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spring 2009 SHOWCASE today’s magazine for artful living

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A Metro Parks Tacoma Unique Place

Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma and the Tacoma School of the Arts present

The Stories We Tell A celebration in dance & theater inspired by the books of

PHOTO BY FRED WELCHER, Fort Nisqually Volunteer

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Choreography by Mary Mabry Theatrical Direction by David Domkoski

Saturday, May 9 @ 2 & 7 p.m.

The Pantages Theater

901 Broadway Plaza

Illustration from Jabutí the Tortoise © 2001 by Gerald McDermott

There was a time in history ...

Experience life in the 1800s through living history tales presented by John Salicco. Beginning at 2pm, the 4th Sunday of the month. Visit www.FortNisqually.org for more information about living history events and activities.

Coming Soon...

New Education and Interpretive Centers • Opening Spring 2009

Get Active. Your Way. You can dance ... with us. Metro Parks Tacoma offers classes for novice and Intermediate students in hip-hop, ballet, contemporary modern, and ballroom. Students are invited to participate in an original production that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. We are taking registrations now: Metroparkstacoma.org

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The Saint Martin’s President’s Gala was held on November 8 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. The evening’s festivities included an auction, dinner, and dancing. Over 358 supporters attended this year’s event. The evening’s events raised $155,00 that will benefit student scholarships and financial aid. Since it began in 2006, the President’s Gala has contributed over $200,000 to recreational facilities as well as to science and engineering equipment and programs. As a small Benedictine liberal arts college, Saint Martin’s offers six graduate programs and undergraduate degrees in 21 areas of study. The President’s Gala was a wonderful way to support higher education in our local community! Dan Ireland & Courtney Carignan


Aldolfo Capestany & Debbie Boyd

Monty Davis & Laurie Williams

Jeff & Jan Brown

CSM Alan & CIndy Bjerke

Catherine Johnson & Nik Pust

Micheal & Mike Endicott

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spotlight | bill matheson DeCaterina’s Jewelers—Designer/Gemcutter Bill Matheson is a self proclaimed rock hound and has been for as long has he can remember. His grandfather is a gem cutter; it’s not surprising that Bill too is passionate about designing and crafting gems—it’s in his blood. He grew up marveling at his grandfather’s work and honing his eye for creating gem pieces. Today as an accomplished gem cutter, Bill has been awarded local and national accolades for his creativity and design. “I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the rarest and highest caliber stones in the world” says Bill. “In my design process I let the stone tell me what it wants to be, and simply set it free.” Leah Grout What makes your design process unique? How do you keep your designs fresh? Our design process is different in that the client is totally in control of the whole thing. It really is a fun process to see it go from sketch to wax, model to finished piece. As far as keeping the in house designs fresh, I take inspiration from everyday life. I like to let the stones speak for themselves. I’m also partial to very old world design, sort of rough hewn and primitive, with a modern flair. What has been your biggest accomplishment as a craftsman? To be able to carry on a family craft, with success. The idea of a family member passing their art to the next generation is something that, unfortunately, is pretty rare today. How do you measure success? Success is when you wake up eager to do what you do. I don’t call it work because, frankly, it’s not.

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What is the biggest challenge you have overcome? I think, stepping out in faith, that if you are passionate about your art, other people will be too. Getting over that fear of failure is the biggest step, after that challenge the rest seem relatively easy. What is one thing people don’t generally know about you? That I’m a closet gear head. I love building cars and driving quick, well handling cars. To take a stock car and make it what you want it to be is an art just like any other medium. Who/what inspires your style? Things in nature, the subtle symmetry that we often overlook. The ancients also inspire me. They didn’t over do it, they just let it be what it wanted to be. Sometimes that’s hard to do. 9


