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Now Reading: Best Hotels in the Pacific Northwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014: Hotel Murano

October 24, 2014 - 12:17

Tacoma's Hotel Murano has once again made a "best-of" list. This time the Murano shows up in the top 10 of Condé Nast Traveller's Readers' Choice Awards for Best Hotels in the Pacific NW.

Condé Nast readers liked the glass art theme, the contemporary, but cozy and well-appointed rooms, the fresh

Broadway Center Vision for the Future

October 24, 2014 - 11:01

The Pantages Theater celebrates its 100th year in 2018. As that centennial approaches, the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, which operates the theater, is looking ahead to the next 100 years of performing arts programming for Tacoma. They want the next century of the Pantages to start with

How to Vote on Charter Amendments, A Few Opinions

October 23, 2014 - 13:56

As election season continues to gather momentum, there are a lot of sources out there with opinions about how you should vote. This week we have recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and from the Tacomic.

On Tuesday the Chamber released its recommendations on four of the twelve proposed Tacoma Charter amendments. It's a pretty succinct guide: just ...

Now Reading: Glass Patches Seed Passion for Local Art

October 22, 2014 - 13:23

Every year Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio makes pumpkins. They're pretty little seasonal works of art that will last longer than your jack o'lantern, and no one has to scoop out the guts.

Each year the artists display and sell their pumpkins at half a dozen locations around the Sound, wrapping up

Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 21, 2014

October 22, 2014 - 12:15

CONSENT AGENDA

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution No. 39030 A resolution setting Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing by the City Council on the surplus and proposed sale of approximately 867 square feet of land owned by the Department of Public Utilities

Wanted: Long-Term, Creative, Innovative Business Plans

October 22, 2014 - 10:17

Spaceworks Tacoma is looking for individuals or groups with long-term, creative/innovative business plans. The projects can be for-profit or non-profit, but they should in some way benefit the Tacoma community.

The Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Program offers operating spaces for local businesses

Now Reading: Coming soon to downtown Tacoma – Odd Otter Brewing

October 21, 2014 - 11:22

Last month Tacoma beer lovers celebrated the opening of Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. Next up is the opening of Odd Otter Brewing, just a few doors down on Pacific. They're hoping to open soon, although it's looking like opening day won't come any sooner than November, according to the brewery's 

Tour Harmon Brewery, Learn About The Not-So-Hidden Benefits of Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

October 21, 2014 - 10:20

Adaptive reuse of historic buildings has been a cornerstone of the revitalization of Tacoma's downtown.

There are plenty of examples of adaptive reuse in downtown Tacoma. Pacific Avenue is at its grandest where it passes between examples of historic buildings adapted and preserved for public uses

Now Reading: Infographic: A National-Level Look at FDI in the United States

October 20, 2014 - 11:05

Foreign Direct Investment seems to be popping up with increasing frequency in conversations about Tacoma's economic outlook - from the recently-formed Mayor's Commission on International Relations, to the new Tacoma-Seatle Seaport Alliance, to the EB-5 investors interested in develooping a new

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 21, 2014

October 20, 2014 - 07:15

Budget talk continues to be the biggest topic this week, with conversations around the general fund, and funding for the Foss Waterway Development Authority. We'll also get to learn more about the new Seaport Alliance and plans to make the West End Alcohol Impact Area permanent, among other things.

Tacoma City Charter Amendments: Arguments For & Against

October 17, 2014 - 11:15

Our Voters' Pamphlet showed up yesterday, and from what we hear ballots are in the mail headed to mailboxes everywhere. The big items for Tacoma voters on this November's ballot will be the 12 proposed amendments to the City Charter.

Some of the items fall more into the category of "housekeeping"

Now Reading: Why the South Sound IPA Festival is important & why you should go

October 17, 2014 - 09:25

The question posed by this article seems like a no-brainer, if you ask us, but there may be more to it than we thought.

Tacoma's newest beer festival, the South Sound IPA Festival (not in any way affiliated with the defunct Craft Beer Festival), is put on by the Washington Beer Commission, which

Now Reading: Report: Postal Service leaves areas in the dark on changes to 95 facilities

October 16, 2014 - 11:04

Tacoma's US Post Office mail processing center over by the Mall is one of 80 the USPS would like to close beginning early next year. Operations of the Tacoma location would be consolidated with the Seattle processing center

The closures will increase delivery times overall, and eliminate overnight

Miko the Cat of King’s Books Passes Away

October 15, 2014 - 13:49

If you've shopped at King's Books, you have probably crossed paths with Miko the cat as he patrolled the stacks, kept an eye on the register, or napped on any available surface. King's is a special bookstore and Miko has been a part of it for a long time. We have some sad news from sweet pea at

Could the New Seaport Alliance Go Beyond Ports?

October 15, 2014 - 13:12

At a joint meeting on Tuesday, the ports of Tacoma and Seattle agreed to enter into a partnership in which many operating decisions for shipping traffic will be made jointly. Although both ports will retain their own commissions, the new Seaport Alliance will have them operating as partners - quite

Tacoma City Council Meeting - October 14, 2014

October 15, 2014 - 12:41

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS/PRESENTATIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

October 16, 2014 was proclaimed as Conflict Resolution Day. The Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution has been mediating and settling a wide range of disputes for 20 years now. The Center has an 80% settlement rate, with a 90%

Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro

October 14, 2014 - 12:06

A new restaurant is in the works for Ruston. The corner unit at North 51st and Pearl, across from the Antique Sandwich Company, has sat empty for quite a while now, but soon its doors will open as a new Northwest-focused Point Defiance Tap and Grill.

Owner Bill Bonnie has been operating Stadium

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of October 14, 2014

October 14, 2014 - 11:15

Utility & Environmental Services Budgets

This Tuesday the Tacoma City Council and Tacoma Public Utility Board will hold a joint study session at which TPU will present its preliminary 2015/2016 budget. Immediately following the joint session, the City Council will hold a work session on another

Now Reading: State says no funds available for proposed Amtrak pedestrian bridge

October 10, 2014 - 15:53

Tacoma's new Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square will likely get a higher roofline, and larger ramps and doors on the north side. It's also possible that East 25th Street will be converted to a one-way street to accomodate added train station-related activity.

It is unlikely that the station

2015-2016 City Budget: Balanced, With Subtle Undertones of Optimism

October 10, 2014 - 10:51

On Tuesday Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax presented his proposed budget for the City for the 2015-2016 biennium to the City Council.

Broadnax's budget is balanced, covering on-going expenses with recurring revenues - no small feat considering the challenges facing the City budget.

Those