Tacomans came out to celebrate the opening of five 6th Avenue businesses on July 26. The event started with a double ribbon cutting with Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the shop owners of Kiss My Lash and The Nearsighted Narwhal. The Nearsighted Narwhal, 2610A 6th Ave., is a quirky new magazine and bookshop that has a very welcoming vibe and many great reads to browse. Kiss My Lash, 2610B 6th Ave., is an eyelash extension shop that just became neighbors with Studio 6 Ballroom and The Nearsighted Narwhal. Both received a big welcome from the 6th Avenue and greater Tacoma area this past Saturday.
The next stop on the ribbon-cutting walk was across the street at Pure Body Shop, 2501 6th Ave. This new, very chic salon and spa now on 6th Avenue brings amenities such as massage therapy treatments, facials, body treatments, hair design, hair treatments, manicures, pedicures and foot treatments.
Once the over-sized red ribbon was cut, the crowd of local business supporters moved down to Southern Exposure at 2715 6th Ave., a new restaurant specializing in authentic cuisine with a Caribbean flair. A style of food new to Tacoma, you can enjoy this new cuisine adventure while in a beautiful teal dining room adorned with chandeliers and Tacoma themed artwork – a great place to try out on a Friday night on 6th Avenue.
Natasha Thayer, co-owner of Studio 6 Ballroom on 6th Avenue, organized the ribbon cutting event to show her neighbors a big welcome into the neighborhood as she has done in the past with new businesses on The Ave. “I organized it because I thought it was the right thing to do for my new neighbors; that they should be congratulated for their first feat in their new venture,” she said. Showing support and the importance of harvesting new local businesses in Tacoma, this is the second ribbon cutting Thayer has organized. “There are a couple more businesses opened in the last year that unfortunately our district did not find a priority to organize a ribbon cutting for: Satori, Legendary Doughnuts, Tandem, Tacoma Bike. I did not want the most recent ones to be missed as well,” Thayer said.
The celebration of new businesses on 6th Avenue ended at Ice Cream Social, 2914 6th Ave. This adorable, new ice cream parlor is a perfect fit to the neighborhood with a selection of many decadent flavors all in handmade waffle cones. With a similar feel as Molly Moon’s in Seattle or Salt and Straw in Portland, Tacoma now has our very own ice cream shop featuring flavors like salted caramel, fig and honey and earl green tea. If you like trying fun new flavors then you will enjoy a trip to Ice Cream Social on a hot summer day. Strickland and popular Tacoma figure Kristopher “The Sonics Guy” Brannon, among others at the ribbon cutting, enjoyed trying a first scoop of ice cream together.
The event provided a great scene of community and support for Tacoma and all the new local businesses that have chosen our city as their new home. So head down to 6th Ave this weekend and stop into any of these new businesses to buy local and have a great time.