10 different experiences. One home. Over the upcoming weeks, we're illuminating the fascinating people who live and love in Tacoma. From the owner of a soulful 6th Avenue restaurant to one of Washington's most prominent CEOs, these are the extraordinary souls who make the South Sound so remarkable.


Karina Bharne, Executive Director at Symphony Tacoma

Karina Bharne is the Executive Director at Symphony Tacoma. She’s still new to this city, but has fallen in love with Ruston Way and the cannoli at Corina Bakery. This is her story.


Gregory Christopher, Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church

Gregory Christopher is the pastor at Tacoma’s historic Shiloh Baptist Church. He is also the president of Tacoma’s branch of the NAACP and an avid gardener. This is his story.


Georgette Watje, owner of The Barber Collective in Hilltop

When everything changed, Georgette Watje started a business in her garage. She is the owner of The Barber Collective in Hilltop. This is her story.

Brad Cheney, Executive Director of the Ben B. Cheney Foundation

Brad Cheney has been watching Tacoma baseball since his father was at the helm of bringing professional baseball to the city over 60 years ago. Today, he is the Executive Director of the Ben B. Cheney Foundation. This is his story.


Queena Tupou, Marketing and Outreach Specialist at Carol Milgard Breast Center

Queena Tupou is devoutly faithful, a proud Samoan, and the Marketing and Outreach Specialist at Carol Milgard Breast Center. This is her story.


Jeff Hoppe, owner of South Sound Guitar Repair

Jeff Hoppe is good with his hands. He’s Tacoma born and raised, and the owner of South Sound Guitar Repair. This is his story.


Bill Robertson – President & CEO of MultiCare Health System

Bill Robertson is a connoisseur of fair scones and the President & CEO of MultiCare Health System. This is his story.


Gloria Martin, owner of Southern Kitchen

Gloria Martin is an avid reader, baseball fan, and the owner of 6th Ave’s Southern Kitchen Restaurant in the heart of Tacoma. This is her story.


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About the Tacoma Rainiers

The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Tacoma has been a member of the Pacific Coast League since Cheney Stadium opened in 1960, and has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.

The most up-to-date news and notes about the Tacoma Rainiers and Cheney Stadium can be found at WeRTacoma.com, or by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand), Instagram (@tacomarainiers) and liking the team on Facebook.

We R Tacoma Team Store

The We R Tacoma Team Store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, and is always available online. Grab your Rainiers gear, your Defiance ‘fit, and follow the team store on Instagram and Twitter.

COVID-19 Information

More information on social distancing and how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Tacoma-Pierce County Health. The most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting events at Cheney Stadium can be found here.