The Best of the South Sound 2012

Best of South Sound 2012 IllustrationThe Best of the South Sound is now in its fourth year. This comprehensive list is full of your favorites and includes repeat winners and businesses that are new to the scene.

Food & Drink

Best Restaurant


4107 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor

Last year’s reader’s choice for Best New Restaurant, JW has proven it’s no longer a newcomer on the South Sound restaurant scene. The downtown Gig Harbor eatery is elegant and hospitable, offering honey-almond prawns and other entrées such as spring lamb meatloaf —and don’t forget the dark chocolate decadence torte.

Best Lunch

Harmon Brewing Co.

1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

The Harmon’s express lunch menu is delicious and affordable — all items are $8.99. Enjoy items like the Harmon fishwich featuring fresh Alaskan cod or the tender beef pot roast. A 10-ounce Flasghip beer is just $1 on weekdays.

Best Breakfast/Brunch

Kelly’s Café & Espresso

7806 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor

Kelly’s is dependably delicious, serving breakfast all day, every day. The café offers all the usual breakfast suspects, like the pancake breakfast, egg scrambles and a myriad of omelets, along with some special dishes, such as Kelly’s Green Eggs & Ham, made with pesto, and the hometown favorite Crab Cake Benedict. One bite and it’s easy to see why Kelly’s is a local favorite.

Best Wine Shop

Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge

1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. Whether you’re having an intimate meal or hosting a party at Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, you’re sure to be satisfied with their wide range of drinks.

Best Dessert

Affairs Bakery

2811 Bridgeport Way W., University Place

This bakery certainly makes cakes, truffles, cupcakes, cheesecake, pies and tortes an affair to remember. The bakery seems to offer every dessert imaginable, but you can’t beat their huge array of specialty cakes. From endless chocolate cake to cranberry raspberry torte and more, as well as wedding cakes.

Best Chef

Bill Trudnowski, Adriatic Grill

4201 S. Steele St., Tacoma

Chef Bill Trudnowski has an impressive background as a chef in the Seattle-Tacoma area, where he has worked for more than 20 years. He is honored again with the award for Best Chef, thanks to his hard work and skillful cooking at Adriatic Grill, where Italian cuisine reigns and good wine flows under his watchful eye.

Best Service

El Gaucho

2119 Pacific Ave., Tacoma,

El Gaucho has a history of great tableside service, and under general manager James Capangpangan, the restaurant has earned its prize with friendly, efficient assistance.

Best Burger

Blazing Onion

4701 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor

Blazing Onion is a quintessential burger joint in all its juicy glory. Their inventive list of burger combinations offers just about everything, from the All-American Burger to the Thai Peanut Burger and beyond. Get your fix with a 1/3-pound burger, or substitute turkey, veggie patty, chicken breast, lamb, buffalo or wild boar. The possibilities are endless at Blazing Onion — just like the French fries.

Best Kid-Friendly

Chuck E. Cheese

4911 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma

With games, rides, prizes and food, Chuck E. Cheese is a favorite of every child.

Best Winery

21 Cellars

2621 N. 21st St., Tacoma

This urban boutique winery combines tradition and innovation when making their Washington wine. They are always expanding their collection and their fan base keeps growing, too.

Best Pizza

The Cloverleaf

6430 6th Ave., Tacoma

The Cloverleaf has been around since 1950, and continues to serve pitch-perfect pizza. Its pies feature a signature thin crust, fresh ingredients and flavorful red sauce.

Best Sushi


1125 Court C #1, Tacoma

Sushi is an art form as well as a culinary delicacy and Fujiya strikes this balance just right. For more than 26 years, its sushi and rolls have been a local favorite. Don’t miss the all-you-can-eat sushi from 5-9 pm, Mon.-Thurs.

Best Drive-In

Frisko Freeze

1201 Division Ave., Tacoma

Frisko Freeze is a true Tacoma institution. The drive-in has been offering classic burgers, milkshakes and fries for more than 60 years and the time-tested recipes guarantee satisfaction.

Best Vegetarian

Marrow Kitchen & Bar

2717 6th Ave., Tacoma

Marrow features delicious and innovative vegetarian dishes. Try the green curry lentils or the flavorful Arrow slider duo. The meaty side of the menu makes it a great place to find something for everyone.

