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EMBRACING THE FINAL WEEKS OF SUMMER
IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT AUGUST IS UPON US, AND BEFORE
YOU KNOW IT, IT WILL BE TIME TO START BACK UP ON A DAILY
ROUTINE—no more sleeping in—and heading out for the annual backto-school
shopping trip. But … summer is not over yet! There are still
plenty of long days and sunshine to enjoy, so take the time to embrace
each day, filling it with thoughtful actions and intentions, creating many
more memories along the way.
It’s time to soak in what’s left of summer! Whether it’s meandering
through town, patronizing your local shops and restaurants; spending
a day out on the water kayaking, paddle boarding or boating; attending
a community concert or event; or relaxing in the yard with family and
friends; there’s no wrong way to enjoy these long, warm days. And before
we know it, the leaves will be turning and the temperatures dropping.
As the fun-filled days wind down, sit back and relax with another
wonderful edition of 253 Lifestyle Magazine. There are so many
wonderful things happening in our community, and we continue to be
honored to share what we’ve discovered for you, our readers, to enjoy.
As you read through the August 2021 issue, you will once again be
reminded of the wonderful place we live, the businesses that help our
community thrive, and the incredible people who surround us daily. We
are truly fortunate to be a part of such a caring community.
Memories are ready to be made, and the 253 is the perfect place to
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Tread Lightly: How to choose the right rug for
Taking Summer Style into Fall: Top fashion
pieces for the transition to a new season
Q&A with DL Fowler, award-winning author
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RUG FOR YOUR HOME
BY DEANN HAMMER, BROADWAY DESIGN
arpets are the foundation of our home. With summer in full swing, many of us are shoe-free, and not only do carpets visually
impact the appearance of our home, but foot feel and durability is of great importance as well.
Carpets should be taken seriously and purchased for longevity, and many are considered fine art. With the popularity of hardwood
over the last decade, area rugs have taken center stage—and are here to stay. Carpets provide an opportunity to add pops of color and
create a design theme that is unique to you. If you are interested in decorating your home to the next level, a quality rug is a great first
step toward a room transformation.
When selecting wall-to-wall carpet, you want to look at the fiber content. Nylon or wool is still the best choice. There are many other
options, but olefin, and other new-to-market fibers, easily crush and soil, and are not made to last. I personally prefer a cut and loop
for wall to wall. Some fibers are looped like a Berber, mixed with cut fibers, giving the carpet a nice visual appeal. I like low pile wallto-wall
carpets in multicolor so that it gives the look of texture and hides foot traffic. The cut fibers in a cut and loop also prevent the
carpet from “running.” If a yarn gets loose in a vacuum, it will not pull through the whole run like a Berber will.
Large, patterned carpets are fun in an office, bonus room or master bedroom to add some character to a space. I also like to use
patterns on stair runners for interest.
There are staggering differences in the quality of area rugs. One of the largest mistakes people make when purchasing an area rug is
that if they have a busy household, they think a less-expensive rug will be a better choice, as it can be tossed when it wears out, or easily
cleaned. This is not the case! A high-quality wool rug will be much easier to clean and will save you money in the long run, as it will
last for many, many years.
The best quality wool rugs will have longer fibers that will not shed and will maintain their pile height (not flatten with foot traffic). An
average cost for a “better” rug will range between $1,500 to $5,000 for an 8x10-foot rug. They can top the charts at over $10,000, and
if it is vintage, a rug can be $10,000 to $20,000 for estate sized (larger than 8x10 feet).
Retail rugs sold online (like Pottery Barn), that sell for around $800 or less, are typically made with short fibers and shed like crazy—
steer clear from those! When purchasing, try to run your fingers across them to see if they shed. Shedding carpets are awful. They
make a mess of your home and really bother those with allergies.
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I love silk rugs. They are ultra luxurious and can last lifetimes. The
colors are more vivid, but they are very expensive. I paid $7,500 for a
4x6-foot rug more than a decade ago. But I love it! It is truly a work of
art and looks exactly the same as the day I purchased it.
Consider color. An area rug is a great opportunity to add life to a room.
Handmade rugs are the best, as they are not stiff, have natural dyes that
are rich and luxurious, and have a nice “flop,” meaning they bend and
move and are not stiff. When you run your hand over a high-quality
handmade wool rug, it should feel almost like silk.
Machine-made rugs are here to stay as well if your budget does not
allow for a real handmade wool or silk rug. These are often made from
recycled soda bottles and have a flatter feel to them. The current trend
is more muted colors and traditional “burned out” or vintage-looking
styles. An average cost for a polypropylene rug is around $400 to $600
for an 8x10-foot rug. Make sure to buy a premium pad to place beneath
your rug as well. I use a felt pad with a rubber back that stops the carpet
from sliding on the floor, while adding that extra cushy feel under foot.
These pads cost between $150 to $300 for an 8x10 and will extend the
life of your rug, as they allow the carpet to lift up off of the floor and
maintain its pile height.
Deann Hammer is the owner of Broadway Design, a boutique interior
design firm in Gig Harbor. She and her team craft spaces that are
tailored to each client’s personality and lifestyle, while mindful of their
budget, creating a perfect harmony between aesthetics and function.
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TAKING SUMMER STYLE
Top fashion pieces for the transition
to a new season
By Taylor Shillam
Living in a region with all four of the seasons
inspires the need for strategic seasonal
shopping. As the heat of the Pacific Northwest
summer begins to fade into shorter, cooler days, key
transitional pieces will become wardrobe essentials.
Light pieces that carry well into fall’s early days are
a great way to extend your summer wardrobe while
staying seasonally chic. This month, shop your local
boutiques for summery items with staying power. Here,
you’ll find shopping inspiration through a selection of
items to look for as you shop the Northwest’s seasonal
SWEATER VESTS. One of the season’s easiest ways
to add a layer is the sweater vest! You’ll notice sweater
vests and sleeveless knits back in style as we come
closer to fall. They’re perfect as easy pieces to wear
on their own as a sleeveless sweater, or to layer over
a crisp white button-down as the temperatures drop.
WHITE BUTTON-DOWN SHIRTS. If you don’t
have that crisp white button-down in your wardrobe
yet, now is the time to add one, as it’s sure to be a staple
in the coming months. Light enough to wear on its
own or to layer under a cardigan, jacket, sweater vest
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That little white tee in your closet might be of
bigger value than you realize.
or suit jacket, the crisp white shirt is one of the most versatile pieces
you’ll pick up this season. While temperatures stay hot, mix and
match the top with your favorite shorts and skirts to stay cool.
