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It is finally here, the moment we have all been waiting for. The process of gathering votes started last April when we turned to you, our faithful reader, and asked you to nominate your favorites in dozens of Reader’s Choice award categories. From the best dental care to the best place to dine, we asked and you responded with your votes.

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After months of compiling, sharing nominations online and on social media, the results are now in and what follows are the results of the poll. We have also added “ShowCase staff picks” to honor more noteworthy destinations, organizations, restaurants, shopping and worthwhile experiences from our area.

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We congratulate the businesses in ShowCase Magazine’s Best of 2016 for providing excellence in the service that they provide to our readers and the community. Their efforts have earned them the gold medal in the “Best of 2016.” Thank you to our staff, readers and partners in the community. It is our honor to serve you and to present these awards online, in print and during our annual ShowCase Magazine celebration.

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OLYMPIA Archibald Sisters

Fragrance & Personal Care Essentials 406 Capitol Way S 800.943.2707 archibaldsisters.com

Bamboo and You!

Eco Fashions & Clothing 202 5th Ave SE 360.705.0344 bambooandu.com

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Women’s Clothing Boutique 101 Capitol Way N 360.352.ROPA (7672) bellezaropa.com

Capital Mall & Promenade

Over 100 Stores, Restaurants & Century Theatres 625 Black Lake Blvd 360.754.8017 shoppingcapitalmall.com READER POLL WINNER!

Courtyard Antiques

Antiques & Bistro 705 4th Ave E 360.352.3864 courtyardantiquesolympia.com

Little General Food Shop

Boutique Specialty Food Store, Wine & Housewares 500 Capitol Way S 360.352.3663 littlegeneralolympia.com

Olympia Farmers Market Fresh Food and Gifts 700 Capitol Way N olympiafarmersmarket.com

Panowicz Jewlers Fine Jewelry 111 Market St NE 360.357.4943 panowicz.com

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BLITZ & CO FLORIST Bringing life to flowers for over 25 years.

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Featuring unique gifts: Bunnies by the Bay Votive Candles Vance Kitira Candles Franz Chocolate Home Expressions

705 4th Ave E, Olympia 360-352-3864 courtyardantiquesolympia.com

721 4th Ave E, Olympia 360-489-1340 courtyardstudio721.com

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custom design furniture unique home décor specialty wines - wine gift baskets

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2614 North Proctor St, Tacoma 253.761.5531 envytacoma envyboutique253

202 5th Ave SE, Olympia Located Next to Capital Theater • (360) 705-0344

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SHOPPING & SPECIALTY ITEMS—CONTINUED Popinjay Jewelry

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Chocolate Truffles, Furniture & Lotions 414 Capitol Way S 360.352.9841 thepopinjay.com

Studio 721

Paint studio, home decor, furniture, gifts, classes 721 4th Ave E 360.489.1340 courtyardstudio721.com

Vivala

Clothing & Shoes 111 Market St NE 360.754.VIVA (8482) vivalastore.com

STAFF FAVORITE

CENTRALIA Gracie’s Boutique

Boutique Women’s Fashion, Accessories, Gifts & Inspiration 120-A South Tower Ave 360.623.1586

FIFE Almond Roca Outlets

Over 100 years of candy making in Tacoma. Exquisite Almond Roca and local favorites! 3500 - C 20th St E 253.620.3030 brown-haley.com READER POLL WINNER!

TACOMA Blitz & Co Florist Gifts & Home Décor 909 Pacific Ave 253.572.2327 blitzflorist.com

Creative Forces

Gifts and Art 1320 Broadway 253.227.8871 creativeforcesgallery.com

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Envy

Women’s Clothing Boutique 2614 North Proctor St 253.761.5531 facebook.com/envytacoma

Sole Perfection

Largest Comfort Shoe Chain 4027 Tacoma Mall Blvd 253.475.5288 soleperfectionshoes.com

Tacoma Mall

Clothing, Jewelry & Dining 4502 South Steele St 253.475.4565 tacoma-mall.com

The Art Stop

Handcrafted Art, Jewelry & Clothing 940 Broadway 253.272.3377 artstoptacoma.com

Throwing Mud Gallery Gifts & Art 2212 North 30th St 253.254.7961 throwingmudgallery.com

LACEY Shipwreck Beads

Everything you need to create beautiful jewelry 8560 Commerce Pl Dr NE 800.950.4232 shipwreckbeads.com

KENT Kent Station

Retail Stores, Restaurants & Cinemas 417 Ramsay Way 253.856.2301 kentstation.com

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business is blooming at blitz & co florist Great staff, years of experience, and a creative team that in tropical and other plants, European dish gardens, high-style works well together—the secret to three decades of success floral arrangements, silk and dried arrangements, and wedding and funeral designs. And at Blitz, there’s more to gift-giving for Tacoma’s Blitz & Co Florist. than flowers. The shop also carries an extensive gift selecGive the team an idea or a blank slate, says Blitz & Co owner tion, fruit and gourmet baskets, gift baskets, greeting cards Steve Barbazette, and all of a sudden, they’re creating some- and candles. thing beautiful. “Not everyone can do that—see things in their head and make it come to life.” Many clients are looking for Blitz & Co boasts a diverse clientele, including wedding parinspiration, he says. At Blitz, “a conglomeration of years of ties, both small and large; businesses and corporate events; hospitals and retirement communities. Diversity keeps the experience and experiences comes up with great ideas.” business flowing, says Barbazette. “It’s a fun business to be in, Founder Marilyn Blitz started the business as a downtown but it’s also one of the hardest. People say it’s one of the easisetup of buckets of fresh flowers in an alley. In 1999, then est to start, and one of the easiest to fail as well. Many think under the new ownership and stewardship of Barbazette, they can do it, but it’s a tough business.” Blitz & Co moved to its current location on a lively stretch A tough business done beautifully by Blitz & Co Florist. of Pacific Avenue. vEMILY HAPPY “It’s a nice town, with good clients,” says Barbazette. “Being around so long, you know the suppliers—the fresh Blitz & Co Florist flowers and the sources to get the right stuff. It helps a lot 909 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 253.777.3596 to get the freshest.” blitzflorist.com

