Many residents of the area are under the impression that Ruston is part of Tacoma, but it is actually its own city. The entire town is less than .4 square miles and only has about 800 people and 350 households. Ruston is surrounded by the city of Tacoma on 3 sides, and the 4th side is right up against Commencement Bay. The town was originally a small encampment on the shores, but eventually it developed into a town that was supported by the smelting industry.
The neighborhoods offer adorable homes with porches and scenic views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain Range. Ruston naturally falls into the Tacoma Public School District which has 10 high schools, 11 middle schools, and 36 elementary schools. There are also 10 alternative programs offered in Tacoma.
Antique Sandwich Co.
The Antique Sandwich Co. is a popular meeting place for locals who love good food, music, and pie. This sandwich shop first began as a family business back in 1973 by two sisters-in-law. Antique Sandwich Co. is still running over 45 years later, serving delightful breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffees, and desserts.
Point Ruston consists of a three-mile-long scenic pathway along the waterfront that offers panoramic views of the bay. All kinds of people use this trail such as joggers, walkers, bikers, and roller-bladers. “ART at Point Ruston” is a nonprofit organization that is focused on bringing art to the community. Point Ruston’s stunning waterfront backdrop offers an awe-inspiring setting for artists to exhibit their work.
You can find many stores, restaurants, and sources of entertainment at Point Ruston including a Century theater, a skating rink, a children’s spray park, a farmer’s market, sushi, burgers, and ice cream!
Cole’s Bar & Grill
This neighborhood bar lies in the heart of the town of Ruston in an elegant historical building that is home to some of Ruston's well-known events including The Idle Hour and Cole's Oasis. After a fire damaged the bar, it has been completely refurbished from bricks that were taken from a street in Seattle’s International District to the original unharmed beams in the classy backlit bar. The dark wood and fireplaces create a warm and cozy atmosphere to enjoy cocktails, wine, or 1 of 16 on-tap craft beer.
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