March 2021 Gig Harbor Living Local

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March 2021 Gig Harbor Living Local

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LIVING LOCAL

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NAVIGATING THE SLOPES

Meet the artist who guides your way

REVITALIZE

YOUR

A Healthy Spirit

People Who Inspire

POSITIVELY IMPACTING AND

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Simple strategies to take back Gig Harbor’s extraordinary,

Gig Harbor Living Local celebrates

your health seven this years

everyday heroes

‘Gnome LIVING Man’

Gig Harbor’s ‘Turtle Man’

has a new project

SPACE

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Living Local

MARCH 2021

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 3

inside

The Kitchen: Considering a Remodel?

The how, what and why to refreshing your kitchen space

Revitalize Your Living Space

Budget-friendly home updates

Bye Bye Winter, Hello Spring

Top ways to update your outdoor living space for

the warmer season

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PUBLISHER’S

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SPRING … IT’S JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

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• Serving Gig Harbor and the

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for 20 years.

Just last month we were

still relishing the winter

months, enjoying our time

spent indoors, warm by

the fire, embracing the cold, wet, snowy

days knowing that this time would soon

pass, and the promise of spring would be

fulfilled. March is here, and spring (at least

in name) is just around the corner.

As the clouds clear, the weather warms

and the earth begins to once again come to

life all around us, it ignites a light in us that

has been dimmed the past several months.

It is incredible to witness the changing of

the season and the power it holds in lifting

our spirits and our hopes for tomorrow.

As we prepare for that spring cleaning,

outdoor gardening and home remodel

projects, be sure to enjoy—and embrace—

the work. It is truly fulfilling to sit back,

relax, and take in all that has been

accomplished.

If you’re feeling uninspired, you’ll find

some thoughtful ideas to help get you

started. From the kitchen to your outdoor

living space, sprucing up your space is sure

to brighten up your spirit and attitude.

In this issue, we are also taking the

opportunity to celebrate our anniversary,

as we continue to have the privilege of

creating and delivering Gig Harbor Living

Local to the community. Since 2014, we

have been so fortunate to continue to be

an integral part of this community, and

we’ve decided now is as good a time as any

to celebrate!

As Leo Tolstoy said, "Spring is the time of

plans and projects." Now’s the time to start

preparing for the warmer—and brighter—

months ahead.

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NAVIGATING THE SLOPES

Mee the artist who guides your way

A Healthy Spirit

POSITIVELY IMPACTING AND

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Simple strategies to take back

your health this year

Gig Harbor Living Local celebrates

seven years

People Who Inspire

Gig Harbor’s extraordinary,

everyday heroes

Living Local

LIVING LOCAL

REVITALIZE

YOUR

LIVING

‘Gnome Man’

Gig Harbor’s ‘Turtle Man’

has a new project

SPACE

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ABOUT THE COVER

THIS MONTH’S COVER PHOTO WAS TAKEN

IN THE HARBOR NEAR TIDES TAVERN. As

2021 marks the seven-year anniversary of Gig Harbor

Living Local’s premiere issue, this special cover is

a drone shot of Julie Reed on her kayak in an early

morning quest for peace and a reflective moment. She

had the harbor to herself, with the exception of a seal,

who happened to be a little camera shy. The shallow

shot gives the definition with translucent underwater

floor rocks and interesting color patterns. Here’s to

many more years of Gig Harbor Living Local.

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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

Get Bidding and Support the Rotary: Taste of Gig

Harbor returns for 2021 with a new virtual format

30

GOOD NEWS

Food to Those in Need: Local organization pivots

distribution model

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Urban Float University Place: Weightless

relaxation awaits

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IN FOCUS

36

Positively Impacting and Serving the Community:

Gig Harbor Living Local celebrates seven years

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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Recognizing the bright youth in our community

44

LIVING LOCAL

100 Years of Boating History: The BoatShop at Eddon

Boatyard perpetuates skills and traditions of a

working waterfront

50

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

50

Dolly Mama Boutique: Gig Harbor boutique provides

delightful thrill in the pursuit of all things fabulous!

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sneak peek into March ...

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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FEATURE

Navigating the Slopes: Meet the artist who guides

your way

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THE KITCHEN

60

Considering a Remodel?: The how, what and why

to refreshing your kitchen space

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REVITALIZE YOUR

LIVING SPACE

Budget-friendly home updates

80

BYE BYE WINTER,

HELLO SPRING

Top ways to update your outdoor living space for the

warmer season

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington,

D.C.’s signature spring celebration

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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

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FEATURED RECIPE

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Stepping into Spring

SPRING CLEANING OUR MINDSET

By Jennifer “Taz” Vazquez

Spring is a lovely time of the year, isn’t it? Full of promises, new

beginnings and hope. Many of us take time to spring clean by

organizing our house, garage, and preparing our gardens. Turns

out spring is an excellent time to consider cleaning out our

mental spaces too.

We often forget to declutter the most important part of our lives—

our mind! Clutter accumulates around the house, leaving us feeling

disorganized and uninspired. So too can mental clutter, such as negative

thoughts, leave us feeling stuck, uninspired, depressed and/or anxious.

For example, after a year of COVID-19 and the winter weather, maybe

you feel you don’t have control over what’s going on in your life. Maybe

you feel annoyed by everyone being under the same roof, or by what

others are saying or doing. Maybe you want to work out but feel guilty

because you feel it is selfish to take time away from your family.

This got me thinking, what if you could make a few mindset shifts and

turn over a springtime “new leaf ” on life?

Just like spring cleaning your house can leave you feeling more calm and

in control, so does spending a little time doing a mental clearing out of

unhelpful or destructive thoughts. It is like organic weed killer. It will

leave you feeling more energized to create a fertile ground for new ideas,

new projects, self-care, and reconnect with those you care about in an

authentic and centered way.

You can have more control, inner peace, joy and creativity if you focus

on this spring cleaning tip: Notice when you are blaming, complaining

and imitating, then shift your mindset from what isn’t working to what is.

Blaming others keeps you stuck in a negative mindset and thinking

others have control. Instead, focus on what you can do. Acknowledge

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Where your attention goes is where

your energy flows.

that you/they are doing the best you/they can based on what you/they

know. Then curiously ask yourself what could you do to find a solution.

Complaining keeps you focused on the negative and leaves you feeling

unsatisfied. Instead, be empathetic and solution focused. It is okay to

acknowledge the negative thoughts and feelings (it calms our inner critic)

but then shift to curiously ask what can I say that is helpful, specific, and

does it have a positive solution or outcome?

Imitating others or feeling you have to hide parts of who you are for

fear of being judged or not liked undermines your self-esteem. Instead,

Just Do You. We are all unique and have gifts to share. When we show

up authentically, we feel more alive, genuine and energized. Others will

respect you and your boundaries, if you do.

So, take a minute and ask yourself, where in your life have you felt:

overwhelmed; ruminated about what you could or should have done;

blamed others; felt frustrated with what others were saying and doing;

or tried to please others at your expense? Then remember, where your

attention goes is where your energy flows.

If you want to have more control, inner peace, joy and creativity in your

life, then focus on shifting your mindset from what isn’t working to what

is.

Just a little mental spring cleaning keeps those weeds away. Where in

your life could you use some spring cleaning?

“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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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

GETTING DIVORCED? DON’T RUSH IT!

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney/Mediator

“Nature does not hurry. Yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

You may wonder what the cycles of nature have to do with divorce.

However, if you can think of divorce as a life transition, rather than a

stand-alone event in itself, the nature analogy springs to life. (Pardon

the pun. It’s that time of year!)

As a divorce mediator and lawyer for almost three decades, the biggest

mistakes I see with separating and divorcing couples involve rushing.

Rushing their decision to separate before thinking through all the

implications; making hasty financial decisions with the potential to

create unnecessary hardship; rushing the kids into new schedules

without giving consideration to practicalities.

What spurs some clients to want to push through decisions about

their divorce while others take a more thoughtful (slow) approach?

My experience shows me it’s the unwillingness to feel the negative

emotions that go along with such a major life transition, whether that

transition is something they want or not. (There’s something behind

the expression, “Now is the winter of my discontent …”)

It often goes like this. One partner announces they want to divorce.

The other partner is hurt, angry, anxious and overwhelmed, perhaps

wanting to work on the marriage longer. Perhaps they’ve had little,

if any, time to process the separation while the initiating partner has

likely been thinking about it and planning for months.

Both parties want to minimize sharing the angst of this transition,

often wanting to “rip off the band aid” and get it over with, under the

false impression doing so will make all the pain go away quickly. But

they usually discover, like with all natural transitions, the evolution

of their problem-solving and healing has a natural beginning, middle

and end, despite their attempts at control.

Getting divorced involves many emotional layers of a relationship

interwoven with the “business” issues to be tackled, such as houses,

retirement funds, bank accounts, insurance and daily parenting.

(Of course, many people also assign emotional components to

these issues.) Hurrying through decision-making on any of these

issues before all relevant data can be gathered, analyzed, and options

explored can, and often will, backfire.

However, recognizing that “to everything there is a season” allows you

to understand and better tolerate the “winter,” knowing that “spring” is

around the corner when forward movement and idea generation can

be allowed to grow. My idea of “summer” during this process is when

well thought-out solutions have been agreed upon and implemented,

while “autumn” is full resolution and a time to put things to bed, with

healthy closure.

The most successful clients I work with are ones who are willing to

recognize and accept there are negative emotions at play; emotions that

will sabotage their outcome if not managed well. This means making

a commitment to endure this “rough patch,” hiring good professional

help when needed, and knowing patience and thoughtfulness will

lead to the best settlements for everyone involved.

A chapter is closing in the arc of a life, whether that chapter was

five-years, 20-years or 40-years long. It needs to be closed with care,

consideration, and often creativity. To do that well takes time. Maybe

you’ll find, as Albert Camus said, “In the depth of winter, I finally

learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

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

County, Felicia Soleil provides more constructive alternatives to dissolving a

marriage outside of a courtroom. In addition to her family law practice, she

also provides mediation services, offering legal support, education & case

management - from simple to complex - for separation and divorce, parenting

plans, child support and prenuptial agreements.

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

conflict, helping you transition by moving on, not just moving out.

Felicia A. Soleil, Attorney at Law and Mediator

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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO DOUBLE MY MONEY?

The ‘Rule of 72’

Courtesy of Nancy Harris, CMFC, CDFA

President, Financial Planner, New Foundation Wealth Group

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We develop & review strategies,

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Before making any investment decision,

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working out the real rate of return on

your investment.

With simple interest, interest is paid just on the

principal. With compound interest, the return

that you receive on your initial investment is

automatically reinvested. In other words, you

receive interest on the interest.

But just how quickly does your money grow?

