Tacoma Mall Expands with New Retailers & Theater

Long known as a community leader in shopping, dining, and entertainment, Tacoma Mall has recently announced plans to further elevate the shopping experience. Looking forward to the 2020 holiday season, the Mall will introduce Nordstrom Rack, Ulta, and Marcus Theatres. These additions are expected to be the beginning of a larger redevelopment in the Tacoma Mall.

“We have a continued commitment to invest in the Tacoma community,” said Eric Sadi, Chief Operating Officer of Leasing. “Tacoma Mall is a lifestyle destination. Simon is leading the way with transformational projects in the state of Washington. We will bring a uniquely curated mix of retailers, entertainment, and dining options to Tacoma.”

Next in store for shoppers will be a charming urban village located on the north side of the mall. The intention is to engage visitors with a welcoming, community-friendly environment where shoppers can enjoy a variety of dining and entertainment.

Nordstrom Rack is renowned for fabulous style and great prices and shoppers can look forward to deals on clothing and shoes for women, men and children. This Tacoma location will be much more convenient for South Sound families and avoid a frustrating trip with I-5 traffic.

Ulta, soon to be featured in the mall, is well-known as a premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products, and even salon services. Ulta carries more than 25,000 products from around 500 beauty brands and is your one-stop shop for cosmetic products and services.

Marcus Theatres will also be added as a trendsetting theatre for not only the Tacoma Mall, but for Washington State. Their first location in the state, Marcus Theatres is the fourth-largest theatre company in the United States and well-known in their Midwest markets. Theatre-goers can look forward to the latest amenities like cushy stadium seating, innovative food and beverage offerings, and 72-feet-wide UltraScreens.

Tacoma Mall proudly serves our neighbors in the communities of University Place, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Tacoma. With over 150 stores ranging from women’s apparel and children’s fashion to home electronics, Tacoma Mall is expanding its shopping offerings in Pierce County.

TACOMA MALL
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Preserving Historic Capitol Furnishings

Restoring the Justices’ chairs

The Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee’s mission is to restore historic furnishings at the State Capitol. The Committee selects one project annually, and in 2019 the Supreme Court Justice chairs were restored. 

The 1913 completion of a new Temple of Justice was a big moment in Washington history. In the final phase, the Legislature appropriated $75,000 for carpets, office furniture, law library fixtures, and “moveable articles,” including the Supreme Court Justice chairs.

Unlike many historic Capitol pieces, the Justices’ chairs continued to be in use for over 100 years. Made of oak and covered with leather, these stately chairs are heavy and do not move easily over the carpet. The Justices found the chairs uncomfortable and unstable.

While marketing manager Corey Shea cautioned that the full extent of the work wouldn’t be known until the interior was revealed, some damage was already visible, and the headrests were not uniform in size. On the interior, cushion foam needed replacing, though some horsehair could be reused. An upholstery pattern on one chair was measured to create a template. The Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee engaged Queen Anne Upholstery to help in the upholstery aspect of the restoration. 

The next step in the restoration process

Structural repairs were extensive but once complete, they produced a strong steel frame to support the chair backing. Woodworkers repaired armrests, and cracks in wood back frames were reinforced and filled with heavy-duty epoxy. Leather covering was added and nail heads were carefully spaced for a consistent look. Chair seats were covered with a more comfortable fabric than leather when sitting for long periods of time. 

The public is also invited to join the Committee at the Annual Founders Day Reception and Silent Auction, on February 18 at 5:30 pm. The auction will be held at the Governor’s Mansion and will support past and present restoration work.

For more information on similar historic restorations, or information on how to buy tickets to the Founders Day Auction or donate to the Committee’s preservation work, please visit the Committee webpage.

Color Trends for Winter

Whether you’re planning an annual holiday bash or gearing up for a cozy season by the fireplace, you may catch yourself wanting to give your home an extra touch of sophistication for this winter. Color trends change almost by the season, but this winter’s top trending colors for indoor decor are classics that will let the colors you love shine.

