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.

Commencement Bank eyes move to former Harbor General Store building

Oct 31, 2023 | By:

Commencement Bank, which opened a loan production office in the Peninsula Shopping Center on Judson Street in August, recently received clearance from federal regulators to operate a full-service branch there.  That won’t be its permanent home, though. The Tacoma-based regional bank plans to move to the former Harbor General Store building on Pioneer Way after

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Business Spotlight: Community and creativity at the heart of Local Whimsy

Oct 30, 2023 | By:

A passion for community and craft is the inspiration behind Gig Harbor’s latest retail store to open on Harborview Drive, Local Whimsy. Local Makers founder Caasi Dickens and Salena Ausburn, plant stylist and owner of  Whimsy Plant Co, have joined forces to offer more than just a marketplace for locally crafted products and plants. They’ve

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Rosedale man beamed final movie at downtown theater

Oct 24, 2023 | By:

A teenage Jim Langhelm manned the projectors the final two years before the Roxy Theater on Harborview Drive was closed in 1958.

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Notice of 2023 Annual Meeting

Oct 20, 2023 | By:

Gig Harbor Now, a Washington Nonprofit Corporation, gives notice of its annual meeting to be held at the Summit Tower Community Room, 6563 MacDonald Avenue, Gig Harbor, WA on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Board of Directors of the corporation and the Editor of Gig Harbor Now, a nonvoting

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KettleFish restaurant closing after about a year in Gig Harbor

Oct 19, 2023 | By:

KettleFish, which opened on Pioneer Way to great acclaim a little over a year ago, will close in the coming days, co-owner Dave Montoure said on Wednesday, Oct. 18.  Montoure said a combination of factors contributed to the decision to close the restaurant. They include rising costs, a sluggish economy and an abrupt seasonal downturn

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Gig Harbor Real Estate: Passing a home down to children

Oct 13, 2023 | By: Alison Paoli

In the realm of estate planning, parents often find themselves contemplating what to do with their homes. Decisions can range from passing down the family home to children, thus preserving the family’s history and legacy by way of their property, to selling the home prior to passing to utilize its equity for various needs and

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Gig Harbor Real Estate: Elevated mortgage rates disproportionately impact luxury homes

Oct 11, 2023 | By: Alison Paoli

Home prices for single-family homes in the greater Gig Harbor area fell in September, down 0.9 percent to $827,492, as housing affordability hit its worst month since the start of the century. The decline was curbed slightly by rising prices for new construction, which grew 0.8 percent in September. Home prices for all single-family homes

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Two In Tow & On The Go: An autumn adventure at Harbor Farms

Oct 06, 2023 | By:

Harbor Farms is now open in Rosedale, offering a delightful family-friendly roster of things to do – including a pumpkin patch! Just after the last golden days of summer officially slipped into the crispness of autumn (and forced me to put on a jacket), this new family-friendly destination opened its gates on Sept. 29 and I reserved three tickets for opening day.

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Neighbors press city about The Reserve, a development planned above Crescent Valley

Oct 05, 2023 | By:

The land slated to become The Reserve, a planned subdivision in Gig Harbor extending from Peacock Hill Avenue eastward down the hill toward Crescent Valley, is hardly a slam-dunk for development. The long, narrow 9.88-acre site slopes noticeably on its western half, where developers plan to build 14 homes. It then drops sharply to an

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Here’s how to take Gig Harbor Now’s readership survey

Oct 03, 2023 | By:

As we begin our 25th month as a community-supported, nonprofit news publisher, Gig Harbor Now is looking for some feedback from our readers. Last week, we emailed a survey to people who subscribe to our weekly newsletter. We’re already getting a good response, but we know we have many readers who don’t subscribe to the

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