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3 DRINK MINIMUM: Thunderbird Lounge

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3 DRINK MINIMUM: Thunderbird Lounge

What else was there to do on an amazingly gorgeous sunny day like last Sunday but take in a few drinks in a dark, smoky bar? The Thunderbird Lounge (and its Aficionado Cigar Lounge) is one of the last places you can smoke inside in Pierce County. I couldn't help but

THING: Luck Troy's Smokehouse

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THING: Luck Troy's Smokehouse

Thing: Lucky Troy's Smokehouse Providing: Spice Rubs For: Meat And: General food flavoring Not: A body rub For your: Man meat Trust me: I tried Results: Not favorable After friends and family members urged smoked-meat fanatic Troy Fitzpatrick of Puyallup to sell his delicious homemade spice rubs, he got serious and started developing flavors to compliment every type

3 DRINK MINIMUM: Engine House No. 9

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3 DRINK MINIMUM: Engine House No. 9

When most people are tolerating annoying family members and muttering the phrase, "You can't pick your family" under their eggnog-permeated breath, I'm smiling on the inside because when your friends are your family the old rule is overturned. I pick my friends; therefore I have picked my family. To put myself in

THING: Libertine Tacoma Sea Salts

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THING: Libertine Tacoma Sea Salts

Thing: Libertine Tacoma Sea Salts Created by: Christy Reedy Also: A local artist With: -O- Design Studio I love: And hate her Her wicked talent: Is a beautiful thing Something I: Don't have I have: A few talents And I'm: Pretty wicked Especially when you: F with me   Hello, four readers, I'd like you to meet Christy Reedy. She's as

2011 HOLIDAY GUIDE FOUR: Red carpet cakes

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2011 HOLIDAY GUIDE FOUR: Red carpet cakes

This first sentence took me ten minutes to write.  For 10 amazingly beautiful minutes I stared at my notes while daydreaming about Celebrity Cake Studio's butter cream frosting, German chocolate cake and holiday cookies.  It certainly didn't help that while I sat and chatted with Odette D'Aniello, Celebrity Cake Studio's co-owner,

2011 HOLIDAY GUIDE FOUR: ‘Tis the season

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2011 HOLIDAY GUIDE FOUR: ‘Tis the season

Cheryl Evans dances around her answer when I ask for her official title at United Way of Pierce County.  "Let's just say I'm the coordinator in the volunteer center. My official title is too official. I'm here to help people," she informs me. An employee with United Way of Pierce County (UWPC)

3 DRINK MINIMUM: Red's Valley Pub

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3 DRINK MINIMUM: Red's Valley Pub

I just ate a whole can of chili. What's worse is that it wasn't even real chili. It was that vegetarian kind where they use some sort of processed soy product to replace the ground beef. That s*** will give you worse gas than the real stuff, and it won't

THING: Fudge-Off

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THING: Fudge-Off

Thing: Fudge-Off With: United Way Amongst: Employees You can only imagine: The immature word play With the word: Fudge That: Melanie and I had during this event Our immaturity: Reigns I refuse: To grow up No: You can't make me! No: No! No! No! No!   In this episode of Person, Place or Thing, I am Sherlock Holmes and Melanie Manista-Rushforth

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Comcast NBCUniversal has long been at the forefront of respecting and honoring the sacrifices made by veterans to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. "We've been hiring veterans for decades," retired Brig. Gen. Carol Eggert, senior vice president of military and veterans' affairs, wrote in an email. "Our company founder, Ralph Roberts,

PLACE: Dockside Donuts

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PLACE: Dockside Donuts

Place: Dockside DonutsOpen: 24 hoursWith: A drive-thruLocated next to: Red's Valley PubWhich is next week's: Three Drink MinimumCan you believe: I'm back off the wagon?That was: A dumb question, I knowMy point is: There's a donut placeLocated next to: A BAR!My two fantasy worlds: Have finally collidedMy overall sin: Gluttony Let

HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Tradition lives on

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HOLIDAY GUIDE TWO: Tradition lives on

Immigrants from Italy bonded throughout the K Street area neighborhoods in the late 1940s - now known as Tacoma Hilltop - with cultural traditions brought over with their families.  My father-in-law, Joe DeRosa, was part of one of those families. "Oh we all roamed the area back then.  It was me,

Familiar Faces & New Voices

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Familiar Faces & New Voices

The exhibition Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art has been on display since this past spring but has not received the fanfare of blockbuster shows like Art AIDS America or Hide/Seek or 2015's Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition. But it is a solid and historically important show highlighting works by

PLACE: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

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PLACE: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Place: Five Guys Burgers and Fries Location: Puyallup River Road: And Meridian Dubbed: Five Guys Calories and Fries By: Mr. DeRosa I've done a damn fine job staying away from my beloved bacon cheeseburger the last three months.  It's been a challenge, but very worth it.  I was doing just fine passing by Quick Pick on

Ten tips I wish I would have done to depart the military

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Ten tips I wish I would have done to depart the military

Military transition is just like a military operation. You need a good plan, people to help, resources, rehearsals, and back-up plans to make sure that you accomplish your goals. When I transitioned, I did not have a good plan, I was not prepared to be unsuccessful, and I did not

THING: Emily's Chocolates

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THING: Emily's Chocolates

Thing: Emily's Chocolates Manufactured in: Fife Product is: A little on the pricey side When: Shopping at local retailers Like: Metropolitan Market Although: You can save a buck By: Shopping at the factory's outlet Listen: And learn, folks   Hidden somewhat inconspicuously off Interstate 5 and 20th Street in Fife, an abundance of discount retail warehouses and factory outlets

The house that you built

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The house that you built

In January, one of Tacoma's most beloved family-oriented nonprofits, the Children's Museum of Tacoma (CMOT), will celebrate the opening of a bigger and more up-to-date space for community kids to play with.  Located inside the United Way of Pierce County's downtown Tacoma building, on South 15th

HOLIDAY GUIDE ONE: Gingerbread Jamboree

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HOLIDAY GUIDE ONE: Gingerbread Jamboree

In January, one of Tacoma's most beloved family-oriented nonprofits, the Children's Museum of Tacoma (CMOT), will celebrate the opening of a bigger and more up-to-date space for community kids to play with.  Located inside the United Way of Pierce County's downtown Tacoma building, on South 15th Street and Pacific Avenue,

Go underground in Portland

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Go underground in Portland

"Shanghaiing," or kidnapping people and forcing them into servitude, is an undeniable part of Portland's past. Between 1850 and 1941, thousands of people were shanghaied while patronizing saloons, brothels and gambling dens along Portland's waterfront district. They were tricked, drugged and imprisoned in underground "shanghai tunnels" until they could be

PERSON: David Williams

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PERSON: David Williams

Person: David Williams Place: Market Street Coffee (1122 Market St., Tacoma) Located next to: Smooth & Juicy Associated with: Embellish Multi-Space Salon They all totally want you to: GO LOCAL As do: I Especially when: There's free shit Like: Drip coffee samples At: Market Street Coffee Every damn: Day Who doesn't love: Free shit? I know: I do!   David Williams' mother, Linda

The MWR Fall Guide

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The MWR Fall Guide

This fall, JBLM Morale, Welfare, and Recreation has a wide variety of activities for soldiers and family members. Experience an assortment of regularly scheduled activities as well as holiday-themed events. From wine tasting and happy hours, to fun runs and golf specials, this fall will be your best yet.SeptemberCosmic Black

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