Live Like Locals From Day One: Our Teams' Best Businesses in the JBLM Area

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Live like locals, from day one. That’s our motto here at BaseHubs. One of the biggest stressors when it comes to moving with the military is leaving behind all your go-tos. So long to your favorite coffee shop, your weekly date night spot, and everything in between. Lucky for you, BaseHubs is here to help. BaseHubs team members Sonia and Cheryl know exactly what it's like to PCS to a new duty station; because they've both done it. As a welcome gift to you, they have put together a list of their favorite local businesses to help you hit the ground running and embrace the incredible community this area has to offer!

Children's Museum at JBLM

The first children’s museum on a U.S. military installation in the world! This museum focuses on supporting children’s growth through hands-on exploration and exciting exhibits.

Topside & Coffee Cabin

A delicious bar & grille upstairs with an adorable coffee shop downstairs; this is literally the perfect spot! The coffee shop boasts fresh baked goods and the BEST sandwiches. Upstairs you'll find top notch cuisine with Pacific Northwest inspiration.

The Summit Shoppe

This non-profit gift shop and party rental service is run by the Spouses Club of Lewis-McChord. From art prints, to books, to pottery, they’ve got the perfect gift or keepsake to perfectly represent the JBLM community!

Bliss Small Batch Creamery

This ice cream haven proves that ‘good things come in small batches’. Their ice creams are made with all-natural ingredients, and include plenty of dairy-free options!

Cactus Restaurant

Southwest cuisine enthusiasts, look no further. This restaurant has a great atmosphere, great drinks, and of course amazing food!  They are always rotating seasonal favorites into their already impressive menu.

Point Defiance Aquarium & Zoo

Talk about a fun day out! Connect with and learn about all of the animals and aquatic life at Point Defiance. There are also playgrounds and a carousel to check out! Once you're done exploring the zoo, be sure to check out Point Defiance Park, with gardens, trails, beaches and more.

Craft Theory

Craft Theory offers a range of art classes for both children and adults. Signing up for a class is a great opportunity to get out and about, create something fun, and meet some awesome people!

Forward Operating Base Brewery

This local brewery is "crafting beers as bold, courageous and honorable as the men and women of our military!" Need we say more?

SGT Hart’s BBQ Sauce

A long time supporter of BaseHubs and a staple of this community, SGT Hart’s BBQ Sauce is “The tastes that welcome you home!”. Once to start cooking with these flavors you’ll never go back, they’re certified delicious! SGT Hart’s is Veteran-owned and huge supporters of our military community.

Hands on Children’s Museum- Olympia

A short drive from home, this museum is sure to be your kiddo’s new favorite day trip! The Hands on Children's Museum offers participatory exhibits & programs on art & science for kids. They even have an outdoor space to run around and burn off some energy. Create and paint, build a house, explore the fabulous forest, and more!

27 West

Looking to re-vamp your wardrobe? Local Military Spouse - Owned  boutique 27 West has all the latest trends and timeless pieces you could need to lock down your new look. As a busy mom, owner Stephanie understands the need to feel good and look put together. Stephanie personally picks out each piece with fit, feel, quality and affordability in mind.

Pine & Moss

Make your house a home with the help of Pine & Moss! This local shop fuses Southern sensibility with the Northwestern spirit inspired by tradition, artists, and the styles of both regions. They have everything you need for ‘living and giving’: adorable home decor and fantastic gifts!

Mason’s Cheesecake Co.

Introducing the tastiest treats of the Puget Sound: Mason's Cheesecake Co! Who doesn't love a good cheesecake? They have everything from your timeless original flavors, to more daring ones like Rocky Road S'mores. They even have vegan options. These cheesecakes are truly great for any occasion.

When you visit these amazing local gems, make sure to let us know what you think by writing reviews on BaseHubs! You can download the app here: . If you share pics on social media be sure to use our hashtag #BaseHubsExplores. We welcome you to our incredible community and hope you find yourself feeling at home in no time!

Welcome to JBLM!

- The BaseHubs Team