by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
August 31, 2001
My favourite store was Guinevere's, chock full of unique gifts, imported English foods, candles, serving dishes, collectibles and china. My sister was impressed with their large collection of Harmony Kingdom figures from England as well as the Mary Engelbreit display. I liked the fat three tiered candles, each tier having a separate scent that enhanced rather than overpowered the candle. The store is easy to spot because of the colorful umbrella display at the entrance.
Nearby, Grandma’s Fudge Shop is a small place with a large variety of fudge, including orange creamsicle, chocolate almond and penuche (brown sugar). Free samples make this a very popular place.
The Crystal Voyage is filled with "New Age" prodcts like books, tapes, crystals, etc. There is a large selection of quirky greeting cards as well as The Greenwich Workshop figures.
The Living Place impressed me with its community involvement. A sign inside says that 50% of the annual net profits are donated to local charities including cancer research, AIDS organizations and the homeless. We found a great Washington state souvenir here - a state ferry shaped box filled with delicious chocolate mint truffles. There are lots of greeting cards too but they are definitely adult-oriented.
The Freighthouse Art Gallery has an impressive display of batiks, pottery, decorative plates as well as prints and paintings by various Northwest artists.
Downstairs, Fabric Fun by Maria King has pre-made or made-to-order costumes and it was fun to try on costumes and be silly for awhile.
The food court is filled with locally owned operators – no Pizza Hut or Burger King here. Instead there is everything from a small Mexican cantina (eat in or take away) to Thai, Vietnamese, fish and chips,
German, Greek, etc. In the middle of the food court, colourful benches provide a place to sit
Freighthouse Square is easy to find since it is only a block from the Tacoma Dome and there is free parking at the site. Eventual plans call for the train from Seattle to stop nearby as well as a lightrail station to be built to bring people from downtown Tacoma. This will only increase the popularity of this interesting place.
The stores are open daily.
From journal Tastey Tacoma