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2016 Best of Olympia: Dillingers Cocktails & Kitchen

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2016 Best of Olympia: Dillingers Cocktails & Kitchen

At Dillingers Cocktails & Kitchen - winner of both Best Creative Cocktails and Best Manhattan - everything old is new again. "Sherilyn (Lightner), who did most of our menus, really stuck to the classics from the twenties and thirties," said Lela Cross, co-founder of Dillingers. "There's a history behind that, and

2016 Best of Olympia: Jamie Lee & Company

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2016 Best of Olympia: Jamie Lee & Company

For the past 20 years (or 20 and a half, to be exact), Olympia has had one of the snazziest and most unique hair salons around - Jamie Lee & Company. "We have wonderful people who work here who are very talented at a variety of different styles, everything from classic

2016 Best of Olympia: TUSH! Burlesque

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2016 Best of Olympia: TUSH! Burlesque

Oly readers, your choice for Best Synergy, Best Dance Company and Best Thing to Happen in 2015 is spot on this year, as the women of TUSH! Burlesque are all about synergy with you. From their first gig, the "Peekaboo Revue," held in September of 2009 at 4th Ave. Tavern,

2016 Best of Olympia: Furniture Works

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2016 Best of Olympia: Furniture Works

When you set out to buy a couch or kitchen table or other home furnishing, most likely you will look to a big-box store. But why go big box when you can go local? Olympia's Furniture Works, winners of the Best of Olympia 2016 Best Furniture store, is all local,

2016 Best of Olympia: Harlequin Productions

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2016 Best of Olympia: Harlequin Productions

Scot and Linda Whitney have worked wonders with their professional theater company Harlequin Productions, producing top-flight theater consistently since 1991 with many of the best actors from Seattle to Olympia. Olympia and Tacoma-based actors have told me that Harlequin is the best company in the area to work for, which

2016 Best of Olympia: Three Magnets Brewing Company

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2016 Best of Olympia: Three Magnets Brewing Company

There's more than just highly drinkable craft beers brewing at the Three Magnets Brewing Co. Owners Nathan (Nate) and Sara Reilly have recently moved their other Olympia enterprise, Darby's, into part of the all-ages side of the huge space, which led to a menu shift on the pub side of

2016 Best of Olympia: Kimya Dawson

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2016 Best of Olympia: Kimya Dawson

Years ago, I sat in People's Park to attend an intimate, outdoor show featuring Kimya Dawson. Earlier in the show, one of the opening bands played a cover of "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes. Later, when Kimya Dawson sat down to play, and confessed that she had to leave

2016 Best of Olympia: King Solomon's Reef

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2016 Best of Olympia: King Solomon's Reef

Located on Olympia's 4th Avenue next to the downtown Olympia Transit Center, King Solomon's Reef has been serving traditional American pub fare to generations of Olympians. Its recently updated interior and innovative menu continue to attract both young and old. King Solomon's Reef boasts a menu rich in locally sourced ingredients.

2016 Best of Olympia: The Bread Peddler

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Bread Peddler

If baguettes and levain are The Bread Peddler's bread and butter, the bakery also subscribes at times to the motto, "Let them eat cake." Those hoping for a fresh loaf would be smart to call ahead if they plan to arrive much after noon. But there are plenty of other items

2016 Best of Olympia: Vomity at Le Voyeur

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2016 Best of Olympia: Vomity at Le Voyeur

There's nothing quite like attending a standup comedy open mic. Part of the charm is that it's such a mixed bag: completely new comedians, some others with more experience, comics who've been in the game for a while just swinging through to test out new material. You never know what

2016 Best of Olympia: Hot Toddy

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2016 Best of Olympia: Hot Toddy

The girl and guy in the shop browse together, murmuring to each other as they intently peruse the fixtures. They thank Sydney Hann, owner of Hot Toddy and exit the store. Customers pop in and out, oohing and aahing over items, occasionally buying socks or jewelry, occasionally putting dresses or

2016 Best of Olympia: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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2016 Best of Olympia: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

I'm not a birder. In theory I should be. I mean, I love nature, animals, seeing animals in their world, any reason to get outside and any excuse to travel. Being a birder would facilitate all of these things, but nothing seems more boring to me. Looking through binoculars at

2016 Best of Olympia: Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn

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2016 Best of Olympia: Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn

There's something green at Olympia burger shack Big Tom - and it's not on the menu, which is bare of all vegetables save the humble potato and a few lonely burger toppings. Instead, it's just about everywhere else. Owner Michael Fritsch has taken the classic drive-in and made it green, with

2016 Best of Olympia: Cryptatropa

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2016 Best of Olympia: Cryptatropa

When the Olympia bar Cryptatropa opened in 2010, people were suspicious. The red lights, the black booths and the funky name had everyone running around like frightened cats. But just like the Goth kid who wore black makeup in junior high, Cryptatropa has captured a following. Black is alluring, people.

2016 Best of Olympia: Obsidian

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2016 Best of Olympia: Obsidian

Obsidian sits in the space that the bars Jezebels and Bar Code once occupied, and before that a Gold's Gym. So in a lot of ways to many in Olympia, anything was an improvement, and why people still vote this as the best new thing though not quite so brand

2016 Best of Olympia: The Lemon Grass Restaurant

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Lemon Grass Restaurant

There isn't a shortage of Thai restaurants in the South Sound, especially in Olympia. Choosing from quality options, you must factor in a key ingredient - ambiance. Every place has a different vibe, and The Lemon Grass Restaurant in downtown Olympia offers a lovely ambiance for a business lunch or family

2016 Best of Olympia: The Gyro Spot

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Gyro Spot

Greek deli-style Gyro Spot boasts fresh, blue paint and stainless steel kitchen equipment. The business may look new, but the sticker on the front door tells curious passersby this place is the new home of longtime restaurant owner, Kenny Trobman. Trobman's signature image - a big-eyed chef with tons of frizzy

Battle at the Baymont

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Battle at the Baymont

Baymont Inn and Suites houses a boxing night in Bremerton, Washington, for veterans' charity organization. Pacific Northwest Veterans' Organization (PNWVO) is fairly young, as in they came into being in January of this year. The local nonprofit, headed by Mingo Reyna, has partnered with USA Boxing to raise funds for veterans. Baymont

Barnes & Noble to host book signing for JBLM

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Barnes & Noble to host book signing for JBLM

Camp Lewis was established in 1917 as a training camp for the U.S. Army in World War I. Made a permanent post in 1927, Fort Lewis became an important base for training and sending soldiers to combat in World War II and the Korean War. In 1956, the 4th Infantry

Lucky in love

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Lucky in love

When you see them in the rink, roller derby dames look pretty tough. They push. They shove. They suffer bruises and broken bones. They adopt derby names to telegraph their toughness. The women of the Bettie Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's roller-derby team, are no exception. The team opens its season Saturday

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