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spotlight | john spearman Executive Chef, Windmill Bistro For as long as he can remember, John Spearman wanted to become one of two things. Inspired by G.I. Joe action figures, he dreamed of being a U.S. Marine. “Mainly because I enjoyed helping my mom in the kitchen,” he also had aspirations of becoming a chef. He was successful in realizing both dreams. He enlisted in the Marines as a non-commissioned officer where for four years he travelled the world cooking for Brigadier General A. Butcher. At Boston’s Top of the Hub, he worked his way up through the ranks from line cook to Executive Banquet Chef. As Chef de Cuisine, he created a new menu for Parker’s Light House in Long Beach, California; it wasn’t long before he was promoted to Executive Chef. Currently, he is the Executive Chef at Sumner’s Windmill Gardens where “we focus on favorite foods with an emphasis on northwest regional products and locally owned produce.” Janae Colombini What does it take to be a chef? I truly believe you are born into it. I began refining my skills at the Culinary Institute of America and continued to learn through positions I have held along the way. Who or what inspires your style? The inspiration for my style probably started with the first chef I worked under, Chef Dean Moore in Boston, but you really need to develop your own style through the years to set yourself apart from everyone else. What inspires you? My inspiration comes from giving each and every one of my guests a truly unique experience with food and wine. What makes great food? The key to making great food is to use only the finest quality ingredients and to have a fantastic imagination. What has been your most memorable compliment? A patron once said, “Your creations are a work of art.”

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What is one thing that people generally don’t know about you? One thing that people generally don’t know is that I was once actually pretty shy. What has been your biggest accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment is being a dad to a couple of great kids.



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Tacoma Art Walk April 16, 5-8pm www.artwalktacoma.com Fashion Tea April 18, 12:30pm Emerald Queen I-5 Showroom 2024 E 29th St, Tacoma | 253.404.3633 www.thezoosociety.org Philip Palermo


David Macaulay: The Way He Works Through June 14 Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma | 253.272.4258 www.tacomaartmuseum.org The Elephant Man Through April 11; Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm Harlequin Productions, State Theater 202 4th Ave E, Olympia | 360.786.0151 www.harlequinproductions.org Olympia Farmers’ Market April-October 700 Capitol Way N, Olympia www.olympiafarmersmarket.com First Friday in Downtown Olympia April 3 (times vary by location) www.everydayolympia.com Proctor Farmers’ Market April 4-November 21, Sat 9am-2pm N 27th & Proctor, Tacoma www.proctorfarmersmarket.com Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake April 9-19 McCaw Hall 321 Mercer St, Seattle | 206.441.2424 www.pnb.org The Spring Fair April 16-19 www.thefair.com

Weinland April 21, 7pm McMenamins Olympic Club 112 N Tower Ave, Centralia | 866.736.5164 www.mcmenamins.com 42nd Street April 24-May 10; Fri & Sat 7:30pm; Sun 3pm Paradise Theatre 9911 Burnham Dr NW, Gig Harbor | 253.851.PLAY www.paradisetheatre.org Tacoma Concert Band Presents “East Meets West” April 25, 7:30pm Pantages Theater 901 Broadway, Tacoma | 253.584.0616 www.tacomaconcertband.org

Chic Gamine May 1, 7:30pm Rialto Theater 310 S 9th St, Tacoma | 253.591.5890 www.broadwaycenter.org Gig Harbor Artwalk May 2, 1-5pm www.gigharborguide.com Northwest Repertory Singers A Northwest Celebration May 2, 7:30pm Mason United Methodist Church 2710 N Madison, Tacoma | 253.572.4831 www.nwrs.org A Little Night Music May 7-10, 14-17, 20-24, 29-30 Capital Playhouse 615 East 4th Ave, Olympia | 360.943.2744 www.capitalplayhouse.com Do Jump! Aerial Dance May 8, 7:30pm Pantages Theater 901 Broadway, Tacoma | 253.591.5894 www.broadwaycenter.org

An Afternoon of Classic Lily Tomlin April 26, 3pm Pantages Theater 901 Broadway, Tacoma | 253.591.5894 www.broadwaycenter.org The American Pilot April 30-May 23, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm Harlequin Productions, State Theater 202 4th Ave E, Olympia | 360.786.0151 www.harlequinproductions.org


First Friday in Downtown Olympia May 1 (times vary by location) www.everydayolympia.com

