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Feb. 1, 2012 at 7:01am

Tacoma Tip #7 - Business Blink Out

Don't take the businesses you love for granted because they may not be around tomorrow to serve you.

Or today. With last night's final 11:03pm closing of Stadium Video an abrupt end comes to a store loved by many. But love is not enough. Shopping with your dollars versus your heart is what keeps businesses you love open. Going local can start with something like a blog entry or spreading the love word-of-mouth style but, at some point, you have to make that leap to actually purchasing what you preach.

It's easy to say but not so easy to practice. Let's face it, there are only so many hours in each day and so much money in each paycheck that may limit how many local businesses you visit in any given week or month. Choose those you do as consciously as you can and at least remember those businesses loved and lost so that someday maybe you'll find another you won't let slip away.

What businesses aren't around anymore that you miss?

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comments [15]  |  posted under businesses, stadium video, tacoma, tacoma tip


by fredo on 2/1/2012 @ 7:13am
Good posting Kevin. No truer words were ever written.

I would comment that when one store closes it opens an opportunity for another store to take it's place. If another tenant hadn't vacated the harvester location 16 years ago we probably wouldn't have had a Stadium Video store.

Also, if you want to support your small businesses then DON'T vote for business killing sales and property tax increases. Marty Campbell mentioned a huge unpaid property tax bill as one of his reasons for closing.

by Jesse on 2/1/2012 @ 7:57am
I tried to spend all my Christmas shopping money in downtown Tacoma and Gig Harbor. It was tough. Neither really had anything for my teenage nieces who live in Redmond - so no restaurant gift cards either. In all I think I spent about 60% "local".

Changing that up to everyday, you can do grocery shopping at Harbor Greens, Tacoma Boys, or a farmers market for food.

Restaurants are certainly a good way to go local. I avoid chains as much as I can.

As for your question about which businesses I miss, I don't think I've been in the area long enough (since 2007) to answer.

by cisserosmiley on 2/1/2012 @ 8:27am
Go Local should literally mean buy within city limits because even if you patron a large retail outlet, tacomas portion of B&O tax and sales tax is left here for Marty Campbell to spend.

by Brewkowski on 2/1/2012 @ 8:50am
I miss jubilee cupcakes in proctor area!

by KevinFreitas on 2/1/2012 @ 11:30am
Yeah, I hear ya @Brewkowski. Though Anthem is giving the space on Pacific at the History Museum some life again I miss Cascade Bagel there. Made for such a great lunch and weekend bite option. And though I only made it there once I miss Gary's Steak Out on 6th Ave.

Places that are gems I never want to see disappear:

  • The Red Hot
  • MSM
  • Galanga Thai
  • Friesenburgers
  • Dorky's
Yeah those are all food but they're also places I patronize regularly enough that I'll always feel like I put my money where my mouth is in case they're not around someday.

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/1/2012 @ 12:06pm
The bad thing about Going Local is the guilt factor.

It leaves you prone to "I liked business X. If only I had shopped there more often! But, it's not like I really needed to shop there often, and I really can't afford it either. But if I had..."

Speak of shuttered T-Town businesses... anyone remember Mrs Frisbee's bakery on 38th?

by KevinFreitas on 2/1/2012 @ 1:03pm
I know what you mean @Thorax. I don't worry about the guilt thing because there is only so much time in the day and money in the pocket. But for those local businesses I love I do make a habit of them.

by fredo on 2/1/2012 @ 1:05pm
Food suppliers, restaurants, clothing stores, personal services and the like are probably going to weather the recession OK. People who are selling hard goods in competition with internet stores are going to get killed. Most of the internet stores I buy from have free shipping and don't charge 9.4% sales tax. This is an advantage that's hard for the locals to overcome. It's time to be honest. The people who have voted the sales tax up to this level have really jeopardized the brick and mortar stores in their own communities.

by Maria on 2/1/2012 @ 1:06pm
Yes, I remember Mrs. Frisbee's...really good bakery.

I miss
--J & D Printing (great people & family-run local biz)
--East-West Cafe (fusion Asian place south of Tacoma Mall with an amazing garden/patio space)
--the tiny Indochine on Mildred (new owners are doing a good job, but the old version was so good)
--One Heart Cafe (Nice funky vibe. Glad that Corina Bakery is taking over that whole corner)
--Paper Zone on Union. (Is there any other place to get open stock of stationery, etc.?)

I don't shop Tacoma that much...I live so far south, I come up mostly in the evening for art or music events once a week or so. However I do my part in eating at Tacoma restaurants and have introduced many friends to the wonderful establishments downtown. :)

by fredo on 2/1/2012 @ 1:09pm
The sign says" BUSS---NESSES are open"

What is that supposed to mean?

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/1/2012 @ 2:08pm
@ Fredo:
the lack of sales tax is about to change. Better stock up while you can!

by KevinFreitas on 2/1/2012 @ 2:44pm
@fredo: I know, hilarious. Glad someone noticed that bit of sign fail.

Working in the web biz it's true that stores online have largely been getting a break on sales tax but that's no longer the case and rightly so. I remember when Amazon and my preferred domain company Dotster (both WA based) started charging sales tax on their sites within the last few years.

by fredo on 2/1/2012 @ 4:38pm
the lack of sales tax is about to change. Better stock up while you can!

Thorax lots of the internet sellers are located outside the US. How do you plan on getting them to collect the sales taxes?

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2012 @ 4:53pm
re: " BUSS---NESSES are open"

it's a game of hang man!

by cisserosmiley on 2/1/2012 @ 5:00pm


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