Thursday, April 29, 2010


I've been working day and night the last few weeks starting up a new business, Tango Zulu Imports, selling handcrafted goods from (mostly) West Africa as well as Nepal & Tibet.  Between that and training for the marathon the garden is a little neglected, but it seems to be muddling through.  The chard and kale are pretty delighted with the cool spring we're having but I am despairing of ever getting my tomato seedlings out of my bathroom.

Anyway...I have leased a 147 year old house in Port Gamble, Washington, as my base of operations. Retail shop downstairs and internet operations upstairs.  I have always loved Port Gamble, which is a bit of an anomaly out here in the Pacific Northwest.  It's a true company town, built in the mid-19th century to house lumber workers (my place used to belong to the doctor and it had rooms for patients, so it's pretty big.)  The lumber company was from Maine, and the houses were built accordingly, in a northeast style you don't often see here.   A lovely place to go to work, and it's only 10 minutes from my house, AND backs up to the trails I like to run on.  It couldn't be better.  By the end of next week I expect to be open for business, both in the store and on the web, doing something I've always wanted to do.


Joan said...

Love Port's been forever since I've been there...I'll just have to drop by for a visit one of these days soon, I'd love to meet you! I'll look for the old Dr office! Good luck on your business! The goods photographed are the shell boxes!

Tracy Zhu said...

Would love to see you! It's the big blue building. Those shell boxes are handmade in the Philippines from capiz shells and they are stunning.

Anonymous said...

You have some gorgeous things here. Do you sell on-line or only through your store?

Tracy Zhu said...

I'm glad you like some of my things! I have to admit I am one of my own best customers. I do sell online at and you can also find Tango Zulu Imports on Facebook.

Ed said...


I live in Cape Town, South Africa.
Do you have someone who sources items for you?
I'm new to blogging, young, and in a professional job, but love business and helping new businesses out.