Besides offering a large inventory of fresh flowers for traditional or contemporary arrangements, Blitz & Co specializes

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PUYALLUP Johnson Jewelers

103 South Meridian 253.848.1332 johnson-jewelers.com

My Cheese Shoppe

Specialty Cheese, Meats and Sandwiches 202 South Meridian 253.841.2011 mycheeseshoppe.com

South Hill Mall

Retail, Movies & Dining 3500 South Meridian 253.840.2828 southhillmall.com

Wine Decor and More Home decor, Gifts and Wine 109 North Meridian 253.848. 4450 wine-decorandmore.com

SUMNER A Picket Fence

Home Decor, Gifts & Jewelry 1006 Main St 253.863.6048 apicketfence.com

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STAFF Antiques & Collectibles FAVORITE 1109 Main St

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SugarBabies

Upscale Children’s Boutique 926 Main St 253.299.6221 shopsugarbabies.com

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HOME & INTERIOR Bella Kitchen & Home

HOME

Home and Kitchen 4793 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor 253.514.6924 bellakitchenandhome.com

Courtyard Antiques & Home Decor Antiques, Bistro, Home Décor and Chalk Paint 705 4th Ave E, Olympia 360.352.3864 courtyardantiquesolympia.com

Furniture Works

Gently Used & New Furnishings 402 Washington St NE, Olympia 360.570.0165 olyfurnitureworks.com

Home Goods

Home Decor 4639 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor 253.857.0810 homegoods.com READER POLL WINNER!

Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse Home Furnishings 13608 Valley Ave E, Sumner 253.863.0422 oldcanneryfurniture.com

Selden’s Furniture

Fine Furniture & Home Décor 1802 62nd Ave E, Tacoma 253.922.5700 seldens.com

The Key Antiques

Antiques and Home Décor 11138 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood 253.588.0569 facebook.com/thekeyantiques

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NORTHLIGHT INTERIORS a dream... a plan... a reality

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PACIFIC COMMONS Guiding you through every step of your home buying/selling process – before, during, and long after the sale.

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HOME & INTERIOR SERVICES HOME BUILDERS/SUPPLIERS American Dream Design Build

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133 15th St E, Puyallup 253.446.9000 americandreamdesignbuild.com

Gray Lumber

Sixth Ave & Proctor St, Tacoma 253.752.7000 graylumber.com

HiLine Homes

Four Locations in Washington 253.770.2244 hilinehomes.com

Omega Custom Homes 5620 112th St E, Puyallup 253.446.1100 omegacustomhomes.com

Vedere Construction

1201 Regents Blvd, University Place 253.318.3564 vedereconstruction.com

Wren & Willow

READER General Contractors POLL 5104 North Pearl St, Tacoma WINNER! 253. 227.8189

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INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES The Artisan Goup 1508 4th Ave E, Olympia 360.570.0626 artisangroup.com

Concepts Contractual Residential Design 11008 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood 253.588.9421 barbdalton.com READER POLL WINNER!

Northlight Interiors

1107 West Main St, Sumner 253.826.0339 northlightinteriors.com

LANDSCAPE DESIGN Buds & Blades Landscape Olympia 360.456.3586 budsandblades.com

Olympic Landscape & Irrigation 5620 112th St E, Puyallup 253.922.7075 olympiclandscape.com

AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES Click Cable TV 253.502.8900 clickcabletv.com

Desco AV

2306 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia 360.943.1393 descoav.com

Hardcastle Entertainment 425.255.6992 hardcastleentertainment.com

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V E D E R E Exceptional New Homes and Remodels.

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northlight interiors—style makers

“Every project is led by the client’s hopes,” says Pudists. “Inspiration might come from a piece of art, their favorite color or the environment, like the beach or the mountains.”

With a long list of satisfied clients and more in the works, this team is making serious style happen in the local design arena. Stop by the showroom in Sumner or check them out online. vANDREA LERUM Northlight Interiors 1107 Main St, Sumner 253.826.0339 northlightinteriors.com

Clients benefit from the two designers’ diverse backgrounds. Both highly creative with a love for architecture, they have experience with their own design projects and are skilled in both residential remodels and commercial projects throughout the Northwest. Working with contractors and homeowners alike, Pudists and Kern have a healthy respect for both sides of the building industry. The design duo focuses on delivering peace of mind, which extends to the type of products sold in their showroom in Sumner. “We don’t allow anything in the store that we would not want to take home with us,” says Pudists. They carry a number of items made exclusively in the U.S. and also items that are good for the home and the environment, such as cleanburning candles.

