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.

For Additional Information

Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community

tacomalutheran.org

LYNN CASTLE

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!

Pleats

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.

Handcrafted

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.

Movement

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!

EMILY HAPPY & MORGAN LUCAS

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.

For Additional Information

Architect | David Pool Architecture | davidpoolarchitecture.com

Builder | JB & Patti McHugh | mchughcontracting.com

Woodwork & Cabinetry | Madera Woodworking | maderawoodworking.com

Photography | William Wright | williamwrightphoto.com  

LEAH GROUT

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.

NATE PETERS

PANOWICZ JEWELERS
111 Market St NE, Olympia
panowicz.com

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