CROP TOPS. Don’t put away your summer crop tops just yet!
These hot-weather staples can keep you stylish in the transition
to autumn. Keep them to spice up a night out, as they are easily
covered under a jacket in the cooler evening temperatures, or keep
them peeking through light layers for a fun weekend look. Bonus
style points for crop tops in fun fabrics and leathers.
NEUTRAL MAXIS. Maxi dresses made their comeback this year,
and they are here to stay through the autumn. Keep your neutraltoned
maxi dresses for the fall—think cream-colored shirt dresses
paired with knee-high boots, or military-inspired greens with ankle
boots. Maxi dresses are an easy way to add a feminine touch to your
JUMPSUITS. Similar to the maxi dresses, jumpsuits are an easy
way to quickly pull together a chic outfit. An excellent combination
of fashionable and functional, jumpsuits carry well into fall
festivities. From satin jumpsuits to dress up a night out, to militarystyle
jumpsuits making a statement in the daytime, you can easily
layer them over a long-sleeve shirt or underneath a wool coat on a
WHITE BABY TEES. That little white tee in your closet might be
of bigger value than you realize. Cropped tops have been in style
all year, and that doesn’t stop at T-shirts. Keep your fitted white
“baby tee” as the ultimate base layer, then build an outfit around
it based on your plans. White tees are easily paired with just about
everything: this season’s carpenter pants, trousers, destroyed jeans
and maxi skirts, with additional warmth brought by cardigans,
denim, leather, or suit jackets.
CROPPED SWEATSHIRTS. Those cropped sweaters you kept
around for the late nights coming home from the beach, lingering
around a bonfire, or the occasional rainy day, are going to be one
of the best pieces to keep around for autumn. Cropped sweatshirts
can range from a simple, solid color, to a retro-inspired statement
piece. Get creative with your layers, and keep them in stock as a goto
piece this season.
SLOUCHY JEANS. The comfort promised by “boyfriend” jeans
and “mom” jeans alike has been deservedly embraced. These
flattering, yet flexible, jeans are on the slouchier side, making them
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easy for the transition not only between seasons, but between
day to night and work to weekend. As they fit well with just
about any selection of shoe, they’re easily taken from sandal
weather into boot weather.
FLORAL PRINTS. Flowers will continue to color and brighten
our wardrobes well into the upcoming months. Keep your light,
summery florals to add a burst of romantic energy to your fall
outfits. You’ll see florals stay on boutique shelves in the form of
patterned mini dresses, accessories, printed suits and more.
EXTRA-STRAPPY SANDALS. Keep your most fun, dramatic
sandals in the rotation this month, as they’re poised to become
a fall evening essential. Dressier sandals with far-reaching straps
are set to take you into autumn soirees, events and dinner parties.
WHERE TO SHOP
Pacific Northwest shoppers have a wide selection of local
boutiques to choose from, from Gig Harbor to Tacoma, and
everywhere in between.
Coastal Washington shoppers can visit Gig Harbor’s Dolly Mama
Boutique, “a boutique with a heart,” inspiring joy in women
through quality items that are a selection of every woman’s
favorite things. There’s also Dolly Mama Too, its sister store.
Additional boutiques not to miss in the Western Washington
area include Frankie Boutique and Tacoma’s Purpose Boutique.
The transition to cooler days doesn’t have to be complicated,
especially when it comes to keeping up with seasonal fashion.
With a few key pieces from the best of local boutiques, your
move into autumn will be seamless and stylish.
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PIERCE COUNTY UNITES TO END
BY RACHEL KELLY
Your landlord went bankrupt, and didn’t tell you.
The only reason you found out is because you
were served an eviction notice; you have to be
out by the end of the week. Already on the brink
of your funds, you need time to save up for a deposit for a
new place. With rent being high in the area, you also need
time to find a new roommate. You pack your things into
the car and find yourself in the shelter for the night. You
place all your important belongings into a locker (keys,
phone and wallet …) and hop in the shower. When you
get out you discover that someone has broken the lock and
taken off with your stuff. By the time you get a hold of the
bank, using someone else’s cell phone the next morning,
half your income is gone. Just like that, what would have
been a couple of weeks on and off the streets has become
several months. You’re homeless. An easy hole to fall in,
but a hard one to dig out of.
Homelessness can be a long journey coupled with a
feeling of invisibility. Getting out is an uphill battle against
prejudice, poverty, abuse and loneliness. Pierce County,
however, is determined to make progress toward health,
and sustainable living. By the end of 2021, Pierce County’s
goal is to end homelessness.
The first order of business in combating homelessness in
the area is to understand the structures and situations that
contribute to it. To provide this much-needed information,
Pierce County has developed the “point-in-time” count.
The point-in-time count is “a one-day snapshot that
captures the characteristics and situations of people living
here without a home.” In other words, Pierce County
workers are not attempting to solve homelessness from an
office. They are actually getting up and getting out to count
and converse with the homeless in our community.
The most recent point-in-time count surveys the situations
of 1,897 people experiencing homelessness. Of those 1,897,
47 percent have at least one source of income; 22 percent
are chronically homeless; 36 percent female; 6 percent
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are unaccompanied youth; 8 percent are veterans; and 16 percent are
adult survivors of domestic violence. Also, even though people of color
make up only 27 percent of our population, they make up 47 percent
of our people experiencing homelessness. Surprisingly, not everyone
sleeps outside. Forty-six percent sleep in shelter, with 31 percent in a
car or abandoned building, and 9 percent in transitional housing; 17
percent live in a tent or on the street. Contrary to popular knowledge,
the majority of people experiencing homelessness lived in Pierce County
before becoming homeless, with the rest of the majority living within
Washington. Only 6 percent surveyed lived outside of Washington before
becoming homeless; meaning that homelessness is our problem, in our
community, rather than a far-off problem meant to be solved elsewhere.
Pierce County doesn’t just cover Tacoma, there are also cities such as
Steilacoom and Gig
Harbor. And there are THE WORK
such as Parkland and
Spanaway. Without IS PLENTY,
volunteers that branch
out in these areas, the
is restricted to one
In 2019, Gig Harbor
and the greater Key
in the point-in-time
count for the first time.
Previously, the number
for people experiencing
homelessness in the Key
Peninsula was 1.5, which is far from accurate. After the point-in-time
count, they updated that number to 49. Lakewood joined the pointin-time
count in 2016, adding their input and resources. The data of
unincorporated areas are often lumped in with the greater Pierce County.