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Anyone who has ever set out to redecorate knows what a struggle it can be. Whether it is one room or an entire home, the challenge can be overwhelming. With so many choices, colors and fabrics, it can be difficult to know where to begin. For local Pacific Northwest designers Juleen Pudists and Christine Kern, helping clients turn dreams into reality is what makes every project a unique adventure.


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SERVICES BANKING/CREDIT UNIONS Anchor Bank

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Ten Locations in the Puget Sound anchornetbank.com

Chase Bank chase.com

OBEE Credit Union

Five Locations in the South Sound obee.com

Olympia Federal Savings

Seven Locations in the South Sound olyfed.com

Wells Fargo

Home Mortgage wellsfargo.com/mortgage

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INSURANCE AGENCIES Altman Insurance

1025 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia 360.705.0466 altmanagency.com

American Family Insurance 5005 Center St, Tacoma 253.565.0756 getfoleyinsured.com

Duncan and Associates Insurance 2111 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia 360.352.7588 duncanins.com

Fournier Insurance Solutions

Five Local South Puget Sound Offices fourniersolutions.com

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CAR SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AND SERVICE BMW Northwest 4011 20th St E, Tacoma 253.922.8700 bmwnw.com

Capitol City Honda

2370 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia 866.204.6684 capitolcityhonda.com

Kia of Puyallup

111 Valley Ave NE, Puyallup 253.286.8000 kiaofpuyallup.com

Korum Ford

100 River Rd, Puyallup 253.845.6600 korum.com

Lakewood Ford

11503 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood 253.474.0511 lakewoodford.com READER POLL WINNER!

Olympia Nissan

Olympia Auto Mall, 2220 Carriage St SW, Olympia 360.754.5525 olympianissan.com

Rolf’s Import Auto Service 3122 96th St S, Lakewood 253.584.7770 rolfsimport.com

Titus Will Ford

3606 South Sprague Ave, Tacoma 253.475.4151 tituswillford.com

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EXCELLENT CARE

CLOSE TO HOME For the past 30 years, South Sound residents have enjoyed the advantages of a fullservice community hospital close to home. And today, our expert team of physicians, nurses and staff remains committed to providing unmatched personal care, medical expertise and innovative treatments and technologies. Why? Because like you, we all share a common goal: to make this community a healthier place to live.

For a physician referral, visit us online or call 1-800-798-5143 3900 Capital Mall Dr. SW • Olympia, WA 98502 • 360-754-5858 • 888-677-9757 • capitalmedical.com

Capital Medical Center is partly owned by some of the physicians who serve our patients.

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SERVICES—CONTINUED LEGAL SERVICES Allen T Miller Law Offices

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1801 West Bay Dr NW, Olympia 360.754.9156 atmlawoffices.com

Connelly Law Offices READER POLL WINNER!

2301 North 30th St, Tacoma 253.593.5100 506 2nd Ave, Seattle 206.816.3002 connelly-law.com

Ledger Square Law

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710 Market St, Tacoma 253.327.1900 ledgersquarelaw.com

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REAL ESTATE/PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate 11821 Canyon Rd E, Puyallup 253.435.5500 bhgpc.com

David Gala & The Hume Group 4701 South 19th St, Tacoma 253.312.4448 thehumegroup.com

Lori Jenkins—Hawkins Poe

8815 North Harborview Dr, Gig harbor 253.274.8981 hawkinspoe.com

Property Management Group 5620 112th St E, Puyallup 253.286.2677 pmgrentalinfo.com

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SERVICES—CONTINUED RETIREMENT & ASSISTED LIVING Panorama

SERVICES

1751 Circle Lane SE, Lacey 360.456.0111 panorama.org

Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community

1301 North Highlands Pkwy,Tacoma 253.752.7112 tacomalutheran.org READER POLL WINNER!

Weatherly Inn

6016 North Highlands Parkway, Tacoma 253.752.8550 weatherlyinn.com

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Capital Medical Center on Olympia’s west side is undergoing a $16.3 million expansion and renovation of its surgical department to better serve patients. When the project is completed in the summer of 2017, the medical center will have five brand-new, state-of-the-art surgical suites and two completely remodeled suites. The new operating suites will be larger to accommodate the array of medical equipment and technology used during surgeries. Physicians and staff will also have more space to work when doing procedures that require different positioning, such as hip replacements.

part of the renovation, pre-op and recovery areas will also be improved to provide greater comfort for patients. A larger and more accessible waiting area for family and friends will be created, and behind-the-scenes spaces, including the sterilization room and locker rooms, will be made more functional. In a sign of the hospital’s excellence in joint replacement and spine surgery, The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accreditation organization, has awarded its Gold Seal of Approval—one of the first in the state—to Capital’s Joint & Spine Center. This means its programs have undergone rigorous clinical review, and that patients can expect a high level of care when undergoing these surgical procedures. vLEAH GROUT

Capital Medical has already installed new technology in anticipation of its expansion and remodel. An example is the Mazor Capital Medical Center Robotics Renaissance. This robotic-guided spine surgery sys- 3900 Capital Mall Dr SW, Olympia tem allows orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons to 360.754.5858 plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3-D simulation of a capitalmedical.com patient’s spine. During surgery, Renaissance guides the surgeon’s hand and tools to the precise planned location. Renaissance has been clinically validated to ensure accuracy of up to 1.5 mm for increased patient safety. Compared with freehand spine surgery, this translates to the best possible clinical results for patients, with less use of fluoroscopy. Minimally invasive surgery can mean smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations, less pain and faster recovery for patients. Capital Medical Center is currently the only hospital in Washington offering robotic-guided spine surgery. Capital’s expansion project will expand the footprint of the medical center by approximately 10,000 square feet. As

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WELLNESS

service and convenience at the heart of light dental studios We can all agree on the ultimate qualities for a dental provider: round-the-clock service, free consultations, same-day appointments, entire family bookings, empathetic service and affordable care. It’s nearly impossible to find a full combination of such attributes. But then there’s Light Dental Studios.

