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: Sunday Sermon - Jury Duty and Jeffrey Crocker

    March 20th, 2024  |  1 hr 1 min
    adultingrocks, baking, birthday, breakfast, buddy's chicken and waffles, concerts, cosmic bottles, el corazon, girl trouble, jeff's capades, jeffrey crocker, jury duty, mcmenamins, spanish ballroom, weekly volcano

    This time the guys chat about jury duty, Jeff’s Capades, cooking stories, Buddy’s Chicken and Waffles, and Girl Trouble's 40th Anniversary.

  • GCP: Sunday Sermon - Strange State Facts, Pecans, and Chicken & Waffles

    March 13th, 2024  |  1 hr 3 mins
    buddy's chicken and waffles, burbs burgers, burger king, burgers, closings, conservatory, dogs, dusty's, fish, food, in and out, karpeles manuscript museum, manifester, mcdonalds, nerd talk, pecans, pecon punch, scott topics, steven tyler's toes, whopper

    This week the hot topics of discussion include including Buddy’s Chicken and Waffles, state statistics, Picon Punch, the sad closure of the Manuscript Library Museum, and the new look coming to the Proctor District.

  • GCP: Sunday Sermon - Board Games, Trivia, and Putt Stuff

    March 6th, 2024  |  1 hr 12 mins
    board games, brainy acts, call to haul, commuting, crypticon, is it tacoma, putt stuff, rage rooms, scott topics, side piece kitchen, sunday sermon, trivia

    On this Sunday Sermon, the guys get together to talk about how they survive the commute, the Tacoma Trivia Game, Is It Tacoma, and upcoming plans.

  • GCP: Side Piece Kitchen

    February 28th, 2024  |  1 hr 17 mins
    bangin’ biscuits, biscuit tips, carillo, chef mentor, coaster questions, customer experience, dank af cheesecake, dante hernandez, frisco freeze, grassroots advertisement, hailey hernandez, happy birthday, kickstarter, late-night food options, pickle cheesecake, quality products, restaurant design, restaurant knock-offs, side piece kitchen, tacoma

    It’s finally happening!! Owners Hailey Hernandez, Dante Hernandez, and Sous Chef Ivan Carillo from Side Piece Kitchen sit down with the guys to talk food, how the place came to be, future plans, and much more!! Side Piece Kitchen specializes in Bangin’ Biscuits & Dank AF Cheesecake.

  • GCP: Urban Wildlife with Suzanne Akerman

    February 21st, 2024  |  1 hr 7 mins
    animal conservation, animal drive-by, caster questions, cat calendar, charcuterie boards, drinking for conservation, elephant & sea lion, gcp cats, horse riding, lunchables, mushroom on frog, opossum pronunciation, ostrich sighting, parthenogenesis, point defiance zoo & aquarium, proctor polar bear crawl, suzanne akerman, swimming lessons, wild burros, wild wonders outdoor theater, zoo snooze

    Friend of the podcast, Suzanne Akerman, is in the house, giving us the scoop on her wild adventures and spreading the word about the upcoming Proctor Polar Bear Crawl!

  • GCP: Saturday Night Grit

    February 14th, 2024  |  1 hr 2 mins
    affordable housing tension, apple vision pros, bridge parking, california, cpr training, earthquake, exercise bike, gcp grit-fit, grand opening, heineken, howdy bagels re-opening, jeff, live listening party, lunar theories, lunar wave, narrows bridge stroll, parking challenges, scott topics, slightly furry beverage company, tacoma, underwater tunnels, virginia, vr integration

    This week the crew gets together to discuss getting fit, urban exploring, Narrows Bridge adventures, Tacoma news, and Scott Topics!

  • GCP: Friday Night Hangout - Tools and Adult Coloring Books

    February 7th, 2024  |  1 hr 7 mins
    apple fritter toasting, bloody horror movies, community love, community volunteering, cosmic bottles, fix it night, gcp adult coloring book, jeffs capades, live hangout, magic the gathering, magic the gathering issues, pacific grill closure, patreons, peaks and pints competition, podcast life, scott topics, sliders launch, tacoma food scene, tacoma tool library, wizards poker

    This time Brogan joins the conversation, they chat about Tacoma Tool Library, business openings and closures post-COVID, Jeff’s Capades, Scott Topics, the happs at Cosmic Bottles, and a ton more!

  • GCP: Sunday Sermon - Local Happenings, Food, and Drama

    January 31st, 2024  |  1 hr 3 mins
    animal antics, armed robberies, backyard wildlife, best of washington drama, blood bowl game, buddy's chicken and waffles, capybara alligator hangouts, community changes, community vibes, critter encounters, cyberpunk dystopia, diy hacks, fruit roll ups, galactic druid treats, hangover stories, odd otter updates, opossum facts, pickle shots, podcast life, police chases, raccoon posse, rubik's cube mastery, side piece kitchen, social media marketing, spokane night life, summer plans, tacompton files podcast, wall painting tips

    This time the crew talks Tacoma businesses, social media drama, Putt Stuff, Tacompton Files Podcast, animal antics, and much, much, more!

  • GCP: Saturday Night Grit - Hamburger Wars and Conventions

    January 24th, 2024  |  1 hr 13 mins
    90s bands, burger battles, burger ranch, concerts, crypticon, devil doll, music, norwescon, radiskull, shockwave, skateworld, the question

    This time the guys share the sad news of Skateworld Tacoma's closure, Crypticon, burger battles, concerts, and much more!

  • GCP: Saturday Night Grit - VR Fitness, Palm Springs, and Prison Pen Pals

    January 17th, 2024  |  1 hr 18 mins
    buddies chicken and waffles, caged inmates website, community loss, community support, five nights at freddy's, gcp anniversary, gcp journey, gcp reflections, hockey game thrills, howdy bagel memories, love after lockup, mini golf joy, motion sickness prevention, overkill lounge opening, palm springs adventure, palm springs escape, pen pals, podcast life, prison pen pal chronicles, saturday night grit, side piece kitchen collab, virtual fitness, virtual reality adventures, vr putt stuff

    Brogan joins this Saturday Night Grit conversation, they discuss Love After Lockup, virtual fitness, the crew's plan to visit Palm Springs, GCP over the years and the recent sad loss of the community.

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

    January 10th, 2024  |  1 hr 7 mins
    art, boxing, home depot white guy, missed connections, new year's eve, olympics, otters, small business, sports, unleashed

    On this episode, the guys talk about the Tacoma business closures and new ones opening, the rocking New Year's Eve party, Erik chats about sports, and they close out discussing Missed Connections.

  • GCP: New Years Eve 2023

    January 3rd, 2024  |  56 mins 51 secs
    new year's eve, putt stuff, rusty, tacompton files, union club

    This off-the-cuff episode celebrates the beginning of the New Year, reflecting on 2023, and plans for 2024. You'll also catch hints of karaoke performances.