Gig Harbor Now reporters provide information about where people can eat, shop and seek professional services, which businesses are opening or closing, and explain local trends and their relation to the national economy.

More growth seen for Gig Harbor — but not like in the 2010s

Jul 21, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor had a moment of shock and awe last year when the 2020 U.S. Census results came in. The Census showed the city’s population soared by a staggering 69 percent in the previous 10 years. Gig Harbor went from 7,126 residents in 2010 to 12,029 in 2020. “As of 2020, the City had reached

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Business Spotlight: Local Makers go from hobby to home-based business

Jul 18, 2022 | By:

The pandemic shutdown afforded many people an opportunity to develop or perfect new skills or pursue passion projects for which they otherwise may never have found time. The Local Makers of Gig Harbor group is helping its members turn those passions into home-based businesses. Now in its second year, Local Makers operates pop-up markets on

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Business spotlight: Frills brightens downtown Gig Harbor

Jul 11, 2022 | By:

Frills, the little store in downtown Gig Harbor known for its bright seasonal displays, exists to brighten peoples’ day. So says owner Tammi Barber, whose latest work of public art is a celebration of summer featuring pool noodles, beach balls and pool floats. That might sound mundane. But arranged and arrayed by someone with a

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Open house offers first look at Olalla Bay Landing

Jul 07, 2022 | By:

Olalla celebrated a new community gathering space and museum July 2-3, as Gregg and Claudia Olsen hosted an open house at Olalla Bay Landing. The Olsens purchased the waterfront building and the nearby grocery store in 2021 and are slowly bringing “beautiful downtown Olalla” back to life, 2022-style. The building the Olsens have renovated and

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Town & Country Market hits pause on Gig Harbor plans

Jul 05, 2022 | By:

Town & Country Markets won’t be coming to Gig Harbor in the immediate future, according to a statement from a public relations firm working on the regional grocery chain’s behalf. T&C had been widely believed to be the prospective anchor tenant for the redevelopment of the Peninsula Shopping Center complex on Judson Street in downtown

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Business Spotlight: Gig Harbor Thai Cuisine opens on waterfront

Jun 06, 2022 | By:

A Georgia Tech-trained engineer and a U.S. Naval Academy-trained helicopter pilot walk into a restaurant. And they buy it. It wasn’t quite that simple, but the result is a new Thai restaurant on the Gig Harbor waterfront. Chonnipa Katnitee (the engineer) and Lt. Andrew Schnur (the pilot) stumbled upon a then-vacant spot at 8825 North

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Gig Harbor Now to publish free obituaries

May 17, 2022 | By:

Gig Harbor Now will begin publishing free obituaries on Wednesday, May 25. The nonprofit, community-supported news website will publish obituaries at no cost for anyone who lived in or had a connection to the greater Gig Harbor area. That includes people who lived in the area, either at the time of death or previously; who graduated

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Business spotlight: Iscreamery brings unique flavors to downtown Gig Harbor

May 16, 2022 | By:

Don’t be fooled by the forecast. We’re approaching ice cream season. And there’s a new spot in Gig Harbor to celebrate it.  Iscreamery opened inside Brimstone PNW Smokehouse, 7707 Pioneer Way, last fall. And while business at Iscreamery was solid during the dreary seasons, owner Katie Doherty expects the shop to really hit its stride

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Business spotlight: Gumdrop the pig does her part for the family business

May 09, 2022 | By:

It turned out to be a less-than-ideal time to start a business.  Dr. Kandi Moller and her husband, Robert Loehr, opened Eye Candy Optical in the Uptown Gig Harbor complex about 2½ years ago. It was not long before the Covid-19 pandemic forced businesses everywhere to shut down.  When they were able to re-open, they

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‘Winter-ish’ Sip & Stroll returns to Harbor for first time since 2020

Apr 26, 2022 | By:

The sold-out event returns to the Gig Harbor waterfront on Saturday, adding a water taxi to help attendees get past the Harborview construction project.

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