Small Town Book Club

I don’t just sell houses.  I connect people to the community.  In my blogs I don’t talk a lot about the market (although I promise you’ll see some real estate news!).  I tend to focus more on the lifestyle you’ll have living in the South Puget Sound, or more specifically Gig Harbor.  Take this blog….I highlight just a fun, simple thing I participate in every month with great anticipation.  Click here to see my version of a Small Town Book Club.  Visit Mostly Books in Downtown Gig Harbor on Harborview if you want to play along too!

Design Ideas for Downtown Gig Harbor

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This past summer, students from the University of Washington Architecture School descended on downtown Gig Harbor for a Storefront Studio Project. The result of their several week project is a collection of design ideas for storefronts, parks, shopping districts, a year-round farmers’ market and the ever necessary parking. The sky was the limit, and the ideas range from simple exterior makeovers to re-purposing of current buildings and sites for new uses.

The Storefront Studio Project was sponsored by the Gig Harbor Downtown Alliance. They are hosting a public viewing of the plans on Tuesday, November 5th, from 5-6:30pm at the Harbor History Museum. Displays include aerial map views, individual renderings of suggested makeovers, as well as conceptual drawings of “what if’s”. On hand will be the students’ professor, Jim Nicholls, to answer any questions on the process or designs themselves. Copy of the program summary book will also be for sale ($20 donation).

This was a fun project both for the students who gained real life experience working with vested members of town, as well as the residents. Having a fresh set of eyes looking at our town resulted in some fabulous ideas. We know we have a great little place to call home, but a little imagination can make it even more special and vibrant. Stop by for a look.

Okay….that was fun.

Over the weekend I attended the Gig Harbor Film Festival.  As a film fan (see former blog post) you would think this would be a no-brainer, but I don’t really look forward to film festivals.  Scanning the program isn’t the same as seeing enticing trailers in the theater, so deciding on which films to see can be a bit of a crapshoot….and a little stressful.  But I took the gamble and was really delighted with the films I saw this year.

I applaud the films featuring local regions and people.  Cement Suitcase was poignant and funny, as it described the somewhat dismal life of a young man living in the Yakima Valley.  My friend and I got a kick out of seeing the Airfield Winery and many local Yakima Valley sites.  Writer/Director Rick Castaneda shared that he appreciated the tremendous local support which is why he centered the film near his hometown of Granger, WA.

Everything Went Down starred Noah Drew, Indie-rocker Kate Tucker,….and Bellingham.  Wow, B-ham looked awesome on film!  Kudos to Director Dustin Morrow for this modern styled musical.

Finally, what a thrill it was to see the documentary of local rock photographer, Jini Dellaccio, in Her Aim is True.  Karen Whitehead directed a first class film blending old and new, color and black/white, spoken word and music.  Having Jini (96-years-old!) and singer Merilee Rush at the showing made it even more special.

Thank you to all who planned and executed this fun festival.  I know there is a year’s worth of work to get to the actual festival, and it seemed to go flawlessly.   My only request is that next year order a little rain so I feel less guilty about sitting in a movie theater all weekend.  :)

Attention Dirty Cars in Gig Harbor!

Bring your filthy cars to the Gig Harbor High School Interact Club car wash this Saturday, May 18th at the Shell Station on Wollochet near Highway 16. All proceeds go to the Denny Wilford Foundation treating and preventing polio in Ethiopia and Uganda. Meet some amazing kids, while cleaning up your ride!

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To blog or not to blog….

I’ve been vowing for weeks to start a blog.  There have been so many times that I wished I had a place to put important and helpful information for clients and friends.  Other times, I just want to post some pictures, announce an upcoming event, share some up-to-date stats….but where do I put these so others can access it?!  It’s times like that I wish I had a blog.  Other times, when I have the time, I don’t have an immediate need to create a site.  You see my problem.

So bear with me as I attempt to learn this new technology.  I encourage you to check it for information regarding the real estate market, particularly as it pertains to the Gig Harbor / Tacoma / South Puget Sound area.  We have a saying in this business, “all real estate is local”.   The national news and statistics may have nothing to do with what is happening in your neighborhood.  We tend to lag behind other parts of the country, so we can look at other markets and make a prediction of things to come.  But adding the local spin and data can really put things into perspective.

Speaking of local, all work and no play makes for a boring life!   Therefore, I will of course post what is going on about town.  I’m happy to share what I know about civic events, great restaurants, businesses and service providers that go above and beyond, opportunities to get involved….even thoughts on the book I’m reading.  Consider the hard data of the real estate market as the main course, but you gotta have some spice, right?!