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Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway May 16, 7:30 pm Pantages Theater 901 Broadway, Tacoma | 253.591.5894 www.broadwaycenter.org Gavin Wahl-Stephens May 19, 7pm McMenamins Olympic Club 112 N Tower Ave, Centralia www.mcmenamins.com Fashion Passion Chocolate Brown & Champagne Chic Olympia Symphony Fashion Show May 21, 5-8pm Red Lion Hotel 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia 360.753.0074 www.olympiasymphony.com


First Friday in Downtown Olympia June 5 (times vary by location) www.everydayolympia.com The Little Dog Laughed June 5-14, Thurs-Sat 7:55pm, June 14 1:55pm Olympia Little Theatre 1925 Miller Ave NE, Olympia www.olympialittletheater.org Robert Tandecki, Guest Artist June 6, 1:30-4:30pm The Gallery on the Hill 25201 Meridian E, Graham | 253.847.0858 www.lucasart.net Swing Daze II June 6, 8pm Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave, Tacoma | 253.565.6867 www.tmp.org

Tacoma Farmers’ Market May 21-October 15, Thurs, 9am–2pm Broadway, between 9th and 11th, Tacoma www.tacomafarmersmarket.com

Once in a Lifetime May 29-June 21 Lakewood Playhouse 5729 Lakewood Towne Ctr | 253.588.0042 www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

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Stephanie Schneiderman June 9, 7pm McMenamins Olympic Club 112 N Tower Ave, Centralia www.mcmenamins.com Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 12-27 Renton Civic Theater 507 South Third St, Renton | 425.226.5529 www.rentoncivictheater.org Bat Boy: The Musical June 18-July 18 Harlequin Productions, State Theater 202 4th Ave E, Olympia | 360.786.0151 www.harlequinproductions.org

Tacoma Art Walk May 21, 5-8pm www.artwalktacoma.com

Pacific Northwest Ballet Director’s Choice May 28-June7 McCaw Hall 321 Mercer St, Seattle | 206.441.2424 www.pnb.org


Carl Sagan’s Contact May 9-31, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sat & Sun 2pm Knutzen Family Theatre 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way www.centerstagetheatre.com

Tacoma Art Walk June 18, 5-8pm www.artwalktacoma.com Taste of Tacoma June 26-28 Pt. Defiance Park 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma | 425.283.5050 www.tasteoftacoma.com Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection June 6-September 13 Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma | 253.272.4258 www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Loud Bones The Jewelry of Nancy Worden June 27–October 11 Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma | 253.272.4258 www.tacomaartmuseum.org

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dining guide | showcase picks Maxwell’s Speakeasy & Lounge 454 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma 253.683.4115 www.maxwells-tacoma.com It’s not often a restaurant can be different things to different people and pull it off. Maxwell’s Speakeasy and Lounge does just that in the heart of an expanding downtown Tacoma neighborhood. Perched on the corner below a newly restored Walker Building, Maxwell’s finds itself at the frontier of a new urban residential setting.

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Just inside, the muted lighting may at first have the casual diner pause under the graceful, yet not glitzy, chandeliers. Upon being greeted, however, that sense will change. The staff are warm and subtly energetic which, as you’re taken to your table, is evident in the moods of the other patrons around you and in the air where big band and jazz standards quietly play. If a larger table or two aren’t enjoying an office party or gathering of friends, the nearby bar and lounge are filled with happy faces slightly glazed with an aura of relaxed comfort. I kicked my experience off right with a bubbling cocktail. Their “Metro” blends together a Prosecco sparkling wine and St. Germain elderberry liqueur with a colorful lemon twist. At first taste the bubbles provided a delightful tickle that gently lead to a nearly grapefruit aftertaste that, though served cold, went down with a smooth warmth.

