DSW Opens a New Store in Puyallup


Do you love shoes as much as we do? As luck would have it, a brand new DSW store stocked with designer and name brand footwear and accessories for men and women has opened At the South Hill Mall in Puyallup. Twenty thousand pairs of men’s and women’s shoes fill the 23,000 square feet space, making DSW the greatest shoe shopping destination in Puyallup, Washington right now. Ladies will be able to shop the latest fall trends including a large assortment of boots and booties, retro style sneakers, comfort styles, and dressy pumps and heels. Guys will be able to get men’s casual and chukka boots, running shoes, dress shoes, and sneakers from their favorite brands.

Plus, the new store will have handbags and lots of accessories including ponchos, wraps, and fashion socks for customers to create their ultimate fall wardrobe.

“We are beyond excited to welcome DSW to the South Hill Mall.  They are the perfect addition not only to the mall but to Puyallup and the surrounding area,” says Patricia Summers

Grab your girls and spend some time shopping in this low pressure environment, where  DSW associates will always be available to assist you in finding more styles, sizes, and colors.


3500 S. Meridian Street

Puyallup, Washington 98373

olympia federal saving’s is now open in yelm

olympia SavingsCongratulation to Olympia Federal Savings who has opened their eighth branch in Yelm.  The property is in the Eagle Plaza commercial development, on the corner of Yelm Avenue West and Tahoma Boulevard.   The Olympia Federal office is next to the Yelm Family Medical Plaza, which houses Yelm Family Medicine and Providence St. Peter Hospital Diagnostic Imaging, along with other lab and surgical facilities.  The new office is full service with ATM, drive-thru teller window, savings counselors and lending services with Branch Manager/Loan officer Jane Walker.  The site also features a community meeting room along with leasable commercial space.

We are so excited to be opening in Yelm,says Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings President.  We have many customers who live in or near Yelm, and as a growing part of Thurston County, we are pleased to provide our full range of services to this area.” A Grand Opening event will be October 5 -9th to celebrate the new branch with the entire community.

For more information on Olympia Federal Savings visit olyfed.com


Hoop Diving, Spinning and Handstands

slider1-300x300This fall, treat yourself to the beautiful and breathtaking performance of the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Since 1978, the group of 25 performers have traveled across the United States and around the world sharing their unique gift for gymnastics and theatrics with audiences. Hailing from the Cangzhou, Hebei province of China, the group is founded, directed and produced by Danny Chang, one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese Acrobats. Audiences will marvel at acts such as foot juggling, which is exactly as difficult as it sounds; performers juggle various objects using only their feet often while balanced in a precarious position.

The art of Chinese Acrobats became an increasingly popular art form with emperors over 2,500 years ago. It quickly became a favorite form of entertainment across the country and for good reason. It was unique and took an immense amount of concentration to master.

What makes the art so fascinating is the performer’s abilities to take every objects like plates, hoops and vases and use them to balance, spin and demonstrate uncanny flexibility. Contortionists are able to bend their bodies and perform a myriad of stunts, sometimes including more than one acrobat and a number of props. Combining everyday objects with a flair for theatrics, athletic precision and gorgeous costumes all contributes to the art of Chinese acrobats. “These amazing athletes will dazzle and impress us with their acrobatic artistry and theatrical traditions.  China is credited with producing some of the best acrobats in the world, and we are thrilled to present this family-friendly entertainment to our community.  It is sure to be an evening of high-flying stunts and feats of strength!” say’s Anne Larsen, Marketing Director at the Washington Center for Performing Arts.  

Golden Dragon Acrobats will be at the Washington Center for Performing Arts for one night only. For additional information and to purchase a ticket to this can’t miss event, visit www.washingtoncenter.org.


The Washington Center

512 Washington Street SE

Olympia, WA 98501


Corks & Crush

corks-crush2Corks & Crush 2015 benefited the Children’s Therapy Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital. This posh charitable event showcased fine wine from Washington and California vintners and featured innovative silent and live auction packages, as well as an elegant and savory dinner provided by X Group Catering. Guests celebrated in style with music from the dance band Ricky Venture Revue. Corks & Crush 2015 raised $490,000 for the Children’s Therapy Unit, which supports children with special needs in southwest Washington.


Rolf’s Import Auto Service – A Family Legacy

rolfsSince 1970, Rolf’s Import Auto Service has been providing automotive care in the South Sound. Founded by Rolf Simons, a German immigrant, the company began as a small shop providing general services. “We have been a part of the community for a long time,” says Mark Simons, current owner and son of the founder. Having taken over the business from his father in 2006, the younger Simons is focusing on growth and community outreach. He says that Rolf’s continues to provide the same level of care to its customers as it always has, specializing in the repair and maintenance of imports such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, with locations in Fife and Lakewood.