Best New Restaurant

Marrow Kitchen & Bar

2717 6th Ave., Tacoma

Marrow has combined up-and-coming recipes with a visionary style. Good food plus a trendy feel has helped Marrow stand above the rest according to South Sound readers.

Best Hole in the Wall

MSM Deli

2220 6th Ave., Tacoma

These Magical Sandwich Makers have earned their epithet. It may not look like much from outside, but that is part of the charm of MSM, where it’s simply impossible to be disappointed.

Best Sandwich

MSM Deli

2220 6th Ave., Tacoma,

Choose from MSM’s select sandwiches, East Coast menu and daily specials, or create your own sub. Try a BBC (beef, bacon and cheddar), an Italian cold cut or a classic Reuben.

Best Coffee Shop


Various locations

South Sound readers like to get their caffeine fixes at Starbucks.

Best Bakery

Corina Bakery

510 6th Ave., Tacoma

Corina Bakery is another local favorite. They offer every baked good imaginable, all made from scratch, and often available in vegan or gluten-free versions. Low-sugar and soy-free options are available, too. The award-winning bakery also makes cakes for every occasion, including weddings.

Best Bar/Lounge

Tides Tavern

2925 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor

This old favorite has been voted Best Bar/Lounge yet again by South Sound readers. With famous clam chowder and fish and chips; perfect brews; classic pizzas, burgers and sandwiches and a panorama of the water, Tides Tavern is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the brew — and view.

Best Sweets

Corina Bakery

510 6th Ave., Tacoma

One glance at their website will have your mouth watering for fresh pie, cake, cheesecake, cookies or brownies. Try their magic bar or Tacoma tiramisu for something special.

Best Chinese

Hunan Garden

Multiple locations

South Sound readers say Hunan Garden is the top pick for Chinese food. Don’t miss their specialty walnut prawns, seafood basket and Peking duck.

Best Thai

Silk Thai

3401 6th Ave. #F, Tacoma

From college students to families, Silk Thai is the top choice for Thai in Tacoma, according to readers. The menu offers everything you could want in a Thai restaurant, the atmosphere is inviting and the food is delicious.

Best Barbeque

Famous Dave’s

1901 S. 72nd St., Tacoma

Famous Dave’s meats are smoked daily, rubbed with secret seasonings and special sauces and served up with cornbread and two sides.

Best Italian

Adriatic Grill

4201 S. Steele St., Tacoma

Pesto steamed clams, caprese salad, Parmigiano-Reggiano crusted tilapia and desserts like chocolate volcano cake and cheesecake alla Adriatic — it’s no wonder South Sound readers voted it the best.

Best happy hour

Stanley and Seaforts

115 East 34th St., Tacoma, 253.473.7300

Items like grilled teriyaki tenderloins and French dip sliders pair nicely with Stanley and Seaforts $4 specialty cocktails, Monday to Friday, 3-6pm and pm to close.

Best Brewery

7 Seas Brewing

3207 57th St. Ct. N.W., Gig Harbor

Brewmaster Travis Guterson seeks harmony between the ingredients of his brews, concocting beers with character. 7 Seas offers four house brews, along with many seasonal picks. Its smooth beer is right on the mark and the establishment even practices green policies to protect the environment.

Best Steak

El Gaucho

2119 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

It can’t get much better than the perfect steak, and El Gaucho has reached that ideal. With many different preparation styles and high-quality meat, your only dilemma will be which dish to order. Try the classic filet mignon or New York steak, or go for the Steak El Gaucho, a filet served with Maine lobster medallions and asparagus.

Health & Beauty

Best Hospital

St. Joseph Medical Center

1717 S. J St., Tacoma

St. Joseph, the main hospital of Franciscan Health System, boasts the largest heart and vascular center in the South Sound.

Best Spa

Savi Day Spa

1320 Broadway Plaza, Suite A, Tacoma

Whether you’re celebrating with friends or indulging in alone time, Savi Day Spa inside Hotel Murano has something that will relax and rejuvenate you.

