The Grit City Podcast

The Premier Pacific Northwest Community, Entertainment, and Nightlife Podcast. Casual talk and events hosted from Tacoma, Washington!

About the show

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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  • Edgar Valentine

    November 18th, 2019  |  47 mins 46 secs
    blown away, edgar valentine, glassblower, glassblowing, netflix, tacoma glassblowing studio

    Edgar Valentine is a glassblower from Tacoma, WA. Currently, he is teaching beginning and intermediate glassblowing at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. He recently was on the Netflix Original Series “Blown Away”.

  • Harts Services

    November 11th, 2019  |  53 mins 34 secs
    careers, commercial, entrepreneurs, harts services, plumbers, plumbing, residential, sewer., small business, tacoma, trade

    Tim, Richard and Dan from Harts Services join the podcast. Harts Services is a Tacoma Plumbing company that formed in 2013. The companies aim is to provide professional, top quality, value-added solutions that customers can rely on at competitive rates. They maintain a highly trained and motivated staff to deliver these things with courtesy and precision. Hart Services provides support to areas up to 30 miles from Tacoma, WA. Visit their website at:

  • Jean-Pierre Garcia with Real Art Tacoma

    November 4th, 2019  |  58 mins 1 sec
    501(c)(3), all ages, business, diy, event space, jean-pierre garcia, music venue, non profit, real art tacoma, screen printing, tacoma, volunteer

    Jean-Pierre Garcia joins the guys to talk about Real Art. Real Art Tacoma is a volunteer ran 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides an all ages event space and music venue. To find out more information on upcoming events or how to volunteer, find them online at:

  • Brian Halquist - Battle at The Boat 124

    October 28th, 2019  |  30 mins 11 secs
    andre keys, battle at the boat, boxing, brian halquist, cagesport, emeral queen casino, eqc, fighting, mixed martial arts, mma

    Brian Halquist and boxer Andre Keys, join the guys to talk boxing in Tacoma and the upcoming Battle at the Boat happening on November 9th at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Brian Halquist Productions is the Northwest premiere fight promotion company, promoting fights and concerts for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest. Andre Keys, is a Main Event fighter at Battle at The Boat 124. He is a welterweight from Tacoma with an 11-1 record.

  • Ethan HD

    October 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins
    ethan hd, professional wrestling, wrestling

    Ethan HD rejoins GCP for a second time to catch up on what has been going on since he joined them on one of the GCP Classic Episodes. Ethan HD is a pro wrestler, international pro wrestling coach, stand-up comedian, former rapper and entrepreneur. He performs locally and around the world, follow him on his social media to find out where he will be next!

  • Jaimie Cordero from Espionage Cosmetics

    October 14th, 2019  |  58 mins 38 secs
    entrepreneur, espionage cosmetics, jaimie cordero, kickstarter, mentors, sba, score, small business, tacoma

    This time the guys sit down with CEO Jaimie Cordero from Espionage Cosmetics. Espionage Cosmetics sells nerd based nail wraps, makeup, accessories, and tools. You can find more information on the products by visiting them online at:

  • Steve's Drunk History - Education

    October 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 23 mins
    drunk history, ghosts, mcneil island, steve dunkelberger, steve's drunk history

    Steve has been a working journalist for more than 20 years at various publications around the Puget Sound. In addition to being a journalist, he is also a judge for the Society of Professional Journalists National Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Awards. He has also has given lectures in the area on issues facing journalists, is a member of the Knights of the Pythias, and offers Drunken History tours of Tacoma. Steve has written two history books on the city of Lakewood and has just published his newest book on McNeil Island.

  • Scanners with Rusty and Ken

    September 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins
    church cantina, comedy, dead drift, ken carlson, movies, penny palabras, roscoe the junkyard cat, rusty

    Rusty and Ken join the guys to talk about the 1981 movie Scanners.

    Ken Carlson is a PNW writer, director, and producer that likes “telling stories and hopes to one day create some that won’t bore you to death”. He has written and directed Dead Drift, Penny Palabras, and his latest comedy show, Roscoe the Junkyard Cat. Rusty is a PNW comedian, co – owner of Church Cantina, and longtime friend of the Grit City Podcast.

  • Tacoma Film Festival 2019

    September 23rd, 2019  |  46 mins 26 secs
    art, film blue mouse, grand cinema, independent film, tacoma film festival, tff, weird elephant

    David Dinnell and Tanya Tran from the Tacoma Film Festival join the guys to talk about the upcoming event happening on October 3rd – 10th. Established in 2006, the film festival presents a lively week of films, workshops, events, and discussions. Tacoma Film Festival programming is a unique blend of audience and industry programming that empowers all who attend to connect with creators.

  • Urban Business Support

    September 16th, 2019  |  47 mins 34 secs
    501(c)3, diversity, gentrification, non-profit, oliver scott, small business, urban business support

    Oliver Scott from Urban Business Support joins the guys for this episode. He is the executive director of the organization, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit that gives businesses in gentrifying communities the resources to adapt, survive, and grow in the changing marketplace emerging around them to retain diversity of business ownership.

  • Tacoma Sirens

    September 9th, 2019  |  58 mins 38 secs
    pacific northwest rugby football union, pnrfu, rugby, tacoma sirens, usa, women’s teams

    Tacoma Sirens are part of the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (PNRFU), a competitive league including over 10 Women’s teams, and are also members of USA Rugby. Women of all shapes and sizes are welcome, their team is always looking for new players and no experience is necessary, they will teach you. They encourage people in the community to come out and join in the fun! Those looking for more information can find them online at:

  • Tacoma Hounds (Tacoma Gaelic Athletic Co-Op)

    September 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    camogie club, gaa, gaelic athletics association, gaelic football, hurling, sports, tacoma gaelic athletic co-op, tacoma hounds, tgac

    This time the guys sit down with Sean, Kevin, Alex, and John from the local Hurling, Gaelic football, and Camogie club, The Tacoma Hounds, which are supported by Tacoma Gaelic Athletic Co-op, TGAC. TGAC is a 501c3 (Pending) organization dedicated to supporting GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association) competition through the development of and support provided to amateur athletes residing in the Tacoma Metropolitan, Pierce County, and Greater South Sound areas.