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.

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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Jim and Lynne Mackle built a business and a legacy in Gig Harbor

Jan 04, 2024 | By:

Some knew him as “Mr. Kelly,” though his surname was Mackle.  Others knew him as Jim the Chicken Coop Guy. Or Jim the Plumber.  Many people in Gig Harbor knew Jim Mackle, under one handle or another. The former owner of Kelly’s toy store and cafe in downtown Gig Harbor — a plumber by trade

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In the Margins | New Year tastes bittersweet without Fredda’s deli sandwiches

Jan 03, 2024 | By:

With each new year, many of us awake with renewed ambitions involving fitness, food, family or finances. The calendar jump-starts our intentions for another year in which the garage — or maybe our arteries — will get cleaned up for a better or longer life ahead. Or, if you’re like me, you spend the midnight

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Business Spotlight | Cougarwear isn’t just for Cougs anymore

Dec 31, 2023 | By:

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

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Real Estate Q&A: Home inspections spot more than just underground grow rooms and bunkers

Dec 26, 2023 | By: Alison Paoli

When purchasing a home, it is common practice to get a home inspection shortly after the offer is accepted. The findings of the inspection help buyers decide whether or not to move forward with the purchase of the property or back out of the deal entirely. Aside from finding out what may or may not

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The mom behind the fast-growing What’s Good Gig Harbor group

Dec 20, 2023 | By:

You can use all of the old cliches: Build it and they will come; necessity is the mother of invention; find a need and fill it. All of them are appropriate in the case of Sarah Husby, who moved to Gig Harbor 15 years ago from Seattle. She was looking for a comprehensive activity list

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Horsehead Bay Garden Club cultivates a sense of community service

Dec 19, 2023 | By:

Adorned with faux cardinals, white lights, greenery, and red and silver decorative balls, the planter in front of Windermere Real Estate office at the intersection of Harborview Drive and Pioneer Way is dressed for the holidays, thanks to the Horsehead Bay Garden Club. The club has been giving back to the Gig Harbor community since

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

Dec 18, 2023 | By:

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

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Gig Harbor Real Estate: Prices jump as inventory dwindles, mortgage rates fall

Dec 13, 2023 | By: Alison Paoli

In November, there were only 89 single-family homes and condos on the Gig Harbor market, the lowest on record outside of pandemic years.

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