The easiest way to work that out is by using the

“Rule of 72.”1 The Rule of 72 enables you to

determine how long it will take for the money

you've invested on a compound interest basis

to double. You divide 72 by the interest rate to

get the answer.

For example, if you invest $10,000 at 10 percent

compound interest, then the Rule of 72 states

that in 7.2 years you will have $20,000. You

divide 72 by 10 percent to get the time it takes

for your money to double. The Rule of 72 is a

rule of thumb that gives approximate results. It

is most accurate for hypothetical rates between

5 and 20 percent.

While compound interest is a great ally to an

investor, inflation is one of the greatest enemies.

The Rule of 72 can also highlight the damage

that inflation can do to your money.

The real rate of return is the key to how quickly

the value of your investment will grow. If you are

receiving 10 percent interest on an investment

but inflation is running at 4 percent, then

your real rate of return is 6 percent. In such a

scenario, it will take your money 12 years to

double in value.

The Rule of 72 is a quick and easy way to

determine the value of compound interest

over time. By taking the real rate of return into

consideration (nominal interest less inflation),

you can see how soon a particular investment

will double the value of your money.

The Rule of 72 is a mathematical concept,

and the hypothetical return illustrated is

not representative of a specific investment.

Also note that the principal and yield of

securities will fluctuate with changes in market

conditions so that the shares, when sold, may

be worth more or less than their original cost.

The Rule of 72 does not include adjustments for

income or taxation. It assumes that interest is

compounded annually. Actual results will vary.

The information in this article is not intended

as tax, legal, investment, or retirement advice

or recommendations, and it may not be relied

on for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax

penalties. You are encouraged to seek guidance

from an independent tax or legal professional.

The content is derived from sources believed to be

accurate. Neither the information presented nor

any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation

for the purchase or sale of any security. This

material was written and prepared by Broadridge

Advisor Solutions. © 2021 Broadridge Financial

Solutions, Inc.

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.

NANCY HARRIS

President, Financial Planner

253.318.4446 | NewFoundationWG.com

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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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Christina

Taylor

4th & 5th Grade Teacher

Pioneer Elementary School

While some teachers begin

and end their career at

one school, subject or

grade level, others might

go between younger and older learners,

move around a district, state, or even

the country. Pioneer Elementary School

teacher Christina Taylor is now in her sixth

year of teaching, and Pioneer is already

her fourth school. As a military spouse,

Christina has to be prepared to move on

short notice and to destinations she might

not be familiar with. While

some might consider it a

challenge to build lasting

relationships while on the

move, Christina has proven

otherwise. “The thing

that sticks out the most to

me is the cross-country

connections I am able to

make. It opens up the door

for special guest speakers

via Zoom or FaceTime,” she

explained.

Christina enjoys seeing

students build relationships

of their own along their educational

journey. When she first came to the district,

Christina started at Evergreen Elementary.

When she moved to Pioneer, she initiated

a pen pal program with her new students.

“It was so wonderful to watch the students

be leaders through letters to my (new)

younger students,” Christina said.

Watching young leaders emerge brings

great satisfaction to Christina. She enjoys

seeing those who are lacking confidence at

first accept a challenge presented to them

"WE HAVE TO

BE FLEXIBLE

AND LEARN

TO OVERCOME

CHALLENGES

WITH A GROWTH

MINDSET."

and eventually overcome it. “It often takes

a lot of time and effort for a student to

overcome an academic challenge. I enjoy

walking the path with them, and celebrating

their accomplishments along the way!”

Christina’s specialty is in STEM: Science,

Technology, Engineering and Math. Her

team has been tasked with building a

curriculum from scratch all while doing

online learning. While many challenges are

presented, they are learning to overcome

them and set an example

for their students each

day. “While we have

multiple challenges

daily, we are using those

challenges to model what

productive struggle looks

like for our students,”

Christina explained.

The stress of an unsettled

school year can take a

toll on both teachers and

young students. Christina

and others work tirelessly

each day to ensure their

students are not just learning the assigned

materials but have a pillar of support in

their life. She hopes to impart that message

into all of her students:

“Life is not always going to be easy. We

have to be flexible and learn to overcome

challenges with a growth mindset. When

you are in the middle of a challenge and

you fall into the ‘dip,’ it is okay to stop,

take a break and reflect. Come back to

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L I F E

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C O M M U N

I T Y

GET BIDDING AND SUPPORT THE ROTARY

TASTE OF GIG HARBOR RETURNS FOR 2021 WITH A NEW VIRTUAL FORMAT

Courtesy of Randy Spitzer, Auction Chair, Taste of Gig Harbor

The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor is known by the community

projects they’ve built, such as Connie’s Clock in Gig Harbor’s

Finholm District, rebuilding the Orthopedic Guild, building

the public restrooms and pavilion in Skansie Brothers Park,

and refurbishing and donating the Midway School building to the Gig

Harbor History Museum, and many many more.

The Rotary usually raises the money needed for projects like these

by hosting its annual party—Taste of Gig Harbor. However, given

COVID-19 restrictions, they will be unable to hold this year’s event in

person.

But here’s the good news! Without buying a ticket or driving to an

auction venue, guests will be able to bid on auction items from March 9

through March 13. Just visit the auction website at TasteofGigHarbor.

com and register. Once registered, participants will be able to view

the items that will be available to bid on by clicking “View Auction

Catalogue.”

And there is even better news! This year, Taste of Gig Harbor is hosting

a virtual live event on Saturday evening, March 13, from 6:30 to

7:30pm. Tickets for the live event are $65 per person. Ticket holders

will receive a link to the live event, and each ticket holder will receive

a “Wow Box,” which includes a $25 coupon that you can redeem at any

of eight participating restaurants, a bottle of premium wine, a bottle of

custom-made balsamic vinegar, a fresh-baked breadstick and a jumbo

fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, which can be enjoyed during the

live event or any time!

Taste of Gig Harbor would especially like to thank its sponsors:

Timberland Bank, HOA Solutions, Uptown Gig Harbor, Heron’s Key,

VIA Unlimited, and Glein Family Foundation; and their restaurant

partners: Lunchbox Lab, Moctezuma’s, Blazing Onion, BBQ2U, Harbor

General Store, Tides Tavern, Devoted Kiss Café and Morso.

Mark your calendar for March 9 through 13—and get bidding!

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FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED

LOCAL ORGANIZATION PIVOTS DISTRIBUTION MODEL

By Colin Anderson

“AS SOON

AS SCHOOLS

CLOSED, WITHIN

AN HOUR

WE FLIPPED

OUR ENTIRE

PROCESS AND

WERE NOW A

DRIVE-UP FOOD

DISTRIBUTION

ORGANIZATION.”

When the location of the service you

provide your community is found

in schools and they suddenly close,

how do you continue to meet that

need? That was the question facing Food Backpacks

4 Kids one year ago. Started in 2009, the program

has greatly expanded from handing out a few

backpacks stuffed with non-perishable food from

a church parking lot, to sending home hundreds

of packs each week all throughout schools across

the Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor. Before schools

were officially closed, the board and volunteers were

already planning the next move and, because of

that planning, were able to continue their mission

to meet the nutritional needs of hungry children in

local schools at times when other resources are not

available.

“As soon as schools closed, within an hour we

flipped our entire process and were now a drive-up

food distribution organization,” explained Office

Administrator Michelle Johnson.

Michelle came to the organization a few years back

after retiring from the fire department. She began as

a volunteer, and when an opening in the organization

became available, jumped at the opportunity to take

on a larger role. Part of what appealed to Michelle

about Food Backpacks 4 Kids was that the nonprofit

was always brainstorming and thinking outside the

box—something that came in very handy when the

pandemic first shut down schools and increased

demand for food.

“We went from an anonymous program with the

backpacks to now asking people to trust us in the

drive-up model, and they did,” she said.

In the beginning, some 400-plus families would visit

one of the three drive-up food distribution centers

including the Peninsula Marketplace location in Gig

Harbor. With many of the volunteers aged 65 and

older, it was challenging at first to find people who

could operate safely and lift heavy boxes of food.

Once word spread, however, many local teachers

and a few students as well stepped up to help their

students and classmates. “It was great for families to

see a familiar face when they pulled up to get their

box,” said Michelle.

While the rush at the beginning has tapered off

some, Food Backpacks 4 Kids continues to serve

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FOOD BACKPACKS 4 KIDS

CONTINUES TO SERVE

ROUGHLY 200 FAMILIES,

INCLUDING 550 CHILDREN,

EACH WEEK.

roughly 200 families, including 550 children, each week. During the

week, approximately 8,000 pounds of food is moved around between

deliveries and packing up the boxes for pickup. On Wednesdays,

deliveries are taken in and sorted onto shelves. The organization is

able to supply the food through a combination of monetary donations

from volunteers, individuals and businesses, grants and supplemental

government programs. Depending on what is received, a meal plan is

developed in order to maximize use of items found in each weekly food

box. When the organization was just sending backpacks home, they

could only include non-perishable items, but with the drive-by system,

it can now include milk, meat and fresh produce. “It’s wonderful, as we

are able to expand our offerings and feed our families better with more

nutritional foods,” explained Michelle.

While there are many volunteers to help with the various tasks it takes

to put this grand distribution together each week, young people are a

major part of it. Local high school students help with the prep on

Wednesdays and the distribution on Fridays as part of course credit for

certain classes. Food Backpacks 4 Kids also partners with Communities

in Schools, which provides young people and recent graduates in crisis

with mentoring and job training. These participants work key roles in the

warehouse learning supply chain and business operation skills, while also

having a huge impact on the community around them.

On Fridays, volunteers begin preparations in the morning so they are

ready to welcome those in need when they open up at 3pm. Those in

attendance don’t just drop a box in a trunk and send them on their way,

but rather check up on families weekly to assess their situation and see

if they are getting the help they need. Participants come from all walks

of life.

“We have families working two jobs, and their income doesn’t qualify

them for any additional assistance. This food provides them with a

little wiggle room for other expenses like a utility bill or car payment,”

Michelle said.

Michelle confirms that tears are shed each week, for many different

reasons. “We have a woman who has a family, recently took in her

nephews, works full time and still volunteers with us. She is just getting

by but also still giving back, and the food we provide her gives her that

little bit of breathing room, which is what it’s all about.”

With schools likely to return to more in-person learning, Backpacks 4

Kids is planning to adapt as well. It’s seen great success with the drive-up

model and will continue to do so to meet community needs. Another

area it will pick back up is the food pantries it stocks in area middle

and high schools. If teachers or counselors are made aware of a hungry

student, they can bring them to the pantry for supplies in a more private

manner, helping to eliminate any of the potential “stigma” bringing home

a backpack of food might cause for young people.

If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities or would

like to make a donation, visit FoodBackpacks4Kids.org.

