The Grit City Podcast is a weekly podcast, hosted from Tacoma, WA. - Affectionately called "Grit City" by people who know and love it.
Every Monday we release an episode highlighting business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, and unique characters we know or happen to run into. Most often these are people that we feel personify the blue collar, hard work ethic people associate with “Grit”. Sometimes it's a drug-fueled weirdo that we just met, drunk at a comedy club the night before. No matter what or who we are recording we want you to feel like you're hanging out with friends and taking part in a community of unique and interesting people.
The Grit City Podcast was launched during the summer of 2014 and had over 120 episodes between 2014 and 2017. The founders and original hosts are technology workers who met on the job and bonded over a common interest in the Seattle/Tacoma area. After a short hiatus at the end of 2017, The Grit City Podcast rebooted in 2018 with more friends and family involved. GCP's goal is to become the "Must Listen To" podcast around the Pacific Northwest, with a fan base of people around the world. People who identify with "Grit" and understand that The Reputation is Real.
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Sunday Morning Bit Ideas
This week Scott, Jeff, Justin get together to try out new bits, discuss new happening places coming to Tacoma, and recent news in Tacoma.
00:31 – Scott and Jeff give props to Justin for his intro bit, Jeff talks about his road trip to visit family, and the Jager bombs he’s been enjoying while there. Justin dives into the podcast’s latest bit “Is It Tacoma”, he reads off three headlines, and Scott and Jeff discuss which of the articles are from the area. Scott and Jeff make their first guess and Justin shares which of the headlines is actually from Tacoma.
11:15 – They talk about where the new business Jack + Adeline are opening in Tacoma, Jeff expresses his appreciation of the new bit, and Justin talks about the Tacoma community coming together to save Bob’s Java Jives. Jeff talks about what makes the tea pot special, reflects on how the tea pot was a necessity back in the 50’s and 60’s, and Justin talks about Washington rules around what marijuana stores are allowed to do for advertising. Scott talks about other states that have legalized cannabis and Justin shares a recent article he found in Tacoma News Tribune on a recent marijuana DUI and what the guy had in his possession.
23:15 – Jeff talks on a Smokey and Bandit reboot “Stoney and The Bandit”, Justin shares his new bit idea “Scott Topics”, and Scott talks about recent physics findings. Jeff talks about a recent YouTube video he watched on shankings in prison and Scott explains a recent article he read where the author philosophically proves we’re in a simulation.
35:05 – They discuss if they won the lottery what they would take: the lump sum or an annuity, the fun of pull tabs, and Justin expresses how Scott is the gifted one when it comes to gambling. Jeff talks about how his mom is the “Slot Machine Whisperer”, Scott talks about the biggest jackpot he ever paid while working in gaming, and they close out the episode talking about another GCP great bit covering “Tacompton Files”.
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Jack + Adeline Coming to Pierce County — Jack + Adeline, a bakery and woodworking studio, coming to downtown Tacoma!
Infinite Soups on Facebook — American Restaurant in Tacoma.Bob's Java Jive will survive — Thanks to an outpouring of support, Bob's Java Jive will survive pandemic!Driver busted with 20 pounds of illegal edibles — ‘Double Stuf Stoneo,’ other illegally packaged edibles found during stop, WA cops say.Tacompton Files on Facebook — This page was created to share crime info for the Tacoma area. If you have something to post that is relevant, please do so. Especially camera footage.Tacoma Stories
Saturday Night Grit - The Harbor
On this episode Justin, Scott, and Jeff talk about what they’ve been up to lately, local haps around Tacoma, and Brogan joins the conversation towards the end of the show. Special guest James reads his first GCP Blog at the end of the episode, The Harbor.
01:58 – The guys reflect on the past week’s episode, Justin gives props to Buddy Boy Farms, and talks about getting his first Covid shot. He talks about his hopes for getting together with friends this year, how listeners can tune into GCP live, and how PNW traffic has been picking up lately. Scott talks about the new bus lines that have opened in Seattle, Jeff questions whether that is going to last, and they talk about the uptick in Covid cases. Jeff talks about the dark energies on the land we live on, Justin gives a shout out to their listener James, and his blog The Harbor.
