Gift Guide 2020

Slumberkins Collection

Not only a plush friend to snuggle with, but also a tool to promote emotional learning. Each “kin” comes with its own individual story and techniques to help build healthy routines and bonds between guardian and child.

Yeti Lunch Box

Elevate your meals to go with sleek design, ColdCell™ Flex insulation and a leakp9roof, waterproof exterior.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

This coat is lightweight, weather- resistant, extremely compressible and performs its main duty of warmth. Insulation and lining are 100% recycled and sewing is Fair Trade Certified™.

Holy Lamb Organic Pillow

Certified organic, handmade wool pillow that come with a premium sateen case. Size and thickness options available.

Spiceology Popcorn Seasonings

Add some flavor to movie night with a fun variety of Spiceology popcorn seasonings such as Apple Cinnamon and Bleu Cheese Buffalo. Available in a gift pack set.

Vida and Luz

Skillfully handcrafted pieces made of hammered brass and smooth Skagit River driftwood meant to reflect lunar and celestial power. A portion of all proceeds support Wipe Every Tear Foundation’s fight against sex trafficking in the Philippines.

Bold Palate Foods Dressings

Delicious, plant-based condiments are made with real vegetables plus flavorful herbs and spices. No sugar added. $21.98-$39.99

Home makeover: Going for the Gold

A hot new trend is adding gold or brass accents to a room to add warmth. After living in their home for a little over a year, Gig Harbor residents turned to Signature Design & Cabinetry to do a redesign and makeover of their bathroom. Their vision was to go from small and dark to a dramatic and bold mid-century modern bathroom with lots of storage space.

“The project was completed in a few months and the cabinetry was on-time, within budget, and so very beautiful,” say the homeowners. “Our new enhanced storage space is so incredible. The result is a warm and welcoming new space.”

“Crystal Delgado of Signature Design & Cabinetry has amazing vision; she really listened and exceeded my design expectations.”

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Fall Fashion Trends

Fall 2020

As the leaves begin to fall, we start to pack away our summer clothes and look at fresh fall clothes and accessories.

Check out this list of our favorite fall trends to consider whether you are shopping online or in stores this fall.

Brightly Colored Handbags

Loud and proud, bright and bold. This look can bring a pop of color into any outfit. This bright accessory change will encourage you to walk into fall catching attention.

Skirt Suits

Skirt suits are uncomplicated, sophisticated, and versatile. Dress this up or dress it down. A skirt suit look can be paired with simple pearls and pump heels or substantial jewelry and chunky heels. Express your style by pairing your favorite accessories with this apparel.

Brown and Beige Slouchy Leather Boots

Easy to wear with any outfit, slouchy leather boots add a warm touch to a fall outfit. These boots present a feeling of a billowy motion.

Cowl Neck Dresses

The cowl neck from the 90’s is back! Minimalist, comfortable, and flattering, this design gives a jolt of life to any attire. The cowl neck silhouette appeals to reveal femininity, especially when paired with satin or suede.

Neutral Tones

Neutral colors highlight the beauty and simplicity of fall 2020. Dressing in these shades emphasizes the beauty of a natural elegant aesthetic.


Jennifer Weddermann: Architect/Metal Artist

That’s the advice of Jennifer Weddermann, a Tacoma architect who also designs and fabricates metal art. She founded Weddermann Architecture in 2010 in the aftermath of a major recession. Now her certified woman-owned firm is finding its path through the effects of COVID-19.

Weddermann’s notable buildings include the Tacoma Police Department Headquarters as well as the popular children’s playgrounds at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and The Farm at SillyVille at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. She has also designed private homes and the large Hanna Heights Apartments project in Tacoma’s theater district.

Her metal art pieces can’t be missed. A major installation at the entry of the Tacoma Children’s Museum is big, colorful and whimsical. A large Point Ruston sign continues the whimsy, embracing a nautical theme.

In Seattle, look for a giant metal angler fish in the South Park neighborhood. She has also installed a new piece of corporate art in the Alki neighborhood.

“Now we’re going for more community-related projects that affect the most people in a positive way,” Weddermann said of her COVID-era work. Weddermann is especially pleased with artistic metal gates designed for the YWCA Pierce County domestic violence shelter. She donated a panel to a Smithsonian exhibit organized to show how beauty impacts healing.

