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Mosby Farms, Planting For The Future.

Mosby Farms

Since the first truck load of squash was delivered in 1977 by Burr at the age of 17, Mosby Farms, planting for the future! 

“What makes us different is the same for all farms, each family farm story is unique to its own. Washington State’s population has grown 13% over the last 10 years but we’ve lost almost 5% of our farmers. Our communities can’t afford to lose access to local food when it’s in season. When we lose farmers, we lose local food access, land and habitat stewardship, and the many other benefits farmers provide for their communities.”

Rosella and Burr Mosby

Rosella and her husband Burr are the owner of Mosby Farm, Both Sumner native’s, and of course supportive Seahawks fans. You might see them at the games!

Local Biz Hero

Rosella and Burr are what we like to call Local Biz Hero‘s, self-made entrepreneurs who bring true value to their community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of local farmers like Rosella and Burr are the infrastructure of local farming. They take pride in nurturing the land that provides for them. Mosby Farms, Planting for the future.

Rosella is passionate about her involvement in agriculture advocacy through groups like My Fork Supports Farms, King-Pierce Farm Bureau, and the Farm Journal Foundation.

Sit Down With Rosella

We sat down with Rosella for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“I was self employed when Burr and I married and I liked my work.  It wasn’t in my plan to work on the farm but in the end it was better for our family. When you have little ones, eating lunch together is great, because it’s likely dad won’t be home until dark. I attempted to continue my business and helping at the farm but it became too much. One day, the babysitter fell through so I took her to work with me in a stroller, I was on a ladder, working for myself with a phone in my neck placing a produce order for the farm asking myself, what am I doing? Over the years my work at the farm has evolved. I know in my heart this is where I belong.”

How did you get into this profession?

“Burr had a little produce stand and needed someone to run it, but I already had a job. Attempting to do both, channeling some of my creativity into the little produce stand I managed to increase sales quite a bit and he was hooked, it continued to grow until we chose to close it due to some county requirements that didn’t pencil out. There is always plenty to keep busy on the farm, Youth Crew, Pumpkin Patch, and consumer outreach needs. Zucchini grows a quarter of an inch per hour in the hot sun and it takes a team of people to get that zucchini to your dinner plate. Our work isn’t just about us, it’s about our crew, the land we steward and the community we feed.”

Perspective Check

What is the most significant event that ever happened to you?

“When I was 30, I was diagnosed as a type 1………….. Every day is a gift, you can choose to accept it and do something meaningful with it or let it pass you by. I want to choose to do something meaningful.“

Support Your Local Farmers!

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a farm, what would it be?

“I want everyone reading this to seek out their local farmer and just learn about them. Ask what their struggles are and ask what their community can do to help. We need to help farmers be viable for their future. Get to know your local farmer. “ Checkout Mosby Farms HERE and follow on Facebook HERE

Local Heroes

Apex Window Fashions “A Peak Above All Others” Tacoma, WA

Since 1988, Seth Blaustein, owner of Apex Window Fashions “A Peak Above All Others” when it comes to blinds and window fixtures. His install experts have been bringing fashion to windows from Tacoma to anyone out of state that needs his services. This would include anyone looking for blinds or fashions for their home, apartment, or commercial properties too.

Decades of Experience, Apex Window Fashions

“What makes us different is that I have everything you need to be successful when it comes to window fashions. With Decades of Experience, I know how to get the job done right and pass along the savings to the customer.”

Seth and his wife, Shubha are the owners of Apex Window Fashions, an Ohio native, Seth has been living and operating his business for 33 years. Seth does the install and hands on operations. Shubha is the genesis behind the accounting books and scheduling. They enjoy watching Seahawks. They were even there downtown Seattle for the street after celebration when they won the Super Bowl.

Local Biz Hero

Seth is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to his community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners like Seth are the infrastructure of local economy. His understanding of business and marketing gave him the upper hand when building his business.

Every dollar that Seth makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as Apex Window Fashions supports the local community because he has 5 installers with over 40 years’ experience that are on his team.

Grandfather Sam

We sat down with Seth for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“This is a family business. My grandfather Sam started his business in the 1940s. He taught me everything I needed to know over the phone and fax. I used to go door-to-door, but we are too busy for that now.”

How did you get into this profession?

“I always had in my mind I would own a business. I had business owners all in my family and I wanted to follow suit. 1988 came around and with my grandfather’s help and influence, I started Apex Window Fashions.”

Being a people person, Seth works directly with many locals, we asked him what is the most unusual situation that ever happened to you on the job? “One of my first jobs came across when I did not hesitate to ask someone if they needed new window treatments for their new office building. They needed them. this was a 5-story commercial building with over 400 window installs. “

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a window expert, what would it be?