Best Doctor

Dr. Robert Emerick, Choice Cardiovascular

4423 Point Fosdick, Dr. N.W., Gig Harbor

Dr. Emerick founded Choice Cardiovascular in 2009 with a dedication to Direct Practice, a private medicine approach that puts patients first.

Best Dentist

Dr. Eric Kvinsland, Kvinsland Dentistry

5122 Olympic Dr. N.W., Suite A-201, Gig Harbor

It’s a family affair at Kvinsland Dentistry, where Dr. Eric Kvinsland works with his father, Dr. Jon Kvinsland, to provide family dental care.

Best Naturopath

Anna Colombini, ND

Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic in Gig Harbor and Serenity Spa & Natural Health Clinic in Tacoma

Dr. Colombini practices primary care for the entire family. She specializes in women’s health and allergies, using holistic processes.

Best Physical Therapist

Alika Antone, One to One Physical Therapy

2312 N. 30th St., Suite 101, Tacoma

A Tacoma native, Dr. Antone has extensive physical therapy and sports experience.

Best Eye Care

Cascade Eye and Skin Center

Various locations

Cascade Eye and Skin Center provides eye care and surgery, and has been serving the South Sound since 1995.

Best Pediatrician

Dr. John Clapper, Pediatrics Northwest

James Center Office, 1628 S. Mildred, Suite 101, Tacoma,

Dr. Clapper has practiced at Pediatrics Northwest for more than 20 years.

Best Orthodontist

Dr. Douglas J. Knight

1950 S. Cedar St., Suite D., Tacoma

Dr. Knight is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and an affiliate assistant professor in the orthodontics department at the University of Washington.

Best ob/gyn

Dr. Karen Nelson, Commencement Health Obstetrics & Gynecology

Commencement Health, Tacoma, 253.582.5141

This is the third Best of the South Sound honor for Dr. Karen Nelson who has delivered more than 5,000 babies.

Best Salon

FoxFire Salon

2701 N. Proctor St, Tacoma and 1912 65th Ave. W., Tacoma

Fox Fire follows the celebrated Aveda technique at its two Tacoma salons.

Best Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Justin Piasecki, Harbor Plastic Surgery Center

11511 Canterwood Blvd. N.W., Suite 310, Gig Harbor

Dr. Piasecki has studied and practiced across the country and is a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Best Place to Buy Beauty Products


Tacoma Mall, 4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma

Sephora is your one-stop shop for beauty products.

Best Tanning

Desert Sun Tanning

Various locations

Get golden at Desert Sun Tanning. They offer sunbed tanning, sunless spray tanning and cocktail tanning, which mixes the first two for a longer-lasting glow.

Best Personal Trainer

Jennifer Nerio, Taiso Fitness & Nutrition

5104 6th Ave. #110, Tacoma

Voted best of the South Sound for three years running, Jennifer Nerio is a successful one-on-one and small-group trainer. She works with members at Taiso Fitness.

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Jason Stockton, Tacoma Family Chiropractic

1033 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma

Dr. Stockton receives the honor of Best Chiropractor once again from South Sound readers for his outstanding service.

Best Yoga

Source Yoga

2712 N. 21st St., Tacoma; 6720 Regents Blvd. Suite 102, University Place

Source Yoga offers classes, family yoga, workshops, special events and retreats.

Best Workout

Innovative Fitness

1105 Regents Blvd #G, Fircrest

You’ll come away from your workout sweaty and satisfied.

Best Mani/Pedi

La Bella Nail Spa

7 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma

La Bella became an instant community favorite when it opened in 2008.

Best Gym

Innovative Fitness

1105 Regents Blvd. #G, Fircrest

Innovative Fitness provides one-on-one personal training, group training, sports training and bodybuilding, as well as nutritional analysis, body composition assessment and weight loss assistance. With experienced personal trainers and a state-of-the-art facility, Innovative Fitness can help you on your way to optimal health.

Fashion & Retail

Best Department Store


Tacoma Mall, 4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma

If you aren’t already a dedicated Nordie’s shopper, you’ll quickly become a convert after stepping inside the top-of-the-line department store.

