Winter 2010


Community Events: Zoobilee
Community Events: Washington Center For Performing Arts
Community Events: Sand In The City
Community Events: Taste Of The Market


Jubilee Cupcakes & Vintage Candy

Design & Style

Leaving A Legacy With Design
Inspired Designs


Designed For Care
Heart Disease: What Is It

Heart Disease – What Is It

Coronary heart disease (CAD) is the buildup of plaque in the lining of an artery. When the plaque becomes irritated and inflamed, it breaks open and triggers a cascade of inflammatory reaction from the body and causes the artery to be completely blocked.

We have six miles of arteries and if blood cannot flow through the artery the muscle can die. It can happen all over the body with adverse effects—for example, if blood flow is prevented to the brain, it can cause a stroke.

Risk Factors
Heart disease is very common because it’s largely caused by “modifiable” lifestyle choices: diet, exercising and smoking. “Non-modifiable” factors that increase risk include age, sex and genetic predisposition. Men are at risk if a first-degree relative had a heart attack before age 45; for women it’s age 55.

Men Vs. Women
Heart disease risk factors are the same for men and women; however, physical symptoms and post heart attack outcomes vary, say the experts. Women may not experience the classic chest pain of a heart attack and might delay medical treatment, which worsens prognosis. It also appears that women’s arterial blockages are less severe in the larger arteries of the heart but instead they have abnormalities in tiny capillaries that are not well visualized with conventional testing—but are just as serious. Women also die more often from heart disease than men for the above reasons, as well as not being as vigilant about post-operative care.

Prevention Advice
To identify your risk for CAD, assess your risk factors: are you obese, a smoker, physically inactive, have diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension or a family history of heart disease? If so, you’re at risk. If you’re uncertain, talk to a doctor. Simple tests like blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol can determine your risk.

Designed For Care

Multicare Good Samaritan Patient Care Tower

Good Samaritan is redefining healing. With their newly built, $400 million Patient Care Tower slated to open in December, the not-for-profit hospital will offer some of the most advanced patient care and medical service available in East Pierce County.

Designed jointly by Clark/Kjos Architects and GBJ Architecture—two Pacific Northwest leaders in hospital and health care design—the new Patient Care Tower is a nine story facility located on the Puyallup medical campus. Built with a commitment to family-centered care, the tower will offer a specialized emergency department with its own entrance, state-of-the-art surgical suites, a rooftop heli-stop to transport trauma cases, and convenient express services that include innovative imaging and lab resources.

Additionally, the new Patient Care Tower houses comfortable, family-friendly waiting areas and 80 private patient rooms tammy robacker that were all created to have an open feel, natural lighting and dedicated areas for loved ones.

“We used extensive evidence-based design for this tower. Some elements of the research-based methods reveal that daylight, ability to cheer up a space and having family in the room creates a big impact on patients to recover faster and heal better,” said R. David Frum, principal in charge of the project from Clark/Kjos Architects.

“The new patient rooms offer a great environment for family to be part of the healing process. They are all private. To heal, you have to be comfortable and near loved ones. So, we made room for the family,” added Kathleen Clary, the clinical implantation project manager at MultiCare. “All of the patient rooms take advantage of the outside perimeter of the building. It allows the rooms to benefit from natural light, which has a huge impact on the healing process. Knowing the cycle of a day helps the body to sleep or wake. Having that natural light available keeps patients on that cycle. Plus, there’s a breathtaking view from this building!”

There will be three gardens on the ground level for patients and visitors to enjoy. The Samaritan Garden, the Labyrinth Garden, and the East Garden. There are sculptures, a small fountain, walkways, sitting areas, and beautiful northwest plants and foliage. “Patients will be able to be relax and begin to feel better in natural surroundings and beauty versus a sterile environment,” stated Clary.

The topmost floors of the Patient Care Tower allow space for expansion. Plans to build future patient rooms will meet the ever-changing needs of the growing community. Patients and visitors will also find spacious parking, free valet, a full service Starbucks, and a new gift shop. Proud to be the first hospital in Washington to apply for LEED Certification (LEED is Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), MultiCare Good Samaritan reflects another commitment important to the project—being a ‘green’ hospital.

The public is invited to attend MultiCare Good Samaritan’s Patient Care Tower Open House on Sunday, February 13, 2011. The hospital will be providing literature on the tower, giving tours of the whole facility and serving refreshments to the community. Further information can be found online at

Inspired Designs

Olympic Landscape & Irrigation

Neil Hedman started his landscape company with a dream, a degree in Botany, and a background working as a field supervisor at a wholesale nursery in Buckley.

