February 2021 Gig Harbor Living Local

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February 2021 Gig Harbor Living Local

FEBRUARY 2021

LIVING LOCAL

Pierce County

RESTAURANT RALLY

Our community rallies around

local restaurants

BEAUTIFUL

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INTRODUCING SPACEX

Major milestones reached, supported by the

expertise of Northwest native

WEEKEND

DESTINATIONS

TO UNWIND

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SERVING GIG HARBOR

Pharmacy . Full Service Repair . Home Delivery . Exceptional Patient Care

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equipment to the Puget Sound area. Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest quality products,

exceptional customer service and to be an active participant in our patients’ healthcare and well being.

We believe that offering exceptional patient care is a collaborative effort. Our trained and knowledgeable

staff understand that every patient is unique and strives to promote a warm and caring environment

where our patients feel comfortable.

Because We Care.

4700 Pt. Fosdick Drive Northwest

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

(253) 858-9941 . Fax: (253) 851-9942

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HOME SALES

+ 7%

MORTGAGE RATES

3.4% by end of year

HOME PRICES

+ 5.7%

HOMEOWNERSHIP RATE

65.9%

After normal seasonality was tossed out the window in 2020, a strong spring

and summer home buying season is expected. We are here to provide continued

excellent real estate services as we move through this exciting market!

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Gig Harbor

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Real Estate real Resource

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Fox Island | Sold

Downtown | SOLD

$702,734 $1,950,000

$6,130,000 9 Days $2,100,000

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Up $2,980,000 from December

Down 18.5 days from December

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gifts of love

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giveaway

SHOW THE LOVE

To celebrate the season, Gig Harbor Living Local is excited to announce our Show the Love giveaway! In

partnership with the many generous businesses that can be found throughout our community, you don’t want

to miss out on the opportunity to walk away with the grand prize.

Now through Friday, February 12, the community is encouraged to share why they love Gig Harbor and what

makes it so special to them. And you can enter in just two easy steps!

Step 1

Like/follow Gig Harbor Living Local

on Facebook (@gogigharbor)

or Instagram (@gigharborliving)

Step 2

Comment why you love Gig Harbor

Just two days before Valentine’s Day, a winner will be chosen randomly from all of those who participated/

commented via social media. This incredible gift basket has something for everyone and is filled with all the

amazing things our town has to offer.

From gift cards to specialty merchandise, local businesses are sharing the love with one lucky winner. Items

include a travel size ZO Skin Health Gentle Cleanser, Exfoliating Polish and Complexion Renewal Pads courtesy

of Gig Harbor Aesthetics; one-month unlimited passes for both Tuladhara Yoga and 9Round Gym; Gig Harbor

Brewing gift card and merchandise; pottery from Alinda Morris Design; gift card and barbecue sauce thanks to

BBQ2U; a bottle of wine from Carl’s Pond; a float session from Urban Float; and much, much more!

Don’t miss out! Now’s the time to show your love for Gig Harbor.

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$2k in gifts from these local businesses!

SHOP. SIP. STROLL. DINE. DISCOVER.

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FEBRUARY 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 2

inside

Be Good To Yourself

Strategies for self-love

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Beautiful Weekend Destinations to Unwind

Drivable destinations to relax solo, with a bestie or with your

partner this February

Your Tasting Adventure Awaits!

Take a seat at one of the area’s tasting rooms

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

LOVE STARTS WITH YOU

Family First offers

compassionate,

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• Caring and experienced

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• Home physician and

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• Serving Gig Harbor and the

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for 20 years.

Congratulations! We all made

it through the first month of

the new year. As February

has arrived, with it comes the

holiday we all equate to romance, roses

and … love—Valentine’s Day.

But this year, as we continue to embark

on new journeys, take this month as an

opportunity to focus on not only the love

you show others, but yourself.

Self-love is too often overlooked. But if we

don’t nurture our own bodies, minds and

spirits, exemplifying love for ourselves,

how can we possibly extend love to those

around us?

In this issue, we have put together

content that focuses on self-care and

how important it is that we dedicate time

for ourselves. The happier we are with

ourselves and our own lives, the easier it

is to extend that joy beyond ourselves and

share it with those we care for.

There are many things surrounding us on

a daily basis that are out of our control,

yet we have complete control over how we

treat ourselves.

This month, it’s up to you to choose how

you celebrate life and love. Whether you

treat yourself to solo dinner or a spa

day, spend Valentine’s weekend with

your significant other or family, or opt

to surround yourself with your dearest

friends, love will always be in the air

wherever you go—as long as you’re

dedicating time and attention to loving

yourself first.

May love fill your life not just on Valentine’s

Day but every day.

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Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

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BEAUTIFUL

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NO MATTER THE TIME OF YEAR, there is

always something to explore outdoors in Gig

Harbor. This month's cover features the iconic

Gig Harbor Lighthouse, which can be found at the

mouth of the harbor. Built in 1988, it is always a

beautiful sight to see.

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INTRODUCING SPACEX

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DESTINATIONS

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Discover Gig Harbor’s Own Treasures on the

Waterfront: Shining a light on businesses in the harbor

32

GOOD NEWS

Keeping our Seniors’ Bellies Full and Hearts Happy:

Meal program continues to benefit the community

36

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Tiffany Place Real Estate: Put the power of Tiffany

Place to work for you

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IN FOCUS

The ‘Only’ in the Room: A conversation about

leadership, collaboration and support

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Recognizing the bright youth in our community

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LIVING LOCAL

Pierce County Restaurant Rally: Our

community rallies around local restaurants

50

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Broadway Design: 25 years and going strong

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sneak peek into February ...

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100

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

60

FEATURE

Introducing SpaceX: Major milestones reached,

supported by the expertise of Northwest native

70

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF

Strategies for self-love

60

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BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND

DESTINATIONS TO UNWIND

Drivable destinations to relax solo, with a bestie or with

your partner this February

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YOUR TASTING

ADVENTURE AWAITS

Take a seat at one of the area’s tasting rooms

84

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Park City, Utah: A flight in the morning and hitting the

slopes by afternoon

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GIG HARBOR LOCAL GUIDE

Navigate where to stay, what to do, where to shop

and more in this easy-to-follow business directory

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

102

FEATURED RECIPE

Shepherd’s Pie: A savory yet healthy take on this

classic recipe

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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‘To Thy Own Self Be True’

WHY YOU SHOULD FOCUS ON SELF-LOVE FIRST

By Jennifer ‘Taz’ Vazquez, Life Coach

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Doesn’t matter if you are a hopeless

romantic or a scrooge, the thought of Valentine’s Day tends to

bring up strong emotions about being alone.

Many people feel they either need to be in a relationship or are lonely if

they are not. When did celebrating being in any relationship become a

measure of our self-worth?

It got me thinking, what if you could have the Valentine’s Day you always

wanted? Well, you can. Just focus on the most important relationship in

your life ... the relationship with yourself! Shakespeare once said, “To thy

own self be true.” When we really love and accept ourselves, we show up

in life more authentically, feel alive and genuinely love our life. There are

six steps to being true to yourself:

1. Mindset: The lens through which you experience life, your world

and reality. Studies say we have over 60,000 thoughts a day, of which 95

percent are repetitive, and 80 percent of those are negative! This “fight

or flight” perspective is how we see the world. To flip it, notice positive

thoughts and experiences. Challenge yourself to list five ways you showed

up for yourself or said something positive about yourself.

2. Mindfulness: Focusing on the present, and awareness of limiting

beliefs and negative thoughts. In a curious, non-judgmental way, ask

what memories these thoughts/beliefs are associated with. Gently

challenge them by looking for instances where they are not true. It helps

soothe our inner critic and helps us feel calmer and more creative.

3. Gratitude: Genuinely acknowledge what you appreciate about yourself

and your life. Practiced regularly, gratitude improves overall health, wellbeing,

resilience and sleep. It also increases life, job and relationship

satisfaction. Challenge yourself to name six things you are thankful for

about yourself and about your life.

4. Self-care: What you deliberately do to give yourself the grace,

compassion and care you need. Maybe it’s setting boundaries, taking

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A YOGA FOR EVERY BODY

New studio in Uptown Shopping Center in Gig

Harbor! Practice here or anywhere - if you’re new

to yoga, take advantage of our New Student

Special: first month for only $49!

We offer in-person and online classes and

packages for every budget and body, from

beginner to experienced and everything in

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Visit our website to view our daily schedule!

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4641 Point Fosdick Dr., Suite 200, Gig Harbor, WA

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Practiced regularly, gratitude improves overall health,

well-being, resilience and sleep.

time off to relax, hiring a babysitter, eating healthier or working out.

Self-care is also remaining in integrity with who you are. Ask yourself if

your beliefs, thoughts, actions or the people in your life are serving and

supporting you. If not, change it.

5. Forgiveness: A conscious decision to release resentment or negativity

toward yourself and others. When we harbor resentment, we give up our

power and waste so much energy. Typically it ends up hurting ourselves

more. Try writing a letter for yourself. Acknowledge the hurt, state how

it has impacted you, and accept you cannot change the past. State what

you need in specific terms for the future. Lastly, state that you choose to

forgive yourself (or the person), without expectation. Forgiveness doesn’t

mean forgetting (or condoning) but letting go, so you can move on and

give yourself closure.

6. Action. Continually taking small, consistent action steps forward.

Love is a verb. We do something for others and ourselves to show we

care. It puts our thoughts into positive practice. Don’t forget to celebrate

the small wins. Even if imperfect, forward consistent action adds up to

big changes over time.

While a healthy relationship can enhance your life, just as friendships

and other relationships can, you have to be true to yourself first. Use this

month as an opportunity to celebrate and reconnect with yourself by

practicing these six steps.

What is one thing you can do to deepen your relationship with yourself?

“I help you discover what sets your soul on fire. Rediscover your power,

beauty and creativity … and create how you want to show up in this

world!” Jennifer “Taz” Vazquez, life coach, health and wellness, Veteran and

Renaissance woman. She is also on the leadership team for Women Belong

Gig Harbor. You can reach her by email at dancingdogs2@hotmail.com

or by calling 360.591.9256.

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sets your soul on fire ...

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Let’s create how you want to

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Sharing a Home While Separating

SIX TIPS TO PEACEFUL COHABITATION

By Felicia Soleil, Family Mediator/Attorney

This is the time of year when separating or divorcing couples

often decide to put the family home up for sale. Often due to

financial reasons, many transitioning couples elect to remain

residing in the home together until it is sold, regardless of

the status of their legal case. Obviously, this can lead to awkwardness,

discomfort and downright simmering, if not overt, hostility within

the household.

As a family mediator and lawyer, I strongly encourage early professional

assistance to help couples establish some ground rules and boundaries

if cohabiting through the choppy waters of dissolving their intimate

partnership. Obviously, the major goal here is to identify the most

common triggers of conflict and minimize them. Here are some tips:

1. Define and respect your separate spaces. Most of my clients

in these situations have already created their own bedrooms or

established an “upstairs/downstairs” arrangement for privacy. This

can work well if each party agrees to only enter the other’s private

space by invitation or consent from the other. (And no yelling through

closed doors, please.)

2. Create rules for sharing communal areas. Unless your home has

a separate or attached independent dwelling unit, chances are you’ll

need to share at least a kitchen. What does that mean for food in the

cabinets and refrigerator? Will you each purchase and prepare your

own meals, or will you share groceries and meal times? If you have

children, will you continue with family meals, or will meal planning

be part of “on-duty parenting” with assigned days of the week? How

will you handle kitchen cleanup? What about the TV room? Do you

need a schedule for use of the big-screen or other entertainment

devices? And how will you handle your laundry?

3. Establish responsibilities for household chores. If you are like

most couples, these were probably never specifically defined while

you were together. Now is the time to be specific and for each person

to take responsibility for their own duties and do those chores

without having to be asked or reminded. Remember, you are trying

to minimize conflict here, so do your part and always clean up after

yourself, regardless of the habits established during the marriage.

4. Define parenting responsibilities. If you have children at home,

how are you going to co-parent while separating from the other parent

in the same home? Will you have “on-duty parent” days where one of

you takes responsibility for the children’s needs and the other parent

makes themselves scarce? This can be a good way to practice single

parenting and getting the kids used to the separation while in the

comfort of their own primary home. Be clear with each other, and be

clear with your kids, and seek input from a family therapist if needed.

5. Define how shared expenses will be paid until the house sells.

Will you still operate out of a joint account and contribute all of

your incomes? Or will you separate incomes, establish any support

obligations, and share living expenses? In my experience, couples with

the best intentions to maintain joint accounts until one moves out

or the house sells often begin to feel resentful if they can’t begin to

establish their own bank accounts after a few months of cohabiting.

Anticipate this and try to plan accordingly.

6. Have a plan for considering offers on the home. How much will

you agree to rely on your realtor’s recommendations when offers come

in? Don’t be swayed by too low an offer just because you want out of

the situation. Be attentive to your emotional responses pertaining to

the home at this time so you don’t self-sabotage your financial wellbeing.

Remember, this situation is temporary, and the goal here is to

minimize the triggers that can cause conflict while striving for peaceful

cohabitation until separation is feasible. If you aren’t comfortable

establishing boundaries and ground rules on your own, seek early

mediation, work with a therapist or consult with an attorney.

Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney located in

Gig Harbor. She helps her clients in achieving resolutions that foster both

a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy new beginning so

they can focus on moving on, rather than simply moving out. Felicia can

be reached at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential

and currently conducted by appointment via videoconference or phone.

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Building Better Solutions for Clients

With almost 30 years experience serving families in Gig Harbor and Pierce

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Facing a divorce or separation? Felicia focuses on reducing and resolving

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UNFORGETTABLE BIRTHDAYS

Remember these six important birthdays

Courtesy of Nancy Harris, CMFC, CDFA

President, Financial Planner, New Foundation Wealth Group

BUILDING SOLID

FINANCIAL FOUNDATIONS

We develop & review strategies,

plans & solutions, as well as

work to create a safe & caring

environment where everyone can

discuss their financial concerns,

dreams & goals.