While the PIT count fluctuates, and in 2020 in-person counts were
severely restricted, having a general understanding of homelessness is
intrinsically valuable. The results of the Key Peninsula PIT echo those
that are mirrored in the larger Pierce County, but it is also invaluable
for bringing Gig Harbor into the conversation. The assumption that
higher income areas, such as Gig Harbor and Steilacoom, are devoid of
homelessness is inaccurate. If anything, higher income areas struggle
to a greater percentage, when compared to their smaller population.
Tacoma may be at the forefront of the homeless discussion, but they
are not the only participants. Areas such as Lakewood experience a
huge income gap, with the levels of poverty (16 percent) matching
that of the above-average incomes. This is not necessarily a surprise, as
Lakewood is newly incorporated. They are currently addressing issues of
accessibility by providing infrastructure to encourage a city center and
a sense of community. They are also addressing issues that exist in the
lower income areas, such as homelessness. Unincorporated areas such
as Parkland also reside in Pierce County, with high levels of poverty and
homelessness. Unfortunately, the work is plenty, but the volunteers are
few. Since the pandemic interrupted the normal point-in-time process,
the current count is estimated to be much higher.
To address these issues, Pierce County has formed a coalition made
up of over 200 members. The Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to
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End Homelessness is further subdivided into 13 action
committees that are meant to address issues head-on.
The committees establish housing, steering (support),
safe encampments and employment opportunities.
Essentially, the coalition is a team made up of faith-based
organizations, nonprofits and city resources (including
the police department and social services). “We feel that
any communication between nonprofits, government
representatives and community leaders is positive,” says
Daniel Johnson of Harbor Hope Center. The Harbor Hope
Center helps teens that are experiencing homelessness in
our community, but they are also actively involved in the
dangers of Fentanyl that specifically affect the area. Harbor
Hope Center continues to increase their involvement
with drug counselors as a result. On-the-ground firsthand
knowledge, such as what Harbor Hope Center offers, is
exactly why the Coalition to End Homelessness was formed.
No one understands the challenges that our communities
face more than those who experience it and see it.
The Pierce County Coalition uses the information from
their members to address issues pertaining to housing
inequalities, income gaps, shelter stability, health equality
and more. Members of the coalition break into smaller
groups to individually address each issue, at times lobbying
at the state level for affordable housing rights. Individually,
each nonprofit and city represents their individual sector
and experience. Together, they combine their knowledge,
and give weight to issues addressing our communities. For
instance, according to new state law, landlords must give
tenants 20-day notice for eviction. One of the committees
in the coalition ensures that Pierce County is in compliance
with this law.
The issue may be vast, but the resources are broad. What’s
more, now these resources are unified, accessible, and ready
to go. Ending homelessness has gone from being a lofty ideal
to being a real goal. Through the power of unity, we can end
homelessness in Pierce County.
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EVENTS DURING THE LATE SUMMER
AND FALL OF THIS YEAR. I LIKE
TO PROMOTE OUR LOCAL POETS
BECAUSE I FIND EXERCISING MY
POETRY MUSCLES MAKES ME A
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DL Fowler is an award-winning
author who is known locally as “the
Lincoln Guy” for his writings on
President Abraham Lincoln. He and his wife
Judi settled in the Pacific Northwest over 40
years ago. In 2008 they moved to Gig Harbor
to be closer to their daughter and her family.
He spends his time writing and supporting
the local writers’ community. Fowler taught
creative writing classes at the Tacoma
Community College Continuing Education
program. With the COVID-19 pandemic
affecting everyone, he partnered with Gary
Parker, owner of BBQ2U and the subject of
our March 2021 cover, to bring authors and
the public together in a COVID-safe setting.
It gave authors a place to sell and autograph
books, and helped make up for canceled
book signing events and festivals.
Fowler and his wife support the Peninsula
Youth Orchestra of Gig Harbor. “It is a
treasure for the community, especially
families who want to give their children an
opportunity to develop musically, regardless
of skill,” he said.
Q. You are known as “the Lincoln Guy.” Why
President Abraham Lincoln? What did you find
so intriguing about him?
A. I was drawn to Lincoln as a Boy Scout. I lived
in a community in Southern California that hosted
a pilgrimage each year, drawing youth from all
over the region. I began writing about his life
when I discovered he struggled with depression. In
writing about him in an intimate way, beginning
with his earliest days, I hoped to unlock his secret
to leading a productive life despite emotional
baggage. I found his example not only instructive,
but highly motivational.
Q. You attended the prestigious Defense
Language Institute in Monterey, California,
to learn Bulgarian and served in the Air Force
during the 1970s and the Cold War. What was it
like studying such a difficult language to learn
as an adult? Did your service in the military
influence any of your writing?
A. Yes, DLI was founded in 1963. I don’t know
why, since I struggled with languages in college, but
I didn’t find learning Bulgarian to be difficult. That
probably was because of the immersion experience.
Our instructors were lifelong native speakers, and
for a whole year the language was our entire focus.
We attended language class all day, five days a
week. We had daily homework assignments that
involved listening to hours of recordings. I had no
previous exposure to the language, but at the end
of the year I received the Maxwell Taylor Award as
the top student for all languages and all branches of
service: Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines.
I think my time at DLI and my service as a
translator at NSA helped me with my writing. I had
also studied Spanish in high school and college,
and German for a semester of college—I was a
disaster at German. That exposure to different
sentence structures and nuances in the meanings
of words has helped me find ways to use language
to evoke a variety of emotions in readers.
Q. Your book “Ripples” is a complete departure
from your previous books of historical fiction.
What sparked your interest in writing a
A. For me, “Ripples” was more of a writing
exercise than an attempt to create a novel. I was
experimenting with different approaches to
giving readers visceral experiences that mirrored
characters’ emotions. Of course, I had to put it out in
the world to see how readers reacted, but the novel
makes me uncomfortable, so it’s a hard book for me
to market. The story is about six different people’s
experiences with home or lack of home.
Q. Can you share with our readers how you
use your writings on Abraham Lincoln to help
veterans who are suffering from PTSD and
A. There is a myth that Lincoln overcame a great
deal of failure in his life. While that is not true,
he was a highly sensitive individual who suffered
many tragedies and emotional traumas. There is a
part in “Lincoln Raw” where I describe the medical
treatment he endured for his “melancholy.” It was so
horrific he swore he’d never do it again, though his
depression continued. Another doctor helped him
identify triggers that incited his attacks and offered
strategies for dealing with those triggers. That could
be one of the most valuable models we can take
away from Lincoln’s life.