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Infrared light has the ability to

penetrate human tissue, which in turn

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benefits—making infrared saunas

one of the “hottest” therapies for

overall healthier living.

It was 1996 when Jessie Puryear first came to Tacoma, Washington, while

on active duty in the Navy. During his 22 years of service, he underwent

multiple back surgeries and quickly discovered that with chronic pain came

anxiety. “For me, the anxiety came from the physical toll my job entailed and

how my back was going to respond and the fear of re-injury,” shares Jessie. “I

learned about floating and did my first float in 2015. I immediately realized what

a powerful tool it was.”

With this realization and newfound knowledge, Jessie made it a goal to figure out

a way in which to educate the general public and get them to try it. “I knew once

people had the opportunity, they would see its value and want to incorporate

into their wellness routine.”

In November of 2018, Jessie opened Urban Float in University Place. Here he is

proud to provide flotation therapy, infrared sauna and red light therapy services

to his clientele.

“Most people are still unfamiliar with floatation therapy and why they should

incorporate it into their wellness routine,” he says. “In a nutshell, we provide an

environment that allows the removal of gravity, light and sound stimulation, and

tactile touch sensations.”

For those unacquainted with this revolutionary treatment, Urban Float offers

private suites that have a float pod containing 1,200 pounds of Epsom salt in 200

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shares, floating in this environment allows the part of the brain, known as

the amygdala—where the fight or flight response originates—to shut off.

The effects are similar to those who use the drug lorazepam for anxiety

but without any of the side effects. The effects from a float can last up to

36 hours; longer than any medication can provide.

“Our clients report it is one of the most relaxing experiences of their lives.

The weightless environment also provides great relief for chronic pain

clients. Removing gravity allows the body to realign itself, and clients

report dramatic reductions in their pain levels post float,” affirms Jessie.

Urban Float also features infrared sauna, one of the “hottest” therapies for

overall healthier living. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human

tissue, which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits—

making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” therapies for overall healthier

living. “Because infrared sauna therapy heats the body directly rather

than simply warming the air, it raises the core body temperature and

produces a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where most toxins

reside,” says Jessie. “In addition, far infrared saunas aid in blood pressure

reduction and weight loss, burning up to 600 calories in one session!”

Red light adds another holistic modality for those looking to improve

their appearance naturally, according to Jessie. “Red light works at the

cellular level on the mitochondria (powerhouse) of our cells. Red light is

research backed and proven to increase collagen and elastin production

in cells, which is great for softening fine lines and wrinkles. It will also

help reduce the effects on the skin from rosacea, hyperpigmentation

and acne. We also have seen benefits in chronic pain relief when used

regularly.”

Jessie is proud to be able to offer these services in one location, where he

and his staff are able to provide clients relief from anxiety, stress, PTSD

and chronic pain—all without the use of pharmaceuticals—as well as

help those seeking to refine their appearance in a safe, natural way.

When it comes to what he finds most rewarding about being able to

provide a space to help others heal, he shares that it’s seeing the dramatic

change before and after the float. “It's obvious when some of our clients

come in, they are suffering physically and mentally, and to see the

dramatic change in as little as one session is awesome,” smiles Jessie.

“They’ll go into the suite, and it seems like the weight of the world is on

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It’s a team effort at Urban Float, and Jessie credits a majority of their

success to his employees. “They all truly love helping our clients and

believe in the relief floating can provide.”

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POSITIVELY IMPACTING AND SERVING THE

OMM

GIG HARBOR LIVING LOCAL CELEBRATES SEVEN YEARS

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

For those who live here in Gig Harbor, we know how truly special this place is that we all have chosen to call home. This

community is filled with kind, generous, giving people, who care deeply for this place and all those who live here.

It was seven years ago that a new publication would be released, sharing positive stories highlighting all that’s wonderful right

here in the harbor, along with the incredible local businesses that help in sustaining this small—yet thriving—maritime city.

With just eight weeks to drum up excitement, plan content, connect with businesses, develop distribution points and to gain

support with advertisers, it was no easy feat. But Julie Reed was ready for the challenge.

“Preparing the release of the first issue of Gig Harbor Living Local seemed like a challenge I had never faced in my career

before. The process and steps that needed to be fulfilled for our first print release were insurmountable,” she recalls. “Nothing

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UNITY

basic about an eight-week launch of a brand-new business that is exposed to the entire community. It was like the birth of a

new baby—no sleeping!”

With a hyper-local focus and original content based on uplifting and highlighting the best parts of our charming town, Gig

Harbor Living Local, from day one, has been about the people and delivering the most beautiful magazine, designed to serve

the locals and visitors by providing valuable resource information.

“I had no idea the power and impact on our Gig Harbor community that the magazine would have seven years later,” smiles

Julie. “I have seen businesses grow and achieve branding statuses and have witnessed more of a positive, communicative and

welcoming atmosphere within our community.”

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Tim Lopez of Tim Lopez Agency - American

Family Insurance, had been in business for

seven years at the time Julie approached him

about advertising in the premiere issue. He says

he was inspired to take part in the publication

because of Julie, their friendship and his

confidence in her vision for the magazine.

Over the years, their business relationship has

grown stronger, and Tim is encouraged by

Julie’s knowledge of the local community and

their shared concern for the well-being of the

community and local businesses.

“I feel there is value in the visibility that the

magazine provides to my small business, in

terms of being at the forefront of local people’s

minds when they shop for auto, home, life and

business insurance,” shares Tim. “Also, [I’ve

enjoyed] being able to continue to work with

Julie all these years.”

For Sue Wilhelm, campus sales and marketing

director for Harbor Place at Cottesmore, “Being

rooted in Gig Harbor, we were excited to

participate in a publication for our hometown!”

The two initially met when Julie stopped by

Harbor Place with the Gig Harbor Living Local

concept magazine. Sue recalls being impressed

with the quality and local content of the Living

Local magazines already being published in

Idaho at the time. “Since then, Julie joined

Gig Harbor Chamber with me and has been

a wonderful resource for other Chamber and

Gig Harbor community members,” smiles Sue.

“She’s very creative, energetic and resourceful!”

Having conversations about business and

stemming from that conversations about life

and family with her advertisers has brought

Julie to a closer understanding of how to help

them achieve what they are looking for. That

deep understanding on a personal level has

aided her in becoming a better resource and

guide in making important business decisions.

Dr. Greg Messner, owner of Gig Harbor

Chiropractic and Massage, is another loyal

advertiser who was on board with the

publication since its inception. He liked the fact

that Julie is a longtime local and that she and

the rest of the Living Local team are easy to talk

to and work with. He says he has remained a

loyal client because of the fair pricing and the

publication’s high quality.

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“We like local business and local companies

and group local marketing,” says Greg. “We

know and do business with many other local

companies in the publication.”

Julie shared the concept of this new

publication with Sandy and Gary Jones,

Realtors at Windermere Real Estate Gig

Harbor/Downtown, toward the end of 2013.

“We immediately wanted in on this amazing

opportunity to advertise our business,” says

Sandy. “Our involvement with Living Local

over the years has increased our business,

expanded our community connections and

business relationships.”

The couple echoes many of the same

sentiments that so many of Julie’s clients

share. “We appreciate and enjoy Julie’s stellar

communication, creativity, professionalism

and unsurpassed customer service.”

A desire to increase her business

opportunities in the community is

what led Debbie Mishko of American

Pacific Mortgage to pursue advertising

opportunities with the magazine. She shares

that Julie provides “personal, concierge

service,” and that she is “bright, creative,

responsive and innovative.”

Advertising in Gig Harbor Living Local

has “increased my purchase business

production, and I have grown my referral

partner network within the real estate

community,” Debbie affirms.

Julie shares that she is most proud of the

relationships that have been forged and

the responsibility the magazine has taken

to provide positive only content and the

expansion of the quality of the magazine.

She is also proud of her Gig Harbor Living

Local team. “Our design and creative team,

photography and writing have come leaps

and bounds from where we started. We

were a young magazine that has matured

and blossomed! I am truly humbled to be

surrounded by a community brimming with

intellect and talent.”

Like Media is the media agency behind

not only Gig Harbor Living Local but

five additional monthly magazines across

the Northwest—253 Lifestyle Magazine,

Coeur d’Alene Living Local, Bonners Ferry

Living Local, Sandpoint Living Local and

Go Sandpoint Magazine. In addition, they

produce a biannual publication, REAL

Northwest Living, which is distributed in

areas from Spokane, Washington, to the

Canadian border and Western Montana;

and it published the annual Gig Harbor

Visitors Guide.

And it is not only in print that the media

company is showcasing their talent,

work and support of local businesses and

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"If you look around locally, it is hope

that drives us each day because

together we are strong and powerful."

communities. “Like Media has created

so much more than just a community

magazine,” says Allyia Briggs, Like Media’s

director of marketing. Like Media is a fullservice

agency that helps companies build

and execute their marketing plans. Its

motto: We build your marketing, so you can

build your business.

“It is an entire (print + digital) platform.

From our website to weekly and monthly

e-newsletters, social media and more, we

make sure that our positive hyper-local

articles and advertisers are being seen

everywhere—which is really unique to this

area.”

With a mission to impact the communities

they serve in a positive way, owner and

publisher Steve Russo is committed to what

the company was founded on, especially in

today’s world.

“It’s unfortunate that mainstream media

has turned into what it has. It is on a

mission to divide us based on political and

religious beliefs, but the reality is, we are

all very much the same,” he says. “Most of

our beliefs, core qualities, humanity and

desire to help others is what makes us all so

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similar. I feel we all need to get back to identifying as people, community

members, husbands, fathers, wives, mothers, aunts, uncles, brothers and

sisters, and not red or blue, pro or against.

“We need to get back to uniting around our commonalities rather than

dividing up over our few differences. It is hope that drives us each day

because together we are strong and powerful. Hope pushes us to be better

versions of ourselves.”

Like Media carries out its mission in a number of ways: telling the

good news stories that don’t always make the news and spotlighting the

people who do wonderful things within our communities; highlighting

and sponsoring local events; supporting small-medium local businesses

by providing them an affordable platform to share their messaging;

and most importantly providing free marketing sponsorships for local

nonprofit organizations. Each and every month, Like Media sponsors

area nonprofits, organizations, groups and community members in each

publication to help ensure they are able to carry out their mission.

Since its inception, Like Media has been committed to connecting

local businesses with the people they serve, with the goal of impacting

communities in a positive way. The Northwest’s trusted media partner,

Like Media is dedicated to taking companies where they want to go

through effective and thoughtful strategies that combine traditional

media with new technologies.

With 29 years in print and over eight years in the digital marketing

sphere, Like Media successfully provides a platform and voice for local

companies to reach their target audiences in the most effective way,

while saving time and money, and building successful businesses that

strengthen communities.

