitchen. It is nice to have a
table you can sit at to enjoy takeout meals, and the kitchen is helpful for preparing a picnic lunch for a day in Glacier National Park. This
hotel is located near numerous restaurants and shops, as well as being a good central location for exploring the area.
Where to Eat
Western-themed food is the prominent style in the area. Think anything grilled or smoked and try meats other than beef. Elk and bison
are common on many menus around town. Food portions tend to be generous, so plan to share some items. Here are a few local places
worth checking out:
The Desoto Grill is a local family owned treasure of barbecue and hotrods. Housed in an old blacksmith shop, The Forge, and named
after the owner’s Grandpa Art’s 1954 Desoto, this place rocks. From a rowdy, fun atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating to its
outstanding food, it is worth making a visit. Make sure to order the Combo Platter, which gives you the choice of three meats and three
sides. There is a huge variety to choose from, and the cornbread is terrific. Choose a “Mac” as one of your sides. A yummy macaroni
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and cheese can be jazzed up with bacon, a spicy grilled sausage or other
options. All sides are house made, which really makes a difference in the
quality of the food.
Hop’s Downtown Grill is a chef-owned restaurant in the historic
downtown. It is known for some of the best burgers in Montana including
beef, bison, elk and yak. The rest of the menu is eclectic with a variety of
comfort food options. Since we weren’t eating in, I went next door to
Brix Bottle Shop to purchase some local beer. They sell bottles and cans
individually, and the clerk helped me select some good regional choices.
Great service and a knowledgeable staff housed in a historic building.
My family loves breakfast, and on our trips we love to find that great diner
popular with the locals. Julie’s Center Street Café is just such a spot and
relatively undiscovered by tourists. It is the friendly type of place where
you will see people eating alone who come in for the company. Allow
plenty of time as the meals are cooked to order. The food is outstanding,
and the presentation is a nice surprise for a diner. My frittata came with
a sliced tomato arranged in a design on top, and the hash browns are
cooked flat for a nice crispy exterior and then rolled like an omelet, so
you get that crunch in every bite.
What to Do
People come to this area to visit Glacier National Park—and rightly so.
But there is so much more to see in the area. The State Parks in Montana
are the equivalent of National Parks with such stunning scenery and
much less crowded than Glacier National Park. Make sure to allow time
during your visit to explore other areas.
Glacier National Park is considered the crown jewel of the continent for
its stunning natural scenery and many glaciers. Due to COVID-19, you
can only enter the park on the west side. The Going-To-The-Sun road is
a highlight of any park visit and is currently open to Rising Sun, which is
a total of 43 miles. The park is extremely popular, so plan to get an early
start from Kalispell. I would be on the road no later than 6am. There are
limited facilities in the park, so be sure to pack a picnic and bring extra
The Speci f ics
WHERE TO STAY
The Homewood Suites by Hilton - Hilton.com/en/hotels/
WHERE TO EAT
The Desoto Grill - DesotoGrill.com
Hop’s Downtown Grill - Facebook.com/HopsDowntownGrill
Brix Bottle Shop - BrixBottleShop.com
Julie’s Center Street Café - Facebook.com/pages/Julies-
WHAT TO DO
Glacier National Park - NPS.gov/glac
Polebridge Mercantile - PolebridgeMerc.com
Northwest Montana Adventures
Lone Pine State Park - StateParks.MT.gov/lone pine
Whitefish Mountain Resort - SkiWhitefish.com
A less visited area of the park can be accessed through
the Camas Entrance. Exit the park here and then
take the gravel road to the Polebridge Mercantile.
This cute emporium is known for its great baked
goods including the famed Huckleberry Bear Claw.
From this area you can hike the Transboundary
Flathead River Interpretive Trail or continue past
Polebridge to the North Fork entrance to Glacier
The Flathead National Forest has excellent views
of the Canadian Rockies, the Whitefish Range
and Glacier National Park. One of the best ways
to explore it is on an off-road all-terrain vehicle.
Try a Can-Am or Polaris rented from Northwest
Montana Adventures near Olney, Montana. They
have a variety of vehicles that will seat two to six
people. Based on the amount of time, the staff will
recommend where to go with maps provided. The
company, which is open year-round, also rents
snow machines in the winter.
For a less crowded experience, visit Lone Pine State Park. There are 7.5
miles of hiking trails that lead you to overlooks for stunning views of the
Flathead Valley and distant mountain ranges and lakes. Along the trails
are plenty of places to stop, relax and enjoy the peaceful environment
of the park. Picnic tables are available, and they are all nicely separated
for social distancing. The Visitors' Center is newly remodeled and has
information on the history of the park and the ecology and wildlife of the
area. This is a beautiful park that is relatively undiscovered by tourists.
