Old Town

Tacoma's historic Old Town Tacoma neighborhood

History mixes with contemporary conveniences in Old Town, where you can stroll down cobblestone streets and marvel at some of the city’s oldest buildings while enjoying modern luxuries such as facials, massages and lattes!

Old Town, located at the bottom of 30th hill and along Ruston Way is the birthplace of Tacoma, and it is no wonder Job Carr settled here with the waterfront and spectacular views. We are Tacoma’s only Neighborhood Business District located on Commencement Bay. The original charm persists among local merchants who can meet your needs for flowers, jewelry and unique gifts. There is a host of dining experiences from Tacoma’s oldest saloon, the Spar, to hot spots along the waterfront, and cozy eateries in the heart of the district.

Old Town is also a great place to enliven your spirit with music, thanks to our classical concerts in Old Town Park and Slavonian Hall as well as the ever-popular Old Town Blues Festival. Also don’t forget to admire the history by having a visit at the Job Carr cabin museum in Old Town Park.



Old Town district meetings are held at 8 am on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Contact a board member to verify location.

PRESIDENT – Ruth Dalenius
(253) 565.4874

(253) 627.2818

SECRETARY – Afton Podolak, AHBL
(253) 383.2422

TREASURER – Pauline Zeitler
(253) 272.0412

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Take 5: Old Town Markee

Take 5 is a quick look into a small local business, complete with 5 photos & 5 questions for the owner Angie Keefe and Courtney Marshall, Owners (get it…? Mar-kee) website: www.drinkmarkee.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/otmarkee Instagram: www.instagram.com/otmarkee It took several emails and a little bit of shuffling of our summer schedules, but I finally got to meet up with …

Tacoma Rhein Haus Grand Opening – please wait here

 Things to do in Stadium district Anytime you ask for a table at a busy restaurant and return with a wait time of almost 2 hours, heads turn. But that wasn’t the case last week as the line for Tacoma’s grand opening Rhein Haus nearly wrapped into the Stadium Thriftway parking lot. Maybe it’s the bocce …

Tacoma’s Rainier Beer Guy

Story by Kayla Schroader Photos courtesy of Kurt Stream Sit down after a long day, and pull back on the top of an ice cold Rainier Beer. As you tip the rolling red R and iconic mountain landscape, you’ll feel a surge of Northwest loyalty. It’s an easy-to-drink, easy-to-love, affordable beer with a name that …

Best Tacoma-based Coffee Shops

As our gift to you on this National Coffee Day, we’re sharing our favorite locally-grown coffee shops in Tacoma. Now, whenever you’re out and about and you feel the hankering for a fresh espresso pick-me-up, you’ll know where to go. You’re welcome. … 6th Avenue Espresso, because the owner of ten years is a heartfelt Tacoma die-hard …

Old Town Soul Salmon returns

A big token of history comes home to Tacoma Last week, the Old Town Soul Salmon was reunited with the people of the north Tacoma neighborhood and Tacoma business district representatives. The group included former city councilman Bill Evans, who first helped to introduce the $10,000 art installation back in 2001, before Old Town Salmon’s mysterious disappearance in 2006. Ten years later, …

Tacoma celebrates National Night Out 2016

August 2nd of 2016 is a beautiful day in the neighborhood!  (Photos by Lisa Hepfer) For the past 33 years, on the first Tuesday in August, communities across the country step out together to celebrate safe streets against crime in alliance with our law enforcement and neighborhood watch programs. According to www.safest.org, National Night Out is …

Storytime invites little history lovers to the cabin

Summer Story time at the Job Carr Museum Wednesdays 1-2 pm last week in June through the last week in August Recommended for ages 3-8   The Job Carr Museum is a little log cabin nestled in the corner of Old Town Park, marking this as the “Birthplace of Tacoma.” The doors remain open to visitors Wednesday through …

11 Spray-and-Play Grounds in Tacoma

  Welcome Summer!!   It’s “sprayground” season in the South Sound. When June rolls around, refreshing fun isn’t limited to the weekend (as it is during the month of May and September). Sweltering summers can make outdoor play harder than it should be. Sure that colossal jungle gym or back trail hike might be tempting but if it’s …

Shop in Old Town

Retail and specialty stores in Tacoma’s Old Town Throwing Mud Gallery 2212 North 30th Street Tacoma, WA 98403 (253) 254-7961 website BACK to Old Town district page

Services in Old Town

Legal, financial, healthcare services and more in Tacoma’s Old Town AHBL, Inc. 2215 North 30th Street, Suite 300 Tacoma, WA 98403 (253) 383-2422 Allstate Insurance Company 2208 North 30th Street, Suite 102 Tacoma, WA 98403 253-779-4143 Ambrosia Florist 2210 North 30th Street Tacoma, WA 98403 253-272-2636 Attorney at Law, Cristine Beckwith 2112 North 3oth Street, …

Eat & Drink in Old Town

Restaurants, bars and cafés in Tacoma’s Old Town CI Shenanigans 3017 Ruston Way Tacoma, WA 98403 (253) 752-8811 website Duke’s Ruston Way Chowder House 3327 Ruston Way Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 272-5444 website Gingko Forest Winery 2221 N 30th St Tacoma WA 98403 (253) 301-4372 website Harbor Lights 2761 Ruston Way Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) …

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