If you’re looking for the best flavors of the South and the Orient without having to travel to faraway lands, this is the place to be. Pouring their hearts and souls into this establishment is what they do, and it shows.
Walter (Walt) Johnson, founder, partner and inventive cook has a rich history of serving the stars and service members. Walt served in the Merchant Marines for seven years, cooked for the West Point crew and Sealift/Airlift Commander, the Sonics and the Commodores. He also owned the Creole Café in New Orleans and is a graduate of the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship. He learned to cook at an early age from his great grandmother but he is also quick to share the credit with his equally talented partners. One of his partners, known as “Best Jamaican Cook,” is touted as the best cook from here to Brooklyn. He brings unique and traditional Jamaican dishes to the mix. Walt’s other partner is in charge of delivery and purchasing.
|From left to right: Terry Nixon, Corporate Communications; David Smalley & Deirdre Kenney, Mission Ready; Clay Williamson, President, 10-20; Nicolette Keith, CFO, Mission Ready; Richard Burnite, General Manager, 10-20; Frederick Hipol, 10-20; Matthew Griffin, VP Operations, 10-20.|
A brand new revolutionary cleaning business has opened its flagship store here in Lakewood. First of its kind in the United States, they will assist our military service members and first responders, and save the government money. The team has big plans for the future.
Parent company, Mission Ready Services, Inc., and Protect The Force licensed a well proven technology restoration company in 2011 to develop a product and service to clean and repair tactical equipment. The company operations of 10-20 Services will serve customers like special operations command, first responders, and eventually expand to serve globally including the United Nations peace-keeping missions and other allied militaries. “First we want to serve the soldiers, police and fire here locally,” said President Clay Williamson. He further noted that, “The proximity to Joint Base Lewis McChord made Lakewood an ideal location for our flagship franchise operation. This is the first of many locations planned. The next stand up site is targeted for Fort Bragg, North Carolina.”
Owners: Jeff Stallings, Jeffery Beardemphl, Ned Witting; Bruce Dammeier (not shown here).
2012 marks the 10-year anniversary for this top ten Puget Sound area printer. This growing manufacturer has a lot to celebrate with 81+ employees, a brand new $1.5 Million printing press, and a solid track record. They are one of only two privately owned firms in the state to have two of these large format presses.
The company was formed in 2002 when the founding members purchased Valley Press in Puyallup. Running out of space just two years later, in 2004 they moved to the 512 Business Park here in Lakewood and shortly after decided to purchase their 40,000 square foot space in 2006. While hundreds of people were being laid off in the industry, Print NW was hiring. “We have good jobs and great people,” said Partner Jeff Stallings. He also said, “We’ve achieved longevity through creativity, partnerships, reliability and our ability to evolve and listen to our customers.”
"Making Life Easier for our Military and Law Enforcement Heroes"
In 1998, in a garage with two sewing machines, Logan Coffey began his civilian career producing American made tactical gear. After experiencing firsthand the serious deficiencies of military issue equipment while on active duty, Logan knew he could do better. Today, Tactical Tailor, Inc. has grown into a full fledged manufacturing company, supporting over 100 employees with a 50,000 square foot factory, a full service retail and custom shop, and an extensive dealer network that stretches across the globe. Current staff includes dedicated sales teams, in-house art and marketing, professional product designers, engineers and, of course a talented team of experienced seamstresses. The future looks even better for Tactical Tailor as the company plans to expand its Lakewood operations as well as open satellite offices on the East Coast.
July 2012 marks the fifth anniversary for Lakewood Ford. Treating the customer like you want to be treated is their secret to success! Exceptional cutting edge Ford products, quality, integrity, reliability, and happy employees make this a winning team.
Henry Krebs, General Manager of Lakewood Ford started in the auto industry fresh out of college in Oklahoma at the age of 29 with a family on the way. When a job in his field with a CPA firm didn’t pan out, he landed a position as an office manager/controller for an auto dealer. There he stayed for a year before moving back to his roots in South Puget Sound. Henry has devoted 36 years to the auto industry, 25 of which have been with Titus Will. He was part of the team in 2001 when Titus Will purchased Mallon Ford in Tacoma. A few years later, Henry moved forward to open a new dealership. Searching for the ideal spot was a challenge but he found it here in Lakewood on I-5. At that time Lakewood didn’t have zoning for new cars but the city was quick to jump in and make it work. The process went extremely well and every department in the city was very helpful. It was an opportune time for Lakewood Ford and for the city to improve Pacific highway between Bridgeport and the 512 junction. Of course the dealership wasn’t planning on the recession and the base shipping out so many soldiers. However, things have turned around nicely with May 2012 being one of the best months in over three years. July turned out to be a great month for their anniversary sale. With the new Sounder train coming in the fall and two new Marriott’s on the horizon, the next five years are looking pretty bright.
The Name of the Game is Spoiling the Customer
McLane Northwest is a Division of McLane Company. McLane Company was founded by the McLane family in 1894 in Cameron, Texas. Since that time, McLane Company has grown from a local merchant to an international distribution and logistics leader. Today, McLane is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and distributes food and non-food products to more than 50,000 customer’s locations around the world, including:
- Convenience Stores
- Mass Merchandisers
- Quick Service Restaurants
- Drug Stores
- Movie Theaters
From Inception to Perfection
Perry and Penny Preston, with the help of son Ethan and lots of family and friends, officially launched Stina’s Cellars from a home garage operation to a store front in 2006. An unfavorable first attempt at winemaking in 1996 fostered a challenge resulting in the wide variety of high quality wines at affordable prices that we enjoy from Stina’s Cellars today.
Over the first ten-year span from inception to perfection, Perry experimented with grapes and processes, entered many contests at fairs and food & wine festivals, winning numerous awards. Expect to find these fine wines at major festivals and events around the sound, at Ocean Shores, and from Edmonds to Vancouver.
A labor of love and evolution, the company currently offers 11 varieties, both reds and whites at a retail price range of $14 to $20. But hurry, these wines are only available while supplies last and you may need to wait for the next creation. Stina’s is now available at 100 retail store locations and online.
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