FoxFire Salon and Spa Celebrates 35 Years

Tenacity and perseverance are two traits that have helped FoxFire Salon and Spa reach an impressive milestone—35 years in business. “It was never my intention to be a business owner,” said Karin Walker, founder and owner. “I just wanted to work with my friends doing great hair and having fun in a really nice environment.”

“I was 26 years old and needed $25,000 for the build-out of my first location,” Walker recalled. “I kept getting turned down because the bankers didn’t think I knew what I was doing, and they were right!” Young and fearless, the aspiring salon owner kept applying. Eventually she found the right lender, who by happenstance was also her client. Walker’s parents offered their home as collateral.

The founder’s vision of a high-end salon was the catalyst for FoxFire. The business opened on Feb. 14, 1984, in leased space at the intersection of Center and Orchard Streets in Tacoma. Walker credits her six original employees with playing a huge role in the salon’s overall success. Two still work with her in a staff that now numbers close to 30.

Though Walker describes her start as unintentional, she has kept a keen eye to the future. In 2001 she moved the business to its Fircrest location. She built this salon from the ground up. In 2009 she heard a rumor that a prime location in the Proctor District might soon be available. She contacted the building owner to say she was interested. Just a few months later, she opened this second location.

“It’s been quite the journey, but I’ve enjoyed it,” said Walker. “I’m a people person and have enjoyed working with my team.” She is also proud of the many awards the salons have earned over the years. Most memorable was being recognized in 2013 by Salon Today, the top business publication for owners of salons and spas. FoxFire made its list of the top 200 salons in the country.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

FoxFire Salon and Spa

1912 65th Ave W, Tacoma

2701 North Proctor St, Tacoma

253.565.7765

foxfiresalon.com

Linnea’s Unique Boutique Continues to Grow

Linnea Grantham dreamed of one day following in her father’s footsteps. “My father owned a European gift shop just outside of Boston and my sisters and I practically grew up in the shop,” recalls Grantham. “I always wanted to have a gift shop of my own one day.”

Grantham’s opportunity came knocking in the fall of 2015. Capital Medical Center in Olympia was looking for a vendor to establish an independently owned gift shop at the hospital. Grantham, who also owns a successful promotional products company with her husband, enthusiastically answered. “It was one of the scariest and most exciting decisions I’ve made because it had always just been a dream,” she says. “But I knew I had to try.”

Linnea’s Unique Boutique, opened in December 2015, quickly garnered rave reviews from hospital staff and the general public. The shop’s 300-square-foot space is filled wall-to-wall with fun and eclectic gifts, a little sarcastic humor and plush animals. “I only stock things that I would personally buy,” the owner explains. “I love everything in here.”

About a year after opening, the shop’s popularity got the attention of Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. Grantham was invited to open a second shop. “I’ve always said that Linnea’s is not your typical ‘hospital gift shop,’ but a gift shop that happens to be in a hospital.”

The Overlake space is more than twice the size of the Olympia location. Their distance apart of nearly 70 miles, with a lot of freeway traffic, makes running the two locations geographically challenging. But, says Grantham, “I have a wonderful, supportive staff at both shops, who I can’t say enough good about. They make it all possible.”

In April, Linnea’s opens in a third location, the Lacey/Hawks Prairie area. Customers will be delighted at the new shop, says Grantham. They will find items that are offered only in the Lacey shop.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

Linnea’s Unique Boutique

3900 Capital Mall Dr SW, Olympia
facebook.com/LinneasDreamOlympia

1035 116th Ave NE, Bellevue
facebook.com/LinneasDreamBellevue

6715 Martin Way E, Lacey
facebook.com/LinneasDreamLacey

Buckle Up for the Great Race

This is the first time the Great Race, the world’s premiere old-car rally, will take place entirely on the West Coast. It will start in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, June 22, and finish in Tacoma on Sunday, June 30. The 2,300-mile adventure will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to 18 cities in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Teams and cars from Japan, England, Australia, Canada and every corner of the United States will converge with vintage automobiles dating back as far as 1916. Cars built in 1974 and earlier are eligible. Most entries will have been manufactured before World War II. “We are pleased to be working with our friends at America’s Car Museum to host the finish of the 2019 Great Race,” says race director Jeff Stumb. The race has started and ended in Tacoma before, he says, “but this will be the first time we have the honor of holding the race in conjunction with America’s Car Museum.”

The event was started in 1983 by Tom McRae. It takes its name from the 1965 movie The Great Race. The comedy is based on the real-life 1908 automobile race from New York to Paris. The “race” is actually a time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day for every move down to the second. They are scored at secret checkpoints along the way and are penalized one second for each second either early or late. The lowest score wins.

