About Us

About Us

grit grit n: courage and resolve; strength of character; firmness of mind or spirit

Grit City Magazine was founded on the notion that Tacoma has good stories to tell. We explore the places that define it, pay homage to the history that built it, and celebrate the people who make it what it is today. This is a city of makers and craftsmen, artists and philosophers, natives and newcomers, dreamers and doers, and above all, grit. If you have a story to tell, we want to hear it.

Email us at: editor@gritcitymag.com

Our story

Grit City Magazine began telling Tacoma’s stories online in 2017, right here on gritcitymag.com. In early September of 2018 our first print edition was made. All 253 copies of that limited run sold out during preorders.

Along with continuing to tell stories on our site and through social media our print publication is produced quarterly. Hard copy 2 was released in December 2018, and our third print edition is due out March 2019. Preorders welcome.

Meet the team


Co-Editor: Sara Kay runs this shit. Or, at least, 50% of this shit. She’s been writing for a decade-ish and consistently wins arguments over magazine content based on sound logic and reasoning.

Sara once saw Emilio Estevez at a payphone in Hollywood. He turned around and tipped his hat and she was like, “EMILIOOOO!” The Mighty Duck man, I swear to God. Wait… No. That was from A Night at the Roxbury. She did meet Steve Carell though. For real.

Sierra square

Co-Editor: Sierra Hartman runs approximately 50% of this shit and is prone to dramatically slapping the table when in danger of losing an argument about magazine content.

He’s constantly afraid of being outed as a California transplant but pretty much does it on his own by bitching non-stop about how many IPAs there are in the PNW. Sierra’s life is basically the same story as “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash, except his dad didn’t leave and he kinda sucks at fighting.

Will square

Co-founder: William Manzanares IV is about the closest thing you’ll find to a real life Michael Scott. He’s been an entrepreneur since he was a kid, selling stuff out of his room to his family.

When he wanted to learn more about fancy cigars, he flew a bunch of his employees to Nicaragua for five days. When he wanted to celebrate all the cool things he knew about Tacoma, he started Grit City Magazine. Though Will has since moved on to other ventures, he’s a good man to know. In fact, he was named one of South Sound Magazine‘s 40 under 40 in 2018. Find him at williammanzanares.com.