Rooted in humble soil, Neil began Olympic Landscape & Irrigation Co. by working from his own home in 1977. Today, Olympic Landscape & Irrigation Co. has blossomed and offers a broad range of outdoor services such as landscape planning, landscape construction, sprinkler and pond service, and backflow assembly testing.

Some of Neil’s passions are bringing people and material together to create exciting projects, and working with highly skilled professionals in the landscape and irrigation fields. His designers are some of the most creative out there. Lead designer at Olympic Landscape, John Sullivan, is one of the design leaders that has worked right alongside Neil since 1977—creating the Olympic Landscape vision and mission.

“John has a real talent for architectural lines and plant knowledge. He just knows how to layout a landscape,” said Neil of Sullivan’s talents.

When talking about his love of landscaping, John freely admits he’s inspired by architecture and layout. But mostly, he has learned, the job is about getting to know people. “The client’s personality makes the hugest impact on how I determine a design,” explained John.

“Our customers are often referred to as ‘friends.’ So many of our clients start out as customers and then become our friends. It’s a growing relationship that develops between us. And over time, a friendship forms between our customers and Olympic,” added Neil.

Olympic Landscape may have a comfy, friendly feel about how they do business, but they have a cool finger on the pulse of innovative outdoor escape and entertainment trends in the Pacific Northwest. In recent years, Neil and John revealed they are seeing lots of water and water falls, stone and rock work and lighting in current outdoor designs. Outdoor landscaping is being shaped for entertainment. “On a broader scope, incorporating the yard into the living environment is a big deal for a home owner. When you are inside at night, outdoor water features and creative lighting brings the beauty of that landscape into the home. To be able to go out and enjoy your yard with conversation areas, patios, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, these enhance the yard. It becomes a place that you can enjoy with family and friends,” said Neil.

The wet Northwest weather and native plant life also shapes the unique landscapes they create. “There’s a good foundational plant palette native to the Northwest that makes for great landscaping. A lot of those plants are native to our area and do very well without extra care—it’s a great start for foundational planning,” stated Neil. “These native plants also strategically enhance the natural scenery surrounding a home. The summer and fall colors of these plants are always in transition, so it’s not just one color all the time. The whole yard and landscape scene is constantly changing throughout the year.”

As Olympic Landscape & Irrigation Co. continues to flourish, Neil looks forward to servicing a larger area of the Puget Sound and creating awareness and interest in what his company does. The company exhibits walk-through garden and landscape areas at venues like the Puyallup Fair and local garden shows. Landscape lovers won’t want to miss their garden exhibit at the Tacoma Dome Garden Show in January 2011.

“We are really interested in developing our reputation as designers and educating people on how important it is to get professional help to do landscape work without going through trial, error and expense. Whether it’s accenting a garden or designing a whole area—it should bring a lot of joy.” For further information, please visit


2810 6th Ave, Tacoma

The tango. Gaucho crafts. Soccer. Siestas. Argentina is rich in culture, but you need not hop on a plane to enjoy authentic Argentine fare. Located in the heart of the Tacoma 6th Avenue business district, Asado Restaurant boasts traditional cuisine from the South American country. Loosely translated, asado means “Argentine barbeque” and is a classic method for cooking meat on a grill or over an open fire. Asado brings an ethnically unique alternative to the Tacoma dining scene.

A ceviche appetizer is generous enough for two. The tower of mildly sweet tilapia, prawns, and mild, firm sea bass is layered on pico de gallo and topped with creamy, refreshing guacamole. The seafood delicacy is accompanied by an Argentine staple, fried plantains, crunchy and lightly salted. Soft rolls are served with herbed, paprika tinted chimichurri butter. Other starters include vegetarian empanadas, chorizo and clams, and calamari frito.

The wedge salad is a savory blend of contrasting flavors and textures. Made with tender butter lettuce, velvety avocado, Serrano ham, tart grapefruit segments, and roasted corn, it is lightly tossed in avocado orange vinaigrette. Hoja Roha salad is created from red, frilly lolla rosa leaves, crisp ham, hard cooked egg, and pungent Cabrales bleu cheese; the medley is lightly coated with pistachio buttermilk dressing. Also available are quinoa, Caesar, and hierbas salads.

