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.

The Tides Tavern, minus pool tables and live music, rocks its 50th anniversary

Aug 17, 2023 | By:

It’s not every watering hole that gets official recognition of its birthday from the mayor, saluting its two generations of leadership and proclaiming it both a well-run landmark and an “iconic and joyous meeting place” before a crowd of citizens and the assembled city council. But not every local joint is Gig Harbor’s Tides Tavern

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Developer of local project to appeal Department of Ecology fine

Aug 15, 2023 | By:

The Washington Department of Ecology issued a $56,000 fine to RM Homes of Puyallup over what the department called “multiple water quality violations” at a construction site on Edwards Drive in Gig Harbor.  The department issued the fine on June 28. RM Homes owner Ryan McGowan said he has engaged a land use attorney and

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Return-to-office mandates roil the Gig Harbor area’s large remote workforce

Aug 10, 2023 | By:

Eric SanInocencio of Gig Harbor has what many would consider a dream job. From his house near the head of the bay, he is immersed in baseball all day, every day as vice president of social media for Perfect Game USA. The company bills itself as the world’s largest scouting organization and hosts tournaments and

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Real Estate: Home prices stopped a slow skid in July

Aug 10, 2023 | By: Alison Paoli

After five months of slowly declining monthly median home sale prices in the Gig Harbor and Fox Island communities, the median home price was flat from June to July at $819,995, according to data from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS). Home prices, which include single-family homes and condos located between the Purdy and Narrows

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Business Spotlight: Soullective Space brings the metaphysical to Gig Harbor

Aug 07, 2023 | By:

“It’s for the joy,” Emily Sabounchi, exclaims as she shares the driving force behind her decision to establish the Soullective Space— a  natural handmade goods boutique offering energy work and community events. The store, which opened in April, is quietly tucked away from the summer bustle of Harborview Drive. Situated behind and above Gallery Row,

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Business Spotlight: Perfectly Preemie provides outfits for the tiniest humans

Jul 24, 2023 | By:

Dressing a newborn in their first outfit is a milestone experience for new parents. But when the newborn is premature, that first outfit is really special. Cressie Baerg, owner of the Gig Harbor business Perfectly Preemie, has been making that memorable moment happen for parents of premature babies all over the country. The company, which

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Artondale firm competes with Big Boys of SpaceTech

Jul 20, 2023 | By:

With this state’s vibrant space technology sector, it’s no surprise that NASA in 2023 chose three Washington companies for its NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, which provides seed funding to nurture early-stage ideas that could transform future space missions. Washington firms awarded the highly competitive NIAC slots, each with a $175,000 grant, include a

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BECU to open Gig Harbor location in 2024; Commencement Bank coming sooner

Jul 18, 2023 | By:

BECU plans to open a location in Gig Harbor in 2024, the credit union announced this month. Meanwhile, Tacoma-based Commencement Bank will open in a recently vacated spot in the Peninsula Shopping Center on Judson Street. BECU’s plans The credit union, which bills itself as Washington’s largest, plans to open in The Shops at Harbor

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Business Spotlight: Precious Collective offers style for all sizes

Jul 10, 2023 | By:

Young entrepreneur Josie Ciaciuch’s love of fashion and family inspired her to open Precious Collective Boutique, in Uptown Gig Harbor.

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On Fox Island, an old Navy acoustics lab gets a new life

Jul 07, 2023 | By:

As a youth, Ty Clarke liked to water-ski and wake-board from his parents’ beach on the southwest shore of Fox Island. Cutting through the glassy water of Carr Inlet, at the turnaround point on their runs, Ty and his friends couldn’t help noticing something off-putting: a neglected concrete box of a building squatting on the

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