Besides standard dental checkups, treatments and other services, Light Dental Studios offers on-site orthodontics, implants, surgeries and dentures. Children’s dental care is also offered, and the offices frequently schedule care for entire families side by side on the same day to save time.

Based in Puyallup and dentistowned—with seven locations, 18 dentists and more than 80 employees in the South Puget Sound—the company has customer service at the core of its mission.

Then there’s the annual South Sound Free Dental Day, when the staff donates its time and skills to give away more than $50,000 worth of dental work—including fillings, extractions and dentures—on a first come, first-served basis. “We want patients to feel comfortable,” Broughton says. “Our first goal is to provide same-day treatment.”

“We try to treat people the way we would want to be treated,” says owner and principal Dr. Steven Broughton, who bought his first office from a former dentist in Puyallup in 1997. Dr. Steven Broughton and Dr. Angie Dunn Broughton says that Light Den“People say our practice feels tal Studios will add several lolike we’re all neighbors, like they’re just going down the street cations in the next two years in growing family locations. His for friendly dental care.” take on the increasing growth of his practice: “Our patients tell us they enjoy the convenience of the offices being open yearWith hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., including Saturdays, doctors round with evening and Saturday hours and the ability to proavailable 24/7, free consultations, same-day appointments and vide dentistry on the same day.” vHOLLY SMITH PETERSON entire-family same-day care, Light Dental Studios has the solutions patients need. Light Dental Studios Explains Broughton, “We’re trying to make dentistry effortless by making it about our patients, not the dentists. Our schedule accommodates their schedule, not the other way around. Our doctors are always available, and almost all procedures are done in-house.”

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HEALTH & WELLNESS DENTAL SERVICES Light Dental Studios

WELLNESS

READER POLL WINNER!

7 South Sound Locations lightdentalstudios.com

Puyallup Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Stuart Hersey 8012 112th St Ct E, Puyallup 253.864.9889 smilesforkids.com

Vetter Dental

1808 State Ave NE, Olympia 360. 459.2677 vetterdental.com

WELLNESS SERVICES Holistic Health Clinic

1530 S Union Ave, Tacoma 253.752.2558 theholistichealthclinic.com READER POLL WINNER!

MEDICAL CENTERS Capital Medical

3900 Capital Mall Dr SW, Olympia 360.754.5858 capitalmedical.com

St. Joseph Medical Center 1717 South J St, Tacoma 253.426.4101 fhshealth.org

PEDIATRICS Harbor Pediatrics

4700 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor 253.853.3888 harborpeds.net READER POLL WINNER!

Sound Family Medicine 4 Puget South Locations 253.848.5951 soundfamilymedicine.com

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DERMATOLOGY SERVICES MultiCare Dermatology 4 Puget Sound Locations multicare.org/dermatology

Peninsula Dermatology & Laser Clinic 4700 Pt Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor 253.851.7733 peninsulaskincare.com

Vital Rejuvenation

1801 West Bay Drive NW, Olympia 360.870.8616 wellnessolympia.com

EYE CARE SERVICES Clarus Eye Centre 345 College St SE, Lacey 360.456.3200 claruseye.com STAFF FAVORITE

Evergreen Eye Center

Four Locations in the Puget Sound 800.340.3595 evergreeneye.com

Olympia Vision Clinic Olympia 360.357.6683 Lacey 360.459.2108 olympiavisionclinic.com READER POLL WINNER!

Pacific Northwest Eye Associates Tacoma 253.759.5555 Gig Harbor 253.858.5186 pnweye.com

SALON & SPA SERVICES MultiCare Med Spa

Three Locations in the South Sound multicaremedspa.org READER POLL WINNER!

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Savi Day Spa

1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma 253.627.2000 shopsavi.com


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pacific northwest eye associates: high-touch vision care services WELLNESS

Pacific Northwest Eye Associates was voted Best for 2016 for a high-quality and hightouch vision care experience in the South Puget Sound, with the convenience of two office locations. Formed in 1995 by experienced ophthalmologists Dr. Ted Baer, Dr. Richard Bowe and Dr. John Goodin, the group maintained a busy practice on South Cedar Street in Tacoma before building a modern 20,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Union Avenue and South 19th Street in 2011. Later the practice expanded to Gig Harbor. Pacific Northwest Eye Associates provides South Sound families with the latest in comprehensive and specialty eye care, from standard eye exams and optometry to treatment for conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma. According to Geoff Charlton, chief operating officer, the doctors and staff of Pacific Northwest Eye are dedicated to providing skilled, compassionate vision care to residents of the communities they serve. In each facility they strive to treat each patient as an individual, recognizing their unique needs and concerns. Charlton also highlights the way that Pacific Northwest Eye They are also proud to serve a diverse population, offering delivers services to elderly clients. Team members make language interpretation in their offices for up to 12 languages. monthly visits to home-bound elderly citizens, he says, to make sure that those who cannot travel are able to receive “Creating a positive, high-touch experience to each person vision care. vLEAH GROUT who visits is really an art,” says Charlton. “It is what our staff does on a daily basis. We do follow-up reviews on every visit Pacific Northwest Eye Associates and are proud that 95% percent of our visitors say our staff 3602 South 19th St, Tacoma are warm and welcoming and provide personal service. The 253.759.5555 4700 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor staff here sees it as a calling to do what we do.” 253.858.5186 pnweye.com