24:58 – Justin talks about the amazing food he got while visiting Sig Brewing, how Dirty Oscars is doing during Covid, and Jeff talks about where he has been out to eat lately. He talks about pressure washing his house, Justin talks about Jeff raging about his neighbors calling him out on his music being too loud, and Scott reflects on listening to himself raging on past episodes. Jeff shares the newest idea on GCP t-shirts, Justin tells listeners where they can send pictures of their pets, and the plans for GCP to attend PNW conventions.
45:57 – They reflect on their past Norwescon visits, how much they miss the parties that happen during the convention, and Jeff talks about the reboot movie of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. He shares how he is working the Virtual Reality kinks out , Justin talks about The Tacoma Smelter Plume project, and they throw out ideas of other people they could have on the podcast. Justin shares the article from Tacoma News Tribune on Russell Wilson, talks about The Queen’s Gambit, and how he got started with Magic Cards.
69:06 – Justin brings up the Satanic Panic, they make plans to go on haunted tours, and Justin shares where he and his wife will be going for their anniversary. He and Scott talk about their plans to visit the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Scott talks about places he has stayed around Nevada, and Brogan jumps in to talking about how everything has been since the recent opening of Cosmic Bottles. The show closes out with their friend James reading his blog “The Harbor”.
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Tacoma Smelter — For almost 100 years, the Asarco Company operated a copper smelter in Tacoma. Sig Brewing Company — FERMENTATION | FOOD | PASSIONRussell Wilson, Seahawks begin girls flag-football in Tacoma | Tacoma News Tribune — Russell Wilson, Seahawks start state’s 1st high school girls flag-football league in TacomaManresa Castle, Port Townsend, Washington — There are reports that hotel rooms 302, 304 and 306 are frequented by two resident ghosts. Russian River Brewing - Award Winning Beers in the Bay Area — Russian River Brewing Company was established in 1997 by Korbel Champagne Cellars among the majestic redwoods in West Sonoma County.
Buddy Boy Farm
This episode was another great one that they were lucky enough to be able to record in person!! They were joined by DJ, Co-Owner, and Galadriel, General Manager, of Buddy Boy Farm. Buddy Boy Farm, located in Eastern Washington, got started in 2013 producing cannabis. The owners of the farm have 40 years of certified organic farming under their belt and use the most natural & organic methods of growing their numerous strains. Their growmasters constantly work toward nourishing & creating the cleanest, finest buds on the planet for their customers. To find out more about where to find Buddy Boy products at a retailer near you, information on touring the farm, or just want to stop by and say hi, check out their website: https://buddyboyfarm.com/.
00:21 – The show kicks off discussing when to use the term “Over” to indicate the end of a conversation, the opening of Brogan’s shop, and GCP’s new offer for Patriots. DJ discusses when Bunny Boy Farms got into the cannabis game, they talk about the different laws tied to growing, Galadriel shares what they produce, and where the business is located. DJ talks about when they got their license, the facilities that they’ve built so far, and how having the background in farming played a key role in the success of Buddy Boy.
13:15 – Jeff talks about using cannabis for the first time, their first trip to Mary Mart, and Galadriel talks about her mind shift in perspective on marijuana after doing marketing for the company. Justin reflects on the episode they had with Jeffs mom and the discussion of marijuana, Galadriel talks about how each of the stores they sell to are different, and the benefit of her and DJ going together to market their products to retail stores. She talks about the value of having amazing people that help out on the farm and where people can find retailers that sell their product.
26:54 – Justin talks about the comeback of vinyl records, Scott and Justin talk about their summer trip plans, and Galadriel and DJ discuss the types of strains The Buddy Boy offers. Jeff shares Clownvis with the guests, Galadriel talks about their preferred CBD for backpain, and the hurdle it is to break in to selling lotions. Jeff talks about the benefits he finds with using cannabis, Galadriel talks about the benefits it has on anxiety, and Justin talks about the help doing the podcast has on his own anxiety.
40:24 – Jeff shares the Friday Night Bowl, Justin talks about the listener love their last episode was getting, and thanks Galadriel and DJ for joining them to talk about their businesses. They talk about the challenges with delivering to places close to the state border, Justin reflects on when he was in Camden, NJ, and Galadriel invites the guys to visit them in July for a tour in addition to enjoying their blueberry wine.
Thanks Galadriel and DJ for the great conversation on information on Buddy Boy Farm. Looking forward to the next time you’re on!
Special Guest: Buddy Boy Farm.