To start, I ordered Maxwell’s steamed Manila clams. A mound of yawning mollusks was presented to me above a savory brine flavored with vegetables. Atop it all sat loose pieces of lamb sausage that lent a spicy nudge to the tender and fresh clam meat. Each bite was assembled easily as the clams separated from their shell with nearly no effort. The dish offered up a special something difficult to put a name to that, as my server Corey pointed out, comes from a hint of curry found within the sausage. Though easily shared, I found this particular appetizer just light enough for one that I didn’t feel the rest of my meal should immediately come in a to-go box. Good thing because next it was time for soup. Mellow tones were produced from this dish’s combination of walnuts, pear slices, and the squash soup itself but weren’t left to boredom by a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper. Spoonfuls of this subtle storm of flavors were somehow connected by the walnuts’ aftertaste leaving me each time to want more but finishing before I realized it.

and accompanying mushrooms, baby potatoes, and carrots. Cooked just as I’d asked, the lamb proved tender and had me savoring every bite especially when thoughtfully combined with the suggested Tempernio red wine. All the portions thus far (with just a little leftover) allowed still for some dessert. I chose the pineapple upside down bread pudding. The warm, downright supple pudding balanced well with decorative cherry halves while the cinnamon whip cream added a nice spice to help cut any acid from the nearly completely sweet pineapple. While fine dining may be key to a romantic evening, Maxwell’s menu doesn’t out-do the place. Anyone can find a reason to visit whether a neighborhood regular meeting friends for a drink, a larger family or business gathering for a special occasion, or that intimate evening done up right. Maxwell’s food, staff, and service help make this corner of Tacoma special each day for whatever your mood. kevin freitas

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Falls Terrace 106 Deschutes Way, Tumwater 360.943.7830 www.fallsterrace.com

Stunning views of cascading water are the first thing you’ll notice about Falls Terrace restaurant. The eatery is located on the Deschutes River and overlooks the famous Tumwater/ Deschutes River Falls. The dining room runs the length of the building and almost every table has a spectacular view of the river and falls below. The expansive menu is as impressive as the scenery. Falls Terrace serves everything from burgers to prime rib, chicken strips to sole amandine, and nachos to lobster tails. We began with a deep-fried avocado appetizer. An innovative contrast in textures, the velvety fruit is cloaked in crispy beer batter and presented on mixed greens. Gorgonzola dip is an unlikely accompaniment but adds interest to the subtly flavored morsels. Other starters include steamed clams, sautéed mushrooms, and grilled brie.

is overflowing with lightly seasoned sautéed vegetables— broccoli, zucchini, carrots and button mushrooms. Nutty rice pilaf rounds out the meal. Steaks, grilled oysters, pork chops, chicken cordon bleu and planked salmon are also available. Garnished with sliced almonds and whipped cream, chocolatecrusted mud pie is served on warm ganache. Bourbon pecan pie is presented on a plate streaked with both caramel and chocolate sauce; the sweet custardy favorite is flanked with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on one side and a dollop of whipped cream on the other. Additional temptations include turtle cheesecake, pots de crème au chocolat, key lime pie, and bread pudding. While sipping a coffee nudge or after dinner liqueur, notice the knotty pine walls, river rock accents, and forest green wall sconces; the understated interior imitates the natural surroundings.

Dinner salads are composed of mixed greens, cucumber slices and shredded carrots. The house dressing, raspberry vinaigrette, is sweet with just a hint of walnut oil. Warm bread is served with whipped butter.

After your meal, take a walk on either side of the river to the lower falls. A gentle trail loops through the fifteen acre Tumwater Falls Park where birds and wildlife can be spotted. In October and November Chinook and Coho can be seen making their way up salmon ladders along the water’s edge.

Signature halibut is firm and moist. Lightly dressed in a creamy sauce abundant with shrimp, crab and sautéed mushrooms, it comes with a choice of sides. Garlicky mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food and sautéed zucchini add a splash of color. Stuffed Portobello, one of two vegetarian entrees,

Falls Terrace is locally owned and operated. In business for over thirty-five years, the restaurant excels at both creative and traditional fare. The well-executed menu, along with breathtaking vistas, is what keeps satisfied diners coming back again and again. mary morgan 19