Birthdays may seem less important as

you grow older. They may not offer the

impact of watershed moments such

as getting a driver’s license at 16 and

voting at 18. But beginning at age 50, there are

several key birthdays that can affect your tax

situation, health-care eligibility and retirement

benefits.

50. Taxable distributions from IRAs and

qualified employer retirement plans before

age 59 ½ are generally subject to a 10 percent

early distribution penalty (20 percent for

certain SIMPLE plan distributions) on top of

any federal income taxes due. But if you are a

qualified public safety employee, you can take

penalty-free withdrawals from your qualified

retirement plan after leaving your job if your

employment ends during or after the year you

reach age 50.

55. If you're not a qualified public safety

employee, you can take penalty-free

withdrawals from your qualified retirement

plan after leaving your job if your employment

ends during or after the year you reach age 55.

59 ½. And all withdrawals from qualified

retirement plans and IRAs are penalty-free after

you reach age 59 ½, whether or not you're still

employed. Ordinary income taxes generally

apply to these distributions. (Withdrawals

taken prior to age 59 ½ may be subject to a 10

percent federal income tax penalty.)

62. You are eligible to start collecting Social

Security benefits, although your benefit will

be reduced by up to 30 percent. To receive full

benefits, you must wait until “full retirement

age,” which ranges from 66 to 67 depending on

the year you were born.

65. You are eligible to enroll in Medicare.

Medicare Part A hospital insurance benefits

are automatic for those eligible for Social

Security. Part B medical insurance ben efits are

voluntary and have a monthly premium. To

obtain coverage at the earliest possible date,

you should generally enroll about two to three

months before turning 65.1

72. You must start taking minimum

distributions from most tax-deferred

retirement plans or face a 50 percent penalty on

the amount that should have been withdrawn.

Annual required minimum distributions

are calculated according to life expectancies

determined by the federal government.

Source: 1) U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services

Nancy Harris is a Registered Representative

and Investment Adviser Representative of

Equity Services, Inc. (ESI). Securities and

investment advisory services are offered solely

by ESI,Member FINRA/SIPC, 1200 Newport

Center Drive, Suite 270, Newport Beach, CA

92660, 949.836.7809. New Foundation Wealth

Group is independent of ESI.

Nancy Harris does not offer tax or legal advice.

For advice concerning your own situation, please

consult with your appropriate professional

advisor. TC119113(0121)1

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President, Financial Planner

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4423 Point Fosdick Dr., Ste. 208-2, Gig Harbor, WA

Nancy Harris is a Registered Representative and Investment

Advisor Representative of/and offers securities and investment

advisory services solely through Equity Services, Inc., member

FINRA/SIPC, 1200 Newport Center Dr., Ste. 270, Newport Beach,

CA 92660. ESI operates as Vermont Equity Services in CO, MO,

NH and WI. New Foundation Wealth Group is independent of

Equity Services, Inc. unless otherwise noted. TC116196(0820)1.

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By Colin Anderson

It’s been a year of learning for Peninsula

High School math teacher Erin

Rossing. Months into the new normal,

she’s using tools in her classroom that

weren’t really on the radar in previous years.

“This has been an interesting opportunity

to explore new online tools like Desmos,

using Google Slides as

shared student workspaces,

video-making and online

portfolios,” she said.

Though calls are over Zoom,

Erin still lights up when her

students find the “beauty” of

math and especially those

“ah-ha!” moments when

something finally clicks.

In her 14 years teaching

math, Erin has seen many

great accomplishments—

and one of her favorite

memories was in a

classroom half a world away.

Erin had the privilege of teaching at the

Shanghai American School in China,

where she worked closely with a special

cohort of students who were part of the

Innovation Institute. As a group, the

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Math Teacher

Peninsula High School

cross-content projects. “During their

project presentations, I was so amazed at

the potential we have in education to see

what students are capable of by simply

providing for them the right opportunities,”

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C O M M U N

I T Y

DISCOVER GIG HARBOR’S OWN TREASURES ON THE WATERFRONT

SHINING A LIGHT ON BUSINESSES IN THE HARBOR

By Jillian Chandler

Early last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued, Gig

Harbor resident and manager of Tickled Pink Karrie Polinsky

had an idea: for local merchants to shop in each other’s

businesses and promote one another. But the idea didn’t end

there. She thought, why not film it too? “We don’t realize how many

amazing places to shop and dine there are downtown,” shares Karrie.

“So I brought the idea to the Downtown Waterfront Alliance and our

Promotions Committee, which I am the chairperson for, to see what

everyone thought and how we could go about it.”

After discussions and suggestions, their concept was decided, and

“Treasures on the Waterfront” was born.

“The Alliance’s goal is to encourage patronage of our downtown

businesses while increasing awareness in the Gig Harbor community

of the many special ‘treasures’—the special places, people and things—

that can be found on Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront,” says Josh

Sherwin, special projects coordinator for the Gig Harbor Downtown

Waterfront Alliance.

A list was compiled and emails sent to all downtown merchants asking

if they would be interested in participating in the series. The response

was positive, and interest continued to grow. Josh and Karrie began

“discovering” each of these unique businesses one by one to share with

the community.

“I interview the merchant and we shop around the store, and Josh films

as we chat. We started right after Labor Day with The Beach Basket,”

says Karrie. As of press time, they had just finished filming their 10th

video in just three months—Sharon’s Resale Boutique.

It takes approximately 12 hours over the course of several days to create

a “Treasures” video.

“We [always want] to make the merchant happy and proud. We are

here to support them and spread the word of what the merchant

wants everyone to know about their business,” Karrie shares. “This

all wouldn’t have happened without the support of the Downtown

Waterfront Alliance. It is our mission to support our business on our

Main Street.”

The series has received positive support from both the downtown

businesses and the community as a whole. “While Josh and I have been

out filming, we’ve been stopped by people out walking while we are

filming and saying they are enjoying our videos. It is awesome. This is

what we were hoping for. Our town is fantastic.”

To view Treasures on the Waterfront, visit

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KEEPING OUR SENIORS’ BELLIES FULL AND HEARTS HAPPY

MEAL PROGRAM CONTINUES TO BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY

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By Jillian Chandler

THANKS

TO THEIR

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Since launching in April of last year, more

than 5,000 meals—with a cost equivalent to

more than $32,500—have been delivered to

community seniors through the Shelter-in-

Place Meals program, which was established by the

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation.

“While this is an amazing program that provides

nutritious meals to our community seniors, which

is extremely important especially during a time

like this, more importantly, it provides recipients

a moment of joy each week when they receive

their meals from delivery volunteers,” shares

Ariel Gustanski, COO for the Greater Gig Harbor

Foundation. “The smiles and gratitude are the most

rewarding aspect of the program.”

As seniors are in the highest risk demographic

during the ongoing pandemic and are encouraged

to shelter in place as much as possible, this program

ensures they are guaranteed to be provided a

nutritious meal weekly. Not only that, many seniors

are experiencing isolation more than ever right now,

and this program allows the Gig Harbor Senior

Center to have “touchpoints” and have face-to-face

wellness checks with community seniors—not just

Senior Center members.

“COVID-19 has isolated the most vulnerable

senior demographic for the past 10 months; many

of whom live alone, or away from family, resulting

in potential irreparable consequences—depression,

obesity, mental health issues, lethargy and declining

health,” states Ariel. “The opportunity to visit with

them briefly while dropping off their Friday meal

engages each senior with a chat to gauge social,

emotional and physical state of being.”

All meal recipients must be 55 or older and live

in the Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor community.

Each week, approximately 20 volunteers are needed

to make this program happen, door to door; from

staff donating their time to organize meal orders

and add new individuals to the correct route, to the

team that organizes the meals by the delivery routes,

to the amazing volunteers who deliver the meals to

recipients. “We couldn’t do it without their time and

amazing support,” smiles Ariel. And thanks to their

dedication, nearly 225 seniors benefit weekly from

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“THIS PROGRAM TRULY WOULD

NOT BE WHAT IT IS TODAY

WITHOUT OUR VOLUNTEERS,

DONORS, PARTNERS AND

SPONSORS.”

“When we first launched the program in April 2020, we had no idea

what this program would become,” says Ariel. They first kicked it off

with community businesses coming together to sponsor the event,

anticipating it would last a month or two based on funds raised (each

meal is at a cost of $5). With a $3,500 grant that came in in mid-May,

as well as private donors sending in funds for the program, and even

meal recipients donating what they could, Ariel and her team realized

that this program would at least be able to carry through until mid-June.

“Unfortunately, due to funding, we had to put the program on pause

for the month of July, but that did not mean that we were not fervently

searching out grants and sponsorships,” affirms Ariel. “Luckily, we were

able to launch the program back up in August and have been carrying

out the program each week, even holiday weeks on an adjusted delivery

schedule, until now. This was much thanks to donors, sponsors and

CARES Act-82 funding.”

Through the program, each meal recipient receives one meal per week

(all meals are kept at cool temperatures and include heating instructions).

Seniors have a weekly choice between five different options and place

their meal orders by Tuesday of each week. The order is then placed with

the kitchens on the Wednesday prior to Friday’s delivery. “Accompanied

with their meal delivery they receive the opportunity to have a safely

distanced chat with our volunteer drivers, and see a smile,” Ariel adds.

Restaurants BBQ2U and YMCA Camp Seymour have been vital to the

success of this program since its inception.

“This program truly would not be what it is today without our volunteers,

donors, partners and sponsors,” says Ariel. “Without these four groups,

this program would not be possible at all. Truly, we cannot not thank

those that help us on a weekly basis, those that support our efforts, and

those that help us make it happen financially, enough.”

With thanks to Gig Harbor Rotary and private donors, they will be able

to continue the program until the end of February. “We wish we could

continue this program until restrictions are lifted and it becomes safer for

seniors to be able to again be out in the community and with loved ones,

however, we cannot do so past the end of February at this point due to

lack of funding,” shares Ariel.

If individuals are interested in helping this program continue, whether

through being a volunteer delivery driver or making a financial

contribution, please reach out to Ariel Gustanski via email at agustanski@

gigharborfoundation.org. Those who would like to place a meal order or

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sellers with professional

marketing and advertising

of their property.”

With a long, successful career in graphic design, real estate may

not have seemed the next logical step for Tiffany Place. But her

background in design cultivated an eye for detail and a creative

vision for home-improvement possibilities. In the past threeand-a-half

years since establishing Tiffany Place Real Estate with Windermere

Real Estate Gig Harbor, Tiffany’s newest endeavor, with respect to her past,

has given her the ability to market homes effectively with professional staging,

professional photography and videos, professional graphics and advertising.

“My background in design enables me to provide my sellers with professional

marketing and advertising of their property,” says Tiffany. “Prior to listing their

home, I’m able to guide my sellers with home-improvement possibilities that

will ensure top dollar for their home. I also provide complementary professional

home staging and high-end photos and video tours that are essential in today’s

market.”

Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Tiffany moved extensively throughout the

South and Midwest during her childhood and young adult years before settling

in the Pacific Northwest, when she accepted a job at a corporate graphic design

firm in Seattle in 1999. Six years later, she and her growing family would move

to North Tacoma’s Proctor District, where they resided for eight years. Today,

and for the past seven years, they have called Gig Harbor home. “I’ve been living

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in my dream location and loving Gig Harbor!” shares Tiffany. “Every

time I walk the harbor, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to live in such a

beautiful city. I love our tight-knit community and how people are always

willing to lend a helping hand.”

She is grateful to not only live here but run a successful agency, where she

provides residential real estate services for both buyers and sellers. She

finds fulfillment and inspiration each and every day through the career

she has chosen, thriving on the new experiences and the diversity.

“I love meeting new people and touring new listings. I find the process

of guiding people through one of the biggest decisions of their life very

rewarding,” Tiffany shares. “I get excited to write up a competitive offer,

thrilled when we find out our offer was chosen and love handing over the

keys to my client’s dream home—and knowing that I helped make that

happen.”

With her friendly and easy-going attitude and her calming influence

under pressure, Tiffany helps alleviate the stress—which is commonly

associated with the home buying and selling process—for her clients,

creating a positive experience for all parties involved.

In addition to serving her clients through her successful real estate

business, Tiffany is the board president for Peninsula Hands On Art, a

nonprofit providing art lessons to all of the elementary schools in the

Peninsula School District. As part of Windermere Real Estate and in

conjunction with the Windermere Foundation, a portion of the proceeds

from every home purchased or sold using a Windermere agent—like

Tiffany—go toward supporting low-income and homeless families

in local communities. Now encompassing 10 states, the foundation

has raised more than $41 million for programs and organizations that

provide shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance and

other services to those who need our help most. Over the last 31 years,

there have been over 430 organizations supported, and thousands of

lives changed. Tiffany is proud to be a part of this wonderful and giving

organization.

In her free time, when not helping her clients or giving her time back to

her community, you can find Tiffany hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and

enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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GIG HARBOR

IN FOCUS

THE ‘ONLY’ IN THE ROOM

A CONVERSATION ABOUT LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATION AND SUPPORT

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

After graduating from the University

of California, Berkeley in the

1990s, Nancy Harris, president and

financial planner at New Foundation

Wealth Group in Gig Harbor, went directly

into working in finance for a Japanese firm.

The financial industry has long been male

dominated, but during this time it wasn’t

unusual to be one of the only women in the

room, particularly if you were in leadership. At a

Japanese firm, this was even more pronounced.

But she never questioned whether she should

be there, she knew she could do just as well as

the man sitting across the office from her, she

worked harder, and the rest came in time.

This story is not unusual for many women in the

workplace, particularly for women in financial,

tech and banking industries, among others.

When it comes to leadership and the C-suite, it’s

even more of an “only” situation. You’re often

the only—or one of the only—women in the

room.

But the tale of women in the workplace is

not without its successes. If you look around

the world there are several women leading

countries, more heading up companies, and

millions inspiring change. We’ve come a long

way since women gained the right to vote a

hundred years ago, but there’s still work to be

done.