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE PUYALLUP

DINING

READER Crockett’s Public 114 E Stewart Ave POLL WINNER! 253.466.3075

House

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The Ram

10403 156th St E 253.445.1005 theram.com

TACOMA Indochine Asian Dining Lounge

1924 Pacific Ave 253.272.8200 indochinedowntown.com

Matador Restaurant

STAFF 721 Pacific Ave FAVORITE

253.627.7100 matadorrestaurants.com

Pacific Grill

1502 Pacific Ave 253.627.3535 pacificgrilltacoma.com

The Hub

203 Tacoma Ave 253.683.4606 hub.harmonbrewingco.com

KENT Agave Cocina & Cantina

504 Ramsay Way, Kent Station 253.277.2053 agaverest.com

SUMNER Sorci’s Italian Cafe 1012 Ryan Ave 253.891.8400 sorcisitaliancafe.com

Windmill Bistro Café & Restaurant 16009-A 60th St E 253.826.7897 windmillbistro.com

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OLYMPIA Gardner’s Seafood & Pasta

111 Thurston Ave NW 360.786.8466 gardnersrestaurant.com

Tugboat Annie’s

2100 Oyster Bay Rd NW 360.943.1850 tugboatannies.com

GIG HARBOR Green.House Restaurant 4793 Point Fosdick Dr NW 253.514.6482 greenhousegigharbor.com

YELM Bellas Organic Gourmet 9144 Burnett Road SE 360.960.8220 bellasorganicgourmet.com


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It may have been Crockett’s Public House, a chill-out, familyfriendly American pub-style eatery, that kicked off the restaurant scene in downtown Puyallup. So says owner Shaun Broback, who also owns the popular Trackside Pizza. Like that local dining industry winner, Crockett’s has been a firestorm success from the get-go.

That really stoked Broback. He said Crockett’s has been very well received by the community, which he characterizes as both unique and a great market that’s undervalued. New items on the menu this year include what the servers say is most popular: the tuna melt, built on chewy, Parmesan-crusted sourdough bread and slathered with melted Gruyère cheese.

Sliding out savvy cocktails and tap beers, not to mention luscious complementary American fare, Crockett’s has seen such Standards like the chili burger and crisp-fried, onion-topped demand that it’s launching its premier drive-through this fall, Mom’s Sloppy Joe, however, continue to fight for first-place with a shortened menu of its delicious sit-down offerings. rank in customer orders. So do breakfasts, served to crowds on weekends only, from 8 a.m. to noon. Set in a former historic feed store, Crockett’s has been a hit since its beginnings in 2011—so much so that high-voltage The four-page drink menu has been completely revamped chef Guy Fieri featured the innovative gastropub on his Food as well. That’s a particular draw, as the gastropub offers $5 Network smash Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. happy hour drink specials weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday. Other unique menu items include fire-grilled artichokes with Calabrian aioli, a thick-cut BLT with chips, hearty chicken and waffles with maple syrup and Louisiana hot sauce, Asian chicken salad, seafood chowder, and the famous Public House meatballs, sprinkled liberally with Parmesan and pistachios. If you want to kick back and enjoy a variety of terrific pub fare, invite family and friends to join you in the relaxing ambiance of Crockett’s pub-style setting, complete with exposed brick walls, cheery servers, light shining through big windows, stained-glass accents and lots of buzz. Or, if you’re in a hurry, just speed through the drive-through. Either route is an equally satisfying experience. vHOLLY SMITH PETERSON Crockett’s Public House 118 East Stewart Ave, Puyallup 253.466.3075 crockettspublichouse.com

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ITALIAN OLYMPIA Basilico

DINING

Italian Ristorante 507 Capitol Way S 360.570.8777 ristorantebasilico.com READER POLL WINNER!

Mercato Ristorante Italian Influence 111 Market St 360.528.3663 mercatoristorante.com

Pizzeria La Gitana 518 Capitol Way S 360.753.2929 pizzerialagitana.com

TACOMA Joeseppi’s

2207 North Pearl St 253.761.5555 joeseppis.com

Primo Grill

Fresh Italian 2701 6th Ave 253.383.7000 primogrilltacoma.com

SUMNER Aversano’s

6015 Parker Rd E 253.863.3618 aversanos.com

STAFF FAVORITE

Sorci’s Italian Café & Enoteca Italian Eatery & Deli 1012 Ryan Ave 253.891.8400 sorcisitaliancafe.com

YELM Pizzeria La Gitana 309 Yelm Ave E 360.400.2929 pizzerialagitana.com

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PUYALLUP Mama Stortini’s 3207 East Main Ave 253.845.7569 mamastortinis.com

Toscanos

Fine Dining Italian 437 29th St NE 253.864.8600 toscanospuyallup.com

FEDERAL WAY Verrazano’s

Fine Italian 28835 Pacific Hwy S 253.946.4122 verrazanos.com

GIG HARBOR Massimo

Italian Bar & Grill 13802 Purdy Dr NW 253.514.6237 massimobarandgrill.com

KENT Mama Stortini’s

240 West Kent Station St 253.854.5050 mamastortinis.com


Sicilian Bakery & Cafe Puyallup’s landmark restaurant as featured on the Food Network’s popular show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. 118 East Stewart, Puyallup // 253.466.3075 // crockettspublichouse.com

Point Ruston • 5005 Main Street, Suite 105 • Tacoma 253-292-0172 • www.dolcesi.com

Come Enjoy Dinner On Our Patio!

