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Tacoma Frame Makers

Tacoma Frames it Just Right

Tacoma Frame Makers

Tacoma Frame Makers is a hidden gem. Stacia Harvey, Owner and Head Designer has a passion for creating truly unique pieces. She gives memorabilia new life with her amazing touch. This Frame shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 7pm, walk-ins are of course welcome. Tacoma Frame Makers is absolutely the place to have any custom framing done. What are you going to do with your wedding dress? Kid’s art collection getting out of hand? Seahawks Memorabilia taking over, and not in a good way? Go see Tacoma Frame Makers. They make custom easy. 

All Frame Shops Are Not Created Equal

Tacoma Frame Makers

Stacia has been a professional framer for over 25 years. She took over Tacoma Frame Makers a couple years ago and never looked back. The Local Frame Shop has been in business over 40 years and had been through five owners before Stacia took over. Since then the shop has been busy with new customers and many projects. Tacoma Frame Markers is truly a remarkable framing specialist and can cut frames for any piece, any size, any style.

Previous to her own shop, Stacia was the Manager of a big name Frame Store. She has experience in all parts of the framing industry which is why she has perfected her craft and stepped out on her own. Without a doubt Tacoma Frame Makers always crafts beautiful pieces. Not to mention, they don’t kill your bank account unlike the big name box stores. Stacia keeps the shop family owned, she works alongside her husband and has a couple other local framers she employes. Stacia told me that keeping Tacoma Frame Makers a close knit group ensures quality and allows her to understand and make connections with her customers. 

 

I Need More Wall Space!

Tacoma Frame Makers

I was stunned with Stacias amazing work. First piece piece Stacia and I collaborated on was the MC Hammer Memorabilia Piece. Tacoma Frame Makers left their mark in the Center with a Gold MC crafted by Stacia. MC Hammer Tweeted in the Spring of 2016, that pieces in his own home weren’t even that amazing. Stacia has also crafted Melissa Etheridge Rock Memorabilia Pieces, Tacoma’s own HOPE 253 Memorabilia, fan memorabilia for the U.S. Open, and many more. She is able to take a hodgepodge collection of photos, our near and dear fan memorabilia, and design elegant, fun, unique art.

 

A Simple Way to Start Spring Cleaning 

As Spring cleaning starts to creep up on us, collect your memorabilia, or the Jersey you always wanted to hang, or your wedding dress that you literally do nothing with and go see Stacia. Tacoma Frame Makers is just down the street. They can take those items that you haven’t been exactly sure what to do with, and make them into something dynamic and special. Go to her website, and definitely stop by the store. Tell her Becca from Clever Neighbor sent you.

Tacoma Frame Makers
3011 6TH AVE
TACOMA, WA 98406
ph: (253) 564-2320

Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 7pm

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Things to Do in Tacoma: The Narrows Bridge

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A Connecting Point in The South Sound

First Built in 1940, the Narrows Bridge has been a vital route for locals and industry for over half a century. It connects the Olympic Peninsula to Tacoma and the surrounding areas. There are plenty of things to do in Tacoma within site of The Narrows Bridge.  The area offers opportunities to enjoy culture, cuisine and the outdoors. Read on to learn a bit about the current attractions, the history and watch videos of Galloping Gertie’s plunge into Puget Sound and some great things to do in Tacoma.

Titlow Park and 6th Avenue

Tacoma has a number of beautiful parks and areas that offer great views of the Narrows Bridge. One of the best spots to enjoy the water and a view of The Narrows Bridge is from the beach at Titlow Park.

Titlow Park offers playfields, ball-courts, forest trails, covered picnic areas and a playground. A short hike allows access to the beach and views of the Bridge.

Local bird watchers are often seen with their long lenses along the shores of Titlow Park’s duck ponds. Titlow Lodge, a former hotel built in the craftsman tradition, sits on the park property. It has been refurbished and is available to the public for events.