From January 2015 to 2020, women in senior

vice president positions grew from 23 to 28

percent, and those represented in the C-suite

grew from 17 to 21 percent, according to a

Women in the Workplace study conducted

by McKinsey and Company and LeanIn.org.

But women, and particularly women of color,

are still significantly underrepresented in

management and leadership positions.

Despite the stats working against them, women

continue to climb the ladder and challenge the

status quo. But perhaps the greatest success is

found in working together.

“Success looks like having women at all levels of

leadership who are working together to enable

others,” says Kathy Keele. “Success looks like a

world where there aren’t two sets of standards.

Success looks like an appreciation how women

can bring great skills and leadership to the table

in their own right.”

Keele is the current chair of the advisory board

at the Milgard Women’s Initiative but worked

for many years in business development, as a

head of marketing, and finally as the CEO of the

Australia Council for the Arts.

Like Harris, she’s experienced her fair share of

being an “only,” but she’s also found inspiration

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and encouragement from other women and

men who have opened up conversation and

served as mentors for her and other women in

the workplace.

“For me, seeing women leaders throughout

the world, those women are inspirational,” she

reflects. “It isn’t so much about gender, it’s about

them being skilled doing their jobs, and being

tough in a way that’s just about confidence.”

For Harris, she felt pressure to follow the status

quo while working in large brokerage firms, and

so she took a leap of faith and started her own

financial planning group. It allowed her to do

what she loves and build a culture of inclusivity.

“I work with people who want advice and

counsel as they manage and grow wealth,” she

explains. “I define wealth much broader than

just money. I think wealth is security, freedom,

fun, travel, generosity, building a legacy. It’s

about what money can do for us.”

And many women feel the same. More than

50 percent of entrepreneurs are women. Why?

They want to make their own rules and define

their own success.

Jennifer Vazquez spent 25 years in the military,

retiring at the rank of Colonel. She achieved

much success in her career and has always been

good at whatever she puts her hand to, but

always struggled with a need to prove herself,

a sense of not trusting or believing in herself.

After a year and a half as the membership

director of a local YMCA, she took some time to

discover her passion and started a life-coaching

business.

Part of that journey was the process of

discovering the support out there for women,

something she had never experienced. “I look

back now and say, ‘Wow!’ The things that are

in place for women in the workplace are pretty

phenomenal now,” she shares.

She discovered the incredible power of women

coming together to support, celebrate and

help one another. Success came from working

together; “finding those that can help you

tap into that creative, innovative side to then

brainstorm or find solutions to issues, whether

it’s issues in the workforce, how to broach

gender differences, etc.”

Vazquez, Harris and Keele all share varied roles

in leadership, but they also define success as the

success of others. Yes, women still have a way to

go, but the process starts with each individual

working together.

“Knowing your rights, feeling confident enough

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Kathy Keele

Nancy Harris

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to know how to challenge those rights, supporting each other in those

rights. Every person's win is your win too,” encourages Keele.

That process of finding success starts with discovering your passion. From

there, success means something different for every individual. “I think

we need to define what having it all means for us individually,” explains

Harris. “I try to always remember that I’m being of service, that what I do

matters, I’m there for my clients, I’m paying the mortgage, I’m paying it

forward.”

As Vazquez, Harris and Keele have pivoted in their own professions, each

has discovered a passion to give back. Their one common piece of advice

is the same: Find a group of women who will support you, and be open

to mentorship.

“Be open. Be collaborative. Be supportive,” says Keele. “Women who want

to be relevant can pay it forward in meaningful ways. Learn from each

other in ways that aren’t agist and aren’t sexist.”

Women need to be there for others, adds Harris. “We don’t need to

compete with the other women, there’s plenty to go around. If we really

want change, let’s support each other.”

And there are growing opportunities to do so in Gig Harbor. Vazquez

was introduced to a national organization called Women Belong by a

newcomer to Gig Harbor: Claire Haasl. They soon started their own Gig

Harbor Circle, and while the organization is membership based, it is truly

about connecting with other women and finding professional, educational

and mentorship opportunities.

The Milgard Women’s Initiative that Keele serves as the chair of the

advisory board for shares a similar mission of connecting, inspiring

and supporting women. As part of the Center for Leadership and Social

Responsibility in the Milgard School of Business at the University of

Washington, Tacoma, the initiative advocates for all women and helps

educate and connect graduate students with women leaders in the

community.

“We hope to contribute to the creation of a world where women are in a

position of equality in the workplace and in their communities,” shares

Keele. “There’s a lot of places that women participate and in different

ways, and we’re trying to acknowledge that one way is not better than

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Harris is the founder of the Women’s Influence Network, which aims to

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other women, regardless of age and profession.

Success is not about competition; it’s about working together to identify

and fix the “speed bumps” as Harris refers to challenges women face in

the workplace. “The truth is there’s more than enough, therefore we can

collaborate, and if it’s broken, we can fix it. I think it’s important to let

people feel supported,” she adds.

In order to come to the table filled, and able to support others and achieve

personal successes, however, it’s vital to practice self-care, whatever that

looks like for each individual, encourages Harris.

“Be curious, be open to learning new things,” adds Vazquez. “Be part of an

organization, but not at your expense. Your health, and your mindset, and

your love of life is not worth giving that up.”

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has drawn up. This is the case for Gig Harbor

High School junior Alex Morgan and physics

teacher Eric Wolgemuth. Alex was the only

student at the high school interested in taking

a calculus-based physics class. Despite no

interest from other students, Mr. Wolgemuth

didn’t want to see the opportunity pass by and

helped set up a unique independent study

program for Alex.

“Once every three weeks, we get together on

a Zoom call before school and talk physics.

Afterwards, I prepare a lesson about a

relevant concept of his choice and teach him

about it. It is a rather untraditional learning

environment fit for the most untraditional

year of learning,” Alex explained.

“My absolute dream is to be a composer. For

about four years, I have been composing,

mainly for larger ensembles such as concert

band. For me, composing is a release of

emotions that challenges me with uniquely

complex problems.”

Alex plays a multitude of instruments

including, but not limited to, French horn,

piano and trombone. He participates in

both the school’s top concert and jazz bands.

He enjoys writing compositions, and band

director Eric Swanson even let him pass out

his work to his fellow musicians so he could

hear it done by the entire ensemble.

“Mr. Swanson pushed the bounds of my

composing abilities and has spent time

with me after school revising my musical

compositions,” Alex said. “Although these

excellent educators are rather different, they

both have gone well beyond what is required

of them. They have made an impact on my

life so great that it easily may have changed

my course in life, and for that I am forever

grateful.”

Outside of school Alex recently achieved the

rank of Eagle Scout after 10 years in scouting.

He plans on attending a four-year school after

graduation and double majoring in music

and physics with his eyes set on eventually

pursuing a graduate degree.

Until then, Alex, like his peers, is hoping

for a chance to see his friends and teachers

in person again and trying to make the most

out of a tough situation. “I typically play

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for those who’ve suffered a brain injury like

Peninsula High School senior Katie Giesy,

those effects are multiplied.

“Since my brain injury, I am more prone to

migraines, so the added screen time causes

my headaches to be more frequent. To help

with this issue, I am using blue light glasses

and trying to use textbooks as much as

possible as opposed to online books,” Katie

explained.

While not ideal, Katie keeps her spirit up by

taking a challenging course load, helping out

in her community and competing in dance.

Katie is vice president of the National Honor

Society and has maintained a 4.0 GPA

throughout high school. She’s also lettered

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efforts outside the classroom to bolster the

greater Gig Harbor area.

Having suffered a brain injury, Katie knows

just how much such an injury can affect

someone. She hopes one day to continue

studying those affects so she can be of help

to others who have experienced trauma. “I

am currently looking into WSU in hopes to

major in either neuroscience or psychology

and would love to have my career be

dedicated toward brain rehabilitation and

psychology.”

Katie’s favorite subjects in school are math

and science. They interest her the most

because they both continue to build, because

no matter how many classes you take there is

always so much more you can learn.

She is also thankful for the many teachers

who’ve helped shape her and prep her for

life after high school. “I am grateful to have

had several teachers who have made an

impact in my life, especially Mr. Epstein,

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in my return from my injury. They all made

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In November, date night got that much better during the countywide

Restaurant Rally. Patrons (decked out in their COVID best),

received 30 percent off their tickets just for ordering through one of

the 300 participating restaurants. Restaurants, in turn, received a 50

percent refund of each ticket. The hope being that each restaurant would

be propelled out of their recent hardships. And it seemed to be working!

Some restaurants were reporting high numbers of solid income along

with new customers.

Then the gavel fell. During the last three days of the rally, new restrictions

were announced that prohibited indoor dining. Some restaurants rushed

to buy heaters for their patios, while others (without patios) fell back on

takeout. The county responded quickly, unanimously voting to double

the minimum reimbursement amount of all tickets ordered during the

rally. The first week of the rally tallied a reimbursement of $3.16 million

in sales, and $3.22 million the second week. An additional $311,000 was

refunded after the raising of the minimum reimbursement.

Overall, the rally brought in new or hesitant customers, boosted the local

economy and bolstered participating restaurants with much-needed

income. A third of the restaurants were owned by people of color, and

another 37 percent by women. The website dedicated to a listing of

participating restaurants received over 40,000 hits in the first week. And

through a combination of language interns, advertisement and in-person

visits, a variety of cuisines were incorporated in the rally. Though there

were many restaurants who opted out for various reasons, and some

opted in on the second week, it’s safe to say that the rally was a success. It

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Thriving local business contributes to local people, playing in a

back-and-forth banter that benefits all involved.

As successful as the rally was in November, it was never meant as a

solution. It was meant to rally—and rally it did. Our community has

rallied, and rallied, and will continue to rally around our struggling local

restaurants. Thriving local business contributes to local people, playing

in a back-and-forth banter that benefits all involved. Our local business

is made up of our local neighbors, and when they thrive, so do we. In our

food we see a reflection of memory, comfort and safety. We celebrate,

relax, relate and ruminate in restaurants. We share banter and laughter;

we meet new people and connect with old friends. It would be a sad sight

to see our neighborhoods lose these places of belonging; places where

our neighborhoods come together.

So where do we go from here? How do we preserve our local small

businesses? What’s next in store not just for the physical health of our

community, but for our mental, emotional, social and economic health?

Partly, the next step is up to the governor and other state officials, who

have released a 2021 plan for safely opening up. I’m sure you’ve spent as

much time pouring over the plan as I have, so there’s no need to rehash it

here. However, arguably, the larger step is to be made by us. What comes

next is up to you and me. It is our turn to rally.

There are practical ways to do that. The first step being to look around.

What restaurant is struggling in your area? Which restaurant is new?

Which is old? Do they deliver? What about takeout? Do they have

outdoor or indoor dining? What times are they open? If there ever was

a time to explore what’s within close reach for you, it would be now.

Your personal local involvement in what goes on in your neighborhood

makes where you are a better, safer place to live. Not just that, but it

reminds us all that here, we’re together. Here, we’re safe. Here, we can

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The second step would be to get involved. Join in on the conversation.

There is a lovely little (large) Facebook group dedicated to dining in

Pierce County full of foodies with recommendations and tips on local

hideaways. There are local Instagrams dedicated to local food. There

are local nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to local

business and economic renewal. And if you’re not sure where to start,

there’s always a lot going on at the Pierce County committee and council

meetings. It’s online, with each meeting publicly listed ahead of time on

the calendar. We are a county dedicated to its people, and without the

voices of its people, it doesn’t thrive.

The third step is simple: Be generous. It’s true that right now our capacity

to give might be limited. Actually, it’s very likely that we’re all a bit limited

right now. However, there is always something. We are generous with

our time, the moments that we give each other as we go through our day.

We are generous with our grace, we allow each other an extra measure.

Accounting for each other’s hardship. In the context of our neighborhood

restaurants, we have the opportunity to be generous with our money.

A little budgeted bit of money set aside to be spent at the local eatery,

tip always accounted for. If eating out is normally a regular part of our

life, then it still can be. It just might require a little more creativity (and

bundling up) than usual.

And restaurants are willing to help us along. Not only are there many

restaurants doing takeout, but there are also several different eateries

and bars that are holding outside or sidewalk dining. As a member of

my community, and local Pierce County foodie Facebook groups, I can

account for over 60 eateries with heated and tented outdoor spaces. More

recently I went out in the driving rain to meet a close friend over wine.

We huddled in our jackets next to a live flame, with a tent dividing us

from the street. It’s true that the tent buckled. The cars were loud. The

weather was intimidating. The sidewalk was busy. However, the food was

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homes through her full-service interior design firm—Broadway Design.

Inspired by design from a young age, Deann grew up in Gig Harbor, where

her mother was a Realtor, and her father owned a commercial radiant

plumbing company. Her parents built her childhood custom home in Kopachuck

State Park, with many floor-to-ceiling windows and massive skylight. “I have been

hooked on creating spaces that bring in excessive amounts of natural light and

incorporate the feeling of being enveloped in surrounding nature because I lived

in that house,” she says. “I have an organic elegance in my designs and use many

natural materials such as wood beams, wood paneling, interior rock or ledgestone

walls.”

Over the years, Deann has lived in Newport Beach, Marin County and Palm

Springs, California, as well as Seattle. She credits living in these more heavily

populated areas to helping her to develop her keen eye for design.

She has worked for over 20 years as a general contractor, which sets her apart from

other designers. Over the years, she has purchased and renovated more than 70

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“We draft furniture layouts and floor plans that take into consideration

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Furniture, rugs, lighting and accessories are all hand selected from

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“We make the process fun and have a low-stress, streamlined process,”

shares Deann. “Our clients become part of our design family, and we

truly enjoy watching their personal spaces and lives transform.”

