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.

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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Paramedical tattoo artist helps cancer survivors feel like themselves again

Sep 28, 2023 | By:

Nichole Shervanick works her mini-tattoo machine deftly, applying pigment with a needle as fine as a strand of hair to the lips of client Becky Logan. A numbing agent keeps Logan comfortable, and she gives a thumbs-up when asked how she’s doing. When Shervanick has added the finishing touches, she hands Logan a mirror and

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Business Spotlight: One:11 is Gig Harbor’s new gentlemen’s den

Sep 25, 2023 | By:

Tall, dark, and handsome describes Gig Harbor’s latest new retailer One:11. Located on Harborview Drive, this “gentlemen’s den” offers customers a curated assortment of men’s clothing and accessories. With a distinct vintage-meets-contemporary vibe, it’s hard to miss the nods to bygone eras. Mounted on a hunter-green wall, a vintage car door hangs above an aged

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Real estate: Housing market slows, but home prices stay steady

Sep 20, 2023 | By: Alison Paoli

No matter how you slice it, the housing market in the Greater Gig Harbor area is historically slow. However, with both demand and supply for housing falling in lockstep, the median home price between the Purdy Bridge and Narrows Bridge remained fairly stable.  When real estate brokers look at market activity, key data points we

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Xitco brothers quietly stake claim in downtown Gig Harbor

Sep 11, 2023 | By:

A pair of brothers from a prominent Tacoma business family has bought up properties with big development potential in downtown Gig Harbor. Their purchases include a historic waterfront building between the Tides Tavern and the new 7 Seas taproom near the Old Ferry Landing. Another incorporates more than three-quarters of an acre in the commercial

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Rent increases followed new owners’ purchases of downtown buildings

Sep 11, 2023 | By:

For some tenants in John and Luke Xitco’s downtown Gig Harbor properties, the brothers’ arrival as landlords meant rent hikes. In several cases, the businesses left or plan to leave due to the increases. The Gallery Row cooperative art gallery has operated out of 3102 Harborview Drive for 22 years. After the Xitcos, through their

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Grocery merger, sale could impact Gig Harbor shoppers

Sep 08, 2023 | By:

A proposed merger between two major national grocery chains could affect how some Gig Harbor shoppers get their food.  Kroger announced plans to acquire Albertsons in October 2022. Federal regulatory agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, are reviewing the $24.6 billion deal.  On Friday, Sept. 8, Kroger announced that if

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