New Neighbors Guide for Living in Pierce County

Publisher’s Letter

Welcome to the New Neighbors Guide!

On behalf of the local community, we welcome you to Pierce County. Whether you’re here temporarily or for the long haul, we know you’re going to love our region. With our natural beauty, lakes, streams and forested trails, this is the perfect location for outdoor fun. With some of the best coffee in the world and a vibrant food and entertainment scene, Pierce County has something for everyone.

Let’s face it, moving to a new city can be expensive and time-consuming—but it’s also exciting! This guide is written by a mix of perspectives from native Pierce Countians to people who moved here from out of the area. We created this guide with the things we wish we had known when we moved here.

This resource guide offers tips and reminders to get you settled and to get the nuts and bolts of your new home well underway. This guide will also help you get connected to your local community, schools and health care, and help you put down “roots” in your daily life here. From great ideas for your home and events to engage in the community, we have you covered. As we put together this issue, we look forward to providing you with information and education about all the “best things” in Pierce County and we hope to give you a sense of place where you belong and can engage and feel connected. We welcome you, our “new neighbor,” to Pierce County.

Kindest regards,

Robin Lucas, Publisher

This Issue’s Content

Telehealth Options with Sound Family Medicine

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sound Family Medicine has created a variety of visit options for their patients. Everyone has different health statuses and comfort levels, and Sound Family Medicine wants to ensure each person has safe access to everyday care that they need. If you need to visit, Sound Family providers are ready […]

New to Pierce County?

After moving, you might need to file a change of address, update your car registration and get your license. Getting chummy with the neighbors might also be a swell idea. Update Your Drivers License What: If you’re moving to Pierce County from out of state, you need to apply for a Washington state driver’s license. […]

Living in Pierce County

Pierce County may be one of the most geographically diverse counties in the nation, from the miles of marine shoreline along Puget Sound to the summit of Mount Rainier, one of the most glaciated mountain peaks in the continental U.S. With first-rate health care, school districts, and transportation and a unique combination of urban and […]

The Harbor History Museum

Nestled on the Gig Harbor waterfront where Donkey Creek meets the bay, the Harbor History Museum is celebrating its 10th year of operation. Yet the Museum’s campus has a much deeper history, reflecting the site’s logging mill and power company past and includes the 1893 Midway Schoolhouse and 65-foot fishing boat, Shenandoah. Step through the […]

Youth Engage in the World Around Them

Back by popular demand, the Agents of Discovery Puget Sound Explorer Campaign introduced last summer will be bigger and better with more Mission locations when it begins again in July. The Puget Sound Explorer Campaign is a summer educational initiative program running through September 25. The program encourages kids to play by visiting participating parks, […]

Changing Schools After Moving

While there’s a lot to be said for neighborhood public schools—no tuition or complicated application requirements, a sense of community, and that oldfashioned walk to school—parents in Tacoma and Pierce County have an array of enrollment options for educating their kids: 19 school districts with 279 public schools serving 132,018 students, and 62 private schools […]

Anthem: Community-Centric

We all have a favorite coffee shop. For some, it’s a place that offers a quiet ambiance. For others, their favorite is a matter of convenience: A quick fix from the drive-thru before the morning commute. And then there is Anthem Coffee, delivering exceptional service, an energetic atmosphere and pretty fabulous coffee. Anthem isn’t new […]

Giving Back in the 253

In any community, a sense of “community” is built on the connections made through unique groups of people that support one another. When I moved to Tacoma five years ago, I was wanting to know my neighbors, to feel that my community supported one another, and to find ways to give back. Quickly, I learned […]

Exercise Your Green Thumb All Year Long

As the days begin to get shorter and the drizzly days that accompany the Pacific Northwest autumn season begin to set in, it is important to find ways to stay active and keep your spirits high. Gardening creates a sense of purpose and is a very rewarding activity because it allows people to experience success, […]

Making Your House A Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with decor and furniture from the heart Your entry is the initial introduction to your home and sets the stage for you and your guests. Place a cozy rug or floor mat inside the door to define the entry and give an immediate sense of personality. A […]

Olympic Landscape: Heart For Community

Olympic Landscape has been designing, building and servicing outdoor residential and commercial spaces in the South Sound for more than 40 years. As an expert landscape contractor, the company creates beautiful outdoor living spaces, unique gathering spaces, and specially-themed gardens for homes and businesses. The owner and CEO, Joe Areyano, plans to continue that legacy. […]

Getting Settled into a New Home

After the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of moving is over. And you’re right, but there are still things to take care of before you can relax completely.  Get Your Utilities Set Up You don’t want to arrive at your new place, late at night, and […]

Tacoma Mall Expands with New Retailers

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 […]

Asian-Inspired Food, Beautiful Ambiance

From the moment you enter Indochine, you feel as though you have been transported to an exotic locale. The indoor water feature fills an unassuming fish pond surrounded by rich wooden tables and benches. Warm lighting and Asian-inspired décor help set the mood. And an open floor plan invites guests to interact with one another. […]

Traditional Pork Chops with an Asian Twist

So many of us have been cooking more meals at home and are looking for new and interesting ways to jazz up our menu rotation. Adding an international flair to your typical meal can create just the buzz from your family that you are looking for. Here’s a family favorite from Sam Dahn … delicious, […]

Asia Pacific Cultural Center Serving the Community

When the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) was formed in 1996 it was intended to fulfill a deep need as a place that brought together significant segments of minority Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. For more than two decades, the APCC has taught and celebrated the cultural history, customs, arts, crafts, people and […]

More Than Just ‘Eye Candy’

Have you ever sat in a medical appointment, wishing you were receiving more personal service? Not just the next one in line, but actually cared about? Then take a peek into Eye Candy Optical and say hello to Dr. Kandi Moeller. Dr. Kandi and her team are ready to treat you like family—which she jokes, […]

Service and Convenience at Light Dental

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, free consultations, same-day appointments, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find a full combination of such attributes. But then there’s Light Dental Studios. The dentist-owned company—with 16 locations in the South Puget Sound—has customer service at […]

Physical Therapy with Fun & Family

Owners Kim Bisson and Susan Jankelson wanted to create a clinic that felt like home. Their goal was for each person who walked through the doors, whether patient or employee, to feel like part of the family. Welcome home to Rainier Family Physical Therapy. What started over a cup of coffee in 2007 has transformed […]

Warm-Weather Wellness Tips for Seniors

Warmer weather often awakens a desire to get outside and be active. But seniors who have a higher sensitivity to heat need to use caution when making plans in the sun. Put on Your Walking Shoes Walking is an excellent physical activity. And doing so in a park or forest is a great way to […]