Savor is now offering wine! Join us for Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4pm - 7pm

Savor Creperie 1916 Pacific Ave | Tacoma 253-365-5534 | savorcreperie.com Mon-Fri 11am-7pm | Sat 9am-5pm Closed Sundays

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ASIAN INFLUENCE PUYALLUP Ayothaya

DINING

Thai 4102 South Meridian 253.841.7599 5604 176th St E 253.271.6162 ayothayarestaurant.com

Chili Thai

Thai 3712 9th Ave 253.864.7005 chilithai.com

Trapper’s Sushi Sushi 10305 156th St E 253.891.2046 trapperssushi.net

TACOMA Galanga Thai Thai 1129 Broadway 253.272.3393 galangathai.com

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge READER POLL WINNER!

Thai ShowCase Favorite: Dancing Buddha 1924 Pacific Ave 253.272.8200 indochinedowntown.com

Indochine on Pearl Southeast Asian Cuisine 4612 North Pearl St 253.761.2727 indochinepearl.com

BONNEY LAKE Trapper’s Sushi Sushi 20649 Hwy 410 E 253.987.7632 trapperssushi.net

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FEDERAL WAY Indochine

Seafood & Satay Bar Thai 31406 Pacific Hwy S 253.529.4214

Tokyo Japanese Steak House

Teppanyaki tableside grilling 1404 South 320th St 253.839.4352 tokyojapanesesteakhouse.org

KENT Trapper’s Sushi Sushi 321 Ramsay Way 253.236.8712 trapperssushi.net

LAKEWOOD Thong Thai

Earthy, Friendly Thai 12836 Pacific Hwy SW 253.581.1115

OLYMPIA/LACEY/TUMWATER The Lemon Grass Restaurants Thai 212 4th Ave W, Olympia 360.705.1832 8125 Quinault Dr NE, Lacey 360.459.9511 5801 Capitol Blvd SW, Tumwater 360.705.0055 thelemongrassrestaurants.com


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Walk into the beautiful dining room of this classic Thai restaurant in Tacoma’s Museum District and the experience is both grand and intimate. Polished wood, fresh orchids, and warm, natural textures are highlighted throughout the open, yet cozy restaurant space.

Gang curry brings to the table a plate of thick, coconut-creamy garlic- and chili-tinged gravy simmered over vegetables, with a splash of lime and lemongrass.

The sophisticated and stylish restaurant is actually an extension of a simple local Thai diner that opened in Federal Way in 1995. A decade later, owners Russel Brunton and Ly Ngov launched their downtown Tacoma restaurant and lounge, on property owned by the University of Washington Tacoma.

There’s a quick-read wine and beer list too. New options include the very popular Drunken Buddha, the coconut martini and a host of local brews right on tap. New for this year is the lunch menu, with slightly smaller-than-dinner portions at onethird of the dinner prices. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are always available.

Seeking seafood? Everything is top-notch. If you can’t decide, the honey walnut prawns have the perfect blend of sweet, But what you’re really here for is the food: a wonderful blend crunchy and savory. Then there’s the paella-style Black Sea, of authentic Thai flavors toned down and fused with Indian, with black Thai rice, sweet kala masala, and a snappy mix of Chinese, Japanese and American ideas. scallops, calamari, crab and fresh prawns.

What emerged is what Brunton describes as “Asian minimalist.” The most prominent feature is a chuckling, fountain-fed Top off any Indochine Asian fare with the surprising homepond flowing from a luminous glass bowl and lined with gleam- made gelato, and you’re all set. vHOLLY SMITH PETERSON ing wooden bench tables. The expansive restaurant has a seating capacity of roughly 200, but more private side sections Indochine Asian Dining Lounge also stand out. Intimate booths foster close-set, canoodling 1924 Pacific Ave, Tacoma romance. The back tatami room provides quiet privacy. A 253.272.8200 platform pavilion, with elevated dining beneath gauzy peach- indochinedowntown.com colored curtains, encourages conversation in an atmosphere of grace and warmth. Finally, a behind-the-bar event space provides a fresh blend of energy and Zen vibe. On the menu, there’s a lot that’s new for this season, along with yet another seating option. You’ll want to take advantage of sunny weather by enjoying the new sidewalk seating along Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue. Go-to Thai choices include curry, rice and noodle combinations and house specials. Familiar pan-Asian items that will satisfy include—well, anything. If you’re craving Thai, you can’t go wrong with the spicy Siamese noodles, which blend a flavorful basil-ginger sauce with thick, pan-fried noodles and beef, chicken, prawns or tofu. showcasemedialive.com

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MEAT LOVERS TACOMA Asado

DINING

STAFF 2810 6th Ave FAVORITE 253.272.7770

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Marrow Kitchen and Bar 2717 6th Ave 253.267.5299 marrowtacoma.com

Pacific Grill

1502 Pacific Ave 253.627.3535 pacificgrilltacoma.com

The Hub

203 Tacoma Ave 253.683.4606 hub.harmonbrewingco.com

PUYALLUP Crockett’s Public House 118 East Stewart Ave 253.466.3075 crockettspublichouse.com

