As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the most popular South Sound Business stories of the year.


1. 40 Under 40

This year’s 40 Under 40 honorees are business owners, CEOs, program directors, financial officers, and more. And we feel they will only get better with age.

2. Diamond Heiress’ $11 Million Home for Sale in Tenino

High upon a hill in Tenino stands an out-of-this-world custom home built by the heiress to the De Beers diamond fortune. It hit the market at a mere $11 million.

3. How One Letter Led the McMenamins to Fall in Love with Tacoma

In 2003, columnist Dan Voelpel set a goal to persuade Portland’s McMenamin brothers to bring one of their signature brewpub/theater/music venue/hotel establishments to Tacoma.

4. Gamerz Golf to Trump Possible Dome District Top Golf

There has been talk about a possible Top Golf location coming to the Tacoma Dome district. Meanwhile, at the Tacoma Firs Golf Center, plans already are well underway to transform the center into a similar golf-centric experience.

5. Historic Landmark for Sale in Tacoma

The 1889 landmark in downtown Tacoma has three stories, 10,676 square feet of office space, and a 5,593-square-foot penthouse perched on top.

6. E9 Brewery to Open New Location in Historic Brewery District

The X Group Restaurants company plans to open a new Engine House No. 9 Brewery location in Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District in the coming months.

7. McMenamins Elks Temple to Open in April

The McMenamins Elks Temple finally has an opening date: April 24, 2019. That may seem far away, but don’t worry. You can start making reservations now.

8. Small Grocer Flip Fresh Opens in Downtown Tacoma

Abbie Cates, owner of Gig Harbor-based Flip Food Company, celebrated the grand opening of Flip Fresh, a small-scale specialty food store, on Antique Row.

9. The Business of Ruston

The city of Ruston, which measures less than one-half square mile, arguably boasts an even grittier history, literally, than Tacoma.

10. Revitalization is Brewing

From Prohibition to present: A previously desolate pocket of Tacoma is now hopping.