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.

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

Mar 01, 2024 | By:

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

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A Goldmine in Gig Harbor

Feb 26, 2024 | By:

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

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Gig Harbor Now-Kitsap Sun partnership included in first cohort of Murrow Fellowship program

Feb 21, 2024 | By:

Gig Harbor Now, in partnership with the Bremerton-based daily newspaper Kitsap Sun, is one of nine news organizations selected to receive a journalist as part of the new Murrow Fellowship program through Washington State University. Murrow Fellowship evaluators selected the Gig Harbor Now-Kitsap Sun partnership and eight other news organizations from among 40 applications from

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Minterbrook Oyster Company hopes Laguna’s will be a slam dunk with diners

Feb 14, 2024 | By: Leland Smith

In Purdy, sometime this spring, ground will be broken for Laguna’s. And soon after, patrons will break bread, shuck oysters and crack crab at an oyster house-style restaurant owned and operated as an extension of the Minterbrook Oyster Company. Minterbrook plans to build the Peninsula-area’s newest restaurant near the Purdy Bridge on the former site

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Gig Harbor Real Estate | Prices pick up ahead of spring buying and selling season

Feb 13, 2024 | By: Alison Paoli

The Gig Harbor real estate market continued to pick up momentum in January despite a significant shortage of available homes to buy.

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Gig Harbor Now founder Pat Lantz retires from board of directors

Feb 05, 2024 | By:

Pat Lantz, the founding president of Gig Harbor Now’s Board of Directors, stepped down from the board at the end of 2023. Lantz — whose resumé includes working as an attorney, six terms in the state Legislature and a 10-year stint on the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission — is going to give retirement a

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Pierce County weighs stripping urban growth designation from Purdy

Jan 29, 2024 | By:

If Purdy ever truly dreamed of an urban future, that possibility may be slipping away. The tiny agglomeration of businesses, schools, homes and utility company maintenance yards at the head of Henderson Bay, just over Gig Harbor’s northern border, has long been designated an urban growth area (UGA) under the Pierce County Comprehensive Plan. That’s

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Timeline for grocery merger pushed back as Washington attorney general sues

Jan 18, 2024 | By:

Kroger, owner of Fred Meyer and other grocery chains, announced this week that its proposed merger with Albertsons will take longer than it previously thought.  Meanwhile, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that his office is suing to stop the merger. The Democratic attorney general, who is running for governor this fall, argued that the

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Two In Tow & On The Go | Gig Harbor’s top venues for kids’ birthday parties

Jan 12, 2024 | By:

If you’ve ever Googled “birthday places near me”and become totally overwhelmed by the choices — I’ve got you. Here’s a list of all the places, prices and packages for your kiddo’s next party! For the second time* in my life, I can officially declare I’ve spent 76 hours compiling a list of more birthday party

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Gig Harbor Real Estate | Where have the homes gone?

Jan 11, 2024 | By: Alison Paoli

After bottoming out in September 2023 at $827,792, the median price for a single-family home between the Purdy and Narrows bridges rose for the third consecutive month to $850,000 in December, an increase of 2.7%. Prices are now just 1.9% below their peak of $866,835 in October 2022. Spurring the increase in prices is a

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