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Lakewood Businesses Voted Among "Best of the South Sound"

Four Lakewood Amenities Honored by South Sound Magazine

Three Lakewood businesses and the Fort Steilacoom Dog Park were voted Best of the South Sound by South Sound magazine’s readers. The magazine has been surveying its readers for four years.

With many locations throughout the South Sound, Harborstone Credit Union was recognized as the top credit union. It is affectionately called the “Unbank” and the credit union serves as a resource for both personal and business financing needs. The branch in Lakewood is located at 6019 Lake Grove St.

Infusion Interior Design was honored for its showroom and design team. Located at 7513 Custer Rd W. in Lakewood, Infusion offers a wide variety of design services including, space planning, color selection, window treatments, furniture specification and selection, floor and wall finishes, project coordinating, furniture and accessory buying and room re-design.

Amber Marie Thiessen of Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital was voted the best veterinarian. Thiessen is a graduate of Washington State University’s Veterinarian Medicine program and has been practicing at Chambers Creek since 1999. The pet hospital is located at 7210 Bridgeport Way W. in Lakewood.

Fort Steilacoom Dog Park was voted “Best Pet Park” for the third year in a row. The 22 acre fenced park is located at 8714 87th Ave S.W. in Lakewood. The off leash area caters to all dogs and features a separate area for smaller dogs.

“Lakewood has incredible businesses and lifestyle amenities,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood, “We’re thrilled that others notice this as well.”

Located next door to Lakewood, Chambers Bay Golf Course, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open was acknowledged as the South Sound’s best golf course. As a Scottish-links style course with Puget Sound views, Chambers Bay is considered a top course in Washington and one of the top places to play on the West Coast. Chambers Bay is one of just two West Coast courses that will host a U.S. Open in the coming years.

JBLM Road Construction Project Closes Perimeter Road to Civilian Vehicle Traffic

A major road construction project on Perimeter Road, the road which bisects JBLM Lewis-Main and McChord Field, will begin April 1 and last through May. The construction will close access to civilian commuter and commercial vehicle traffic that uses Perimeter Road and 150th Street Southwest as a thoroughfare to commute between Spanaway and Interstate 5.

The eight week road construction project will involve adding paved shoulders, repairing cracks and potholes, and repaving the road surface. Construction is expected to be completed by May 31, however, all road construction paving projects are weather dependent and subject to change as the weather conditions dictate.

On JBLM McChord Field, the Barnes Gate and Logistics Gate will be closed during construction.

  • Vehicles that normally enter McChord Field through the Barnes Gate will use the East Gate, which is located at the intersection of Military Road and Perimeter Road.
  • Commercial vehicles that normally enter the McChord Field Logistics Gate will use the McChord Field North Gate, which is located at the intersection of South Tacoma Way and 112th Street. No privately owned vehicles will be allowed to enter the JBLM McChord Field North Gate.

On JBLM Lewis-Main, military and civilian employees will have limited access to the Rainier Gate for morning and afternoon commuter traffic during road construction at the following times:

  • Morning, inbound traffic only 5-7:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon, outbound traffic only 4-7 p.m.

Perimeter Road and the Rainier Gate will be closed to all vehicle traffic between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays during the construction project.

Signs indicating closures and detours will be in place to alert drivers.

JBLM officials are working to maintain the same level of service for drivers entering and exiting the base.

Media organizations may request additional information by calling the JBLM Public Affairs Office at (253) 967-0152 or (253) 967-0148. After regular duty hours, call (253) 967-0015 and ask for the JBLM public affairs officer on call.

Lakewood featured on National TV Program "Today in America" with Terry Bradshaw

Lakewood featured on National TV Program Today in America with Terry Bradshaw

Lakewood showcased as one of “America’s Hidden Gems”

The City of Lakewood is featured on a segment of Today in America with Terry Bradshaw as part of the “America’s Hidden Gems” series. The video can be viewed on the City of Lakewood’s website homepage at or at .

The television show, hosted by former NFL quarterback and television personality, Terry Bradshaw, broadcasts nationally and regionally on many popular television networks. Tucked away between the larger, well-known cities of the U.S. are some of the nation's hidden gems: great places to live, work, play and visit. The segment tells the story of Lakewood’s contributions to the economic fabric of America, and highlights the business community and the outstanding lifestyle benefits of the area.

The show highlights Lakewood’s investments in infrastructure and transportation, as well as its supportive community for youth and the city’s recreational and cultural opportunities. Due to Lakewood’s noteworthy contributions to its economy and community, the Today in America segment draws attention to the city’s great amenities for residents and visitors alike. Many of the local business industries are highlighted in the piece as is Lakewood’s role as the host community for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray.