“We are building a unique platform that serves dual purposes, which

allows small to medium businesses to effectively build their marketing

and brands locally while supporting local philanthropic groups and

organizations. There is nothing quite like this in the communities we

serve,” Steve says. “What our advertisers should know is that we are

actually partners in promoting the goodwill not only locally but in every

town we serve. The support they give locally goes well beyond our city

boundaries by helping many in need.”

Today, Julie and the Like Media team continue what they set out to do

since the beginning: to impact the community they serve in a positive

way.

“I am filled with the utmost gratitude to my loyal advertisers and feel

indebted to them for helping me do what I love and supporting me in my

personal quest to create a community magazine,” Julie shares. “Without

them, I would be nowhere. They believed in me and trusted me, and I

can’t thank them enough!”

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Richard Roppolo admits he

is one to procrastinate. It’s

something he’s working on, and

the distance learning environment is helping

him redouble his efforts. “In order to combat

this, I’ve set multiple alarms on my phone

reminding me, I’ve placed all my homework

and school work in the same place where it

is very visible from every corner of my room,

and I’ve gotten my mom to nag me about it

from time to time,” Richard said. It seems to

be working as he continues to keep his goal of

maintaining all As and Bs.

Though only in his freshman year, Richard

had some experience at the high school

before his ninth-grade year. He enjoys theater

production and has been involved with the

high school program for several years now.

“I’ve been the head of sound for the three

productions: the 2019 One Acts Festival, the

2019 fall play The Man Who Came to Dinner,

and the 2020 spring musical Les Misérables,”

he explained.

Richard very much enjoys the challenges of

the theater and is thankful that he was given

the opportunity to participate at a young age.

“Ms. Zetterstrom is the teacher that has had

the largest impact on my life by far. Despite

me being a middle schooler, she welcomed

me into her theater with open arms. She

gave me a place where I could belong and an

opportunity to learn new and valuable skills. I

doubt there’s any teacher out there who could

ever do as much for me as she.”

When he’s not perfecting sound in the theater,

Richard enjoys STEM courses, especially

math. “I enjoy finding different approaches

to problems and learning new skills to tackle

equations I would’ve never known how

to solve otherwise. I also enjoy the logical

reasoning aspect of it,” he explained.

Richard hopes to return to in-person

learning, to see friends and teachers again,

and for a small sense of normalcy. While he

can envision himself landing a career in a

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FOR YOUR VOTES!

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As Peninsula High School

senior Audrey Krishnadasan

is preparing for her final few

months of high school, she, like

many, is still hopeful for at least a few things

that would otherwise seem normal. “I hope

we get to come back to PHS before the year

is out,” she said. “I want to have Fishbowl and

wear my PHS colors with pride for a fifthyear

victory. I want a PHS softball season,

to speak in front of our class at an assembly,

have prom with all my friends and, of course,

graduate together as a class in spring.”

Audrey has made the absolute most of her

high school experience, even as her senior

year is done remotely. She’s competed in

varsity softball, and her traveling team, the

Sundodgers, has traveled the country yearround

for tournaments. While she waits

to see if there will be a senior season, she

continues to prep in hopes of playing softball

at the college level.

“Technology will continue

to impact every area of our

lives, and I would like to

be a part of developing that

technology to hopefully

make a meaningful

contribution to others.”

The 17-year-old is also very active in

student government, which she first started

participating in back in middle school.

Audrey served as a class senator in ninth and

10th grade, and now serves as the secretary

this year. She is also president of the National

Honor Society chapter at Peninsula. While

these keep her quite busy, she still dedicates

a great deal of her time to improving her

community. She’s volunteered more than

400 hours and for the past two years lead

the school’s annual food drive, which has

delivered more than 6,000 pounds of food to

the local food banks.

Audrey has always been interested in math

and computer science, which she plans to

continue to study in the future. “Technology

will continue to impact every area of

our lives, and I would like to be a part of

developing that technology to hopefully

make a meaningful contribution to others,”

she said.

Her favorite teacher is her computer

science teacher Ms. Nichols, whom she

calls inspiring, challenging Audrey to never

settle. “Ms. Nichols, who I often refer to as

’Nics,’ sincerely cares about all her students

and wants them to enjoy the work that they

are doing. I always look forward to attending

computer science class because I know Nics

will be there to cheer me up.”

In a senior year that would be described as

anything but normal, Audrey and others

like her continue to make the most of the

situation. For the bulk of the school year she

and three of her closest friends have been

getting together, at an appropriate distance,

to do online courses together. “While we are

not roaming the halls with all our classmates,

being with these three every day has made a

very special year for me so far,” she said.

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In 2003, plans were introduced to demolish the Eddon Boatyard,

which had fallen into disrepair, and replace it with a gated

community. What could have been the end of an historic Gig

Harbor landmark became a new beginning, as four community

members rallied behind the boatyard and presented an alternative plan

to preserve the site and its history.

“Four supporters grew to dozens and ultimately hundreds,” recalls

BoatShop President Guy Hoppen. The Washington Trust for Historic

Preservation issued a grant to help with community outreach, and

ultimately through the support of elected officials and the community, a

bond was issued to save Eddon Boatyard in November of 2004.

Today, Eddon Boatyard serves as a working waterfront that harkens

back to its early beginnings and the boating and fishing industry that

is foundational to Gig Harbor. The Gig Harbor BoatShop, which moved

into the restored Eddon Boatyard in 2010, is central to the preservation

of this history, delivering hands-on boat building and skills-based

programming to community members and visitors.

“Boats being built and repaired at the Eddon Boatyard secures a use at the

historic site that is over a century old,” explains Hoppen. “The nonprofit

Gig Harbor BoatShop providing the community at large and our guests

opportunities to experience that craft and heritage through events and

programming broadens the cultural impact of that history and assures

that skills and knowledge is passed down.”

The BoatShop’s mission to preserve Gig Harbor’s historic waterfront and

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Today, Eddon Boatyard serves as a working waterfront that

harkens back to its early beginnings and the boating and fishing

industry that is foundational to Gig Harbor.

the craft of wooden boat building has resulted in a thriving educational

hub that perpetuates the working waterfront skills, uses and traditions

that have marked this area for generations.

Back in 1920, Norwegian immigrant Conrad Anderson first founded

the Anderson Boat Co. at the site where Eddon Boatyard sits today.

The company built mostly commercial fishing vessels—the purse seiner

Equator is still owned by his great grandson today. In the 1940s, the

boatyard passed over to Art Glein, who built the existing buildings when

he opened the Glein Boat Company.

After the freeze of 1950, Ed Hoppen and Don Harder of Eddon Boat

Company in Tacoma purchased the property, and so began Eddon Boat

Company. The partnership didn’t remain, but Ed and his wife Marty

continued to run the boatyard, and over its 28 years in business in Gig

Harbor, thousands of boats were repaired and dozens of new boats

launched, most notably the first 26-foot Thunderbird sailboats.

Breck Adams purchased the yard in 1978, when it became Blue Heron

Yachts, after which the boatyard became investor owned in the mid-‘80s,

when it remained a boat repair facility, but ceased to be owner-operated,

and eventually fell into disrepair.

Today, restoration efforts have returned the boatyard to its former glory,

and it once again functions as a symbol of Gig Harbor’s rich nautical

heritage. After nearly 16 years of restoration and millions of dollars, the

boatyard is near completion. The iconic Eddon Boatyard brick house that

was built in the 1940s is almost completely restored, and the downstairs

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"WHETHER JUST GAZING AT THE HISTORIC

STRUCTURE WHILE WALKING BY, ACCESSING

THE WATERFRONT TO PADDLEBOARD, OR

PARTICIPATING IN SKILLS PROGRAMS OR EVENTS

INSIDE THE BOATYARD, THE COMMUNITY’S

CONNECTION TO THE LEGACY AND HISTORY OF

OUR WORKING WATERFRONT IS SECURED. "

space will be used for year-round programming by the BoatShop for

years to come, as well as being available for small community gatherings

and meetings.

The marine railways, the final step in the restoration process and a

critical piece of infrastructure, are expected to be completed this coming

summer, allowing for movement of boats to and from the water, and

the start of an historic vessel documentation program and a boat repair

training program.

The Eddon Boatyard is currently operated as a boat building and repair

facility, just as it was originally designed for. The BoatShop offers a range

of programs for locals and visitors, including tours of the 63-foot purse

seiner Veteran, a Family Boat Building Program where participants learn

to build a 12-foot skiff in two days, and a host of other workshops.

While the BoatShop closed during the pandemic to help protect the

health of the community, they hope to resume classes and programs as

2021 unfolds, and will populate the website with program updates as they

move through the spring and summer.

“We look forward to resuming our successful menu of public programs

as the public health crisis is brought under control,” explains Hoppen.

“Among the most exciting new offerings is ‘Mini Boat School,’ where six

participants will help build a carvel-planked motor launch in a 12-week,

three-days per week class. We hope to begin in late summer, early fall.”

The BoatShop also plans to continue expanding its programming on the

Veteran to include waterfront excursions and portions of a commercial

fishing crew training program.

“‘If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are,’ writes

Wallace Stegner in The Sense of Place. To those of us that have lived here

for 20 years or more, Stegner’s voice rings familiar,” reflects Hoppen.

“The community casting their ballots to save the Eddon Boatyard was at

least, in part, a vote to secure a community ‘sense of place.’ Whether just

gazing at the historic structure while walking by, accessing the waterfront

to paddleboard, or participating in skills programs or events inside the

boatyard, the community’s connection to the legacy and history of our

working waterfront is secured. That’s important.”

The BoatShop survives on the generosity of those who donate or attend

programs, foundation grants, auction proceeds and the help of generous

volunteers. Individuals and families are invited to get involved by

volunteering, donating funds or items, and participating in events. To

learn more, visit GigHarborBoatShop.org

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thoughtful selection of women’s apparel, fashion accessories and jewelry, to

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It was golf that was the inspiration behind Dolly Mama Boutique.

Years prior, Michelle had started a ladies’ golf and resort accessory line

while living in Newport Beach, California. When moving back to Gig

Harbor in 2009, she quickly built a following among her golf friends

and neighbors. “They would stop by my studio to buy gifts and kept

asking for more products,” Michelle recalls. “Finally, I decided it was

time to open a brick-and-mortar store so that I could expand on my

retail clientele. Gradually it developed into what it is today.”

Just a few years after opening Dolly Mama Boutique, Michelle was

inspired to open a second location in 2017. Providing customers the

same exceptional experience and merchandise as its sister location,

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Michelle and her staff serve not only those who walk through their

doors but those in the greater community in which they live, working

hard to support and give back to the many organizations, nonprofits,

schools and clubs that can be found here. “We are also currently

promoting one local small business each month throughout 2021 in an

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“We are so very lucky to have the Waterfront Alliance that continues

to work hard to promote all of us, offer support and keep us all

communicating and working together as a downtown team.”

