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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll: City Living

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll: City Living

Thank you to all who took the time to vote in our Best of Tacoma 2013 Readers' Poll. You are the Best. Best Politician: Mayor Marilyn Strickland Best Politician You Love To Hate: Gov. Jay Inslee Biggest Nuisance: Pot holes Best Pierce County Nonprofit Organization: YMCA Best Local Hero: Sonics Guy Kris Brannon Best Pierce County-based

Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: City Living

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: City Living

BEST LAST LAUGH Lakewood road painting Puget Sound Energy and the city of Lakewood Public Works tested the nerves of those accessing Bridgeport Way and Custer Road Southwest this past winter and spring. Long lines of cars backed up on both roads and weaved through interested temporary lanes as a gas main

Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Picks: Arts and Entertainment

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Picks: Arts and Entertainment

Thank you to all who took the time to vote in our Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll. You are the Best. Best Filmmaker: Isaac Olsen Best Movie Theater: The Grand Cinema Most Creative Person: James Bender Best Theater Company: Tacoma Little Theatre Best Dance Company: MLKBallet Best Performance Space: Pantages Theater Best Actor: Alex Smith Best Actress:

Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll - Best Author: Marissa Meyer

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll - Best Author: Marissa Meyer

As a self-professed "bookish type," it's exciting for me to have the opportunity to sit down and interview Marissa Meyer, the local scribe voted Tacoma's "Best Author" by our readers. Tacoma has a rich, literary community abuzz with both novice and established talents. However, Meyer is a Tacoma author who

Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: Arts and Entertainment

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: Arts and Entertainment

BEST NEW HANDOUT Working Class Theatre Northwest Over the years, I've seen plays in a lot of found spaces from a lot of folding chairs. Seldom has the payoff for that spine-wrenching sacrifice been as enjoyable as A Life in the Theatre, a jagged take on David Mamet's affectionate two-hander. Aside from

Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll: Food and Drink

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll: Food and Drink

Thank you to all who took the time to vote in our Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll. You are the Best. Best Restaurant: Marrow Kitchen and Bar Best Restaurant Server: Kent Bolden at Maxwell's Restaurant Best Bartender: Jason Alexander, Tacoma Cabana Best Happy Hour: Pacific Grill Best Pizza: Puget Sound Pizza Best Sushi: TWOKOI Japanese

Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll - Best Brewery: 7 Seas Brewing

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll - Best Brewery: 7 Seas Brewing

Of all the categories for which to choose a "best," best brewery is a difficult one. Pierce County is a beer lovin' county. There's no shortage of brew. From Wingman to E9 to Harmon and beyond, beer flows through our be-potholed streets and through many of our veins as well.

Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: Food and Drink

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: Food and Drink

BEST CAULIFLOWER IN TACOMA Smoke + Cedar Perhaps you see cauliflower on the menu and instantly get flashbacks. It's the 1980s. Your mother has boiled up some of the vile white vegetable and you have to eat it before you can get back to your paused Super Mario Bros. game. Bowser awaits.

Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll: Bought & Sold

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll: Bought & Sold

Thank you to all who took the time to vote in our Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll. You are the Best. Best Shoe Store: Nordstrom Best Record Store: Hi-Voltage Records Best Grocery Store: Metropolitan Market Best Tattoo Shop: House of Tattoo Best Hair Salon: Willow Salon & Spa Best Yoga: Source Yoga Best Book Store: King's

Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll - Best Gift Store and Best New Business: Compass Rose

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll - Best Gift Store and Best New Business: Compass Rose

On the cusp of its first anniversary, this Best of Tacoma retail store has a lot to celebrate. Compass Rose, a dreamy little gift shop in Tacoma's Proctor District, offers pretty and unique personal and home accessories, locally produced artisan jewelry, home décor, stationary, cool kitchen gadgetry and sweet-smelling lotions

Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: Bought and Sold

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: Bought and Sold

BEST PLACE TO FIND RAD MESSAGE SOCKS AND SWEATERS FOR BOTTLES Nine Lives Vintage Wears OK, folks, here are two great places that spread Tacoma funshine in one spot! At Nine Lives Vintage Wears, you can't help but smile at the well-made striped knee-high socks with statement words like punk, nerd, bacon

Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Picks: Music

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Picks: Music

Thank you to all who took the time to vote in our Best of Tacoma 2013 Readers' Poll. You are the Best. Best Band: Kim Archer Band Best New Band: Mirrorgloss Best Indie-Rock Band: Wheelies Best Metal Band: Ex-Gods Best Punk Band: Kramer Best Jazz Band: Kareem Kandi Band Best DJ: Mr. Melanin Best Cover Band: Kry Best Hip-hop

Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll - Best Band: Kim Archer Band

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Readers' Poll - Best Band: Kim Archer Band

For the most part, the readers' poll in these Best of Tacoma issues vacillate between fairly predictable and completely out of left-field. No more so is this represented than in the music poll, I've found. In the past few years, winners have been as diverse as the wall-of-sound punk of

Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: Music

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Best of Tacoma 2014 Staff Picks: Music

BEST BEDROOM POP BAND Coma Figura It's hard to pin down what's so effective about Coma Figura. They've only been performing in earnest since September, but they really seem to have their s--- down. Part of the appeal is Kyle Gootkin's vocals, which can bounce from a Bryan Ferry-esque croon to a

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