Filming occurred in August 2012 in key locations throughout Lakewood. Former Mayor Doug Richardson; former city manager Andrew Neiditz; Shawn Gagnon, chair of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce ; Yeh-Hee Han, vice president of brokerage services at CBRE; and Dan Durr, a member of the Lakewood Redevelopment Advisory Board , were all interviewed.

Lakewood is a relatively young city, having incorporated in 1996. There are currently 3,500 businesses and the population can support business growth as personal income within the area is expected to increase to $1.6 billion by 2016. There are four nearby golf courses, five lakes, great city parks as well as a thriving International District and many other recreational and cultural amenities.

“The video emphasizes the fantastic lifestyle and supportive business environment that Lakewood has to offer prospective residents and businesses from around the United States,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Lakewood truly is one of America’s hidden gems.”

New H Mart Brings “One Arm Full of Groceries” to Lakewood

New H Mart Brings “One Arm Full of Groceries” to Lakewood

Grand Opening on March 14 includes Korean Festivities and Sweepstakes Prizes

H Mart , an Asian-inspired supermarket, will be opening a new 43,000 square foot store in Lakewood, Wash. 7,000 people are expected to attend when the store opens to shoppers at 11:30 a.m. on March 14. The festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting, followed by an open house in which community members can tour the store, sample products, and enter an on-site sweepstakes.

The new H Mart is located at 8720 South Tacoma Way and will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Located in Lakewood’s International District, an ever-growing cultural destination, H Mart will serve the area’s well established Asian population and the greater metro area.

H Mart is short for “Han Ah Reum,” meaning “one arm full” in Korean. With the full selection of signature grocery items, according to H Mart Northwest Region President Jay Song, shoppers can expect to leave with full arms. The store will have a pharmacy, deli, Korean bakery, meat department, fish department and expansive produce offerings.

Approximately 40 percent of the items are Korean with the remaining percentage categorized as American or other international foods. For example, H Mart carries eight types of cucumbers ranging from British, Chinese to Korean varieties. This choice of international items accommodates all H Mart customers, 70 percent of which are Asian.

“We are serving an ever-expanding multicultural community in the South Sound,” said Song. “Lakewood increases H Mart’s ability to reach our international customers and we have hired 50-60 employees for the new location.”

The Lakewood branch presents a new market opportunity for H Mart. The company currently operates stores in Federal Way and Lynnwood with plans to open two additional locations in Bellevue and downtown Seattle in late autumn.

“The International District in Lakewood is a star attraction” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Our business community is now more diverse than ever before, and we are proud to welcome H Mart.”

Regional Undercover Operation Concluded

Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority’s (WATPA) Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force finishes up six month investigation with multiple arrests

On February 26th, 2013 officers and detectives from the Auto Crimes Enforcement (ACE) Task Force and other assisting agencies in Pierce County served a series of search warrants upon five residences and several vehicles in Pierce and Thurston Counties. This combined effort was the result of a long term undercover investigation involving ongoing property crimes in Pierce County and across Washington State which included auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud. The operation, dubbed “Shiny Penny”, involved a six month undercover store front investigation in Pierce County in which detectives purchased stolen property from local criminals.

Regional resources utilized during service of these warrants included the following SWAT Teams: Pierce County METRO SWAT, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and Thurston County Sheriff’s Department SWAT.

The ACE Task Force agencies involved in this undercover operation included the Lakewood Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, Puyallup Police Department, Fife Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, National Insurance Crime Bureau and Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority.

Operation “Shiny Penny” has produced the following results

  • 26 total suspects identified for felony crimes
  • 21 suspects currently in custody. A number of those were arraigned in Superior Court on 02-27-13.
  • 26 stolen cars recovered. Overall value $250,000 plus.
  • 16 firearms recovered which includes two assault rifles.
  • 4 narcotics violations.
  • 11 other property items recovered that included items such as televisions and laptops.
  • 34 total undercover transactions completed by detectives.

This is the third undercover operation conducted by the ACE Task Force in the last two years. All of these operations resulted in a significant number of stolen cars recovered and suspects arrested. The operation was funded by participating agencies and the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority. The ACE Task Force is dedicated to the pursuit of career criminals committing crimes against persons and property in the greater Pierce County region.

The task force is planning on returning stolen cars and property to victims on March 6th. We will be providing more details on this to allow the media to be on scene to film the event and possibly interview victims.

Please contact Lt. Chris Lawler for additional information.

Lt. Lawler can be contacted at the numbers listed below for more information;
Office (253) 830-5011
Cellular (253) 606-6981
Fax (253) 830-5069