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LET’S TALK ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Your sexual well-being

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

Sexual well-being is a topic that frequently crosses our minds but

rarely is talked about. With spring quickly approaching and

Valentine’s Day barely in the rear view, a discussion about sexual

well-being seems appropriate.

What is sexual well-being? Sexual well-being is very difficult to define.

The definition has different meanings to each culture, subculture and

individual. And believe it or not, sexual well-being is not just about sex.

The American Sexual Health Association defines sexual well-being as the

ability to enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. With sexual well-being

being such an important part of your physical and emotional health, how

can you improve it?

Communication

The word can cause a cascade of emotions from excitement to anxiety and

disappointment. You have likely experienced one if not all those emotions

at some point in your life—and it will likely not be your last time you

experience those emotions. So, how do you talk with your partner about

sex and the emotions it causes?

Talking to your partner about sex can be one of the hardest conversations

even under the best of circumstances. Conversations about sexual wellbeing

can trigger feelings of hurt, shame and resentment between partners.

How do you approach talking about this sensitive topic with your partner?

First, find the right time to talk to your partner and remember, there are

two types of sexual conversations. The ones you have in the bedroom and

the ones you have outside the bedroom.

Avoid criticizing your partner. Focus on the positives and find solutions to

the negatives as a team rather than assigning blame. Your body changes. Be

okay with the changes in your body and talking about those changes with

your partner.

Lastly, be honest. Conversations around sexual well-being will only be more

difficult if you are not being honest with your partner about problems that

are arising. And remember, your love for your partner and your partner's

love for you does not equate with sexual performance. Love is more than

just sex.

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Nutrition/Supplements

Nutrition and supplements can play an

important role in maintaining a positive sexual

well-being.

François de la Rochefoucauld, a French

novelist, said, "To eat is a necessity, but to eat

intelligently is an art." Eating intelligently is

essential to sexual well-being. Foods that are

calorie rich and nutrient deficient can lead

to increased inflammation. Inflammation is

important for the body to heal, and recover,

but when inflammation becomes prolonged

and chronic it can cause many health issues;

disrupting hormone balance is one of them.

For men, the typical response when lab tests

indicate low testosterone is to supplement

with testosterone replacement. Inflammation

activates an enzyme in the body called

aromatase, which can convert testosterone

into estrogen; therefore, in this case, taking

testosterone will not address the root issue.

Taking more testosterone when the body

is aromatizing can further the hormonal

imbalance. A great natural supplement to down

regulate the aromatase enzyme is Resveratrol.

Resveratrol has been shown to be a great antiinflammatory,

as well as helping to inhibit

aromatase.

In women, a lot of inflammation can be due

to digestive issues, blood sugar imbalances,

and chronic stress that can affect hormonal

balance. If women are not having regular bowel

movements or have a sluggish detox pathway,

this can cause hormones that should have

been excreted to circulate back into the body.

Chronic stress can also cause the body to stop

producing the enzyme 17/20 lyase, which is

important for the production of sex hormones.

When women are experiencing hormonal

imbalances, having a full metabolic workout

is important to uncover the root cause of these

issues.

Speaking of digestive issue, could probiotics

improve your sex life? Research has shown

probiotics have the potential to improve your

sexual well-being.

When talking about your gut health, we’re

talking about the composition of the billions

of bacteria, archaea and the fungi inside your

gut. This is known as microbiome. Gut bacteria

helps create B vitamins, which are essential for

energy. Ninety-five percent of serotonin, the

happiness hormone in the body, is produced

from the gut. Lower serotonin levels are

associated with lower sex drives. When our

gut microbiome is unhealthy, it can lead to

inflammation and fatigue among many other

health issues.

With both women and men, chronic stress is

associated with dysbiosis in the gut, and the

altered gut microbiota has been linked with

adverse health effects such as inflammation,

autoimmune disease, depression, anxiety and

metabolic diseases. Research has suggested

that probiotic therapy can open new avenues

for treatment for sexual health.

It is also noted that further study is warranted

in order to identify potentially efficacious

probiotic strains or multi-strain formulations

for best effectiveness on each individual.

Zinc has also been shown to improve sexual

well-being. Zinc helps produce key sex

hormones, such as testosterone and prolactin.

In men, zinc is vital to the development

and function of the male sex organs. The

recommended daily intake for zinc is 10 to 20

milligrams.

Lastly, physical activity is an important healthy

behavior that can not only benefit your sexual

well-being but also offers other health benefits

like reducing your risk to depression, diabetes

and heart disease. The National Heart, Lung,

and Blood Institute recommends at least 30

minutes of exercise daily.

Here is to your best sexual well-being and

happiness in 2021! For questions, please do not

hesitate to visit us at 3216 Judson Street in Gig

Harbor, Washington.

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AGELESS GRACE® FITNESS PROGRAM AND NEUROPLASTICITY

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Neuroplasticity is defined as the ability of the

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DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL RESULTS

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I will always assess the client and discuss a

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balance, structure and youthful radiance back

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It’s a Journey!

There are many modalities to get a refreshed

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We want to smooth the skin and add back lost

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It is injected into the areas where there is fat

loss and hollowing such as the temples, front

of the ear and in the cheeks. It also works well

in areas where there are laxity wrinkles and

deep folds, such as the area in the mid-lower

cheek and décolletage.

Sculptra is different than a hyaluronic dermal

filler such as Juvederm or Restylane because it

is a poly-L-lactic biostimulator that addresses

the underlying cause of aging skin from

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By helping stimulate natural collagen growth,

Sculptra helps restore the structure in

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Before

of collagen support. This takes two to three

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What to Expect

During consultation, we will go over the

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products, your timeline and budget. Sculptra

treatments are usually done in two or three

sessions. In the first session, the liquid

Sculptra is injected in areas needed and will

initially look full, then the liquid absorbs

and leaves the poly-L-lactic acid behind to

stimulate your body to produce the collagen.

Over the course of the following two to three

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The second session is the same, again building

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Ask Questions

An expert injector will always look at your

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LET'S GET MOVING!

THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE AND TIPS TO MAXIMIZE THEM

By Sarahlynn M. Etta, Yoga Teacher

The long-term health benefits of

regular physical activity are numerous

and varied, impacting all the body’s

functions and systems.

Brain Power - The human brain is wired

to move, and movement actually facilitates

neuroplasticity—the brain's ability to adapt to

change by forming new neural connections.

Regular exercise increases cognitive function

and improves attention, learning and memory.

Mood Booster - Movement stimulates the

production of endorphins, the body’s natural

painkillers and mood elevators, as well as

neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine

and oxytocin. Physical activity elevates mood,

increases self-esteem, decreases stress and

anxiety, and reduces feelings of depression.

Sound Sleep - Exercise supports the ability to

fall asleep more quickly, as well as improving

overall sleep quality. Moderate aerobic

exercise seems to increase the amount of deep,

restorative sleep. And many types of movement

help to decompress the mind, facilitating an

easier transition to sleep.

Physical Health - Aerobic activity increases

energy and improves metabolism while

strengthening the heart and improving

cardiovascular fitness, as well as lowering

cholesterol and blood pressure. Movement

lubricates the joints, resistance and weight

bearing exercises strengthen the bones, and

standing activities improve balance. Lower

intensity exercises can also help to reduce

inflammation.

Anti-Aging - People who exercise regularly

show improved blood markers related to

aging and also increased telomere length (an

indicator of disease resistance and increased

life span). Resistance training has moderate

benefit, while endurance and high-intensity

activities seem to show the most.

Immune Function - Though the mechanisms

are not clearly understood, regular movers

seem to get sick less often and less severely. This

could be because exercise increases blood and

lymph flow, thus increasing the circulation of

immune cells in the body. Regular exercise also

potentially slows down changes that happen to

the immune system with aging.

Anti-Inflammatory - One way exercise may

support immunity is its generation of antiinflammatory

response in the body. The

paradox here is that extremely intense exercise

can temporarily increase inflammation, in

which case low-impact activity is preferred.

To maximize the benefits of your movement:

• Establish routines to help form habits. These

benefits come with regular exercise. Strive to

get in 150 minutes of movement each week, or

five 30-minutes sessions. Strive for at least 20

minutes consecutively.

• Engage in a variety of activities, including

strength, stretch, cardio and balance.

• Stay hydrated. Eat to fuel your body, but avoid

heavy meals just before and just after exercise.

• Take rests when you feel the need for them.

• Avoid vigorous exercise right before bed.

• Exercise with friends and loved ones to increase

the release of oxytocin.

• Exercise outdoors to stimulate the vagus nerve,

which improves heart rate variability.

• Engage in a mind-body practice such as qigong,

tai chi or yoga to add the benefits of meditation

and controlled breathing.

If you experience very high stress, chronic

inflammation or an autoimmune condition,

you should also consider keeping intense

workouts to less than one hour; exercise

regularly (physical fitness decreases the

amount of cortisol produced during exercise);

take regular break and rest days; leave intense

sessions to later in the day, when cortisol levels

are lower; and focus on low-impact activities,

such as swimming, walking, yoga and tai chi.

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NAVIGATING THE

SLOPES

MEET THE ARTIST WHO GUIDES YOUR WAY

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Growing up on a small farm in Western Colorado,

Jim Niehues’ love of the outdoors started early.

Situated amongst 10,000-foot mountain peaks,

and with red rock canyons and deserts within

an hour drive, Jim was drawn to outdoor adventure. From

a young age he was paddling the Colorado River and

hiking and hunting with his brothers and father, all while

mesmerized by the scenery around him. When he would

come back from trips he would attempt to sketch and paint

what he had seen firsthand, as well as his surroundings on

the farm. “As a very young child I would draw the animals

on the farm, and my mother figured I had some talent,” Jim

recalled.

An unfortunate bout with Nephritis in the ninth grade had

Jim bed-ridden for three months, but it was during this

unfortunate time that he would begin his painting journey,

which would become his life’s work. “During this time, Mom

bought me an oil painting set to help pass my time. My first

landscapes were painted from magazines as I discovered

what would be my lifetime passion.”

If you’re a skier, snowboarder, or have even just spent time in

a lodge, there’s a good chance you’ve been impacted by Jim’s

work. Millions of skiers and riders have posed alongside trail

maps located at the base and summit of mountains across

the globe. Eager planners pick up a trail map and devise a

plan on where the best powder stashes might be, and how

to maximize the amount of runs they can get in and still

beat the lunch crowd back to the lodge. Few, however, have

probably noticed the artist’s signature on these, but if you

look close, you’ll likely find Jim Niehues.