Iron Chef Japanese Steakhouse

Teppanyaki tableside grilling 4301 South Meridian 253.848.3759 ironchefsteakhouse.com

ROCHESTER

READER Lucky Eagle Steakhouse 12888 188th Ave SW POLL WINNER! 360.273.2000

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SHELTON The Strip Steak House 405 Railroad Ave 360.432.5844

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OLYMPIA Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn 2024 4th Ave E 360.357.4852

Little General Food Shop 313 5th Ave SE 360.352.FOOD (3663) littlegeneralolympia.com

Ranch House BBQ

10841 Kennedy Creek Rd SW 360.866.8704 ranchhousebbq.com

Ricardo’s

676 Woodland Square 360.413.9995 chefricardo.com


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The tango. Gaucho crafts. Soccer. Siestas. Argentina is rich in culture, but you need not hop on a plane to enjoy authentic Argentine fare. Located in the heart of the Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue business district, Asado boasts traditional cuisine from the South American country. Loosely translated, asado means “Argentine barbeque” and is a classic method for cooking meat on a grill or over an open fire.

A ceviche appetizer is generous enough for two. The tower of mildly sweet tilapia, prawns, and mild, firm sea bass is layered on pico de gallo and topped with creamy, refreshing guacamole. The seafood delicacy is accompanied by an Argentine staple, fried plantains, crunchy and lightly salted. Soft rolls are served with herbed, paprika tinted chimichurri butter. Asado offers the most complete selection of Argentine wines in the Northwest. Malbec is the most widely planted red grape variety, followed by Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. The influence of Italian immigrants has added a variety of Italian varietals to the vineyards. Asado’s beef is all natural Black Angus and steaks are masterfully grilled over imported mesquite wood. Espalda Asado (flat iron steak) is presented over sweet roasted corn polenta finished with a hint of mild poblano chile. Al dente calabasita (butternut squash) gnocchi is served in a rich brown butter sauce, blended with macadamia nuts, wild mushrooms, julienneed zucchini and slivered garlic cloves; it is a reflection of the Italian influence on the Argentine diet. Pita Puerco (pork chop stuffed with chorizo, cranberries, golden raisins, almonds, apples, and fennel) and Garron de Cordero (seared boneless chicken breast, caperberry, white wine lemon pan sauce, wilted arugula, and cherry tomatoes) are other entrees to be savored. Asado offers the fabulous flavors of Argentina using the freshest ingredients from the Northwest and beyond. Attention to quality, presentation and service makes it one of a kind. For a satisfying meat-loving experience, give Asado a try. vMARY MORGAN Asado 2810 6th Ave, Tacoma 253.272.7770 asadotacoma.com

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DINING WITH FLAIR OLYMPIA Anthony’s

DINING

704 Columbia St NW 360.357.9700 anthonys.com

Mercato Ristorante 111 Market St NE 360.528.3663 mercatoristorante.com

Seafood Restaurant at Red Wind Casino

READER POLL 12819 Yelm Hwy SE WINNER! 866.946.2444

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Swing Wine Bar

825 Columbia St SW 360.357.9464 swingwinebar.com

Waterstreet Café

610 Water St SW 360.709.9090 waterstreetcafeandbar.com

TACOMA Art House Café

111 North Tacoma Ave 253.212.2011 arthousecafe.com

Bite

1320 Broadway Plaza 253.591.4151 hotelmuranotacoma.com

El Gaucho

2119 Pacific Ave 253.272.1510 elgaucho.com

Matador Restaurant 721 Pacific Ave 253.627.7100 matadorrestaurants.com

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Pacific Grill

1502 Pacific Ave 253.627.3535 pacificgrilltacoma.com

Savor Creperie 1916 Pacific Ave 253.365.5534 savorcreperie.com

The Melting Pot 2121 Pacific Ave 253.535.3939 meltingpot.com

GIG HARBOR Green.House Restaurant 4793 Point Fosdick Dr NW 253.514.6482 greenhousegigharbor.com


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well-presented fresh seafood at red wind DINING

At Nisqually Red Wind Casino’s Seafood Restaurant guests enjoy the freshest catch in the Pacific Northwest, says Executive Chef Roberto Los Banos. The restaurant has quickly gained popularity among sushi lovers, as well as fans of well-presented traditional seafood fare. Featured on the menu Thursday through Saturday, sushi now attracts a number of regular guests, according to Los Banos. “The response has been very gratifying. Frequent travelers have told us that—from New York to LA—this is the best sushi they’ve ever eaten. They see how much love—how much “aloha” —goes into every meal,” says Los Banos, a native Hawaiian.

