Coffee Cove is a coffee kiosk at 4918 Center St, Tacoma, WA 98409. I was coming home in the pouring rain after a Saturday conference and desperately wanted something warm to drink. I skipped the nearby Starbucks and tried out the independent. My decaf Americano was really tasty and the service was cheerful and quick.
B Sharp Coffeehouse at 706 Opera Alley is delightful. They offer coffee, lunch fare, beer and wine, as well as music many evenings. The space has a wonderful history as being the original location of the News Tribune. It is lower level space with no natural light except at the very front, but that just adds to its cozy ambiance, I was particularly charmed by the large open area leading to the restrooms. There is a mural of dogs playing poker made me smile, especially since the cairn on the right (cheating) looks much like one of our dogs. B Sharp’s has a website and a Facebook Page.
I remember when there was one Black Bear Yogurt and now there are six with four opening soon. They are all in the Puget Sound area except for the one in Yakima. This Black Bear is located at 1901 South 72nd Street, Tacoma. I wasn’t particularly hungry, but I had a French Press coffee which was most delicious and kept me up half the night (my bad!). Their website is here.
It’s been three years since I’ve started this new place of the day project and as last year I wanted to pick an extra nice new place. The first anniversary I picked the Pagoda in the Chinese Reconciliation Park and last year I picked the Legislative Building in Olympia. This year dear husband and I went to Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse. Now I know that another coffeehouse doesn’t seem all to impressive, but this is my all time favorite coffeehouse. It was comfy seats, great coffee and food, an upbeat staff and a tremendous view. I ordered my iced Americano and happily sat in a comfy stuff chair facing the window. Life was good.
Looking back at the third year of this project, I have some new observations:
- This year I’ve added a new continent, Australia, as well as a return trip to Texas and a hop, skip and jump over into Idaho.
- My most popular type tags are Tacoma, WA, Lakewood, Art, Coffee and Restaurant.
- My most popular posts for the year have been FedEx (really?!), Time to Stop U Betcha, Haunted Tacoma — Children’s Industrial Home Site, Loews Movie Theater, Casablanca Apartments, St. Rita of Cascia Italian Catholic Church, Marcato Condominiums, the Umbrella Mural on the Storage Box, Five Guys, the Flower House on Vassault and the Snohomish River Trail.
- Some of the places I checked out alone, but I often brought my husband, daughter and occasionally dogs along for company. They are good sports about the whole thing. Especially the dogs. Since dear daughter is now in college (college!), we’ll be seeing a little less of her.
- I did miss a couple of days. There were a few days that I was sick and the weather was bad and a couple of days that things just got away from me. It’s OK.
- Several of this year’s places have gone out of business including TOP Foods (in progress), Movies to Go, Van Lierop Bulb Farm, Park Avenue (I think), the admin office for Tacoma’s School of the Arts and the Norman Bates Motel.
- I went to some unusual places including a Davy Crocket’s Wife’s grave, the Roslyn Cemetery, Ginkgo Petrified Forest, Washington State University, Australia (Great Barrier Reef, Wild Dolphin Resort, Sydney Opera House), Tacoma Elf Storage, Underground Seattle, Bonsai Gardens, Hiram Chittenden Locks, the Olympic Sculpture Garden, the Buddhist Meditation Center, the Fremont Troll and a park with the top of my dad’s submarine.
- I have over 900 blog entries.
- I plan to continue until it isn’t fun anymore or I run out of places, whichever comes first 😀
The encouragement that I’ve received along the way has meant the world to me! Thank you.
Update April 2016: Happily the coffeehouse is still doing well and I managed to snag the same chair as before!
The other day, dear daughter asked why we hadn’t stopped at Fife’s new grocery store, Tahoma Market at 6006 Pacific Highway East, Fife, WA 98424. Well today after the YWCA’s wonderful RAGS show I did stop in. It wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was a small specialty grocery store, but really it is a large convenience store with 24 traditional gas pumps, several electric vehicle charging stations, an extensive liquor selection, several types of brewed coffee and everything one might need for a quick pit-stop. It was extremely clean and service was polite.
Valhalla Coffee at 3918 6th Avenue is a wholesale and retail coffee roaster. I stopped in after work to brace myself for a long meeting that turned into a short meeting (and now I won’t sleep!). But it was darned good coffee and while there isn’t any food available, there is a nice reading selection. They roast their coffee on the premises in the fine roaster pictured below. Their client list includes other places I’ve made my new place of the day including Corina Bakery, The Grand Cinema, Metro Market, Puget Sound Pizza, Rosewood Cafe, Tacoma Food Co-Op, Tacoma Boys, The Spar, Indochine and Northern Pacific Coffee Company.
While out running errands I stopped at Tully’s in the Stadium District (24 Tacoma Avenue North). This is one of three Tully’s in Tacoma and one of 200+ locations in the US. The first Tully’s opened in Seattle in 1992.
I usually order an Americano, but today I drank a peppermint mocha because it just looked so darned good advertised up there on the board.
Unbeknownst to me, Tully’s has been in the news the past few days. Apparently the chain is up for sale and Starbucks is one of the potential buyers. There are 47 company owned stores and I don’t know if this is one of them. Another potential buyer is a Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey’s investment group.
Hula Girls Coffee Company at 1901 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, is a wonderful alternative to Starbucks. It’s been in place at the 76th Station for about a year and in April 2012 was painted a bright, cheery yellow that really makes it stand out! The owner was friendly, the coffee (Kealas Hawaiian) was really good, their prices were righteous and they had pastries from Corina’s Bakery and that is always a sign of quality. I’m sure I’ll be back.
The link for the coffee and the stand can be found here