At 75, Jim is beginning to wind down the career he didn’t

begin until he was 40. In his 20s and 30s, Jim held many

jobs as an artist. He worked for an automotive company,

did freelance graphic design work, and partnered in a small

ad agency in Grand Junction, Colorado. He met his second

wife, Dora, and in 1984 the couple moved to Denver, each

with two kids, in hopes of settling down. As Jim struggled

to make ends meet he went back to his interest in painting

outdoor scenery and reached out to Bill Brown, one of the

original ski map artists. “He liked my portfolio and gave

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me a small project, which he had some time before it

was due, in case he had to repaint my attempt. I worked

hard to mimic Bill’s technique, and my version was used

by the client,” said Jim. The small inset was featured by

Winter Park Resort in its 1987-1988 ski map. As luck

would have it, Brown wanted to move on to other

ventures and began handing over client map inquiries to

Jim. “I was on to a whole new career at the age of 40 …

and I couldn’t ski,” he laughed.

Jim would learn and take on the same hand-painting

process used by pioneers like Bill Brown and Hal Shelton.

He has since completed more than 430 maps across five

continents, and each one is painted by hand. As one

would imagine, the detail needed to accurately portray

an entire ski mountain requires an immense amount

of information. This involves gathering hundreds and

often thousands of aerial photographs. Jim is often at the

resort to capture the images himself and recalls the first

few trips as quite the learning experience. “My first trip

on assignment was terrifying. I was doing everything for

the first time for real; client meetings, aerial photography,

composing and painting the mountain, and delivering

the finished product. I remember departing at the

airport hoping I had everything I needed for the project;

was I forgetting something?”

Today’s technology has vastly improved the amount of

detail he can capture. When he was getting started in

the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the process was more drawn

out. “In the early days it was a film 35mm camera. The

film camera meant carrying 10 rolls of 36 exposure film

from home, finding a developer on location, reviewing

the 4x6-inch photos with the client during the visit and

returning with all the prints for reference,” explained

Jim. “Once in New Zealand I lost a roll of film from the

helicopter as it rolled out the open door.”

Now armed with a 24meg Nikon D7100, Jim gets

incredibly high-resolution photos, which he can bring

back to his studio and begin the sketching process.

“When I shoot a resort I start with a sweep about 1,000

feet above the summit, high enough to get the entire

resort at 50mm or so on the zoom. After taking various

angles at that altitude, I will drop the plane to 500 feet

Some of the Northwest trail

maps produced by Jim Niehues:

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Silver Mountain Resort

Brundage Mountain Resort

49˚ North Mountain Resort

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Stevens Pass

Whitefish Mountain Resort

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above the summit and zoom into the top sections

of the mountain for the detail and then drop to

mid-mountain to capture the lower sections and

base. When I review all these views I will pick

the best to create the full perspective and draw a

comprehensive sketch.”

Once he reviews these aerials and any other material

he can get hold of, Jim will sketch out the scene for

the client’s approval. Once the sketch is approved

it is transferred/traced to the painting surface. “I

use gouache watercolor that is easy to remove and

repaint for future alterations and expansions, and I

paint on an illustration board that is prepared with

gesso so the paint will not soak into the board.”

After another approval, the final painting is taken

to a photo lab for the scan. Jim then works on these

scans to touch up areas and tweak the color. The

scan is then uploaded to Dropbox and the link

sent to the client for downloading. The client or

their graphics people will put the trail names and

symbols on the image.

For Jim, the greatest challenge is getting all slopes

of a complex mountain in one flat representation

of the real-life multi-faceted scene. It takes a lot of

manipulation of the elements to connect all trails

but keep them relative to each other to show all

sides. All efforts are made to keep all runs running

down-page, especially the steepest runs. “Many

different perspectives flow together to create the

final composition that will effectively navigate the

skier to different parts of the mountain,” he said.

Once the sketch is approved, all the detail must be

transferred exactly onto the painting surface. The

airbrush is then used to paint the sky and all the

snow’s undulating surfaces. Steeper slopes usually

are shaded to set them apart from the easier runs.

The tree shadows on the snow are added next.

The trees are the most time-consuming part of

the painting. “I have developed a technique that is

creating a tree-like texture then rewetting the color

to blend and adding the highlights and shadows. It

is important to create the landforms with the sun’s

light on the tree-covered slopes using shading,” said

Jim.

A large ski resort takes about a week to compose

into a comprehensive sketch and a good two weeks

to paint. Once the final rendering is approved, the

30x40-inch painting is sent to the photo lab for a

100meg capture, and then off for client approval.

While some resorts use computer-generated

depictions, Jim is a firm believer that computers

cannot replicate what the human eye can. In his

case, many resorts across the world agree with him

and have supported his art when they could have

turned to technology instead.

“When I met with the crew at Schweitzer in 1993,

they pulled out a computer-generated elevation-

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lined perspective of their mountain, and

they were very excited about what the new

technology could do in mapping. My heart

sank,” Jim recalled. “They were hiring me that

day, but how long did I have? My career had

just barely made it to the comfortable level,

and I might very well be outdated within a

short time. I left that meeting thinking I had

maybe 10 years. They did hire me again in

2006 for a new updated rendering. Computer

maps just couldn’t—and still don’t—match the

presentation of a hand-painted map. The old

way is the best. You need the human element

to best relate the experience.”

Jim’s life work can now be found in a coffeetable

book, which features 200 of his maps,

intriguing stories and his artistic process. Jim

teamed with Open Road Ski Corporation,

which launched a Kickstarter campaign

to help fund the book. The response was

overwhelming; $500,000 raised, making it the

No. 1 Art-Illustration Kickstarter campaign of

all time. The funds allowed Jim to make the

most beautiful book he could. It measures

11.5-inches tall and 24-inches wide and uses

Italian art-quality printing, heavier weight

matte-coated paper and a lay-flat binding. “It

has been extremely rewarding to realize what

my illustration has meant to skiers around the

world. Most of them remember pinning the

maps on their walls as kids,” said Jim.

As Jim lives in semi-retirement he is able to

reflect back at his accomplishments and where

it all began. He believes the luck of being in

the right place and the right time played a

factor, as well as passion and determination.

“I think I am most proud of the fact that I am

an example of what is capable if you set your

“It has been extremely

rewarding to realize

what my illustration

has meant to skiers

around the world.

Most of them

remember pinning the

maps on their walls

as kids.”

mind to it.” Jim also believes his wife Dora was

a major key to his success, as she helped him

navigate a lot of the business side of things so

he could remain focused on the art.

Jim is a recent inductee into the National

Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the

Colorado Snow Sports Hall of Fame. As the

awards and accolades continue to pile up,

Jim aims to continue to stay true to who he

is. “I remain a pretty humble homegrown

farm boy from the small community of Loma,

Colorado, that is uncomfortable in ritzy resort

accommodations. I like the smaller hometown

ski mountains and cozy lodges.”

In retirement the painting won’t cease. He

will take revisions to update existing resort

paintings and perhaps one more resort or

two—maybe. Jim has always wanted to paint

landscapes and being so busy with maps has

not found the time to do so. “I have hundreds

of photos of scenes I’ve wanted to do. I have

completed nine so far and plan to continue for

years to come. After all, I started the ski maps

at age 40, why not this at 75,” he laughed.

You can see more of Jim’s work at

JamesNiehues.com.

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Celebrate Spring

Spring

Saturday, April 12th Uptown Gig Harbor.

Meet the fountain for Uptown Easter Egg Hunt at 10am.

Easter Bunny visits, fun children’s activities and family Zumba

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THE

kitchen

CONSIDERING A REMODEL?

THE HOW, WHAT AND WHY TO REFRESHING YOUR KITCHEN SPACE

by ABIGAIL THORPE

For most of us, the kitchen has become one of the most used (and

viewed) spaces in the home. Gone are the days of hiding it away;

now, we look to open concepts, plenty of counter space, and

welcoming lighting and accessories to make our kitchens the beautiful

and functional entertaining and family spaces we use them as.

As a primary space in the home we use and see every day, it’s often the

kitchen you look to remodel first. But if you’re on a budget and want to

make sure your money goes the distance, it can be hard to decide what

choices to make when refreshing your kitchen, and if or when to do it

yourself. The average kitchen remodel can cost anywhere from $20,000 to

upward of $75,000. The good news is, there are ways to save money—as

long as you don’t cut corners where it matters.

How can you save on cost?

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, the highest costs are typically the

cabinets, countertops and appliances. It’s also important to know what

kind of structural or electrical changes you have to make, as these will

drive cost and time up. “Every remodel we do varies depending on style,

products, and whether we have to move load-bearing walls, plumbing,

HVAC or electrical,” explains Derek Adams of Creekside Construction

in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

When it comes to saving money, cabinets are a prime place to look.

If your cabinets are in good condition, a fresh coat of paint can make

all the difference and save you a boatload, says Daniel Yoder, owner of

Panhandle Countertops in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. “That’s something that

can really freshen it up.”

If you do need to replace the cabinets, opting for manufactured versus

custom cabinets, or choosing less expensive materials and design, can

help save on cost. “The best way to save money is to buy a less expensive

cabinet door material (ie: alder), and have it painted or stained in one

of the cabinet company’s standard finishes,” adds Deann Hammer of

Broadway Design in Tacoma, Washington. “Also, the cabinet door

style can drive up the cost. A standard shaker-style door design is less

expensive than a cabinet door with a lot of detail in the design.”

When it comes to countertops, quartz is a popular and often affordable

option, but laminate options have come a long way and are often half or a

third the price of stone or a solid surface, advises Yoder.

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When to hire someone and when to do it

yourself.

Doing it yourself might not save you money

in the long run. “Unless you have experience

or friends with lots of extra time and skills, we

don't recommend going at it solo,” says Adams.

“It may sound cliché, but you get what you pay

for!”

Particularly when it comes to installing

countertops or cabinets and electric and

plumbing, it’s important to hire a professional.

“A professional is responsible for all of the job,”

says Juan Oseguera of In-N-Out Construction

in Olympia, Washington. He recommends

first getting an estimate from professionals

and asking questions to find out about their

experience and ability.

If you’re dying to get in and do some of the

work yourself, you can help with the demo, or

even do something as simple as paint the walls

(leave the cabinets to the experts). But don’t

just start ripping stuff out. Call your suppliers

first to find out lead times and availability, that

way you don’t get stuck without a kitchen sink

for six weeks, advises Yoder.

An interior designer can help provide the

necessary design materials for you and your

contractor, and also help save you time and

money (and end up with a great finished look)

by providing material selections and designer

access to pricing and offerings, adds Hammer.

Now trending …

Say hello to light, warm and natural. Kitchen

trends are firmly in the neutral category, and

while white and grey are still a popular choice,

even warmer neutral colors and materials are

gaining traction.