Architectural design can be desk work. That’s not the case with the metal art, which can involve extensive physical labor.

Why metal as a medium? In a furniture design class in graduate school, Weddermann discovered that her limited budget wouldn’t cover the cost of expensive wood.

To create her graduate class project, she took her $10 to a junk yard and loaded a cart with a pile of rolled steel pieces—a lot of pieces. That experience affected her choice for her future artistic work. “Steel is cost effective. If I make a mistake, I grind it out,” Weddermann explained. “Steel is strong and fluid with a lot of potential.”

“That pile of metal activated the creative side of my brain,” she said. Now the community benefits from her creativity.


Chic Farmhouse Design for Dash Point Home

When Terry and Kathy Kleeberger decided to upgrade their Dash Point home, they envisioned a lighter, brighter space. “We loved the rustic, cozy feel of the house but wanted to update and brighten up the kitchen,” say the Kleebergers.

The project began in January 2019 and was completed that June. The homeowners brought in the experts at Signature Design and Cabinetry to help with the design. “We wanted to keep it cozy and inviting, creating a comfortable place for friends and family while incorporating some chic farmhouse charm,” say the Kleebergers. The couple also envisioned a space with tools and equipment for plenty of ongoing entertaining both indoor and outside.

“Remodels can be difficult and typically take longer than expected, but it all came together beautifully,” say the Kleebergers. “The cabinet design, ordering and installation was seamless. In the end, we have tons of storage and love the new pantry and wine cooler. Entertaining is so much easier with an indoor and outdoor kitchen, too. We now have an expanded space for people to enjoy in and around the kitchen.”

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Signature Design & Cabinetry

Images by: Denise Knudson Photography

City of Lacey Accessory Dwelling Units

An Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU for short, is a second, small dwelling on the same property of a standard single-family home. ADU’s have been around for years, but maybe you’ve called them by other common names like Mother-in-Law or Backyard Cottage or Granny Flat or maybe even Above-Garage Apartment. Whatever you may refer to them as, ADU’s offer an opportunity to help diversify the housing needs of our communities.

The City of Lacey recognized ADU’s as one solution they are implementing to solve the complex housing issue in their city limits. They created two pre-approved ADU plans, one a studio plan of 480 sq. ft and the other a 600 sq. ft one-bedroom plan, to assist in streamlining the approval timeline to approximately two weeks. Pre-approved plans speed up the permitting process because the reviewer knows the plans meet the City’s building codes and design guidelines.

These pre-approved plans are free of charge to Lacey residents; just stop by City Hall or schedule an appointment with a City Planner. Individuals can select the ADU’s roof style, siding, color, windows and doors for compatibility with their existing house and any of their neighborhood’s design requirements. ADU’s work best on a lot that is 10,000 sq. ft or .25 acres and larger. Use of the pre-approved ADU plan is not a requirement from the City of Lacey, but use of your own developed plan is subject to the City’s standard review process.

An ADU can be used as a flexible space for your extended family, friends and out-of-town guests; a private studio in your backyard; or an affordable rental unit. Land conservation and preserving an existing neighborhood’s scale and form are just a few of the benefits of adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit to your property.

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City of Lacey ADU’s


Tacoma Lutheran Redevelopment Project

Serving Pierce County for over 80 years, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community in North Tacoma. With the planned addition of three buildings filled with condos and apartments, the community is forging ahead on its challenge to continually evolve and modernize. The redevelopment’s goal is to meet the ever-changing needs of current residents, but also to ensure it is relevant for generations to come.

Pre-sale of the upscale condos and fully equipped apartments will begin in April of this year with an anticipated construction start date in fall of 2021. The two-year construction process will see the addition of new buildings, two condo buildings with 20 and 21 units respectively, and one three-story apartment building with 50 units. The upscale finishes on the condos will be complemented by the state-of-the art common areas and amenities already existing on the campus. The apartments will feature full modern kitchens and complete laundry facilities in each unit. Monthly apartment fees will include a meal plan in the community dining facility as well as access to all amenities and programs offered throughout the Life Plan Community.

