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2 Wheels Up for Old Town Bicycle

Old Town Bicycle is ready to get your bike that much needed tune up!

Bicycles, Helmets and Gear Oh My!

Tacoma’s waterfront is the premier bike path for a cruise. Old Town Bicycle is ready to get your bike that much needed tune up before Spring melts the Winter frost.

With three locations, Olympia on Capitol Way, Gig Harbor on Kimball Drive, and Tacoma’s McCarver St Location, Old Town Bicycle’s staff is ready to get you on the road.

Cycling Aspirations and Perspiration

Let’s be clear, I do not claim to be a cyclist. When I ride, it’s usually a pleasurable cruise down by the water. My beach cruiser is classic  cream white with style, and of course she has a basket.

The only time I was semi-serious about cycling was for the annual Tour de Goldfish on Five Mile Drive. That race ended in a tag team Tandem Bicycle ascent to the finish.

READ: THINGS TO DO IN TACOMA: THE NARROWS BRIDGE

Get Tuned

If you are a cruiser like me, or a serious cyclist that needs the right gear for those long distance rides, Old Town Bicycle has you covered.

When I brought my beach cruiser in for a much needed tune up, I was greeted by several staff members who were ready to assist me. Alana described the different types of tune up’s the shop offered.

They cover everything from Standard to Deluxe tune ups, taking the time to clean, inspect, grease and adjust so my two wheeled transportation was ready once again to ride along the waterfront.

Gear Heads

The staff at Old Town Bicycle is friendly and knowledgeable. They were glad to discuss the importance of bike maintenance and the best ways to keep my bike in well working condition.

Helpful Hint: Giving your bike a bath, similar to washing your car keeps it in good condition. Washing prevents pebbles, sticks and nature from rusting chains or breaking gears.

We also discussed the right types of gear. Those funny shorts and Clip in shoes you see when a cyclist passes by in the bike lane are actually well worth the price for comfort and balance.

Old Town Bicycle has the right helmets, tires, water bottles and cycle gear you need to get out on the road feeling prepared.

Outdoor Adventures

Tacoma’s beauty is is better enjoyed outside. The  bike path is a great way to do this. There are plenty of things to do in Tacoma on your two wheeled friend. There are tons of local trails and waterfront views to be enjoyed.

If you ever made a resolution to get active and healthy or trying a new sport, placing your feet to the pedals is a great solution

It’s never a bad time of year to get your bike tuned, especially if it hasn’t been done in a while.

Check out Old Town Bicycle’s Deluxe Tune Up Package! Be sure to tell them Clever Neighbor sent you!

Old Town Bicycle
Address: 3009 N McCarver St, Tacoma, WA 98403
Phone:(253) 573-9400
Hours: 10AM–6PM

Active Activities Clever Neighbor Climbing Fitness Health Lifestyle Rock Climbing Sport Climbing Sports Tacoma

Climbing New Heights at Edgeworks

Edgeworks Climbing Gym

Climb on at Edgeworks

When you think Rock Climbing our minds wander to gigantic boulders and cliffs with climbers hundreds of feet in the air. This image can be a bit intimidating. Indoor climbing has dramatically changed this traditional view of rock climbing to one with brightly colored hand and foot holds, auto-belays and one-on-one instruction. Located off 6th Avenue on North 9th Street, Edgeworks is hiding out and it’s absolutely the best climbing gym in Tacoma! Don’t be intimidated,the team at Edgeworks will have you suited up and bouldering in no time. They have all the rental equipment climbers need. Everything from climbing shoes, harnesses, ATC and chalk bags. Not to mention they have great hours, open seven days a week Monday – Friday 9 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm Sunday 10 am to 7 pm.

Local bouldering

Walking up to the front door of Edgeworks, it’s hard to imagine that inside the grey warehouse business complex there is 10,000 sq ft of climbing, top-out bouldering wall, six auto-belays (single person belay stations), weight room, an instructional climbing wall on the second floor and a yoga studio to boot. Edgeworks literally has it all. There are basic 101 level classes that teach beginners how to tie a figure eight, lock in their ATC’s and climb on. It doesn’t stop there. Once you fine tune those climbing skills indoors the team at Edgeworks takes top-roping and lead climbing outside! Don’t worry when the little ones come calling“Mom I want to climb too!”, Edgeworks has kids classes and camps available as well. Climbing is a family activity and helps get everyone active and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Commercial Climbing Gyms

The climbing industry has grown tenfold in the past decade. The march continues with the help of heated warehouses and fancy climbing equipment such as Gri Gri’s and comfortable sport harnesses. Commercial indoor climbing is another way for people in the Northwest to stay dry in the winter months while maintaining their 5.11 B status. I began climbing at Edgeworks almost one year ago, January of 2016 and have never looked back. The instructors at the gym are patient, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. They take climbing seriously so we can monkey around and really push the limits. If you are looking to become an Outdoor Guide or just want to boulder with friends check out Edgeworks. Tell them Clever Neighbor sent you!