Q. What are you working on now? Any plans for
dates for your Lincoln Lectures?
A. I recently received a Creative Endeavor Grant
from the City of Gig Harbor Arts Commission to
produce a series of poetry events during the late
summer and fall of this year. I like to promote our
local poets because I find exercising my poetry
muscles makes me a better novelist.
My current writing project is about an Army
nurse who cared for the Lincoln family after
Willie Lincoln’s death. According to Lincoln’s
own testimony, and that of Mrs. Lincoln, Rebecca
Pomroy was one of the most important people in
the family’s support system during the most crucial
period of Lincoln’s presidency.
As for the Lincoln Lectures, we discontinued them
during COVID, mostly because I am terrible at
hosting Zoom events. Once things are fully open,
we’ll take a look at resuming the series.
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It was 1997, and the newly formed Asia Pacific Cultural Center
was looking at a dilemma faced by many nonprofits just
starting out. It needed money. So, the organization turned to
what they knew well: celebrating culture. After some spirited
brainstorming, the Samoan leaders in the group suggested a
That year the event was held at the South End Neighborhood Center
and raised a much-needed $5,000. It also started a wonderful
tradition that 24 years later is APCC’s largest annual fundraiser.
The 24th Annual Asia Pacific Cultural Center Polynesian Luau is
scheduled for Saturday, August 28, from 3 to 6pm at the beautiful
park grounds surrounding their location on South Tacoma Way.
The Luau, an ancient Polynesian ritual, is a popular social gathering
meant to unite the people of a village or town in celebration of a
significant life event, achievement, war victory, or launching of a
new canoe. In 2021 at APCC, it will be the celebration of the return
to normal in our town. And what a celebration it will be!
The APCC annual Luau is a chance to showcase the various cultures
that make up the “Pacific” in Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s name.
Performances include dancers from traditional Luau areas like
Hawaii, Tonga and Samoa, as well as some you may not think about
including Guam, Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand. The highlight of the
day features authentic Fire Knife Dancers to close out the event.
Many Pacific Island cultures celebrate with Luaus. While the food
served may vary from culture to culture, the passion and love for
the event does not … Everyone loves a Luau! The APCC Luau will
feature a delicious island menu of Roasted Pig, Sapa Sui-Chop Suey,
Coconut Salmon, Teriyaki Chicken, Island Salad, and a variety of
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Don’t stress about what to wear. Polynesian print shirts for men and floral dresses for
women are the easiest and most comfortable choices. When paired with khaki shorts or
slacks, the aloha shirt goes from casual to dressy. Women can choose to wear a beautiful
flower in their hair over the ear—but remember, married ladies wear it over the left ear
and single women over the right.
Fun door prizes will be awarded throughout the event including a voucher for a roundtrip
airline ticket on Alaska Air. To register for door prizes in advance, attendees are
encouraged to register at Bit.ly/apccluaudoorprize2021. Local vendors with traditional
island wear, crafts, jewelry, food and more will be showcased at the event, giving it a
According to Faaluaina Pritchard, executive director of Asia Pacific Cultural Center,
“This is the event of the year that all our members look forward to.” She added, “Not
being able to see everyone in person last year makes the 2021 event even more special.
Now we can enjoy the day in each other’s company.”
To learn more about the delicious food, fun prizes and the lineup of presentations featured
during the 24th Annual APCC Polynesian Luau, please visit the APCC Facebook Page at
Purchase tickets online at Bit.ly/apccluautickets2021 or call APCC at 253.383.3900.
Tickets are $50 per person; $500 for a table of 10 seats; children ages 4 to 11 are $12.50,
and children 3 and younger are free.
Can’t make the event in person? Then watch as it unfolds on APCC’s Facebook Live page
or through their YouTube channel that day.
Asia Pacific Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 1996 with
the mission to bridge communities and generations through art, culture, education and
business. It serves as an interactive cultural crossroads between local and international
communities. For more information about APCC, visit their website at APCC96.org.
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The miracle treatment for wrinkles
BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,
over 2 million Botox® treatments were carried out in
2019, and that number has continued to rise. Considered
the most common cosmetic intervention, and with good reason,
this miracle treatment can take years off your appearance and
prevent the signs of aging in a quick (we’re talking five-minute)
appointment. With FDA approval to treat moderate to severe
wrinkles in the frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines, and a 92
percent “worth it” rating from consumers, this treatment may be
just what you are looking for to age gracefully and look as young as
you feel. Below we break down your most common questions.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a safe, purified, FDA-approved protein that relaxes and
softens the muscles responsible for causing frown lines, creases
between the brows, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and worry lines
in the forehead. Years of muscle use in our faces—from smiling,
squinting, stressing—create what begin as fine lines, and deepen
over time. Botox® can heal that dermal cracking or can be used
preventatively to help deter their deepening.
How much does Botox® cost?
Botox® pricing varies from clinic and region, and your total price
depends on what areas you are treating and the number of units
each individual needs. To treat the area in between the eyebrows
(a.k.a. frown lines) is typically $240 to $300; the forehead is typically
$150 to $180; and crow’s feet are typically $300 to $450. It is best to
schedule a consultation with your aesthetic provider to determine
the appropriate dosing and cost for your individualized treatment.
How long does Botox® last?
You can expect to notice a more youthful, relaxed appearance within
two to 14 days, and results last three to four months. Some clients
find that with consistent treatments they get longer-lasting results.
How long will my appointment take?
Botox® appointments are quick and easy. Your initial appointment
will take approximately 30 minutes to review medical forms, discuss
your goals with your provider, and develop a treatment plan. After
your first visit, your subsequent visits are generally quick and take
only a few minutes.
Does Botox® hurt?
Most patients describe Botox as painless. A very tiny needle is used
to inject Botox® in strategic muscles on the face, and techniques
are used to make the treatment comfortable. If you are concerned
about pain or discomfort, talk to your provider prior to treatment
to discuss pain relieving modalities such as topical numbing cream
Is there any downtime or recovery?
Botox® is generally considered a “no social downtime” treatment.
Most patients leave their appointment with small pink bumps where
Botox was injected, and these generally subside in 15 minutes.
Bruising is a possibility. Patients are asked to avoid vigorous exercise
and facial massage for 24 hours after treatment.
When should I start Botox®?