If all goes according to plan, cars start and finish one minute apart. Organizers say the biggest challenge for the teams, other than staying on time and following instructions, is getting an old car to the finish line each day. Each stop on the Great Race is free to the public. Spectators may visit with participants and view the cars. Kids may even climb in some cars for a firsthand look.

“When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival,” Stumb says. “Last year we had five overnight stops with more than 10,000 spectators on our way to having 250,000 people see the Great Race during the event.” Luckily this year the event will end with the Shine Time Car Show at America’s Car Museum.

The Shine Time Car Show is free fun for the whole family. There’ll be hundreds of collector cars, plus food trucks. The Great Race will finish at America’s Car Museum on June 30 between 1:30 and 3:30pm.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information

greatrace.com

americascarmuseum.org/event/shinetime

960 Degrees of Cool

Cocktails are making their mark in the South Sound. The craft cocktail scene is enjoying quick-pour growth, both in quantity and quality. Matriarch, En Rama and Devil’s Reef are just a few of the first-class, cocktail-first bars that have opened in the past year-plus. The latest addition to this superior party pack is Bar 960.

Inside Hotel Murano, this newest highlight opened in March. Bar 960 is a glowing, glass-art-themed bar to complement the Murano’s unique, colorful hotel experience. The newly designed bar was inspired by the tones and inflections of Murano glass. (The Venetian island of Murano has been an expert artisan glassmaking center for more than 700 years.) The bar is aptly named for the temperature of glass-cooling ovens.

Bar 960 opens to the hotel lobby’s expansive windows, giving guests a view of the radiant space as it shimmers and reflects onto the sidewalk outside. Inside, custom wall sconces and warm tones are complemented by a cozy fireplace. A leathered granite-top bar is the heart of the space. It is surrounded by upholstered leather sectionals to sink into with your favorite (or new favorite) cocktail and good conversation. Custom geometric wool rugs soften underfoot.

The menu features light-fare, must-try shareable plates. These include freshly shucked oysters and the 960 Burger made with wagyu beef. Top these off with a refreshing selection of microbrews and creative cocktails. The chai-infused Spiced Sidecar, for one, is a perfect partner for a craft cocktail adventure.

Hotel Murano is Tacoma’s most artistic lodging. It pairs comfortable guest rooms with a collection of glass art from around the world worthy of exhibition. The vibrant downtown location is close to museums, fine and family dining, and the waterfront. Relax after a long day of meetings or kick off a big night on the town with a stop at Bar 960.

EMILY HAPPY

For Additional Information

Hotel Murano
hotelmuranotacoma.com
253.238.8000

Cooking it Up with Carla Hall

Carla Hall is best known as co-host of ABC’s popular, Emmy Award–winning lifestyle series The Chew. And on Nov. 2 she will bring her love for cooking to the Saint Martin’s Gala in the university’s Marcus Pavilion.

Hall won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef: All Stars and shared her philosophy of always cooking with love. She believes food connects us all. She strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., Hall grew up surrounded by soul food. When the time came for her to select her career path, she first opted for a business route. She graduated from Howard University and worked as an accountant for two years. Then she switched gears to work as a runway model. It was during that time, as she traveled (and ate) her way through Europe for a few years, she realized that her deep-rooted passion for food could be her career path. Today she is a trained chef who has worked in restaurant kitchens in and around Washington, D.C.

On the literary front, Hall has combined her love of food, people and culture to write several cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, will be published on Oct. 23. Her two other cookbooks are Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World and Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You.

The author says that one of the most positive aspects of her cookbooks has been having a voice for African American cooking and discovering the South. “It’s been an inspiration to check out your past and explore what culture looks like on a plate,” she says. Hall is active with a number of charitable organizations that reflect her passion for causes close to her heart. These include Helen Keller International, an organization that works to improve the lives of those with blindness and to prevent the causes and consequences of blindness. She is also the culinary ambassador for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Giving back has always been important,” says Hall. The TV shows and notoriety have offered a platform for me to be intentional and authentic about giving back and setting an example for others.” Carla will be doing that at the Saint Martin University’s Gala in November. The black-tie gourmet evening includes an exquisite five course dinner, cooking demos and a live auction benefiting Saint Martin’s student scholarships.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information

stmartin.edu/gala

Public Market at Point Ruston

CHI Franciscan and Point Ruston are proud to announce that CHI Franciscan’s Northwest Healthy campaign will be the lead sponsor of The Public Market at Point Ruston. This partnership, through the campaign’s commitment to nurturing the community’s well-being, will support the new public market and provide wellness education and interactive opportunities to live Northwest Healthy lives.

The Public Market at Point Ruston will feature two prominent Northwest Healthy spaces, including the Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen and the Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen. The Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen will provide an open, inviting space for local market vendors to showcase their products, work with local chefs, interact with people, and allow shoppers to watch, ask questions, and get recipes. The Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen will offer a full kitchen, open seating area, and the ability to transform the space for community and private meetings and events.

