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2017 Best of Tacoma

The readers have spoken. Once again, followers of the Weekly Volcano voted their favorite places into the 2017 Weekly Volcano's Best of Tacoma Reader's Poll.

Best Local Hero: Jermaine Kearse

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Best Local Hero: Jermaine Kearse

Is it fame? Success? Giving back to the community? Being a role model, maybe? Volunteering? Supporting local military veterans and their families? A local college education (unless you're a Coug fan)? An overall persistent will to achieve bigger...

Best Auto Dealership: Lexus of Tacoma at Fife

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Best Auto Dealership: Lexus of Tacoma at Fife

Lexus of Tacoma at Fife provides customers with an "amazing experience."

Best hair salon: Supernova Hair Salon

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Best hair salon: Supernova Hair Salon

Hair is often the first thing people notice, therefore, hair styles should be as individual and unique as the people who wear them. Finding a hair salon isn't difficult -- there seems to be one on every corner.

Best theater group: Tacoma Little Theatre

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Best theater group: Tacoma Little Theatre

"Tacoma Little Theatre is experiencing a renaissance within our community," said Serface, TLT artistic director.

Best pizza: The Cloverleaf

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Best pizza: The Cloverleaf

Almost all pizza is at least pretty good, so it takes a special breed of pie to rise above the norm and earn the adoration of our discriminating readers.

Best pet spa: Shampooch, Inc.

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Best pet spa: Shampooch, Inc.

Shampooch, Inc. Self-Service Dog Wash, located in Tacoma, is winner of Best Pet Spa. Their business is based on their tagline, "Because your dog's favorite groomer is You!"

Best tattoo shop: House of Tattoo!

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Best tattoo shop: House of Tattoo!

With a name like "House of Tattoo!," you know what to expect -- a museum dedicated to the diminutive assistant from Fantasy Island. Fine, it's a tattoo parlor, an amazingly awesome one.

Best military supporter: Odd Otter Brewing Company

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Best military supporter: Odd Otter Brewing Company

The Odd Otter Brewing Company is voted Best Military Supporter in Tacoma. With three of the five initial owners having a military background it is no surprise they are so supportive of veteran and military organizations.

Best live music venue: Jazzbones

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Best live music venue: Jazzbones

Located in the midst of Tacoma's bustling food and entertainment scene, Jazzbones has been a Tacoma fixture for more than 15 years.

Best burger: Frisko Freeze

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Best burger: Frisko Freeze

In the parking lot outside of Frisko Freeze on a recent early Saturday afternoon, assistant manager Chris Matuska held in his right hand the very definition of delicious.

Best hidden gem: The Mule Tavern

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Best hidden gem: The Mule Tavern

When choosing the ideal bar, one must go through a mental checklist of the attributes of importance: ambiance, drink and food selection, friendliness of staff, and more.

Best brewery: 7 Seas Brewing

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Best brewery: 7 Seas Brewing

It is undeniable that microbreweries have increased in both popularity and ubiquity in recent years.

Best coffee house: Anthem Coffee

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Best coffee house: Anthem Coffee

Coffee is never hard to find in the Pacific Northwest, and Tacoma is no exception. A quick cup of Joe can be found on nearly every street corner.

Best event with words: Creative Colloquy

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Best event with words: Creative Colloquy

Since it first appeared on the Web in February 2014, and most especially since its first public event at B Sharp Coffee House the following month, Creative Colloquy (CC) has taken Tacoma and the South Sound's literary community by storm.

Best accessible highbrow culture: Tacoma Opera

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Best accessible highbrow culture: Tacoma Opera

"Our 50th-anniversary season -- That's amazing!" crows Noel Karan, general director of Tacoma Opera. "It's very unusual for an opera company to last this long.

Best music scenester: Evan Main

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Best music scenester: Evan Main

A music scene is only as good as the people that engage with it. Great bands can perform to nobody, or to disinterested people who take smoke breaks during the acts they don't know.

Best thing about Tacoma: Metro Parks

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Best thing about Tacoma: Metro Parks

What's not to love about Metro Parks Tacoma? The expansive system offers amenities you usually see only in larger cities, including zoos, an aquarium, a nature center, a fort, beaches, hiking, a cabin and a conservatory.

Best youth and community development: Write253

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Best youth and community development: Write253

"Vital stories exist," says Michael Haeflinger. "And a lot of times, if you're not asked, â??what is your story?' you'll be hesitant to tell it.

Best film series: Weird Elephant

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Best film series: Weird Elephant

A truly healthy, happy city, I think, is never quite complete until there's a consistent place for cult movie enthusiasts to converge.

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