South Tacoma Business District with Experience Tacoma

The South Tacoma Business District is a historic shopping area that’s been serving Tacoma’s needs for generations. You can find almost any type of merchandise or service along South Tacoma Way from 37th to 68th street. From printing to home security, to family restaurants – South Tacoma has it all. This district is regionally famous for its auto row and specialty automotive shops. If you’re looking to pay homage to the car do so with the annual Car Show every August!

Located along South Tacoma Way — one of the major routes in and out of Tacoma — the South Tacoma Business District has long been meeting the needs of people on the go. But don’t worry, come and stay a while because there is something for everyone in this uniquely developed area. Originally formed around the Northern Pacific Railroad, South Tacoma is home to a new commuter rail station. Although this district will continue on as a main transportation hub of the city, you can still find one of Tacoma’s longest standing flower shops, diverse restaurants, and shopping for anything from special antiques to paint colors — you name it and South Tacoma will provide.

While wheeled transportation may be king, South Tacoma businesses take care of their pedestrian customers as well. With hundreds of colorful flower baskets, specially installed pedestrian crossing lights, and one of the best collections of public art in the city, everyone will enjoy a stroll through the South Tacoma Business District while they look for that special item.



South Tacoma district meetings are Feb., April, June, Sept., and Nov. at 6 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Contact a board member to verify location.

PRESIDENT – Pete Bristow
(253) 471-1663

(253) 752-0234

TREASURER – Karen Rich
(253) 474-5855

SECRETARY – Cindy Atwood
(253) 671-4458

Blog Posts

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 …

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, National Night Out is …

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 South Tacoma

Retail and specialty stores in the South Tacoma district Auto Zone 5622 South Tacoma Way (253) 472-0575 website BROWNS FLOWERS, INC. 4734 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409 (253) 472-3361 website Cricket Wireless 3512 56th St., Tacoma WA 98409 website CUSTOM SHIRT SHOP 5211 S Washington Suite C, Tacoma, WA 98409 (253) 474-8092 website GROCERY …

Services in South Tacoma

Churches, schools, auto sales and more in the South Tacoma district “POLY” BAG LLC 4301 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409 (253) 473-4660 website ABC TRANSMISSION 5032 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409 (253) 472-9673 website ALL SEASONS Heating Contractor 4851 S Washington, Tacoma WA 98409 (253) 879-9144 website ALPHABET PRESCHOOL & LEARNING CENTER 5419 …

Things to do in South Tacoma

Attractions and activities in the South Tacoma district METROPOLITAN BALLET OF TACOMA 5435 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409 (253) 472-5359 website DAWSONS Bar & Grill 5443 S Tacoma Way 253-476-1421 Hours: 8am – 2am Breakfast served all day & night Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Music 4 nights a week – No Cover Charge Happy …

Eat & Drink in South Tacoma

Restaurants, bars and cafes in the South Tacoma district Ah Badabing Pizzeria 5240 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409 (253) 582-2170 website Around The Corner Café II 5640 S Tacoma Way (253) 267-1247 HOURS:  7am – 2pm DAWSON’S BAR AND GRILL 5443 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409 (253) 476-1421 website Jonz Catering 5026 So Tacoma Way, …

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