Tacoma Urbanist

Jul. 24, 2008 at 12:07am

New Chalk Off Sponsor: Herban Cafe Food, Art Show

This Friday 7/25/2008 is Frost Park Chalk Off Episode XVI at noon at 9th and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. All are welcome.

Prizes For First Place:

A)  $50 Certificate at Herban Cafe

B) Art Show Opportunity with food


Gretchen from Herban Cafe
on 2602 6th Avenue.

Art Show at Herban Cafe: September 20th

In addition to the dining certificate, the victor in Chalk Off Episode XVI will be entitled to bring their art in the center of the bustle of 6th Avenue at Herban Cafe for an art show / party.

Herban Cafe opens onto 6th Avenue directly and will have one of the two coveted walls available.  They will even provide some food for the event.

Inside Herban Cafe

Herban Cafe is a great restaurant like all of the Frost Park food sponsors.

Yet, Herban Cafe has a unique and longtime connection with Frost Park Chalk Offs as it is home to the legendary Pink Cookie Lady who appeared at Frost Park during the first effort to "take it back" on February 29, 2008.  (Not a single photo is known to exist of the event).

RR Anderson's rendition of the         Historical Photo : Gretchen and
Pink Cookie Lady on the menus       family bring cookies in the rain to
of Herban Cafe                                  Frost Park attendees on
                                                          March 7, 2008

Also see the "Take Back the Park" photo set


Pink Cookie Revolution Tacomic

Appearance at Frost Park: The Beginning

Gretchen and family have repeatedly shown unquestioned valor at Frost Park through all weather conditions and were there on day one.

Izenmania documented the first appearance of Gretchen at Frost Park when the first attempt to enter and "take back" Frost Park was called off by most.  From the Feed Tacoma archives, Izenmania explains:

We did see two women walking up the hill with brown lunch bags, and cookie lady got up and followed after them, but then I saw her walk back down the hill, cookies still in hand.


I almost said to her "hey, we're having our own meeting of downtown businessy types, and my bag is brown... join us! Especially since I'm the only one here. I will be your friend."

But then she wandered off...

In what would prove to be a controversial post, The Volcano even reported on the event mentioning Gretchen's appearance:

I’ve never seen a park be taken back, so naturally I was interested. I didn’t know exactly how a park is claimed, or re-claimed, and it sounded exciting. I sat at Frost Memorial Park, during what I consider lunch hour – from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

But during my time at the park I saw only one woman who looked like she was there to take back the park, carrying a tray of pink sprinkled cookies and anxiously waiting to be joined by the masses. (Nothing says take back the park like pink sprinkles.)

The next week, Frost Park attendees showed up in much greater numbers inspired to do so in part from the Pink Cookie Lady who played a pivotal role in the embryonic stage efforts at Frost Park events.

Thanks Gretchen, family and Herban Cafe!

Herban Cafe
Pinwheel Catering
2602 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 572-0170

comments [18]  |  posted under tacoma


by jamesstoweart on 7/24/2008 @ 6:49am
Okay... I have got to win this one.

by izenmania on 7/24/2008 @ 7:25am
I feel no strong urge... what the heck would I do with an art show?

by izenmania on 7/24/2008 @ 8:13am
Changed my mind! I figured out what I would do with an art show!

by Erik on 7/24/2008 @ 8:43am
I feel no strong urge... what the heck would I do with an art show?

Just hold a party and invite your Tacoma friends.

by Erik on 7/24/2008 @ 8:50am
More historical photos at Frost Park from the Feed Tacoma archive:


Well, I was the pink cookie lady. The Herban Cafe caught wind of the business meeting and thought we'd drop off desserts and let everyone know we are open. No one was there. :(

Let me know if it ever happens and I will bring more cookies.




by NineInchNachos on 7/24/2008 @ 8:53am
Those are some tasty cookies folks.

by Wings_of_Change on 7/24/2008 @ 9:13am
Cant wait for Friday!

by Elle on 7/24/2008 @ 9:29am
I will be there with my new chalking partner. The Herban Cafe makes a killer Cobb Salad!

by Tacomite on 7/24/2008 @ 10:53am
And if anyone knows Cobb Salads, it's Elle. She is what you would call a Connoisseur of anything edible that contains avocado.

by dawntown on 7/24/2008 @ 1:53pm
Whose the mysterious chalking partner, Elle? It looks like you've been fired, Tacomite! Speaking of, if I can remember this Mexican dish I had once made with avocadoes, Ill let you know. IT was the bomb!

by joel413 on 7/24/2008 @ 2:03pm
@Tacomite - and BACON!!!

by Tacomite on 7/24/2008 @ 4:15pm
@ joel413 mmm....bacon.

by judges19merescued on 7/24/2008 @ 10:54pm
I cry as I drool. Have to work the Fridays again. Was glad to snag a slab for a couple of Fridays while some of the regulars were off becoming new parents, etc. Last week was sort of an "urban-sprawl-love-our-forests-love-our-next-generation:please-don't-make-our environment's-future-a-nightmare-for them" installation.
Looking very forward to the pics from this weeks event.

by dawntown on 7/25/2008 @ 10:56am
Knock, Knock...

Who's there?

Is Kevin there?

by jamesstoweart on 7/25/2008 @ 10:57am

"Is kevin there" Who?

by herban on 7/25/2008 @ 5:08pm
If you attended the 16th episode of the chalk off come in and tell your server... heck, if you have ever attended, come in and tell your server & we'll give you 10% off your total bill! We couldn't do it without you and we love that you've done it! You took back the park!

by Dave_L on 7/25/2008 @ 5:56pm
I should have waited a day - You didn't tell me that yesterday when I was in, hahaha! Seriously, a nice place, and on a nice day when the overhead door is open, even nicer.

by Erik on 7/28/2008 @ 9:31pm
I just check out Herban Cafe's web site again today:

Gretchen has the Pink Cookie Revolution story there as well as the Tacomic.

Here's what she says:

Being a new business we try to get our name 'out there' as much as possible. It was suggested to me by Jim, fellow restaurateur (owner of Puget Sound Pizza) to go to a business brown bag lunch being held at Frost Park.

So I plated up a tray of pink cookies and I diligently showed up. It was a dark and potentially stormy day (like most days in Tacoma during the months of September through June) and no one else showed up. I waited, I waited, I waited: until finally I realized no one else was coming! So I took the cookies to a neighboring bank and I went home.

Unbeknownst to me I was spied by a Volcano reporter. He mentioned me in his blog and feedtacoma.com (Kevin Freitas) also had a story on the event on his website. The story line evolved and I was dubbed' the pink cookie lady' A local artist/cartoonist R. R. Anderson drew a picture of me which ran in the March 6th Weekly Volcano paper edition #331....

Read the whole story here: