GRAND OPENING The Nearsighted Narwhal

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The Nearsighted Narwhal quietly opened their doors earlier this month but this Saturday is when they kick things off with their grand opening. June 28th is the day you can go to this alternative bookstore and see musical performances, live demonstrations of screen-printing and block-printing, local authors and zinesters reading from their collected works, and a table set up to create a page for a huge collaborative zine. Also, did I mention there will be cotton candy?


If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s always their make-your-own-button table where you can sit for hours and create different wearable art for only a buck a pop. This station has been wildly popular with passersby and people of all ages.

The Nearsighted Narwhal is owned by locals Christina Wheeler and Ossain Avila Cardenas. “We wanted a place that not only sold books, but also celebrated the local talent and fostered the creative community.” Says Christina. Specifically selling books, zines, and comics that are independently published by the individual or small presses, they boast 750+ titles that you’re hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Tacoma. Not only written works, they have a healthy dose of art, music, and handmade goods, too.  If the zines and books don’t get you, the general air of creativity and inspiration will soak into your spirit. While you’re at it, they also offer creative and literary workshops, too. To find out more, visit

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Nerd Owners Christina Wheeler & Ossain Avila Cardenas

Christina & Ossain are Spaceworks participants and have been attending the Spaceworks creative enterprise training program.  It was during this time they began scouting for spaces on their own and managed to find a perfect location for their business in the heart of the Sixth Avenue business district.  Come check out this marvelous, and unique new addition to our city!

The Nearsighted Narwhal
2610A 6th Ave Tacoma, WA 98406


Sunday 11 – 6
Monday Closed
Tuesday-Thursday 10 – 7
Friday-Saturday 10 – 9