Active Activities Clever Neighbor Fitness Lifestyle Sports Tacoma Yoga

Tacoma’s Source for Ananda Yoga is Source Yoga

file_002Ananda is Sanskrit for bliss, which is exactly what students find at Source Yoga. Located on North 21st Street in Tacoma or Regents Blvd in University Place, this local yoga studio has amazing instructors that help students at every level develop and harness their abilities. I began my Yoga expedition this past September. Coming in with zero experience, I was nervous about trying yoga. I decided to start with the I & II level class. One hour and fifteen minutes later my Yoga Bhakti (path of devotion) was under way.

Let’s talk benefits! Everyone knows that yoga helps to increase flexibility, energy and vitality. Moreover, when paired with healthy eating leads to weight reduction and increased self esteem. Yet, improved athletic performance isn’t the only benefit. With a monthly membership at Source Yoga students are able to utilize mats, bolsters, blocks, and straps to assist in their practice. You never need to worry about forgetting your mat again.source-yoga-5

All the instructors at Source Yoga are extremely knowledgeable. They are continually developing their skills by attending seminars and workshops. Students also have access to with their membership or can purchase these exploits individually.

What to expect! Class starts with seated dhyana or meditation and Instructors help students mentally focus through breathing exercises. I have tried a couple other Yoga studios in Tacoma. One of the many reasons I keep coming back to Source Yoga is the instructors. They walk students through the poses by performing them during class. They also assist students by helping to adjust their poses to develop proper movement. file_000-2

So do yourself a favor this Holiday Season and take a break from the chaos by venturing into Source Yoga and find a moment of zen. Use Holiday Promo Code – Holiday15 – to get 15% off gift card purchases until December 15th! 

Ananda Yoga
Address: 2712 N 21st St a, Tacoma, WA 98406

Farms Food Puyallup Restaurants

A Gem Is Discovered In Puyallup As Arista Reopens

It would seem that Puyallup has a hidden gem of a restaurant in Ben Herreid’s Arista. A restaurant so intriguing, that restaurant owners rallied around it this week to say, “You will not close!”

Arista offers fresh pasta that is made in-house, and is a proponent of a “farm-to-table” approach. One such dish is their Pumpkin Ravioli, featuring locally sourced pumpkins and foraged Chanterelle mushrooms. They have a diverse selection of wine, including a chianti by the glass, and feature dessert from local bakeries.

Arista has 4.5 stars on Yelp, with gushing reviews. If you are looking for a spot to relax and a be served with food from the heart of a passionate, friendly chef, then find yourself in Arista in the near future, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Arista offers a Farm to Table approach and diverse selection of wine.

“The amazing community of Puyallup has reached out! In short we made a decision off of what appeared to be an amazing opportunity to open Roast House in Parkland which has brought on a huge financial burden due to an unforeseen situation. Due to that situation we made a premature emotional decision to close however we apologize for the premature decision to close today. I am passionate about my restaurant. This is my love. We ask you for your support as we open tomorrow and purely focus on doing what Puyallup has proven to us that they love and appreciate in Arista. We ask for your support…we will be open for dinner tomorrow. Please come support us tomorrow!!”  

– Ben Herreid (Chef & Owner of Arista in Puyallup) from Arista’s Facebook page

 

Head Chef Ben Herreid with Bryan Reynolds of Anthem Coffee

Chef and Owner Ben Herreid (on the right) talks shop with Bryan Reynolds of Anthem Coffee.

 

Something To Consider:

Just across Pioneer Avenue is Anthem Coffee, where you can enjoy an espresso, beer or wine, before or after your meal.

Maybe take a walk through Pioneer Park, or peruse the books at the Puyallup Public Library before your meal.

 

Arista Menu

Make Your Own Pasta at Home:

Sleek Design — Automated:  Philips Pasta Maker

Italian Made — Inexpensive: Marcato Atlas Pasta Maker 

Lifestyle Pets Tacoma

Lucky Dog Outfitters – What a Lucky Dog!

Luck Dog Outfitters

South Sound Pets Have it MadeLucky Dog Treat

Lucky Dog Outfitters is the perfect all in one pet shop. Located on 6th Avenue in Tacoma, these dog loving South Sounders have what every pet wants and all pet owners need. After performing tricks, my little pup friend for the day, Gizmo the Great, was given many high quality treats and lots of praise. We went in for a doggie pick-up bags and left feeling informed about my product, with a few new products in mind.