Asado offers the most complete selection of Argentine wines in the Northwest. Malbec is the most widely planted red grape variety followed by Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. The influence of Italian immigrants has added a variety of Italian varietals to the vineyards.

Asado’s beef is all natural Black Angus and steaks are masterfully grilled over imported mesquite wood. Espalda Asado (flat iron steak) is presented over sweet roasted corn polenta finished with a hint of mild poblano chile. Al dente calabasita (butternut squash) gnocchi is served in a rich brown butter sauce, blended with rich macadamia nuts, wild mushrooms, julienne zucchini and slivered garlic cloves; it is a reflection of the Italian influence on the Argentine diet. Pita Puerco (pork chop stuffed with chorizo, cranberries, golden raisins, almonds, apples, and fennel) and Garron de Cordero (seared boneless chicken breast, caperberry, white wine lemon pan sauce, wilted arugula, and cherry tomatoes) are other entrees worth trying.

Dessert Crepas Dulces is a fried crepe purse filled with hazelnut butter, dulche de leche and pearl tapioca. It is accompanied by Olympic Mountain Pistachio ice cream and cherry sauce. Torta de Chocolate is a stuffed chocolate soufflé cake filled with caramel crème. It is complemented by white chocolate sauce and Olympic Mountain Madagascar ice cream. Crème brulee, dulche cheesecake, and pastels fritos (homemade banana donuts) round out the dessert menu.

Asado offers the fabulous flavors of Argentina using the freshest ingredients from the Northwest and beyond. Attention to quality, presentation and service makes it one of a kind. For a satisfying and unique experience, give Asado a try.

Mary Morgan

Community Events: Taste of the Market

Olympia Farmers Market became, for one night, an elegant open-air eatery. Attendees who dined at the suddenly elegant market sampled the cuisine of 26 restaurants while listening to the music of Joe Baque and his trio, with Mike Olson on congas.

Diners sampled main dishes, dessert and beer or wine from among the evenings’ offerings prepared by restaurants such as Acqua Via, Anthony’s Home Port, Budd Bay Cafe, Dingey’s, Dockside Bistro, Mercato, Swing Wine Bar and Water Street Cafe.

The Taste of the Market was the biggest annual fundraiser put on by Friends of Olympia Farmers Market. It was a fun night of food, beer, wine and music, in support of the local community. Proceeds from the evening’s event help fund market improvements and scholarships for students from local farming families to study organic farming. Information:

Jubilee Cupcakes & Vintage Candy

Jubilee Cupcakes & Vintage Candy
2510 N Proctor St, Tacoma

Patti Frank dreams cupcakes. Visions of sugary confections dance in her head. Her mind races with ideas for new creations. Callebaut and Valrhona chocolates, lemon, coconut, Champagne and bacon—yes, bacon—swirl through her imagination, marrying to make new and innovative treats.

Jubilee Cupcakes and Vintage Candy opened in July, 2010. Formerly Sweet Things, a cupcake and vintage clothing boutique, Patti recreated the business as a cupcake and vintage candy shop.

The locale exudes charm and nostalgia. A black and white awning hangs over a white wrap-around porch scattered with black wicker and wrought iron seating. Guests can linger over their cupcakes and Valhalla coffee or Mad Hat tea while looking out over a terraced garden, vivid with old-fashioned flowers.

More striking inside are the myriad of cupcakes. Displayed on tiered racks and pedestals, beautifully decorated cupcakes are everywhere. Over ten flavors are available each day; some are standard and others rotate daily. Seasonally, be on the lookout for specialty cupcakes for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

The Macon Bacon, a daily cupcake, is an intensely dark chocolate cake baked with house-made maple bacon and topped with maple buttercream and a piece of homemade maple bacon. No doubt inspired by a breakfast plate where pancake syrup met bacon, it is one of the most innovative offerings in the shop.

Moist, speckled banana cake is the basis for the Elvis. Filled with dark chocolate ganache, it’s completed with peanut buttercream and a drizzle of homemade chocolate sauce.

The Lemon Meringue bursts citrusy flavor. Patti is not shy in her use of fresh lemon juice and zest. Fresh lemon cake filled with homemade lemon curd is topped with a traditional toasted Swiss meringue.

It’s obvious that quality is a priority. Cupcakes are baked in small batches throughout the day to ensure freshness; even if you are stopping off late in the afternoon to pick up an after-dinner treat, you can be assured of a fresh, moist product. Patti and baker Cheryl Massimi are all about getting it right. All components are made in-house and the from-scratch recipes are created and continually fine-tuned. The chocolate cupcake recipe was tweaked no fewer than fifty times before it met their quality standards.