FUJIYAMA Japanese Steakhouse & Bar Hibachi Style Cooking

(360) 352-9888 2930 Capital Mall Drive, Olympia www.fujiyamaolympia.com

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance Opens March 19 The American Pilot by David Grieg Opens April 30 Sixties Chicks a Harlequin Original Musical Opens June 18 State Theater, downtown Olympia tickets & info 360 786 0151 or harlequinproductions.org John Bogar and Mari Nelson as Antony & Cleopatra, October 2008


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dining guide Tacoma

Anthony’s Homeport 5910 N Waterfront Dr | 253.752.9700 www.anthonys.com

Over The Moon Cafe 709 Opera Alley #C | 253.284.3722 www.overthemooncafe.net

Asado 2810 6th Ave | 253.272.7770 www.asadotacoma.com

Pacific Grill 1502 Pacific Ave | 253.627.3535 www.pacificgrilltacoma.com

El Gaucho Tacoma 2119 Pacific Ave | 253.882.0009 www.elgaucho.com

Pomodoro Italian Restaurant 3819 N 26th St | 253.752.1111 www.pomodoroproctor.com

Harbor Lights 2761 Ruston Way | 253.752.8600 www.anthonys.com

Ravenous Restaurant 785 Broadway | 253.572.6374

Harmon Brewing 1938 Pacific Ave | 253.383.2739 www.harmon.harmonbrewingco.com The Hub 203 Tacoma Ave S | 253.683.4606 www.hub.harmonbrewingco.com Johnny Dock Restaurant 1900 East D St | 253.627.3186 www.johnnysdock.com Mandolin Cafe 3923 S 12th St | 253.761.3482 www.themandolincafe.com Maxwell’s Speakeasy & Lounge 454 St Helens Ave | 253.683.4115 www.maxwells-tacoma.com The Melting Pot 2121 Pacific Ave | 253.535.3939 www.meltingpot.com Two Koi 1552 Jefferson Ave | 253.274.8999 www.twokoi.com

Portofino Ristorante 101 Division St NW | 360.352.2803 Ramblin Jack’s 520 4th Ave E | 360.754.8909 www.ramblinjacks.com


Chili Thai Restauant 3712 9th St SW | 253.864.7005

Stanley & Seafort’s 115 E 34th St | 253.473.7300 www.stanleyandseaforts.com

Mama Stortini’s 43207 E Main | 253.845.7569 www.mamastortinis.com

Woody’s on the Water 1715 Dock St E | 253.272.1433 www.woodystacoma.com

Toscanos 437 29th St NE | 253.864.8600 www.toscanospuyallup.com


Bonney Lake

Anthony’s Homeport 704 Columbia St NW | 360.357.9700 www.anthonys.com Falls Terrace 106 Deschutes Way | 360.943.7830 www.fallsterrace.com Fujiyama 2930 Capital Mall Drive| 360.352.9888 www.fujiyamaolympia.com The Mark 407 Columbia St SW | 360.754.4414 www.themarkolympia.com Mercato Ristorante 111 Market St NE | 360.528.3663 www.mercatoristorante.com

Sushi Town 20649 Wa-410 E | 253.891.2046

Gig Harbor

The Inn at Gig Harbor 3211 56th St NW | 253.858.1111 www.innatgigharbor.com

Federal Way

Indochine Seafood & Satay Bar 31406 Pacific Hwy S | 253.529.4214 www.indochinefederalway.com


Windmill Bistro 16009 60th St E | 253.826.7897 www.windmillbistro.com


The Zoo Society presents Zoo Style 2009

Featuring Flairs and Wares from Area Boutiques

Saturday, April 18, 2009 / 12:30 PM Emerald Queen I-5 Showroom This chic event will feature live and silent auctions, glamorous fashions from local boutiques all the while treating our guests to luscious libations and sumptuous fare. General: $50 per person / Patron: $60 per person Net proceeds will benefit Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s ongoing efforts towards education and conservation.



