By Nancy Covert
At the stroke of high noon on Feb. 20, a hungry construction crewmember entered a Lakewood Tea Shop. But Dusty Willis wasn’t stopping for a tea break.
Instead, Willis, a traffic control supervisor for Pilchuck Construction of Lakewood, was picking up half a dozen boxed lunches. The contents?
“Man-sized” sandwiches, chips and beverages, for the crew, said tea shop owner Margie Todd. Willis ordered and picked up the crew’s lunches while they were working in that section of Gravelly Lake Dr.
“We like to patronize local businesses,” Willis said. The Lakewood-based construction firm makes an effort to “keep access to local business open and keep the community happy.” It’s also her custom to occasionally treat the workers to lunch.
Puget Sound Energy’s project in the City of Lakewood is part of the company’s regular maintenance service, said PSE’s project manager Jim Snyder. It includes upgrading existing gas mains from two to four inches in diameter. The project began in November, according to Snyder. Cost of the project, he added, is about $1.2 million.
The Pilchuck crew had previously worked primarily in the evenings, but now has switched over to daylight hours work.
The project is expected to last another two months.
“Tea Time” at Steeped in Comfort, 11016 Gravelly Lake Drive is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Reservations are encouraged. Phone 582-1336.