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PLACE: The Hardware Store Restaurant

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PLACE: The Hardware Store Restaurant

Place: The Hardware Store Restaurant Location: Vashon Island Day: Sunday Time: 13:20 Wait for table: 30 minutes Wait for drinks: 25 minutes Wait for food: 35 minutes Sundays: Limited breakfast menu only And maybe: A burger or two Hardware available for sale: No Hardware on display: No Hardware rhymes with: Underwear! Sad fact: I'm still immature   Western Washington has been suffering from sun

Summer Guide 2011: Luxurious, Derosa-style vacay

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Summer Guide 2011: Luxurious, Derosa-style vacay

I feel like a queen when I hit Westport city limits. Besides a few random locals and most visitors, I'm practically the only one there with all my teeth. Folklore has it that hillbillies and squanderers make up the majority of Westport's inhabitants, so when out-of-towners like myself infiltrate it's

Local pumpkin patches and corn mazes

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Local pumpkin patches and corn mazes

The leaves are already starting to turn colors, the mornings have a hint of a crispness to them, and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are here. Those who love the fall season are rejoicing in all things orange. Even though summer has come to an end, there are still lots of

PLACE: Crockett's Public House

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PLACE: Crockett's Public House

Place: Crockett's Public House Located: Behind Trackside Pizza City: Downtown Puyallup Opened: Last month Full bar: Yes I drank: Beer, duh Server: Chris He took: Forever to bring me my beer So: I got it for free! Did you hear that: Free beer! Correct, my beer was: Free! You're jealous of my: Free beer!   One of my worst childhood memories is of

Hidden gems: Fort Steilacoom Park

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Hidden gems: Fort Steilacoom Park

To be honest, if you're looking for a perfect, multi-faceted park, visit Point Defiance. However, this is supposed to be about hidden gems, right? If you're constantly being named one of the best city parks and running trail destinations in the country, you forfeit being underrated. You know what is

THING: Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

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THING: Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Thing: Vanilla Bean Marshmallows Covered in: Chocolate And sometimes: Caramel And also: Nuts, toffee Made by: Breeze Wetzel In: Bonney Lake Breeze's assistant: Madyson Madyson is: 5 years old She probably: Cooks better than me Do I care: No Will I eat the marshmallows regardless: Damn straight   Since Christmastime 2008, Madyson's Marshmallows has been cooking up candy goodies from a certified

Beachwood Elementary gets recognition as sustainable school

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Beachwood Elementary gets recognition as sustainable school

In 2014, construction began on what would become the all new Beachwood Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. With the school's completion in September 2015, it marked the completion of five of the six schools on JBLM. Evergreen Elementary is slated to open its doors in January 2017. Extensive thought

Host families needed

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Host families needed

Summer is winding down, but for some students, their big summer adventure is only about to begin. Twenty-four Japanese students from various schools in Okinawa will arrive in the Puget Sound area this week as guests of Cultural Homestay International, a nonprofit organization, and organized by a spouse from Joint

PLACE: Pick-Quick Drive In

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PLACE: Pick-Quick Drive In

Place: Pick-Quick Drive In Located: Fife Open since: 1949 Building: 450 square feet Average employees inside: Six Most ever: Eight Picnic tables: 22 Top seller: Double cheeseburger with bacon Top milkshake: Wild mountain blueberry Goddammit: Now I'm hungry.   Simply from habit, most Tacomans will testify Frisko Freeze has top billing in the world of drive-ins. But I will declare that

Dive Bars

Viva South Sound

Dive Bars

The novelty of overpaying for drinks, or being hustled for drinks, while trying not to look at someone's not-too-clean-looking private parts splayed right there in front of you, well, it wears thin quickly down in the South Sound. And when it does, one may find oneself seeking stronger, more affordable

Duke's does its part

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Duke's does its part

In 2009 two things happened pertaining to local restaurants and the recycling challenges they face. In July the Weekly Volcano's Paul Schrag shined a light on the dilemma faced by Matador and every other bar and restaurant in town: recycling the enormous amount of glass they go through (think booze

THING: Homemade natural soap by Jada-Moon Gridley

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THING: Homemade natural soap by Jada-Moon Gridley

Thing: Homemade natural soap Price: $4 per bar Made possible by: Jada-Moon Gridley Who also makes: Massage candles And: Lip balms And: Shampoo bars And: Shaving bars And: Lotion bars Not found in: Drinking bars Or: Behind prison bars Not to be confused with: Candy bars   I have my moments of cleanliness. Most of the time I'm organized.  Sometimes I'm punctual.

Leave your worries at the door

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Leave your worries at the door

Olympia Family Theater's A Year with Frog and Toad is so joyous that watching it should banish all thoughts of election season politicking. For more than an hour, all worries about war and poverty and climate change should go away. It is the show Olympia Family Theater opened its first season

THING: Everything Buffalo

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THING: Everything Buffalo

Thing: Everything Buffalo Place: Bruceski's Buffalo Wings and Pizza City: DuPont Opened: 2005 Seats: 20 Owner: Yon Kim Obvious specialty: Buffalo wings and pizza Buffalo meat present: No Buffalo, NY correspondent: Eric Curley   With delivery available to all of DuPont and Fort Lewis, Bruceski's Buffalo Wings and Pizza stays plenty busy. And from what owner Yon Kim tells me,

THING: Tacoma pride at AMOCAT Cafe

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THING: Tacoma pride at AMOCAT Cafe

This week ... Thing: Tacoma Pride Where: AMOCAT Cafe Obvious: AMOCAT = TACOMA Sells: Coffee and local goodies Run by: Morgan Alexander Morgan Alexander is: A community zealot He's also: A real estate agent and guru of local projects   If you were to poke AMOCAT Cafe with a huge hypothetical (and hypodermic) needle, the streets of downtown Tacoma

Team Army vs Team Navy ends in draw

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Team Army vs Team Navy ends in draw

Under a heavy gray sky threatening of rain, two special teams squared off on Gordon Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds last Saturday for a battle of heroes as men and women representing the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines traded in steel-toed boots for soccer cleats for the 2016

A walk into tranquility

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A walk into tranquility

Think of Lakewold Gardens as an artist's studio. Landscape architect Thomas Church drew the principals that provided the intellectual easel for the creation of the gardens. But Eulalie Wagner, the last matron of the Wagner House, provided the vision and drive that resulted in the creation of a gardening masterpiece. "It's tranquil

Birth of a roller derby team

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Birth of a roller derby team

  Old "rink rat" roller skaters that blossomed during the 1980s heyday of Skate King, Pattison's, Melody's and Tiffany's are rediscovering where exactly being fast on wheels can get you. With both male and female roller derby gaining popularity by the day, new derby stars are emerging because of their past

PLACE: Ale House Pub & Eatery

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PLACE: Ale House Pub & Eatery

Place: Ale House Pub & Eatery Event: Gonzaga vs. BYU basketball Number of TVs: Approximately 20 Neck-strain: 10 percent Food devoured: Texas Straws Made with: Jalapeños Cooking technique: Fried Goes well with: Beer Cost: $6.50 Happy Hour cost: $3.25 Savings: Half off Leftover money: Buys more beer Number of beer taps to choose from: 64   I'm fortunate enough to be married to a

Income tax changes have had little effect on military returns

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Income tax changes have had little effect on military returns

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly referred to as Obama-Care, has recently had a wide spread impact on this year's income tax filing season. The release of the new 1095 series forms has prevented many tax filers from completing their returns in a time frame that they are used

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