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Buddy Boy Farm on Facebook — Welcome to our beautiful farm that we call home.Buddy Boy Farm (@buddyboyfarm) on Instagram — Must be 21+ to follow & enjoy.Clownvis Presley on GCP — The king of clowns, Clownvis, is in the house!! The Buddy Boy Story — Buddy Boy has a habit of using the most natural & organic methods of growing our numerous strains. GCP - FAIRWINDS Cannabis Episode — This week Steve from Fairwinds joins the guys and they also have a special guest from Yakima who joins the conversation: Jeff’s Mom!
Olowo-n'djo Tchala - Founder and CEO of The Alaffia Foundation
On this episode, the guys talk to Olowo-n'djo Tchala, founder & CEO of The Alaffia Foundation, (TAF). TAF is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to empower African communities through the advancement of Fair Trade, education, sustainable living and gender equality. They execute their Alaffia Empowerment Projects in Togo, West Africa that support Fair Trade producer communities. TAF provides a platform for individuals and organizations around the world to partner with Alaffia, by sharing resources, skills, time and money. This public support is critical to Alaffia impacting more lives in Togo. Empowerment Projects are Alaffia’s mission in action, funded by the sale of their products. Targeted development ensures basic needs are met for a dignified life. This allows Togolese communities to provide their skills and knowledge to the rest of the world and rise out of poverty.
01:21 – Justin shares how listeners can find GCP online, Olowo-n'djo talks about how often he gets to go back home to Togo, and talks about where he grew up in Togo. He discusses when he began to understand ways he could help uplift the African people, what life was like for him as a child in Togo, and explains how that experience has drove him to do what he is doing today. He talks about how TAF came to be, how the creation of the products was a way for them to generate money to support their mission, and how their business not only helped with creating jobs in Africa, it also created jobs locally as well.
13:13 - Olowo-n'djo talks about how he ended up in Olympia, where the name of the company came from, and the real meaning of Alaffia. He talks about what some of the difficulties are in getting out of poverty, the guiding principles of the organization, and the importance of us to see the world as one community. He talks about the importance of having to do multiple things to make an impact on poverty, the reasoning behind planting 90,000 trees, and how deforestation is contributing to starvation.
25:52 - Olowo-n'djo shares that 1 of 16 women in Togo have a chance to loose their life in giving birth, the impact that has on the children they leave behind, and discusses the schools that Alaffia has built. He talks about the other project of donating bicycles Togo, the impact that has on preventing children from dropping out school, and the amount of human trafficking that is happens in Togo. He talks about the importance of family and culture to him, how the company blew up in 2018, and the organizations intent to make their products accessible and affordable to all American communities.
39:08 – Olowo-n'djo talks about the want to give everyone the ability to give in the world, the fact that changes can be made by things as simple as being mindful about what you purchase, and what he does to relax and have fun. He talks about exercising daily being important to him and that though he knows Alaffia has made a huge stride on removing poverty, he always feels like there is more to do. The guys closedown the show reflecting on the amazing conversation.
Thank you Olowo-n'djo for joining the podcast and sharing the awesome things TAF is doing!
Special Guest: Olowo-n'djo Tchala.
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Alaffia — A movement for change.Alaffia (@alaffia) on Instagram — Clean, plant-based & fair trade beautyAlaffia on Facebook — We're cultivating beauty, equality, and empowerment in West Africa. Alaffia aims to alleviate poverty and advance gender equality through the Certified Fair Trade of indigenous resources and community empowerment initiatives.Alaffia (@AlaffiaSkinCare) on Twitter — Our mission: Alleviate poverty & gender inequality in West Africa thru fair trade of sustainable resources, indigenous knowledge & social investment
Saturday Night Grit - Brogan's Bathroom Troubles
They sit down for another GCP Saturday Night Grit and talk sandwiches, Phase 3, the recent break in at one of the major Tacoma Food Banks, and much more.
02:12 – The show kicks off conversing about Brogan’s pain and suffering from the tacos he enjoyed the night before, shares when Cosmic Bottles will be opening, and they break into sandwich chat 2.0. Justin gives his review of his Reuben Pizza, Brogan shares what his favorite sandwich is, and Scott chimes in with his as well. They discuss why the price at Jack In The Box has jumped, Scott talks about his favorite local fermenting place, and Jeff share’s info on his signature brine.
