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Barefoot Studios reopens

Moving is never easy and more difficult for businesses, yet Tacoma’s Barefoot Studios has made the leap and settled in a new location. Many factors in 2006 made the move for Barefoot a necessity, not the least being a 50-percent rent increase.  Owners Paul and Josephine Zmolek moved from their

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Kitty Diggins moves in

This week I became one of the luckiest girls in the world because I got something that’s going to help me with my personal finances, safety and general quality of life. I got a roommate! Hellooooo Ian! He’s been one of my best pals ever since I moved back to Seattle after

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Tacoma Gnome

Leave it to Natasha to launch a full-blown investigation to get to the bottom of a question that has been on the lips of so many Tacomans. Who in the heck is the Tacoma Gnome? In case your eyes have been closed in the City of Destiny, there’s this pint-sized gnome that

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The King of rock and roll

Broadway, Tacoma, United States, the World. Walk down a street, notice empty store fronts with official looking signs ensuring they’ll remain empty for a while. Pass the Rainbow Center and Club Silverstone. Go too far and hit the Republican Party storefront. But what’s this? Yep, you’re seeing it with me. There,

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Skinny chef

Back in the day, I was a diver on the high school diving team. In the water, we girls all pretty much looked the same, devoid of makeup and crazy-eighties big hair. The boys, slicked-down wet and wearing tight little skivvies, were unrecognizable in the halls by day, prompting me

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Strings attached

Ah, the power of an apron. It’s a nostalgic thing in my world: I remember reruns of “Leave it to Beaver,” “Ozzie and Harriet” and “The Donna Reed Show” where the perfect mom always had a smile and an apron. I remember making Hungarian baked goods with my mom during the

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Erin Rose

We all know a successful holiday season requires one to excel at certain special skills: There’s the one-handed, come-from-behind sale-table grab; the ability to remain perfectly calm while trying to maneuver between two fat ladies, an ocean of package-laden strollers (where’s the baby?) and a Santa line backed up all

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Inspired Elegance

Following the reality TV show trend, local designers and creative teams will be under pressure to craft wearable art within a 24-hour period. Former PBS producer Jamie Chase, now of the community art center Tacoma Art Place on Hilltop Tacoma, will film the process for broadcast during the live fashion

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Shopping at the drug store

I one-stop shop Commitment is a difficult thing to embrace in the world of cosmetics. A television ad for a sensational new mascara that promises to make my lashes look five times longer, plumper, thicker and natural recently invaded my senses. Of course, skepticism is present, but that doesn’t negate my

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ArtsFund Luncheon

“Vibrant.” “Livable.” “Vital.” “Viable.” Not bad, in terms of adjectives used to describe a city where once, the best that could hope for was a local paper deeming it “gritty.” But now, this little, vibrant city of ours that could is being featured in the Smithsonian magazine as one of five places

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Lots of singing this week

“sleeping beauty” “Sleeping Beauty,” a stage version of the classic tale complete with a dude in a dragon suit, is a fun show if you have some time to kill. There’s a curse. There’s a spindle. There’s a deep sleep and a charming prince out to rescue the narcoleptic royalty. Tacoma

Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Lewis Main, Visitor Center closes Thursday through September 30 for construction

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Lewis Main, Visitor Center closes Thursday through September 30 for construction

The visitor center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Main Gate, also known as the Liberty Gate, off of Interstate 5, exit 120, will close Thursday through Sept. 30 as part of the ongoing four-month construction project. There will be a temporary visitor center opened along

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Tacoma’s blowing up

Lately I’ve been taking note of an epidemic that’s sweeping Tacoma’s nightlife: It’s freakin’ blowin’ up. I went to the Pacific Grill for lunch, and there wasn’t a seat open in the house. Tempest and Monsoon Room have been off the hook. The Harmon’s massive location is buzzing. The Swiss is still packin’ ’em

Best Neighborhood Vibe: Sixth Avenue

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Best Neighborhood Vibe: Sixth Avenue

When deciding what makes a neighborhood a stellar destination, a plethora of attributes have to be put into consideration. Diversity in delectable dining options, walkability, funky fresh retail spaces and quality-of-life service spots are all required components that must be present in abundance. The Sixth Avenue District, also known simply as

Best Cult Movie Night: Weird Elephant

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Best Cult Movie Night: Weird Elephant

Movie nerds are a strange bunch; while they will always turn out in support of unabashedly good films, there is a pocket of moviegoers that find themselves drawn to films that are offbeat, grotesque, inscrutable, wholly unique, and sometimes stunningly bad. This affection for cult films was, to a certain

Best Working Art Gallery: Feast Arts Center

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Best Working Art Gallery: Feast Arts Center

Feast Arts Center has quickly become Tacoma's most avant garde gallery featuring the most challenging of contemporary visual arts including painting, sculpture, installations, conceptual and performance art -- respecting history and tradition while pushing the envelope. Plus, Feast has classes ranging from live figure drawing sessions to classes in performance

Best Fine Dining: The Table

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Best Fine Dining: The Table

With a name like The Table and a vision that states "We believe life happens around the table. Our passion for gathering -- whether to create or partake is in honest community," it's no wonder that the space's vibe resonates with diners and was voted as Tacoma's Best Fine Dining.

Best Namesake: Tacoma the game

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Best Namesake: Tacoma the game

The year is 2088. Your name is Amitjyoti ("Amy") Ferrier. You've been assigned by the Venturis Corporation to salvage AI hardware from its seemingly empty station in earth orbit, specifically the strategic L1 point en route to the moon. Aiding you in your retrieval efforts is an augmented-reality device that

Best Staycation: Hotel Murano

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Best Staycation: Hotel Murano

Weekly Volcano readers have selected Hotel Murano as the Best Staycation. It is easy to see why. This beautiful hotel sits in the heart of downtown Tacoma in the midst of all the action. The hotel takes Tacoma's love of art glass to a new level with its museum-quality art

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