April 5, 2023

What’s new? Restaurants and retail in Pierce County

Strong signs of consumer resiliency continue across Pierce County. From downtown Tacoma to Main Street Sumner, commercial spaces are filling up with places to eat, sip and shop.

Check out what’s new and what’s coming to a neighborhood near you.

Downtown Tacoma is buzzing: Update from JD Elquist, Downtown Tacoma Partnership Retail Advocate

If you’ve been downtown Tacoma lately, you have likely seen some new dining and shopping destinations. Here are some recent additions:

  • Cider & Cedar (744 Market St.). Regional craft ciders served amid salvaged old growth cedar.
  • For the Luv Bridal (2137 Commerce St.). A bridal shopping destination in the Brewery Block.
  • Gene Juarez Salons and Spas (915 Pacific Ave.) moved from its Tacoma Mall location in February.
  • Jin Jin Matcha (1019 Pacific Ave.). Sustainably grown matcha and tea.
  • The Living Tap Room (2101 S. C St.) Self-serve craft beer, wine, ciders, cold brew and Kombucha.
  • Naomi Joe (2101 Jefferson Ave.). A coffee roastery and cafe located inside 7 Seas Brewing.
  • Planterior (763 Broadway). Indoor tropical houseplant shop that offers everything from basic to rare collector plants.

Coming soon:

  • Amor Wine & Tapas. (705 Pacific Ave.) Targeted to open by spring, the new restaurant will offer an eclectic menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and a global selection of wines.
  • Bostwick Café. (764 Broadway). New owners are making plans to reopen the café.
  • Campfire Coffee (950 Pacific Ave). Building on its success, Black, veteran and woman-owned Campfire Coffee will open its second location and a new roastery.
  • Water From Wine (1704 Pacific Ave.). This nonprofit winery and vineyard has donated more than a million dollars to projects dedicated to solving the global water crisis. Its new tasting room will be located near the UW Tacoma campus, joining current tasting rooms in Leavenworth and Paterson, with a weekend presence at Port Ruston Public Market.

Puyallup is packed: Update from Meredith Neal, City of Puyallup Economic Development Manager

Commercial space in downtown Puyallup is being snapped up, and there are zero vacancies for downtown main floor space.

Recent dining and retail openings in downtown Puyallup include:

  • The Coaster. A cocktail bar with a Washington State Fair theme.
  • Pink Chandelier. The popular home décor and gift shop has added a cozy café and tea shop.
  • Folktown. One-of-a-kind, handmade upcycled clothing.
  • Atomic Genius Records. New and vintage vinyl, along with original artwork.
  • Merriment & Company. Custom balloon installations, DIY kits and a balloon bar.
  • The Candle Bar. A place to pour your own custom candle while sipping a beverage.

Coming soon:

It’s not only downtown that’s bustling. Fika at Farm 12 is a new coffee shop, bakery and small event space adjacent to Puyallup’s Farm 12 restaurant and event space. Round 1 Bowling and Amusement, a multi-entertainment complex, is now open in the old South Hill Mall Sears store.

Sumner shows resilience: Update from Ryan Windish, City of Sumner Community Development Director

The City of Sumner has been celebrating openings and reopenings while planning for more additions to the downtown landscape. Here’s the latest:

  • A much-anticipated dining destination just opened its doors in March. Oxbow Urban Kitchen features upscale American fare, a riverfront patio and Mount Rainier views.
  • Eternal Soul Bowl, a popular statewide farmers market purveyor of acai bowls and other healthy treats, chose Sumner for its brick and mortar café.
  • Business was booming on Main Street Sumner before an arson-caused fire in October damaged 15 businesses, including 7 that were forced out of their spaces. Support from the city and recovery funding from Small Business Administration disaster grants and a disaster declaration that opened SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans continue to help businesses get back online. Two that recently re-opened their doors are Ashley’s Room Consignment and Main Street Tattoo. Jojo+CoCo Boutique, a Longview-based women’s clothing store that opened downtown last summer, also sustained substantial inventory loss due to the fire yet store reopened within weeks.
  • The downtown building destroyed by fire was demolished in February. Owners plan to rebuild and are now in the design stages. In the meantime, the city has partnered with the University of Washington Tacoma School of Urban Studies to design a variety of temporary businesses and uses for the vacant space. Students from the Urban Design Studio class recently presented ideas for pop-up retail, food trucks and concerts and entertainment, which are now under review.

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