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Member Spotlight: Lovetta Porchia, Miss Thick and Thin Mobile Boutique

Tell us about your business! Miss Thick and Thin Mobile Boutique is a mobile fashion truck that turned into a pop up shop. I love fashion and I love having a place for people to come find today’s trends for a great price. What was your inspiration to get started, and who would benefit from …

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Directions & Parking Info for Surge South Visitors

If you meet clients or visitors at Surge South, it’s not always obvious to people A) what this building is and B) where to go once they arrive. Streamline the process by sending them directions ahead of time so they know exactly where to park and how to get inside. You can download a PDF …

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Member Spotlight: Emerald City Taxes

What do you do and why do you do it? I am a credentialed tax professional who specializes in individual and small businesses returns. I want to be a resource for any and all taxpayers in the greater Seattle / Tacoma area and for them to have full trust that their taxes are filed correctly and …

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Surge Stories March 2021

Welcome to Surge Stories! What is Surge Stories, you may ask? Surge Stories is a series that talk about past members who were at any of the 3 Surge facilities. We share their stories as to why they choose Surge, share their thoughts about the region, and about their success. These businesses and individuals graduated …

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Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Your First Ad Campaign with Humming

What is Humming? Want to increase your advertising (beyond Google and Facebook ads) without hiring an expensive marketing firm? Our partnership with Tacoma-based startup Humming gives you the tools to easily launch digital advertising campaigns right from the Surge website. The Surge/Humming platform helps you create, target and place ads, and stay updated on how …

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Member Spotlight: Gabriel McCrary, Leap Lingo

HARNESS THE POWER OF ONLINE LEARNING The Leap Lingo platform uses the latest technology tools, including artificial intelligence (AI) to help English language learners improve their communication ability. Learning a new language is no different than learning how to ride a bike or playing the piano. It is important for English language learners to have access to the tools needed …

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SURGE Tacoma Nearby Food and Drink

We have started putting together a map of all the local restaurants and shops in Downtown Tacoma, Hilltop, Lincoln District and the surrounding area to inspire our Surge Tacoma members to try new places! Check out the map here and if you have any suggestions for places to add, let us know! Post updated 10/20/2020. …

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Member Spotlight: Elke Schwartz, JOB Community Services

Tell us about your business!  JOB Community Services began as an inspiration to help individuals overcome many of the barriers faced when seeking employment. Those barriers are different for everyone and range from disabilities to involvement in the justice system. We are here to help you identify and move past your specific barriers and help …

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Member Spotlight: Life Path Counseling, PLLC

Tell us about yourself and your business! Life Path Counseling, PLLC is a mental health private practice in Tacoma that provides counseling services to individuals, couples and families in an effort to help alleviate problems related to mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns. The practice works with various employee assistance programs, where clients can seek therapy free of …

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Tacoma Developer Tackles Affordable Housing by Converting Hotel to Micro-Apartments

Tacoma WA – The City of Destiny has a new affordable housing apartment complex. Eli Moreno, CEOof Surge Tacoma states “Housing affordability has become a critical issue that we can no longer ignore,and we should all do our part to try to solve it”, so Moreno bought a disheveled hotel needingrehabilitation. He and his team …

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"Initially, I came to SURGE to get away from my wife’s three cats. After the 15th time they ran across my keyboard and messed up a piece of content I was working on, I knew it was time for my own space. Coffee shops were an option, but I got tired of drinking a gallon of coffee every day and I didn’t like leaving my laptop unattended when I had to use the bathroom (it was so much coffee). I saw an ad for SURGE and called them up for a tour. The Community Manager showed me around, and I signed up right away. For the price, the amenities you get at SURGE are the best deal in Tacoma. My revenue has grown 10x since I joined in February 2016, a large part of that due to the professional atmosphere, the location, and the support they offer. If you want to take your business to the next level, SURGE has the tools to help you do it. When you take your tour, stop by and say ‘Hi!"



"I have been a SURGE member since early 2016. Having a nice workspace, outside of my home is essential for me. Having a community of people to connect with professionally and personally makes it an enjoyable place to be. I recommend SURGE Tacoma to anyone looking for coworking in the area."

Krystina Jarvis

Owner, A Drop in the Ocean

"SURGE has been incredible. I honestly initially chose it because I needed a mailing address for my business, but now, the value I get out of being a member is worth every penny. As a Cafe member, I love the flexibility with where I work. My current favorite spot overlooks the city, and as the sun sets on Mt. Rainier–there’s just no better way to end a work day. I also love knowing that as my business grows, my membership can grow with me into a dedicated desk or office. The monthly member events are great for meeting new people and seeing the diversity of businesses in the space. I would recommend SURGE to anyone currently based out of their home who needs a place to get work done besides their couch - entrepreneurs, students, authors, artists, anyone. Although working in sweatpants at home is nice on occasion, I’ve found that my productivity is boosted significantly when I’m at SURGE."

Terrilski Davis

Owner, Platoon 720 Credit and Business Formations

"I chose SURGE after discovering its existence online while searching for office space outside of my home. I needed not just an office building, or coworking space, but a community. Hands down SURGE provides that community for business owners in any industry to come and feel welcomed in an environment that’s conducive for growth without threat of competition, but collaboration and genuine networks. I would totally recommend it for any startup business that needs to expand not just their company but their productivity with peace of mind."

Jayson Owens

Financial Advisor with Bright Road Wealth Management

"I chose Surge because my previous 'executive office' management company was literally the worst! Stuffy and unworkable. I called Surge on Friday afternoon at 4:30pm looking for conference space after finding out that my previous company had canceled my bookings for the next week! They were able to get me signed up and saved all those meetings!

Since the beginning the staff has been so helpful and flexible. I work a lot of evenings and weekends and having access to the building has made my business possible! I love the energy here and the opportunity for spontaneous conversation in the kitchen."

"I've been working at SURGE Tacoma for a little over 2 years now and love it! I enjoy showing up every day to get things done and grow my business!"

"I just wanted to reach out and thank you for setting up SURGE. Being at SURGE helped me build confidence and work in an efficient space and I do not think I would have grown as much as I have in the last year and a half it was not for being here."

"​For me, coming to SURGE is my getaway. I can’t imagine being secluded at home and trying to work with the kids. All moms that work at home should try it–even just once a week 😊"


"I loved my time at SURGE and look forward to reconnecting with you again! Thank you so much for the time I spent there and for having such a great environment to work in!"

Will Manzanares

Owner, Will Talks Biz

"I chose SURGE because it was local and central. You guys were nicer than some of the other places–personality wise–and when I saw the prices in Seattle, I was like, that is ridiculous. The price is right for what I am trying to do. I also thought, wouldn’t my skill set help most of the start-ups here? I have been so used to doing things out of my house, this helps separate home from work. I wanted to experience a coworking space, and it is better than a coffee shop. I also chose it because you are more flexible than other spaces. Coworking spaces are for those who need to be driven by going to a work place, and they can’t separate their home life and their work life."