“We are committed to our mission of creating healthier communities by supporting programs and resources that encourage a healthy lifestyle.” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO of CHI Franciscan. Their partnership with Point Ruston, Patel says, “will provide our neighbors and families with an environment that promotes incorporating healthy habits into their daily lives.”

“Fresh food is an essential ingredient to a Northwest Healthy lifestyle, and the kitchens will help the community explore the important relationship between food and nutrition,” says Holly Martindale, registered dietitian at St. Joseph Medical Center. “Making healthy choices when shopping and learning how to prepare delicious, well-balanced meals will keep individuals and their families healthy for generations to come.”

Built across 97 acres, Point Ruston is a waterfront resort-inspired village that encourages people to walk, bike, and be active. Building vibrant community spaces is the central component of Point Ruston – and a key element to creating Northwest Healthy communities.

“Our vision from the beginning was to convert and repurpose this beautiful waterfront property, reclaiming it from its industrial past and creating a place where kids, families, visitors and the community alike can play, eat, and relax as part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Point Ruston’s Managing Director Loren Cohen. “Point Ruston is excited and appreciative of CHI Franciscan’s support to bring this vision to reality.”

More information on how to request to use the Northwest Healthy Demonstration Kitchen or the Northwest Healthy Event Kitchen will be announced in early Fall 2019.

For more information:

www.chifranciscan.org

https://www.pointruston.com/


MARTINA PRESTON


“The Taste Cooks!” Celebrates Local Chefs with Taste of Tacoma

Take a look inside a professional chef’s kitchen at The Taste Cooks!, presented by Albert Lee Appliance, on the weekend of June 21 through 23, 2019, at the Point Defiance Park!

Some of Tacoma’s best and most entertaining chefs are in the lineup to compete in high-energy mystery ingredient cook-offs and culinary demonstrations The Taste Cooks! showcases new chefs each day, with participants eager to show their delicious handpicked recipes and their quick-thinking in the cook-offs.

The Taste Cooks! features even more mystery cook-offs this year. Competing chefs will be given only half an hour to create a masterpiece from three mystery ingredients, a basic pantry, and a large selection of produce, kindly donated by Charlie’s Produce.

Members of the audience get a chance to participate also: three lucky guests will judge the chefs’ dishes on a criteria including their creative use of ingredients, presentation, tastiness, and overall entertainment. The winning chef will be announced live and will receive a $100 donation in their name towards the charity of their choice. Several charities benefited from last year’s winners, including the Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Emergency Food Network.

Return crowd favorites Jon Maley (ChūcH), Saffron Hodgson “The Aussie” (bushcooking.com), Hudson Slater (Asado Cucina), and Shawn Tibbitts (Tibbitts@FernHill) will be competing on The Taste Cooks! this year. New to the show are welcomed Jan Parker (Jan Parker Cookery), Brittany Erwin (Cooks Tavern), Kris Blondin (Devour), and more!

Another level of excitement and culinary expertise is brought to The Taste Cooks! through second-year emcee Chef Thierry Rautureau, a.k.a. “The Chef in The Hat.”

This event is free to attend, and guests are offered early-bird discounted food and beverage options to experience the best of the Taste of Tacoma®. Some options offered are the Experience Taste Package, which includes Craft Beer & Wine Tasting + Taste It! Food Tickets, and the new Taste It! Food Only Package. The weekend of June 21-23 is sure to be an exciting showcase of local chefs and fantastic food with the Taste of Tacoma®!

For the full line up of The Taste Cooks! demonstrations and cook-offs, or for other Taste of Tacoma® event details, head to www.tasteoftacoma.com.

MARTINA PRESTON

Summer “Wow” At Lakewood’s SummerFEST

Glowing hot air balloons. 30 food trucks. Beer garden. Live music. Classic cars. International Festival. Aerial motocross. Circus acts. Local vendors. Art. Pony rides. Triathalon. Pop-up skate park. Seahawks Beast Bus. There really is something to “wow” the whole family at Lakewood’s SummerFEST.

For 22 years, SummerFEST has entertained and engaged community in Lakewood. On Saturday, July 13, Ft. Steilacoom Park will transform into a free outdoor festival that dreams are made of. From 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., 45,000 people are expected to take part in the event.

Tunes will be playing in the park all day, featuring Pearl Jam and Journey tribute bands and the disco-rific Aphrodisiacs. See dances and special performances representing more than 14 different countries on the International Festival stage.

Grab your SummerFEST Passport, and all ages can try golf, tennis, soccer, football, yoga, fencing, kick-boxing, volleyball, disc golf, Tae Kwon Do, trapeze, and a collection of art projects.