Deann attributes the success of her business to her trusting client base,

who invests in her through their hearts and finances. She admits she was

gifted her creative talent and hard work ethic from her mother. “My mom

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When it comes to what Deann finds most rewarding about the work she

does, it is “creating a design that increases the value of a home but also

adds emotional value for my clients so that they can live their best lives,”

she smiles. “A well-appointed, peaceful home brings joy to life, resulting

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EDUCATE YOURSELF

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions

By Conrad Esser, CEO and Nicholas Wyatt, CPO, Harbor Health and Apothecary

More Americans than ever are taking prescription medications. In

2019, pharmacies across the United States filled approximately

3 billion prescriptions, and more than 131 million people, 66

percent of adults in the United States, use prescription medications.

Doctors and pharmacists often discuss the common side effects of

prescription medications such as drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and

constipation. However, drug-induced nutrient depletions caused by the

medication being prescribed are rarely discussed.

Because drug-induced nutrient depletions are not part of the patient

education, it is up to you to educate yourself on the nutrients that your

medications deplete.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Do you know that acetaminophen is the number one cause of nonalcoholic

liver failure in the United States? Acetaminophen is the active

pharmaceutical ingredient in Tylenol, and it depletes the liver of glutathione.

Glutathione is an antioxidant our livers depend on to detoxify ingredients

like acetaminophen. When there is a deficiency in glutathione, our livers are

not able to process toxins, like acetaminophen, and free-radical production

and free-radical damage increases. A cascade of damage to the liver begins,

and the end result could be liver failure.

Glutathione is available as an over-the-counter supplement that can be used

to reduce the likelihood of deficiencies induced by acetaminophen or other

toxins. Harbor Health and Apothecary carries a liposomal glutathione that is

formulated for enhanced absorption.

Antibiotics

We have all likely taken an antibiotic at some point in our lives. Antibiotics can

deplete our stores of vitamin K, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, biotin, magnesium,

calcium, folic acid, and wreak havoc on our gut's microbiome.

Antibiotics that deplete our vitamin K stores can impact our liver's ability

to produce blood-clotting factors. These factors are important when we

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are taking medications like warfarin, the active

ingredient in coumadin. Often, patients who

are on antibiotics and warfarin are required to

monitor their labs more frequently to ensure

they are not at an increased risk of an adverse

effect.

Antibiotics do not discriminate in the bacteria

they kill, so along with the bad bacteria, our

good bacteria in our guts becomes collateral

damage. Good bacteria like Lactobacillus and

Bifidobacterium help keep a healthy bacterial

balance in our guts. When these good bacteria

are disrupted, it can lead to all kinds of health

issues. Issues like a Clostridium difficile

infection, which is a potentially life-threatening

infection due to the overgrowth of bad bacteria

in our guts. Disruption of our microbiome can

also affect our immune system, mental health

and skin.

So, how do we address the nutrient deficiencies

caused by antibiotics? A well-balanced diet

is a good starting point, but even with a wellbalanced

diet it is really difficult to get all the

nutrients our bodies require, especially when

the requirements are increased due to druginduced

nutrient deficiencies. Supplementing

your diet with a high-quality multivitamin and

probiotic will even further reduce your risk

of any potential antibiotic nutrient-induced

deficiency. Harbor Health and Apothecary

carries a multivitamin that only requires you to

take two tablets per day as well as a highly potent

probiotic.

Acid Reducer

There are two classes of acid-reducing

medications: histamine-2 receptor antagonist,

commonly referred to as H2 blockers, and

proton pump inhibitors, commonly referred

to as PPIs. H2 blockers include medications

like famotidine, ranitidine and cimetidine.

PPIs include medications like omeprazole,

pantoprazole and esomeprazole. Despite the fact

these medications are only intended for shortterm

use, people end up taking them for years,

which leads to an increased likelihood of a druginduced

nutrient depletion.

These medications work by suppressing acid

production in your stomach. This suppression

of acid production increases your stomach's

pH. This increase in your stomach's pH, by

the suppression of acid production, leads to

depletion of vitamin B12, folic acid, iron and

zinc.

Vitamin B12 deficiencies can lead to peripheral

neuropathy, a numbness and tingling sensation

in your hands and feet, anemia and depression.

Folic-acid deficiencies can lead to anemia

and depression. Iron deficiencies can lead to

fatigue, depression, hair loss and anemia. Zinc

deficiencies can lead to low libido, hair loss,

rashes and fatigue.

The easiest way to correct acid-reducer nutrient

deficiencies is to discontinue the medication

upon consultation with your provider. Most

likely, you do not even need the medication.

However, be aware that if you have been taking

these medications for years then stop them

without tapering off; it could lead to rebound

indigestion or "heartburn."

If you do need an acid reducing medication, then

supplementing with a high-quality multivitamin

with or without iron would be appropriate. If the

multivitamin does not have iron, then adding

an iron supplement would be appropriate—but

make sure to take the iron supplement with

vitamin C to enhance the absorption of the

iron. Harbor Health and Apothecary carries the

supplements needed to help reduce your risk of

a drug-induced nutrient depletion caused by

your acid-reducing medication.

Chances are if you are taking a prescription drug

then you are likely at risk for a drug-induced

nutrient deficiency. We have only scraped the

surface on which medications cause nutrient

deficiencies and how to correct those risks of

deficiencies. The Harbor Health and Apothecary

team would love to be your trusted expert in

solving your drug-induced nutrient-depletion

needs.

Conrad Esser is CEO and Nick Wyatt is Chief

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THE POWER OF BREATH

SIMPLE PRACTICES WITH BIG IMPACTS

By Sarahlynn M. Etta, Yoga and Meditation Teacher

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One of the most accessible, affordable,

and yet most powerful tools we have

available for self-care, is with us every

moment of every day. Deep breathing calms

and regulates the nervous system, and helps the

body return to homeostasis. Yet many of us are

stuck in shallow breathing patterns!

The Benefits of Breath

Engaging in regular breathing exercises may

help to:

- Improve mood and support mood regulation

- Improve focus and enhance memory

- Decrease anxiety and alleviate the symptoms

of stress

- Improve sleep quality

- Support the immune system

- Improve digestion

- Decrease pain sensitivity

- Boost energy and improve metabolism

- Improve lung capacity and exercise stamina

- Improve cardiovascular fitness and blood

pressure

Deep abdominal breathing stimulates the

vagus nerve. High vagal tone is correlated with

improved physical and psychological wellbeing,

improved cognitive function, improved

mood, improved glucose regulation, reduced

inflammation, and the ability to regulate

the nervous system and cope with stressors.

Stimulating the vagus nerve also improves

heart rate variability, which further increases

your resilience to stress.

Mindful Breathing

Mindfulness is the act of observing what is. Just

breathing naturally, using the breath as a focal

point for the thoughts, creates positive changes

in the brain.

Try this: Sit or lie comfortably. Make no

effort to control your breath; simply focus

your attention on the sensations that arise

with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice

the movement of your body as you breathe.

Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage and

belly. Set a timer for two to 10 minutes. When

your mind wanders, return your focus to your

breath.

Controlled Breathing

To reap the maximum benefits for both mind

and body, engage in an intentional breathing

practice. This involves consciously changing

the rhythm, pattern or depth of the breath, and

different exercises have different intentions.

Try this: Sitting at the edge of a chair, find a

tall posture and relaxed shoulders. Breathe

in and out fully through the nose. Count the

length of your inhale and the length of your

exhale. Begin to deepen each inhale, adding

an additional second or two in length. Begin

to slow your exhale, so it is slightly longer than

your inhale.

Consider adding a brief hold of the breath.

At the top of your inhale (when lungs are

completely full), hold the breath for two to

three seconds. At the bottom of your exhale

(with lungs empty), hold two to three seconds

if comfortable.

Set a timer for two to 10 minutes. Continue

long, slow inhales and exhales through the

nose, with or without breath retention.

How Much is Enough?

Try to practice at least a few minutes every day!

Choosing the same time(s) and place(s) every

day will help form a habit.

If you can, strive for the The “365 Method”—

at least three times a day, breathe at a rhythm

of six cycles per minute (five seconds inhaling,

five seconds exhaling). Breathe this way for five

minutes. And do this every day, 365 days a year!

Sarahlynn Etta is owner, movement educator

and meditation guide at Maitri Movement &

Massage. For more breathing exercises, or to sign

up for a workshop, please visit MaitriMovement.

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ACTIVITIES FOR THOSE

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE AND ENGAGED

BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE

Supporting and caring for those living

with Alzheimer’s or another form of

dementia is not always an easy task,

especially when it is affecting a loved

one. Navigating the best way to make life more

comfortable for your loved one can sometimes

be a difficult task, but we’re here to help.

Here are a few activities that are easy to do and

may be a great bonding experience for you and

your loved one to share.

Collage-Making

This is an easy and fun activity for anyone

and can help your loved one reminisce with

positive memories of music, fashion and other

interests they may have. There is no wrong

way to create a collage, which makes it a lowstress

activity that leaves you with a beautiful

piece of art to display. Collage-making is part

of the “Expressions of My Life” programming

at Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence, which

encourages residents to express themselves

through activities like art, poetry and music.

Clay Crafts

Activities that include sensory stimulation can

help those living with dementia stay engaged

and improve cognition. Clay therapy is cathartic

in nature and can provide creative stimulation,

social interaction and help maintain fine motor

skills while giving your loved one the freedom

to express themselves artistically.

Chair Yoga or Exercises

If able, doing some light, seated exercises can

have a positive impact on senior mobility and

cognitive function. Regular daily movement

can improve the body’s wound-healing process,

prevent disease, foster greater independence

and even increase mental capacity. The Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

suggests that individuals age 65 and older try

to incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate

exercise into each week.

Matching Card Game

This is an easy game to set up and can be

tailored to fit the needs of everyone. Most

of us are familiar with the traditional way

of playing a matching card game, by laying

out cards and matching those with the same

picture. However, you can take it a step further

by printing out cards with photos that match

the interests or hobbies of your loved one. They

can match photos of plants if they’re interested

in gardening, or celebrities from their favorite

Hollywood era—the options are endless.

At Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence, our

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INTRODUCING

SPACEX

MAJOR MILESTONES REACHED, SUPPORTED BY

THE EXPERTISE OF NORTHWEST NATIVE

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX,

began with a billionaire’s dream of transporting humans to

Mars.

Founded in the early 2000s by investor and business guru Elon

Musk, the forward-thinking company has been behind a number of

revolutionary firsts and major milestones in its first two decades as a

company.

According to CNET, Musk’s venture into the realm of space was rooted

in the intention to buy a rocket as a publicity stunt to reignite the world’s

excitement for space. The vision that began with a plan to purchase a

Russian rocket turned into finding a way to build his own, with Musk’s

creation of SpaceX.

SpaceX is the only private company that has returned a spacecraft from

low-Earth orbit—and its achievements don’t stop there.

The company’s big victories began in 2008, when it became the first

privately funded group to put a payload in Earth’s orbit. Its Falcon 1

rocket orbited Earth for the first time on September 28 of that year,

paving the way for Falcon 9, it’s nine-engine version of the original

Falcon.

The first orbital class rocket capable of preflight, the Falcon 9 is a

reusable, two-stage rocket designed and manufactured for the reliable

and safe transport of payloads (meaning people, satellites or cargo,

typically measured in terms of weight) into Earth’s orbit and beyond.

The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket is unique in its ability to transport

its carrying load into orbit, then have its first stage return to Earth.

Traditionally, a rocket’s stages are due to the high amount of fuel required

to launch a rocket; once the first stage has emptied its fuel, it detaches

and returns to Earth, allowing the second stage to continue on without

the excess weight.

An orbital rocket that has been used to launch satellites for a number of

purposes and resupply the International Space Station, the Falcon 9 has

now flown over 80 missions.

Weighing over 1.2 million pounds, the Falcon 9 is nearly 230 feet tall and

12 feet in diameter. According to SpaceX, the rocket’s nine engines are

gradually throttled near the end of first-stage flight, to limit acceleration

as the rocket’s mass decreases with the burning of fuel. The engines are

also used to decelerate the vehicle at landing time.

The rocket has four landing legs, made from state-of-the-art fiber

placed symmetrically around the base of the rocket to deploy just before

landing.

The Falcon 9’s successful upright landing and recovery in December

2015 was a major win for SpaceX, as that first safe and successful landing

paved the way for the creation of the final version of Falcon 9: the Block 5

Falcon 9 rocket, designed to be refurbished for reuse of up to 100 times.

According to Time, reusable, recoverable rocket stages that can touch

down on dry land have been a topic of discussion for decades, with

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the goal to reduce costs and bring speed to turnaround

time, but SpaceX was the first to successfully make the

concept a reality.

SpaceX’s rockets are streamlined in terms of engine

design and production; helping to reduce costs and

outsourcing, as a majority of the company’s parts are

produced on its own factory floor.

Why the focus on reusability? It’s what allows SpaceX to

supply the most expensive parts of the rocket, in turn

driving down the cost of space access and potentially

breaking barriers to taking space travel further than it’s

ever been.

The majority of rockets are designed to burn up on

reentry, but SpaceX rockets can withstand reentry, to

successfully return to Earth with the ability to fly again.

Most of the cost from launching a rocket comes from

building it; and historically, most rockets have only

flown one time. SpaceX believes that a fully, rapidly

reusable rocket is the required “pivotal breakthrough” to

substantially reduce the cost of space access.

According to SpaceX, a commercial airplane costs

about the same to build as the Falcon 9 rocket, but will

typically fly multiple times per day and conduct tens

of thousands of flights over its lifetime. By their logic,

if following the commercial model, a rapidly reusable

space launch vehicle could significantly reduce the cost

of traveling to space.

Making any margin of progress in the realm of rocketry

is significant, and SpaceX is in the business of redefining

successful space transport.

In May of 2020, the company’s Crew Dragon capsule,

perched atop the Falcon 9 rocket, transported NASA

astronauts to space. Launching from the Kennedy Space

Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, it was SpaceX’s

first ever human-spaceflight launch. The May 30, 2020

mission also marked the first U.S. rocket launch with a

crew of astronauts since 2011, when the shuttle era came

to an end.

Many of SpaceX’s earlier milestones led up to last year’s

successful launch.