There is not a set age when one should start Botox®. Once you notice
static lines (the lines that appear on the face at rest), you can begin to
speak to your aesthetic provider about treatment to soften the lines
and prevent them from getting worse. When treatment is started
early, the static lines can often be reversed. After they have been
present for years, they can be more difficult to diminish.
Botox® is an excellent treatment option for individuals wanting
to prevent or reverse the signs of aging. Talk with your aesthetic
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As the temperatures rise, protect yourself against heat exhaustion
BY MISSI BALISON
Summer is in full swing, and as the summers here are short,
you’ll want to get outside and enjoy as much of it as you can!
But when you are out hiking, gardening, biking, or out doing any
of the amazing things the Pacific Northwest has to offer, you want
to be careful that you don’t succumb to heat illness.
A heat illness happens when your body is unable to dissipate heat
effectively, the balance of salt and water in your body becomes
unbalanced, and your temperature rises. Sweating fails to keep
Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to a high loss of the water
and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Often those most
prone to heat exhaustion are those who are elderly, have high blood
pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment.
It can be easy to step into heat exhaustion when you’re out and
about having a good time or focused on a project in the yard. Be
sure to pay attention to the symptoms before they sneak up on you.
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION INCLUDE:
• Heavy sweating
• Elevated body temperature
• Decreased urine output
WHAT TO DO:
• If medical care is unavailable, call 911.
• Remove yourself from the hot area and get liquids to drink.
• Remove unnecessary clothing, including shoes and socks.
• Cool yourself with cold compresses or wash your head, face and
neck with cold water.
• Take frequent sips of cool water.
Heat stroke is the most serious of heat injuries, so you definitely
don’t want to take symptoms of heat stroke lightly. The main
problem with heat stroke is that your organs can be damaged by
prolonged high body temperatures.
SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE:
• High body temperature
• Altered mental state or behavior (Confusion, agitation, slurred
speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from
• Nausea or vomiting
• Flushed skin
• Rapid breathing
• Altered sweating (Skin may be hot and dry to the touch, or you
may start sweating abnormal amounts.)
WHAT TO DO:
• Find a shady spot.
• Remove excess clothing.
• Place cold rags in these areas: back of neck, groin, armpits. And
if you have access to a hose or cold packs, use those to cool down.
• Find a fan or breeze to help your body cool off.
• When feeling cooled off, head to a clinic or emergency room for
medical evaluation and treatment.
Get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather—but it is imperative
that you keep an eye on things and listen to your body.
Missi Balison is a personal trainer, exercise physiologist and Certified
Precision Nutrition coach.
Be careful that you don’t succumb to heat illness.
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PARTNERING FOR HEALING
Community-based nonprofit health care
system with a passion to serve
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
It was 1882 when Tacoma’s first hospital opened its doors to the
community. Fannie C Paddock Memorial Hospital was named in
honor of Frances “Fannie” C Paddock, the wife of Reverend John
Adams Paddock, who was appointed the first Protestant Episcopal
missionary bishop of Washington Territory, and commissioned to move to
Tacoma. While preparing for their move across country to their new home,
the couple learned of the dire health conditions of the region, and Fannie
was determined to raise the funds needed to establish a hospital.
Unfortunately, Fannie would pass away before her vision was realized,
but John would carry out her mission. The Fannie C Paddock Memorial
Hospital opened its doors for care on April 29, 1882, one year to the day
after Fannie’s death.
MultiCare carries out its mission, vision and values with that same passion
for service to community that inspired the Paddocks to bring Tacoma its first
hospital—known today as Tacoma General Hospital.
Caring for communities in Washington state ever since, today MultiCare
is comprised of more than 20,000 team members—including employees,
providers and volunteers.
“We’ve grown from a Tacoma-centric, hospital-based organization into the
largest not-for-profit, community-based, locally owned health system in the
state of Washington,” says William G. “Bill” Robertson, president and CEO
With multiple locations throughout Washington state, including Tacoma,
Pierce County and the surrounding Puget Sound region, MultiCare is
overseen by a volunteer board of directors and led by a team of executive
leaders, including Bill Robertson and Florence Chang, executive vice
president and chief operating officer.
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MultiCare’s network of care includes 11 hospitals:
• MultiCare Allenmore Hospital, Tacoma
• MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, Auburn
• MultiCare Capital Medical Center, Olympia
• MultiCare Covington Medical Center, Covington
• MultiCare Deaconess Hospital, Spokane
• MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup
• Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Tacoma
(the region’s only children’s hospital and statedesignated
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• MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma
(home to the Puget Sound Region’s only Level IV
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
• MultiCare Valley Hospital, Spokane Valley
• Navos Behavioral Health Hospital, West Seattle
(independently operated affiliate)
• Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital, Tacoma
(independently operated joint venture of
MultiCare and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health)
“The communities we serve are also where we live,
work and raise our families. We understand the needs
of our region because this is where we are from,” shares
Robertson. “MultiCare has been here for nearly 140
years, and we remain fully committed to serving our
western Washington communities and to supporting
our valued employees and providers here in the Puget
MultiCare’s steadfast commitment to being the Pacific
Northwest’s highest value system of health, as well as its
dedication to their mission of “Partnering for healing
and a healthy future,” are the driving force behind their
service to their patients and community.
“Our incredible all-volunteer system board and our
executive leadership team bring knowledge, experience
and a deep belief in the importance of accessible health
care for all communities to the work that they do every
day to steer our organization toward success,” affirms
The organization looks to partner with like-minded
groups in improving the health and wellness of this
region—beyond the delivery of exceptional health
care. MultiCare has a long history of involvement in
the community, and has partnered with and supported
numerous organizations also working to improve the
lives of the people within our communities, including
Habitat for Humanity, the American Heart Association,
the United Way, Hilltop Artists and the Crystal Judson
Family Justice Center.
MultiCare team members also engage in a wide range
of volunteer activities that benefit the communities they
serve. In 2019, MultiCare employees contributed an
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LOCALS ANSWER THE CALL TO SAVE
SMALL ACTIONS EFFECT CHANGE IN OUR GREATER WORLD
BY RACHEL KELLY
There are some things that we can’t do alone. There
are some things that we were made to face together,
as a community, as a state, or as a people. Things
like raising our families, or building safe neighborhoods,
we face together. There are some problems that require
a whole world to come together to ensure success. Large
problems usually involve a lot of people, and it takes a lot
of people to solve them. Problems like global pollution and
global warming are big problems. Problems that we can’t
solve on our own. But together, united by our common
humanity, we can.