Best Boutique

A Picket Fence

1006 Main St., Sumner

For friendly service, fun product lines like Vera Bradley and Baggalini and great accessories and accents, visit A Picket Fence, one of the best-kept secrets of the South Sound, according to readers.

Best Shoe Store


Tacoma Mall, 4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma

From Jimmy Choo to Tom’s, pumps to clogs and running shoes to sandals, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Nordstrom’s shoe department.

Best Men’s Clothier


Tacoma Mall, 4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma

What more can we say about Nordstrom? Whether you want a classic suit or casual wear, you’ll find it at Nordstrom.

Best Baby Store

Babies ‘R’ Us

Various locations

Strollers, toys, cribs, Babies ‘R’ Us has it all.

Best Thrift Store


714 S. 27th St., Tacoma

Find a bargain and help the environment by buying used at Goodwill.

Best Local Designer

Jessica Alexander

Alexander designs classically beautiful jewelry. She is also known for her sustainable yoga line of clothing and jewelry called Nutti Yogini.

Best Jewelry

Kantor Diamond Co.

4218 South Steele St. #100, Tacoma

Whether you’re proposing, celebrating or simply indulging, Kantor Diamond Co. has something for everyone.

Best Antique Store

Sanford & Sons

743 Broadway, Tacoma

Sanford & Sons has been one of the best places to hunt for treasures in the South Sound since 1985, with three floors and 20 shops in its downtown Tacoma building.

Best Bookstore

Barnes and Noble

Various locations

Get lost in the stacks at Barnes and Noble, where you can find the latest bestsellers, fiction, nonfiction, magazines — including South Sound!


Best Bridal Shop

The Wedding Bell

2914 6th Ave., Tacoma

The Wedding Bell has accumulated many honors during its 67 years in business and now they can add one more to the list. Head to their Très Chic shop down the street to find everything else you need to dress your wedding party.

Travel & Recreation

Best Golf Course

Chambers Bay Golf

6320 Grandview Dr. W., University Place

Chambers Bay is set against the backdrop of the Puget Sound and boasts a traditional links-style layout. The course is walking only, and it will play host to the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.

Best Northwest Travel

Mount Rainier National Park

It’s nearly impossible to equal the majesty of Mount Rainier, and we’re lucky enough to find it right in our backyard.

Best Bed and Breakfast

Hedman House

502 9th St. S.W., Puyallup

Hedman House feels like home away from home.

Best Kid-Friendly Destination

Red Robin

Various locations

Entering Red Robin is like stepping into the big top at a circus. The fun, friendly atmosphere makes for a perfect family night out, and the kids’ menu offers classic favorites.

Best Hike

Chambers Bay

6320 Grandview Dr. W., University Place

For a great hike without a long drive, check out the walking trail that surrounds the golf course at Chambers Bay. The 3.25-mile loop offers green grass, views of the Sound and a few hills, as well as a path to the beach.

Best Park

Point Defiance

5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Affectionately referred to as “Point D,” this park is sure to win you over. With a forest, beaches, zoo, aquarium, go-karts and batting cages, it offers more than enough entertainment for a day out.

Best Hotel

Hotel Murano

1320 Broadway Plaza #A, Tacoma

Plush rooms and conscientious service are promised at Hotel Murano, where world-class art decorates every floor and the amenities leave nothing to be desired.

Business & Services

Best Bank

Columbia Bank

Various locations

Ranked the best in Washington State by Forbes magazine, Columbia Bank is committed to its customers’ needs. Outstanding service and organization sets it above the rest according to South Sound readers, too.

Best Office Space

Rusty George Creative

732 Broadway Suite 302, Tacoma

The office space at Rusty George Creative is lined with inspiration from wall to wall.

Best Small Business

Aqua Rec’s

Various locations

Looking for a swimming pool, hot tub, fireplace, barbecue or spa — local business Aqua Rec’s has you covered!

Best Large Business

Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community

1301 N. Highlands Parkway, Tacoma

Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community is known as one of the largest not-for-profit retirement communities in the Puget Sound. The community serves more than 600 seniors a year.

Best Lawyer

Amy Pagano, Harlowe & Falk LLP

1 Tacoma Ave. N., Suite 300, Tacoma

Amy Pagano is an attorney at Harlow & Falk specializing in business transactions and corporate law; real estate; trusts and estates; employment law; bank operations and regulatory compliance.