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With 108 total launches,

71 landings and 50

reflow rockets, SpaceX

continues to move

forward and innovate,

operating with their

chief mission in mind:

making humanity multiplanetary.


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In 2008, the Falcon 1 became the first privately

developed fuel rocket to reach the Earth’s orbit.

In 2012, the Dragon spacecraft became the first

commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from

the International Space Station. Then in 2015,

the Falcon 9 rocket achieved the first-ever orbital

class rocket landing, delivering 11 communication

satellites to orbit.

It’s easy for successes within the realm of space

transport and rocketry to feel like tales from another

planet. However, a connection to the works of

SpaceX can be found closer to home in North Idaho

native Jacob Katz, a senior guidance and navigation

control engineer for the company.

Katz has been involved in many of SpaceX’s innovative

projects, including the Falcon 9 rocket. He will often

see missions through from start to finish, figuring

out the possibility of a proposed mission, designing

a vehicle’s trajectory, programming its software and

controlling its launch.

The 2003 Bonners Ferry High School graduate has

helped make possible the launch of several successful

missions on behalf of SpaceX. Katz graduated from

MIT, having studied aeronautics and astronautics

before joining the company.

Katz brought to SpaceX a unique background in both

software development and engineering. After a string

of unique internship opportunities including one

with Jeff Bezos’ Seattle-based company Blue Origin,

and successfully launching an international Robotics

league with his father as a PhD student, Katz quickly

became well-rounded in his field.

The Falcon 9 missions and milestones have garnered

a lot of media attention through the years, and Katz’s

expertise has supported him in being involved in

the navigation, trajectory and completion of several

milestone flights.

Young aspiring scientists can find inspiration in

Katz’s success, a testament to the heights one can

reach with a passion for their craft and a dedication

to continue learning.

Katz was raised by teachers and always wanted to

learn more about the mechanics of how things work.

Recalling an impressive simulation of a space shuttle

crew mission in his fifth grade class, he remains

thankful for the teachers who invested their time in

opening his eyes up to the world.

“It’s so valuable to support the school system,” Katz

said, emphasizing his gratitude for the opportunities

he was provided by great educators he encountered

along the way to SpaceX—his father included.

Katz contributed to the two astronauts successfully

landing with the first flight of the Crew Dragon

in May, and a second trip completed with four

astronauts in November 2020.

With 108 total launches, 71 landings and 50 reflow

rockets, SpaceX continues to move forward and

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innovate, operating with their chief mission in

mind: making humanity multi-planetary.

Musk, who has famously co-founded the major

companies PayPal, Tesla Motors, and solar

energy company Solar City, had no formal

training in rocketry but has unsurprisingly

found success with his creation of SpaceX,

which holds its own among established

companies like Boeing.

Musk was the winner of this year’s Axel

Springer Award, given by the media and tech

company to innovative personalities who

generate change and influence culture. The

award recognizes achievement and encourages

continued progress.

The award-winning founder has a big vision

for the company, having shared at the awards

broadcast that he believes SpaceX can start

sending humans to Mars by 2026, at the latest.

Musk has discussed setting his sights on Mars

on several occasions, with many eager to find

out if his estimated frame is realistic.

At a distance of about 140 million miles away,

Mars is one of Earth’s closest neighbors. “It’s

a little cold, but we can warm it up,” SpaceX

states on their website, describing the distance

from Mars to the sun being about 1.5 times the

distance between the Earth and sun.

SpaceX plans to create a reusable transportation

system capable of an orbit refueling and

leveraging Mars’ natural H20 and C02

resources to refuel on the surface of Mars. The

company states they are working on the next

generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that

will be the most powerful ever built, capable of

carrying humans to the red planet and other

space bound destinations.

When innovative

minds and

revolutionary,

forward-thinking

technology are

combined, there is

truly no telling

what distances can be

reached.

Today, the Starship, a combination of their

Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket,

represents a “fully reusable transportation

system designed to carry both crew and cargo

to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond,”

SpaceX described, noting the vehicle’s ability to

carry over 100 metric tons to Earth orbit.

Starship 8 successfully launched and landed

on December 8, 2020, showing promise for the

model’s future endeavors.

To see SpaceX vehicles in action, visit SpaceX.

com or the company’s YouTube channel for

videos of each Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy

flights. Each launch is broadcast live online,

with the launch schedule continuously updated

on the Twitter feeds of both SpaceX and Musk.

When innovative minds and revolutionary,

forward-thinking technology are combined,

there is truly no telling what distances can be

reached.

“It’s about believing in the future and thinking

that the future will be better than the past,”

Musk has said to describe his vision. “And I

can’t think of anything more exciting than

going out there and being among the stars.”

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e good to

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STRATEGIES FOR SELF-LOVE

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

February, the month so often associated with love, is the perfect

time to direct some of that love back to yourself.

It’s often easier to give love away than to receive love, let alone

provide it for ourselves. Self-love can sound like a cliché term or

an unnecessary notion, but in reality, it’s an essential component of

living well. The more we give and the busier we get, the more critical

it becomes to prioritize time to refill our own cup.

While you’re connecting with loved ones this month, remember to

keep a strong connection to yourself. A bit of daily self-love can go a

long way—below are a few simple ways to incorporate self-love this

month and beyond.

Listen to yourself. Self-love starts with the way you speak to yourself.

If your inward thoughts don’t mirror the supportive, constructive

way you would speak to someone you care about, it’s time to shift

your perspective.

Changing the tone of your inner dialogue to be kinder and more

uplifting can quickly help you feel more loved and inspired. Thoughts

are powerful foundations that shape your outlook. Be intentional in

building a healthy foundation for yourself.

In addition to positive thoughts, take regular inventory of your

mental and physical well-being. Take note if you’re feeling stressed,

overwhelmed, tired or in a rut—all signs to slow down, recharge and

reevaluate.

Pay just as much attention when you feel uplifted, recharged and

positive, so you can spend more time on what ignites those feelings

in you.

Treat your body like the valuable vessel it is. Part of loving yourself

is celebrating all the incredible things your body does for you each

day. Prioritizing care for the most valuable vessel you’ll ever have is a

critical component of self-love.

Keep mood-boosting endorphins flowing by identifying the forms

of movement that make you feel good and doing them on a regular

basis. Your muscles, joints and happy hormones will thank you for

the regular breath of fresh air.

Daily consumption of the whole foods that energize and fuel you,

while including the foods you love and crave, encourages a balanced,

sustainable approach to fueling your body.

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When you eat well and move often in a

healthy balance, it doesn’t take long to start

glowing from the inside out.

Nourish healthy relationships. Pay attention

to the people who make you feel more loved,

more appreciated and more like yourself.

Healthy relationships can boost your selflove,

simply through the love you receive

from those key people in your life. Whether

that circle is large or small, quality is what

matters most.

On the flip side, identify the relationships

that don’t serve you. Take the time to identify

toxic relationships that could be in your life—

relationships that feel one-sided, bring more

negative qualities than positive, or that you’ve

simply outgrown.

Prioritizing yourself can mean re-prioritizing

who you spend your time and energy on by

setting healthy boundaries or stepping away

from the relationships that keep you from

your best, happiest self.

Leave your comfort zone. Fill yourself with

confidence and cultivate a healthy level

of self-trust by taking a step outside your

comfort zone. Give yourself the opportunity

to get spontaneous, try something new, and

let go—you can learn a lot about yourself

when you let yourself get uncomfortable. An

opportunity to be vulnerable can be scary but

will give you the opportunity to grow and the

powerful knowledge that you can make it to

the other side of an uncomfortable situation.

The first step doesn’t have to be big. It can

be as small as taking yourself to dinner or

exploring a new place. Other highly doable

options include taking up a new hobby,

attending an event on your own, starting a

conversation with a stranger or sharing your

feelings with someone. Get creative—and get

closer to yourself in the process.

Get to know yourself. Never stop learning

about yourself. Every step you take toward

identifying your goals, your values, what you

love in life and what you want from it takes

you closer to your happiest, most loved self.

Spend time with yourself, whether it’s a few

minutes of daily journaling or meditation, or

taking a solo adventure. The more you show

up for yourself and learn about yourself, the

more you’ll have to love.

Identify what you’re good at—and do more

of it. Doesn’t it feel great to be a master at

something? Ignite your self-esteem by using

your talents, whether it’s making a recipe

you’ve perfected, playing a sport you love

or exercising your creativity. Playing to your

talents can quickly boost your mood and

bring you back to more of what you love

about yourself.

Celebrate yourself. Life has inevitable ups

and downs that shape who we are. Self-love

includes loving every part of yourself—your

flaws, mistakes and times of challenge—and

accepting them as opportunities for growth

and strength.

So, celebrate who you are: your wins, your

losses, the experiences you’re proud of and

the lessons you’ve learned. Every piece of your

path matters, and it’s important to recognize

how far you’ve come.

As you enjoy February’s focus on love,

remember to give some back to yourself.

Love takes many forms, but one you always

keep with you should cultivate your most

important relationship: the relationship you

have with yourself.

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Beautiful Weekend Destinations to Unwind

DRIVABLE DESTINATIONS TO RELAX SOLO, WITH A BESTIE OR WITH YOUR PARTNER THIS FEBRUARY

by ABIGAIL THORPE

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middle of winter has arrived, and regardless of with whom or how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s important to treat yourself

to some much-needed time away to relax, replenish and re-energize with some good old-fashioned self-care. You don’t have to drive far to

find exciting destinations you can unwind with a variety of amenities and activities at your fingertips, and despite the times, many places

are still offering spa and dining services with increased health precautions.

Take the opportunity to get away this month and treat yourself to a true weekend off. Whether it’s by yourself, with your loved one, or for a friends’

weekend away, make this month all about pampering yourself.

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Lewis Clark Valley

Nestled in the valley along the confluence of the Snake

and Clearwater rivers lies the Lewis Clark Valley along

the Idaho and Washington borders. Its location offers a

particularly mild climate not far from the snow and cold

of North Idaho, with vast opportunity to explore the area

walking, biking or hiking, along with a rich wine legacy.

One of the youngest American Viticulture Areas in Idaho

and Washington, the area is no stranger to vineyards.

Vines were planted as early as 1872, but it wasn’t until

recently that the area resurrected its wine heritage. Stay

at one of the many hotels, motels or inns, and explore the

16 different vineyards and 10 wineries in the region for

the ultimate relaxing wine destination.

Suncadia

Just an hour and a half from Seattle lies the Suncadia

Resort in Cle Elum, boasting over 6,000 acres of forested

mountain landscape and year-round activities and trails.

The ultimate Northwest escape for families, couples or

friend groups, Suncadia offers a bit of everything to help

you relax.

Choose from the luxurious lodge or inn for a weekend

stay in the mountains, and unwind in the Glade Spring

Spa at the resort. Indoor and outdoor pools are open

with occupancy limits, and when you’re ready for

some adventure, head outdoors for ice skating, tubing,

snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling

for the ultimate winter destination all in one spot.

Restaurants are currently to-go only, but what better

excuse to disconnect and take time to relax in your room

away from home?

Coeur d’Alene Casino

You don’t have to gamble to enjoy a bit of luxury away

from home. Thirty minutes outside Coeur d’Alene,

Idaho, lies the Coeur d’Alene Casino, where luxury,

relaxation and fun combine to make the perfect weekend

away. Dine from a collection of options including the

fine dining restaurant Chinook when you stay in the

cozy rustic mountain lodge or modern spa tower, and

relax during the day at Spa Ssakwa’q’n, which is open

and offers affordable luxurious experiences for one or

more including facials, massages and body treatments.

Whether you need some time alone or are headed out for

a girls’ trip, this is the perfect spot to drop your bags and

relax for the entire weekend.

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Quinn’s Hot Springs

Nothing takes the chill out of a cold winter day like a

dip in the hot springs. Not far past the Montana- Idaho

border lies Quinn’s Hot Springs, an idyllic destination

that features 100 percent natural geothermal pools

individually calibrated to temperatures from 89 to 106

degrees, plus an ice pool.

Two lodges and over 25 individual cabins offer a rustic

woodland stay, and currently only guests can use the hot

springs, making for a more private, peaceful experience.

When you’re not soaking up the warmth, enjoy delicious

creations from the Harwood House Restaurant, or head

over to Quinn’s Tavern for more casual bites.

Talus Rock

One mile from downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, sits Talus

Rock, a peaceful, rustic villa nestled on 18 acres that can

be rented out in its entirety, or as individual rooms for

a weekend escape. The full-service luxury lodge is the

perfect retreat to recharge and enjoy time with friends or

your partner. Full-body massages or couple’s massages

are available from experienced, specially selected local

masseuses, and guests can enjoy a range of package

options from the romance package, to breakfast in bed

or a luxurious spa basket.

Willows Lodge

Nothing says relaxation like a weekend escape at an

award-winning hotel, a visit to the spa and the best

wine in the region. Perfect for a romantic or refreshing

weekend getaway, the Willows Lodge in Washington’s

Woodinville Wine Country offers the best in Northwest

luxury. The spa at Willows Lodge provides a mini

vacation for the mind, body and spirit while you’re not

out exploring and tasting from the more than 115 top

wineries and tasting rooms in the area. While the lodge

offers various restaurant options, all dining is currently

to-go and in-room, so grab a bottle to-go and enjoy a

restful night in.

Silver Mountain

Hit the slopes and then hit the Solitude Massage and Spa

for the ultimate Relaxation Retreat Package to soothe

your aches and decompress. Silver Mountain Resort

in Kellogg, Idaho, offers a little bit of something for

everyone, whether you’re getting away on your own, or

the entire family is joining. Each room includes access

to the Silver Rapids Waterpark, so while Mom and Dad

relax in the spa, the kids can have fun in the indoor

waterpark. Plus, a host of shopping and dining options

mean you won’t need to leave the entire weekend.

Whatever your winter may bring, take some time to treat

yourself this February, and take off for a weekend to

restore, replenish and rejuvenate for the months ahead.

