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Best New Restaurant, Best New Business, Best Performance Space, Best Live Music Venue, Best Bookings: Alma Mater

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Best New Restaurant, Best New Business, Best Performance Space, Best Live Music Venue, Best Bookings: Alma Mater

Readers, you don't just like Alma Mater, the new performance-and-dining space between South 13th and 15th on Fawcett, you like like it, perhaps even love it. Well you should, because whether you're an art junkie, foodie or music aficionado, this space offers something for everyone. Maybe that's why you voted

Best Hidden Gem: Topside Coffee Cabin

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Best Hidden Gem: Topside Coffee Cabin

Editor's note: The town of Steilacoom was selected by our readers as Best Hidden Gem. Our writer selected Topside Coffee Cabin as a reflection of the town's vibe. Topside Coffee Cabin, located in historic, downtown Steilacoom, is my favorite hidden gem. I began coming here before the sun started peeking out

Best Tap Room, Best Bottle Shop: Peaks and Pints

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Best Tap Room, Best Bottle Shop: Peaks and Pints

Peaks and Pints is already established as a neighborhood destination watering hole for those in and around the growing neighborhood of Proctor. One walk in the door and you'll feel the friendly vibe from owners Robby Peterson, Justin Peterson and Ron Swarner and their dedicated staff. The back of the dining

Best Fashion Boutique: Satori Boutique

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Best Fashion Boutique: Satori Boutique

Fashion isn't just about wearing beautiful clothing or timeless accessories, it's about how you feel when you wear them. When designed, crafted and worn well, fashion can create a full experience for the wearer. No storefront in Tacoma knows that as well as Satori, a life and style boutique determined

Most Creative Person, Best Visual Artist: Ariel Fender

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Most Creative Person, Best Visual Artist: Ariel Fender

This year's Most Creative Person and Best Visual Artist winner is Ariel Fender, a tattoo artist based out of Puyallup. That's right, we said tattoo artist. Fender's professional status as a tattooer doesn't fully expose her multitude of creative talents, though, which span watercolor painting, acrylic and chalk-pastel visual arts,

Rock the Dock Pub

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Rock the Dock Pub

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie head just off the beaten path of the heart of Tacoma's Downtown to hidden gem, Rock the Dock Pub. They were both hankering for a neighborhood bar vibe with premier waterfront views. Let's check in.  DUTCH: When you drive up to Rock the Dock, you feel like

Nicholas Nyland’s ‘Reliquary’

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Nicholas Nyland’s ‘Reliquary’

Nicholas Nyland has been showing art around Tacoma for quite some time, and I thought I was familiar with his work, but the raw stoneware and terracotta earthenware in his show "Reliquary" at Feast Arts Center offers some things I've not seen from him before. His explosions of primary colors

Broadway Olympia Productions

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Broadway Olympia Productions

A new theater company premieres its opening season the weekend of Aug. 16-19 with the popular musical Legally Blonde, to be followed by other hit musicals: The Rocky Horror Show in October, The Wedding Singer in February, Young Frankenstein in March, and Cabaret in May. For the first season, at

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Festival of Tress, Banff Film Fest and more

THE CONCERT School of Rock While he’s no Dewey Finn, author and activist Derrick Jensen will join the Portland School of Rock band Friday, Nov. 30 as a fund-raiser for the School of Rock scholarship fund. I love kids as much as the next tiki, but truth be told, I was a

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Is this jazz?

If the words “Wayne Horvitz is going to play in Olympia” doesn’t mean much, keep reading. A multi-genre veteran, Horvitz and compatriots comprise aptly-named Sweeter than the Day. Offering a breathtaking trip to the event horizon of experimental jazz, blues and a few other categorical clichés, Sweeter than the Day is

2018 Best of Tacoma

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2018 Best of Tacoma

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All aboard: Traveling in safety and style

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All aboard: Traveling in safety and style

Summer is in full swing! Amidst the poolside lounging and sunscreen slather, people celebrate sun-shining freedom by packing their bags and saying Au revoir to our beloved Evergreen State in favor of one alluring destination or another. Whether traveling solo or booking a trip with the whole family in tow,

National award recipient supports breastfeeding

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National award recipient supports breastfeeding

Robyn Roche-Paull, a registered nurse and member of the lactation consultant team at Madigan Army Medical Center, garners praise from patients for the support she gives them well beyond the typical bounds of her job. In addition to spending hours providing care and training to aid new active-duty mothers through

Soldier to soldier

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Soldier to soldier

First Lieutenant Charlene Coutteau is one of the few soldiers serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord who has a direct connection to some of the history of Fort Steilacoom. Her distant cousin, Gen. August Kautz, served at the military post in the mid-1850s where he served as the quartermaster.  He supervised the construction

Canadian Detachment change of command

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Canadian Detachment change of command

The Canadian Detachment at the Western Air Defense Sector officially changed command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 10. Lieutenant Col. Michael Fawcett assumed command from Lt. Col. Matthew Wappler, who finished a three-year tour of duty as the Canadian Detachment commanding officer. Fawcett's responsibilities will include leading the 15-member Canadian Detachment

New Aviator Technical Track program

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New Aviator Technical Track program

The application window is open for active-duty mobility pilots to pioneer a new Aviator Technical Track program, Air Mobility Command officials announced July 20. AMC is seeking mobility pilot participants with the right blend of skills, knowledge and abilities to mentor the next generation of aviators. The command aims to retain

UW study seeks troops with stress

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UW study seeks troops with stress

A telephone-based program, the UW Stress Check, provides a free and confidential way to support servicemembers who have questions or concerns about the effects of trauma or about the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. As the war in Afghanistan grinds on, an estimated 11 to 20 percent of veterans experience some form

U.S. Army’s live streamed esports tournament

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U.S. Army’s live streamed esports tournament

Army Entertainment, a part of the U.S. Army's Installation Management Command, is hosting a world-wide esports video game championship series for Street Fighter V, open to all active-duty Army service men and women. Four garrisons' tournaments will be streamed live to a global audience exclusively on Twitch. The tournament consists of

WA guardsman completes journey to citizenship

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WA guardsman completes journey to citizenship

Standing in a room filled with family, friends and colleagues, 64 people raised their right hands and swore an allegiance to the United States of America to become naturalized citizens at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Seattle, Tuesday, July 17. Among those was Pfc. Aquiles R. Morales

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MxPx and Jesus

The last time I wrote about Club Impact was on the Weekly Volcano’s blog Spew (www.weeklyvolcanospew.com), and it was in regard to the disturbance complaints being levied against the all-ages venue by neighboring business owners. Though, at the time, I would have told you the intention of my words was

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