Jubilee offers cupcake accessories, party supplies, and greeting cards. Also available is the most extensive collection of vintage candy in Pierce County, including Hammond’s Candies, old-fashioned lollipops, ribbon candy, and hand-pulled taffy.

A new undertaking is catering to the breakfast crowd. Stop by for a blueberry bumble muffin or a slice of banana pecan bread. A second store is in the works and will be opening in Puyallup in early spring. Patti and Sheryl are also experimenting with vegan and gluten free muffins and hope to have them available before this publication is distributed.

Anne Byrn said “When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.” When the finest ingredients meet creativity, when commitment melds with inspiration, and when innovation marries quality, the resulting cupcake makes you smile.

Janae Colombini

Leaving A Legacy With Design

YWCA Shelter | Patty Bruce, Interior Designer

Several months ago, over coffee at Tully’s in Tacoma, I got to know Patty Bruce, a philanthropic interior designer. Patty was responsible for leading the team of volunteer interior designers at the newly renovated YWCA women’s shelter. The project included 22 units for women and children who find the shelter as their temporary home during transition. I was most fascinated by the fact that her team of 28 designers successfully pulled together rooms (all with different themes) through donations from the community and sweat equity. For ShowCase Magazine’s Design issue, I had to share our conversation.

Patty, I have to ask how you became involved with this project?
A good friend and client, Phillis Izant, was talking about the YWCA project. As I listened, I had some ideas to help. We pulled out the AID (designer book) and started brainstorming options for design. Before long I was entrenched in the creative process of designing rooms for the project. As the team of designers grew to 28 professional volunteer designers, I was asked to manage the team for the project.

Tell me about your style?
I love design and tend to think practically about the way things are placed together. In a client’s home I use the stuff that people have. I think spaces in homes should be comfortable and soft not stuffy. I want things that make my clients happy to live there.

Of course this translated well into the current work to be accomplished at YWCA in Tacoma.

How was this project unique?
There were some obvious limitations to designing rooms in a women’s shelter. The rooms needed to be “really livable” says Patty. Due to the high turn-over rate of the program’s participants, all pieces used in the project needed to be durable, comfortable, accommodating to all ages of children and have no sharp corners. Each designer took a room from studio apartments to 1 and 2 bedroom units.

The designers worked around existing layouts and previous built-in furnishings in the old building.

What was your biggest challenge?
Getting all of the stuff for the unit! We gathered everything needed for the units. The largest unit needed everything from 10 beds to 10 gallons of paint. Sherman Williams, Cresent Lighting and Contract Furnishings all made significant donations, making the design project possible.

How do you hope that your team’s work will impact the women?
We want the women and children to feel safe, loved, comfortable and secure… temporarily happy!

After our coffee Patty and I walked to the site. During our tour of the property I noticed that this regal woman and her team seem to be able to pull things together effortlessly.

The shelter had its long anticipated grand opening in October and is currently housing families in newly designed units. Each of the interior designers has left behind a design legacy that will touch so many lives in the coming years. For more information on donating to the YWCA go to

Community Events: Sand In The City

As the sun set on the waterfront of Olympia, the beach themed festivities of SandBlast Gala began. This tropical escape drew 600 people for a night full of dancing, dining and bidding on sea and land. Anthony’s Homeport, Fish Tale Ales, and Wagner’s Bakery provided delicious food. Guests danced the night away on the Port Plaza to the music of the Beatniks. This event kicked off the Hands on Children’s Museum’s Sand in the City® weekend, which annually raises over $100,000 for the museum’s Free and Reduced Admission programs. The SandBlast Gala was a beach vacation without leaving the city!

Erica Cooley

Community Events: Washington Center For Performing Arts

Guests gathered to celebrate the Silver Anniversary Gala as a part of a four day run of festivities commemorating the Center’s 25th Anniversary. Seasoned actor, Ben Vareen, gave his second stunning performance since his first performance on the stage 25 years ago. During the auction, as patrons bid on auction items, Ben made an appearance to talk about the arts and auction off his shoes! One lucky woman went home with his autographed pair of bright red shoes. The funds raised from the evening’s events go to educate students and artists alike on the beauty of what keeps this community alive: the arts.

Nichole Johnson