When a person goes to college and gets a degree, they typically learn a great deal about their chosen field, hoping to find a good job, make a lot of money and live the perfect dream life. For one Spokane woman though, going from point A to point B has already happened in her 30-some years, but with a fascinating, and life-changing, twist.
Kumiko Love, an accredited financial counselor and the creator of The Budget Mom, was raised on a farm in Chewelah, Washington, and lived a normal farm-girl life. She grew up, went off to college where she ob...

Owning and operating your own business can bring about long hours and stress but also incredible triumphs and rewards. Much has changed in Gig Harbor over the past 50 years, but you’ll still find the iconic Beach Basket Gift Shop. We recently caught up with General Manager Kim Stokke to find out what it’s been like to have a family run business for half a century.

How did the shop get started, how has it changed over time, and what it is like today?

My family moved to Gig Harbor from University Place in 1969. My parents thought that there was a n...

As she has done so many times before, Nevin Harrison paddled her way to past the finish line and held up one finger to signify her victory.


Only this triumph had a much larger significance. Her win in the women’s 200-meter individual event last month at the world championships in Szeged, Hungary, propelled Harrison to earn her a spot on the US Olympic team to represent her country next summer in the newest Olympic sport in Tokyo.


Her journey to Japan began years ago on the calm waters of Western Washington, where the canoeist honed her skills a...

Gig Harbor resident Danielle DeMott is making an impact here in Gig Harbor. Danielle, who works in the escrow department at Fidelity National Title and is also a model, is living a life dedicated to community service, being involved with nonprofits and raising money for various causes. “Anything I can do to help everyone I can,” she says. Danielle is doing this, and more, through her title as Ms. West Coast.


Though Danielle began her journey in pageantry at age 2, in 2018 she decided to participate in her first adult pageant, which would give h...

Customer service, incredible care and compassion for their patients are at the forefront of Kitsap Audiology.
Owner Amy Becken, doctor of audiology, has been practicing in Bremerton for more than 26 years, having opened her office in January of 1993. She moved to Gig Harbor in 2006, and just recently opened her second location, having purchased Hear for Life Audiology this past month.


“I am humbled and honored that Bill and Marilyn trust me and my team to continue on with their legacy,” says Dr. Amy. “I have always wanted to have a presence in...

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Now a senior starter on the Peninsula High School football team, it almost didn’t happen for Nolan Casey. During his sophomore year, Nolan recalls the challenges of playing against competitors much bigger than him. It was such a grind that he nearly gave up. “I thought of quitting, but my coach talked to me and convinced me that quitting would be a mistake. Let’s just say, coach was right,” he said.


Nolan’s junior year he became a starter at inside linebacker and is doing so again his senior season. H...

To brew beer you need four key ingredients: water, yeast, malt and hops. Clean water makes for a crisp beverage, and yeast is used to convert sugars into alcohol. Malt is where the color and flavor profile comes from, and hops add to the aroma and bitterness. A stroll down any grocery store aisle and you’ll find such a wide range of choices that it’s hard to fathom they all come from the same four basic ingredients. If you’ve tipped back a Bud Light, Goose Island IPA, Elysian Dragon Tooth Stout or Ten Barrel Trail Beer, then you’ll want to rais...

Have you ever stood on shore, watching people glide by on stand-up paddle boards (SUP), longing to try it for yourself? Well, mark your calendar for September 22’s SUP in the Harbor festival, which features a race and parade.


The Gig Harbor SUP event was started by Stand Up for Peninsula Schools (also known as SUP) in 2017 as an annual celebration to bring awareness to concerns over school maintenance and overcrowding, and also to have fun.


“People of all ages come together to help kick off a new school year …,” says Shana Nash of Stand Up for...

I’d just returned to Gig Harbor after living in Tacoma for the past 16 years when I was asked to write about its art scene. I gladly accepted the assignment, as I was curious what the differences were, if any, since moving away. Years prior, I’d shown my work in the city’s galleries and remembered that the community had been quite inviting and supportive.


After chatting with a handful of local artists, I’m happy to report that the art community is thriving!


See for yourself during September’s Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour (GHOST or OST for short)...

Recognizing the need for a local pest control company in Gig Harbor who could provide the community not only exceptional service at an affordable price but also support and promote local businesses and nonprofit organizations, Trust Olympus Pest Control & Prevention was established earlier this year.


Providing traditional and green pest control and prevention services, owners Ronald Wilkinson, John Smith and Nicol Smith introduced Trust Olympus to the Gig Harbor community, which offers one-time treatments and no-contract quarterly services for...

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