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Best of Tacoma 2019: Hi-Voltage Records

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Hi-Voltage Records

A stroll through a record store can be a therapeutic experience: shuffling through the bins, soaking in evocative album art, feeling the weight of the vinyl as you pick up a record to examine, all while hearing some great music being spun by the passionate employees. At the end of

Best of Tacoma 2019: Rev. Colin at Broken Spoke

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Rev. Colin at Broken Spoke

When it comes to novel, communal activities to engage in at a bar, karaoke sure gets a disproportionate amount of attention; while it's true that karaoke's a grand old time, these days I'd happily pass over a night of karaoke in favor of some lively bar trivia. Spawned in the

Best of Tacoma 2019: LeMay - America’s Car Museum

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Best of Tacoma 2019: LeMay - America’s Car Museum

One of the many best things about Tacoma is the LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM). Located next to the Tacoma Dome, the museum is a celebration of America's love affair with the automobile. "The museum is magnificent," Renee Crist, Curator of Collections, said. "The ACM is a jewel here in Tacoma." This

Best of Tacoma 2019: Summer Concert Series in Old Town Park

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Summer Concert Series in Old Town Park

Kim Archer is one of Tacoma's most popular soul singers, but that's not why we interviewed her for this issue. Rather, she doubles as the organizer of your pick for family-friendly venue, the Old Town Park Summer Concert Series, now in its sixth year. That all-ages series runs from the

Best of Tacoma 2019: Cheney Stadium soccer configuration

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Cheney Stadium soccer configuration

Funding formats for a new, soccer-specific field next to Cheney Stadium are under scrutiny and in the news at the moment, as the public-private dollar debate gets underway in earnest. While all of that is being hashed out, Tacoma already has a dynamic and exciting professional soccer scene in place

Best of Tacoma 2019: McMenamins Elks Temple, Spanish Ballroom

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Best of Tacoma 2019: McMenamins Elks Temple, Spanish Ballroom

With the launch of McMenamins Elks Temple in May, downtown Tacoma saw the re-opening of a civic landmark and now enjoys a unique, boutique hotel and an eclectic mix of new restaurants and bars within the historic building. The city also gained a much-needed new live performance space. The ornately detailed,

Best of Tacoma 2019: Off the Shelf at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Off the Shelf at Tacoma Little Theatre

They might be plays and they might be short stories or works in progress, but whatever they are, the dramatic readings in Tacoma Little Theatre's Off the Shelf series are likely to be shows you'll never see anywhere else, or perhaps previews of shows you might get to see in

Best of Tacoma 2019: Cham Garden Korean BBQ

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Cham Garden Korean BBQ

Never in world history has there been a better time to be a hardcore foodie. Educated by thousands of hours of globe-spanning food TV and toting enough celebrity cookbooks to overfill a library, we race into cuisines that would've scared American diners away before the debut of Iron Chef America.

Best of Tacoma 2019: Asado

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Asado

Whether you're on the prowl for the perfect ambiance to make eyes across the table or just want to grab some reasonably priced, exceptional grub, Asado has been chosen by the people as the best for both! It's a rare matrimony, Best Date Night and Best Happy Hour together, as

Best of Tacoma 2019: Peaks and Pints

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Peaks and Pints

When Peaks and Pints declare themselves as "a craft beer taproom where brew nerds can wave their geek flags," they mean it. Peaks and Pints is a beer lovvas paradise. It's like the Narnia of brews with 13 cooler doors that lead to more than 650 craft beers and ciders.

Best of Tacoma 2019: Cactus Proctor

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Cactus Proctor

With the Proctor District ever evolving, it seems pretty obvious that the people's choice for Best New Restaurant would just happen to reside there. Considering Seattle-based Cactus Southwest Kitchen and Bar has been curating and executing Southwest-inspired cuisine for nearly three decades, by the time they set their sights on

Best of Tacoma 2019: Climb Tacoma

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Climb Tacoma

You've spent all spring working out in the gym, trying to stay in shape enough to hike, bike and kayak as soon as weather permits. And now that summer is finally here, you're ready to put your body to the test. So, where do you head to first? Climb Tacoma, that's

Best of Tacoma 2019: Pretty Gritty Tours

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Pretty Gritty Tours

Sometimes the very thought of joining a tour group evokes visions of people in Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts, and socks with sandals. I myself am often a quick "no thank you" when the suggestion arises. However, Pretty Gritty Tours in Tacoma has changed how I view a tour through historical

Best of Tacoma 2019: Johnny’s Dock Restaurant and Marina

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Johnny’s Dock Restaurant and Marina

As a newbie to the Gritty City, the story of Johnny Meaker gradually unfolded for me. It began with a visit to a hole-in-the-wall burger dive and my comments on the great seasoning sprinkled on the fries. The short-order cook waxed poetically about Johnny's seasoning, a local concoction which brings

Best of Tacoma 2019: The eclectic Sixth Avenue scene

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Best of Tacoma 2019: The eclectic Sixth Avenue scene

It's hard to envision now, but there was a time when the terms like "quaint," "chic" and "trendy" would not have been used by visitors to Tacoma's Sixth Avenue. Over the decades, "the Ave" has gone through many different phases, from its very early days as a genteel and proper business

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

The Thurston Chamber Foundation's 8th Annual Olympia Brew Fest is fast approaching and goes down Aug. 3, 1-8:30 p.m. This summer hops and malts fueled celebration features over 30 handpicked Northwest breweries hauling in over 60 sippers. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 day of, and include a commemorative

Dusty’s Hideaway

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Dusty’s Hideaway

ANNOUNCER: The McKinley Hill Neighborhood of Tacoma is a hidden gem just across the freeway from the bustling downtown. Known more for its eclectic residents and quaint shops, it hasn't traditionally been the "go-to" for dining in town. However, Dusty's Hideaway has converted a house into what they hope to

Raging emotions on display

Arts

Raging emotions on display

There are certain characteristics shared by most if not all juried art exhibitions that are particularly noticeable at top-quality shows such as those held annually at South Puget Sound Community College and Tacoma Community College where many of the same artists show up every year. Such shows have a plethora

Explore Port Townsend’s maritime charm

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Explore Port Townsend’s maritime charm

At just under two hours by car along winding highways through rural country and forest scenery, Port Townsend is an easy access gateway from Tacoma. Either the quaint, Victorian-era town or nearby Fort Worden State Historic Park make a great base for further exploring the Olympic Peninsula. Camp out at the

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