Monthly Archives: February 2011

Shameless, Blatant Plug (for a Worthy Cause)

OK, I’m not above promoting the arts.

If you find yourself in Gig Harbor tonight and are hungry for some good pizza — why not sate your appetite while supporting Peninsula Youth Orchestra at the same time?

Any order placed between 3 and 7 p.m. tonight will have 25 percent donated to PYO. For the uninitiated, PYO fills the gaping hole not being filled by the Peninsula School District music program. The district offers band in middle schools and high schools, but only features woodwinds, brass and percussion. No strings attached (no pun intended). So PYO comes to the rescue, teaching students from kindergarten to high school the string family and the organization is growing every year.

So if you’re hungry and like pizza (who doesn’t?) — and like to supports the arts and the youth of Gig harbor (again, who can say no to that?), then stop by Blue Cannon Pizza (in the northwest corner of the Costco parking lot in Gig Harbor North) and take care of both needs with one stop.

Your stomach and ears will thank you.

Bordering on the Edge of Sadness

OK, took a little hiatus there. But as this darned post seems to be permanently a fixture of the Gig Harbor Life website, figured I better step up and place a new post every now and again. But I’m gonna take a slightly different tactical approach, given that the amount of  available time to muse randomly — and wax ever-so-poetically — is ever shrinking.

Instead of planned out diatribes and essay-length posts — I’m now going to opt for the guerrilla-style journalism of quick posts — in out and real quick — leave no casualties behind. It will be up to the online readership to keep any one topic flaming (or quenched) by your comments or lack thereof.

Case in point: The Borders bookstore in the Uptown shopping district off of Point Fosdick Drive announced today that it will be closing the doors for good come April. Seems the surge in online book orders, portable readers and mega discounters (Costco, WalMart, Target) have combined to spell the demise of what was at one time one of the industry leaders in book sales nationwide.

What does this mean to the Gig Harbor reader? Will the locally owned Mostly Books benefit? Will library use spike upward? Will Amazon.com track a higher percentage of sales to GH? Or will we follow the trend of the rest of the nation in simply buying less books and reading less overall?

I know I’ll miss wandering into Borders and getting lost amid the smell of fresh coffee and soft lighting for hours on end. Of all the upscale, pricey stores that seem to define Uptown, Borders was the one locale I didn’t feel out of place.

I would have thought that nothing could replace a good bookstore — but then I also thought the same about Tower Records in Seattle.