Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) with video

Tacoma School of the Arts – SOTA     Have you heard of SOTA? If you’re a parent of one or more artistically inclined children, it’s not too early to start thinking about the Tacoma School of the Arts. Since it first opened its doors in the fall of 2001, SOTA has served as Tacoma’s only arts high school. (Its... Read More »

5 Snow-Free Hikes Near Tacoma

Spring is here, and it’s time to dust off those hiking boots. Sure, most high-elevation hikes are still buried under several feet of snow, but below are five day hikes near Tacoma that are snow-free and easy to reach (no chains or snow tires required). Little Si (North Bend) Everybody knows about Little Si’s big brother, Mount Si, which often... Read More »

Movies Shot in Tacoma

Although that city to the north tends to hog the spotlight, there are several movies shot in Tacoma. Granted, in some of them, Tacoma earned only a cameo. Perhaps the most famous of those movies is Cameron Crowe’s 1989 romantic comedy, Say Anything. Ostensibly set in Seattle, the movie was largely filmed in Los Angeles. But if you keep your... Read More »

Spring Gardening Tips from GardenSphere in Proctor District Tacoma

Spring is right around the corner, which means now’s the time to get reacquainted with your garden and lawn. We caught up with Gabe Valbert, co-owner at GardenSphere in Proctor District Tacoma, and asked for a few spring gardening tips on how to make the most of the transition to the growing season. “It’s time to get rolling on the... Read More »

Metropolitan Market in Proctor District Tacoma

It’s been a long day, and you don’t have the energy to cook dinner. That said, you don’t feel like ordering fast food — or going out to eat. You want a home-cooked meal, and you want to eat it at home. What to do? Drop by the Metropolitan Market in Proctor District Tacoma. The Met Market is not your usual... Read More »

Dinner at the Hub in Stadium District Tacoma

During a recent conversation with someone who had left Tacoma, I asked her what she missed the most. “The Hub,” she answered without hesitation. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. In good weather or bad. She missed being able to stop in on her favorite restaurant in her favorite neighborhood: the Hub in Stadium District Tacoma. That conversation was all it took... Read More »

Valentine’s Day in Tacoma

Valentine’s Day in Tacoma Tired of dinner and a movie? Do you need new ideas for your Valentine’s date night (or day)? You live in the right place. From fun filled frolic to close cozy corners, Tacoma is bursting with romantic locales and activities. Take a walk on the waterfront: You have great venues from which to choose. Head down... Read More »

Is Home Staging a Good Bet? with video

Is Home Staging a Good Bet?     It is impossible to quantify the payoff of staging. Each experiment tests only one course of action, because either the house was staged or it wasn’t. We are left to gut feel. Did this staged house sell for more than it otherwise might have? 94% of agents polled by the National Association... Read More »

The Best Donuts in Tacoma

Where to find the best donuts in Tacoma Mmm. Donuts. Homer Simpson isn’t alone in his obsession with donuts. Americans love their donuts. And judging by the number of donut shops with a Tacoma address, it seems the City of Destiny shares that mania. Indeed, for a mid-sized city, Tacoma is home to a surprisingly diverse array of donut shops,... Read More »

Broadway Center to Raise a Mind-Bending Sum of Money… Here’s why!

Broadway Center Centenial Campaign Kicks Off   My wife is a volunteer board member of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, an organization that manages the Pantages, Rialto and Theater on the Square for the citizens of Tacoma. That bears repeating. These fantastic historic buildings belong to Tacoma.   On November 21st we attended the kick-off for a capital... Read More »