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TAKE A SEAT AT ONE OF THE AREA’S TASTING ROOMS

by JILLIAN CHANDLER | COURTESY PHOTOS

It’s that time of year, mid-winter, when we tend to find it harder to get outside and partake in the many offerings our

area has to offer. If you’re looking for an adventure to please your palate, then a stop at one—or more!—of the Pacific

Northwest’s wineries and tasting rooms might just be the answer. Join us on a tasting journey for a sampling of some

must-visit stops. If you can't visit the wineries and tasting rooms in person, be sure to visit their website pages, where

you can order wines to be delivered straight to your door.

Chateau Ste. Michelle

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Currently offering both in-person and virtual wine tasting experiences

for their guests' enjoyment, Chateau Ste. Michelle's Woodinville Winery

interweaves their award-winning wines with their rich heritage to create a

wine experience visitors won't soon forget. Creating wines that are unique

and approachable, their philosophy is to highlight the style, quality and

expression of Washington state vineyards. Acknowledged as an industry

leader in sustainability, Chateau Ste. Michelle is a Washington State

Certified EnviroStar Business. Discover more about the winery, their wines

and current winery information online. Ste-Michelle.com

Mosquito Fleet Winery

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Located in Belfair at the innermost waters of the beautiful Hood Canal is

where you can find the Mosquito Fleet Winery and Tasting Room. At this

family owned boutique winery, you will be delighted by the small batch

artisan wines, which are handcrafted and barrel aged. Complex yet fruit

forward and well balanced, their goal is to produce wines "with a 'New

World' approach and an 'Old World' passion.” Come visit their new and

expanded tasting room and new outdoor pavilion! They invite you to take a

seat and discover their award-winning wines 5 to 9pm Friday, noon to 6pm

Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday. Private tours and barrel tastings are

available by appointment. MosquitoFleet.net

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WHAT STARTED AS A HOBBY

for Gary Sleeger progressed into a town

favorite, Carl’s Pond Winery. Known as

Gig Harbor’s Local Winery,” Gary and

friend Frank Reale opened in 2009. This

dynamic, niche winery offers a wide

assortment of wines from Cabernet

Sauvignon, Merlot, Rattlesnake Ruby Red,

Syrah, Rose and Pinot Gris.

Visit one of their fine local retailers or their

website to see how you can try one of their

varietals today!

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2812 144th St. NW., Gig Harbor, WA

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Olalla Winery & Vineyard

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Open to the public since 2016, the small family owned estate has evolved into a unique

boutique destination vineyard and winery, with a focus on agricultural tourism. Olalla

Winery was recently awarded the 2020 winner of South Sound Magazine’s Best Winery

and 2020 Best of Kitsap. Wine lovers will find several red and white varietals including

Chardonnay, Viognier, White Bordeaux, Merlot, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Grenache,

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Golubok. Winter Tasting Room hours, starting February

5, are noon to 6pm Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5pm Sunday. Due to the ongoing

pandemic, as seating is outdoors, there will be no tastings at this time, though there is still

much to enjoy as wine by the glass or by the bottle is available. OlallaWines.com

Reed's Sweet Wine

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A passion for growing fresh fruits in her orchard is what led to the creation of Reed’s Sweet

Wines in 2014. Located in Tacoma, owner and winemaker Jessica Reed has taken her love

of fresh locally grown pesticide-free fruit, most of which is grown in her own orchard, to

create her signature non-grape based wines. You are in for a wonderful surprise as you sip

a glass of these wines—each image on the bottle a representation of what your tastebuds

will savor. Each small artisan-crafted single batch cannot be duplicated—and no two

batches are ever the same! Be sure to call ahead (253.327.5220), as their tasting room does

not keep regular hours. (At the time of print, sampling was not available onsite, though

they offer sample packs and wine by the glass so go). ReedsSweetWine.com

Two Loons Winery

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What started as a hobby blossomed into a nano-winery. At Two Loons Winery, located

in Gig Harbor, you will find an atmosphere embracing the joy of making wine, drinking

wine, sharing wine with others and talking about wine. Here the motto is “Hand Made

Wine Hand Sold.” They like to get to know those who are purchasing and enjoying their

wines, and invite wine lovers to stop in, taste, chat and enjoy. Red wines are barrel aged

for two years and bottle aged for about one year prior to release; white wines are released

at about the six-month mark. With more than a dozen offerings (including their Petit

Verdot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre, Granache, Merlot, Viognier), they’re sure to

have something for everyone. TwoLoonsWinery.com

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Vashon Winery

Celebrating more than three decades of winemaking and producing less than 600 cases

of wine annually, Vashon Winery refers to itself as a “garagiste,” a term used in Bordeaux,

France, used to describe garage-size wineries who make exceptional wines—without

owning their own vineyards. Centrally located on Vashon Island in the middle of Puget

Sound, they primarily use Bordeaux varieties of grapes grown and purchased from

vineyards located in Eastern Washington as well as the Puget Sound AVA. A bit more

acidic with a richer tannin level, the wines produced are unlike any other and described as

"structured wines that improve with age." VashonWinery.com


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PARK CITY, UTAH

A flight in the morning and hitting the

slopes by afternoon

By Marguerite Cleveland

Park City, Utah, is one of the best destinations in the United States to ski—especially if you need to fly here. You can fly to Salt Lake City’s

brand-new airport, which opened in September 2020. Its oversize baggage claim utilizes state-of-the-art technology to deliver ski bags

vertically, eliminating the wait for oversize baggage. Accessing your rental car is a breeze with an entrance to the parking garage near

the baggage claim. Arrive in the morning, and after a short 35-minute drive to Park City, you can hit the slopes the same day.

Park City really does live up to its reputation as a premier winter vacation destination. Alaska Airlines offers nonstop flights from Seattle and

one-stop flights from Spokane. You can snag some great rates with their promotions. Usually, hotels and resorts are fully booked six months

out, but due to the pandemic you can still find availability and some great rates.

When you exit Interstate 80 on your way into Park City, stop at the Kimball Junction Center, the main visitor center for Park City. It’s a great spot

to get recommendations for your visit as well as exclusive offers. They even have coffee. Also in Kimball Junction is an outlet mall and shopping.

Where to Stay

Park City offers a variety of lodging types in all price points. The Sheraton Park City offers a centrally located property and is a good fit for

families. The complimentary shuttle does ski runs during the day to Park City Mountain, and in the evening runs to Main Street for dining and

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FOR A TRUE SPLURGE, HEAD UP TO

THE STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE FOR THEIR

ALPENGLOBE EXPERIENCE. IT IS LIKE

BEING INSIDE A SNOW GLOBE.

shopping. Timbers Bar and heated patio offer a complimentary après-ski

appetizer and hot beverage each afternoon, and children are welcome. The

indoor atrium pool, hot tub and sauna hit the spot after a day of skiing.

For a truly luxury stay, head to the Deer Valley Resort to stay at the

Stein Eriksen Lodge. The authentic European lodge welcomes you from

the moment you arrive with warm, crackling fireplaces and touches of

Olympian Stein Eriksen’s Norwegian heritage. With opulent dining, great

ski-in/ski-out access and a high-end spa, the lodge truly earns its Forbes

Five-Star hotel and spa rating.

What to Do

People from all over the world flock to Park City for its famed dry powder

snow, so it is no surprise the premier winter activity is skiing at two

renowned ski resorts. Park City Mountain is the largest in the United

States at over 7,300 acres. Deer Valley provides a luxury experience

to their day guests. The pricey lift tickets include free parking and

complimentary ski storage, and they limit the number of skiers on the

mountain so there are no big crowds. Spread out over six mountains, this

is the place to go for uncrowded slopes. Both properties have procedures

in place for COVID-19, and you will be required to wear a mask on the

slopes. Purchase lift tickets in advance, and those with epic passes must

reserve their ski days.

Historic Main Street is the place to be for dining and shopping. It is

located on a hill, so wear shoes or boots with a good tread, as it can be

slippery in the ice and snow. Make sure to allow time to visit the Park

City Museum. This museum covers the early mining and skiing history, as

well as the Sundance Festival. Great imaginative interactive exhibits bring

that history to life. Sit on a train bench and watch historic videos from

the “windows.” Experience being a miner and set off TNT for a simulated

explosion. This is not a large museum, but all the space is well used. Adults

and children alike will enjoy it.

Utah Olympic Park is just a short drive from downtown Park City and

is worth a visit. The main building houses two museums: the Alf Engen

Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games Museum.

Admission is free to both. Olympians from all over the world train and

compete here, so you may have an opportunity to see a competition.

The museums have some fun simulators. One lets you try your skill at

ski jumping. There is also a Winter Bobsled Experience where you hurtle

down the Salt Lake 2020 Olympic Winter Games Sliding Track with a

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

Park City Sheraton - Marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcsc-sheraton-park-city

Stein Eriksen Lodge - SteinLodge.com

WHERE TO EAT

Park City Mountain - ParkCityMountain.com

Deer Valley - DeerValley.com

Park City Museum - ParkCityHistory.org

Utah Olympic Park - UtahOlympicLegacy.org

WHAT TO DO

The Eating Establishment - TheEatingEstablishment.net

Stein Lodge Alpenglobes - SteinLodge.com/dining/stein-alpenglobes

Chimayo - ChimayoRestaurant.com

Silver Star Café - TheSilverStarCafe.com

Where to Eat

Dining in Park City is a treat, and there is such a variety

at all price points. The Eating Establishment is located

on Main Street and is a must for breakfast, which you

can order all day. They have an interesting take on

traditional egg dishes. Try the loaded baked potato

omelet—it tastes as good as it sounds.

For a true splurge, head up to the Stein Eriksen Lodge

for their Alpenglobe experience. It is like being inside

a snow globe. The clear domes sit on the deck of the

Mountain Lodge and are climate controlled with a

panoramic view of Deer Valley. Absolutely stunning.

For a less expensive option, come up and enjoy

breakfast at Glitretind. The Norwegian Potato and

Bacon Pancake topped with poached eggs, Jarlsberg

cheese sauce and cranberries is a unique memorable

dish that makes it worth the drive to Deer Valley.

Chimayo is located on Main Street and is such a special

place. The service is impeccable, and the Southwestern

décor and Mexican tile floor add a cozy feel. The freshly

baked bread is served with a house-made cilantro

bread oil that elevates this humble starter. At least one

person at your table needs to order the Crown Roast

of Barbecue Spareribs. It is one of those dishes that arrives, and everyone

exclaims at the presentation. Caramelized chipotle-glazed spareribs are

rolled to give the appearance of a crown pork roast and filled with mashed

potatoes on a bed of hominy salpicon. Truly divine.

The Silver Star Café is in the Silver Star Village. You’ll want to make dinner

reservations, as it is very popular—especially with the locals. The owners

focus on their “four legs of our table”: great food, ambiance, service and

music (COVID-19 dependent). A must-try dish is the Pork Osso Bucco,

which was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

This meal has a lot going on with coconut creamed corn, nestled around

a locally sourced pork shank, and topped with fresh tomatillo salsa, cotija

cheese, cilantro and pork jus.

Two health notes: Park City has COVID-19 policies in effect to ensure your

safety. Most restaurants are open for indoor dining with limited capacity.

Shops and attractions are open as well. You must wear a mask for most

activities and maintain social distancing of 6 feet. With an elevation range

between 7,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level, you may experience some

altitude sickness for the first 48 hours if you come from lower levels. Some

symptoms include fatigue, headaches and nausea. The key is to drink lots

of water, take it easy and avoid alcohol your first day or two.

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Harbor History

Museum

Established in 1964, the Gig Harbor

Peninsula Historical Society

began operating as a museum

in 1976. It wasn't until 2007 that it

was established as the Harbor History

Museum to communicate the essence

of its mission: "To create opportunities

to experience the heritage of the greater

Gig Harbor communities."

Today, the Harbor History Museum

offers 7,000 square feet, where visitors

can take in the permanent galleries

that showcase the rich and unique

heritage of the Gig Harbor Peninsula,

highlighting its days of boat building

and commercial fishing, to agriculture,

logging and lumber. History is brought

to life through unique artifacts, video

kiosks, hands-on exhibits, computer

interactives and a small theater.

Their collections, which date from the

mid-1800s to near present-day, connect

to the people, places and events in Gig

Harbor - Peninsula history, and include

more than 29,000 artifacts, images and

archival material.

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WHERE TO STAY

WATERFRONT

SPA/SAUNA

POOL

RESTAURANT/BAR

FREE BREAKFAST

KITCHEN/ETTE

SUITES

PETS

FITNESS CENTER

MEETING SPACE

PRICING

Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites

6575 Kimball Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.9690

BestWestern.com

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The Inn at Gig Harbor

3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.1111 • InnatGigHarbor.com

A cozy, 64-room inn that exudes ambiance and charm, combined with the

adventurous style of the Pacific Northwest. Located just 10 minutes from the

heart of Gig Harbor’s dowtown waterfront dining and activities.

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The Maritime Inn

3212 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.1818

MaritimeInn.com

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Waterfront Inn

9017 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.857.0770

Waterfront-Inn.com

$$$

The Westwynd Motel

6703 144th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Pleasure Craft Houseboat Rentals

3215 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Fleet Suites

3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.857.4047

WestwyndMotel.com

253.549.6639

PleasureCraftRentals.com

253.858.3535

GigHarborMarina.com

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Aloha Beachside B&B

8318 State Route 302 NW., Gig Harbor, WA 98329

Beachside Bed & Breakfast

679 Kamus Dr., Fox Island, WA 98333

888.256.4222

253-549-2524

BeachsideBB.com

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Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Guest House

3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.3535

GigHarborMarina.com

HEALTH & BEAUTY

$$$

Sugaring NYC - Gig Harbor Beauty 253.853.7847 SugaringGigHarbor.com 4779 Point Fosdick Dr. Unit 400, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Rebel’tude Salon Hair 253.514.6164 RebeltudeaSalon.com 6659 Kimball Dr. #B200, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Air Blowout Bar

8811 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.514.6389 • AirBlowoutBar.com

Stylish blowout bar offering blowouts, dry styling and hair treatments, as well as supporting products to help maintain your style at home. From Brazilian

blowout split-end treatments and braids, to treatments to help rejuvenate, moisturize and repair your hair, Air Blowout Bar offers it all. Monthly memberships

available.

