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2018 Best of Olympia

THE VOTES ARE IN

Every year we ask the readers of the Weekly Volcano what they like best in the greater Olympia area, and every year they respond. In the following pages you’ll find feature stories of some of the winners from the 2018 Best of Olympia Reader’s Poll, and some writer's picks as well.

Best of Olympia 2018: Ethan Tucker

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Best of Olympia 2018: Ethan Tucker

Country music isn't what it used to be. The days of nothing but twanging guitars, cowboy hats and dusty boots are far behind us, and they've left plenty of room for genre-blurring, feel-good music.

Best of Olympia 2018: City of Lacey

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Best of Olympia 2018: City of Lacey

How is it that the City of Lacey winds up in a story about the Best of Olympia?

Best of Olympia 2018: Fish Brewing Company

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Best of Olympia 2018: Fish Brewing Company

During the past two decades, microbreweries have become a ubiquitous feature of the South Sound scene. With more than 50 small-craft breweries in the region, it takes something special for a microbrewery to rise to the top of the heap and be...

Best of Olympia 2018: Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

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Best of Olympia 2018: Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa was voted Best Spa in Olympia by readers of The Weekly Volcano. Located in Lacey, the spa offers facials, massages and hair removal services.

Best of Olympia 2018: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

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Best of Olympia 2018: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Sure, it's called The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, but it's more accurate to say it's the center of Olympian culture.

Best of Olympia 2018: The Kissing Statue

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Best of Olympia 2018: The Kissing Statue

One of my favorite things to do in Olympia is the Selfie Tour, and my favorite stop is the Kissing Statue in Percival Landing Park.

Best of Olympia 2018: Sam Miller

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Best of Olympia 2018: Sam Miller

However 2017 may have treated you, Sam Miller had a banner year.

Best of Olympia 2018: Olympia Family Theater

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Best of Olympia 2018: Olympia Family Theater

Olympia Family Theater doesn't have far to look in search of original plays, because there is a treasure chest of talented playwrights right here in Olympia.

Best of Olympia 2018: Smoocho Gusto

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Best of Olympia 2018: Smoocho Gusto

I've made no secret of the fact that, when looking for a band to write about, I frequently am attracted to the band with the most interesting name.

Best of Olympia 2018: Cascadia Grill

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Best of Olympia 2018: Cascadia Grill

The menu at the Cascadia Grill sets the tone for an enjoyable and festive dining experience.

Best of Olympia 2018: Studio West Dance Academy

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Best of Olympia 2018: Studio West Dance Academy

The art of dance is about passionate expression and storytelling, am I right? Don't we all sink into our theater seats knowing we'll be wooed by romantic costumes and storylines of classical ballet?

Best of Olympia 2018: Harlequin Productions

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Best of Olympia 2018: Harlequin Productions

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Weekly Volcano readers have voted Harlequin Productions best theater group. Founded and run by Scot and Linda Whitney, Harlequin has been offering South Sound audiences the best in local theater since...

Best of Olympia 2018: 2060 Records

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Best of Olympia 2018: 2060 Records

A well-functioning music scene consists of passionately interwoven people working their hardest to support one another in mutually beneficial ways. At the local level, there's an interplay between bands, venues, audiences, visual artists,...

Best of Olympia 2018: South Sound Coffee Trail

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Best of Olympia 2018: South Sound Coffee Trail

Living in the Pacific Northwest, you quickly learn that coffee is more than just a morning beverage -- it is that concoction that gets you through the long, rainy winter days.

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