The Lakewood City Council presented the March 2024 Business Showcase to Casa Mia Italian Restaurant owners Gerald and Jamie Pense at its March 18, 2024 regular meeting.

March 2024 Business Showcase: Casa Mia Italian Restaurant

March 22, 2024 Casa Mia Italian Restaurant owners Gerald and Jamie Pense grew up in the Aberdeen/Hoquiam area near the original Casa Mia. In fact, Gerald lived only two blocks from the restaurant. When he was a teenager, his first job was at the restaurant. Today, the Penses are proud owners of the Lakewood Casa Mia Italian Restaurant. They’ve owned …

Jose Gonzales, owner of Veterans Roofing, poses with members of the Lakewood City Council, the city's Economic Development Manager Becky Newton and Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Smith. Veterans Roofing was named the January 2024 Business Showcase.

January 2024 Business Showcase: Veterans Roofing

Jan. 19, 2024 Veterans Roofing started in Lakewood 14 years ago, but owner Jose Gonzales is a life-long Lakewood resident. He graduated from Clover Park School District schools and chose to return to Lakewood to start his business. An Army veteran, Gonzales wanted to name his company something that reflected not only his values and experience, but those of the …

AA Meats owner Tammy Faelnar poses with the Lakewood City Council after receiving the November 2023 Business Showcase

November Business Showcase: AA Meats

Nov. 9, 2023 Since 1955 AA Meats has been a reliable business staple of Lakewood, and it remains so in 2023. Although she is not the original owner, Tammy Faelnar has worked at the traditional meat market for 34 years and has owned it for 17. This has given her plenty of time to watch the city, the customers and …

Biscuit House was recognized as the July 2023 Business Showcase by the Lakewood City Council. Members of the Council pose with co-owner Galina in Council Chambers.

July 2023 Lakewood Business Showcase: Biscuit House

July 7, 2023 Known for its giant, flaky biscuits, the Biscuit House has been serving the Lakewood community since 2016. Owned by a mother and daughter duo, it has become one of Lakewood’s favorite breakfast spots. Now, seven years later, they are thankful for the continued support of their community. Not only do they have their original location, but they’ve …

The Lakewood City Council recognized Crane's Creations 2.0 owner Dave Olson with the May 2023 Business Showcase recognition.

May 2023 Business Showcase: Crane’s Creations 2.0

May 2, 2023 At its May 1, 2023 regular meeting the Lakewood City Council named Crane’s Creations 2.0 the May 2023 Business Showcase. Crane’s Creations is a longtime Lakewood business specializing in floral creations. Crane’s Creations 2.0 is the new iteration of this Lakewood treasure. Owners Dave and Charlene Olson purchased the business three years ago. The Olsons worked with …

Business Showcase: Merit Construction

Founded in 1957, Merit Construction has seen change and itself been a catalyst in the growth of the South Sound region. Merit’s local marquee projects include the construction of the Tacoma Dome in 1981 and the construction of the Boys & Girls Club and Lake City Community Church buildings here in Lakewood. Tammy Birklid is now Merit’s Principal after becoming …

Lakewood Business Owners – We want to hear from you!

The Lakewood Annual Business Survey is now open through January 15th. Take the survey here. Tell us what you think, and receive an entry to win a $50 VISA gift card! The purpose of this survey is to gather information from our local businesses about what’s working and what’s not, the challenges you are facing, and how the City might …

Business Showcase – November 2020

253Strong is building a better future for the community by focusing on positive changes, family values, and supporting healthy and fit lifestyles. For these reasons 253Strong is the City of Lakewood’s Business Showcase for 3rd quarter 2020. 253Strong “If you’re looking for better, we’re building better here” announces the opening of the city of Lakewood’s Build Your Better Here campaign …

Business Showcase: Cham Garden

In 2015 Jay and Kay Lim moved to Washington from Chicago after Jay was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The couple quickly began exploring their new home. That included discovering the local food scene in Lakewood. “This was the first restaurant we visited when we moved here,” Kay said from a high-backed booth at Cham Garden, a Korean barbecue restaurant …

Exterior of DRK Development building in Lakewood WA

Business Showcase: DRK Development

From its staffing to its project costs, DRK Development runs a lean operation. It’s a business model the company has followed for nearly three decades, and one that gives it a leg up on its competition. “We run real lean and mean,” said Vice President Spencer Kelley. “It’s really cost effective. I can typically do these jobs for a lot …