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.

Forest bathing at Crescent Valley Lavender Farm

Jun 12, 2023 | By: Julianna Verboort

“Shinrin-yoku” is a Japanese term that translates to “forest bath.” It is the practice of spending time in the forest to absorb nature. Steeping your senses in natural surroundings encourages relaxation and stress relief. You can experience elevated forest bathing at Crescent Valley Lavender Farm in Gig Harbor, with its immense rolling hill of purple

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Current owners of Island View Market suing their predecessors

Jun 12, 2023 | By:

When sunny skies arrive, a waterfront business like Island View Market needs to focus on keeping the beer coolers full, boat gas flowing and sun screen stocked. This June, though, the iconic south Rosedale country store and filling station has a stressful distraction: A lawsuit between the current owners and the previous owners who sold

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Russell Foundation offering grants for climate-friendly farm programs

Jun 08, 2023 | By:

The Gig Harbor-based Russell Family Foundation this week launched a new program, called Food for Climate Solutions, as part of its commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2030.  Food for Climate Solutions supports regional and local food production in Western Washington. It is part of the foundation’s efforts to address the climate crisis through its

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Heritage Distilling wins record number of Spirits Competition awards

Jun 02, 2023 | By:

Gig Harbor-based Heritage Distilling won a record 66 medals at the American Distilling Institute’s 2023 International Spirits Competition Awards. Distilleries and brands of all sizes from all over the world, including some of the largest sprits brands, entered the competition. “These awards serve as a reminder that hard work, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence

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Antique plane museum takes flight at Narrows Airport

May 25, 2023 | By:

Gig Harbor Vintage Aero Museum features 14 antique civilian aircraft and doubles as a unique event venue.

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Gig Harbor YMCA pool closed from May 8 through June 26

May 04, 2023 | By:

 The closure of the aquatics center at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA in Gig Harbor will no doubt stifle early-summer fun for some families. But when it reopens near the end of June, it’ll be like a breath of fresh air. Literally. In addition to a new roof over the pool area, the aquatics center

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PenLight board members re-elected

May 03, 2023 | By:

Marc Jorgenson, Scott Junge and Roger Spadoni were re-elected to the Peninsula Light board of directors at the utility’s annual meeting on May 1. Jorgenson earned 2,840 votes, Junge 2,682 and Spadoni 2,379 in balloting of participating PenLight customers. Challengers were Lise Kristiansen (2,039 votes), Mark Michel (1,051) and Cameron Smith (715). PenLight is a member-owned

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New owners of former Stutz Fuel property foresee fun gathering spot

Apr 26, 2023 | By:

Brad and Michelle Bailey hope to hit on a venture that brings more people into downtown. They’re asking for ideas.

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Guest column: Can you be your own general contractor?

Apr 26, 2023 | By: Marlene Druker

Recently, when discussing budgeting for a residential addition and renovation project, I casually mentioned that general contractor profit and overhead is around 20 percent. My client asked the obvious follow-up: “If we are the general contractors, and do some of the work ourselves, can we save 20 percent?” Unfortunately, the math is not that simple.

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Olalla Bay Market open, serving food, conversation and community

Apr 20, 2023 | By:

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the little country store once known as Al’s of Olalla has re-opened, transformed into Olalla Bay Market. After a soft opening on April 12, the mercantile-cum-pizza restaurant officially opened at 9 a.m. April 13. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Restaurant

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