Rolf’s offers a rewards card program to loyal customers with benefits that include a benefit to local organizations. Each time customers use their card, they earn dollars toward future services, a portion of which can also be donated to one of many local nonprofits supported by Rolf’s. These include Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, YWCA Pierce County, FISH Food Banks, and the Cascade Animal Protection Society. Simons notes that word of mouth was an important part of building the company before social media and more traditional marketing approaches, so now he gives back to the community that helped the business flourish.

Rolf’s is giving back through additional outreach programs as well. Each month one local organization is selected to be the Charity of the Month, and for each online appointment scheduled, Rolf’s donates $5. Customers are also welcome to request that the donation be sent to other nonprofits the company supports.

With a strong sense of community and a proud family legacy, Rolf’s plans to continue to grow and have a lasting impact on the South Sound.


For additional information: rolfsimport.com

Rolf’s Import Auto Service – Lakewood 3122 96th St S, Lakewood 253.584.7770
Rolf’s Import Auto Service – Fife 3151 20th St E, Fife 253.248.1080

Fall Theater Preview

fall-theater1As the weather cools, it’s time to move indoors to local performance stages, where a wide range of live entertainment comes to life. Take your pick from beloved musicals and classic plays, edgy dramas, special concerts, and innovative performance arts.

At Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the Pantages Theater will feature, among others, a tribute to Queen, the ballet Swan Lake, “Mark Twain Tonight” with Hal Holbrook, the Jeff Daniels Band and Chris Perondi’s “Stunt Dog Experience.” The Rialto brings to life “In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles.” And live autumn entertainment can be found at the 302-seat Theatre on the Square adjacent to the Pantages.

fall-theater2As Lacey Wright, associate executive director of the Broadway Center, sums up: “With appearances by Johnny Mathis, Audra McDonald, and Los Lobos, plus Broadway musicals, comedy, dance, film and family events, you’re sure to find performances you’ll love to share with friends and family.”

Tacoma Little Theatre, now in its 97th year, presents Boeing Boeing, set in 1960s Paris around the blossoming aerospace industry; Rabbit Hole, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama; and the 1940s classic A Christmas Story.

At the Paradise Theatre in Gig Harbor, shows include Fiddler on the Roof, The Little Mermaid, the Puget Sound premiere of the Tony-winning Next to Normal and Scrooge: The Musical. The theater is also presenting the Brothers Grimm tale Into the Woods, by Lapine and Sondheim, with several accompanying public events.
In Olympia, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts has slated a season of international artists from a broad spectrum of genres including the dazzling dancer-illusionists in MOMIX: Alchemia, Martin Sexton’s spirited sounds of American music, Black Box Jazz, and the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Other highlights include the Seattle International Comedy Competition; National Geographic’s recollections of Mars explorations; “In My Life,” the Beatles musical remake; and the Seattle Rock Orchestra’s Pink Floyd tribute.

So no matter where you are around the South Sound, you can slip indoors and experience some of the region’s top stage performances, live concerts and innovative artistic venues.



For Additional Information:

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma
253.591.5894 • broadwaycenter.org

Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma
253.272.2281 • tacomalittletheatre.com

Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia
360.753.8586 • washingtoncenter.org

Northlight Interiors – Style Makers

northlightAnyone who has ever set out to redecorate knows what a struggle it can be. Whether it is one room or an entire home, the challenge can be overwhelming. With so many choices, colors and fabrics, it can be difficult to know where to begin. For local Pacific Northwest designers Juleen Pudists and Christine Kern, helping clients turn dreams into reality is what makes every project a unique adventure.

“Every project is led by the client’s hopes,” says Pudists. “Inspiration might come from a piece of art, their favorite color or the environment, like the beach or the mountains.”

Clients benefit from the two designers’ diverse backgrounds. Both highly creative with a love for architecture, they have experience with their own design projects and are skilled in both residential remodels and commercial projects throughout the Northwest. Working with contractors and homeowners alike, Pudists and Kern have a healthy respect for both sides of the building industry.

The design duo focuses on delivering peace of mind, which extends to the type of products sold in their showroom in Sumner. “We don’t allow anything in the store that we would not want to take home with us,” says Pudists. They carry a number of items made exclusively in the U.S. and also items that are good for the home and the environment, such as clean-burning candles.

Northlight Interiors recently received the 2015 Best of Houzz award for client satisfaction and placed in the top five in the King 5 Best of Western Washington. With a long list of satisfied clients and more in the works, this team is making serious waves in the local design arena.