A Natural Touch

This year’s winter trends revolve around being mindful and aware of nature. Earthy green tones invoke a free, lively feeling and tend to reduce stress. If you’re looking to switch up a wall color or even find a new throw rug, try a variation of green, from deep olive green and dark teal to a classic hunter’s green or a bold lime shade. Blue accents also make a fresh statement this winter, creating a calm and serene environment, whether it be through a snowy light blue or a bright royal blue. Neutrals are also key when decorating, and this winter, light-colored wood is the way to go. Light wood floors and furniture add to the natural, untreated atmosphere in your home.

Classic Jewels

Jewel-toned colors are a trend from last year that has resurfaced as a beloved classic. Adding shades such as dark teal, rich indigo, and marsala red elevate your decor and bring in a touch of sophistication no matter the occasion. When adding a jewel tone to your decor, play with textures and shine by adding an indigo velvet couch cushion or a glossy red table lamp.

Keep it Balanced

2019’s home color trends are all about balance and highlighting what you love. Use 90 percent neutral or base shades as a foundation to truly make the 10 percent of unique color stand out. Try swapping out throw pillows, table runners, or wall art in your home to incorporate some of the best colors of this winter.

MARTINA PRESTON

Creating Jewelry That’s Unique and Personal

Some jewelry pieces evoke warm memories, have an important story, or once belonged to a loved one. These pieces are cherished as a family treasure that is passed on through generations. That’s the life jewelry should have, says Phyllis Harrison. She’s the co-owner of LeRoy Jewelers and The Art Stop with her husband, Steph Farber. “We believe jewelry should be deeply personal and be made to last lifetimes,” Harrison says.

That philosophy is at the heart of each piece of custom jewelry created at LeRoy Jewelers in downtown Tacoma. Harrison spends time learning not only about what the customer might want, but also why. She shares an example:

“A groom wanted a simple white gold wedding band, but also somehow wanted to use a yellow gold ring that was his grandmother’s. The groom’s grandmother had raised him and was a significant figure in his life.”

Harrison and Farber proposed casting a new ring around the old ring. The finished piece, from the outside, looked like a simple white gold man’s wedding band. On the inside his grandmother’s ring was clearly visible, including the engraving.

Another couple wanted matching wedding bands, but had differing ideas about what they liked. By learning more about them, Harrison found that the schwa (a vowel symbol that looks like an upside-down letter “e”) was meaningful to them. With the help of computer-aided design software and a 3D printer to create molds, Farber crafted matching rings that were beautiful and unique. These are characteristics that have described the workmanship at LeRoy Jewelers for more than 75 years.

“We can do just about whatever a client wants,” notes Harrison. That starts with finding the spark that sets the initial design concept in motion. Working within the client’s budget, the jewelers determine the best methods to achieve the desired outcome.

“We really pride ourselves on helping our clients tell their stories the way they want them to be told,” concludes Harrison.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

LeRoy Jewelers

940 Broadway, Tacoma

253.272.3377

ljewelers.com

Recycled Stylemaker: Lost & Found Crafts

Lost & Found Crafts has created the best of both worlds: a place to shop for any craft supply imaginable and a place where materials are given a “second chance” instead of being thrown away.

“I’ve been doing crafts since I was a little kid,” says owner Michelle Isaacson. “My sister taught me how to cross-stitch when I was 8 years old.” When her life got busier, crafts were set on the back burner until she got a little older. By then, however, she had moved on from cross-stitch, to crafts like making Christmas ornaments out of Mason jars.

Isaacson’s new interests in crafts led her to brand-name stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann, where the supplies were much more expensive. She said to herself, “This is ridiculous. There’s gotta be a cheaper way to do this.” A friend in Indiana had a secondhand craft store, which led Isaacson to look for something similar nearby. The closest ones were in Seattle and Portland. There was nothing in Olympia. “Well, there we go,” she said, “I always wanted to own my own small business. Why not just do it now?”

Lost & Found Crafts offers any type of supply customers might need for their projects. Most of the supplies donated are gently used or brand-new. When Isaacson first opened her doors, she was unsure whether enough donations would come her way. Now she’s overwhelmed with the amount of supplies she has building up in the store.

“It’s been amazing,” she says. “At the beginning I was going to garage sales. But now the store is full, my garage is full, and I have a balcony outside full of things. Every day, people come in and drop off items to donate.”

