Adorned Abode

Adorned Abode

Are you the friend or family member that always promises to bring something back from your trip, no matter where it is you go? Adorned Abode is the place for you! Are you a lover of locally made products and want to keep your dollar within the community? Adorned Abode is the place for you! Is it your first time visiting Tacoma and the Freight House Square and you need something to remember it by? Adorned Abode is the place for you!! 

Support local small business owner Benita Smith by shopping at her gift shop – Adorned Abode. Spending your money here will support a local business and potentially many other local businesses as well. 

 

What products and/or services do you offer? How long have you been in business?

I opened Adorned Abode the Fall of 2016 in historic Freighthouse Square and we specialize in unique gifts and building key relationships with local friends and makers. We carry a fair number of Fair Trade merchandise and makers that give back to causes like our bath bombs, that give a portion of all sales to the Lov’n Soap Project.

To help keep our customers and community safe and healthy, we also offer:

  1. Private Shopping Appointments
  2. Curbside Pick Up and Local Delivery
  3. Online Shopping 24/7 with shipping

How do we find you online? 

Our website: AdornedAbode.net 

Instagram: AdornedAbode

Facebook: Adorned Abode

LinkedIn: Benita Smith

Pinterest: Adorned Abode 

I would like to point out that the construction of our website was truly a labor of love! I have to thank my Western Washington Junior and student athlete for spending a lot of time in an arena that is not his own (he is studying to be a physical therapist, not a website designer!) 

 

Why did you start your business? What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

I started my business because I felt called to. One day a light bulb went off. Everything just seemed to fall into place. I knew I could have my business anywhere even more so now since I’ve gone online but I feel passionately about having my gift shop in the historic Freight House Square. I didn’t want to wait until it was perfect; I’m helping make it perfect. I hold a very nostalgic vision of people getting off the train and marveling at what’s ahead. And what’s ahead? They discover my adorable gift shop.

Customers should also know that I have a knack for personal shopping. If there’s something you want, I’m pretty sure I can source it. It is challenging  to wear all hats – but a fun challenge. We sometimes think we can do it all. I’ve learned we’re not meant to do it all. 

What makes you or your business different? Fun facts?

I am the epitome of “you do you sis.” I am a survivor. I’ve had a lot thrown at me in my life and I always keep a positive outlook and look at the bright side of things. I lost my dad when I was just 7 years old to lung cancer, he was a Korean War Veteran. My mom was a nurse and my grandparents were sharecroppers. They farmed America’s cotton at a time when no one cared about fair wages. They were from the south, I’m from the Midwest. Life just hits differently when you end up in the Pacific Northwest. 

On the lighter side, I’m an ice eater. My family has graduated from their jokes and annoyances and just accept it. 

I’m from the “Show Me State”, that basically means, when you tell me something it better be on point and authentic. Missourians check facts and filter out the noise. 

And I love to shop, no surprise there. 

 

Craft Your Mark

Craft Your Mark

It is easy to go to a large department store and buy things that really have no meaning or purpose for you. You’ll spend the money and eventually lose the item or not treat it as important as it is because it was made for you. But when you take the time to search for items custom made with you in mind, they mean much more. Local artist and business owner Natalie Flores of Craft Your Mark has created an avenue for you to go down that allows you to spend your money with purpose and truly enjoy the things you buy. 

Bring back the importance and value of items in your life with a meaningful purchase from Craft Your Mark with them being made strictly with you in mind. 

What products and/or services do you offer? How long have you been in business?

Craft Your Mark specializes in wine glasses, scotch glasses, beer can glasses and pillows. Also, custom calendars, wall prints, and cards!  I just started my business January 1, 2020. So not too long, but it is something I’ve wanted to do for years and now that I’m graduated from college, I have the resources and time to devote my creativity into Craft Your Mark.

 

How do we find you online? 

While I work on finishing my website, instagram is my main source of engagement: @CraftYourMark_  and I take orders from there.

 

Why did you start your business? What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

I started my business because I had a desire to craft and create new products but nobody to give them to! I would craft endless amounts of items for my friends and family but wanted to share my creativity with others. I love getting to know other creatives and seeing their creative process. I had no idea that my ideas would be this well received by others and I’m so thankful to be able to craft and create everyday to bring joy to others.

Something that is lesser known about my business is how much time and thought I put into each product. I find so much joy and it is a form of therapy to be crafting all day. I truly LOVE to craft and never view it as a chore or job!

Satori Boutique

Satori Boutique

Most of us have been in the position where we have a closet full of clothes but still can’t find an outfit for a much needed girl’s night out, a hot date or that important meeting we have coming up. Now of course none of those occasions allow time for an online shopping spree and who really wants to deal with an overcrowded mall?! Thankfully there is a cute and stylish boutique waiting for you right downtown! The Satori Boutique is a small business that has been covering the fashion needs of those in Tacoma for many years now. So the next time you need the perfect outfit, accessory or gift shop Satori Boutique!

What products and/or services do you offer?  How long have you been in business?

We sell modern clothing for women along with accessories and small giftable items. We will have been in business for 7 years this fall! ZAHH!!

How do we find you online? 

www.satori-boutique.com 

Also on Instagram 

Why did you start your business? What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

I am just like you! I try SO hard to make this place a safe haven for everyone and our customers are our family. I’m all about connections and talking about the real stuff. It’s not easy- but I’m one more person here with you – trying to make each day a good day! We have a mix of price points! I think a lot of people assume boutiques are strictly expensive things but I make it a point to find something for every kind of woman. We try to be size inclusive by offering some extended sizing, affordable options and we also have a collection of sustainable and handmade pieces.

