I am finally able to update my signature to "Stage 2" thanks to a few hours in the garage throwing on a CNT catted DP, a TP map and quick ECU flash with a tactrix cable.
I just wanted to give quick props to Eric @ TP, I sent him a few logs and he got back to me within an hour with some tweaks to make the car run even better. For those thinking about going with an e-tune (and like me, don't have a shop within 2-3 hours that can do a pro-tune) I would recommend getting a tactrix and and getting ahold of TP. It's quick, cheap and easy - and makes a big difference in every day driving.
The car feels much more responsive throughout the powerband. I'm hitting close to target boost for MUCH longer than I was at stage 1 which just makes the car feel exceptionally smooth. Also target boost seems to kick in a few hundred RPM's earlier, which actually makes quite the difference in daily driving (I don't go WOT hardly ever). Eventually I may travel to get a pro-tune (if I add more mods later), but right now I feel like I just got a new car. Thanks Eric @ TP! Keep doing good work!