15:55 – Jeff talks about his first experience watching VR porn, they celebrate Pierce County going to Phase 3 starting March 22nd, and Justin shares what Phase 3 means for sports fans. Scott suggests they rent a movie theater soon, they talk about what’s coming up soon for the Patrons, and they discuss their $1 Patreon tier. They talk about what listeners have done with GCP art, the bad impressions they’ve made on Jeff, and discuss the recent break in at the Tacoma Food Bank.
31:20 – They talk about the different business opportunities that have come from Covid, Justin talks about places that have closed because of it, and Brogan changes up his sandwich choice. Jeff talks about the great Pho places in Seattle, they reflect on their bummer birthdays of 2020, and Scott share’s the great breakfast pizza he had earlier.
46:24 – Justin talks about the squares on the Tacompton Files Bingo game, Jeff talks about what’s shared on the Next Door Neighbor app in his area, and what the mating call is of the PNW pot smokers. They talk about where they’ve been lately other than work, Scott talks about places he’s ate out at lately, and encourages Justin to French Toast his pizza leftovers. Justin finishes out the episode sharing the GCP benefits Patreon subscribers get for supporting the podcast and they plan the next Boot To Boot.
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OlyKraut — Local. Fermented. Delicious.St Leo's Food Connection Website — Connecting food, connecting peopleBreak-in, theft lead to temporary closure of Tacoma food bank — Break-in at Tacoma food bank means hungry families and no lunches for school kidsWindy City PieTacompton Files on Facebook — This page was created to share crime info for the Tacoma area. How to French Toast Leftover Pizza
Saturday Night Grit - Sandwich Talk
This time Jeff, Justin, and Scott talk on travel, new brewery’s opening, and their favorite sandwich.
00:18 – Show kicks off with conversation about Justin’s home defense system, Justin gives an update on where Brogan is at with Cosmic Bottles, and talks about the first time he went to Denver. They make plans to go camping, Scott talks about his favorite things to do when camping, and Jeff gives travel trips for those going to Florida. Justin reflects on his trip to Orlando, Jeff talks about the Salvador Dali Museum, and the types of art that is there.
15:01 – Justin gives a shout out to Mary Mart, Scott shares that Dunagan’s Irish Pub and Brewery is opening in Gig Harbor this spring, and they feature a Pickle Review by Scott. They make plans for doing a hot dog blog, Justin talks about his hate as a child of sauerkraut, and his love for Ruben. Jeff expresses his love for the club sandwich, Justin shares what is essential on a Ruben sandwich, and where he’s had the best Ruben.
30:47 – Jeff talks about what to him makes a good club sandwich, the best place to get a Grilled Cheese sandwich, and explains what Wizard Con is. They talk about looking through comic book price guides back in the day, Jeff talks about winning a writers contest when he wrote a script for a comic book. Justin reflects on going to the art institute for a year, Scott talks about what he has been drinking lately, and they reflect on the crazy 2020 year.
44:53 – Jeff shares how The Union Club has recently updated, they talk about Covid vaccines, and Justin officially makes Lemmy GCP’s pet. Scott talks about the recent amazing sandwich he had at 2 Doors Down in Seattle, the restaurant’s great beers to go, and how he appreciates having a beer before taking the train home. He talks about how enjoys finding great places to eat, Justin suggests a new GCP advertisement, and they close the show out talking about what they have going on in the upcoming weeks.
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Salvador Dalí MuseumDunagan Irish Pub & Brewery opening in Gig HarborDunagan Brewing — All active military, police officers, and fire department- will recieve our appreciation as well as a %5 discount with ID. Thank you! Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana! Market Grocery & Deli in SeattleMSM DeliThe Grilled Cheese Grill — Come by for a taste of your childhood. (Unless your childhood sucked, and then we'll let ya have a taste of ours.)Wizard World — We’ve got some of the most exciting events you’ll find anywhere with your favorite characters.2 Doors Down — Two Doors Down originally opened in September 2015 and is owned by Erin Nestor and Rebecca Denk, who also own The BottleNeck Lounge.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Puttin it down for the Town
Y’all crack me up. I love the show.
I think what I like most about this podcast is that it keeps things local and fun. Been listening for a few months now and really enjoy it.
Fantastic local podcast!
Been listening for about a year now, sorry it took so long to leave a review. They feature a variety of guests from the Tacoma area and provide a very approachable outlook into activities, interests and issues around the area. Highly recommend!