Oakhouse Restaurant

8102 Zircon Dr, Lakewood

Oakhouse Restaurant and Bar is no longer a members-only restaurant. After a remodel this past spring, the restaurant now boasts a bright and open environment with fresh menu options.

Located next to the picturesque Oakbrook Golf Course in Lakewood, the redesigned “come as you are” restaurant and bar is a welcoming place for the Lakewood community. RMG Golf Course Management LLC implemented the redesign and complete remodel after the partnership purchased the location in 2011.

“We’ve created the perfect location for grabbing a drink with friends or a tasty meal for families,” said Jason Moore, vice president of marketing for RMG. “It’s not just for golfers anymore. Anyone can come and enjoy the view of the golf course while visiting the restaurant.”

Inviting interior design updates give diners new reasons to enjoy the scenic views of the golf course from the large windows in the restaurant and bar. The upgrades include polished concrete flooring, new booths and seating arrangements, upgraded lighting, modern finishes and multiple flatscreen televisions. The kitchen and the menu have also benefited from a new perspective.

“Our focus is on fresh ingredients and quality Northwest menu options for any time of the day,” noted Brian Tholen, head chef of the restaurant. “We are especially excited about the full gluten-free menu.”

A revamped menu invites visitors to stay and enjoy. It includes burgers, sandwiches, pizza, steak, seafood and pasta entrees. Pacific coho salmon with bacon, spinach and green beans stands out as a favorite showcase pick. A range of gluten-free choices includes Pacific salmon and spaghetti pomodoro, plus gluten-free pasta on the children’s menu. The Oakhouse bar menu has also been expanded to include such libations as the Godiva chocolate orange martini, Oakhouse Rita Spirit or Lakeside Splash.

The word is spreading that Oakhouse is the new go-to place in Lakewood for those who seek a well-prepared, varied, modern menu at surprisingly affordable prices! LEAH GROUT

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you are selecting a gift for your family, friend or colleague the ShowCase staff has searched all over town for the best gifts this holiday season.

Luxury Accessory
It doesn’t get more glamorous than a faux fur scarf. This posh accessory looks amazing with dresses, jeans and everything in between. $39.99, covfurs.com

Savorfull gives new meaning to living your best life with a food allergy. Savorfull delivers fabulous allergy free foods and recipes to your doorstep, taste and share. $15 monthly, savorfull.com

Sole Advocate
Patagonia Advocate collection exudes a homegrown attitude and a call to relax. The footwear is built of recycled materials and loaded with casual comfort. Advocate lace: $75, Chukka: $80, patagonia.com

Gifts That Give Back
A portion of the proceeds from every purchase goes directly to the Sierra Club to support their mission to protect communities, wild places and the planet. $10 or less, sierraclubsocks.com

ESPN 30 for 30 Collector’s Set
ESPN commissioned 30 noted filmmakers to tackle the 30 most compelling sports stories from the network’s first three decades of existence (1979-2009). $99.95, amazon.com

Childs Play
This locally written, hard cover, children’s book features Paolo the cat and teaches children important life lessons, such as how to trust and to celebrate other’s differences. $16.95, paolosadventures.wordpress.com

Winter 2012


Community Events: Zoobilee
Community Events: Washington Center 2012 Gala
Community Events: Sand In The City
Artist Spotlight: Philip Kaufman
Tacoma Goodwill


Oakhouse Restaurant
Tacoma Chef – Steve Anderson

Design & Style

Thomas Bosworth
Hubbub For The Holidays
Infusion Interior Design
2012 Holiday Gift Guide


The Sash Program – Helping Seniors From Start To Sold!

The Sash Program – Helping Seniors From Start To Sold!

Companies are often born out of a demonstrated need for a product or service. That is exactly how The SASH Program commenced.

SASH—Sell a Senior’s Home—was founded by Rebecca Bomann, a professional real estate investor with a background in social work, after helping her grandfather sell his home. At age 81, Everet was living alone in a two-story house, an hour away from the closest family member. It became necessary for the home to be sold so he could live closer to family and receive care. The home sale process was very difficult for Everet, dragging on through health challenges of his and drops in the listing price of the house. He found it hard to keep the home “show ready,” and there were frequent intrusions on his privacy.

Today SASH works with seniors like Everet, providing a variety of services to assist with a home sale. SASH can purchase a senior’s home as-is in a custom designed sale, along with packing and moving services and completely cleaning out the home in a private manner. If a senior prefers, SASH Realty can list the home on the open market with agents that specialize in the unique needs of older persons. Senior-specific coaching services are a nationwide resource to families in need of advice on the senior home-sale process.

Since its inception in August 2005, SASH has purchased a large number of homes in the greater Puget Sound area of Washington state, including new construction, condominiums, huge six-bedroom estates and tiny one-bedroom homes. The shortest closing period was 10 days and the longest 14 months, with every transaction timeline based entirely on the senior’s specific moving plans.

Seniors and their families have found that SASH can assist them “from start to sold”! LEAH GROUT

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Infusion Interior Design

Co-owners Barb Williams and Janet DeTray, friends for over 30 years, opened Infusion in 2007. With a focus on offering professional interior design consultation and services, their 5,000-square-foot interior design store in Lakewood is also brimming with brilliant ideas to help you create the design vision for your dream home or just freshen up a room or two. At Infusion, shoppers will find custom draperies, fine bedding ensembles, window treatments, furnishings, carpets, area rugs, wall coverings, lighting, accessories and so much more to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary within their budget.

“We let our clients inspire us,” said Williams. “We make home or site visits to begin our interview process. We find out the client’s likes or dislikes. We take a look at their surroundings and get a feel for their home and discover what it is that they desire. We look at what the client currently has and then use their personalities and lifestyles as inspiration.”

Williams blends her Italian heritage with a background in travel to offer specialized flair in European, Tuscan and Old World style. She has worked with builders and real estate agents for over 20 years, demonstrating expertise in scale, schematics and installations. These talents marry well in creative partnership with DeTray, whose professional credentials and training are in interior design. DeTray is a respected leader and visionary in sourcing and combining textiles, fabrics and texture.

Infusion’s client roster is diverse and the partners have designed interiors for private residences, businesses, law firms and commercial spaces. As the holiday season approaches, Infusion is also the place to call for help in creating festive tablescapes for holiday entertaining, special dinners, parties and family get-togethers. TAMMY ROBACKER

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Hubbub For The Holidays

Chic Shopping Found

Avoid all the hullabaloo and make shopping fun at HUBBUB this holiday season. Since 2005, shoppers have delighted in HUBBUB’s one-of-a-kind jewelry, purses, clothing, hats and shoes, plus home furnishings and gifts that range from sophisticated to whimsical.

This bright, spacious retail store is located in a uniquely restored 100-year-old building on the northern edge of Centralia’s downtown historic district. Owner Rebecca Staebler has a passion for reclaiming things that otherwise might be discarded. She spent nine months restoring the 100-year-old building to create HUBBUB and fill it with handcrafted art. The remodel became a perfect backdrop for the contemporary, functional art that now fills the space.

“I fell in love with American handcraft—things made by hand and things we use. I love to shop, I love color. When I moved back to Centralia I thought there was a need for a fun place to shop and buy art,” said Staebler.

Additionally, Staebler is a firm believer in supporting reuse and repurposed goods. Most of the local artists she buys from use reclaimed materials in their products. And Staebler has personally met about 90 percent of the artists whose work is featured on her sales floor.

“I’m constantly looking for new artists and expanding my product lines to meet what my customers are looking for,” she said. “Knowing the artist means I can talk about who made a purse or the jewelry. That connection with the artists means I can showcase people who are making their living making arts and crafts. I wanted to create a place where I can draw shoppers in to educate them as to what it means to appreciate things made by hand.”

If you are looking for unique gifts, high-quality handmade items and fun wearable art (ranging from $4 to $400), HUBBUB offers a shopping experience that is not mass-produced, commercialized or hectic. TAMMY ROBACKER

505 North Tower Ave, Centralia

Thomas Bosworth

Honored For A Legacy Of Teaching And Designing

For architect Thomas Bosworth, natural light is the most important building material, providing shape and meaning to everything he designs. His architectural design work, which totals nearly 90 projects, combines light and a highly specific sense of place with classical ideas of order, simplicity and beauty.

Recently, the renowned architect has been awarded the 2012 Medal of Honor by the American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region based in Olympia. The honor recognizes an individual who has consistently demonstrated excellence in design, the practice of architecture, architectural education or service to the profession, and who has made notable contributions unique to the region.

Bosworth received his professional architecture degree from Yale. He joined Eero Saarinen and Associates while also teaching part time at Yale. His growing reputation led to an offer to become a full professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he remained for 30 years (now emeritus). He is a partner at Bosworth Hoedemaker, a Seattle firm that specializes in custom design and renovation of high-end residences primarily in the Pacific Northwest.

Bosworth’s portfolio illustrates and celebrates design themes that are pillars of his practice and central to what defines Northwest architecture: the incorporation of natural light throughout interior spaces, the relationship of a building to the landscape, a traditional vernacular and the importance of craft.

In the foreword of Building With Light in the Pacific Northwest, Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, writes, “Practicing architecture in the Northwest necessitates an understanding of elusive light, and projects like Ragen House on San Juan Island illustrate Tom’s masterful skills. Light streams through, rendering the interior with a light quality reminiscent of paintings by Jan Vermeer.”

