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Umi’s Corner Tacoma: Boys and Berries, Fruits and Veggies Aeroplane Icon
Umi Wagoner
June 13, 2023
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When people outside of Washington state picture it in their minds they see forest for miles, pretty lakes, raging rivers, wilderness trails, farms and country. Those ideals are usually followed with images of fresh markets and farm to table meat by the pound from persons who are masters of agriculture and livestock. It’s one of the more romanticized versions of living in the Evergreen state and it’s not completely inaccurate. But it doesn’t encompass the entire picture and that lifestyle is few and far between in the Western half of the state. The glimpses you do get remind you how lucky we are to have such a blended mix of town and country for retailers and markets like the Tacoma Boys.

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When people outside of Washington state picture it in their minds they see forest for miles, pretty lakes, raging rivers, wilderness trails, farms and country. Those ideals are usually followed with images of fresh markets and farm to table meat by the pound from persons who are masters of agriculture and livestock. It’s one of the more romanticized versions of living in the Evergreen state and it’s not completely inaccurate. But it doesn’t encompass the entire picture and that lifestyle is few and far between in the Western half of the state. The glimpses you do get remind you how lucky we are to have such a blended mix of town and country for retailers and markets like the Tacoma Boys.

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The business was founded in 1964 as a fruit stand and became a pillar in Tacoma over the years. It’s an impressive business, although it was sold nearly 40 years ago it’s maintained, improved and continues to be a leader in quality, service and convenience. Their image is of the old-town market of yesterday but the experience is as modern day as you can get. They offer online ordering, contactless pickup, NFC mobile payments and they’re privy to new and popular products. Honestly they’re underutilized by a large portion of Tacoma, but they are conveniently located right off the freeway, EBT friendly and open 24 hours. Another impressive and up-to-date part of their business is the blog. It’s informative and updates frequently, they make suggestions, comment on Tacoma Boy favorites and offer links to recipes and additional information. I’ve heard Tacomans mention it’s expensive but I would consider that subjective. When you get the transparency they provide and can see the pipeline from producer to market with a hyper focus on local, that’s what you’re paying for. And then the equation becomes cost to you vs worth to you = value.

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The decor is cozy and because of its smaller size it’s there’s a feeling of fullness all around you. There are plants and pots out front as you enter. Upon entry there’s candy to the right and produce to your left, then more produce to your left before getting to the fridge wall and back to another island of produce. The other side of the store features the butcher and cold cuts area. This is the only area that isn’t open 24 hours but when it’s open for service that’s where you’ll find the longest line not at the checkout stand.


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5602 6th Ave Tacoma, WA 98406

(253) 756-0902

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Puyallup Location

901 39th Ave SW Puyallup, WA 98373

(253) 864-8568

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Lakewood Location

7320 Lakewood Drive W Lakewood, WA 98467

(253) 471-1830

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