More than anything, Isaacson wants shoppers at Lost & Found Crafts to feel relaxed and comfortable in asking questions.

“I also want people to feel more like part of a community,” she says. One of the most rewarding parts of the store so far, she adds, has been the conversations she’s had with her customers, even if they’re not about crafting. “I also want to give back, and I want my customers to help. Let’s come together and do things for both the environment and for our community,” says Isaacson.

JORDAN MARIE MCCAW

For Additional Information

Lost and Found Crafts

2316 4th Ave East, Olympia

lostandfoundcrafts.com

New Fall Looks and Fashion Trends

We are now ready to think of warm camel coats and chic leather boots. We can’t help but bring you the trends that are set to be huge this fall. Some of them are already gaining momentum right now.

It’s a ‘cinch.’

Strong, structured, cinched-waist suits make their way from the office to the street and show off your curves this fall.

Green light.

Pistachio is the color set to dominate this autumn. Every variation of the pretty green hue was seen from head-to-toe on the Fall/Winter ’19 runways. There were silky verdant looks along with minty green maxi dresses and beanies. The look feels modern and refreshing—and it’s inspiring us to run out and buy a pistachio outfit or accessory ASAP.

Fur sure.

Faux furs are in just about all of the designer collections for fall. The looks are dressy, sporty and elegant. The most popular faux furs are well-designed and impeccably tailored. They look like real furs.

A new boot.

Want to impress your friends? The colored sock boot is so in and can transition from the office to after-work gatherings. It’s available in an array of colors this fall.

Puff piece no more.

So long, puffer jackets—at least for now. We’re loving the idea of an oversized quilted coat for the fall months. Being less billowy, it can be tied with a belt, or it can be left loose too. Either approach to the upcoming outerwear trend is super chic.

LEAH GROUT

Bathrooms Made Perfect For Seniors

Local family-owned Silverado Showers LLC specializes in low maintenance customized senior showers with easy-to-clean nonporous, solid surface products. According to company owner Larry Leonard, “Silverado can meet your bathroom needs with showers that are professionally installed and guaranteed.”

Because of customization and ease of use, a Silverado Shower is perfect for seniors with mobility concerns, says Leonard. “We are the experts in tub-to-shower conversions with over 20 years of experience.” He notes that most conversions are being completed in two days.

Every solid surface shower that Silverado installs is custom-designed to meet any mobility challenges and to fit the needs of the users. Features to choose from include walk-in showers, floor-level entrances, shower seats and benches, roll-in edges on the shower pan, customizable easy-reach shelves and caddies, handheld shower wands, and grab bars. “Safety and ease of use are the ultimate goals,” says Leonard.

The design process starts with a solid one-piece shower. Then you can choose between low profile, standard height or ramped curbs in standard and customized sizes. There are also custom wall surrounds in smooth, textured, slate tile, or subway tile finishes with over 50 color options.

Seamless, nonporous surfaces are ideal for use in the bathroom, says Leonard, since there are no microscopic gaps where mold, germs or bacteria can hide. For a fully custom look that transforms the entire bathroom, matching solid surface vanities with integrated, seamless sinks can be installed to complete the space.

Escape from the every day and rejuvenate your bathroom into your very own luxury sanctuary, as practical as it is beautiful.

Silverado Showers serves the greater South Sound area, including South King County, all of Pierce County, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Lacey, Olympia and surrounding areas. For more ideas on how you can customize your solid surface shower, check out silveradoshowers.com or visit the showroom in Fife.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
Silverado Showers
LLC 5007 Pacific Hwy E, Suite 21, Fife
253.310.6540
silveradoshowers.com

Trend Report – Spring 2019

If you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolutions, they have become solid habits. And what goes better with new habits than a fresh wardrobe? Reward yourself for your hard work! Get ready for a new season by adding some of these new trends to your wardrobe this spring.

Classic Cardi

Cardigans are having a moment in the spotlight. The fashion classic will never go out of style but occasionally it does come more sharply into focus. This season it is a trend that is easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. Buttoned up or open, oversized or fitted, this staple piece is now being seen with new design details to make it more modern. It’s easy to wear to the office and perfect for date night.