Both Kalispell and Whitefish have quaint walkable downtown areas with
cute local shops, galleries and restaurants. It’s a nice way to spend an
The Whitefish Mountain Resort has a variety of fun summer activities
that remain open on weekends in September. Take a one-way scenic
lift up the mountain and hike down. Other activities include mountain
biking, ziplining, an aerial adventure course and many more.
September is a great time to visit this area with the mild weather. Visit
DiscoverKalispell.com for more information.
Do your part not to spread COVID-19 while traveling. Wear a mask
and practice social distancing. Do not travel if any of your party shows
symptoms of the coronavirus or has had recent exposure to someone who
has the illness. Plan outdoor activities and picnics, and utilize takeout
options at restaurants to decrease your risks.
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DUTCH-OVEN FIRE-ROASTED CHILI
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP
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2 tbsp. avocado oil
1 lb. elk or beef burger
1 lb. ground hot sausage
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 large ribs of celery, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted tomatoes
6 oz. can tomato sauce
4 oz. can chopped green chilis
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin powder
2 tsp. Himalayan salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. smokey paprika
2 large dried bay leaves
• In a medium-sized cast-iron Dutch oven, heat avocado oil over
medium heat. Add burger, sausage, onion, celery and garlic.
• Cook until meat is done and vegetables are tender.
• Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 15
• Reduce heat to a simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
• Serve warm and top chili with your favorite toppings like
cheddar cheese and scallions.
*Note: You can make this chili really spicy by adding hot peppers
or keep it mild by choosing mild peppers and/or leaving the
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Anthony’s Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the
harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, take-out
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Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.
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GERTIE AND THE
At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown
Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to
a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet
affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,
Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully
prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with
them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.
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PHO EVER WOK
Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're looking for, look
no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional
Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you
like your soup mild or spicy, they'll prepare it just the way
you like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available
as well. Even better, the prices can't be beat, and there's
plenty of parking. Also available for takeout. Open Monday
through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.
4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor
Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello
to delicious, serving up food that feels as good as it
tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai
bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal
planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday
through Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am
5247 Olympic Dr. NW, Ste. A | Gig Harbor
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Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes! Located in
the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical
Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers
premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,
fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,
soups and of course made-to-order crepes!
4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 109 | Gig Harbor
that tastes good!
When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will
be authentic, delicious and made with heart. Every day they
work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their
guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of
culture, authenticity and survival. Lele’s is open daily from
11am to 9pm.
4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 200 | Gig Harbor
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Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to
everyone, with a menu that includes grain-free, vegetarian
and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in
April of 2019, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to
the Gig Harbor dining scene. Open daily 11am to 9pm.
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TOPIC: When Is It Time To Make A Move?
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GIG HARBOR RELAY FOR LIFE IS GOING VIRTUAL
By Abigail Thorpe
Every year, more than 2,500 Relay for Life events take place
across the country, as community members come together
to support and celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers,
remember each life touched by cancer, and raise funds to
This year’s Relay for Life Gig Harbor will continue as planned, but
virtually, due to COVID-19. The event will be held September 12, from
10am to noon, via Facebook Live, and attendees can look forward to
streamed live music, a special luminaria ceremony dedicated to loved
ones whose lives have been touched by cancer, an online auction, and
a car parade with a prize for the best decorated car.
The live-streamed relay will include a drive-through hot dog stand,
a celebratory pizza party at Fondi, and prize drawings. The virtual
event will provide cancer survivors, their caretakers and families an
opportunity to connect with and support one another in the fight
Relay for Life events are dedicated to making sure that no one faces
cancer alone, and the money raised from each event goes to help fund
the American Cancer Society’s groundbreaking research and patient
Whether you start a team or join the event individually to raise money,
or choose to support someone financially on their Relay for Life
journey, every dollar helps Relay for Life Gig Harbor meet its goal of
$125,000 to help make a change in the lives of the local community.
To find participants and teams, learn more about the upcoming
virtual event, or donate to the cause, visit Secure.acsevents.org/site/
STR?pg=entry&fr_id=95650. You can also follow the Gig Harbor Relay
for Life event on Facebook at Facebook.com/GHRelayForLife.
FOR EVENTS, VISIT GIGHARBORLIVINGLOCAL.COM.
