By Adelle Engmann
Puyallup tends to be remembered for such local attractions as the Western Washington State Fair and its annual Farmer’s Market.
But some of the city’s smaller local businesses have the potential to be greater than either of these events, not to mention the nationally-recognized chain stores and restaurants that populate the city.
Crockett’s Public House is a family-friendly restaurant and bar that is located in downtown Puyallup at 118 E. Stewart Ave.
Chefs at the restaurant specialize in serving fresh, quality food for their customers. In one effort to ensure the quality of the food, they use non-gmo rice oil for deep-fried items. They say it is a healthier option that is more flavorful than others.
Chef Brian Johnston, who has worked for Crockett’s for almost seven years, said that the best part about being a chef is when he notices everybody is leaving with full stomachs and they’re smiling.
Johnston is now the food service director and manages all of Crockett’s locations in that role.
The restaurant was featured on the popular food network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” in 2011. “It’s an opportunity not a lot of people get to do. It really highlighted what we do well”, said Johnston.
It benefited the restaurant to receive national exposure which ultimately impacted the business’ popularity and ratings.
Some of the most popular dishes at Crockett’s are their burgers and fish n’ chips. However, there are plenty of options and substitutes for people with various dietary needs.
Johnston said they put a lot of effort into the menu and that they are definitely all over the place when it comes to options.
Crockett’s Public House specializes in good food with good people who want to have good times. Crockett’s is open Monday -Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m. -12 a.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
In the heart of downtown Puyallup, modern-bohemian fashion boutique MISHA is a women’s clothing and lifestyle store that also serves as a place for women to hang out and connect.
MISHA owner Malia Michelle has had her business for six years and opened the Puyallup location three years ago.
Michelle said that MISHA kind of evolved from hosting pop-up events and selling handmade dreamcatchers to having an actual storefront location.
MISHA’s clothing items are from Los Angeles vendors and designers, although Michelle also personally revamps men’s flannels and sells them under the label Outlaw. However, the jewelry and various artwork sold in MISHA are from local artists.
MISHA offers diverse articles of clothing that are great for all sizes and genders.
“We are very attentive to our customers. We know what they like, and we are very hands on”, said Michelle.
Michelle employs a strong social media presence with MISHA’s Instagram page, which has been incorporated into her marketing strategy.
Model Friday is an opportunity for aspiring models to model for the store. Models are selected via an application process, the link for which can be found on shopmisha.com.
Michelle hopes in the future to open a second store location in the Tacoma area.
MISHA is located at 202 S. Meridian.
Finally, The Locals Store, a combination of vintage retail and local art, opened June 30, 2018 at 301 3rd St. S.E. in downtown Puyallup.
The Locals Store serves local wines, craft beers, hot cocoa and coffees that are not offered in regular stores, alongside hand-selected antique and vintage finds for sale.
“We decided that we wanted to create a gathering place and a gallery of art”, said co-owner Sierra Baker.
Baker and co-owner Stephanie Cortez met in Sumner after running small booths in the same area. They realized they shared the same interest in a love of vintage clothing.
The Locals Store also offers other services designed to bring together the local community.
Art classes are offered in the store space, a recurring event that began in Jan. 2019. The cost is $75 for two-3 hour sessions, which can be reserved online at https://the-locals-store.business.site/.
Different events are hosted each month at the store location, and opportunities are available to rent the space for various occasions.
Baker and Cortez said they would love to open a store in a second location in the future, but are thankful for the success of their current one.
Baker said that at The Locals Store, everybody is welcome.
As the store motto painted on the front of the shop says, it is a place to shop, taste, and gather.
The Locals Store is open Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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