“We want families to walk away inspired by having tried something new, and perhaps having found a sport they are passionate about,” says SummerFEST organizer Sally Gilpin Martinez with City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation. “Putting intention into SummerFEST is what differentiates it. People feel the difference. Our parks and recreation department is genuine about making an impact on the health of families in our community.”

Stroll through the Partners for Parks Classic Car Show, a hit with enthusiasts, collectors and the rest of us, and see who wins “Best Of” in 35 different categories. If you prefer fewer wheels, X Games bronze medalist Robert Haslam will perform freestyle motocross tricks throughout the day. If people-power is more your speed, pre-register for the SummerFEST Triathalon, which concludes at the celebration.

Enter the art contest sponsored by Lakewood Arts Commission with your best interpretation of the theme “The Greatest Showman,” which will play on the big outdoor screen at night. Youth ages 4-16 will be judged by age group and awarded prizes. Find entry forms on the SummerFEST website.  

For years to come, remember the colorful hot air balloons from Seattle Ballooning lit up against the night sky in a dazzling display, choreographed to music– the perfect close to a not-to-be-missed (and remember, it’s free!) festival.

EMILY HAPPY

For more information, call (253) 983-7758 or visit the SummerFEST website here.


Service at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

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.

Based in Puyallup, the dentist-owned company—with 14 locations, 37 dentists and more than 180 employees in the South Puget Sound—has customer service at the core of its mission.

“We try to treat people the way we would want to be treated,” says owner and CEO Dr. Steven Broughton, who bought his first office from a former dentist in Puyallup in 1997. “People say our practice feels like we’re all neighbors, like they’re just going down the street for friendly dental care.”

With hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including Saturdays, doctors available 24/7, free consultations, same-day appointments, and entire-family same-day care, Light Dental Studios has solutions patients need. “We’re trying to make dentistry effortless by making it about our patients, not the dentists,” says Broughton. “Our schedule accommodates their schedule, not the other way around. Our doctors are always available, and almost all procedures are done in-house.”

Besides standard dental checkups, treatments and other services, Light Dental Studios offers on-site orthodontics, implants, surgeries and dentures. Children’s dental care is also offered. In fact, the offices frequently schedule care for entire families side-by-side on the same day to save time.

Light Dental Studios also gives back to the community at the annual South Sound Free Dental Day. That’s when the staff donates its time and skills to give away more than $90,000 worth of dental work—including fillings and extractions—on a first come, first-served basis. “We want patients to feel comfortable,” Broughton says. “Our first goal is to provide same-day treatment.” Broughton notes that Light Dental Studios will continue to add offices over the upcoming years in growing family locations.

He attributes the increasing growth of his practice to the convenience for patients of evening and Saturday hours and same-day appointments.

LEAH GROUT

LIGHT DENTAL STUDIOS
lightdentalstudios.com

Luxury Hotel coming to Muckleshoot Casino

Twenty-four years after opening a casino which would set the standard for gaming in Washington State, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe will once again redefine expectations with the addition of a luxury resort at Muckleshoot Casino. 

Anticipated to open in the second quarter of 2021, the 18-story, 400-room hotel tower will offer sweeping views showcasing the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Sixty percent of the accommodations will allow for stunning panoramas of Tahoma, the native name for Mount Rainier, while other rooms will showcase the majesty of the Olympic mountain range.

Beyond the comfort of their plush retreats, guests will be able to enjoy an indoor, climate-controlled pool, pamper themselves with signature spa treatments, and more. A supervised play area and arcade will provide peace of mind for parents seeking respite of a different kind. Additionally, dining will reach new heights with a rooftop, fine-dining restaurant.  

Muckleshoot Casino General Manager Conrad Granito states, “The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has a history of innovation and leadership in Indian gaming. This logical evolution of their well-respected casino brand acknowledges consumer desires for a one-stop entertainment destination where fun, relaxation and dining beyond anything the market currently offers is just steps away.”

The hotel resort at Muckleshoot Casino will be the pinnacle of an exciting expansion already underway which completely re-envisions the gaming destination. The first phase of the project will add a 20,000-square-foot, technologically advanced events center, a trio of fast-casual dining destinations, a high-energy center bar, and more. Smoke-free gaming at Muckleshoot Casino, already the most offered in the state, also will increase. Additionally, a carefully curated cultural gallery will celebrate the history and journey of the Muckleshoot Tribe. The completion of the expansion’s first phase is expected in spring 2020. 

Once the full transformation is unveiled one year later in 2021 with the debut of an anticipated Four Star resort, Muckleshoot Casino will take its reputation as the “Biggest and Best in the Northwest” to an unparalleled level with 157,000 square feet of continuous gaming, 29,000 total square feet of event space, more than a dozen dining choices, and much, much more.

An interest list for hotel reservations and event bookings can be joined via MuckleshootCasino.com.

MARTINA PRESTON