Interested in a design consultation? Stop by the showroom in Sumner or check out northlightinteriors.com.


Northlight Interiors
1107 Main St, Sumner

Ledger Square Law: Legal Office & Gallery

ledger2In Tacoma’s Theater District, the historic Ledger building, once the home of the News Tribune, has been transformed and now houses the offices of Ledger Square Law. The four partners of the firm traded the high-rise and big-firm experience for small-firm flexibility and efficiency.

Partner Jason Whalen envisioned a unique space that allowed for a collaborative law practice in creative surroundings. In August 2014, the partners started the project, and the offices of Ledger Square Law opened on January 1, 2015. The newly formed law firm offers a new twist on an old concept—meeting clients’ legal needs through both “high touch” and “high tech” in a comfortable, approachable urban-street-front setting.

“In most offices the people are not seen—they are tucked behind the scenes. We purposely created a space that is spacious and open, and you see everyone that is working on site,” says Whalen. The reaction to this innovative approach has been very positive, he says.

ledgerThe offices radiate an ambiance of Northwest artistic minimalism. Glass and artwork are significant design elements in the space, and functional art pieces resonate here. The boardroom table was hand-designed by a local artist, and chic glass creates a modern feel. The reception desk was cleverly crafted from refurbished wood.

One of the firm’s side interests has been to display works by Puget Sound–area artists in its urban-chic gallery-like office space. Plans are to rotate the art quarterly to allow for a procession of artists to share their work through the space.

For more information about this innovative law firm, visit ledgersquarelaw.com.


Ledger Square Law
710 Market St, Tacoma

A Chic Culinary Experience At The Edgewater

edgewaterThe Edgewater Hotel practically floats on Elliott Bay atop Pier 67 as Seattle’s only waterfront hotel, with panoramic views to the west and the city lights behind. The iconic property provides an authentic Pacific Northwest lodge experience with river-rock fireplaces and handcrafted pine furniture in every room.

When you arrive, you are greeted by the smell of salt water and views of the Olympic Mountains from the Northwest-inspired lobby. The location can’t be beat for its proximity to everything Seattle. The Pike Place Market and Space Needle are both within walking distance. The hotel’s cool ambiance makes it a must-see destination for foodies and lovers looking for an escape.

Foodies will savor the culinary delights found at the appropriately named Six Seven. Sweeping views of the Sound and chic décor make for a sophisticated, yet casual dining experience. Both travelers and local foodies will enjoy seasonally inspired, locally “grown” (most likely caught) cuisine famously served at the water’s edge.

edgewater2For starters, appetizers like roast Penn Cove mussels with caramelized onions and smoked bacon are served in a sherry thyme sauce. Jumbo Dungeness crab and shrimp cake are served with a lemongrass sauce and topped with tomato jam.

Seafood lovers will find bliss in chef-inspired entrees including the cedar plank salmon served with rainbow potatoes, forager mushrooms, pancetta, tomato, asparagus, truffle cream and blackberry honey. Alaskan King Crab Legs are served with saffron potato, thyme beurre blanc and roasted spinach with garlic. Food is presented in an elegant yet simple manner.

The food is world-class and the vibe is chic, welcoming guests from across the globe to stay, explore and dine at this one-of-a-kind location.


The Edgewater
2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle
206.728.7000 or 800.624.0670

Fashion Forward – Day To Night For Fall

fall-fashionFall brings with it more than just a change of weather. For most of us it also signals a change of pace for work, family and social life. The easygoing, long days of summer give way to hectic work schedules, school commitments and a barrage of social functions. Days start early and often end late, leaving little time for a clothing change between events. To save time, and a little sanity, try these tips and tricks next time you find your day stretching beyond traditional hours.

Take a look at your current wardrobe and take an inventory. Do the items you have allow for an easy transition? Are they comfortable for long hours of continuous wear? If the answer is yes, then you are ahead of the game. If not, then it might be time to reassess and make a few changes.

Pieces that easily layer—think blazers, cardigans and cropped jackets—are essential and more versatile than you might realize. By simply removing or adding a cropped jacket, for example, you instantly give your look the ability to go from day to night. Going out for cocktails after work? Lose the jacket and let your accessories do the work.

Don’t neglect the importance of comfortable footwear. At the end of a long day, comfort will be at the forefront and will make a two-hour PTA meeting more tolerable. Keep a pair of outfit-appropriate flats on hand at all times.

Accessories will always help pull an outfit together. This fall, chunky statement earrings, faux-fur stoles and patterned tights will provide fresh and fashion-forward looks while still being easy go-to pieces for days that seem to end long after the sun goes down.