Thea's Market opened on Dock Street last week. It's the closest food market to downtown Tacoma.
I was sniffing out reports of at least one restaurant under development in the Esplanade condo project on Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway. I saw a few nice, empty spaces. Two of them face the water, such as the view goes: an unimpeded look at the Martinac ship yard. Whatever food and beverages will be served in whatever restaurants go into the Esplanades, I hope they stand up on their own.
While searching for parking along Dock Street, I found an interesting sign of livability next to the Esplanade, at the Thea's Landing : a ground-floor food market, more than four years after the first condo residents moved in.
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Thea's Market opened July 3. It's owned by the people from Dock Street Sandwich Co., which occupies a ground-floor space on the opposite end of Thea's Landing.
Shannon Marshall, the daughter of owners Jim and Jayna Marshall, called the store "a mini Trader Joe's," selling pastas, condiments, cheeses, breads, snacks, and, soon, beer and wine. There's even a few household basics.
"Everyone needs toilet paper," Shannon Marshall said.
Except maybe cats. But, for them, Thea's Market has kitty litter.
Thea's Market: 1717 Dock St., Tacoma. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.
There's no beer or wine yet, but like the sign says, cold beer's sold at the other end of Thea's Landing.