Salon Rivera Hair 253.858.2820 Salon-Riviera.com 8809 N. Harborview Dr. Ste. 201, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

A Prima Salon & Extensions Hair 253.509.0726 APrimaSalon.net 2609 Jahn Ave. NW. Ste. F-6, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Sport Clips Haircuts Hair 253.514.6404

HaircutMenUptown

GigHarborWA.com

4641 Point Fosdick Dr. Bldg. 15, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Jax Salon • Spa Hair & Spa 253.851.5599 JaxSalonSpa.com 3111 Harborview Dr. Ste. 100, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Studio Six the Salon & Spa Hair & Spa 253.432.4219

StudioSixtheSalon

andSpa.com 4779 Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Ste. 200, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Sweet Angel Sugar & Lash Studio Lash & Beauty 206.486.6415 SweetAngelSpa.com 11515 Burnham Dr. NW. Ste. 102, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Lash Nirvana Lashes & Brows Lash & Beauty 253.260.5031 LashNirvana.com 7512 Stanich Ln. #5, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Mia Lash • Brow Lash & Beauty 253.313.5906 MiaLashandBrow.com 4949 Borgen Blvd. Ste. B-105, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Cascade Eye & Skin Center Medical Aesthetics 253.848.3000 CascadeEyeSkin.com 4907 Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Ste. E700, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Nouveau MedSpas Medical Aesthetics 253.358.3667 NouveauMedSpas.com 5125 Olympic Dr. NW. Ste. 108, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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Olympic Nail & Spa Nails 253.858.6292 OlympicNailSpaGigHarbor.com 4910 Point Fosdick Dr. NW., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Gig Harbor Aesthetics Skin Care 253.514.6766 GigHarborAesthetics.com 3226 Rosedale St. Ste. 100, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335

REAL ESTATE

Joe Sanchez & Associates Coldwell Banker Bain 253.853.2262 joesanchez@cbbain.com

ForJoe.net

WaterfrontPugetSound.com

Jennifer Hawkins Hawkins-Poe Real Estate Services 253.229.1414 jennifer@key2see.com Key2See.com

Jennie Wetter • Infinity Real Estate, LLC

5775 Soundview Dr. Ste. B202, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.225.5602 • JennieWetter.com

Gig Harbor’s local real estate professionals, led by owner and broker Jennie Wetter. Infinity Real Estate is dedicated to meeting clients’ needs, whether

they are looking to sell or buy. Jennie and her dedicated team of professionals are committed to putting the client first, providing 100 percent dedication

and care from start to finish.

Infinity Real Estate Team Infinity Real Estate, LCC 253.693.4940 info@infinityrewa.com TheBoutiqueAdvantage.com

Pat Mercado

Properties Northwest

of Gig Harbor

253.851.2511 patrick.mercado@propertiesnw.com PropertiesNW.com

Shelly Manada ReMax Exclusive 253.313.4794 shelly.manada@remax.com GigHarborMax.com

Jennifer Sievers Sievers Real Estate 253.569.6681 jsievers@kw.com SieversRealEstate.com

Carolyn Westmoreland Westmoreland Properties 253.961.5596 carolyn@westmorelandproperties.net WestmorelandProperties.info

Sandy and Gary Jones Windermere 253.514.1988 sandyjones@windermere.com SandyJ.WithWRE.com

Tiffany Place Windermere 206.849.5425 tiffanyplace@windermere.com TiffanyPlaceRealEstate.com

Sue Rand Windermere 253.732.0534 suerand@windermere.com SueRand.com

MARINAS & BOAT LAUNCHES

Arabella’s Landing Marina 253.851.1793 ArabellasLanding.com 3323 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Marina 253.858.3535 GigHarborMarina.com 3117 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Jerisich Dock • Marina

3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

cityofgigharbor.net/187/Jerisich-Dock

Small half acre waterfron park in the hear of downtown that provides transient moorage for boaters and features a seasonal pump-out station, water and

power. Restrooms, showers and life jacket loaner station are available on site. Boats moored past 8 p.m. must register at kiosk. Maximum stay 3 days in

10-day period. First come, first served.

Lakebay Marina Resort Marina 253.884.3350 - 15 Lorenz Rd. NW, Lakebay, WA 98349

Maritime Pier Marina -

Murphy’s Landing Marina Marina 253.851.3093

CityofGigHarbor.net/189/

Maritime-Pier

MarinaLife.com/Marinas/

Murphys-Landing-Marina

3003 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

3901 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Peninsula Yacht Basin Marina 253.858.2250 PeninsulaYachtBasin.com 8913 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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Eddon Boat Park • Boat Launch

3805 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.851.8136 • CityofGigHarbor.net/535/Eddon-Boat-Park

Historic boat yard listed on the Gig Harbor Register of Historic Places that includes the Gig Harbor BoatShop, a nonprofit organization that provides

traditional shipwright educational classes and programming to the public as part of the city’s commitment to preserving the community’s maritime

heritage. Restrooms, pier, float and kayake launch and life jacket loaner station are available for public use.

Horsehead Bay Public Boat Ramp Boat Launch - - 10999 36th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Fox Island Public Boat Ramp Boat Launch - - 203 3rd Ave., Fox Island, WA 98333

Joemma Beach State Park Boat Launch 253.884.1944

Parks.State.Wa.Us/524/

Joemma-Beach

20001 Bay Rd. SW, Lakebay, WA 98459

Vaughn Boat Launch Boat Launch - - 17999 Hall Rd. NW, Vaughn, WA 98394

Home Boat Launch Boat Launch - - 1922 A St., Lakebay, WA 98349

Wollochet Bay Boat Ramp Boat Launch - - 37th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Purdy Boat Launch Ramp Boat Launch - - 7726 WA-302, Gig Harbor, WA 98329

Gig Harbor Public Boat Launch Boat Launch 253.305.1000 - 8723 Randall Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Longbranch Boat Launch Boat Launch - - 15603 72nd St. SW, Longbranch, WA 98351

SHOPPING

No Dearth of Books Book Store 253.853.3355 NoDearthofBooks.com 7803 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Chalet in the Woods Boutique 253.851.8678 ChaletintheWoods.com 9406 74th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Clothing &

Tickled Pink Accessories 253.858.1751 TickledPinkStores.com 3026 Harborview Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Clothing &

Treasures 4 Humanity Accessories 206.250.6563 Treasures4Humanity.com 7811 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Clothing &

Sharon’s Resale Boutique Accessories 253.851.3550 SharonsResaleBoutique.com 7620 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Ship to Shore Marine & Kayak

Boating

Merchandise 253.858.6090 ShiptoShoreMarine.com 3403 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Clothing &

Dolly Mama Boutique Accessories 253.851.5113 DollyMamaBoutique.com 7700 Pioneer Way #103, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Beach Basket Gift, Clothing & Christmas Shop Gift Shop 253.858.9639

Facebook.com/Beach

BasketGiftShop

4102 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

The Garden Room & Home Gift Shop 253.514.6033 TheGardenRoomStore.com 4729 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Maritime Jewelers Jewelers 253.853.4579 MaritimeJewelers.com 3116 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Clark’s Jewelers Jewelers 253.851.5395 ClarksJewelers.com 6946 Kimball Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Ken Walker Jewelers Jewelers 253.851.6516 KenWalkerJewelers.com 4912 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

van der Veen Jewelers Jewelers 253.514.8478 VanderVeenJewelers.com 4711 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Harbor Landing Indoor Shopping Mall Mall -

Uptown Gig Harbor • Mall

4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.851.4557 • UptownGigHarbor.com

Facebook.com/Harbor

LandingMall

3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Over 35 shops, specialty stores and restaurants all located within walking distance in a charming outdoor shopping center. Shoppers can choose from

a mix of national retailers and local merchants offering the latest fashions, or enjoy a bite at a wide selection of fine-dining or quick takeout restaurants

and cafes.

For the Love of Spice Spice Store 253.858.0272 LoveofSpice.com 3104 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

THINGS TO DO

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Event

Event

Spring - GigHarborBeerFestival.com

Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

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Established 2002

B i r d n e s t Gallery

& Custom PiCture FraminG

Downtown Gig Harbor

3202 Tarabochia St. 98335

FINE ART, HAND-CRAFTED GIFTS, HOME DECOR

• A distinctive collection of Northwest art by over 70 Northwest artists

• Framed Art • Prints • Original Paintings

• Metal Sculpture • Bronzes • Pottery • Jewelry • Home Decor

SPECIALIZING IN INNOVATIVE CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING

• Over eighteen years of framing experience. No project too big or too small.

• Custom Framed Mirrors • Canvas Stretching • Art Hanging Services

• In-stock ready made frames in standard sizes

• Fastest project turn-around time in Gig Harbor

BirdnestGallery.com • 253.857.6341

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Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup Event Spring - GigHarborPaddlersCup.com

Easter Egg Hunt at Sehmel Homested Park Event Spring -

PenMetParks.org/Parks/Sehmel-

Homestead-Park

The Green Gig Event Spring - GigHarborFoundation.org

Madrona Links Golf Course Golf Course Spring / Summer / Fall 253.851.5193 MadronaLinks.com

Gig Harbor Golf Club Golf Course Spring / Summer / Fall 253.851.2428 GHGolfClub.com

Gig Harbor Gondola Water Activity Spring / Summer / Fall 253.432.0052 GigHarborGondola.com

Uptown Gig Harbor Summer Concert Series Event Summer - UpTownGigHarbor.com

Food Truck Feast At Sehmel Homestead Park Event Summer - PenMetParks.org

Summer Sounds at Skansie Event Summer - GigHarborGuide.com

Duffy Electric Boat Rentals at Gig Harbor Yachts • Boat Rental • Summer

3419 Harborview Dr. (Dockside), Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.358.3491 • GigHarborYachts.com/Electric-Boat-Rentals.html

Hire an experienced skipper or captain the boat yourself aboard one of these all-electric boats. You’ll enjoy a memorable experience on the water while

you take in the sights. Don’t forget to grab a coolor and picnic basket for the ride, and head aboard with family and friends for the ultimate relaxing

harbor cruise.

Lee’s SUP & Kayak Rentals Water Activity Summer 253.858.7341 LeesSUP1.com

Pier into the Night Event Winter - HarborWildWatch.org

7 Seas Brewing Brewery Year-Round 253.514.8129 7SeasBrewing.com

Galaxy Luxury Theatres Movie Theater Year-Round 253.851.8300

GalaxyTheatres.com/Movie-Theater/

GigHarbor

Heritage Distilling Company Distillery Year-Round 253.509.0008 HeritageDistilling.com

TOP TEN THINGS TO DO

Explore by Water

Whether by sail, powerboat, kayak, SUP or electric boat,

much of the city’s charm and natural wonders are best

seen from the water.

Have a Ball

Entertainment options abound, from Galaxy’s IMAX

theaters or arcade games, duckpin bowling and a laser tag

venue at Ocean5 to creative art classes with AR Workshop.

Support Local

Gig Harbor’s independent boutiques, artists and specialty

shops dot the harbor—visits to the Westside and Uptown

business districts are a fun excursion as well.

Make Friends

Events and live music are a cornerstone of the harbor’s

year-round calendar. From live music in the park to family

movies, fall fun runs and cultural fundraisers, there’s

always a gathering to suit any interest.

Tip a Glass

Brewery, winery, distillery—take your pick. Many favorites

were born here in the harbor, and tastings are a great way

to preview local libations. Drop in for a cocktail at Heritage

Distillery, or try a local brew from favorites 7 Seas Brewing

or Wet Coast.

Share a Plate

Inventive eateries vary from casual grab-and-go spots to

fine dining and top-rated seafood shacks.

Take a Look Back

Gig Harbor has a rich maritime history, showcased

through gems like the Harbor History Museum or guided

tours on the harbor’s Prohibition days.

Tee Up

Hit the greens at several courses, including Madrona

Links, the Canterwood Golf & Country Club or the Gig

Harbor Golf Club.

Walk on the Wild Side

Grab a set of wheels and glide on the Cushman Trail,

which winds through the harbor and connects to the

Narrows Bridge. Nearby Sehmel Homestead Park offers

hiking trails, play areas and gardens to explore.

Capture the Moment

In one of America’s most picturesque towns, photography

options abound—choose from an array of backdrops: a

lighthouse framed by Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound,

sailboats dotting the harbor, or a beach set against the

Narrows Bridge.

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You’ll feel right at home.

3520 Kitsap Way, Bremerton

360.377.5582 | arnoldshomefurnishings.com

Arnold’s Home Furnishings has been serving the

Kitsap Peninsula and beyond for more than 68 years.

We offer a tremendous selection of furniture for the

living room, dining room and bedroom along with rugs,

lamps and everything that makes a home. Known for

our quality and superb customer service, Arnold’s can

help you select your new furniture, mattress and home

furnishings purchase on any budget.

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OTHER SERVICES

Mackert Automotive LLC Auto Repair 253.851.3307 MackertAutomotive.com 3416-B 57th St. Ct., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Peninsula Light Co. Electric Utility 253.857.5950 PenLight.org 13315 Goodnough Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Coast Movers Moving 888.546.6820 CoastMovers.com 3621 Hunt St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Family First Adult Family Homes • Senior Care & Family Living

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. #312, Gig Harbor, WA 89335

253.853.2033 • FamilyFirstAFH.com

Family First Adult Family Homes has been a staple in the Gig Harbor community for the past 21 years. Here, you can find 24-hour care with hands-on

owners, experienced caregivers, in-home doctor visits, semi-private and private rooms and family atmosphere.

PARKS

Adam Tallman Park

6811 Wagner Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

City Park

Passive-use wildlife park with walking trails and wetlands offering interpretive

signage and viewing platforms. No restrooms. On-site parking.

