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Freighthouse Square braces for Amtrak construction

The owners of the ethnic eateries, curio shops and specialty retailers that make up the collection of the 50 or so shops at the historic Freighthouse Square are preparing for the coming construction of the Amtrak station at the former railroad warehouse turned lunch hour hub.

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Construction starts next week and will last through the fall of 2017. Some shop owners fear the construction-related road closures and lost parking will lead then to lean times and even closed doors.
“I have scared merchants down here and want to know where to go to be heard,” Freighthouse publicist Douglas Campbell said. “They are going to circle us with fences and food… Read More

WATER.. The waterfront park at the lip of Point Defiance will take shape starting this summer, courtesy of hundreds of truckloads of fill dirt that will be created during construction work around the park.

Metro Parks preps for busy construction schedule this summer

By Steve Dunkelberger

The seeds of park improvements planted by the $198 million parks bond voters approved in 2014 will bloom in a big way, with a busy construction calendar at key projects this summer.
Chief among those projects is the first phase of a new 11-acre park along Commencement Bay at the eastside of Point Defiance Park. The grassy, waterfront park will take shape courtesy of hundreds of thousands of… Read More

Tacoma - a city that uses all 24 hours in a day

It may not be the city that never sleeps, but Tacoma stays busy 24 hours a day. Want proof? We took a look at the goings on in the City of Industry, midnight through 11 p.m.
Things are going on. If you’re sleeping late, staying home evenings or rarely wandering out of the immediate neighborhood,… Read More

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ART-POP. Erik Blood and collaborator Irene Barbaric will likely look something like this when they headline The Elevator on June 4.

There will be Blood

By Ernest Jasmin

No one is putting his stamp on Seattle’s music scene at this moment quite like Tacoma native Erik Blood. In recent years, the visionary musician and producer has manned the boards for recordings by the likes of Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction and this year’s breakout act, Tacocat; but on June 4, he’ll make the short trip home to showcase psychotropic sounds from his own new album, “Lost… Read More

TRiP. (l to r) Tinman (Jimmy Shields,) Lion (Matthew Dela Cruz,) the Wiz (Duwayne Andrews,) Scarecrow (Charles Simmons) and Dorothy (Alexandria Henderson.)
TMP’s ‘The Wiz’ takes audiences on colorful romp to the Land of Oz

May 20 saw the opening of Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s “The Wiz,” the penultimate main stage production of TMP’s 22nd Season. “The Wiz” originally ran on Broadway in the 1970s, and was the source of the 1978 movie of the same title (starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Richard Pryor). The spectacular production is a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel,… Read More

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HOT START! Tacoma catcher Mike Zunino continues to swing a hot bat for the Rainiers. The slugger is batting .293 with 11 home runs and 34 runs batted in.

No shortage of fun and excitement with these Rainiers

By Justin Gimse

If you’ve seen more Tacoma Rainiers and Seattle Mariner caps sitting atop smiling, if not bewildered, heads around the Puget Sound these days, you are not alone. There seems to be a sense of baseball euphoria going around and if it wasn’t all grounded in truth, one might think the average baseball fan around these parts has lost his or her mind.

Apparently, this is what happens when your… Read More

ABE-SOLUTELY! The Lincoln Abe sprinters, runners and jumpers have added up to a formidable crew this season. After an impressive win earlier in the season at the Curtis Viking Relays, the Abes have collectively continued to put strong marks in the bo
Tacoma welcomes the state’s best track stars

The best high school track and field athletes descend upon Tacoma for the 2A, 3A and 4A state championships on May 26 thru May 28 at Mt. Tahoma Stadium. There are several Tacoma-area athletes that are legitimate contenders for individual state championships. The Lincoln Abe boys’ track team also… Read More

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It’s Just Business: Local entrepreneur talks about the quandary of hiring

By Matt Nagle

As a lifelong entrepreneur, William Manzanares always has his mind on his business and his business on his mind. “Business is my hobby and my obsession,” as he puts it, and he has achieved a lot of success with this attitude. As owner of numerous start-ups, like his Smokin’ Willy’s smoke shops and North Point Bar and Grill, Manzanares is always looking ahead to the future such that he recently… Read More

MICHAEL’S MARKETING MINUTE

Email etiquette. Nowadays, a vast amount of our business communication happens in the realm of electronic mail. And often, we never even get a chance to meet face to face with the people we email. That's why it's so important that we realize it's not only the words we write in emails that matter,… Read More

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Our view: Ponder it: Tacoma Sonics

The Seattle City Council doesn’t want an NBA basketball team to return to the Emerald City. So it only seems fitting to ponder Tacoma swooping in on that action.
It isn’t as odd of an idea as it might seem at first. The Sonics played in the Tacoma Dome for a season already, and Seattle’s… Read More

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