Within talking distance of  Titlow Park is Boathouse 19, which offers American cuisine, a full bar and its own view of the Narrows Bridge. Just up the road, off 6th Ave is the Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and one of our favorite spots to grab a donut, Pao’s Donuts.

READ: DRIVE THRU DONUTS IN TACOMA BUT BRING CASH

One of the best views o the Bridge can be found nearby at the War Memorial Park, which offers a unique view down the span of the Narrows Bridge

Pt. Defiance

Visitors to Tacoma should always make a little time for Five Mile Drive in Tacoma’s Pt. Defiance Park. The park is the second largest City Park in the United States. It is home to a Marina, Zoo, Gardens, Restaurants, Beach and forest trails. (Click to learn which park is the largest).

READ: TWO WHEELS UP FOR OLD TOWN BICYCLE

Five Mile Drive offers a number of trails and parking areas that offer views of the bridge. Don’t be surprised if you see some deer or raccoons along the side of the road. Just remember not to feed the wildlife! If you do have a hankering to hand feed some critters, head into the Budgie exhibit at the zoo.

Gig Harbor

Across the bridge from Tacoma is the maritime city of Gig Harbor, which offers its own unique way to experience the waters of Puget Sound. The downtown area offers shopping, dining and views of he harbor an Mt. Rainier. Heart Rock Beach at Gig Harbor’s Narrows Park offers a great view from the western shore of the narrows (Click Here For Some of  The Best Restaurants in Gig Harbor).

Local Wildlife

Bald Eagles and Osprey patrol the waters below the Narrows Bridge, their nests in the nearby tree line. Below the surface are lingcod, salmon and octopi.

If you are lucky you might just see a pod of orcas or a humpback whale swim by. The whale population has been increasing in recent years, and with innovation of the cell phone camera, more and more folks are recording their experiences (  Check out this footage from 2017 ). Porpoises have been missing for many years, but in recent years, porpoise sightings are increasing.  Stellar Sea lions and harbor seals  are abundant in the area.

Along the shores are mule deer, raccoons and the occasional coyote. There is an an assortment of bird-life in the area including wood ducks, geese, cormorants and seagulls.

Whale sightings are increasing in the waters around The Narrows Bridge.

Experience The Waters of The Narrows Bridge

When looking for things to do in Tacoma, look no further than Sea kayaks and Stand Up Paddle-boards that are available to rent from a number of local beaches and businesses. Owen Beach in Pt. Defiance Park is one spot to find rentals in the Summer.

If you’d like a view below the surface, look into scuba diving! Cold water scuba Divers often take the plunge to inspect the waters and supports below the bridge. It’s advisable to have a boat, but some divers leave from nearby Titlow Beach, where grown men once wrestled octopi (click to learn more about the Giant Octopus of the Narrows Bridge).

Many locals enjoy the bounty of Puget Sound by crabbing or fishing the waters nearby. Make sure to check this map before clamming the beaches. If you are unfamiliar with the local waterways it may be best to charter a boat and hire a guide. This can make for a great experience as everything is taken care of, even the baiting of your hook! (Click here to charter a boat in Tacoma, WA)

If riding a bike is your thing, many folks enjoy a brisk ride along Five Mile Drive. Others will rent a bike or carriage from Wheel Fun Rentals at Point Ruston. Ruston Way offers a number of parking areas to stop and unload your own bike or take a walk to enjoy the waters and restaurants along Commencement bay.

History: A Tale of Three Bridges

Howard Clifford runs from the buckling concrete of Galloping Gertie.

As you explore the area it’s always nice to know a little bit of the History.

Constructed between 1938 to 1940,  the first Narrows Bridge earned the nick-name Galloping Gertie, as it would jump up and down during windstorms. Just 4 months after opening, the bridge fell apart and crumbled into the waters during a windstorm (watch original news reel footage).