“Ask questions. Do not settle for anything you do not like. Use the power of words to speak into existence what you desire in life, regardless of if it’s just window fashions or a new home. “

Seriously Fashionable Windows

For those of you who are looking for a professional that is A Peak Above All Others, Seth and the Apex Window Fashions team should be your first choice. Apex Window Fashions supports our local nonprofits with donations to bookbag drives. Call Seth at 360.701.5259 or visit www.apexwindowfashion.comSeriously Fashionable Windows.”

Local Heroes

Michelle Nichols, Small Car Performance is Known Globally

For the past 40 years, Small Car Performance is Known Globally and here in our South Sound community. Michelle and Austin, since February this year, took ownership. The Small Car Performance team serves by “building an experience machine for those wanting to see the world.”

Small Car Performance

Austin says “What makes us different is that we have a very specific niche that is sought out globally. Not only that, but we are also the manufacturer for the new tech needed for our competitors to do business.”

Michelle is the President and CEO of Small Car Performance, a driven mother of 3 young children and wife, who handles the business like a Boss Lady! Austin, proud father and husband mentions, ” I admire how my wife can control a room and handle business. I am blessed to witness it. She is top notch, amazing and intelligent.”

Local Biz Hero

Michelle and Austin are what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to his community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners, like Michelle and Austin, are the infrastructure of restoration economy.

Therefore, every dollar that they make goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community. As Small Car Performance supports the charities local to the 414. They also employ many locals from our area.

VW Vans with Small Car Performance

We sat down with Austin for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“We owned vans for over 20 years as a couple. Our friends were the previous owners. Let’s just say we were in the right place at the right time.”

Are you Seahawks and Sounders fans?

“We are from Atlanta, GA but since moving here we have become fans and love supporting local sports.

Being the VP, Austin works directly with many people. We asked him what is the most significant situation that ever happened to you on the job?

“Deciding to purchase the business. We were looking for a while to buy into something. I love seeing people’s heads’ turn when telling them my wife runs the company as President and CEO. “

One tip when choosing a professional restoration for VW vans, what would it be?

“Make sure you ask many questions. Make sure you have transparency before making your decisions. “

Professional Restoration for VW Vans

When looking for a professional restoration for VW vans, the Small Car Performance team should be your first choice. For me, Small Car Performance is known Globally and makes a big impact here locally. Call the team at 253.473.2474 or visit www.smallcar.com – Seriously Great Experience Machines.

Local Heroes

Always A Great Day At Krainick Dairy Farm!

Krainick Dairy Farm

For the past 22 years Leann and Mike Krainick along with their team of 28+ have been providing high quality, reasonably priced local food and dairy for over 22 years. Krainick Dairy farm was established in 1912, Mike is the 3rd generation farm owner. Get this, Krainick Dairy combined economic impact within 20 miles is about 4MILLION a year!

What Makes Krainick Dairy Different?

“Krainick Dairy is local and the reputation for quality and food safety is paramount. We operate in an ethical and ecologically sound manner, our customers really appreciate this about us.”

Local Hero’s

Leann and Mike are what we like to call a Local Biz Hero’s, entrepreneurs who bring true value to their community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of local farm owners like Leann and Mike are the infrastructure of local farm economy.

Giving Back Is Fun

Krainick Dairy provides compost to pumpkin growers for “The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival” in Seattle. This highlight of this is the tapping of a 1700lbs pumpkin filled with 4 kegs of beer! They have been doing it 8 years now, grown the event to over 7k people! Cool part is this event raises 150k a year for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, hosted by Elysian Brewing, Always the first Friday and Saturday in October. They also co sponsor the “weigh-off” the week prior. For their generous donations, Elysian gives them a booth at their festival, full circle they support each other! Tip: Look for the dairy farmers in orange tutus! Leann is passionate about this event as she survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 2011.

Getting To Know Leann and Mike

We sat down with Leann for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“Mike is third generation farmer, its a passion and calling. Its not a get rich quick business, Its an inner connection with the animals and a want to provide food for the community and a strive to see how many people and families we can feed and support. We have 28 employees supported by this farm. Combined economic impact within 20 miles is about 4MILLION a year!!!”

How did you get into this profession?

“Mike is A third generation farmer, Being a farmer you are highly involved with community. We love to be involved in community outreach, in 2017 we received a community service award from Mariners baseball team! We also have a partnership with the Seahawks program “fuel up to play 60″ with national dairy council.” Leann does a lot of work with schools with blitz and the Seagals where they do education on food groups. Checkout the video here and Krainick Dairy Here

For those of you who are looking for high quality dairy products, Lean and Mike with their team at Kranick Dairy should be your first choice. visit their facebook here and to learn more check out this clip WA Grown!