“It’s important to think about the way we live and its impact
on the planet,” says Tara Galuska of the Washington Fish
and Wildlife. And there are many such impacts. We can
see those impacts locally, on our beaches and especially in
our waterways. We can see the impacts we have on rivers
through the salmon and the residents they support, such
as bears. Another such resident is the Southern Orca,
resident of the Puget Sound and Canada, which survives
off of Chinook salmon. Salmon, in turn, survives off of
krill. Krill survives off phytoplankton. There is currently
estimated to be only 75 Southern Orca left in the whole
swath of salt water that exists from the Washington Sound
up to the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. Their low numbers,
coupled with their dependence on the health of the local
waters, makes them an endangered species.
The declining numbers of Southern Orca illustrates the
circular pattern of the effects of our actions on the world,
beginning with the global rise in temperatures. Scientists
believe this is due to an increase in atmospheric carbon
dioxide. There is still a lot of research being done on exactly
why this is happening, but it is apparent that our world
is changing. This change is affecting our local residents,
animals and humans alike. According to the Southern
Resident Orca Task Force, the carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere has stayed below 300 parts per million prior
to 1950. Since then, our carbon dioxide has increased to
405 parts per million. This has caused a one-degree Celsius
increase in global temperatures since pre-industrial levels,
suggesting that industrialization and pollution plays a part
in the health of our Earth.
Twenty-five percent of the carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere is absorbed by the ocean, causing an increase
in ocean acidification. Algae, often seen in freshwater
ponds, lakes and basins across Washington and Idaho,
grows plentiful in order to consume the carbon dioxide
and produce oxygen. The ocean’s acidification makes an
inhospitable environment to most species aside from
algae, which adapts to grow in the ocean. Like a fail safe
for an imbalance in the atmosphere, algae grow wild, fed
by an overproduction of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide
is often present due to various levels of pollution, from
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untreated sewage to various inhospitable factories.
Unfortunately, large amounts of algae are toxic to all
fresh and saltwater species.
The one-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures
also affects our streams and lakes, as snow melt
decreases every year. The re-circulated warm
water makes for warmer winter lakes and rivers,
and dryer summer river beds. Occasionally, a rise
in warm winter waters causes an overabundance
of rain versus snow, increasing sediment flow
and mudslides. The increased rain also runs into
our drains, occasionally overwhelming our water
treatment plants. Which means that sewage dumps
into our ocean. More algae grows.
According to scientifically backed collected data
of Washington Fish and Wildlife, major effects
from climate change will be seen as soon as 2030.
If conditions continue as they have been, 2030
through 2052 will see a 1.5-degree Celsius increase,
which will result in the following conditions: a 67
percent increase in days over 90 degrees, 38 percent
decrease in snowpack, 16 percent increase in winter
streamflow, and a 23 percent decrease in summer
streamflow. To lower these temperatures, and to
decrease their overall effects, we must cut our
carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030.
Our changing rivers affect salmon, who spawn
in rivers in the spring. They lay their eggs in the
gravel, from which alevins emerge one to three
months after spawning. Fry then grow from alevins,
then develop into smolt. Smolt then migrate to the
ocean, where they grow into adults and live for up
to four years. All the combined effects of pollution
and carbon dioxide disturb the breeding grounds
of our salmon at all their various developmental
levels. Increased flooding impacts the salmon eggs
and alevins. Reduced spring flows affect the fry and
smolt. The increased algae in our oceans kill the
zooplankton on which the herring and other fish
feed, in turn on which the salmon feed. Salmon is
considered a keystone species, meaning that they
are essential for the survival of a variety of wildlife.
As their rate of survival drops, the underlying food
collected data of
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from climate change
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web becomes unstable. This is why the Orca are
showing up less and less in Pacific Northwest waters,
and why the health of our fresh water suffers. When
salmon suffer, we all suffer. And so, our actions come
Our seemingly small actions that we, as a people,
do on the daily affect the greater world. Trash from
our picnics on the beach, the chemicals that we use
in our cleaners, the medications that we dispose
of, waste water, improper drainage and everyday
food waste all play a part in pollution. Individually,
our actions are small. But together, they have a
big impact. Everything eventually ends up in our
waterways, and in turn runs into the oceans. Our
Earth is a complicated web of interconnected pieces,
of which we are also a part of.
“What we do as an individual and as a society to
reduce global warming and to improve water quality
for these majestic creatures also supports a better
ecosystem for humans,” says Tara. This means that
any movement toward change is a win-win.
The Orca are especially sensitive to any environmental
changes, as are all endangered species, which is why
their numbers have been in steady decline in our
waterways. Individuals on land and water play a large
part in our Earth’s health, but so do large companies
whose ships produce a lot of emissions. Noting the
sensitivity that Orca and other wildlife have toward
our actions in the water, TOTE Maritime Alaska
is one company that has decided to do something
Alaskan fishermen have long begun their spring
season in the southern part of Washington’s Puget
Sound, and still leave every year to fish for the
summer season. As the polar ice melts, and less and
less re-freezes every winter, fishermen and shipping
companies are able to go further and further north.
Many ships and fishermen are advised to be whale
wise as they expand their reach into the northern
waters. Ships are advised to keep their distance
from whales, and to steer away from fishing in their
feeding waters. There are even flags that local ships
hoist to alert other ships and boats as to the presence
of whales. In 2010, the coastal waters of North
America were deemed emission control areas. Most
companies simply adhere to the bare minimum,
adhering to the emission controls and occasionally
following Whale Wise protocol.
TOTE Maritime Alaska is one such company that
moves up and down the northern seas. The leader in
the industry in environmental practices, they chose
to respond to the emission controls in a way that went
above the bar for the safety of our coastal species.
TOTE Maritime Alaska invested in liquified natural
gas. In partnership with Puget Sound Energy, which
is known for their groundbreaking and accessible
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outfitted its Orca class vessels to run on liquified natural gas. Liquified natural gas decreases particulate matter by 99 percent,
vessel sulfur emissions by 98 percent, and nitrogen oxides by 91 percent. These numbers are groundbreaking. Through decreasing
the waste that ships normally dump into the waters, TOTE Maritime has made some of the most environmentally friendly ships
in the world, showing the world once again just how unique the Pacific Northwest is.
It is actions such as these that greatly affect our waters and the sensitive wildlife that live in it. Large companies, such as shipping
and fishing companies, play a direct part in keeping our waterways clean by the ways that they choose to conduct business. TOTE
Maritime Alaska is especially inspirational in their refusal to go along with the status quo, and the hope is that other companies
will follow suit. In the face of such incredible effort, we must do the same. We must allow ourselves the flexibility of positive change.