Sweet Sorbet

When it comes to spring color palettes, pastels are anything but revolutionary. In fact, we expect the parade of lilac, mint green and baby pink when the weather starts to warm up. This season, designers are incorporating pastels’ more saturated sisters—sorbet hues—into their looks.

Crochet Creations

Styles debuting this spring feature crochet in fashions as varied as pullovers and provocative dresses. These easy-to-wear items can be dressed up or down. Chic and effortless, crochet is statement-making without being loud. This is a far cry from anything you would have found in your grandmother’s wardrobe.

Ballet Is Back

The romantic, whimsical look and feel of the ballet flat inspired a redo of the classic shoe and led to a new array of pumps. The dancewear staple made its way onto the runway and into our fashion lineup in a way that is easy to incorporate into any wardrobe. This season’s looks are comfortable and versatile. Pair flats with a breezy sundress or a tailored suit for a look that is poised and polished.

ANDREA LERUM

Holy Lamb Organics New Oly Showroom

Holy Lamb Organics has been making natural bedding products locally by hand in the small town of Oakville, Washington, for 18 years. For the first time, though, the South Sound community can access a “touch and feel” experience in Olympia. The company’s recently opened retail showroom is the only all-natural bedding store between Seattle and Portland, according to owners Jason and Mindy Schaefer.

The showroom is “new” for the company and the community, but “old” for a building. It occupies the lower floor of the historic Olympia Steam Plant. “We’re excited to be part of the downtown Olympia neighborhood, and the Steam Plant building is a great fit for our business,” says Mindy Schaefer.

Holy Lamb Organics’ manufacturing plant is located in what was once Oakville’s historic Little Bit General Store, which served the community in eastern Grays Harbor County for over 85 years. Built in 1902, the building also includes a showroom that is open to the public.

According to the Schaefers, Holy Lamb Organics bedding is handmade using the highestquality materials and forward-thinking design and innovation. Made in the USA, the products are natural and certified organic. The Schaefers add that replacing the bedding of an allergy sufferer with natural products can reduce or eliminate the effects of the allergies.

Besides promoting health and well-being, the Schaefers’ vision is to strengthen the local economy using sustainable and ecological practices in their manufacturing and selling. “We bring distinctive, comfy, healthy goods to the marketplace without ever compromising our commitment to sustainability and the environment.”

The Schaefers hope for their showroom to become a hub for the community and aim to do their part to support community events. They invite you to the new showroom to touch, feel and experience the difference in all-natural bedding.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
Holy Lamb Organics
113 Thurston Ave NE, Olympia
holylamborganics.com

Fairy-Tale Wedding Love Story

When Emma Guffin and Sam Price envisioned a romantic yet whimsical fairy-tale wedding, they had no idea how wonderful it would be. “We looked at a lot of spots and finally we found the Cooper Creek Inn near Mount Rainier, and it was the perfect wood-inspired backdrop,” the bride said. The couple loves to spend time outdoors and camping together. In fact, Sam proposed to Emma on a camping trip.

“Once we found the location, we asked my mom to help with designing the decor and look and feel for the wedding and ceremony,” said Emma. The planning took place over a year. It was a romantic and whimsical time for all who attended. The bride’s mother, Debbie Guffin, said she had a wonderful time creating the ambiance for the event.

To create this spectacular fairy-tale wedding, the family worked with Blitz & Co. Florist in Tacoma. “This was one of the really amazing events that we had the opportunity to partner on and fulfill the wedding design ideas through floral and greenery applications,” said Steve Barbazette at Blitz.

“The wedding aisle was really long, so we had a daybed covered with greenery and lanterns and a guest book along the way,” the bride explained. “I love Pride and Prejudice so for the wedding program we used Jane Austen book covers. Everywhere you turned there was something new for guests to discover.”

During the wedding ceremony a string quartet played to enhance the romantic mood. As a creative touch, there was also a cigar bar down another trail and a love potion station where the couple did their wedding toast.

The wedding told a romantic love story. “It was so much more than we could have imagined,” said the new Mrs. Price. It seems love was truly in the air during the fairy-tale wedding in the forest.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
Blitz & Co. Florist, Tacoma
blitzflorist.com

Kate Ames Photography, Portland
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