Thursday, February 11, 2016

South Sound Running North Open

Point Ruston has confirmed that South Sound Running's new store is open. The shop is located in the plaza next to Wild Fin restaurant. The first retail store in the new building is hosting a 5-K running event this Saturday starting at their new location. More details available here...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Why Ruston Is Cool

A neighbor recently posted on Nextdoor this great story about what makes Ruston such a cool place to live:

A big THANK YOU to all of the kind neighbors we met today in Ruston, and especially to Ray for saving the day!!! I woke up this morning with the disheartening realization that even though my kids and I had somewhere to be in just over an hour, I did not have a car seat for my toddler. It had mistakenly been taken with our minivan to the car shop in Spanaway where the van was getting fixed. The kids and I took the double-stroller and started walking around Ruston on a mission to find a friendly neighbor who might have an extra car seat. We met many wonderful and kind people who took the time to check their garages, to walk with us to meet more neighbors, or to smile and offer advise. In the end, Ray saved the day when he pulled his recycling truck up to our house with a loaner car seat from the new daycare center, Stepping Stones Academy, who had one to spare! Thank you, Tierra, for offering that to us! I feel so blessed to be living in a small town (with the conveniences of a big city, nonetheless!) surrounded by such kind neighbors. With a car seat loaner secured, we made it to our scheduled activity (better late than never), and were able to drive to the auto shop to retrieve our toddler's car seat. Thank you all, again! Hopefully those of you who opened your front doors to us are reading this -- thank you, all! It was a fun adventure, and we look forward to seeing you all around town again.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fort Nisqually Update

From Metro Parks:

Feb. 1, 2016
One of the interior design options to be presented on Feb. 11


One of the interior options to be presented on Feb. 11.

Fort Nisqually possibilities to be unveiled Feb. 11
Public meeting part of process to decide Fort’s future capital projects and programs
A new visitor center, refurbished structures, better restroom access, improved parking, innovative interpretation techniques and more capital improvement possibilities at Fort Nisqually over the next 20 years will be unveiled in a public meeting at 6 pm. Feb. 11 in the Metro Parks Board Room, 4702 S. 19th St.
The ideas have been gathered for months through public meetings and extensive research, all to create a more immersive visitor experience that will engage families as well as individual history enthusiasts to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Metro Parks wants to hear citizens’ reactions to the ideas, which will help them move forward with long-range capital and program plans for the Fort.
The meeting will be the second in a series of three public meetings focused on the Fort’s long-range capital and program plans. The museum is one of 10 focus areas identified for detailed planning in the Point Defiance Park Master Plan, which was updated in 2015. Other areas listed for detailed focus include Owen Beach, the Pearl Street entrance and overall traffic patterns.
As for Fort Nisqually, Chief Planning Manager Doug Fraser said he’d like more people to take part in the discussion of how best to use future capital funds and carry out the Fort’s mission of interpretation, education, research and preservation. “Now’s a great time to get involved in developing a detailed vision of the Fort’s future. You’ll see maps, diagrams and photos. We’d like you to tell us what you think.”
Metro Parks has hired Weatherhead Experience Design Group to lead the conversation. The group previously assisted Seattle’s EMP Museum and Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), as well as the Chicago History Museum.
If you are unable to attend the Feb. 11 meeting, but would like to contribute ideas, call Fraser at  (253) 305-1019 or email him at  A third and final public meeting is likely to take place in late March or April. For more information about overall Point Defiance Park planning, go to  
_DSC4292The $198 million capital improvement bond passed by voters in 2014 included about $100,000 for Fort Nisqually planning.

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Visitors travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma.  

Fort Nisqually Public Meeting
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, Metro Parks Tacoma Board Room, 4702 S. 19th St.

Doug Fraser, Chief Planning Manager, (253) 305-1019;
Melissa McGinnis, Historic & Cultural Resource Manager, (253) 305-1003;
Michael Thompson, Public Information Officer, (253) 305-1092;

Monday, February 1, 2016

Bike Rentals Coming to Point Ruston

Holland Cohen announced last week that Wheel Fun Rentals will be opening a shop at Point Ruston soon. They are looking for good employees, so spread the word! Holland's announcement and more details below:
We are very excited to have Wheel Fun Rentals join the Point Ruston family! They are going to make coming to the Waterwalk such a fun experience.

Check out what they're doing on Alki:
We need your help though.....

They are really interested in hiring solid, hard working kids with good work ethics. Over the years, they have hired and trained good kids that have learned great skills and even worked their way up the chain to managing and training employees, which all looks good on the resume in the future.
This is a great opportunity for a fun outdoor job. The info on applying is on the attached flier. Let's get some great people working down there!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Two More Businesses Open At Point Ruston

UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 14 - The News Tribune has more details and a review of the Wildfin restaurant opening. Read it here.
Wildfin American Grill will open its doors next Tuesday, January 19th. The restaurant is adjacent to the Grand Plaza fountain and will include outdoor seating and a walk-up fish and chips bar. More details and reservations available here. Also opening next week is the new Tranquility Dental Wellness Center.  The center is located in the Copperline building near Dolce Si bakery. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Point Ruston's Silver Cloud Hotel Progress

The News Tribune is reporting progress is being made on building the Silver Cloud hotel at Point Ruston, along with several other hotel projects in the Tacoma area.  Read more here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fort Nisqually Closing For Soil Replacement

Exit 133 is reporting (here) that Fort Nisqually at Point Defiance Park will close during January and February early next year. The closure will allow the Department of Ecology to send in crews to replace soil as part of their Tacoma Smelter Plume clean up program.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Swanky Holiday Sip~N~Shop Tomorrow

If you are looking for some fun local shopping this Saturday, stop by The Blue Octopus art gallery at 5013 N. Pearl Street. Artist Kerry Cole offers the only champagne tasting room in the state, along with wonderful unique gifts. Here are the details from Kerry:

Saturday 12/5 12-6pm:
Swanky Holiday Sip~N~Shop til you drop at The Blue Octopus
Carefully curated, hand crafted, unique + gift-able wares.
Wine and Champagne Tastings $5 (Flights of Champagne from $15 up)
Deals on Case, Bottle, Growlers and gift sets.
Get your holiday mojo started with us this weekend!
Warm Wishes,
Kerry Cole
The Blue Octopus

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Pizza! Pizza!

The News Tribune reports that Farrelli's Wood Fire Pizza is the latest restaurant with plans to open at Point Ruston by next summer. This will be Farrelli's largest store with two stories and outdoor seating. Read more here.