Maybe not all at once, but perhaps little by little. Even the smallest steps can have a big impact. Especially when they inspire others
to make steps as well. Little by little, greater change happens. There’s no better example of what a community can do when it comes
together than what we see here, in the Pacific Northwest.
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“PERHAPS IN OUR OWN SMALL WAY
WE WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO GO
UPSTREAM AGAINST APATHY. IT IS IN
THESE SEEMINGLY SMALL EVERYDAY
ACTS THAT WE MAKE BIG CHANGES,
FIRST CHANGING OURSELVES UNTIL
WE HAVE ALL CHANGED TOGETHER.
We can and do reduce the waste that goes in our waterways, by
participating in the reduction of litter or washing our cars in
professional car washes (that have proper disposal techniques).
We can also conserve the water that we use, treating it as the
precious resource that it is. We can reduce our carbon footprint
by reducing our car use, from riding bikes to riding public
transport. We can implement the wise use of our resources,
reducing food waste by planning ahead and composting. Using
products with fewer chemicals not only betters our overall health
but benefits the health of our world.
Individually we are small people, with a small impact. We live
as people of character by our individual everyday decisions.
Together we live as part of a delicate web called “community,”
where each impacts the other. As such, our daily decisions of
character make small dents in what our world looks like as a
whole. Perhaps in our own small way we will inspire others to go
upstream against apathy. It is in these seemingly small everyday
acts that we make big changes, first changing ourselves until we
have all changed together.
Global impact comes full circle, into our backyards. Into the
realm of personal responsibility. As much as we want to pretend
that global problems are beyond our reach, it’s the quality of our
local watershed and the health of our resident species that speak
to just how much we are doing to preserve its health. When it
comes to saving our waterways, we must answer the call to
responsible living. Just like TOTE Maritime Alaska is doing. Just
like the Southern Resident Orca Task Force. Just like us, who
choose to not go it alone.
It is in this fearless spirit of innovation that we discover that the
world is capable of change.
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RUN THE BRIDGE
GALLOPING GERTIE OFFERS THREE DISTANCES
By Colin Anderson
Runners of all skill levels can once again enjoy one of the area’s favorite and most scenic runs. Registration for the annual Galloping Gertie is
currently open, and organizers are hoping for another great turnout after missing out on the run in 2020.
The race, whose namesake comes from the dubious nickname of the previous Tacoma Narrows Bridge that collapsed back in November of 1940,
will traverse across the newest section of bridge, the eastbound, which opened back in 2007. No matter if you choose the half marathon, 10k, or 5k,
each run will send you across the iconic bridge that holds spectacular views of the Puget Sound, Olympics and Mount Rainier.
The starting line for all three distances is the Tacoma Narrows Airport. The 5k course will depart from the airport, catch Stone Drive and then
move onto the bridge. Runners will go about halfway across then turn around and go back the same route. The 10k is a similar route, however,
runners will go all the way across the bridge before their turnaround. The half marathon adds several additional miles, including a pass through
some beautiful old-growth forest. The course is now flatter than in previous years, so faster times can be expected.
The event takes place on Saturday, August 7, which is also when you’ll receive your race packet. Be sure to pick up your bib and packet no later than
7:45am, as the first run goes off at 8am. There are aid stations and porta-potties located along each course, and each participant will receive a tech
race shirt, complimentary downloadable race photos, a finisher’s medal and entrance to the after-party.
You can register in advance at Galloping-Gertie.com. Volunteers are also needed for the event, and you can sign-up at the race homepage as well.
The event is sponsored by the Gig Harbor Rotary, and proceeds from the Galloping Gertie will help fund many community-centric projects like
Food Backpacks 4 Kids, Children’s Home Society and Communities in Schools Peninsula.
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Join Metro Parks Tacoma Friday evenings in August at the SERA Complex
(South End Recreation & Adventure), located at 6002 South Adams Street
in Tacoma, for their Movies Under the Stars. This free summer movies
series invites the community, family and friends to gather under the stars
for these family friendly movies that start at dusk. Be sure to bring a blanket
or chair so you can sit back and relax, along with some movie snacks.
August 6 features Black Panther (rated PG-13); August 13 Coco (rated
PG); with the last movie showing Raya and the Last Dragon (rated PG)
on August 20. For additional information, and for other events happening
courtesy of Metro Parks Tacoma, visit MetroParksTacoma.org.
GRIT CITY TO GO! THE TABLE
Support local farms and businesses! Tacoma Farmers Market invites the
community to participate in their second annual Grit City to Go!, a unique
dining experience utilizing all things local from the food to the chefs—and
the experience! Each standard meal serves four people and comes with a
complimentary bouquet of market flowers. Gather around “The Table” to
support the Tacoma Farmers Market. Experience the flavors of creative,
fresh, handcrafted Pacific Northwest cuisine. The premier option adds
dessert and a signature cocktail to complement the dishes you will dream
about long after the last morsel. The Standard Package is priced $200,
while the Premier Package is $250. Purchase your meal online today at
TacomaFarmersMarket.com/grit-city-to-go. The next Grit City to Go! on
October 3 will feature Tacoma Pie.
24TH ANNUAL POLYNESIAN LUAU
Join Asia Pacific Cultural Center on Saturday, August 28, for the 24th
Annual Polynesian Luau. The fun begins at 3pm for this in-person and
virtual fundraiser—APCC’s only fundraising event of the year! Guests
will hear about the organization and what makes it so special and worth
supporting “with your hearts and with your donations.” Stream the
lively fun and excitement virtually via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/
AsiaPacificCulturalCenter) and YouTube (Bit.ly/apcc96youtube). Guests
will experience in-person live performances, delicious island foods, local
vendors, and a beautiful gathering of family and friends. Please note:
APCC will strictly adhere to the current COVID-19 restrictions of Pierce
County and Washington state. Based on the success of last year’s virtual
program, they will continue to have this event live on their Facebook and
YouTube pages for guests who cannot attend the in-person event. Tickets
are priced $50 each; $12.50 for children 4 to 11.
* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place
as planned. Due to the continuing pandemic, there is the possibility that event
schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure to visit event
websites to stay up to date with current information.
