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Archives: Nov. 2012

Nov.
30th

Former owners of Freighthouse Square drop their objections to its sale to Dome District businessman

Two former owners of downtown Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square dropped their objections to its sale Friday.

Robert and Julie Deigert had offered several reasons they believed a Pierce County judge shouldn’t approve the sale to Dome District business owner Brian Borgelt, who offered to buy it for $2.4 million. That amount is about $1.3 million less than what is owed on the loan, an amount that the Deigerts and three other couples presumably will now be responsible for under the terms of a typical commercial loan.

The sale is a matter of court approval because a receiver has been operating

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Nov.
30th

Find out about next steps in downtown Tacoma’s Stadium Way renovation

On Monday, people interested in the next phase of the major construction on downtown Tacoma’s Stadium Way can learn more at an open house.

City staff and the contractor will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 747 Market St., to answer questions and discuss detours and plans for bad weather. They also will lay out specifics on the construction, including retaining wall work that is scheduled to begin in December.

The $10.2 million project began this summer with work on either end of the well-known Tacoma road. The main portion of the road has been

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Nov.
29th

Land sale keeps seafood company on Tacoma waterfront

A Tacoma seafood sales company, long a fixture on the Thea Foss Waterway, will remain on its present site and remodel its building thanks to a property sale approved this week by the Foss Waterway Development Authority.

Johnny’s Seafood Co., now part of the nation’s largest seafood company, Pacific Seafood, had once considered moving from its 1199 Dock Street site to a strip mall in Fife, but now it says it will undertake an extensive remodeling of the building it has occupied since 1975.

Bob Simon, general manager of Pacific’s Washington division, said the company decided to keep and enlarge

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Nov.
28th

Founder of Glassybaby to hold event in Tacoma next week to benefit charity

A Seattle-based glass entrepreneur will be in Tacoma next week in an event to benefit two local charities.

Lee Rhodes, founder of Glassybaby, will be at The Swiss Pub on Dec. 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rhodes founded Glassybaby about ten years ago, during one of her bouts with cancer, and now a portion of her company’s profits are donated to cancer-related charities.

Glassybabys are hand-blown votive candle holders that retail for $40. Each is made by hand and is unique.

Ten percent of the sales from the Tacoma event, at 1904 Jefferson Ave., will benefit

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Nov.
26th

Foss Waterway Authority acquiring land for new Dock Street park

A weedy vacant lot on the Thea Foss Waterway, once the site of a steam plant that supplied heat to downtown Tacoma, could become downtown Tacoma’s newest park.

The Foss Waterway Development Authority Wednesday will consider purchasing the .7-acre parcel at 1147 E. Dock Street as the site of a future park. The 4 p.m. meeting at 535 Dock St., Suite 204, is open to the public.

1147 Dock Street
Foss Waterway park site outlined in yellow

If the board approves the $400,000 purchase price, the authority will begin looking for grant funds to transform

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Nov.
26th

New competitor on Sea-Tac-Anchorage route

Alaska and United airlines will see a new competitor on the Sea-Tac-Anchorage route beginning next spring.

New York’s JetBlue Airways announced recently it will begin daily non-stop service between the two cities on May 16.

The single daily flight will leave Sea-Tac at 8 p.m. and return to Sea-Tac at 5:25 a.m. The nightowl flights will make use of a JetBlue aircraft that might otherwise have sat idle at Sea-Tac overnight.

JetBlue is noted for its “redeye” flights between the West Coast and its hubs at New York’s JFK Airport and Boston’s Logan Airport.

SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines dominates the Sea-Tac-Anchorage

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Nov.
26th

Good news for road warriors: Alaska has added airport power outlets

If you’ve ever found yourself seated on a cold terrazzo airport floor with a handful of other travelers waiting for your cell phone, tablet or laptop to recharge at the only power outlets within 100 feet of your gate, you’ll appreciate Alaska Airlines’ latest effort.

The SeaTac-based carrier this week announced it has installed 200 additional power outlets at three of its major airport locations, Sea-Tac, Portland and Anchorage. Those power outlets are coupled with USB connections among the chairs in the waiting areas of those airports.

New power outlets
New outlets at Alaska Airlines gates

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Nov.
26th

Goodwill opening Proctor boutique

Tacoma’s Proctor shopping district gains a new boutique Friday when Tacoma Goodwill opens an upscale store featuring designer apparel, shoes and home decor.

As befits a more upscale offering, the new store will adopt a new name, blue.

“Blue combines classic elegance with a modern flare while offering new and upscale unique high-quality clothing and specialty items, such as Coach purses, Lucky & 7 for Mankind jeans, Ugg & Coach shoes, and vintage home décor,” said John Nadeau, retail sales director at Tacoma Goodwill. “It’s a win-win for the community and our customers. Every purchase goes back into the local

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