Best Financial Adviser

Marty Paul, Northwest Asset Management


Marty Paul is the director of the private wealth group at Northwest Asset Management.

Best Credit Union

Washington State Employees Credit Union

9540 Bridgeport Way S.W., Lakewood

WSECU offers many services, good rates and ample help for planning your next financial endeavor.

Best Auto Repair

Import Auto Center

6602 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma

Import Auto Center offers many services and specializes in Honda and Acura repairs.

Best Auto Body Shop

Paramount Centre

6005 12th St. E., Fife

Paramount Centre boasts a team with more than 40 years’ experience and a high-tech facility. Their services will help get your car looking like new again.

Best Car Dealership

Titus Will

Various locations

Titus Will offers top service and a large selection and that’s what makes it the best dealership in the South Sound according to our readers.

Best Real Estate Agent

Heather Curry, Heather Curry Homes

Tacoma, WA 98409, 253.380.7523

Heather Curry is a broker with Action Real Estate and she is sure to help you find your dream property.


Best Summer Camp

YMCA Camp Seymour

9725 Cramer Road KPN, Gig Harbor

Camp Seymour provides a fun, healthy environment for kids.

Best Kids Date

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Who doesn’t love the Point Defiance Zoo? Spend a fun day with the kids seeing the animals. The zoo also offers summer camps for kids of all ages.

Best Birthday Party Place

Charlie’s Safari

5400 Martin Way E. Suite J, Lacey

Charlie’s Safari is a child’s paradise, with all kinds of attractions, including laser tag and arcade games.

Best High School

Stadium High School

111 N. E St., Tacoma

Stadium High boasts good academics, sports and a beautiful campus.

Best Middle School

Kopachuck Middle School

10414 56th St. N.W., Gig Harbor

Kopachuck Middle School has an exemplary educational program, including academic support resources, athletics and campus clubs.

Best Elementary School

Artondale Elementary School

6219 40th St. N.W., Gig Harbor

Artondale offers great K-5 education.

Best Preschool

Celebration Friends Preschool

2500 Shaw Rd., Puyallup

Celebration Friends Preschool prepares children 3 to 5 years for kindergarten.

Best Daycare

Our Inn-Spiration Daycare

5415 N. 43rd St., Tacoma, 253.756.6523

South Sound readers feel safe leaving their children at Our Inn-Spiration, where little ones are allowed to explore, learn and interact with other kids.

Best Teacher

Diane Haug, Shaw Road Elementary

1106 Shaw Rd., Puyallup

Diane Haug wins best teacher for the second year in a row for her outstanding work at Shaw Road Elementary.

Best Youth Group

Young Life

Various locations

Young Life staff is dedicated to supporting kids and young adults and helping them to grow and mature.


Home & Garden

Best Landscaper

Olympic Landscape and Irrigation

4310 70th Ave. E., Fife

Olympic Landscape consistently produces beautiful landscaping design, and its professional staff is sure to help you realize your vision, whether for your business or your home.

Best Builder

Kessler Construction Inc.


This small local business specializes in new construction as well as kitchen and bath and whole home remodels in the greater Tacoma area.

Best Architect

Drager Architecture

2607 N. Warner St., Tacoma

Specializing in custom residential design and small commercial design, Drager Architecture will help create your dream home, studio or office space.

Best Interior Designer

Cheryl Marshall Designs

706 Court A, Tacoma, 253.627.5065

Serving Tacoma since 1983, Cheryl Marshall & Associates offers exemplary interior design.

Best Remodeler

Daniel D. Martin Construction

1221 Point Fosdick Dr., N.W., Gig Harbor, 253.851.6434

Daniel D. Martin Construction in Gig Harbor has been serving clients for many years.

Best Hardware Store

Ace Hardware

Various locations

Ace is your best bet for your hardware needs, with a knowledgeable staff and a wide-range of products.

Best Garden Shop/Nursery

Watson’s Greenhouse & Nursery

6211 Pioneer Way E., Puyallup

Watson’s offers a great variety, all the products you need for your garden and many gardening resources.