As Pierce County’s largest Life Plan Community, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community has the facilities to take residents through the various stages of their life. With Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care, the campus features services and amenities offered to enhance one’s lifestyle. There is a wellness and aquatic centers and an art center with ceramics, wood and textile projects. Plus, there are a wide variety of life enriching activities and programs available off campus like an excursion to the Seattle Symphony or visiting the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

The community currently features 183 apartments and Six-Plex cottages that open into courtyards, 38 assisted living units, 14 memory apartments and 159 skilled nursing beds. The addition of 90+ upscale condos and apartments in the coming years will enhance the campus for years to come.

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Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community


5 Trends to Spring Into a New Season

What was once old is fresh and innovative again! You may recognize a few trends on this list from decades gone by. Revisit them now for a look that’s anything but tired. Spring into 2020 with this list of can’t-miss trends:

Puffy Sleeves

This bold, elegant look adds a feminine flare to any daily outfit, formal or casual.

Bright and Bold Colors

As spring flits in and flowers start to blossom, embracing the fulgent colors in bloom is a must. A radiant splash of color might just light up your spring season!


Often seen in skirts, blouses and dresses pleats are known to bring an interesting look and movement to a garment. The delicate detail comes from an ancient technique typically made from wool or silk.


Typically, this look includes repurposing and can bring meaning to an everyday outfit, often through fabric mixing, lace embroidery and intricate knitwear.

Polka Dots

Originating from the mid-19th century, polka dots are back serving a simple, classy spin to any look.


Stroll into spring catching eyes just by walking. All different materials this season will be utilized to emphasize the natural movement of clothing.

Welcome to Spring, 2020 style—as vivid, lively and adventurous as you design!


Northwest Contemporary: Artfully Designed

This Pacific Northwest home was designed for a couple who wanted a Northwest Contemporary home that was modern yet warm and inviting. Natural daylighting and extensive use of western red cedar on the exterior and Douglas fir ceilings on the interiors were used to create warmth in the structure.

The project began with the homeowners vision in the summer of 2013 and was completed in 2015. They wanted clean lines for their home and are avid art lovers and who wanted the home design itself to be a piece of art.

The kitchen, where the couple gathers regularly with family and friends, became the heart of the home. The open concept plan with large sliding glass doors provided transparency that captures the beautiful sweeping views of the Puget Sound, Dash Point, Vashon Island and the Olympic Mountains.

The entry became a showcase for the owner’s art collection. “White oak wood flooring, clerestory windows, and skylights providing diffused day lighting, were all strategies employed to invoke the interior of an art gallery. Steel columns were introduced to provide a framework for art, and to draw guests towards the social house and its expansive views,” says architect David Pool.

“We are very happy with the contemporary yet warm ambiance of our home and we love the space we live in,” says the homeowner.

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Architect | David Pool Architecture |

Builder | JB & Patti McHugh |

Woodwork & Cabinetry | Madera Woodworking |

Photography | William Wright |  


Panowicz Jewelers: Celebrating 71 Years

Even after seven decades, Panowicz Jewelers still holds true to its founding: a legacy of quality, integrity and value. Founded in 1948 by Anton Panowicz Sr., the local, family-owned jewelry store recently celebrated its 71st anniversary serving the Olympia community.

“Retail has to be about outstanding customer service and care,” says Rob Panowicz, son of the late founder. “We continue to cater to our customers and put them first in all aspects of the business.”

“As a store, we genuinely care about our customers,” echoes Leslie Panowicz, general manager. “One of our favorite aspects of this business is being a part of clients’ special moments that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

She said customers will often come into the store and recount a memory when her grandfather or father helped them choose a ring that was perfect for the occasion and fit within their budget. “These memories are so special and help us remember our roots,” Leslie said. Indeed, adds Rob Panowicz, a unique quality of his team is the longevity of tenure and the services they provide. With two goldsmiths and two certified gemologists on staff, Panowicz Jewelers is able to offer many services in-store that other retailers would often need to outsource.

Panowicz Jewelers prides itself on its history while also remaining contemporary in both variety and selection of merchandise. You don’t need to travel to a big city to find that special piece of jewelry, says Leslie. “Panowicz is on par with the larger, upscale corporate jewelry stores with quality and selection. We can also custom order jewelry to fit your occasion.”

To stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends, Leslie Panowicz travels nationally and internationally to Antwerp, Belgium and Thailand. She hand-selects diamonds in order to offer the best value and quality in the Puget Sound. She says it’s all part of continuing the 70-plus year legacy of serving the community’s jewelry needs.


111 Market St NE, Olympia