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Eat & Drink
Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel
You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram
1 8-oz. package bacon, each piece cut into thirds
2 8-oz. blocks of cream cheese, softened
6 oz. Mexican-blend cheese, shredded
2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1 tbsp. cumin
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
• Preheat your oven to 400˚F. Spray a broiler pan, or cover a sheet pan with
aluminum foil, and place a wire rack on top with non-stick cooking spray. Set
it aside for later.
• Start by prepping the jalapeños using a chef’s knife to cut off the stems, and
cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise. Then, use a spoon to scrape out all the
seeds and the white membrane inside the pepper. You can discard the seeds
once you’re done or keep a few to add to the cream cheese mixture if you
like it extra hot.
• In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheese,
jalapeños and seasonings. Fill each jalapeño with the mix.
• Cut bacon strips into thirds and lay a piece on top of the cream cheese mix.
Once you have filled and topped all the jalapeños with bacon, place them in
the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bacon is done.
• Let cool before serving. Enjoy!
Yields 24 poppers
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ENJOY A VIBRANT DOWNTOWN,
RIVERWALK AND WORLD-CLASS BEACHES
CHARMING WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
Wilmington, North Carolina, is less known as a destination than its more famous Southern neighbors
Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, and that is its charm. You won’t find the hordes of
tourists; only those in the know about this vibrant city on the banks of the Cape Fear River. Just a short
drive from downtown Wilmington you will find some great beaches, each with its own unique vibe.
WHERE TO STAY
Downtown has a variety of places to stay, but you can’t beat the Front Street Inn for its location. It is just a short walk
to the shops, restaurants and lively nightlife that abounds downtown. This cute Inn has onsite parking—a plus when
downtown. There are a variety of rooms, and some are on the smaller size, but there are public spaces you can utilize.
This is an historic hotel, so you won’t have all the amenities of a large chain hotel, but its charm and location more than
make up for it. Breakfast is included in the morning.
Another option is the Hampton Inn Wilmington-University Area/Smith Creek Station, which has a great location that
is close to both downtown and the beaches. Rates include breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
Wilmington has an eclectic dining scene, with a bounty of local seafood and area farms providing fresh produce to the
city’s restaurants. There is also the Gullah Geechee influence from the Africans who were enslaved in the area. If you
are new to Southern dining, make sure to try Pimento Cheese. This yummy spread is now featured on many menus as
a starter and is served with crisp lavash crackers. The local oysters are so good they even have their own trail. Shrimp
and Grits are a staple of low-country cuisine, and just about every restaurant you go to has its own recipe.
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PinPoint Restaurant is located downtown and is the epitome of farm to
table with the freshest bounty from local farmers, fishermen, oystermen and
shrimpers. Their names are on the menu. Speaking of menus, it changes every
day to reflect what fresh ingredients are available. You will find a catch of the
day, chicken, beef and pork dishes, as well as a vegetarian entrée. Each one is
prepared utilizing the fresh produce and herbs. On the menu during my visit
was hogfish, which must be spear caught. It eats crustaceans, so the meat has a
sweet richness to it. Local Carrots was the name of a shareable plate layered with
purple carrot hummus, topped with a variety of carrots, herbs and seasoning. It
is a unique dish and highlights the types of food the chef makes.
The Pilot House is one of the oldest restaurants in the downtown area and has
a huge local following. Located overlooking the Cape Fear River, it is a lovely
venue to dine at. The menu is heavy on fresh seafood and traditional Southern
dishes, but the chef ’s not afraid to be creative. For example, the Shrimp and
Grits include collard greens, and to keep it from becoming a soupy mess, a
fried grits cake is the base of this dish. It soaks up the jus from the greens, and
with the shrimp and other ingredients is such a unique take on this traditional
Out on the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, make sure to stop at Britt’s Donuts.
It has been a beach staple since 1939. The donuts are simple yeast donuts with
a glaze that is not too sweet. They sell so many that your order is hot from the
fryer. So yummy! Also in this area is the Fat Pelican, one of the diviest dive bars
in the United States. This place is wild at night, but if you stop in when they first
open, you will have the place to yourself. It is known for its huge walk-in cooler.
You go in and choose your beverage from canned beers and other alcoholic
beverages, and the bartender will ring you up.
WHAT TO DO
Wilmington, with its surrounding beaches, provides a plethora of things to
do. Explore the downtown area and visit the many local shops, restaurants
and museums. The newly revitalized Riverwalk is a lovely place to stroll with
cute little pocket gardens and views of the Cape Fear River. A one-hour river
cruise on the Henrietta is a great way to learn a bit about the history of the area
and some fun, local anecdotes. A must stop is Cape Fear Rum Cakes on Front
Street. This family owned business is kicking out some seriously good cakes.
The rum keeps them moist and helps preserve the cakes in a vacuum seal for
six months. There are three sizes available, and the 5-ounce size is enough for
one to two people and makes a perfect gift. Nothing on the shelves is older than
a day or two because they are selling as fast as they make them.
Plan to spend a full day out at the Fort Fisher area. In the morning, do a beach
hike along the Basin Trail with views of the ocean before it gets too hot. Then
tour the North Carolina Aquariums with its state-of-the-art exhibits. The otters
are always popular, as well as the sharks in the big tank. Don’t miss the outside
trails with some beautiful artwork. For lunch, either pack a picnic or dine at
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the café at the aquarium. After lunch, explore the Fort Fisher Museum and learn about this Civil War site. Then walk around the outside
exhibits to see the remnants of the fort.
A beach day is a must while visiting this area. Kure Beach is a quieter beach popular with retirees and families. Wrightsville Beach is bustling
and more of a challenge to find parking. At Carolina Beach, you will find the boardwalk with lots of shops and amusement park rides. There
is really something for everyone. Each beach also has fishing piers where you can rent fishing equipment.
Insider Tip: Make sure to read the parking signs. The side street parking by shops and restaurants is usually two hours and turns over more
frequently. The lots have all-day parking options. All parking is fee based. You can download an app to make the process easier. Some parking
meters have swipers for credit cards.
Airlie Gardens is a beautifully landscaped coastal south garden with 67 acres of formal gardens and walking paths. The crown jewel of the
gardens is the Airlie Oak, which is a Southern Live Oak tree almost 500 years old. It sits amidst an expansive lawn surrounded by azalea
bushes. Pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure at the entrance. Explore more than a dozen gardens including the Pergola, Minnie Evans
Bottle Chapel, a seasonal butterfly house and much more.
With its revitalized downtown, Riverwalk, and charming walkable historic district, as well as the spectacular beaches, Wilmington is the
perfect vacation destination.
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