Spring has sprung (thank goodness), so we felt we just had to have a roundup of fun ways to explore nature with the kids. Shake off those winter doldrums, grab your rain boots (because let’s be real), and go learn and grow together with @soundsfunmom at southsoundmag.com.
It’s official! Spring has sprung in the South Sound! The cherry blossoms outside the @kingcountylibrary in Auburn definitely made us swoon this weekend. Where have you seen fresh florals popping up? 🌸🌸🌸
Imagine a classic Cape Cod and a modern farm-style house melding to create a light, bright, classic home perfect for big family gatherings and cozy enough for quiet nights in. Our 2018 #nwideahouse is being built now on a golf course in @cityoflakewoodwa and will feature products, technologies, craftsmanship, and design we can’t wait to show you within the pages of our future magazines and live during open house tours later this year!
Did you know that you can borrow e-books and audiobooks from the Pierce County Library? Over 1 million digital and audiobooks were downloaded last year alone. All you need is a library card and an app, and you can read and listen for free! Read more at southsoundmag.com. Here's a few of our favorite suggestions to start. -Idaho by Emily Ruskovich -The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig -Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng -Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff
If your meal isn’t perfectly prepared at the @zodiacsupperclub, you have no one to blame but yourself. The unique Hilltop restaurant in Tacoma lets you cook food on a communal grill while sipping cocktails. They even give you full control over the seasonings and spices. Read more at southsoundmag.com. Words by Shawna De La Rosa. Photo by @jhobsonphoto.
Seattle @mariners second baseman @robinsoncano has a really, really sweet house. "My home style is modern with clean finishes and touched of luxury," he said. Take a visual tour of the gorgeous abode at southsoundmag.com. Photos by Jeff Beck.
The Point Defiance Zoo's annual auction, Zoobilee, has been put on hold this year while the zoo readies its new aquarium. The Pacific Seas Aquarium will house three new species: green sea turtles, scalloped hammerhead sharks, and spotted eagle rays. It's scheduled to open this summer, and an official opening date will be announced later this spring. Read more at southsoundmag.com. Photos courtesy of @ptdefiancezoo.
It's almost spring break, and we're dreaming of sunny getaways. With an average of just 10 inches of rain per year, the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii is at the top of our list. Read more at southsoundmag.com. Photos by L. Lisa Lawrence.
The March/April issue is here! Read all about Washington's first @hgtv Dream Home in Gig Harbor, @robinsoncano's stunning Bellevue abode, home design tips and tricks from @stefaniebrooksinteriordesign, Tacoma's super unique restaurant @zodiacsupperclub, and more!
“I didn’t know that other people wanted a connection when they purchased a product...People would say, ‘Oh, what’s the story?’ I didn’t want to share it because I just thought, it’s going to make somebody sad.” Read the heartbreaking, uplifting story of Jessica and Lauren Tornquist and their Steilacoom-based candle company, @erinjaneilluminations, at southsoundmag.com. Words by @kirselise. Photo by Connie Riggio.
“I liked Coca-Cola, and my brother was a Pepsi drinker — my mom used to laugh at us because we used to go back and forth about what was better — and then one day she switched our Pepsi and Coke into different cups and gave them to us,” Steenberg said. “I ended up liking the Pepsi, and he liked the Coke. We never switched back.” Read more about Tacoma resident Dwight Steenberg's over-the-top love of @pepsi at southsoundmag.com. Words by Joanna Kresge. Photo by @jhobsonphoto.
Chambers Bay Distillery’s Greenhorn Bourbon is gently rocked by the lulling waves of the Puget Sound, and the yeast used in the fermenting process was captured among fully fruited trees at Curran Apple Orchard. It doesn’t get more picturesque — or Northwest — than that. Read more about @chambersbaydistillery founders Alan Davis and Jeff Robinette at southsoundmag.com. Words by Shelby Rowe Moyer. Photo by @jhobsonphoto.
The produce subscription delivery service @imperfectproduce is now available to residents of Tacoma. Subscribers can sign up to receive a variety of "ugly" fruits and vegetables, at a major discount. Find out more at southsoundmag.com. Photo courtesy of Imperfect Produce.
A new high-speed Victoria Clipper ferry, dubbed Clipper V, will begin carrying passengers to and from Vancouver Island today, March 2. The new vessel can carry 579 passengers, nearly double the capacity of its predecessors. Read more at southsoundmag.com. Photo courtesy of @clippervacations.
If just looking at this photo is making your mouth water, check out the recipe to go along with it at southsoundmag.com. It's surprisingly easy to make your own beer batter fish and chips at home. Recipe and styling by Danielle Kartes. Photo by Michael Kartes.
Most of us know what we like when it comes to home design and decor, but it can be stifling to determine how to blend styles to create a home that feels cohesive. That’s where @stefaniebrooksinteriordesign in Tacoma comes in, with more than 13 years of experience in interior design. Read more tips at southsoundmag.com. Words by Shelby Rowe Moyer. Photos by @rachelcoward.
To Allison Stewart Bishins, @happyfoxstudiojewelry is hardly just a small jewelry business. It’s a way to support her community and ignite change. “I am always growing and changing and working on myself. Why shouldn’t we do that in our communities? Why shouldn’t we be building a better community to serve people?” she said. Read what else she had to say at southsoundmag.com. Words by Zoe C. Branch. Photo by @jhobsonphoto.
"There was a woman who was probably 75 or so, and she was just very timid and awkward,” said Kelly Rigg, a blacksmith and a teacher of the ancient art of blacksmithing at Studio 23 in Olympia. “I told her that to have success at this, you’ve got to hit it, just go for it, and don’t be afraid. By the end of the class, she was whacking the crap out of it, and it was just this sort of cathartic thing for her. I feel really proud to have been able to give her something like that.” Read more of Rigg's story in our Meet the Makers series at southsoundmag.com. Photo by @jhobsonphoto.
“I was making stuff for my newborn baby girl, I was a single mom, I got pregnant out of wedlock,” said Desiree Burgess Alford, founder of @hartsandpearls. “When I was on maternity leave, I was making headbands for her. People kept asking, ‘Where did you get that?’ so I got the idea to try selling them.” She started posting a few designs on Facebook, and without a clear plan or set of objectives, launched her business, which she named after her daughter, Hartley, and pearls — the timeless jewel that never goes out of style. Read the full story at southsoundmag.com. Words by the South Sound staff. Photo by Kristina Wunsch.
Washington’s first HGTV Dream Home, located in Gig Harbor, has all the Pacific Northwest flair you’d expect, and some unexpected design. Feast your eyes on more photos of this gorgeous house at southsoundmag.com. Words by Shelby Rowe Moyer. Photos by @jhobsonphoto.
“The balls and the community gifts, those are the vehicles to get people out there. The gift is really just love,” said Ms. Monkey, the founder of the Tacoma guerrilla art hunt that takes place annually during Chinese New Year. Have you found any #monkeyshines yet in 2018? Read the full story at southsoundmag.com. Photo by @jokresge.