It’s a community thing, and it all started with tomatoes


By Stephanie Walsh, Lakewold Gardens

Last year the stars finally aligned for me to invest in that starter tomato plant. I had found equal parts of time, vegetable motivation, and an earnest desire to take care of my new “pet.” The husband moved beyond the chiding of his wife and her silly beefsteak tomato goals, and encouraged me to promptly get to Lakewood Hardware where he had eyeballed assorted plants greeting him at the door. He had already moved most of his operations supply orders over that direction and Lakewold had long done business with the great crew at Lakewood Hardware, so it was a natural that I’d at least check it out. [Read more…]

McGranahan Architects wins design award for CPTC Health Sciences Building


LAKEWOOD – McGranahan Architects in Tacoma has received a Grand Prize Award for its creative design of Clover Park Technical College’s Health Sciences Building in the Spring 2015 Learning By Design Architectural Showcase.

Of the four grand prize recipients, the Health Sciences Building is the only higher education project to win. Projects were judged on six criteria: innovation, community need, interior design, sustainability, functional design and 21st century learning. [Read more…]

Achieve smart, bold, and accessible small business gains with the SBA


Government may be historically slow to adapt, but adapt we must. We’ve rebranded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to stand for “Smart, Bold and Accessible.” The private sector implemented smart systems years ago. Now it’s our turn to catch up; America’s 28 million small businesses and many more potential entrepreneurs are counting on us. [Read more…]

A taste of Tacoma’s brewery district

Tacoma, Wash. – Learn about Tacoma’s historic Brewery District and walk along the new Prairie Line Trail, Wednesday, April 15 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. The 1.5 mile walk, sponsored by KPG Inc., will start at the base of the UWT stairs at S. 19th & Pacific Avenue and end at the Harmon Brewery and Eatery for a beer tasting and social. The walk, led by Michael Sullivan, will take people back in time and highlight Tacoma’s historic breweries, buildings, and rail line in the Brewery and Warehouse Districts. There is no need to pre-register for the event, simply join Downtown On the Go at the meeting spot. [Read more…]