Earth Rated doggie bags are greener than green. The packaging is made from recycled material, the bags are 100% biodegradable made from corn (a great renewable resource). Furthermore, the excess

processing material is then recycled for further use! It gets better, if the Quality Control Specialist at Earth Rated doesn’t find a our pups bags to meet their high standards, the bag is donated to animal shelters. Finally a company that’s green and focuses on the pets that haven’t made it home yet.

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Lucky Dog Outfitters Products

Drum roll for product details please! The refillable bag container attaches to your leash two ways. The first is by a clip that keeps the container from swinging around on the leash. The second is by a velcro strap that can be adjusted to the handle of the leash. Any awesome pet owner can simply snag a bag when the time is right. The bags come in various sizes to accommodate the smallest and largest furry friends. The container is a twist off for easy refilling.

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Most important, the prices are competitive! I paid the same in store as listed online, making this local pet store a one-stop shop for our fur baby needs. The set I purchased came with 25 bags and the container for just under six dollars.

Lucky Dog Outfitters is truly one of the best local pet shops in Tacoma. They carry seasonal products as well as traditional pet gear. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable ensuring that our most loyal companions are happy, healthy, and prepared for the the winter weather.

 

 

Lifestyle Pets Tacoma

What a Lucky Dog! Tacoma loves their 4 legged friends.

South Sound Pets Have it Made
Lucky Dog Treat

Lucky Dog Outfitters is the perfect all in one pet shop. Located on 6th Avenue in Tacoma, these dog loving South Sounders have what every pet wants and all pet owners need. After performing tricks Gizmo the Great was given the high quality treats and lots of praise. We went in for a doggie pick-up bags and left feeling informed about my product, with a few new products in mind.

Earth Rated doggie bags are greener than green. The packaging is made from recycled material, the bags are 100% biodegradable made from corn (a great renewable resource). Furthermore, the excess

processing material is then recycled for further use! It gets better, if the Quality Control Specialist at Earth Rated doesn’t find a our pups bags to meet their high standards, the bag is donated to animal shelters. Finally a company that’s green and focuses on the pets that haven’t made it home yet.

Drum roll for product details please! The refillable bag container attaches to your leash two ways. The first is by a clip that keeps the container from swinging around on the leash. The second is by a velcro strap that can be adjusted to the handle of the leash. Any awesome pet owner can simply snag a bag when the time is right. The bags come in various sizes to accommodate the smallest and largest furry friends. The container is a twist off for easy refilling.

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Most important, the prices are competitive! I paid the same in store as listed online, making this local pet store a one-stop shop for our fur baby needs. The set I purchased came with 25 bags and the container for just under six dollars.

Lucky Dog Outfitters is truly one of the best local pet shops in Tacoma. They carry seasonal products as well as traditional pet gear. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable ensuring that our most loyal companions are happy, healthy, and prepared for the the winter weather.

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Food Restaurants Tacoma

Tacoma Bakery – Dolce Si

Dolce Si Bakery Cakes

The Legend of the Great Italian Tacoma Bakery Exists.  And it’s called Dolce Si.

“Cake… nah, I will pass.”  This is my normal response to most cakes. I’m just not a cake person, or so I’ve told myself. Well back the train up! OMG, did we ever stumble across a Tacoma bakery worth writing about. Not since I was in Europe have I experienced a cake quite like this.

“Where?” you say.

Tacoma’s own, Dolce Sí Sicilian Bakery and Cafe. This little Tacoma Bakery is located at Point Ruston (if you’ve not heard of Point Ruston, you have to visit this page) Dolce Sí is out of control good. It feels like you’re walking into a real Sicilian bakery. The colors, the smells, the food. Wow!

Yep, and it’s in Tacoma…. Oh Tacoma, I am so proud of you. Growing up to be such a wonderful little city (tear being shed).

Add this to the list of things to do in Tacoma!

 

Auburn Fife Food Restaurants

21st Century Burger Joint

Old Fashioned Burger Joint With A 21st Century

When my wife was pregnant with our first born, she craved potatoes; mainly in the form of Pick-Quick french-fries. Many drives were made past the conventional fast food restaurants in favor of the fresh offerings and light atmosphere you can find at Pick-Quick — a 21st Century Burger Joint in Auburn, Washington.

Pick-Quick offers french-fries, burgers, hot-dogs and milkshakes — along with an assortment of self-serve sodas. One embellishment that I am fond of is the inclusion of Green River Soda, undoubtedly hearkening to Auburn’s nearby Green River Valley.

A great gift for you or a friend this season could be an Assorted Selection of Sodas.

Customers enjoying a meal at Pick Quick's Auburn location.

Customers enjoying a meal at Pick-Quick’s Auburn location.

