Julie Warrick Ammann

Julie Ammann is a freelance writer, photographer, and producer. Following her degree in architecture from the University of Washington, Julie discovered the power of storytelling. Her early career in national TV news (The Christian Science Monitor’s World Monitor TV, PBS NewsHour) and documentaries (PBS Frontline) would inform the journalist and creative storyteller she is today. Julie lives in Gig Harbor with her family, in a house of filmmakers and photographers. She doesn’t like scary movies, and she’s named after Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music). Her favorite film director and inspiration is Jane Campion.

Business Spotlight | The barber behind the bookshelf

Jun 10, 2024

There’s a secret behind the bookshelf at One:11, the men’s apparel and accessories store in downtown Gig Harbor. The bookshelf isn’t (just) a shelf. It’s a hidden sliding door that opens to a barbershop. Once a storeroom filled with inventory, the barbershop is surprisingly large. Natural light streams through large windows waking up the vibrant

Play ball! Mariners open new training center in Port Orchard

Mar 18, 2024

Her father describes her as fearless. Carolina wears layers of protective padding, her face partially obscured by a catcher’s helmet. The sixth grader is passionate about fastpitch softball and “loves being a catcher,” says her dad, Chris Doughty. Over and over, Carolina dives for a ball thrown by her coach. Her dad’s eyes follow each

Heritage Distilling purchases Oregon’s Thinking Tree Spirits

Mar 04, 2024

Heritage Distilling Co. is growing. Gig Harbor’s award-winning craft distillery recently acquired Thinking Tree Spirits, Inc., a craft distillery based in Eugene, Oregon. Emily Jensen, Bryan Jensen, and head distiller Kaylon McAlister founded the Oregon distillery in 2014. Thinking Tree’s founders approached Heritage looking for a partner with the same “focus on quality and purposeful spirits.” The

Actorcraft, a new acting school, brings some Hollywood to the Harbor

Mar 01, 2024

Have you ever dreamt of being in the movies, or auditioning for a play or commercial? This is for you. Next week, Gig Harbor will welcome the opening of Actorcraft, a new acting school founded by professional actors and educators Jeremy Kent Jackson and his partner Adrianne Alvarez-Jackson. Drawing on their years of experience working

A Goldmine in Gig Harbor

Feb 26, 2024

From Pokemon cards to fossils to meteorites, you won’t find a more eclectic set of items for sale than at Goldmine Coins & Relics.

Photo Gallery | 2024 Olalla Polar Bear Plunge

Jan 04, 2024

Photos from the Olalla Polar Bear Plunge, held Jan. 1. Click on any of the thumbnail images below to see the pictures as a gallery.

Business Spotlight | Cougarwear isn’t just for Cougs anymore

Dec 31, 2023

Gig Harbor’s Cougarwear store specializes in apparel from its namesake school, but you’ll find plenty of Huskies, Zags and other gear there.

Business Spotlight: The Harbor Fish Co. is Gig Harbor’s next-gen fishing family

Dec 18, 2023

Wild, packed with nutrients, and heart-healthy. For Gig Harbor residents, a local fishing family provides direct delivery of fresh wild Alaskan-caught salmon to your doorstep. Alex James and Zack Worrell launched their company, The Harbor Fish Co., in 2022 to connect Gig Harbor with high-quality wild-caught Alaskan salmon, Dungeness crab, and striped shrimp harvested from

Banking on Beer: The Beer Vault

Dec 11, 2023

Hal and Ronda Haase converted a former KeyBank location into a family-run, dog-friendly taproom along the water in Purdy.

Photo gallery: 2023 Christmas tree lighting ceremony

Dec 05, 2023

Click on any image below to see a clickable gallery of pictures from the 2023 Gig Harbor Christmas tree lighting ceremony.