“Now, more often than not, our customers are

doing a combination of mountain modern

or modern,” says Adams. In addition to color

schemes, open concepts and easy accessibility

to the surrounding spaces is central to current

kitchen designs, adds Oseguera.

“Think warm-colored wood cabinets, earthycolored

countertops (like concrete color), and

warm-colored lighting,” explains Hammer.

“The new trend in kitchen designs is to make

the kitchen feel more like the rest of the

house, and less industrial.” Along with the

neutral-hued trend is a focus on using organic

materials whenever possible for added comfort

and a natural feel.

Let’s talk appliances.

“Appliances are a category that can make or

break your budget,” warns Hammer. Read

consumer reports to find good appliances that

will last, and don’t just opt for the cheapest. To

save money, buy an entire appliance package

from one vendor (added bonus, the finishes will

match), she advises, or search out the scratch

and dent section at appliance companies for

great appliances with minimal damage that you

often can’t see once it’s installed.

When it comes to choosing between an electric

or gas stove and oven, take a look at your habits

and what your space is set up for. Gas is cheaper

to use, but if your kitchen isn’t set up for it,

you’ll spend additional money for the change.

Ultimately, what’s important to you and your

lifestyle will determine what your remodel

looks like, but there are some important things

you can consider along the way to save time

and money, and also a whole lot of headache.

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Revitalize Your Living Space

BUDGET-FRIENDLY HOME UPDATES

...

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Does your home need a seasonal uplift? As the days become longer and brighter, you can follow suit by brightening

your living space—without breaking the bank.

A few simple touches and uncomplicated upgrades will help you feel refreshed in your home and confident in your

ability to make a change. This season, flex both your creativity and your budget with the following tips.

Create curb appeal. Pride in your home begins on the outside. Smile a little brighter from the moment you walk up

to your front door with a few updates that focus on less as more. Start with the front door—a fresh, energizing coat of

paint and an update to its hardware can instantly make it more inviting. Consider additional paint to use for window

trim to keep the look consistent.

Next, look for opportunities to update small details—like a new

welcome mat, adding outdoor lighting (think outside the box

with lanterns or twinkle lights), replacing old house numbers

and personalizing your mailbox. Every detail counts, and

there are plenty of thrifty options to choose from when

replacing or uplifting these items to revamp your

home’s outward perspective.

Make basic repairs. Don’t overlook the small

things. A small leak, a torn screen or a loose

hinge is a perfect place to start when taking home

updates into your own hands. A few simple fixes

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can add up to major stress relief—you’ll thank yourself for each

small step you take toward the fully functional home you desire.

Add a splash of color. Color has the power to create a mood,

evoke emotion and set a tone. If your walls are looking washed

out, a coat of paint can instantly revive the entire room—pick a

color that matches the room’s functionality and watch it come

to life. If you’re new to painting at home, you can easily find a

tutorial from trusted DIY-friendly sites like ThisOldHouse.com

to get expert tips on technique and efficiency.

Freshen up your fixtures. Don’t overlook the small details.

Lighting, door handles and faucets all contribute to your home’s

desired aesthetic. Choosing new materials, new colors or a new

sleek style when it comes to your home’s smaller hardware items

can add up to a noticeable change in its look.

Replacing outdated chandeliers or finding chic fixtures to

illuminate your space has endless possibilities and provides a

simple way to create an ambiance. Look to sites like Wayfair,

Lumens and Lamps Plus, or reliable standbys Home Depot and

Walmart for a range of lamps and light fixtures at affordable

prices.

Let some light in. Get creative with natural lighting and all the

beautiful ways you can let it in—or keep it out when you need

to! Choose and hang your own shutters or dramatic curtains of

choice. Mirrors can also quickly transform the light in a room;

place one directly opposite or next to a window to further

harness natural light and brighten the room instantly.

Customized cabinets. If you love your kitchen and its storage

space but not the look of your cabinets, take matters into your

own hands. For customized cabinets, start with a fresh hue of

paint or new handles.

Swapping out your current knobs for fun, trendy options can

be a quick project—for the simplest swap, just aim to match the

width of your current handles to avoid drilling new holes. For an

internal uplift, HGTV recommends using removable wallpaper

to bring a creative color pop to the inside of your kitchen storage

space.

Goodbye, popcorn ceiling. Ready to stop staring at that popcorn

ceiling? The trend that was once popular has lost its luster, but

it’s not a complicated fix. Simply visit a local hardware store and

look for a texture-softening solution to apply before scraping off

the popcorn with ease.

Restore your floors. Just like a popcorn ceiling, well-worn

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flooring and carpet can start to beg for an uplift.

The right flooring can really tie a room together,

completing the look and feel you’re seeking—

and a new surface area can be a valuable

investment.

Laminate flooring is a great, affordable

alternative to hardwood, but many budgetfriendly

flooring options exist today, including

luxury vinyl planks, peel-and-stick vinyl,

sustainable cork flooring, and much more,

each with a wide variety of colors, patterns and

finishes.

If new carpeting is your goal, keep costs down by

considering choices like stain-resistant polyester

or Berber, a thick, tufted version of olefin carpet

praised for durability at a lower price point.

Get cozy and personal. If you’re revamping the

home with a long future in mind, settle in a little

more with personal touches that make it truly

yours. These can be the most affordable, yet

most rewarding, parts of home improvement.

Find your inspiration, set your vision and make

it happen with creatively displayed photos, art,

unique wallpaper and pieces of furniture that

reflect your personality and lifestyle.

Printed maps, vision boards and chalkboards

can allow you to interact with your space, while

cozy comforts like candles, diffusers, large

pillows and throw blankets can quickly make it

feel more like home.

Ready to feel renewed in your space this spring?

The refreshing combination of familiar and new,

along with the satisfaction of successfully taking

home projects into your own hands, could be

just what you need.

Whether you have homebuyers in mind or

you’re simply ready to revitalize your living

space, move forward with confidence that you

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ye bye winter,

hello spring

TOP WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE FOR THE WARMER SEASON

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Spring is slowly, but surely, making its way back. Soon we will be outdoors enjoying the warm air and sunshine, rather than

being bundled up inside by the fire. To make sure we’re ready to welcome spring with open arms, it’s time to start planning

and preparing our outdoor space for our spring and summer enjoyment. Below you will find some helpful tips to bring

the joys and comfort of home outdoors.

New Decking or Patio

After another wet, cold winter, your deck may be in need of repair and reinforcement,

and your patio may be experiencing fading and cracking. Now is the ideal time to

start planning for the work to be done so it’s ready to be tackled once the weather is

ready to cooperate. If it is a small repair, you may be able to handle it yourself or with

the help of your handy family member or friend; but if it is a bigger job, it’s best to

reach out to the professionals.

Patio Furniture

During the warmer months, our living space naturally moves from inside our homes

to outside. Just as you want a warm, welcoming living room with plenty of room for

visitors, you want to extend that feeling outward onto your patio or deck. As you and

your friends and family will gather to spend much of your time here, you will want

to make sure your patio furniture is up to the challenge—in both durability and style.

If it’s been a while since you last updated your outdoor furniture, and it’s needing a

much-need makeover—or replacement—make this the year. It’s an investment in

your home and lifestyle, where time will be spent and memories made.

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Gazebo or Canopy

If your backyard is lacking shade, a canopy, with several sizes and styles to choose

from to complement your space, can be a welcome addition. On the patio, by the

pool, in a corner of the yard … a canopy is a cost-efficient way to add some shade,

along with style and privacy. But if you are looking for a more permanent and sturdy

solution that you prefer to stay in one place, a wooden gazebo may be the answer

you’re looking for. From DIY to premade to custom built, the sky’s the limit to create

the look you’ve imagined. And a canopy or gazebo will add extra protection during

those spring showers.

Trellis

If you are looking for a cost-effective way to add a little privacy while adding some

greenery and a touch of style, a trellis can do just the trick. Plant some clematis,

wisteria, honeysuckle and/or any type of vine to your liking, which will grow up and

across the lattice. This will not only add to its privacy but a touch of sophistication,

beauty and fragrance as well. This is a simple—and affordable—solution to add some

space between your and your neighbors, especially if you have a smaller backyard

area. The best part is this is a 100 percent do-it-yourself project.

Potted Plants

Updating your garden space—if you have the space—with a new assortment of

flowers, shrubs and/or ornamental trees is a great way to freshen up your backyard.

But don’t forget those potted plants, which are a perfect way to spruce up your deck

or patio with the addition of added color and texture. You can opt for uniform pots

or a variety of shapes, colors and patterns that complement each other. Each pot

can be unique in your flower selection or similar to each other. It’s up to you to turn

boring into extraordinary.

Lighting

It is important that your space is well lit once the sun goes down. This not only

helps to eliminate unnecessary trips and falls, but entices you and your company

to spend more time enjoying the outdoors together. Light from a fire in a firepit or

outdoor fireplace, to tiki torches, stringed overhead lights, path and built-in deck

lighting all add ambiance along with functionality, allowing you to take advantage

of the outdoor space you’ve created more hours of the day—or should we say night!

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THE NATIONAL CHERRY

BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Washington, D.C.’s signature

spring celebration

By Marguerite Cleveland

As winter fades and trees begin to sprout blossoms and leaves, the nation’s capital springs back to life. People emerge from winter

hibernation and venture out to enjoy Washington, D.C.’s many public green spaces and monuments. Each year the signature event

is the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Where to Stay

The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City is the epitome of luxury, where you can often snag some great rates for a stay. It is so easy to get to from

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The hotel has indoor access to the Metro and is only two stops away from all the monuments

and museums. You are walking distance to great shopping at the Fashion Centre or Pentagon Row. Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon

are also nearby. The hotel is offering a Spring in D.C. package with a perfect way to enjoy the spring season. It includes accommodations, a

$65 breakfast credit, Afternoon Tea for Two and Metrorail passes for two.

Many hotels in the area are offering Spring Packages, so when booking reservations make sure to ask.

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THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM

FESTIVAL IS AN ODE TO SPRING. PLAN

YOUR VISIT TO COINCIDE WITH THE

PEAK BLOOM DATE.

Where to Eat

The National Mall is a food-truck oasis with a vast cultural diversity of

food. There are so many it can be overwhelming, but it is an experience

you shouldn’t miss. Where else can you dine on street food while

enjoying the views of the Washington Monument and other treasures

on the National Mall. Food choices abound with everything from Philly

cheese steaks and burgers to authentic gyros, shawarma and other

ethnic foods.

Another not to miss is the legendary afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton

Pentagon City. This is a good option for lunch as well. Homemade

scones, petit sandwiches and a variety of pastries are served up with

your choice of teas or a champagne cocktail. Truly memorable and

worth the splurge.

Another popular activity in D.C. is happy hour at a rooftop bar—

especially when the weather turns nice. Zoning limits the heights of

buildings in the city limits, so there are some expansive views with no

skyscrapers. Many of the hotels in the area have an outdoor experience.