Local Heroes

Plant Whisperer Rooting from 8Rs Indoor Plant Specialist

For the past year Wanda Degolier “Plant Whisperer” and her team of indoor plant specialist have been rooting and reviving everything in Tacoma area.

“What makes us different is that I am able to help your plants back to health and I want to teach you how to allow your plants to live a fulfilled life.”

Wanda is the owner of 8Rs Indoor Plant Specialist, a Colorado native, born and raised, now a Tacoma fan and call home after the last 20 years.

Local Biz Hero Giving Us a Breath of Fresh Air

Wanda is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to her community. From being laid off because of the pandemic, she rooted herself with nature. After reviving a whole room of plants, ,she wanted to bless the community with nature. If your business or home needs new plants or someone to care for them, Wanda is the one to contact. Serving businesses all over the South Sound with splash of greenery and fresh air.

Every dollar that Wanda makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as her family supports our community by “giving us a breath of fresh air.

Full-Service Plant Hospital – Indoor Plant Specialist

We sat down with Wanda for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“I was a plant lady before I started my business. When I was laid off and found those dead plants, I knew I had to do something. I have been given the name “Plant Whisperer” because of my ways with the plants.”

How did you get into this profession?

“I wanted to give locals a bit of nature everywhere they went. Now i help many businesses with their plants and upkeep. I like to educate locals on the caring of plants. Empowering them to do it for themselves.

Being a gardener who works directly with many people, we asked her what is the most unusual situation that ever happened to you on the job?

“Over the last year, more often than none, I’ll have locals ask me how to care for certain plants. They would be receiving them from recently deceased loved ones that have been caring for them for years. It’s weird but it is a way for them have something of theirs to remember them by. “

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a plant service, what would it be?

“I am a full-service plant hospital. You bring me your sick plants and I will do my best to revive them. We also do on sight estimates. We want to keep people healthy through plants. “

Indoor Plant Specialist

For those of you who are looking for a professional plant specialist, Wanda and her R8s Indoor Plant Specialist should be your first choice. Call Wanda at 253-678-8547 or visit www.8-Rs.com/ – Giving you a breath of fresh air!

Local Heroes

The Happy Rooster Farm | A Symphony of Roosters and Eggs

For the past 6 years Bill and his wife Nani, have been providing eggs to the local area of Lakebay. They have double Jumbo eggs that even local farmers come to purchase. Each morning they wake up at The Happy Rooster Farm with”A Symphony of Roosters” as they get to live out their best days.

“What makes us different is that we care for our birds on the highest level. This is a safe haven where they get to roam without worry. Because of the care we put into the birds, we can produce some really JUMBO eggs. ”

Nani and BIll are the owners of The Happy Rooster Farm, LLC. Bill native to Tacoma and Nani native to Hawaii. Together they love local sports when they are not building their dreams.

Local Biz Heros, Bill and Nani

Bill and Nani are what we like to call a Local Biz Heros. They represent self-made entrepreneurs, hard workers and they bring true value to their community. High stands of professionalism and integrity are the ethics needed of business owners like BIll and Nani. This beautiful couple are the infrastructure of farming economy.

Every dollar they make goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community. The Happy Rooster Farm supports the local food banks, churches and senior centers with fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs and their love.

Double Jumbo Eggs

We sat down with Bill and Nani for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“It started as a hobby but we couldn’t keep up with the demand. So we started the business and that allowed us to sell to big box stores and while keeping our locals happy too.”

How did you get into this profession?

“We were caring for small farm animals and started having a lot of roosters. They were all very happy and we had a bunch of eggs being produced. It all came together with daily hard work and the support from the locals.

Being farmers, Bill and Nani work directly with many locals, we asked they what’s the most unusual situation that ever happened to you on the job? “We had a local egg farmer come by for our “double jumbo eggs” because his were just too small.“

If you could share one tip with the readers what would it be?

“Ask where your food comes from and how they care for the animals or farm food. In the end, the food speaks for itself.“

Seriously Great Eggs!

For those of you who are looking for the BEST eggs and organic skin care, Bill and Nani should be our first choice. The Happy Rooster Farm supports our community by providing a health produce made by hand. Call Bill at 253-313-4787, or visit https://www.facebook.com/thehappyroosterfarm/– “Seriously Great Eggs!”

