Monthly Archives: November 2010

What? Shoppe

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I had thought the new place of the day’s name was Juxtapoz because of the large sign over the door, but it turns out that the store is called What? Shoppe and Juxtapoz is an online magazine. The store is crowded with an interesting assortment of unusual merchandise demanding some serious browsing time. I noticed t-shirts, figurines, wigs, cards, posters, model train stuff and much more. This is a great place to find a present for a hard to please young adult.

740 Broadway in Tacoma

Say Auuuu at Group Health

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Today’s new place is Group Health at 209 Martin Luther King Junior Way. Fast facts on their website state that as of October 2010 Group Health in general has over 650,000 members and a staff of 9,365, of which 985 are physicians.

While we were up on the 4th Floor for an allergy appointment, we enjoyed the lovely view!  For the record, we have always been impressed with the level of care that we have received from Group Health.

For some JuNkTaStIc Fun!


Today’s new place of the day is the “JuNkTaStIc SuNdAyS” Market, which is held on Sundays through December 19th from 9am — 4pm.   The market is located at the Studio 6 Ballroom, 2608 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA, 98406.  There were plenty of interesting vendors and the owner told me that they switch out regularly, keeping the stock of available goods fresh.   We were enchanted by the vendor selling Hex Bugs, delightful mini robots!  We picked up two as stocking stuffers and a larger one as a holiday present.  I need to go back after payday to pick up some of the fun jewelry!!/event.php?eid=103801409691637



Pinball Museum

Dear Husband proclaimed that he gets to pick an activity once in a while and the Seattle Pinball Museum was his choice. It is located at 508 Maynard Avenue in the International District and is open Thursdays (6-9), Fridays (2-11), Saturdays (12-11) and Sundays (12-8). The cost of admission is $7 and for that amount you can play any or all of the machines (unlimited play). The space itself is relatively small, but not crammed.  It is filled with over 20 pinball machines arranged by age from the 1936 Bally Bumper to the 2010 homemade Galactic Girl and above each machine there is an informational sign. The museum opened on September 4th and is part of Storefronts Seattle, a community-driven initiative to revitalize empty retail spaces in the Chinatown International District and Pioneer Square.

More info on the museum can be found on Facebook:!/pages/Seattle-Pinball-Museum/131237786915560

Update: We went past this museum in January 2014 and it was packed! (See the last photo with the blue doorframe). Their prices have gone up a bit, but it is still a lot of entertainment for the price)


Gritty City Gift Fair

Today’s New Place of the Day is the Speakeasy Arts Cooperative’s Gritty City Gift Fair. The fair was larger than I thought it would be and filled with quality crafts and art. I picked up a couple of holiday gifts and a Tacoma — Love it or Leave it t-shirt for myself. 🙂 The co-op is located in a historic building at 746 Broadway, in the Antique Row area.

Information from the Tacoma Public Library indicates that the building was constructed in the 1920s and has been used as a Used Car Department, Huletz Electric Co., Preservation Paint, Alma Ayres Women’s Wear, Washington State Liquor Store, and Time Machine Antiques.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like …

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Dear daughter and I were tired of being stuck in the house and I offered her lunch out. She wanted to go to Panera Bread and while I prefer the Lakewood Panera Bread, the Tacoma Mall was closer and the roads still aren’t all that great. I’ve already used the Tacoma Panera Bread as a new place of the day, so I thought I’d venture into the Tacoma Mall a bit and use that. The mall is setting up for the holidays with a spot for Santa (see photo).

Instead of going back to the mall, I plan to shop at the Gritty City Gift Fair!


Why yes, we would like a walk!

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I didn’t get off our property today. The back alley was (and still is) too icy and it was just too darned cold! I hadn’t used my backyard as a new place of today, so here it is. The photo is of my two cairn terriers that were very hopeful about a walk.

Bird on the feeder


I didn’t get anywhere for my new place of the day today because the weather was so incredibly awful! But I did take this photo out my work window. The feeder was empty this morning, but I trudged out in the snow and filled it up. About an hour later there were a dozen starlings fighting over the food. And then a lovely flicker appeared and chanced all the starlings away and happily ate alone.

Wilson High School Home of the Rams

Wilson High School is one of the five, large traditional high schools in the Tacoma School District. Per the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public instruction, the school’s ratio of boys to girls is about 50/50 and the student population is 1,345 students. Wilson has a free and reduced lunch rate of 34.1%, which is lower than the district’s rate as a whole of 57%.

1202 North Orchard St
Tacoma, WA 98406

Let The Holidays Begin — The Orr House, Steilacoom

 So many great potentials for today’s New Place of the Day…the Steilacoom Library (libraries are always good), the Bair Drug and Hardware Store (a restaurant) and the Orr House, which is part of the Steilacoom Historic Museum Association. The one I’m least likely to get back to anytime soon is the Orr House, so that is the New Place of the Day. Construction on the house began in 1857 and originally the first floor was a wagon shop. The house which is at 1811 Rainier Street and has lovely marine views. Best of all, it was decorated by volunteers for the holiday season. The volunteers were dressed in period attire and spent quality time sharing information about each of the rooms.

Each room, except two, had a mouse and a clock, though I didn’t manage to find them all.