Race for a Soldier, which was originally scheduled for Sunday,
September 13, has transitioned into a virtual event for current
public safety and health concerns. This year's race will feature a
virtual half marathon, 10-miler and 5k. Though the platform may
be different this year, its purpose stays the same: This is a race run
for hope, for support and a better future for the men and women
that serve our country and our communities. There is a suggested
start/finish line at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA, 10550 Harbor
Hill Drive. To register, visit PTSDFoundation.org/events/race-fora-soldier.
RACE FOR A SOLDIER 2020
HISTORY ROCKS 2020
Mark your calendars for this three-day online fundraiser to
benefit Harbor History Museum! Held September 17 through 19,
Harbor History Museum will once again present History Rocks!
This online benefit auction will feature at-home fun for everyone,
including auction, raffle, retro recipes, concert by Cadillac and
more. Save the date and plan to celebrate the museum's 10-year
anniversary. To find out more about this year's fundraiser and how
you can participate, visit HarborHistoryMuseum.org/events.
CIDER SWIG: DRIVE-THROUGH EDITION
The Cider Swig returns for 2020, drive-through style. For two days,
September 26 in Tacoma at America’s Car Museum and September
27 at the Imax Theatre parking lot at Uptown Gig Harbor, you can
drive through and pick up your Cider Swig To-Go tasting kits,
as well as delicious meal options to accompany your take-home
festival. And, to round out the experience, sounds of area bands and
musicians that would have otherwise played live at the festival will
set the backdrop. Pickup at both locations will take place between
noon and 4pm. For more information, contact the Festival Chair,
Dr. Julie Ann Gustanski, at 253.514.6338 ext. 102 or jgustanski@
gigharborfoundation.org. For additional details and to purchase
online, visit CiderSwig.org.
* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take
place as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility
that event schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure
to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.
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• Bayview Plastic Surgery
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• Nouveau MedSpas
• Gretchen Giese Artworks
• Nikki Brook - Mood Studios
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Auto Repair & Services
• Mackert Automotive
• Graffs Automotive Repair
• Parkers Automotive and Service
• 7 Seas Brewing
• Wet Coast Brewing Co.
• Gig Harbor Brewing Co.
• Ambrose Lobato Design/Build
• Brett Marlo Design Build
• Harbor Rock Construction
• Blazing Onion Burger Co.
• The Gourmet Burger Shop
• Tides Tavern
• Gig Harbor Chiropractic & Massage
• Harbor Life Chiropractic
• Maritime Chiropractic
• Dolly Mama Boutique, Home & Gallery
• Timothy Lopez American Family Insurance
• Harbor Place at Cottesmore
• Zachary J. Lester, DMD
• Uptown Dental Gig Harbor | Dr. Rhonda Savage
• The Kids’ Dentist Gig Harbor
• Green.House Restaurant
• Brix 25
• Devoted Kiss Cafe
• Table 47
• Heritage Distilling Company
• Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
• Tom Taylor Family YMCA
• Better Gym
• Rebel’tude Salon & Spa
• Air Blowout Bar
• Salon Riviera
• El Pueblito
• Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
• Anthony’s at Gig Harbor
• Rainier Family Medicine
• Peninsula Natural Health Center
• MultiCare Women’s Health & Wellness Center
• Timothy Lopez - American Family Insurance
• Tyler Martindale - Farmers Insurance
• Patrick Kelly - State Farm Insurance Agent
• Ken Walker Jewelers
• van der Veen Jewelers
• Clark’s Jewelers
Mortgage Lender Services
• American Pacific Mortgage
• Evergreen Home Loans
• Northwest Mortgage Services
• Gig Harbor Peninsula Fish Food Bank
• Greater Gig Harbor Foundation
• Harbor WildWatch
Pet Store/Pet Care
• Gig Harbor Kennel Groom & Board
• Lucky Dog Outfitters Gig Harbor
• Green Cottage Pets
• Pizzeria Fondi
• Millville Pizza Co.
• MOD Pizza
Place to Stay
• Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites
• The INN at Gig Harbor
• Maritime Inn
• Westmoreland Properties
• Sandy & Gary Jones, Windermere Real Estate
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• Escape Hour Gig Harbor
• Frankie Boutique
• Blue Moon Massage & Wellness Spa
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• Jax Salon and Spa
• Uptown Gig Harbor
• Tickled Pink
• Harbor Greens LLC
• Kinza | Teriyaki Japanese Restaurant
• Thai Hut
• The Marketplace Grille
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