Local Heroes

40 Years’ Experience Makes a Difference in Contracting in Tacoma, WA

For the past 40 years Vaughn Wray and his “upside down” ways, have been contracting in Tacoma, WA and beyond. With over 100 new homes completed in his experience, W. H. Construction will promise you it will make a difference.

“What makes us different is that having 40 years’ experience makes a difference in contracting.”

Vaughn is the owner of W. H. Construction Co., a PNW native, born and raised, and of course loving the Tacoma weather.  I love being by the water too.

Local Biz Hero – Contracting in Tacoma, WA

Vaughn is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to his community. Through decades of experience, contracting in Tacoma, WA could not be easier.

Every dollar that Vaughn makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as W. H. Construction supports the community through giving everyone a fair price that can still result in a professional and prideful finished job.

We sat down with Vaughn for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“I loved the design work in construction. It challenged me to be better.”

How did you get into this profession?

“When I decided to build my first home. My home is famous for the upside down characteristics. The garage is on the top floor. During that phase of my life, I had a local architect ask me to bid in his project he wanted done. After knowing what I could do, he hired me on the spot and completed beyond his expectations. I knew then I would be able to do this as a business.”

Choosing a Contractor

Being a contractor Vaughn works directly with many people, we asked him what’s the hobby he loves most? “I love cruising on the Sound in my boat. It’s so relaxing. I truly look forward to the days being on the water. “

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a contractor, what would it be?

“To me, experience matters. Ask many questions before hiring anyone. If you want my opinion on the job, call me I would love to serve you. “

For those of you who are looking for a professional contractor for any type of home remodel or new build work, Vaughn and the W. H. Construction team should be your first choice. Call Vaughn at 253-381-7622 or visit www.whconstructionco.com – Seriously Experienced!

Local Heroes

Teaching Us to Make Food Sexy with Olmec Agro-Tech

For the past handful of years, Thomas Fuller and his Olmec Agro-Tech team have been Teaching Us to Make Food Sexy with Olmec Agro-Tech.

“What makes us different is that of we teach for Entrepreneurs and Producers to live a life of independence.”

Thomas and his two children, both grown, love living in the Tacoma area. The small town atmosphere with a cosmopolitan feel through the districts are enjoyable all around. Thomas is the Founder of Omlc Agro-Tech, a military family, born and raised, he loved the travel side when they would move. He always came back to Tacoma where he calls home.

Local Biz Hero

Thomas is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur and philanthropist who brings true value to his community. Teaching our next generation life values and habits to live a life of independence and true sustainability.

Every dollar that Thomas makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as Olmec Agro-Tech supports the Pierce Harvest and the Wilco Farm Supply for their continued help and support to their ongoing mission.

You are What You Eat Tacoma, WA

We sat down with Thomas for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“I am able to serve my community and live a fulfilled life. Teaching others how to live a life of independence is a blessing.”

How did you get into this profession?

“I wanted to teach my son the values I thought were needed to be successful in life. Together we created entrepreneurship and producer to build his future. To live a life of independence. You are who you eat. Evoke joy from all sensory projections. Teaching Us to Make Food Sexy with Olmec Agro-Tech.”

Being an agriculture philanthropist and entrepreneur, Thomas works directly with many people. We asked him what’s the most unusual situation that ever happened to you on the job?

“Experiencing different thinking and outlooks that were not customizing to Tacoma, WA. Learning outside your box. We need to stop this thinking that a person is not respected for having their own opinion.”

What did you learn from it?

“This changed my life to be kinder and wiser simultaneously through each action I take.“

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a non profit to support, what would it be?

“Understand we are family owned. We instill values to our community to thrive on independence while using our resource right under our feet. Learn from us and go teach others how to use our resources for their families.“

Life of Independence with Olmec Agro-Tech

For those of you who are looking for the knowledge for sustainable living for a life of independence, Thomas and the Olmec Agro-Tech team should be your first choice. Olmec Agro-Tech supports our community through partnerships with the country on food production and emergency services disaster relief program. Call Thomas at 253-620-0196, or visit www.olmecagro-tech.org – “Keep It Constructive!”

Local Heroes

Seattle Messenger Cooperative | Fast, Reliable and Friendly

For the past 6 years, Jory Wallis with Seattle Messenger Cooperative and his team have become Fast, Reliable and Friendly. They are fully invested in providing the best service they can for each and every delivery. The team of 13 take pride in their business. Each of them are owners and hold specific roles within the company.

“What makes us different is that we are each highly involved in every delivery. We all share ownership and that shows with each delivery. Seattle Messenger Cooperative are very flexible with who we serve! We have a unique vibe and take pride in ownership providing top notch services.”