 

Two South-Sound Locations

Pick Quick has two locations in the South Sound. Their first is a walk up window in Fife. Their second location, in Auburn, could be described as a 21st century adaptation of a mid-20th century burger joint. Many of the decisions made in design and construction are environmentally friendly. Pick-Quick does not hide this fact, scattering their restaurant with signs explaining their eco-conscious decisions. One such design choice is their use of chairs made from 111 Coca Cola Bottles (purchase your own here). The eco-friendly design extends to the parking lot with pervious concrete and parking spots for low-emission vehicles.

The Fife location opened in 1949. The Auburn location opened in 2011. Their third location opened in Seattle’s SODO district in the fall of 2016.

 

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Pick-Quick offers great food and atmosphere for kids and adults alike.

Creating Memories

I recently made a trip to Pick-Quick’s Auburn location with my son. As you may know, he’s been eating there since before he was born. We shared a chocolate milkshake and an order of fries. He wanted a little more so I got him a hamburger. Perched on well intact bar stools, watching the short order cooks at work, lit by a partly cloudy sky, eating freshly made food, enjoying a weekend afternoon. Something simple. Something to be thankful for.

 

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Create your own Burger-Joint at home.

Check out these offerings from Amazon.com:

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French Fry Cutter

Retro Style Milkshake Maker

Cuisinart Compact Deep Fryer

Cuisinart 5 in 1 Griddler

Fast Food Basket 

Milk Shake Glasses – Made in USA

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Clever Neighbor Holiday Showcase 2016

Holiday Showcase

Clever Neighbor Holiday Showcase

Santa always gets it right, but he seems to get ample assistance from his Elf brigade. Luckily Clever Neighbor has come to the rescue. On Saturday, December 17th, Clever Neighbor held its Holiday Showcase at Tacoma’s Historic Gower Mansion. We hosted many of Tacoma’s hidden holiday gems. From stocking stuffers to presents under the tree Clever Neighbor has you covered at the Holiday Showcase.
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2016 Holiday Showcase Vendors

Harts & Pearls

AH Lip and Body Butter

Bicycle Soap Company

We are in love with Bicycle Soap Company, their artisan collection of fair trade luxury soaps are rich with essential oils and Shea butter. Bicycle Soap Company believes in fair trade, they only use Shea butter from Global Mamas a Non-profit in Ghana that empowers and supports women entrepreneurs. As a result Bicycle Soap Company will nourish your skin when you begin your holiday detox.

Joyful Letter Shop

Joyful Letter Shop is a great addition to our hand crafted fun. Featuring wood sliced ornaments, signs, and decorations Joyful Letter Shop crafts warm decor while waiting for reindeer. These made to order signs and ornaments come in multiple sizes with unique phrases.15101752_342302986140377_5005259023088353280_n1 However, Joyful Letter Shop also creates custom burlap banners and moleskin notebooks if your tree has just the right amount of ornaments.

Stephanie James

Don’t forget the wreath! Wreaths are a classic Holiday Symbol or center piece and in the Pacific North West. Stephanie James has a beautiful collection of Holiday Wreaths. These wreaths are made with traditional fresh greens and set the tone for winter wonderland by featuring miniature holiday scenes. Stephanie makes custom pieces or you can choose from a variety of traditional holiday favorites.

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Lisa DeVries – Scentsy Independent Consultant

Fresh Pine isn’t the only fragrance at our Clever Neighbor Holiday Showcase. Our Scentsy consultant Lisa DeVries has just the right combination of fragrance to bring warmth and cheer. These wick-less candle warmers are perfect for any room in the house, and can change with the season. Be sure to stock up before family, friends and neighbors stop by to open presents!

Sanford & Daughter

Our Holiday Showcase wouldn’t be complete without a little bling for the new year. Sanford and Daughter has a truly unique jewelry line that cannot be duplicated. With over 100 years of exposure, Tacoma’s Old City Hall copper tiles have been transformed into bracelets, earrings and necklaces and are a truly unique piece of Tacoma’s History. Sanford and Daughter has taken up-cycling to a new level by creating stunning statement pieces that have an incredible story behind their creation.15276579_210976119311342_1210293896790147072_n

LuLaRoe by Rachelle Tichy

Paring your new statement piece with the perfect outfit will be a piece of pie this year. Fashionable, comfortable and affordable, has there ever been a better combination? Lularoe doesn’t think so. Their line of stylish clothing gives Lularoe consultants the opportunity to live their lives and set their own schedule. This pop-up boutique is the perfect solution for the trendy fashionista in your life. These modern but classic dresses, skirts, sweaters, shirts and more will have your family wishing for more surprises under the tree.

Don’t wait this year! Get all the unique and thoughtful gifts at your Clever Neighbor Holiday Showcase this weekend. Finding the perfect gift from Local Tacoma based artists and crafters just got better, we’re here to help. 

-With Holiday Cheer, your friendly Clever Neighbor!