Our tours serve as a dynamic showcase for the vibrant tapestry of local businesses, projects, and individuals that embody the essence of Tacoma Rising. Far beyond being just another conventional “networking group,” we take pride in curating experiences that go beyond the superficial, focusing on the heart of Tacoma’s growth.
More than just a series of business visits, our tours foster an environment for the cross-pollination of ideas and collaborations within the South Sound industries. Our tours are a celebration of Tacoma’s growth, a testament to the resilience and creativity of its people. By shining a spotlight on the local gems that make Tacoma unique, we aim to Promote, Connect, and Support the continued flourishing of our city. Join us on this journey, as we collectively shape the narrative of Tacoma Rising and build a stronger, more interconnected community for the future.
MARCH MADNESS NETWORKING
Date: March 21, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: 949 Market St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Join us for our annual March Madness networking event sponsored by J Squared Investments at the Rainier Amenity Center. Come hang out, network, watch the games and play some games! With pool tables, shuffle board and a golf simulator it should be a fun time. J Squared Investments and FC-Group partnered in 2022 to show how to activate a building with a space like the Rainier Amenity Center.
mccallum & Sons whiskey co. tasting & panel discussion
Date: February 22, 2024
Location: 1115 A St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Join us for a vibrant panel discussion on what Tacoma Rising is and get to meet the advisory board that makes Tacoma Rising possible. Stick around for a whiskey tasting led by shop owner Glen McCallum as he talks us through high end whiskeys from Scotland, Japan, and right here in the United States. Network at the world’s best whiskey boutique right here in the heart of Tacoma. Stand with the community by supporting McCallum’s recovery after a challenging year of break-ins. Let’s make it a night of connections, promotion, and support!
Seaport museum & Port of Tacoma tour
Date: January 26, 2024
Location: 705 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402
You’re not going to want to miss this event! Join us at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum for a morning full of networking and learning about how the port fuels business in Tacoma. Not only will we be enjoying the beautiful and educational space of the seaport museum but after that we will be hopping aboard the Chippewa, a 1943 WW2 tugboat, to take a guided tour through the world famous Tacoma Port! Did you know that the Port of Tacoma is the fourth-largest container gateway in the United States?! Sail past massive shipping boats and take in the scenic Mount Rainier and the salty air of Commencement Bay while listening to Chris Staudinger from Tacoma’s very own Pretty Gritty Tours talk about the history and features within the waterway.
UrbanWork Open House
Date: December 21, 2023
Location: 950 Broadway, Suite M100, Tacoma, WA 98402
This tour showcased just the beginning of what The Rhodes Center will grow to be. UrbanWork is a local startup offering coworking space with one of a kind shared workspace, private offices, conference rooms, podcast recording studio, virtual mailboxes, and a full amenity center just a few minutes walk away. This space was left without vision and had been vacant for 4 years prior to being picked up by J Squared Investments.
Old Soldier Distillery
Date: November 30, 2023
Location: 309 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, WA 98421
Old Soldier Distillery is a locally, veteran-owned whiskey distillery in the heart of Tacoma just 2 blocks from the Tacoma Dome. During this tour we heard historical and personal stories from the owners about their civil war era recipe that has been passed down through generations. We highly suggest checking out this local gem for tantalizing aromas and flavors that will leave you wanting more.
Date: October 26, 2023
Location: 1019 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
This was such an amazing space to explore between the rooftop lounge to the basement bank vault turned speakeasy, this is definitely a space you should take time to explore! Previously known as The Washington Building, this is the first significant historical office to multifamily conversion in the south sound. Unico Properties set a tone for what downtown living can look like and provided the first multifamily high-rise with 18-stories of 156 units.
909 A St
Date: September 21, 2023
Location: 909 A St., Tacoma, WA 98402
During this tour John Dehan, local Tacoma broker, talked about the current journey in leasing this building. This Class A office space offers some of the best views of the City of Tacoma, plus amenities like gym access, conferencing, bike storage, and a future coffee vendor in the works. If you’re on the lookout for top-notch office space, this is definitely one to consider.
Date: August 23, 2023
Location: 1900 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402
The University of Washington has been educating aspiring business leaders both local and commuters to Tacoma since 1990. We were excited to take part and showcase what the University of Washington is doing for the Tacoma community. Included in this tour we got a chance to see state of the art laboratory spaces, expanded space for Global Innovation and Design labs, and a high impact practices teaching space.
Date: July 20, 2023
Location: 1145 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
Another successful tour completed by Tacoma Rising! Tacoma Center, also known as the Tacoma Financial Center has recently been renovated to center to the “flight to quality” in today’s marketplace. During this tour we learned about the state fo the downtown office market including the strategies that landlords are implementing to attract tenants.
Date: June 22, 2023
Location: 415 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
This new addition to the apartment market in Tacoma, designed by Ferguson Architects showcases what we are looking for in terms of downtown Tacoma living. These new apartments are situated perfectly downtown with sweeping views of commencement bay, walking distance to a variety of shops and restaurants and an easy commute to Seattle, JBLM, and the University of Washington Tacoma.
Date: May 25, 2023
Location: 1102 A St, Tacoma, WA 98402
A successful tour of this historic office, eatery, and event space with trailblazer Jessica Johnston. This space was fully leased when we toured it which is a success story in itself! This space represents the growth we want to see in Tacoma!
Rainier Amenity Center
Date: March 15, 2023
Location: 949 Market St, Tacoma, WA 98402
It was another great Tacoma Rising Tour! We popped in on J Squared Investment’s March Madness Opening Party for their newly refreshed Amenity Center at their Rhodes Center. In the last 8 months they’ve taken their Rhodes Center from 50% vacant (160,000 SF) to 94% leased. With the help from JCR Collective they’ve recreated what the office environment needs to be to get folks to return to the office.
Date: February 22, 2023
Location: 411 South 15th St., Tacoma, WA 98402
We were able to tour the Analog Apartments before their grand opening in March. This site was developed by Portland-based Ethos Development and managed by Meritus Property Group.