Best Place to Buy Appliances


Various locations

It looks like piling the family into the station wagon for a trip to Sears for a new washing machine is one practice that will never grow old.

Best Place to Buy Furniture

The Old Cannery

13608-A Valley Ave. E., Sumner

The Old Cannery has everything for each room of your house and great fudge, too!

Best Kitchen and Bath Designer

Brett Marlo Designs


Brett Marlo comes up with beautiful and functional designs for all kinds of spaces. Marlo brings expertise to every project, and even offers green design for an environmentally friendly space.

Arts & Entertainment

Best Museum

LeMay — America’s Car Museum

2702 E. D St., Tacoma

America’s Car Museum officials opened June 2, but readers voted it the best museum before they even experienced it. Talk about anticipation!

Best Festival

Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival

The Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival is a perfect way to spend a summer weekend. Local artists are invited to submit their art for consideration, and it is showcased in the festival in beautiful Gig Harbor.

Best NightClub


2803 6th Ave., Tacoma

Live music seven nights a week, delicious food and great happy hour deals on drinks — what’s not to love about Jazzbones?

Best Movie Theater

Galaxy Theatres

Various locations

When going out for a movie, you want to get what you pay for — cushy seats in a quality theater are a must.

Best Live Theater

Tacoma Little Theatre

210 N. I St., Tacoma

Tacoma Little Theatre has been providing quality community entertainment for almost a century.

Best Live Music Venue

Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge

1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Vinum provides the perfect atmosphere to sit back and relax with a drink, some friends and live music. They also have open mike nights for the brave among us.

Best Casino

Emerald Queen Casino

2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma; 5700 Pacific Highway E., Fife

When South Sounders feel lucky they head to the Emerald Queen. Or maybe it is the buffets they are after.

Best Family-Friendly Activity

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium offers fun for the whole family.

Best Band

The Shy Boys

Voted Best Band in the South Sound for the second year running, The Shy Boys specialize in acoustic rock from the ’70s and ’80s.

Best Artist

Julian Peña

Julian Peña draws influence from Japanese painting, exploring its place in American culture with his brightly colored, fantastical scenes.

Best Art Gallery

Proctor Art Gallery

3811 N. 26th St., Tacoma

Proctor Art Gallery features work by local artists.

Best Karaoke

El Pueblito

3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor

Come sing your heart out at El Pueblito, where delicious food and good drinks will inspire you to have your moment in the spotlight.



Best Groomer

Tacoma’s Best Pet Grooming

3411 6th Ave. Suite E., Tacoma, 253.756.7385

It says it in the name — Tacoma’s Best Pet Grooming really is the best according to readers. Treat your pet to a spa treatment.

Best Vet

Columbia Veterinary Hospital

5916 6th Ave., Tacoma

Columbia Veterinary Hospital is the place you can trust to care for your pet.

Best Doggy DayCare

Our Best Friend Doggie DayCare

3303 Jahn Ave. N.W. No. 230, Gig Harbor

Only the best for man’s best friend! It offers a

cage-free fun environment for pups to play.

Best Pet Park

Fort Steilacoom Dog Park

8714 87th Ave. S.W., Lakewood,

This fenced-in park is the perfect place to let your dog run. It has a separate small dog area.

Best Pet Store

Mud Bay Granary

Various locations

Mud Bay specializes in helping you figure out what kind of

food is right for your pet. They offer information, tips and solutions for all your pet’s problems and needs.

Your favorite local…



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Phoenix Housing Network

7050 S. G St., Tacoma

Phoenix Housing Network assists low-income families, giving them somewhere to live and teaching them how to prevent homelessness. The organization helps Pierce County residents turn their lives around and get their families back on track.


From top: Tides Tavern image by Jeff Hobson, St. Joseph Medical Center image courtesy Franciscan Health System, Nordstrom image courtesy Nordstrom, Inc., Chambers Bay image by Martin Miller, Columbia Bank image courtesy Columbia Bank, YMCA Camp Seymour image by Oona Copperhill, Olympic Landscape image courtesy Olympic Landscape and Irrigation, LeMay and Tacoma’s Best Pet images by Ethan Chung, City of Tacoma image by Dane Gregory Meyer
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