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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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South Sound moms stretch household budget with Rhea Lana’s of Tacoma Children’s Consignment

Rhea Lana’s of Tacoma pop-up children’s consignment event will take place Sept. 16-20 at 2310 84th St. S., Lakewood, WA. The highly organized, retail-like setting offers families who live and work in Tacoma and the South Sound area the opportunity to purchase name-brand fall and winter merchandise at substantial savings (60-90%

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

The restaurant industry is a lot like life. We celebrate small victories, birthdays and gatherings and mourn the loss of loved ones. If you love to eat out like me, it can be an emotional rollercoaster. Especially lately, it feels as though we are in the midst of a movement.

Hop Jack’s

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Hop Jack’s

ANNOUNCER: With already five locations throughout the Puget Sound, Hop Jack's opened a sixth location in Lakewood this summer. Advertised as the neighborhood gathering place, Dutch and Jackie head out to see why everyone is gathering here.DUTCH: Walking into Hop Jack's, you're hit with the buzzing of conversations, TVs with

OFT receives Award of Excellence

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OFT receives Award of Excellence

At the Washington Center for the Performing Arts' third annual Center Stage Awards & Gala in July, 232 guests cheered as Olympia Family Theater was presented with an Award of Excellence for "achievement in the arts." "This was an extraordinary evening of generosity and love for the arts," said Washington Center

“Make/Do” at History Museum

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“Make/Do” at History Museum

"Make/Do" at the Washington State History Museum is an exhibition of fine and utilitarian art made with found and previously used items from the 1700s to contemporary works by local and regional artists including Marita Dingus, Pat Tassoni and Jean Mandeberg. There are 180 items on display from children's toys made

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Sakura Zone

One of the reasons I'm not crazy about eating at Sakura Japanese Steak House is that I don't like sharing tables with strangers. It sounds snooty, but it's really more Freudian than that. It's an enduring dread that dates back to my high school cafeteria, when I always wound up

Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

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Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor, "the maritime city" is a quaint waterfront city located nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This beautiful town makes for a perfect weekend getaway or even a short daytrip. Getting There Gig Harbor is a quick and beautiful drive within half an hour from JBLM. Take I-5 north and take exit

Gig Harbor Gondola

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Gig Harbor Gondola

The Puget Sound is filled with opportunities to go on sailboats, cruises, ferries, kayaks and all kinds of other watercraft, but there is only one Venetian gondola plying the waters of the Sound -- and it's docked on the shores of Gig Harbor. Headed up by John "Cinque" Synco, Gig Harbor

Choosing a daycare

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Choosing a daycare

Parents these days have to make a lot of choices. OB/GYN or midwife? Hospital or home birth? Natural childbirth or medically assisted? And this is all before the kid is even born! One of the most important and life-impacting choices working parents face once that little bundle of joy arrives is

Music’s direct line

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Music’s direct line

There's something alchemical about music that still remains unknown, to me, even after so many years of being hired to think about it for a living. How is it that we, as humans, have evolved to have our heart rates intensify when we listen to the right song? What mechanism

How to take advantage of on-post amenities

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How to take advantage of on-post amenities

On-post events and amenities are a great way to have fun in the military community. Joint Base Lewis-McChord helps provide safe, affordable and on-location fun for all ages -- with an added bonus of a military-only community, meaning there are smaller crowds and no waiting for things like tickets or

A fair like no other

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A fair like no other

If you think you've seen, heard and done all there is to do at the Washington State Fair, you're wrong, and we're here to tell you why. New attractions, entertainment, food and drinks are added to the Fair's lineup each year, to keep families and friends coming back for more.

Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the PNW

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Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the PNW

Mo' Bowl Cajun is one of the popular Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contracted food trucks located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Air Force MSgt. Ret. Timothy Lee Singleton and his wife, Lori, own the food truck business. Timothy served for 20 years as a Satellite and Microwave Technician.

Ten South Sound essential meals

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Ten South Sound essential meals

With such a generous variety of cuisines available in the South Sound, it can be difficult to decide what to eat. We’ve all been there, deciding between a burger or Chinese take-out. However, diversity can also offer some great dishes that you don’t find at every restaurant, or at the

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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

Getting ready for Restaurant Week

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Getting ready for Restaurant Week

For those new to the South Sound, a fun fall event is Tacoma Restaurant Week, which is actually two weeks in October, Sunday through Thursday, 21-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Many of the top restaurants in Tacoma take part offering three-course lunches at $15 and three-course dinners for $30. This

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