Ancich Waterfront Park

3525 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Austin Estuary Park

4009 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Bogue Viewing Platform

8763 N Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Crescent Creek Park

3303 Vernhardson St., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Cushman Trail

Borgen Blvd., Hollycroft St., Grandview St.

Donkey Creek Park

8714 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Eddon Boat Park

3805 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Maritime Pier

3003 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Skansie Brothers Park

3207 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Skate Park

3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Jerisich Dock

3211 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

City Park

Viewing platform with grand staircase leading from the platform down to a lowerlevel

plaza with picnic tables and public restrooms. An ADA lift can transport those

with disabilities down to the water level.

City park with a picnic table and human-powered watercraft landing access. Public

trail extends under the bridge and connects with Donkey Creek Park. No restrooms.

Street parking only.

Waterfront mini-park with an urban plaza and shoreline viewing offering panoramic

views of Mount Rainier. Seating and tables available for public use. No restrooms.

Street parking only.

Previously known as “City Park,” a large open-air structure with covered kitchen, play

structure, swings, climbing structures, basketball and tennis courts, and baseball field

with bleachers are open to the public. Picnic tables and seating available, call to reserve.

Paved 6.2-mile trail that features seating, picnic tables, restrooms and parking

at points along the trail. Three trailheads are accessible within the city at Borgen

Boulevard, Hollycroft Street and ​Grandview Street.

1.3-acre natural park with large grassy open area. Bordered by salmon-bearing

Donkey Creek, with a trail that connects to Austin Estuary Park alongside the Harbor

History Museum. Benches and restrooms provided for public use. Street parking only.

Historic boat-building park with water-access offering landing for human-powered

boats, public pier and float, and up to 2-hour moorage at no fee. The brick house

provides a kitchen, and there is access to a sandy beach. Street parking only.

Pier and 12 x 40 foot load/unload float for mixed use, as well as load/unload facility

for commercial vessels. Year-round pump-out. Life jacket loaner station available.

Restrooms and seating. On-site parking.”

Large waterfront open space offering a covered pavilion, and featuring an historic

netshed and home adjacent to Jerisich Dock that helps celebrate and preserve Gig

Harbor’s maritime heritage. Restrooms on site. Street parking only.

Park includes large concrete bowl for skaters, kids’ climbing wall, play structures,

benches and trails with video surveillance. Restrooms available at Grandview Forest

Park (adjacent). On-site parking.

Public dock offering welcome plaza with restrooms, featuring seasonal splash pad/

water feature, and an accessible viewing deck with picnic tables. Free for day use;

water and power available. Boats moored past 8 p.m. must register at kiosk.

Harbor Family Park

6620 32nd St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

PenMet Parks

18.7-acre wooded park open to the public and accessible via primitive trails. No

picnic areas or restrooms.

Narrows Park

1502 Lucille Pkwy NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Rosedale Park and Community Hall

86th Ave. NW & Rosedale St.

Sehmel Homestead Park

10123 78th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

PenMet Parks

35-acre park offering over 1,000 feet of Tacoma Narrows shoreline access, excellent

fishing and views of the Tacoma Narrows bridge. Picnic area and non motorized boat

launch available. Features a gazebo, paved pathways and two viewing telescopes.

Rosedale Playfield offers a combination fenced grass youth soccer field, a grass 200-foot softball

diamond, two outdoor tennis courts and a half-basketball court. Rosedale Hall is located adjacent

to the tennis courts and can be rented for community and organizational events.

Large 98-acre park that includes a Boundless Playground, artificial turf soccer field, football,

lacrosse and softball fields, the Boeing Mariners Care baseball field, tennis and basketball

courts, a 1,500-person amphitheater and a pavilion, in addition to picnic areas and more.

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Key Pen Parks

72-acre park featuring plenty of parking, restrooms, play areas for all ages and a

large pavilion. Trailhead to popular 360 Trails.


CALLING ALL ADVENTURERS! JOIN THE HUNT FROM JANUARY 25 TH – FEBRUARY 14 TH AT SEHMEL HOMESTEAD PARK.

Sasquatch has been spotted on the Sehmel Park trails and we need explorers to help find the creature! The hunt begins at

the trailhead behind the master gardener’s garden.

At the start of the trail, make sure to grab your hunting card and a pencil. You will be answering questions and learning

facts along the way! Find all 8 sasquatch to receive a goody bag! Drop off your hunt card and pick up your goody bag at

our administrative offices located at 5717 Wollochet DR NW #3.

www.penmetparks.org | 253.858.3400

for generations, haven of rest has been

helping families achieve peace of mind

through pre-planning their funeral

and cemetery needs. call today to plan

for yourself or your loved one.

We now offer Aquamation, a new and

eco-friendly alternative to cremation!

253.851.9991

www.HavenRest.com

8503 State Route 16 NW., Gig Harbor, WA

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YUM

your local dining guide

RECIPES

LOCAL FLAVOR

SPOTLIGHTS

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ANTHONY’S

Seafood | Curbside Pickup

253.853.6353 | Anthonys.com | 8827 N Harborview Dr.

LOCAL

EATS

BBQ2U

Texas-Style BBQ | Takeout

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com | 4814 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

BRIMSTONE

BBQ | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.2709 | BBQBrimstone.com | 7707 Pioneer Way

DEVOTED KISS CAFE

American | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.0055 | DevotedKissCafe.com | 8809 N. Harborview Dr. Ste. 203

EL PUEBLITO

Mexican | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.9077 | ElPueblitoRestaurant.com | 3226 Harborview Dr.

FONDI

Italian | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.6666 | Fondi.com | 4621 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

HARBOR GENERAL STORE

American Cafe | Takeout

253.358.3241 | HarborGeneral.com | 7804 Pioneer Way

HY IU HEE HEE

American Pub | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.7885 | JPSBars.com | 4309 Burnham Dr.

IL LUCANO

Italian | Takeout

253.514.8945 | IlLucanoRistorante.com | 3119 Judson St.

MARKETPLACE

Grille

MARKETPLACE GRILL

American | Takeout

253.858.3487 | 8825 N. Harborview Dr. # 3C-D

takeout & delivery guide

TASTE OF

PERU

MILLVILLE PIZZA CO.

Pizza | Takeout & Delivery

253.514.8626 | MillvillePizzaCo.com | 3409 Harborview Dr.

MOCTEZUMA’S

Mexican | Takeout & Delivery

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com | 4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW

MORSO

American Bistro | Takeout

253.530.3463 | MorsoWineBar.com | 9014 Peacock Hill Ave. Ste. 100B

TASTE OF PERU

Peruvian | Takeout & Delivery

253.313.5198 | TasteOfPeruOnline.com | 5500 Olympic Dr. D101

TIDES TAVERN

American Pub | Takeout & Delivery

253.858.3982 | TidesTavern.com | 2925 Harborview Dr.

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BBQ2U

Healthy

that tastes good!

Smoothies

Acai Bowls

Oatein

Herbal Tea

Tea Bombs

Meal Planning

Nutrition Coaching

There’s nothing like a plate of pure Southern comfort.

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style barbecue

right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open

seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

4814 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

Anthony’s Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the

harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, takeout

menu available. Monday through Thursday 11am to

8pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to

8pm.

8825 N. Harborview Dr., Unit C | Gig Harbor

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

for 2019! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an

array of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

MILKVUE HANDCRAFTED

DONUTS + COFFEE

Experience inspirational donut creations and the

"happiest" customer service! Known for fresh mochi

donuts, raised, filled, fritters and cake donuts, enjoy a

variety of unique flavors including horchata, blueberry

lavender, cookies and cream, maple bacon, raspberry and

more! Also enjoy Italian sodas, Bubble Tea and Olympia

Coffee. Takeout only. Stop in Mon.-Wed. 8am-5pm, Fri.

7am-5pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-5pm.

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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

253.858.8399


GRAND NUTRITION

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 to 3pm.

5247 Olympic Dr. NW, Ste. A | Gig Harbor

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Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes! Located in

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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

253.851.2576

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LELE'S RESTAURANT

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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VIETNAMESE CUISINE

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.

5160 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. C101 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0915 | MsSaigonGigHarbor.com

Located in Uptown

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SHEPHERD’S PIE

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp. avocado oil

2 tbsp. butter

2 lbs. ground beef

1 large onion

2 carrots, diced

3 celery stalks, diced

1 cup frozen peas

2 sprigs each rosemary and thyme

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp. tapioca starch

1 cup red wine

1 1/2 cups beef stock

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. tomato paste

For the topping:

1 large cauliflower

1/4 cup butter

1 tbsp. heavy cream

1/2 cup parmesan, shredded

METHOD:

• Heat 1 tablespoon avocado oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large

cast-iron pot set over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until

brown. When done, remove the beef into a bowl from the pan with

a slotted spoon and set aside.

• Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan and add

onions, carrots, celery and peas. Season with salt and sauté

vegetables until tender—about 10 minutes. Add the rosemary,

thyme and tapioca starch and wine. Cook until wine has reduced

to half. Add beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste.

Cook until sauce has reduced and thickened—about 20 minutes.

Add in beef and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour into an oven-safe

dish to cool.

• In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower

and cover with a lid to allow cauliflower to steam. Cauliflower is

done when pierced with a fork and cauliflower is soft—about 15

minutes.

• Remove cauliflower from the pot into a high-powered blender.

Add butter cream and parmesan and blend until smooth.

• Top meat with cauliflower and bake in a 350˚F preheated oven

for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly

before serving.

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Occasions

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Serving Paninis, Crepes, Forza Coffee & More!

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SHOW THE

LOVE

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TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 12

By Jillian Chandler

To celebrate the season, Gig Harbor Living Local is excited

to announce our Show the Love giveaway! In partnership

with the many generous businesses that can be found

throughout our community, you don’t want to miss out

on the opportunity to walk away with the grand prize.

Now through Friday, February 12, the community is encouraged

to share why they love Gig Harbor and what makes it so special

to them. And you can enter in just two easy steps! Step one: Like/

follow Gig Harbor Living Local on Facebook or Instagram. Step two:

Comment why you love Gig Harbor.

Just two days before Valentine’s Day, a winner will be chosen

randomly from all of those who participated/commented via social

media. This incredible gift basket has something for everyone and is

filled with all the amazing things our town has to offer.

From gift cards to specialty merchandise, local businesses are

sharing the love with one lucky winner. Items include a travel size

ZO Skin Health Gentle Cleanser, Exfoliating Polish and Complexion

Renewal Pads courtesy of Gig Harbor Aesthetics; one-month

unlimited passes for both Tuladhara Yoga and 9Round Gym; Gig

Harbor Brewing gift card and merchandise; pottery from Alinda

Morris Design; gift card and barbecue sauce thanks to BBQ2U; a

bottle of wine from Carl's Pond; a float session from Urban Float;

and much, much more!

Don’t miss out! Now’s the time to show your love for Gig Harbor.

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VIRTUAL EVENT:

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Presenter, Certified Buyer & Seller Realtor,

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• “Design your post-Covid life. Remember to

be present and shower the people you love

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

FEBRUARY

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The APCC Annual New Year Celebration is going virtual this year.

2021 has arrived, and to celebrate—virtually—the Asia Pacific

Cultural Center will be hosting their 23rd Annual Asia Pacific

New Year Celebration—featuring the Marshall Islands. Viewers

will be treated to live virtual entertainment from many countries

and cultures: Indonesia, Japan, China, Hawaii, Philippines, Korea,

Thailand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vietnam, Cambodia, Okinawa,

Micronesia, India, Tokelau, Burma, Taiwan, Pakistan, Tahiti, Laos,

Hmong, Mongolia, Singapore, Micronesia, Federated States and

more. The virtual six-day event is scheduled to kick off Monday,

February 8, starting at 11am, and will conclude on Saturday,

February 13. The live entertainment will be held online on Facebook

Live (Facebook.com/AsiaPacificCulturalCenter) and YouTube

(Bit.ly/APCC96YouTube). For a complete listing of the week’s

lineup, view the schedule at APCC96.org.

RECTIVITY KIT - VALENTINE'S DAY

On Wednesday, February 10, there’s some Valentine’s Day fun to

be had. Geared toward ages 5 through 13, kids will enjoy themed

activities in your home with the PenMet Parks RECtivity Kits. Each

kit includes eight to 10 crafts, experiments, games and/or snacks.

The kits are geared for kids aged 5-12. If you would like your

child to receive a kit but they are outside the age range, please call

253.858.3400 to register. The Valentine's kit will include supplies to

make your own Oreo pops, a fizzy heart art experiment, a suncatcher

craft and more! All supplies are included except for glue, scissors

and tape. If you would like to have a special Valentine's note to your

child placed in the kit, please make sure to fill out the question box

toward the end of the registration process. You can pick up your

kit on Wednesday, February 10, between noon and 4pm in front

of the Sehmel Homestead Park Pavilion. Cost per kit is $20. Visit

PenMetParks.org/events and click on RECtivity Kit - Valentine's

Day for link to register.

RESTAURANT WEEK

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is excited to share

that they will be holding their annual Gig Harbor's Waterfront

Restaurant Week beginning Sunday, February 21. The two-week

event will continue through Sunday, March 7. As of press time,

they were still confirming details, so for all the latest information,

be sure to visit Facebook.com/WaterfrontRestaurantWeek. Between

eight and 10 restaurants are expected to participate, offering outside

dining and takeout (and possibly offering dine-in if allowed by

then). For up-to-date details and menus as they become available,

be sure to follow the event on the Facebook page listed above.

* 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.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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FOR YOUR VOTES!

Primary Healthcare

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Accepting New Patients

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Family Medical Services

Annual & Sports Physicals

Preventative Care

Immunizations/Flu Shots

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SAVE OUR STUDENTS

We serve homeless and at-risk youth through:

1. Host Home Program for Homeless Students

2. Mentoring Program for Students

3. Transportation

4. Food Program

5. Clothing

To learn more about our programs,

VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR CONTACT US!

HarborHopeCenter.org • info@harborhopecenter.org

Scot Fleshman, ARNP, FNP - BC

4423 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Suite 306

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