Mayor Marilyn Strickland joined neighborhood residents and employees of 6th Avenue businesses on March 23 to welcome three new establishments to the popular commercial corridor.
The mayor participated in the first ribbon cuttings at Ubiquitous Journey, a spice shop. Owned by Robin Liss, it sells a variety of products such as roasted pork rub and Oriental stir-fry seasoning.
Next stop was Lizzy Mayz Furniture Boutique, owned by Jennifer Gintz. It sells rediscovered, repurposed furniture, as well as new furniture and gifts. “Congratulations,” Strickland said as she cut the ribbon. “Welcome to the neighborhood.”
Then everyone went across the street to Grateful Goods, a thrift store. The mayor and others browsed through the various unique items.
“It is great to see consumers shopping for unique, local products.” - Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland
“It is exciting to see new businesses open,” Strickland said, adding that all are owned by women. “It is great to see consumers shopping for unique, local products.”
Natasha Thayer, co-owner of Studio 6 Ballroom, noted Ubiquitous Journey had been located in Puyallup before it took over the space formerly occupied by Café Dei. Thayer said the owner of the business wanted to maintain some elements of Café Dei, such as its lattes, and hired one of its employees.
There used to be a spice merchant next to Studio 6 Ballroom. “We are happy to see a spice store,” Thayer remarked.
A number of businesses have either opened up recently on 6th Avenue or will in the near future. Thayer, who is on the board of 6th Avenue Business District and recently became its interim manager, is pleased to see vacant space filling up.
She said the business group has been very proactive in promoting 6th Avenue as a great place to set up show. Landlords have also been very proactive and quite conscious of selecting tenants who fit well with the vibe of the neighborhood.
Other 6th Avenue business that have either recently opened, or will open soon, are: Mandelin’s Consignment Boutique, Annette B’s; Legendary Doughnuts, 6th Avenue Photography, Beaute Bar, HM Spa & Salon, Blush Beaute Bar & Organic Spa and Ice Cream Social.