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Urban Spelunker: Tacoma Triangle District

Tacoma's walkable district

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Delicately nestled among Stadium District and Antique Row in Tacoma is the Triangle District. This district only spans a few blocks, beginning at Sixth and Tacoma Avenue and ending at Ninth and Broadway. And though small in size, it is teeming with Tacoma culture highlighting more public art per city block than most other districts. Several murals and statues, including our Goddess of Commerce, reside there. Aside from the abundance of creativity gracing this lovely walkable district, you'll encounter a ton of charming retail spaces, art galleries and fabulous culinary attractions. It's a cultural hub in the heart of downtown.

Here are just a few finds you can come across while adventuring through the Triangle District.

[Water coloring Winos]

For those who get that creative itch but lack the inspiration, Uncorked Canvas is a prime destination. Each week, instructors walk groups of creative types step by step through featured pieces of art. Oh, and there's wine. This is a casual course for those who want to dabble with paints and wish to meet new people who admire the same pastimes, like painting and fermented, boozy grape juices. Book your own private party (ladies night out, birthday bash, team meeting) or attend one of the public courses as you please. Check the website at Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; class times vary. 711 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.432.4052

[Divine Decorators]

Dwelling exudes a delicate, classy home-decor vibe when it comes to decorating ideas. In this boutique-like setting, you can find everything from European vintage-inspired holiday must haves to subdued hued trinket pieces and funky fresh gift ideas like compelling jewelry, artsy art and unique gift cards. Open Mondays to Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 626 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.761.1889

[Cheesemongers and Vino Lovers]

STINK cheese and meat is a divine spot to nosh on gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and inventive mac and cheese combos that highlight the more intriguing cheese varieties such as pepper jack and feta with additions like bacon, pumpkin, jalapenos and more. Its neighboring sister store and wine bar, STINK Tank, highlights fabulous and sometimes rare wine finds. The two are wine and cheese heaven here in T-town. Open Tuesdays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 628 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.426.1347

[Worldly Wanderers]

Though Giraffe is primarily a home decor boutique, it's not as simple as that. Beautiful statement pieces lay inside, and textured throws from India, pops of color from decorative pillows all sit alongside personal accessories like scarves and jewelry. Aside from making you and your home look fabulous, you can spy exotic international-inspired cookbooks and artisan-crafted salts, condiments and chocolates. Open Mondays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. 622 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.212.2188

[Pizza Pizza!]

Puget Sound Pizza is clearly, as the name indicates, a pizza joint. If you're looking to add some funky flavors like olives, artichoke hearts, basil and more to your traditional toppings list, PSP has got you covered. Inside you can expect a hip, casual vibe, cocktails and tasty pizza pies. On the weekends, it serves some of the yummiest breakfast in town. Open Mondays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 317 S. Seventh St., Tacoma, 253.383.4777

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