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 of historic structures and buildings, breathtaking waterfront views, lush rural land, quaint and welcoming suburbs, an ever-industrious energy, and is the neighbor to magnificent Mount Rainier. There is so much to explore and safely engage in, even during this time of social distancing.

Health & Wellness

Nonprofits MultiCare and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health offer pristine services, top-rated physicians, and have several locations in order to be easily accessible to patients. Try local yoga studios, gym facilities, therapy offices and more. Everything you need to keep happy and healthy is nearby. Be sure to check business hours and number of participants that are allowed in the facility.

Get Some Fresh Air

There are many opportunities to get outside and play in Pierce County’s varied terrain. There are over 5,271 acres of available recreation – trails, golf courses, beaches, skateboard pavilions, parks and more. Remember, Mount Rainier National Park is close by. Be sure to check restrictions and regulations before venturing out and stay home if you are feeling under the weather.

Arts & Culture

Our County is alive with creativity and innovation. Immerse yourself at art museums such as the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass, and Asia Pacific Cultural Center during their new business hours. Support local artisans and makers by visiting small-town art galleries, downtown boutiques, and local breweries. Dine happily at renowned restaurants and cafes, being sure to follow Pierce County safety regulations.

History

The County celebrates so much of its past by maintaining historic buildings and sites and by offering numerous museums relative to each area. Many historic museums have now re-opened to the public. The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, provides visitors with a look at one of the original settlements on Puget Sound.

BY NATALIE BENSON

Airhouse Adventure Park Heads to Auburn!

On January 7th, 2022 Airhouse Adventure Park will bring fun and adventure to Auburn Washington with the opening of a new Northwest location. The indoor adventure park will include fun and family friendly activities such as Powerhouse Laser Tag, the Airhouse Ninja Course and Xtreme Dodgeball.  This location will be available for 1 to 2 hour adventures, exclusive birthday parties, fundraising events and group outings of all sizes. In any location, Airhouse Adventure Park seeks to engage the surrounding communities in a fun, safe, and sanitized adventure park. Bringing friends and family together to celebrate birthdays or other fun occasions with us is a way of strengthening the existing community. Each park provides more than just an indoor adventure park for everyone to enjoy year-round, but Airhouse actively partners with organizations of all types by providing a one-of-a-kind facility to host fundraisers and bring value back to the community that we live and play in. The Auburn location was chosen because of its beauty, accessibility, and pride in community.

Snacks and concessions are a great pairing with adventures, and the Auburn location of Airhouse Adventure Park will host the GrubHouse.  GrubHouse will specialize in pizzas, sandwiches, and other handheld snacks and beverages to satisfy hungry adventurers.

After signing a waiver, guests can buy a pass that is priced by age and the number of hours they wish to spend at the park. Just a few of the attractions that guests will find at Airhouse Auburn include the jousting Battle Beam or the wildly colorful climbing structures where you try to reach new heights (while wearing a harness!) Fly through the air on the Racing Zip Lines down a 40-foot line and check out the elaborate, skill-required Ninja courses. The classic Main Court lets guests bounce gleefully on over 1,500 square feet of trampolines! Each attraction aims to get your blood pumping and help you gain some air! If you aren’t feeling like indulging in a game of Xtreme Dodgeball, a pass for the featured Arcade is also an option.

Safety and sanitizing are top priorities at Airhouse Adventure Park.  Airhouse Adventure Park performs routine daily, weekly, and monthly safety inspections to ensure that all equipment and attractions are in proper working condition. Court monitors remain alert and onsite during all adventuring to ensure patrons remain safe.  All trampolines, attractions, padding, and equipment is cleaned regularly throughout each day, and as needed. In addition, the adventure park is cleaned thoroughly each night.

Airhouse Adventure Park is sure to be an exciting addition to the bustling Auburn community and bring joy to adventurers of all ages.  This is certain to be a destination for workplace bonding, parties, and an excellent way to spend a rainy weekend.

Safety and sanitizing are top priorities at Airhouse Adventure Park.  Airhouse Adventure Park performs routine daily, weekly, and monthly safety inspections to ensure that all equipment and attractions are in proper working condition. Court monitors remain alert and onsite during all adventuring to ensure patrons remain safe.  All trampolines, attractions, padding, and equipment is cleaned regularly throughout each day, and as needed. In addition, the adventure park is cleaned thoroughly each night.

Airhouse Adventure Park is sure to be an exciting addition to the bustling Auburn community and bring joy to adventurers of all ages.  This is certain to be a destination for workplace bonding, parties, and an excellent way to spend a rainy weekend.

The new location will open at 1101 Outlet Collection Way #1275, Auburn, WA 98002

For Additional Information
theairhouse.com

NATALIE BENSON

A New Home for Holy Lamb Organics

The innovative and sustainable company, Holy Lamb Organics, surprises our community once again with a new location. This time, right in the heart of creative downtown Olympia! Surrounded by international cuisine, historic buildings, breweries, cafes, art stores and other clothing and home goods shops, Holy Lamb Organics fits right in.

Since 2017, the previous Olympia location was in the historic steam plant building, mere minutes from the space on Washington Street. When asked why the company decided to move, co-owner Jason Shaefer explained, “[when] the lease ended, we came here because this was more of a central spot. And we wanted to be a part of the revitalization of the downtown after all of the antics of COVID-19.”

The new space is narrow, but still spacious enough to fit all their product, including mattress displays, and walking room for social distancing. Between handmade blankets and soft bed sheet bundles is a colorful chalk board featuring the cellular structure of wool drawn by a local artist. Around the store are more art pieces by another local artist, giving the store appropriate Olympian character.

The move is working out well for the company and providing a different shopping experience than before. Most customers that visited the steam plant store were more conscious and already-decided buyers. At this central location, customers are largely walk-ins browsing the downtown. The benefit has been the profit of display settings, meeting interesting people and more involvement in a community they love.

They are becoming especially close to their neighbors, Painted Plate and Ember Goods coffee. “When customers seem to be stuck or indecisive, we will send them to Painted Plate for some creative release,” says Shaefer. “If the customer is lagging, we send them over to Ember Goods for some caffeine and vice versa. People are sent over to us to rest and test our mattresses.” Overall, the connection the company is creating with their community has been the most rewarding part of their move to central downtown.

Be sure to check out Holy Lamb Organics’ new showroom to touch and experience their all-natural product and learn about their mission to provide ethical bedding.

For Additional Information
holylamborganics.com

NATALIE BENSON