Reconstruction was stalled by the war efforts of World War Two. The second bridge was finally completed in 1950. This bridge currently holds the West Bound lanes of Highway 16. The third bridge, which supports the Eastbound lanes of highway 16, opened to traffic in 2007. Going east bound will cost you though  — click here for the current toll price of the Narrows Bridge.

All three versions of the bridge are Suspension Bridges. The benefits of a suspension bridge are that it can span great lengths, can be built high above the water and is relatively inexpensive to construct. One major drawback is that the flexibility of a suspension bridge makes it susceptible aeroelastic flutter (that’s a mouthful!), which brought down Galloping Gertie, the original Narrows Bridge, in 1940 (Who’s to blame for the collapse of the Narrows Bridge?).

The first bridge was designed by Leon Moisseiff,  famous at the time for designing the Golden Gate bridge and several suspension bridges in New York.  The failure of the original Narrows Bridge affected him deeply. Sadly, Moisseiff died just three years after Galloping Gertie’s fateful plunge.

In 1992, Galloping Gertie’s wreckage was placed on the National Register of Historic places, to protect it from looters and salvage.  Watch “The Story Of The Tacoma Narrows Bridge 1938 – 1940”

A view of  Mt. Rainier and the westbound lanes of The Narrows Bridge.

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Tacoma Striezelmarkt

Tacoma Striezelmarkt 2017

Experience tradition anew at the 1st Annual Tacoma Striezelmarkt!

The twinkling lights, the scent of mulled gluwhein (spiced German style wine) and Christmas music spreading through the air.

The 1st Annual Tacoma Striezelmarkt has opened its doors for the first of many years to come.

Experience the bustling marketplace and traditional treats of the holiday season in the heart of Tacoma’s Stadium District.

The Tacoma Striezelmarkt will open November 25th with both indoor & outdoor booths from 12 to 5 pm.

Where: 417 North E Street, Tacoma 98403
When: November 25th from 12pm – 5pm
Why: Support small business Saturday and get all of your Christmas shopping done!
Who: Get your invitation to the event by joining the Facebook Group page Tacoma Flea Market

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Drive Thru Donuts in Tacoma But Bring Cash

Pao's Donuts and Coffee Shop

Donuts from a Drive Thru!  I must have crashed and gone to heaven!

If you have a hankering for donuts in Tacoma, check out Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop in Tacoma’s West End (making the West Slope Historic). You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your car—they have a drive thru window! Bring cash though because credit cards are not welcome. However the inexpensive pricing will have you searching your seats for change (I speak from experience).

A fresh selection of Old Fashioned donuts in Tacoma at Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop

Pao’s Excels in its Simple Approach

I am impressed with the pricing, the simplicity and the excellence in their offerings. Eating at Pao’s has changed what I accept as a good donut. The owners have been there to serve me each time I go. They are quick let me know which donuts are fresh, and which are discounted day old donuts. I was hesitant in ordering an espresso from a donut shop, but I must say, my double tall latte was well made. Pao and his wife seem to take pride in their work, and the community has noticed . Pao’s was voted Best of the South Sound in 2016.

Pao’s was voted Best in the South Sound for 2016.

Family Business

The atmosphere may seem familiar to you. Pao’s is a former Dunkin Donuts. Pink donut boxes, stacked high behind the counter. Pictures of Pao’s children are on the walls, some with giant donuts. You get the feeling that Pao’s is not just a business—but a means to an end—a vision of what America can be and is.

Local To Tacoma

Pao’s is just off Highway 16 on 6th avenue, on the way toward Titlow Beach, where grown men once wrestled octopi. Tacoma Community College is nearby as is the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.  There are lots of things to do in Tacoma, but stopping here in a must!

Do you like musicals? Check out this 5 disk Boxset.

An assortment of syrups illuminated in Pao’s drive thru window, by the late day sun.

Don’t Forget The Cash!

Next time you’re cruising the streets, looking for some donuts in Tacoma, check out Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop. You won’t be disappointed–unless you forget your cash!

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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

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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!