Tacoma Urbanist

Feb. 1, 2010 at 12:01am

Today at 5pm: Mayor Strickland To Cut Ribbon at Grand Opening Party for Satellite Cafe


Make sure and attend this event today fellow Tacomans:


Politicians usually reserve ribbon cutting ceremonies for the opening of new roads, bank branches or some other highly visible media event.

That is why it is encouraging to see Mayor Strickland helping to celebrate the grand opening of Satellite Coffee and Smooth and Juicy at 1122 Market Street at 5:00 p.m. 

Satellite Coffee is owned by Pat Brown:

A cappuccino at Satellite Coffee

The new businesses are located on the first floor of the Embellish Salon building on Market Street.



The City of Tacoma has tried to revilatalize itself by landing the "big fish" downtown with the development of the Tacoma Dome, Convention Center and trying to lure big companies downtown.

Yet, it is the small businesses such as Satellite Coffee and Smooth and Juicy who make the biggest mark on adding life to downtown Tacoma and who take the most risk. The redevelopment of Tacoma is most likely to succeed block by block and storefront by storefront.

Congrats to the owners of these businesses and to Patricia Lacey-Daly, the owner of the Embellish building.

After visiting the White House with other mayors in Washington D.C., it is great to see that Mayor Strickland can find time to celebrate the opening of a small coffee shop and juice bar downtown. 

(Has a mayor in Tacoma ever cut the ribbon for the opening of a small coffee shop or juice bar?)


Bonus: Mayor Strickland in Washington D.C. on C-Span:



comments [16]  |  posted under Tacoma


by L.S.Erhardt on 2/1/2010 @ 12:03am
wow... maybe Strickland will actually try to do something good for T-Town rather than make matters worse. Shocking, I know.

I'm not holding my breath, but this is a good sign for once.

by Erik on 2/1/2010 @ 12:12am
BTW, Satellite Coffee had their sign made by master artist and sign maker Chris Sharp:

by Erik on 2/1/2010 @ 12:14am
Satellite Coffee cappuccino photoset (from my collection):


Tacoma Coffee Shop showdown:


by Jesse on 2/1/2010 @ 7:34am
Only one month into office and she's already talked to Ron Simms (the HUD guy), the President, and shows respect for small time business? I'm liking this so far. Let's see what she does with food carts, the parking requirement, and the B&O tax next. So far I'm a fan...

by fredo on 2/1/2010 @ 8:13am
Only one month into office and she's already spent almost $2,000,000 on new furniture and new Prius autos, borrowed $8,000,000 from the city's pension funds to balance the budget and conducted a closed door meeting of the city council to arrive at an illegal consensus. So far I'm not a fan...

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/1/2010 @ 10:17am
What ratio of shady/illegal behavior compared to net benefit are we willing to tolerate?

by fredo on 2/1/2010 @ 10:55am
TOT@ to help you calculate the ratio of shady behavior compared to beneficial behavior here is a summary of what Strickland accomplished during her first month (according to the comments):

1. Talked to Ron Simms
2. Talked to President Obama
3. Cut a ribbon at the Satellite Coffee Store.

Now that I look at the list, it is pretty impressive.

by Erik on 2/1/2010 @ 11:53am
Now covered by Tacoma mamma:

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will cut the ribbon at today's grand opening celebration. After a very successful month-long "soft opening" Smooth & Juicy, in partnership with Satellite Coffee is ready to officially celebrate their opening tonight at 5 pm.

I am already addicted to the "Pango Tango," a pomegranate mango concoction that packs as much wake up power as a double shot of Satellite espresso. Located next to the Downtown YMCA and just a few blocks away from the Children's Museum of Tacoma, Smooth & Juicy is a welcome respite from the teriyaki/bar theme going on downtown. Seating is limited so plan to grab your smoothies and go.


Check out the map she provided:


by Jesse on 2/1/2010 @ 6:35pm
"Only one month into office and she's already spent almost $2,000,000 on new furniture and new Prius autos, borrowed $8,000,000 from the city's pension funds to balance the budget and conducted a closed door meeting of the city council to arrive at an illegal consensus. So far I'm not a fan..."

Prius cars - Should the city employees be walking from place to place to conduct business? How about hitch-hiking? Does that suffice for you?

Borrowed $8 million - If you haven't noticed, we're in the worst economy since The Great Depression. Would you rather she fire half the city staff and rehire them next year when the economy returns? Oh, wait... you ARE Fredo here so nevermind.

Closed Door Meeting - Next time we can bash every big community leader right on TV Tacoma for your pleasure. Let's make sure next time that anyone who is a leader in the commiunity is judged in open forum so we can make sure and demoralize thier much needed efforts in this town.

Even if all your arguments are true, they're weak.

Do you think every person who gets into public office is "after you"? Are all politicians part of a conspiracy against the public? I'd like to think they are good people with good intentions, but, you know, that's just me.

by Erik on 2/1/2010 @ 10:03pm
Great event tonight. Incredible valor shown:


by Erik on 2/1/2010 @ 10:04pm
Coverage by Exit 133:


by fredo on 2/1/2010 @ 10:31pm
"lets make sure next time that anyone who is a leader in the community is judged in an open forum"- Jesse

Well, that's exactly what the law requires. The people who applied for the council jobs understood this process and applied any way.

Regarding spending scarce resources on new furniture and new cars at a time when the city is already in the red is foolish. But if this sort of "leadership" impresses you I'm happy for you.

by Jesse on 2/2/2010 @ 7:44am
It does. Thanks!

by Erik on 2/2/2010 @ 11:23am
And now, just posted, is coverage of the event by the trusty Weekly Volcano:

Urban heroes!

I found the naturally sweet Coco Loco smoothie made of banana, coconut, chocolate syrup, ice cream, dates and cold espresso the closest thing to guiltless dessert.


by NineInchNachos on 2/2/2010 @ 11:41am
looks like a nice chalk board back there

by Erik on 2/4/2010 @ 4:45pm
I just received this:

Join us February 7th at Noon at the new Market Shop. Single origin espresso from Kenya and super expensive (the good stuff) french press from Panama. Free for you to try! We'll be going until 2pm so come when you can