New Neighbor Guide for Pierce County – Winter/Spring 2022

Letter from the Publisher

Welcome to the New Neighbors Guide!

On behalf of the local community, we welcome you to Pierce County. Whether you’re here temporarily or for the long haul, we know you’re going to love our region. With our natural beauty, lakes, streams and forested trails, this is the perfect location for outdoor fun. With some of the best coffee in the world and a vibrant food and entertainment scene, Pierce County has something for everyone.

Let’s face it, moving to a new city can be expensive and time-consuming—but it’s also exciting! This guide is written by a mix of perspectives from native Pierce Countians to people who moved here from out of the area. We created this guide with the things we wish we had known when we moved here.

This resource guide offers tips and reminders to get you settled and to get the nuts and bolts of your new home well underway. This guide will also help you get connected to your local community, schools and health care, and help you put down “roots” in your daily life here. From great ideas for your home and events to engage in the community, we have you covered.

As we put together this issue, we look forward to providing you with information and education about all the “best things” in Pierce County and we hope to give you a sense of place where you belong and can engage and feel connected. We welcome you, our “new neighbor,” to Pierce County.

Kindest regards,
Robin Lucas, Publisher

This Issue’s Content

Welcome to Pierce County!

You’re a new resident of beautiful Pierce County — congratulations! But now there are some important tasks to take care of. Updating personal information is essential in order to become […]

Life in Pierce County

Vibrant and diverse, Pierce County is made up of over 20 cities, including urban Tacoma, charming Gig Harbor and home of the Washington State Fair, Puyallup. The County is composed […]

The Harbor History Museum

Nestled on the Gig Harbor waterfront where Donkey Creek meets the bay, the Harbor History Museum is celebrating its 11th year of operation. Yet the Museum’s campus has a much […]

The TwinStar Credit Union Difference

When you put the community first, people notice. TwinStar Credit Union is certainly making people notice. Their two-fold community outreach approach includes the TwinStar Foundation and strong corporate giving coupled […]

Enrolling in School in Pierce County

Choosing the best academic environment for your child can seem daunting when you move to a new area. There are numerous traditional options to consider—your neighborhood public school, a charter […]

Dancing Goats Coffee – The Legend

The Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar opened its 10th location in the Point Ruston Public Market in December 2020. Tacoma residents and visitors are now enjoying a great coffee house named […]

Giving Back in the 253

In any community, a sense of “community” is built on the connections made through unique groups of people that support one another. When I moved to Tacoma five years ago, […]

Making Your House a Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with décor and furniture from the heart ~Design tips provided by Sage Interiors in Tacoma Your entry is the initial introduction to […]

Olympic Landscape – Heart for Community

Olympic Landscape has been designing, building and servicing outdoor residential and commercial spaces in the South Sound for more than 40 years. As an expert landscape contractor, the company creates […]

Getting Settled into a New Home

After the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of moving is over. And you’re right, but there are still things to take […]

Tacoma Mall Expands with New Retailers & Theatre

Long known as a community leader in shopping, dining, and entertainment, Tacoma Mall has recently announced plans to further elevate the shopping experience. This past fall season, the Mall introduced […]

Family Recipes at Gig Harbor’s Lele Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine

When Lele started her first restaurant twenty years ago, she knew she wanted to create a place where she and her family could work together and gather. That tradition is […]

China to be Featured Country at APCC’s 24th Annual New Year Celebration

It’s one of Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s (APCC) favorite events of the year—the Annual New Year’s Celebration. Showcasing China as the featured host nation, the 24th annual event will be […]

Celebrating 40 Years: Family Eyecare Associates

How you treat your customers sets you apart from others in your field. Dr. Spencer Garlick and his Family EyeCare Associates practice embraces that philosophy with his motto Do What […]

Pediatrics Northwest: Sugar Isn’t Always Sweet!

We’ve all heard that healthy eating is important. But did you know that the eating habits your child develops now can have a lasting impact for years to come? Research […]

Service, Convenience at the Heart of Light Dental Studios

We can all agree on the qualities for the ideal dental provider: round-the-clock service, free consultations, same-day appointments, entire-family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find […]

Physical Therapy with Fun & Family

Owners Kim Bisson and Susan Jankelson wanted to create a clinic that felt like home. Their goal was for each person who walked through the doors, whether patient or employee, […]

Northwest Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

During the winter months, slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses, especially for seniors. The following tips will help prevent common cold-weather dangers […]