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Fashionably Yours In 1989 I saw New York for the first time via an exclusive tour of the city’s garment district. I was a college student majoring in fashion and taking the trip for credit. We toured designer showrooms, watched colorists at work, attended fashion shows, and even enjoyed a private showing of the Met’s costume archives. And of course we fashion merchandising students, having arrived in mecca, shopped and coveted and fondled the merchandise and all but drooled over the textures, the lines, the fabrics, the workmanship, the colors, the possibilities! Now at the risk of sounding cliché, I have to tell you that I had an epiphany in New York. It hit me one day as a classmate and I were conducting our study of department store window merchandising: The clothing we wear tells our story. That may not seem that profound, perhaps, but as a smalltown girl who’d always been fascinated with fashion, but had never thought about why, I understood it that day on more than one level. Today, I think about those levels according to these three principles: Through the things with which we choose to adorn ourselves, we express who we are. I have a friend who is perhaps the most observant person I’ve known. She pays particularly close attention to clothing, accessories, and hairdos. She told me one day that she sees a “definite rocker chick” vein in my style, even though the clothes she mainly saw me wear at that time were suits and dresses—work clothes. I could have hugged her, because yes, I have always loved the idea of juxtaposing a black concert t-shirt and pearls under a tailored jacket, bad motorcycle boots with the right suit, a cashmere sweater over ripped jeans.

I have another friend whose outfits are always an inspiration: Crisp and colorful, imaginatively accessorized, perfect for her coloring and shape. I complimented her overall style one evening over a glass of wine and she got all teary. She explained that while she was growing up, she’d never had anything nice to wear, the other kids made fun of her clothes, and she was always ashamed. “We were dirt poor,” she’d said. Once she’d started to make her own money and could afford fabulous clothing, she vowed to always look her best, no matter what. To her, clothing is a way to express her feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction with a good and happy life, her ability to make her own way. Each day, we wear something that we use to help others understand how we feel. I have a particular outfit—black cardigan, embroidered blouse, black pants—that I love to wear. One day when I was scheduled to be a guest on a local TV talk show, a co-worker pointed out, “You know, everyone’s going to start thinking that’s the only outfit you own.” She explained that she’d noticed I wear it every time I’m on TV. Well, it makes me feel comfortable doing something I’m not always that comfortable doing, I’d offered. “We get it,” she replied. My aunt tells the story of a favorite pair of cowboy boots she used to wear when she ran a trucking company in Montana. She wore them when she wanted to feel more confident, when she had to be powerful. It got to the point where the people she worked with would hear the boots coming and hide. Another former co-worker of mine with the most effervescent personality wears vibrant colors and has an uncanny ability to match them almost perfectly to her moods. On days when 25

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she’s noticeably more circumspect, quieter, she’s wearing purple—still a vibrant hue of purple, but a marked difference from yesterday’s ebullient orange and yellow. I love to see her coming, and to guess how I’ll find her feeling today. And finally, It’s interesting to observe the way we dress to express where we feel we belong. One day, driving back to my job at the museum, I spotted a group of my co-workers walking to lunch, all of them chic and dressed head to toe in black. I drove up, rolled down my window, and asked, “Hey, do you guys work in a museum?” I always love to note how different members of a group interpret the group’s identity and values through their clothing. The other day I saw four high-school girls walking home from school.

Clearly, their fashion choices were influenced by a teen sensibility, and I probably creeped them out a little bit by gawking at how each of them had dressed and accessorized, died her hair a particular shade of black, experimented until she’d gotten her eyeliner just right. To see such powers of expression at work every day is fascinating, and I think it makes people more loveable. We may not be writing poetry or composing symphonies, sculpting masterpieces or painting murals: We’re expressing ourselves in what I think is a more personal, changeable, mobile way. And whether you’re going for rocker chick, dressed-forsuccess or you’re just trying to cowboy up, you’ve created your own personal brand of those identities. In the words of my co-worker, “We get it.” kristy geldhill

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University Place

Choye Boutique 2511 North Proctor 253.761.5454 www.choyeboutique.com


Calla Lily 7 Tacoma Ave N 253.627.5520 www.callalily.org

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Dame Lola 8 North Tacoma Way 253.272.4140 www.damelola.com Envy 2614 North Proctor 253.761.5531 Julia Ellen Clothiers 2602 North Proctor 253.761.1144 Rocky & Coco’s 750 St Helens Ave 253.274.0606 www.rockyandcocos.com Tacoma Mall 4502 South Steel St 253.475.4565 www.simon.com Tiki Lounge 17 North Tacoma Ave 253.593.5300 stores.tikiloungeclothing.com


