Recognize your favorite Tacoma small businesses

Every other month, you can nominate a successful South Sound business that deserves a huge shout out, and that business will be entered to win eight (8) Commencement Bank Summit Club tickets to a future Tacoma Rainiers game and $100 to load up on swag from the We R Tacoma Team Store. We'll even get their collection started with a free Rainiers jersey.

See R 2020 Winners

May: Equipment Experts Inc.

Equipment Experts is a fleet maintenance company that services other companies’ trucks, forklifts, and heavy equipment in the field or in the shop. They’re committed to providing their customers with superior service so they can focus on their business without having to worry about their fleet! Visit Website

June: Commencement Bay Brokers Real Estate

“They helped my family find the home of our dreams, sell our previous home, and provided amazing customer service along the way.  Nick Lind and his staff are top notch Tacomans!” -Sam Benscoter. Visit Website

July: Koelsch Senior Communities

Per Commencement Bank: We chose Koelsch Senior Communities because of their commitment to excellence and safety standards during these challenging times.  As the global outbreak of COVID-19 continues to unfold, Koelsch Senior Communities is focused on the health and safety of their residents and team members. They take their responsibility to support seniors and their families seriously, and are especially committed to continuing to do so during this time.  With 60 years of signature service to families, Koelsch Senior Communities is proud to remain family owned and operated for three generations. Their continued success is compelled by their founding principles as they strive to serve their residents with respect, dignity, and compassion and like to say “We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen.” Visit Website

August: T Town Trading Co.

T Town Trading Co. epitomizes Tacoma. When anyone in the 253 thinks of ultimate Tacoma gear, two places come to mind: WeRTacoma and the T Town store. Everything about small business Tacoma is embodied in T Town. Pat and Gail Ringrose have been a staple of Tacoma swag for more than a decade. And not only do they supply Tacomans with great grit city attire, they give back to community, especially other small businesses. When COVID hit, they did a t-shirt campaign with local business logos and the proceeds went back to those businesses when they were hit hard. Especially noteworthy was the campaign they did for Spud’s Pizza, a longstanding Tacoma staple, when David Almonte, one of the owners, unexpectedly passed away right at the beginning of this pandemic. If you truly want to recognize the best of small business Tacoma, you must put T Town on the list! Visit Website

September: Valentine Roofing

Valentine Roofing has an excellent reputation in the Puget Sound area for providing great service, quality products, and fair pricing on their roofing products and installation.  They are growing quickly and always go the extra mile when providing services to their customers. Visit Website

October: MSM Deli

Nomination: They are the taste of home. I grew up always excited to get that for dinner when I could – it was better than going out to eat. I would ask my mom after school on Friday… it was the best. And every single family member enjoyed it just as much as I did. When I grew up, moved away for school, within the first day of coming back to Tacoma, I would make a stop to grab my fave Deli Club.

MSM Deli is a staple in our Tacoma community. It’s a single restaurant and not a chain that employs some of the hardest working and kindest people you’ll ever meet. They remember your face, name and order, and although that makes me feel special, I know they do that every regular customer. They represent everything that I love about Tacoma. Without MSM, something would have been missing in my childhood. Food creates community. And there is not a single Tacoman who doesn’t LOVE MSM. They’re a part of the DNA of Tacoma, R Family… They deserve to be honored. Visit MSM Deli’s Facebook page

November: EveryMan's Pocket EDC Shop

EveryMan's Pocket EDC Shop logo

via EveryMan’s Pocket EDC Shop: Our mission is to build and create an awesome selection of EDC “Every Day Carry” gear for enthusiasts to both use and collect.

Our shop launched in mid-September. Our initial product collaboration with Nemo Knives the Slender Man OTF has seen a building following.  We are proud to continue to roll out new products in this line. Our Warrencliff version Slender man OTF is in the works, and limited edition are both nearly here.

Other awesome gear is also on the way. Soon we will have a few EDC tool offerings, and a folding knife collaborations is in the works named the “Nymble.”

Curating unique, quality, and affordable EDC equipment. EDC = Every Day Carry. The items in one’s pockets, like a pen, or pocket knife, a watch, or wallet. May be tactical or low key for function only.

Visit Website

December: Lucky Dog Outfitters

“They donate a lot of time and energy to helping homeless dogs and their humans, helping people and elderly with dog medical expenses, rescue and fundraising for local emergencies. They also offer great service in store – Joanne Jones”

Commencement Bank Small Business of the Month

Nominate a deserving Tacoma small business, and that business will be entered to win eight (8) Commencement Bank Summit Club tickets to a future Rainiers game, $100 to the We R Tacoma Team Store and a free Rainiers jersey.
    must be 18 or older to enter

Always Together. We R Tacoma.

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, or by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand), Instagram (@tacomarainiers) and liking the team on Facebook.