Local to Seattle for Over 15 years

Jory is one of the owner of Seattle Messenger Cooperative, a local to Seattle for over 15 years. Jory is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to his community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners like Jory are the infrastructure of Seattle’s economy. Seattle Messenger Cooperative supports victims of domestic violence and immigration.

Create A Better Business

We sat down with Jory for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“I grew up homeless and that was not easy. I bartended as one of my first jobs. During that time, I really enjoyed riding my bike. As a result, that got me into bike messenger work. Randomly, I reconnected with a friend from high school, Elliot, while being a messenger. We decided we could Create a Better Business model and environment while enhancing the customer experience.”

How did you get into this profession?

“I was supporting myself and this was my favorite job of all. I’m passionate about bikes. I knew I could create a better service starting my own company. After the help of my business-family, we got to work.”

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a, what would it be?

“There are a lot of messenger companies around. Look for the vibe that best fits for you. Some are cooperate only. Some are more personable and efficient like us! If you want to choose wisely, choose us.”

Seattle’s Favorite Messenger Company

For those of you who are looking for a professional Messenger, look no further. Seattle’s Favorite Messenger Company, Seattle Messenger Cooperative team should be your first choice! Seattle Messenger Cooperative supports Domestic violence and immigration victims with a discount (to include immigration attorneys). Call Jory at (206) 250-6349, – Seriously, A Fast and Reliable Team!

Local Heroes

General Contractor Tacoma WA | Wren & Willow, Inc

For the past 16 years Laureen Skrivan created a Woman-Owned local business called Wren & Willow, Inc. Her team as a General Contractor Tacoma WA that feels more like a family. They have been remodeling while beautifying Tacoma and the greater area for years. Driven by Legacy, Laureen has seen what it takes to make a difference within her community.

Wren & Willow, Inc | One Stop Shop

“What makes us different is that I did not want to give up on my clients during the process of building their dream home. So, I created a business that allows you to shop the entire process under one roof. This gives you the customer a quicker turn over on projects and less stress on the pockets.”

Laureen, Founder and President of Wren & Willow, Inc, a Philadelphia native, born and raised. Her experience gave her the insights she needed when she moved to Tacoma. Being an advocate for family and the community allowed her to stand out even from the beginning.

Local Biz Hero | Laureen and her Family

Laureen is what we like to call a Local Biz Hero, a self-made entrepreneur who brings true value to her community. High stands of professionalism and strong work ethics of small business owners like Laureen are the infrastructure of small business economy.

Every dollar that Laureen and her family makes goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as Wren & Willow supports the The Journey Fund charity, as well doing long term volunteer work with Ruston Business District and being the first woman President elected for the Master Builder’s Association of Pierce County in 2014.

A special thank you to Cliff Kendall, who is our General Manager, and helped rename the company Wren & Willow, Inc. “I would not have been able to do what we do without your extraordinary service to me and our mission. Thank you from Laureen.”

Breastplate of Armor Displayed by Wren & Willow, Inc owner

We sat down with Laureen for a quick interview –

Why do you do what you do?

“My grandfather, Giuseppe Miliziano trained to be a brick mason. With a decision to pursue the American dream, he immigrated to the U.S. to become a brick mason in New York during the Great Depression (according to WrenandWillow.com). Now living in my day, I wanted more for my family. After fighting breast cancer twice, I knew I could face anything. I started my business and never looked back.” Her cancer was not a crutch but a Breastplate of Armor that gave her the confidence to live fearlessly.

How did you get into this profession?

“I always loved art and a specific artist named William Morris, designer in England in late 1800s. Evoking nature within his art. So creating the bird (Wren) and tree (Willow) in our name and logo.”

Being a people person, Laureen works directly with many locals, we asked her what’s the most exciting situation that is coming up? “After moving to the Ruston District as a General Contractor in Tacoma, WA, we have been working on our next project. We are building out a 21,000 sq ft building for urban living, retail space, offices and a bakery!”

I would say, Look out Tacoma, things just got better again.

If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a General Contractor for your next project or remodel, what would it be?

“Understand this is a major investment and you should know the entire process. Ask your potential contractor who they will be using for all parts that they are not servicing themselves. If they cannot come up with reliable businesses, call us. We are your one-stop shop when it comes to serving you and seeing the entire process together. “

General Contractor in Tacoma, WA

For those of you who are looking for a professional general contractor for any type of new home build, remodeling, or general contractor needs, Laureen and the Wren & Willow team should be your first choice. Wren & Willow supports our community on the highest level. Call Laureen or Kyle at 253-338-5545, or visit www.wrenandwillow.com – Seriously Humble Locals.