As 2020 begins, it’s a good time to look back at how the last year at SouthSoundTalk went – namely, it’s a great time to see what our readers most enjoyed reading. As usual, our readers love things to do, things to drink and learning a bit about their local history. Fortunately, these are the very same things we love to write about!
Thank you for being a part of our Pierce County community – for reading, contributing and giving back so we can share your uplifting stories.
From new developments and parks, to fascinating and lesser-known historical tales, here are…
The Top 10 Posts for 2019 on SouthSoundTalk
Summer of 2019 saw the opening of Brewery Blocks, located in the center of historic downtown, just south of the University of Washington Tacoma’s campus. The development aimed to redefine downtown living by restoring the area’s historic warehouses – converting the buildings into spaces where the community can live, work and play.
Every living space, whether an apartment, lavish mansion or even your average living room, takes on the personalities of the people who use it. Family pictures line the side tables and couch colors match the owner’s tastes. But not often does a living space alter the personality of the occupant. Such is the case with the owners of Tacoma’s famed “Elephant House.”
Whether you already know your vintage style or are just looking for a fun way to mix up your wardrobe, Tacoma has a great selection of small and independently owned vintage shops and vendors. Best of all, many of our local vintage shops are run by hard-working business owners who make it a labor of love to bring you the best treasures they can find.
One of the most memorable events of 2019, at least as far as public spaces go, was the opening of the Dune Peninsula and Wilson Way, linking Point Ruston to Point Defiance. Walkers everywhere rejoiced!
It’s true. Right here in Pierce County, we have an indoor petting zoo. One of our writers took some time to venture to Debbie Doolittle’s to hang out with some otters.
One business owner in the City of Destiny wants to keep elevating the city’s love of art with a gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of Tacoma artists. Also an artist herself, she’s made art her whole life, but she didn’t always have a full-time career built around her creative work. That changed seven years ago when Carolyn opened Creative Forces Gifts and Sundries, an art gallery and gift shop located inside the Hotel Murano.
Grit City is bursting with coffee shops – big and small, new and familiar – located downtown and throughout the city. One of our writers sought out some new and yummy places to try.
It might seem difficult for modern Pierce County residents to imagine that at one time the landscape was dotted with distinct and separate towns rather than the urban sprawl of today. Each of those clusters of houses and businesses had cemeteries of their own, some around churches and hospitals while others were located just outside of the town limits. Many of these places of eternal rest became increasingly neglected as the decades passed, and there’s increasing interest in caring for these spaces.
You might be surprised by how many airports used to exist in and around Tacoma – many in unsuspecting places that are now shopping centers or open fields.
And our #1 post of 2019 was yet another history piece about Tacoma’s famous Ash Street Shootout in 1989, an incident that brought national attention to the city’s gang troubles and prompted residents to take action to reclaim their streets.
Thank you to all of our readers and all of our awesome writers. We’re looking forward to another awesome year in 2020!