The Grit City Podcast

The Premier Business, Community, Entertainment, and Nightlife Podcast. Hosted from The Grit City - Tacoma, Washington! Located in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

About the show

The Grit City Podcast is a weekly audio experience like no other! Hosted from the vibrant city of Tacoma, Washington - also known as "Grit City," our show has been entertaining and informing listeners since 2014. And what a ride it's been!

Every week, we release a new episode that introduces you to the dynamic and inspiring individuals who call the Pacific Northwest home. From local business owners and entrepreneurs to authors, artists, and unique characters, our guests embody the hard-working, blue-collar spirit that Grit City is known for. And let's not forget the occasional drug-fueled weirdo we may have met at a comedy club the night before!

The Grit City Podcast first launched back in the summer of 2014 and quickly built a loyal fanbase of listeners who appreciated the show's unique perspective on the Seattle/Tacoma area. After a brief hiatus in 2017, the podcast was rebooted in 2018, with even more friends and family members involved. It quickly regained its "must listen to" status and went on to deliver an impressive 275 episodes and counting, delivering over 280 hours of audio content to our fans since. With no signs of slowing down soon!

Our mission at The Grit City Podcast is simple: to bring the hard-working spirit of the Pacific Northwest to the world and have a good time doing it! We aim to create a community of listeners who understand and appreciate the concept of "grit". With a focus on local business owners, entrepreneurs, and unique characters, sprinkled with a good dose of humor, The Grit City Podcast is a one-of-a-kind audio experience that you won't want to miss.

So, if you're looking for a weekly dose of inspiration, laughter, and a celebration of the human spirit, look no further than The Grit City Podcast! Subscribe now and join us for the ride!

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  • GCP: Hangout - Black Friday

    November 29th, 2023  |  1 hr 29 mins
    ai wild west, andrew callaghan, animatronics, black friday, car theft, channel 5, chucky cheese, five nights at freddy's, hangout, is it tacoma, openai, public transportation, small business saturday

    On this episode the crew discusses Black Friday, Is It Tacoma, AI Wild West, OpenAI, and Chucky Cheese getting rid of their animatronics.

  • GCP: Grit City Comic Show - Part 2

    November 22nd, 2023  |  1 hr 48 mins
    artist, author, church cantina, convention, cosmic bottles, creator, drunksgiving, grit city comic show, hellbound slant 6, is it tacoma, ken carlson, rusty, sos wrestling, wrestling

    This episode is a continuation of their visit to the Grit City Comic Convention. They get a chance to talk to the guys from SOS Wrestling, Ken Carlson, friend of the podcast and creator of Hellbound Slant 6, and they go deep in the nerd talk with another friend of the podcast Rusty the Comedian.

  • GCP: Grit City Comic Show

    November 15th, 2023  |  1 hr 19 mins
    artist, author, c.m. kane, convention, die cut stickers, grit city comic show, justin hunt, keith, ninjawitch

    On this special episode, the guys discuss their time at the Grit City Comic Show, recap interviews they were able to catch at the con that included local author C.M. Kane, local artist Justin Hunt, and Keith from Die Cut Stickers.

  • GCP: Sunday Sermon - Duels, Burgers, and Pinball

    November 8th, 2023  |  1 hr 5 mins
    bars, bonus question, derek’s anniversary, grit city comic show, guns, news, oculus, pinball, tacoma shooting, video games, vr

    This time, the guys talk about Tacoma making national news, Derek’s anniversary, their excitement for the Grit City Comic Show, and close out by revealing the bonus question.

  • GCP: Sunday Sermon

    November 1st, 2023  |  1 hr 3 mins
    bonus, camp bar, chi town pizza, discord, gaming, grit city comic show, horizon worlds, oculus, pizza, tacoma news, the question, vr

    On this episode, the crew chats about the upcoming Grit City Comic Show, Oculus and gaming, Chicago-style pizza, hot Tacoma news, and new bonus material.

  • GCP: Saturday Night Grit - Happening Things

    October 25th, 2023  |  1 hr 18 mins
    bad driver stickers, camp bar, discord, grit city comic show, is it tacoma, karaoke, saturday night grit, shroom bros, sng

    This time, the crew talks about upcoming plans, Justin and Derek’s visit to the Dark Heart Barber Collection, Is It Tacoma, bad driver stickers, and all things gaming.

  • GCP: Bright Eyes Photography - Jody Ellen Akerman

    October 18th, 2023  |  1 hr 56 secs
    art, bright eyes photography, cats, ghosts, jody ellen akerman, mcmenamins, music, photography, puyallup, small business, spanish ballroom, steampunk

    On this episode, Jody Ellen Akerman, owner of Bright Eye’s Photography sits down with the crew. Bright Eye’s Photography is located in Puyallup at 116 S Meridian #A. Their mission is to take absolutely captivating portraits of their customers that even they didn't know could be possible! Find them online and make your appointment today for a photo shoot consultation!

  • GCP: Dark Heart Barber Collective

    October 11th, 2023  |  1 hr 4 mins
    barber shop, barbers, barbie movie, chicago, dark heart barber collective, hairstyles, shane, tito

    Shane and Tito, owners of the recently opened barber shop in Tacoma, Dark Heart Barber Collective, sit down with the GCP crew on this episode. Shane is an artist when it comes to crafting effortlessly stylish hairstyles and Tito's diverse clientele is a testament to his versatility and inclusive approach. Check them out on their website and Instagram.

  • GCP: Hangout - The Grit City Mascot?

    October 4th, 2023  |  46 mins 42 secs
    grit city comic show, hangout, mascot, public transportation, union club

    This time the guys hangout at the Union Club and talk public transportation, the Grit City Comic Show, and Tacoma’s new unofficial mascot.

  • GCP: Sunday Sermon - Onalaska, Sports, and Missed Connections

    September 27th, 2023  |  1 hr 2 mins
    airbnb, dockyard derby dames, jeff’s anniversary, missed connections, onalaska, roller derby

    This time, the crew chats about Justin's Dungeons and Dragons adventures, Jeff’s anniversary, Roller Derby season, other sports around Tacoma, GCP live events, and Tacoma Missed Connections.

  • GCP: Sunday Sermon - Fair Food & Sushi

    September 20th, 2023  |  1 hr 12 mins
    alma, excalibur, fat zachs, food, grit city grub, nbd, no big dill, pickles, robots, sunday sermon, sushi, tacoma astronomical society, the fair, tournament of kings, turkey legs, vegas

    On this episode, the guys chat about Grit City Grub, Washington Fair, Vegas, the sad news of ALMA’s final show at the end of October, and the upcoming Grit City Comic Show.

  • GCP: Saturday Night Grit - Tacoma Aroma

    September 13th, 2023  |  1 hr 13 mins
    discord, gaming, good news edition, grit city comic show, is it tacoma., pax west, saturday night grit, seattle freeze, sng, tacoma aroma

    This week the guys discuss the aromas of Tacoma, upcoming events for the podcast, and take a positive spin on Is It Tacoma.