Another menu option that has grown in popularity is “Eventide.” This three-course meal is offered every Sunday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Eventide includes the choice of a starter, entrée and dessert. According to Los Banos, this weekday special gives his team the opportunity to treat guests to a high-quality meal at a very reasonable cost. While menu options and presentations have evolved over time, guests at the seafood restaurant can be sure one thing will never change, says Bob Darling, restaurant manager. “No matter what our chefs prepare, it’s never far from harvest to plate.” He adds that Northwest tribal fishermen provide the restaurant with the very best salmon and halibut. Produce is local and seasonal. Oysters and clams come from local shell-

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“Aloha,” he explains, translates into carefully selecting food sources, applying expert cooking techniques and creating a first-class dining experience in a comfortable setting. Indeed, part of the restaurant’s appeal is the option to choose a quiet, cozy table or a seat at the seafood bar, where you can watch your food being prepared. “Guests at the seafood bar can ‘feel the heat,’” says Los Banos. “We keep them entertained and offer a unique opportunity to interact with our chefs. We field questions about our seasonings and recipes throughout the experience. You can watch how your plate is being built and the process of how it gets from the kitchen to the table.”

fish farms, and foods not raised locally are carefully sourced from tribes throughout the United States. Nisqually Red Wind Casino’s Seafood Restaurant is a fresh option with beautiful presentations and sushi that serves up the love in an unexpected package. vSALLY TERINN Seafood Restaurant at Red Wind Casino 12819 Yelm Hwy SE, Olympia 866.946.2444 redwindcasino.com/dining/seafood-restaurant

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DESTINATIONS, ENTERTAINMENT & GIVING BACK

DESTINATIONS, ENTERTAINMENT & GIVING BACK

DESTINATIONS Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St, Tacoma 866.468.7386 museumofglass.org READER Northwest Trek Wildlife 11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville POLL WINNER! 360.832.6117

Park

nwtrek.org

Olympia Farmers Market

700 Capitol Way N, Olympia 360.352.9096 olympiafarmersmarket.com

Wild Waves

36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way 253.661.8000 wildwaves.com

HOTELS

READER Hotel Murano 1320 Broadway, Tacoma POLL WINNER! 253.238.8000

hotelmuranotacoma.com

Red Lion Hotel Olympia

2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia 360.943.4000 redlion.com/olympia

Silver Cloud Inn

2317 Ruston Way, Tacoma 253.272.1300 silvercloud.com/tacoma

ENTERTAINMENT Broadway Center for the Performing Arts 901 Broadway, Tacoma 253.591.5894 broadwaycenter.org

LeMay – America’s Car Museum 2702 East D St, Tacoma 253.779.8490 americascarmuseum.org

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St SE, Olympia 360.753.8585 washingtoncenter.org

Washington State Fair

READER 110 9th Avenue SW, Puyallup POLL 253.841.5045 WINNER!

thefair.com

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COFFEEHOUSE Anthem Coffee

1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 210 West Pioneer, Puyallup myanthemcoffee.com READER POLL WINNER!

Batdorf & Bronson

516 Capitol Way S, Olympia 360.786.6717 batdorfcoffee.com

Cutters Point

12 Locations to Serve You cutterspoint.com

The Station Coffee Bar and Bistro 120 South Tower Ave, Centralia 360.623.1971 stationcoffeebar.com

READER POLL WINNER!

GOLF COURSE Chambers Bay

6320 Grandview Dr W, University Place 253.460.4653 chambersbaygolf.com

Salish Cliffs

91 West State Route 108, Shelton 360.462.3673 salish-cliffs.com

High Cedars Golf Course 14805 149th St Ct E, Orting 360.893.2815 highcedars.com

BEST WAY TO GIVE BACK Come Walk With Me 5K

FAMILY FUN DESTINATION Hands On Children’s Museum

comewalkwithme5k.org

414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia 360.956.0818 hocm.org

Homeless Backpacks homelessbackpacks.org

Meals on Wheels

lcsnw.org/tacoma/mealsonwheels.html STAFF St. Francis House FAVORITE puyallupfrancishouse.org

READER POLL WINNER!

LeMay – America’s Car Museum 2702 East D St, Tacoma 253.779.8490 americascarmuseum.org

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STAFF 36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way FAVORITE 253.661.8000

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Hop aboard a tram and take a narrated tour through forests and meadows teeming with American bison, Roosevelt elk, moose, bighorn sheep and woodland caribou. Stroll along forested and paved pathways past natural exhibits that are home to a grizzly bear, two American black bears, a cougar, Canada lynx, bobcats, wolves and foxes. Marvel at the antics of beavers and other wetland animals as they splash and explore a river area.

anywhere in the Puget Sound area. When you enter the treelined drive, you just want to say “ahhhh,” slow down a bit and enjoy a day in nature. vKRIS SHERMAN Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 11610 Trek Dr E, Eatonville 360.832.6117 nwtrek.org

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville is first and foremost a place to see native Northwest animals and enjoy nature. But it also has a very wild side for humans who want a bit of adventure. For an extra charge, visitors can test their mental and physical agility on the Zip Wild complex of thrilling zip line/challenge courses. Plus, there’s the newly opened half-acre, nature-inspired playground for kids, from toddlers to tweens. The $1.9 million Kids’ Trek is a wonderland that combines a replica of a hollow tree with nets inside for climbing, a net staircase, three fabulous slides, a meandering stream and a toddler zone complete with a sand play area and more. A “construction zone” allows bigger kids to build forts and other imaginative structures. The playground encourages kids to explore nature and learn more about the world around them as they play. Admission to Kids’ Trek is included in each ticket to the wildlife park. Northwest Trek recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and has long been a leader in the care and conservation of Northwest animals. Seasoned visitors know that the best way to savor the wildlife park is to see it several times a year, appreciating the changing seasons and the life cycle of the animals. Spring, summer and early fall are great times to see bison, elk and caribou calves, deer fawns and bighorn sheep lambs as they grow. Animals, adventure and a natural setting make Northwest Trek Wildlife Park a must-visit day trip. It’s an easy drive from showcasemedialive.com

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