Flock of Beagles Use Talent for GOOD

The Flock of Beagles are playing their next show January 6th, 7-10pm at Gig Harbor MarKee.  The show will benefit Stand Up for Peninsula Schools (SUP).  www.standup4schools.org.   SUP’s mission is to help promote the passage of Peninsula School District (PSD) bond and levy measures and communicate the funding impacts on our schools and community.  Their efforts help make sure our schools continue to be pillars of the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula communities.

The Flock of Beagles are seasoned musicians from Seattle area coming together to play all the favorite “comfort music” that everyone knows and can sing along – whether you know the words or not. This mixed with less popular B-Side songs (some of us are old enough to know what that means) brings together an amazing repertoire of selections guaranteed to light up everyone’s life, even for only a brief evening together… perfection, honoring the song and attention to detail are the hallmarks of this band.

We remember vividly when Doug approached us about playing at MarKee last year.  He was persistent (sometimes it takes Angie a minute to get to booking!) and also showed up to many other shows to support local artists.  We were new at booking bands and learning a lot about our event nights.  Doug’s persistence paid off and we are grateful for their partnership.   He and his bandmates are full of energy and sound great.  We finally got around to booking them and they have been on the regular rotation ever since.  Not only do they put on a great, high energy show, they are really easy to work with.

About two weeks ago, Steve Swanson, emailed to let us know they would be using their earnings from their 2018 shows to give back to causes they believe in.  They did one benefit show last year at MarKee benefiting Seattle Beagle Rescue and donated $500 for the organization.  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/gateway/g-news/article149828154.html

We said, “AWESOME.”  This is so amazing that they are willing to use their talents to help others, plus let MarKee be part of the process.  When we asked them why…

Swanson said, “Our group has been friends and playing together for many decades in the Puget Sound communities.  Recently, we all decided we wanted to give back to our local region by donating our gig proceeds to our favorite charities.  We selected SUP because of our connection with the local community, The MarKee, your gracious patrons and your friendship and generosity to us for the past few years.  As much as we can, The Flock of Beagles will continue to donate our musical talents and services to those local charities we believe in.”

What do The Flock of Beagles play? Beatles and Eagles (Beatles + Eagles = Beagles), Steely Dan, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Elvis, Stones, Kinks, Van Morrison, CSN and literally hundreds of other songs…

Come by Jan 6th OR anytime you see them playing.  You are supporting others while having FUN!

January 2018 Event Schedule

Check Facebook and our website calendar for events also.

Gig Harbor Super Business Group

The Gig Harbor Super Business Group (GHSBG) is a community oriented business networking group.  Everyone is involved in commerce within their community and the GHSBG nurtures this through weekly meetings and its Facebook page.  Open to anyone & everyone, and the best part, “ITS FREE”.  Join us on Wednesdays 7:30am at http://drinkmarkee.com/faq/ and everyday on  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1604745346458777/ .

Soon after we opened, Kurt Grimmer approached us and asked if his GHSBG could meet at MarKee every Wednesday morning.  We are always willing to try anything and said “sure.”  Little did we know how awesome this group is.   Through this group, we have met amazing members of our greater Gig Harbor/South Sound community.  We see them in the shop supporting us outside of the morning meeting and around town doing business.   From our point of view, this group fits perfectly with MarKee and are honored they choose to meet at MarKee.  Everyone is  excited to learn something new each week, trying to connect with others and support each other.  A true definition of community.

Thank you GHSBG for making our community stronger by connecting PEOPLE doing business.

Finding Balance and Making Choices

MarKee decided to close our Old Town MarKee location on November 1, 2017.    We were open in Old Town for one year and it was a year full of growth for us.  We did our best with the cards that were dealt and feel we found a great solution for everyone involved.   One night we looked at each other while we were closing up late, again, with sick kids at home and said…nope, this isn’t going to work.  We need a better solution.  We made a few phone calls and within three weeks had our solution.   We choose our family and focusing on Gig Harbor MarKee.  We know we can continue to make Gig Harbor MarKee great while still thriving in other areas of our lives.   Thank you all for your continued support on our journey as business owners, business partners, friends, moms, wives and community members.   We look forward to this holiday season full of energy and memory making with our village.





November Events


Catering Platters

We have been working hard to create custom platters for our customers.  We can do a lot of different platter options for pick up or create a custom experience at MarKee.  Ask us about what we can do for your next meeting or party.  Look for a holiday catering menu posted soon.


Gig Harbor October Events

Music at MarKee

MarKee is honored and proud to to support live music in our shops.  We invest a lot of resource into bringing opportunities for the community to support local musicians.  We host open mic nights, Sunday jazz and consistently have live music Friday and Saturday nights.  We encourage you to choose to support our local talent by dropping into MarKee when music is happening.   Buy dinner, coffee, a glass of wine or pint of beer.  Stay all night or pop in for a nightcap.  These choices directly impacts our ability to provide this music consistently.   We believe in bringing people together and also supporting what others are passionate about.   We have so many talented people in our area who genuinely love to share their music.   Check our events calendar on our website to stay up to date on who is playing when!   Bring your children to hear live music in a safe setting.  Bring your girlfriends, partner, friends or come alone.   We strive to provide a welcoming, happening atmosphere.  Music fills our shop many times during the week.   Be part of something special in our community.

September Events

We always have a lot going on at MarKee.  Check our calendar.  Gig Harbor Events Calendar below:


Many people have asked us what we love about MarKee over the past year.  As we continue to love many aspects of our business one theme keeps coming up: our community.   Community is such a broad term and can be looked at through many lenses.  How do we define it?

Monday night we had an event in Gig Harbor that made us say…yes, THIS is what we love to do.  The Gig Harbor High School Speech and Debate team came in to perform a showcase for friends, parents, grandparents, teachers or anyone interested.  While the crowd was a lot of friends and family in supporting the team, we had several customers come in to see what was going on and decide to stay.   The scholars were awesome.  The high school kids in supporting their friends were engaged.  The families were proud.  We had one grandfather tell us how proud he was and excited he was to be able to see his grandchild in action.    Teachers, school board members, the high school superintendent and people from the community came together to support a positive activity in our space.  Nothing could make us happier.  All this while raising a bit of money for the team and their big trip to nationals.

The other piece of this event that we love is that this idea was hatched in a conversation in the shop.  We decided all together…hey, let’s try it.  We don’t know if it will work or if we will raise much money, but yes, let’s try it.

This happens every single day at MarKee.  People interact face to face and share ideas.  This is what community is all about…building relationships, sharing ideas and supporting positive activities.  MarKee loves community in every aspect you can think of.  This is what drives us.  There is no cookie cutter way to make great things happen.  What we are focused on is creating a space where people connect over food and drinks, share ideas and come together to support each other.    Follow our calendar or come by to check out the event board.  We have something going on most days of the week!

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