Fun facts? Anything else you want people to know about you or your business?

Fun facts: 

  1. I like salty foods. The saltier the better.
  2. I have 2 kids under 2 and 2 dogs and 2 businesses (yeah, literally CRAZY). 
  3. I dropped out of college … like 4 times.
Campfire Coffee

Campfire Coffee

When you live in Washington state, your choices of coffee are far from a few. Driving down the street you are sure to see a coffee spot on just about every corner. But most of the time the coffee is quick, un-fresh, and definitely not thought about. Thankfully, the owners of local small business Campfire Coffee is bringing the thoughtfulness back to the WA coffee industry! Campfire Coffee has brought back an old-time method in a new way to give their customers enjoyable, cared about coffee daily. 

Support a local and minority owned business by indulging in great coffee made from the heart here in our hometown! 

What products and/or services do you offer? How long have you been in business?

Campfire is a typical coffee shop in that we have coffee, tea, Italian sodas and small food items on the menu. But we’re a little different in that we’re a wood fired, open flame coffee roaster and because of our social mission of increasing access to the outdoors, we have a lot of outdoor inspired merchandise. Our shop isn’t yet open but will be in July so currently we’re offering whole beans and merch through our online store.

We started this process November of 2018 and officially launched our online store in March of this year when the shutdowns halted work on the coffee shop space.

How do we find you online? 

Our website: Www.welovecampfire.com 

Facebook: Campfire Coffee Co.

Instagram: welovecampfire 

Twitter @welovecampfire

 

Why did you start your business? What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

We started really out of necessity. Whitni was working in a high hazard field and suffered a pretty serious injury and I had recently been let go from an executive Position in a Seattle-based marketing Agency. We were trying to find something new that we’d both love. And ironically enough, Whitni had always wanted to own a coffee shop and I had some unofficial training with roasting. So it worked out. 

About our business in specific is that Campfire Coffee Co. is veteran, woman and minority owned. We’re the only coffee roastery and shop in the country with that distinction. 

About the coffee business in general is that coffee roasting really is fun and pretty easy to do. It’s not some mystical dark art that takes a millennium to “master”, it does take know-how but an instant-pot has a steeper learning curve than roasting coffee.

We are working to be known as a super fun company that does fun stuff but we’re super serious about making a difference in our community and youth. We’ve had enough of our own experiences of inequality and snobbery in both coffee and outdoor spaces that we want to be the change we wish to see. 

What makes you or your business different? Fun facts?

Just about everything makes us different. We roast over literal open flame campfire style. Which people haven’t done for a hundred or so years.

We’re minority, woman and veteran owned. 

Where other coffee organizations do a lot for the farmers in coffee growing regions, our focus is not only on supporting direct trade Around the world but making a difference right here at home in our backyard. 

We also make everything in house. We roast the coffee, design the logos and imagery and we also make all the merchandise that is “campfire” branded. The hoodies, shirts, mugs, tumblers, hats, Bags, that’s done all in house by hand. Which is why some things can take a little bit longer to get 🙂

Remodeled Single-Story, South Tacoma Home – NEW LISTING!

Remodeled Single-Story, South Tacoma Home – NEW LISTING!

6530 S D St Tacoma, WA 98408

This South Tacoma rambler is a step-up from newly remodeled homes, with high efficiency improvements like Samsung smart appliances, heat pump and Rinai tankless water heater. Stylish renovation highlights natural wood elements, such as the custom butcher block and live edge floating shelves in the kitchen and wide plank engineered oak flooring. Yellow cedar fence with wrought iron gate welcomes visitors and affords privacy at your new home. Detached garage, carport, wrap around deck and patio. Welcome home. 🏡 

PROPERTY FEATURES
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1.75 Bathroom
  • 1,273 Square Feet
  • 6,000 Square Foot lot
  • Built in 1955

 

Living in South Tacoma has become a goal for many hopeful home buyers. This home in particular has grocery stores, parks and school within a 1 mile radius. For more information on locational amenities and the current owners favorite locally owned restaurants, click here.

Whether you are a fan of “fixer upper” or any home renovation series, all of us can appreciate the hardwork, financial commitment and results that come from renovating a midcentury home. It’s not easy but Jamie and Brandon (the current owners) made it look so. As soon as you park your card, the Alaskan Yellow Oak Fence and custom Wrought Iron Gate (made in Tacoma!) welcome you. Hand selected details such as these are throughout the home, each serving a purpose to optimize the space, organize or make the home more efficient.

Entering through your private gate, you might be surprised at just how large, lush and private your fully fenced yard is. The wrap around deck and patio area sets the scene for hosting BBQ’s and events. Something the current owners loved doing year round. The covered patio area and carport permitted them to host comfortably even when raining.

Now entering the home, new kitchen and dining are to your left with the open living room to your right. Wide-plank grey wash engineered hardwood floors. Not only do they look amazing, they are extremely durable; Pet and child friendly 😉. Thoughtful notes were added in the kitchen; glass front cabinetry, exotic butcher block placed next to the black stainless steel Samsung smart refrigerator and floating live edge shelving. It not only looks great, but serves a purpose of optimizing storage and space. In the second bathroom, Porcelain Mosaic tile flooring, coupled the large ocean blue subway tile that run floor to ceiling with accents of shiplap. The finishings come together perfectly and are something you just don’t see in other newly renovated homes!

Finally, the heat pump and tankless water heater are high efficiency and installed in 2018. Roof, furnace and the electrical systems were all updated in 2013. this home is practically brand new.

 

 

 

CALL/TEXT Realtor Jenny Wetzel for more information and if Buying/Selling in the Greater Tacoma area (253) 381-9788