Over the past four decades, Thomas Bosworth has helped shape architecture— both as a profession and an art form—and architects in the Northwest. His contributions to architecture are experienced through his two parallel and complementary professions: architect and professor.

“Good design must be the result of intellectual integrity that provides a predictable consistency throughout the design.” —Thomas Bosworth

“Tom is clearly one of the foremost architects practicing design in the Pacific Northwest. As the director and lead architect of the Pilchuck Glass School, working with Dale Chihuly, he produced a series of beautifully crafted simple wood pavilions that stand out as some of the finest work of this school of architects.” —David Miller, FAIA


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Tacoma Chef – Steve Anderson

Maxwell’s Speakeasy + Lounge
454 St Helens Ave, Tacoma

On a Friday evening at Maxwell’s Speakeasy + Lounge in downtown Tacoma, live jazz blends with conversations and aromas that drift through the softly lit room. Overhead, crystal beads cascade from a chandelier. A waiter presents the day’s fresh catch. A steak sizzles. Bourbon whipped cream slides over warm cinnamon roll bread pudding. The bartender creates a masterpiece.

“Our lounge serves specialty handcrafted cocktails,” owner Steve Anderson said in an interview. “We make all our own simple syrup, infuse our own liqueurs and hand-squeeze our own juices. It’s labor intensive.”

Whether you choose the famous wagyu beef Walker Burger, filet mignon, apple-smoked pork chop, or half chicken with orange coriander beurre blanc, expect the best. Anderson learned early what the combination of love and good food can mean.

While his divorced mother worked two jobs, his aunt taught him to grow a garden and prepare meals at the age of 8. He needed those skills at 13, when his father suffered a serious industrial accident.

“I asked to go live with my dad and be his caretaker,” Anderson said. “Honestly, the best waiters, the best chefs, are all great caretakers.” The teen also shopped, cooked, attended school and worked in his uncle’s bakery. Anderson received his culinary arts education in the Navy: “I worked my way up through the ranks and ran the world’s largest submarine squadron, preparing 10,000 meals a day with 132 culinary specialists working under me.

“My focus is to take all my business knowledge and build a great culinary team,” Anderson said. He has also worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs’ Teen Chefs program and plans “to give kids their shot in the culinary field and help them grow. I’ve seen a lot of kids go the wrong way in a big city.”

Luckily, he found his way in the kitchen. CANDACE BROWN

Tacoma Goodwill

Dreammakers Change Lives

Willie Stewart believes everyone deserves to see their dreams come true. That’s why he is one of the 170 DreamMakers in a program created by the Tacoma Goodwill Foundation. Goodwill provides job training and placement services to 8,000 people in Washington state each year. All donations help, and donors can become DreamMakers by providing full or partial scholarships for students of Goodwill training.

Beginning in 1997, Stewart served two terms on the Goodwill board and then joined the foundation board six years ago. “Being an educator myself for 36 years—and on the school board for six years—I recognized that the only way we can change the lives of students is through jobs,” he said. “And the only way [they] can get jobs is— to get a vocational skill.”

Virginia Sherrod changed her life through a DreamMaker scholarship. Now with a job, a driver’s license, a vehicle and place of her own—none of which she had when she applied—she knows dreams can come true.

“People make you feel important,” Sherrod said. “They give you that belief that you can accomplish, that you’re not depending on public assistance or welfare or unemployment. Without DreamMakers, people wouldn’t have those chances. I appreciate it very much.”

Stewart urges potential DreamMakers to attend events like the “Ready to Work” Goodwill Breakfast or a graduation ceremony to hear recipients’ stories. “Go visit the students at the work sites where they’re training,” he said. “Then you can appreciate what a DreamMaker can do to change a person’s life.”

“It changes their lives in terms of how they feel about America and their community. And when you see this, it’s really easy to open up your pocketbook if you’re in a position to help.” CANDACE BROWN

To become a DreamMaker, contact Al Hove at 253.573.6609 or

Community Events: Sand In The City

Sand in the City Gala participants had the first opportunity to visit the much anticipated new Hands on Children’s Museum in Olympia. This event marked the last major function for the organization before closing the old museum and moving to the new state of the art facility.

Community focused attendees bid on auction items, dined on savory food and grooved to the featured bands: LOTT Troubadors, The Torres, & The Beatniks! There were also two live animal appearances from Charlie the Alpaca and Zion the Llama. Sand in the City, as a whole, raised over $135,000 in proceeds to benefit the free & reduced programs at the Hands On Children’s Museum, making the museum accessible to as many children as possible in our community.