These days, Boo Han Market’s aisles are lined with authentic Asian foods and goods.
From soft tofu to spicy kimchee to cuts of beef and fresh seafood, the specialty grocery store’s selection has attracted shoppers from throughout the South Sound and beyond for nearly four decades. After years of expanding and adapting to meet the needs of customers, Boo Han Market continues to thrive in Lakewood’s International District – a remarkable feat given its humble beginnings as a rice cake and tofu factory in owner Boo Han’s garage.
The market’s story begins with Han, whose father ran a grocery store in Korea. The younger Han emigrated from Korea to the U.S. with his family in 1973 and bought a 400-square-foot home in Lakewood near his sister-in-law’s. He and his wife worked for five years and saved up enough money to start a rice cake and tofu factory in their garage—a garage that Boo Han himself built. The family devoted countless hours of work to their dream. Jae Han, Boo Han’s son, says his father slept about three hours a night during the early years.
The Lakewood office of MACNAK Construction provides a glimpse into owner Terence “TD” King’s tenure as a pilot and flight instructor with the U.S. Navy, as well as the incredible team of employees with which he has been able to stock his business.
On the veteran’s back wall is a framed picture of a VF-32 F-14B Tomcat aircraft flying over Iraq, the photograph bordered by signatures of his squadron mates. Below that is another framed image, this one of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. He knows the U.S. aircraft carrier well, as he took off and landed his fighter jets on the Truman during numerous missions between 2001-2004 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
King, 41, learned plenty during his military flying days, which included lecturing fighter squadrons from Japan to the East Coast as the Navy’s threat missile Subject Matter Expert and flying as an Adversary Instructor pilot in support of SFARP, Airwing, TOPGUN and FRS fighter classes from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
In 1980, two teens from Boise, Idaho - Brian Lloyd and Paul Heist - set out to make a few bucks. Armed with a knife and 50 cases of oranges, grapefruit and apples, they drove around residential neighborhoods selling fruit. When that proved less than fruitful, they decided to approach businesses. First were banks - They would scan perspective buyers, trying to find the one person who would buy first. Brian and Paul knew that if they could make this one sale, everyone else would follow. With the help of Paul’s dad, they were able to buy a 20 foot trailer with foldout sides and legs (they used for tables), and 500 cases of oranges. H&L Produce was born.
That next winter, they traveled to Ontario, Idaho. Starting at one end of town - Paul on one side of the street and Brian on the other - they sold door to door. By the time they worked their way to Spokane they were sold out. They then purchased another 500 cases from a wholesaler, chose a different route, and sold all the way home. The process took about two weeks and the boys made about $5000. During the summer the two would purchase their boxes of fruit and set up at different spots. Back then, they purchased a box for $7.50 and sold it for $15, selling 100’s of boxes per week.
Delores Canté, owner and designated broker for 5 Star here in Lakewood provides more than just rental homes. She gives property owners and tenant families and individuals a sense of place, dignity and security.
As a former banker who financed commercial real estate of all types, Delores worked with many property managers. She thought she would like to do that. In 2009, she decided to take on the challenge of starting her own business. Not being a licensed broker at that time, she had to go through a rigorous amount of studying in order to successfully pass the test on the first time around. Once licensed, she visited with the South Sound Women’s Business Center who helped her write her first 42 page business plan, originally for commercial leasing.
The Original House of Donuts continues to do what it has done for decades: Make the best donuts in the world.
And where are the best donuts in the world made? Why, right here in Lakewood, at the same spot where generations of locals have trekked for sweet, sugary goodness.
In 1959, the Original House of Donuts (OHOD) started with a secret recipe guarded heavily by owners, Bob and Marilyn Cheatham. When Bob passed away in 2003, Marilyn carried on with the tradition. As time passed, and through a number of managers and staff, things took a donut downhill, and the products and property slipped. Then, in late 2012, Mrs. Cheatham decided it was time to pass the torch.
Enter longtime donut-lover Tom Peterson. This Lakewood native, who moved out of state for a bit but returned and was looking for an opportunity, purchased the business, property and neighboring parcel in December 2012. A local with big dreams, Tom was looking for a new challenge, a way to make a difference for the community.
When you walk into Davinci Salon and Spa in Lakewood you feel immediately welcomed in this impeccably clean and tastefully designed space.
Owner Sunny Galaviz takes creativity and customer service personally! Sunny attended Korean beauty school in 1989/90. She recalls watching her mother style hair as a child and she discovered her natural ability for creative styling herself. In the early 90’s the family emigrated from Korea to New York for work. Sunny continued her education while working as a bookkeeper. In 1992 she moved with her husband to Lacey, completed schooling and landed her first job in her field.
Honored in 2008 as one of the Top 50 Glaziers by Glass Magazine and as a Top 20 Glazing Contractor by U.S. Glass, Metal & Glazing in 2011, Sound Glass is at the top of their game. These are two of many awards received by this nationally recognized glass and glazing company. Providing solid customer service and solutions for every client is what they do best. No job is too small or too big. If it can be done, they will figure a way to make it happen.
Sound Glass is one of the few union shops that serve both residential and commercial customers in the region. Trained technicians are AAMA certified, safety comes first, and employees enjoy great benefits. This talented and caring team of 40+ installers and 20+ other skilled team members on staff, can complete any job.
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