Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 •
Communications Manager

H&L Produce has come a long way from its start 25 years ago as a roadside stand.

Fresh produce and plants still dominate the selection of goods, but a recent expansion of the store nearly doubled its retail space.

The added square footage means the store is now a one-stop shop for customers.

“I’m thrilled,” store co-founder and operations manager Brian Lloyd said of the expansion that added space both indoors and out.

Extra room outside means more space for lush hanging baskets. Previously the store could support 130 baskets. That number is now at 500.

The decision to expand the store came after owners debated whether to build a new store in Tacoma – H&L Produce owns the Tacoma Boys store on Sixth Avenue.

“We talked about opening another store up north, but instead we wanted to give back to this community that has supported us for 20-plus years and give them a place to shop,” Lloyd said of Lakewood.

Inside nearly 4,000 square feet of new floor space allowed H&L to add 60 feet of reach-in refrigeration along the back wall.

There shoppers will find prepared foods, as well as a large selection of craft beers from across the Pacific Northwest.

The store also upped its freezer space from six freezers to 21, and underwent a complete overhaul of its meat department.

To the left of the front entrance stretched along the wall is the butcher shop, which includes 36-feet of retail space for meat and seafood.

The shop has a window where meat will be dry aged and available for preorder. Customers can see what’s being cured, order specific cuts and return to pick it up on predetermined pickup days, Lloyd explained.

Looking around the bustling store it’s hard to imagine when it first opened Lloyd worried about how to fill the space.

Watch as Lloyd gives a tour of the recent expansion:


When police officers arrive to the scene of an incident they don't always know what they're walking into. Is a person reaching for a cell phone, their identification or a gun?

Officers must make a split-second decision in these cases. You don't realize just how quick that is until you watch law enforcement professionals go through simulated training where they have to decide whether to use a gun, Taser or verbal commands to gain control of a situation.

Lakewood police were given this opportunity this week when a simulated training program was offered for members to brush up on their training. The simulated exercise presents different incidents to officers through a computer automated video that runs on a projector screen. 

Participants are given guns and Tasers before the start that are modified to "talk" with the computer system. Instead of shooting when the triggers are pulled the weapons shoot a laser at the screen. A computer tracks where the laser hits so the trainees can see whether their shots hit the target.

The instructor is able to manipulate the situation based on how the trainee is responding. If they are using the correct verbal commands, the instructor can alter the scenario so that all parties leave the scene. The instructor can also alter it so that it escalates to present a high-stress environment for trainees to have to respond.

Chief Mike Zaro noted the benefit of participating in such training gives officers the opportunity to work through real-life situations in a learning environment where no one gets hurt.

Check out the video of Zaro participating in one of the active shooter scenarios.


Paving of South Tacoma Way will occur Wednesday (May 24) and Thursday (May 25) at state Route 512 and 96th Street.

Expect traffic delays during the work, which will happen from 7 pm to 5 am both days. Access to SR512 will be closed between 11 pm and 5 am and detour routes will be in place.

This is the final paving of the project.

Click the letter for more information about road proejcts in Lakewood.

Interactive map of current and future road proejcts in Lakewood




Athletes from around the South Sound, including Lakewood, shared their stories about the Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon presented by St. Clare Hospital. The videos have aired since the end of April on the city’s YouTube channel, Facebook , and Twitter .

Each person has their own reasons for competing; all their stories are compelling.

Lakewood resident Luke Hannon became a triathlete to maintain his sobriety and lose weight;



Kaylee Strausbaugh was inspired by a friend’s near death experience;



Shanna Turek races for a little girl named Hannah whose illness confined her to a wheelchair but hasn’t stopped her from playing sports;



ER doc Nathan Schlicher and his wife are participating in their fourth Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon this summer – something they started to stay healthy and lose weight.


Marc Chung has competed in triathlons for 30 years. Last year was his first Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon. Hear his story about mastering the art of transition between events.


SummerFEST triathletes Teresa Buccholz and Stephanie Willet describe the camaraderie felt on race day; Nathan Schlicher gives doctor's orders; and resident Luke Hannon describes what set's Lakewood's course apart from other triathlons in the area.


An open house is planned for Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in University Place for people to come learn about a joint effort to build a trail through the Chambers Creek Canyon.

Lakewood is working with University Place and Pierce County on the effort because the canyon borders both cities and enters Pierce County property at the Chambers Creek Regional Park.

The open house is a drop-in format and will offer people a chance to chat with city and county staff about the project, learn the details of a recently created trail design report and share information about the next steps.

The meeting is at the Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th Street SW.

For more information contact Lakewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services director Mary Dodsworth: (253) 983-7887,

Click image for more information.

In its continuing public education campaign around the fast trains scheduled to speed through Lakewood later this year, the state Department of Transportation has planned a free public event Sunday at Clover Park Technical College.

The train safety event will feature fun activities for kids and adults, including a LEGO play area, model train display, mini train rides for kids and information about the new train route through the city, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

There will be drawings and prizes included autographed footballs by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Seahawks gear and train sets for kids. Baldwin is scheduled to make an appearance and will be on hand to talk about the importance of staying away from train tracks. 

The event is free and will be held in the McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SE.

Find more information about train safety here.

Federal, state and local elected officials joined Joint Base Lewis-McChord senior leaders and South Sound business owners at the Eagles Pride Golf Course May 11, 2017 for the SouthSound Military & Communities Partnership Elected Officials Council meeting. 

The big moment came near the end when leaders from the state, JBLM, Pierce County and city signed an agreement signifying a commitment to executing a long range plan that will restore 206 acres of land known as the North Clear Zone north of McChord Field to an uninhabited state.

A portion of the North Clear Zone falls in city limits, and includes 16 buildings and businesses on privately owned property. The land does not comply with the federal government's guidelines for public and air safety. In the coming years the goal is to relocate the businesses, acquire the property and keep it free of people.




Click here to view photos from the event.


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