Whenever Tacoma’s North End is mentioned, thoughts often turn to Proctor District, a gem among the city’s bustling neighborhoods. With its easy pace and numerous charms, Proctor has a vibe all its own thanks to the friendly people who live and work there and the variety of things to do for people of all ages and tastes. From the old school Chalet Bowl and unique gifts from “our corner of the world” at Pacific Northwest Shop, to Proctor’s bountiful farmers market, boutique shopping, fine and casual dining options, Proctor District makes T-Town a destination to experience.
Proctor District is also one of the few places to host a year-round farmers market. Not only is the market a beloved place for residents of the district to shop for nutritious foods; it attracts shoppers from far and wide with live music, cooking demonstrations and events. Located at North 27th Street and North Proctor Street, the market is open for business in winter on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (remaining dates are Feb. 9 and March 9). The regular season starts March 23 and runs every Saturday through Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.ProctorFarmersMarket.com.
Proctor District is also a place that offers many conveniences to help get all of your errands done in one place – including a full-service U.S. Post Office on North 27th Street and UPS Store at 2522 N. Proctor. There are numerous banking institutions throughout the district, schools, University of Puget Sound, the Anna Lemon Wheelock branch of the Tacoma Public Library, auto repair services and, of course, plenty of options to grab a bite to eat. Get groceries at Safeway and Metropolitan Market or perhaps visit the widely popular Knapp’s family style restaurant or enjoy Italian favorites at Pomodoro. These are just a few of the choices that the district offers.
With springtime on the way and another beautiful Northwest summer quickly to follow, make a point to explore Proctor District by foot. You’ll discover all sorts of fun things by strolling the sidewalks, including Mason Plaza at the corner of North 26th Street and Adams Street with its 100-year-old oak tree. At Mason Plaza, visitors can learn about Allen C. Mason, who is said to have coined the phrase “City of Destiny.” As noted on the Proctor District webpage, this Tacoma pioneer was the principal developer of Tacoma’s North End. He donated the city’s first public library, developed several major buildings, including the first Elks lodge, and built the first street car line from downtown, through the Proctor District on North 26th Street and on to Point Defiance Park – the same Route 11 used by Pierce Transit today.
Look to the Tacoma Weekly in the coming months, as we focus on Proctor District businesses and people in celebration of how important the district is in helping to make Tacoma great. In the meantime, visit www.TheProctorDistrict.com where you can learn much more about everything this delightful neighborhood.