Google “Best Rooftop Bars” in Washington, D.C., and you will see list

after list. Here are two that are repeated on multiple “best of ” lists.

Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar is located at the Hampton Inn and Suites

Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. It is famed for its view of the Nationals

Park, and you can see the baseball games while enjoying a cocktail from

this outdoor venue. Throw in a ballpark-themed menu for the win. The

Watergate Hotel boasts the Top of the Gate with a 360-degree view of

the D.C. skyline, Washington Monument, the Potomac River and the

Kennedy Center. Enjoy small bites while sipping a craft cocktail. Rooftop

Yoga is offered during the season.

Restaurants in D.C. are operating at a 25 percent capacity for indoor

dining. Outdoor dining, carryout and delivery are available at many local

restaurants. The situation is changing, so verify with the restaurant—

and be sure to make a reservation.

What to Do

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ode to spring. Plan your visit

to coincide with the peak bloom date. According to the National Park

Service, this is the day when 70 percent of the blossoms on the Yoshino

cherry trees, which surround the Tidal Basin, are open. Throughout the

city, a variety of events are planned. Due to the nature of COVID-19,

some will be virtual, but there will be opportunities to see the blossoms

live. You will need to check with the festival organizers for more details.

Two fun things to do during the festival is to go art hunting. Local and

national artists have created 25 giant cherry blossom sculptures that

have interactive icons you can engage with to win prizes. Beginning

March 20, search around the D.C. area. A new event is the Petal Porches.

Download a virtual map (see The Specifics) and plan a walk or drive

around a D.C. neighborhood to see porches decorated with a cherry

blossom theme.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

RitzCarlton.com/en/hotels/washington-dc/pentagon-city

WHERE TO EAT

Top of the Yard - TOTYDC.com

Top of the Gate - TheWatergateHotel.com/dine-and-drink/top-of-the-gate

The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

RitzCarlton.com/en/hotels/washington-dc/pentagon-city

WHAT TO DO

The National Cherry Blossom Festival - NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org

The International Spy Museum - SpyMuseum.org

Hillwood Museum and Gardens - HillwoodMuseum.org

Mount Vernon - MountVernon.org

The International Spy Museum is open. You will need

a timed ticket, so make sure to purchase in advance so

you aren’t disappointed. This museum is impressive,

with lots of interactive experiences. You register as

an agent during your initial briefing then complete

challenges throughout your tour. Once you are

finished with your tour you will enter the Spy Shop,

one of the best museum gift shops in the country. A

fantastic selection, they even have National Cherry

Blossom Festival souvenirs.

With the weather so nice in the spring, venture to the

Hillwood Museum and Gardens. This lovely estate

was purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post with

the intent to establish a museum after her death. The

gardens are set on 25 acres and have a variety of styles

including a Japanese Garden and a Russian Dacha on

the grounds, which is now used for special exhibitions.

The highlight of the museum collection is two Faberge

Imperial Easter Eggs, the Twelve Monograms Easter

Egg and the Catherine the Great Easter Egg. Post’s

collection of Faberge is one of the finest in the world.

This is such a lovely property it is easy to spend a day.

There is also a restaurant on-site and a well thoughtout

gift shop with many luxury items.

Another museum house worth visiting when the

weather is nice is that of George Washington. Mount Vernon was his

love, and on a nice spring day you can see why. The estate is over 40

acres on the Potomac River, and there is so much to see and do; you

will want to plan your visit. The ticket process can be confusing, as you

must purchase an estate pass and then add-on tours of the home and

other specialty tours, which vary by day. For first-time visitors, tour the

mansion (timed tours purchased in advance online) and then use the

website to decide on an itinerary. So many options from a first-time

visitor or family itinerary to a military or African American history. For

foodies, follow the Food and Spirits Itinerary. An interesting fact: Did

you know George Washington made whiskey? In 1779, the year he died,

his whiskey distillery was one of the largest in America and produced

over 11,000 gallons.

When planning your visit to D.C., visit Washington.org, the official

tourism site for the area, for the most up-to-date information regarding

COVID-19 requirements and what is open. The situation is constantly

changing, so check back frequently. There is a wealth of information

on the area, and the site has some great ideas for your trip. Make

reservations or purchase tickets ahead of time. Due to space capacities,

many attractions offer timed entry, and if you wait until the day you want

to visit, you may be disappointed, so be sure to plan ahead.

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Open Spaces

As spring slowly makes its

arrival, residents young and

old will begin working their

way outdoors to take in the

warmer temperatures and somewhat

drier weather. Here in Gig Harbor, we

are blessed to live among a community

that values our health and lifestyle,

and this couldn't be seen more clearly

than the number of parks you can

find in and around the harbor. From

neighborhood and special use parks,

to natural areas and open spaces, trails

and trailheads, there is no shortage of

green space. Whether you choose to

spend an afternoon at Skansie Brothers

Park, Sunrise Beach Park, Kopachuck

State Park or Lighthouse point, or any

other one of the other beautiful parks,

you can see the love, dedication, care

and attention to detail that has been

put into creating these wonderful

open spaces for our community and its

visitors to enjoy.

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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

$$-

$$$

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.

$$-

$$$

The Maritime Inn

3212 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.1818

MaritimeInn.com

$$-

$$$

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 • jennie@infinityrewa.com • 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 RE/MAX Exclusive 253.313.4794 shelly.manada@remax.com GigHarborMax.com

Gretchen L. Allen • RE/MAX Northwest Realtors

4411 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 207, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.620.0028 • gretchen@homesbygretchen.com • HomesByGretchen.com

With 25 years as an experienced Realtor in our local real estate market, Gretchen takes great pride in working with her sellers and buyers consistently each

and every day. Your real estate business is her top priority! She provides a clear focus combined with personal care in understanding your most important

needs and with the highest level of integrity – second to none, delivers exceptional results!

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

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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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Join PenMet Parks for

SUMMER CAMPS!

PenMet Parks offers a wide variety of

summer, sports and stem camps for

all ages and interests! Registration is

now open.

REGISTER AT WWW.PENMETPARKS.ORG

253.858.3400 • info@penmetparks.org

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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Maritime Jewelers

Estate & Consignment | Fine Jewelry | Custom Designs | Repair |Diamonds & Rare Gems

Exceptional Collection. All at Estate Prices.

Featuring Montana Sapphires and Estate Diamonds

up to half off of other retailers!

Master Jeweler and Graduate Gemologist

Winner

“Voted Finest Jeweler”

253.853.4579 • 866.346.GEMS | 3116 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, WA

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

CRYSTALS • JEWELRY • REIKI • GIFTS

HealingNatureLLC.net | 7716 Pioneer Way Suite A, Gig Harbor, WA | Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11am - 6pm

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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.


Celebrating Gig Harbor’s

HISTORIC WORKING WATERFRONT

& THE CRAFT OF WOODEN BOAT BUILDING

Our mission is to perpetuate working waterfront skills, uses and traditions at

the historic Eddon Boatyard and aboard classic vessels of Puget Sound.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE!

GigHarborBoatShop.org | 253.857.9344 | 3805 Harborview Dr., 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

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, take-out menu available. Monday

through Thursday 11am to 8pm, Friday and

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CARROT CAKE WITH CREAM

CHEESE FROSTING

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

FOR THE CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted

3/4 cup almond flour, sifted

4 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

9 large eggs

1/2 cup white Erythritol Sweetener (I used Lakanto)

1/2 cup golden Erythritol Sweetener (I used Lakanto)

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups carrot, grated and lightly packed

3/4 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (27 g.) + 1/4 cup toasted for garnish

(optional)

METHOD:

• Preheat your oven to 350˚F and line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment

paper, spraying the exposed sides with cooking spray. Set aside.

• In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon,

baking soda and powder, salt and nutmeg.

• In a separate, large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the eggs,

sweeteners, sour cream and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the flour mixture

and stir until combined.

• Gently fold in the carrots, pecans and coconut flakes until well combined. Let

the batter stand for 10 minutes so the coconut flour can begin to absorb the

moisture. Your batter will be thick; this is normal.

• Divide the batter evenly between the two pans, spreading out smoothly. Bake

until the sides are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes

out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE FROSTINIG

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature (1.5 bricks)

3/4 cup sour cream

3 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup powdered Erythritol Sweetener (I used swerve)

METHOD:

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• In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese,

sour cream and sweetener on high speed until fluffy. Add in the vanilla and beat

until combined and smooth.

TO FROST:

• Place one layer of the cake bottom side up on a cake stand. Spread 3/4 cup of

the frosting all over it evenly. Then, place the other cake bottom side up gently

on top.

• Spread a thin layer of frosting all over the cake to make the crumb coat. It

doesn't have to be pretty, it's just to seal in the crumbs. Chill for at least an hour,

up to overnight. Put the remaining frosting in the fridge as well to firm up.

• Once chilled, frost the entire cake with an offset spatula. Garnish with extra

coconut, if desired.


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MARCH 17TH MARKS

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By Jillian Chandler

Celebrations continue to take many forms as we try to

maintain proper social distancing and follow all of the

current—and ever-changing—health and safety guidelines.

But don’t let that rain on your parade. It’s time to don

your best green attire (and of course, throw on those hats, beads,

shamrocks and anything else to show your St. Patty’s Day spirit)

and create your own celebration, whether it’s solo or with friends,

and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Beer and whiskey pair well with this annual Irish holiday, so why

not plan your own pub crawl to enjoy some great brews while

patronizing your local drinking establishments! If you’re looking to

have a nice evening in, you can always order to pick up and take

your choice of brews home with you.

And hey, St. Patrick’s Day may fall on a Wednesday this year, but

that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate after a day at the office or

on Zoom.

A stop at 7 Seas Brewing (3006 Judson Street #110) is a great place

to kick off an afternoon or evening of festivities. Swing by Wet

Coast Brewing Company (6820 Kimball Drive, Suite C), Gig Harbor

Brewing Co. (3155 Harborview Drive) and Dunagan Brewing (3222

56th Street NW), and you can enjoy brews from Harmon Brewing Co.

at The Hub Gig Harbor (1208 26th Avenue NW). Don’t forget to top

off your night with some good old-fashioned whiskey from Heritage

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The Easter bunny is coming to your neighborhood! On Saturday,

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neighborhoods throughout Gig Harbor and the surrounding area.

Stop by for a chance to see the Easter Bunny, and enjoy COVIDsafe

Bunny photos, goodies and fun. Locations and times as follows:

Nichols Center (9am), Raft Island (10am), Hales Pass (11am),

McCormick Fire Station (12pm), Crescent Valley Fire Station (1pm)

and CRC (2pm). Visit PenMetParks.org to learn more.

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