Another local retailer is making the move to downtown Tacoma.
Dwell Home Decor, which has operated for six years on North 21st Street, announced Friday it will move to the “Triangle District” — the area around Broadway and St. Helens, north of City Hall and up the hill from the soon-to-be renovated McMenamins Elks Temple. They hope to open July 1.
Dwell, owned by Suzanne Molt and Pamela Weeks, will be neighbors to businesses whose names are a nod to Tacoma’s gritty history. Stink – Cheese & Meat, whose name is a repurposing of the “aroma of Tacoma.” Amocat Cafe recalls the house brand of the West Coast Grocery Company, which was based in Tacoma and used the city name backward for its products.
Earlier this week we learned that Pacific Office Automation, an office technology company, will move to Pacific Avenue from Fife.
Molt said that Dwell needs more space. The new store has about 1,000 more square feet, and the lease terms were favorable. Plus, a new medical marijuana dispensary recently opened across the street from their current location, on North 21st Street, in what used to be a clothing boutique. That “has changed the street a little,” she said.
Molt and Weeks said they’re eager for the move, and plan to build on their current offerings.
“We find that new Triangle District seems to be an up-and-coming area,” Molt said. “McMenamins is going in. It’s exciting.” Boeing is bumping up the engine diameter on its new 737 Max aircraft.
The increase in diameter, reported by the Wall Street Journal, is just an inch, to 69.4 inches.
Boeing two months ago reported it had settled on a new CFM engine just a little more than 68 inches in diameter.
The diameter of the engine is a big talking point for Boeing and its rival, Airbus. Airbus claims its new single-aisle plane, the A320neo, will be more fuel efficient than Boeing’s new 737 Max single aisle because it can accommodate a larger diameter engine.
The A320neo’s CFM engines will be 78 inches in diameter. Its Pratt & Whitney engines will be 81 inches in diameter. Airbus customers will have the choice of either engine. Boeing will offer only a CFM engine.
A larger diameter engine will generally bypass more air around the engine core where the fuel is burned, thus creating more thrust for less fuel usage.
But Boeing contends that a larger fan will also have disadvantages such as higher weight and greater drag, both of which negatively affect fuel economy.
Boeing is limited in how big an engine it can fit beneath the 737’s wing without a major redesign because the 737 sits lower to the ground than Airbus’ A320. Boeing already plans to increase the length of the nose landing gear in the 737 Max to increase ground clearance for the larger engine.kathleen.cooper@ thenewstribune.com Boeing enlarges 737 Max engine john.gillie @thenewstribune.com