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Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction

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Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction

That's the product of 123 years of Tacoma air," Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction, Jennifer Aarde tells me. Sanford and Son has been providing a unique shopping experience as the largest singly owned antique shop in the Pacific Northwest located in downtown Tacoma since 1985. The space is like

Summer in Washington state

Outdoors

Summer in Washington state

Around here, summer means getting outdoors, enjoying and doing. And whether that means hiking up a steep, switch-back trail with a beautiful panoramic view waiting for you on the Olympics or the Cascades, or feeling the tug of a six-pound salmon hitting your bait while fishing on the Puget Sound, there's

Embellish Multispace Salon moves into new space

Military Life

Embellish Multispace Salon moves into new space

For many, going to a salon is more than about just getting a haircut. It's an experience. A transformation. A new expression. For Tacoma's longtime and iconic Embellish Multispace Salon, those statements could not be truer, especially now. The salon is moving from its location at Court D in downtown Tacoma to

Armed Forces Day is opportunity to say thanks

News Front

Armed Forces Day is opportunity to say thanks

In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day. That was a great idea. On May 20, 1950, the idea was first celebrated. The theme of that first celebration was "Teamed for Defense," and it was celebrated with military exercises that allowed the public to

Bremerton honors veterans and military members

News Front

Bremerton honors veterans and military members

The city of Bremerton will continue its tradition of celebrating the service of veterans and active-duty military members, May 16, with its 67th Annual Armed Forces Day celebration. Family-friendly activities include a "Hero's Barbecue," pancake breakfast and 5K run, but the event that residents look forward to the most each

A tip of the cap

News Front

A tip of the cap

Usually, military service is no day at the ballpark, but sometimes that isn't the literal truth. Since 2010, the Tacoma Rainiers have rolled out the red carpet for their annual Salute to Armed Forces Day, which treats American troops like major-leaguers. The Rainiers take this event very seriously. "It's huge," agrees

Desert Storm Day

News Front

Desert Storm Day

Since the attacks on the World Trade Centers Sept. 11, 2001, most Americans have come to recognize and publicly appreciate military veterans. Servicemembers from major campaigns such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Global War on Terrorism are frequently lauded and honored - and rightly so. However,  servicemembers sandwiched

10 things soldiers know that civilians don't

News Front

10 things soldiers know that civilians don't

Robert Fulghum wrote a witty book for us, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. That's funny, and true, too. Play fair. Don't hit people. Clean up your own mess. Goldfish and hamsters die, and so do we. Yep, you learn a lot when you go to kindiegarten,

Lose the battle, win the war

News Front

Lose the battle, win the war

This author sat down to write about our first President. He called to his wife, "I'll be in the office for a while. I've got to get into the frame of mind to write something about George Washington's military skill." She replied with a straight face, "Do you want me

Good guys

News Front

Good guys

This author remembers a family chat over the dinner table, now more than 45 years ago.  Grandpa was talking about the "mustard gas" that they used to use in World War I.  "They outlawed that," he said.   "Why did they do that?" your author - age 5 - asked.   "Because!" Grandpa

Army uses Hollywood technique to test soldier-equipment interactions

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Army uses Hollywood technique to test soldier-equipment interactions

The Army is using a Vicon-infrared, marker-tracking system to capture performance data of soldiers using experimental weapons or equipment, John Riedener said. It is the same technique Hollywood uses to capture live video of people and things and turn that into animation. Riedener, who spoke during a media day at Picatinny Arsenal,

Guard attacks on demand

News Front

Guard attacks on demand

You may not be interested in cyber warfare and all that it embodies, but it is certainly interested in you. By the end of 2013, this country entered the era of the mega-breach when Russian-speaking hackers stole 40 million credit-card numbers after penetrating Target Corp. computer systems. Cyber-attacks are commonplace; companies like

A log cabin dream home within reach

Military Life

A log cabin dream home within reach

If your idyllic vision of a perfect home is a log cabin made of the finest cedar, but without the maintenance and cost, Modulog Industries, Inc. in Portland, Oregon provides the results you want. "This is a dream that is surprisingly affordable," said Jim Iafrati, president of Modulog Industries. "If you've

Revolt Revolt race forward with dynamic restraint

Music

Revolt Revolt race forward with dynamic restraint

Remaining stagnant as an artist is a fear that seemingly everyone besides Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay has. To come back, release after release, with the same sound and vision is death even to superstars like Katy Perry. Reinvention comes, part and parcel, with being a creative person. Even still,

Troubled love

Stage

Troubled love

The wartime love story Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, is now playing at Harlequin Productions in Olympia. It is an intense and intimate portrait of a pair of lovers - Sarah Goodwin (Jenny Vaughn Hall) and James Dodd (Matt Shimkus) - whose passionate devotion and equally

The Buddy Holly Story opens at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Stage

The Buddy Holly Story opens at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Don McClean said the day Buddy Holly died was "the day the music died," but Buddy's music will never die. I first saw BUDDY at the Tacoma Little Theatre in 2009 and then at the Capital Playhouse in 2012. And now it's going to rock the big stage at the

Girls Night Out

Military Life

Girls Night Out

Here's one time where shopping until you drop can actually benefit someone other than yourself. When you shop in downtown Olympia on Friday, May 15, during Girls Night Out, you'll actually be helping others. It's a win-win event, an eraser to those feelings of guilt for spending too much. It's an all-day

Quiet on the set

South Sound Cinema

Quiet on the set

Given our unpredictable spring weather, sometimes the safest entertainment bet is a movie ticket. We're inundated with promos for rabidly anticipated May releases like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. Disney's Tomorrowland is right around the corner. But where are the smaller, smarter,

Johnny's Bistro adds history to the local dining scene

Features

Johnny's Bistro adds history to the local dining scene

What used to be primarily commercial properties, downtown Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway has gone through some drastic changes over the last few years. The construction of condos, coffee shops and concrete sidewalks has created a bit of a hidden gem in Tacoma, and the addition of Johnny's Bistro to the

Worth the flight downtown for French-style cuisine

Reviews

Worth the flight downtown for French-style cuisine

Three words come to mind at the end of a meal at Aviateur in Tacoma: authentic, eloquent and simple. I admit, the atmosphere may be a little distracting as you're immersed in a confusing mix of retro-modern décor interrupted by pieces of typical French-bistro styled art, but where the eatery

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