Derek Shuck

Derek Shuck is a Federal Way native and a 2013 graduate of Central Washington University. Derek began his writing career as an intern at the Tacoma Weekly and was eventually employed in a full-time position. He enjoys profiling creative and selfless people in the community. In his off time, you can find him hanging out with his dog, Louie, in North Tacoma.

Email: derek@tacomaweekly.com

12 January 2017

Business Spotlight: Vape-O-Rama

University Place residents looking for a one-stop vape shop can visit Vape-O-Rama, located at 7406 27th St. W., which offers a large selection of products for all your vaping needs.
Vape-O-Rama is a shop dedicated to newcomers and veteran vapers alike. Those unfamiliar with vaping can count on the knowledge of a friendly…

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15 December 2016

University Place Boy Scout troop robbed of supplies

On Monday, Dec. 5 a truck pulled up to Boy Scout Troop 248’s storage shed on Bridgeport Way, tore away the door and made off with many of the Scouts’ supplies. It’s been a week since the event took place and Scout Master Dave Matzen still has no leads on the missing gear.
“All are replaceable; it’s just a…

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8 December 2016

Business Spotlight: Diamond Green opens new glass shop

Diamond Green, one of Tacoma’s premier marijuana shops located at 4002 S. 12th St., continues to grow, opening up a new glass shop right next door last month.
Diamond Green has been operating since early last year, and has become a favorite in the Tacoma area for their knowledgeable staff and wide open floor space. Read More

17 November 2016

Cultura Event Center to host Thanksgiving eve feed

While many Tacomans are preparing for Thanksgiving on Nov.24, many other families are wondering if they can find food for the night. On Nov. 23, Cultura Event Center, located at 5602 S. Washington St., will be hosting an event for people that may not have a Thanksgiving.
The 11,000 square foot facility will be packed…

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10 November 2016

Local Restuarants

Hidden deep in the heart of Fife is the Warthog Barbeque Pit, a long-standing restaurant that has been bringing home-style cooking to the city for years. With the opening of another location in Parkland, the team led by owner Gary Kurashima shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Warthog Barbeque cooks up to 300…

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10 November 2016

Business Spotlight: High Society

Citizens of Tacoma looking for cannabis have a new spot to visit: High Society at 3906 12th St. The shop was originally located on Center Street, but a rezoning found High Society a new home with plenty of parking and a wide open space for products. Owners Jason and Maria Kitzman, as well as CEO Dustin Settle, are will be…

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10 November 2016

Nightside Distillery creates fruit punch vodka for a cause

Nightside Distillery in Edgewood is not only introducing a new fruit punch-flavored vodka flavor this week, but donating a substantial amount of sales of the product to the East Pierce Fire and Rescue Foundation.
Nightside has been a part of the community for nearly four years, and after an avalanche of support, want…

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3 November 2016

UP Veterans to hold Flapjack Fundraiser for memorial plaza

The UP Veterans Plaza Committee would like to invite one and all to attend a Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Applebees, located at 3819 Bridgeport Way.
The price is $10 and includes two pancakes with syrup and butter, scrambled eggs, two strips of bacon, two sausages, with a choice of milk, juice or coffee.…

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27 October 2016

Port of Olympia rally includes support for Standing Rock

On Saturday, Oct. 22 more than 200 protestors rallied at the Port of Olympia to protest the arrival of fracking sand at the facility. The protest not only rallied against the sand sitting just a few meters away, but touched upon larger issues such as the potential Oil shipping terminals in Gray’s Harbor and to show support…

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20 October 2016

U.P. churches band together for compassion weekend

On Oct. 8 and 9, Fircrest Presbyterian (1250 Emerson St.) and Redeemer Lutheran Church (1001 Princeton St.) joined together to share in a Compassion Weekend that included 12 different community service projects, three of which were local to the University Place community. The groups made cookies for the local fire and police…

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20 October 2016

Rep. Kilmer meets with Uber drivers

One of the biggest innovations of the new-teen’s decade has been the creation of Uber, a ride sharing service that pays qualified citizens to act as a driver for those that need a lift from one place to another. Representative Derek Kilmer met with a group of drivers with a military background to understand the effects…

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6 October 2016

TPU board votes in favor of on ‘all-in’ plan for Click

The future of the Click Cable Network has been in flux ever since plans announced to lease the network to a private company sparked a community pushback to save Click. However, things are starting to come into focus as the Tacoma Public Utilities approved a funding plan at their Sept. 28 meeting that could see the cable company…

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