Cake 3838 Bridgeport Way W 253.564.2253 www.cakeapparelandhome.com

Bella Boutique 116 5th Ave SE 360.943.4335 www.bellasbest.com Hot Toddy 410 Capitol Way S 360.753.0868 www.hottoddyolympia.com The Archibald Sisters 406 Capitol Way S 800.943.2707 www.archibaldsisters.com


South Hill Mall 3500 South Meridian 253.840.2828 www.southhillmall.com


Supermall 1101 SuperMall Way 800.SAY.VALU www.supermall.com

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wearable art BKB Company 1734 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 253. 272.6884 www.bkbcompany.com DeCaterina Fine Jewlery 1202 Main St Suite 101, Sumner 253.826.9211 www.decaterinasfinejewelry.com design & style

Fair Portia Jewelry & Atelier 116 5th Ave SE, Olymipa 360.359.5307 Hartley Jewelers 400 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olymipa 360.754.6161 www.hartleyjewelers.com Hoopla 522 Capitol Way S, Olympia 360.705.8555 Le Roy Jewelers & The Art Stop 940 Broadway, Tacoma 253.272.3377

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Mineral 301 Puyallup Ave - Suite A, Tacoma 253.250.7745 www.lisakinoshita.com Also found at Museum of Glass and Seattle Art Museum Urban Exchange 1934 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 253.572.2280 www.urbanexchangeonline.com


Fashionable Passion Sometimes, fashion takes a back seat. We’re busy! We have more immediate, urgent things on our minds! Who has time to read Marie Claire or to really take the time to shop for new clothes that freshen up our wardrobes when the kids need mommy, the office is calling, we volunteered to help again, we should really be at the gym? I’m not talking about replacing your favorite worn-out black pencil skirt. I’m talking about exploring the possibilities and trying something new.

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Two events this spring can be your excuse. First, in March, there’s RAGS, the wearable art show and gallery that has taken place every year for the past 15 years at Larson’s MercedesBenz of Tacoma in Fife. And what’s your excuse to shop RAGS? Proceeds from the event directly benefit the YWCA Pierce County’s domestic violence prevention and intervention programs. So it’s really about strengthening your community, even more than it is about freshening up your wardrobe. It starts on Thursday, March 12, with a ticketed evening gala where there’s shopping, schmoozing, hors d’oeuvres by local restaurants, and wine. Friday through Sunday, the event is open to everyone free of charge. You’ll find unusual clothing, tons of jewelry, handbags, scarves, leggings and socks, hats, baby clothes... The event is literally a celebration of fashion and art. Last year, the RAGS Guild presented the YWCA with a check

for $85,000—the largest RAGS contribution ever—thanks to the passion of hundreds of local women and men who shopped the weekend-long sale. And here’s why you can feel good about taking the time to shop and the money to spend: The YWCA uses the money to fund programs that help young girls avoid violence in their relationships. The proceeds help women remove themselves and their children from violence in their homes. Your contribution, on top of the fact that you’re bringing home a handmade, oneof-a-kind necklace and earrings, is helping families heal after violence has torn their lives apart. The YWCA’s shelter, legal services and other support services are sometimes all a woman has between unbearable violence and basic safety. RAGS is run completely by volunteers and features artists from the region and from around the country. The criteria—among other things—is that the artists must design and fabricate the items they sell themselves. The show is juried every year by local arts professionals—artists, curators, gallery owners, designers—and the artists contribute a portion of their proceeds to the YWCA. “People who have attended RAGS for years know that they can expect to find something new each year, and that they can find some of their favorite artists here as well,” says Kathy Dorr, RAGS co-chair. 31

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Highlights of the event, which is now in its twelfth year, are the silent and live auctions. Past auction items have included special trips and experiences, one-on-one opportunities with zoo staff and curators, behind-the-scenes tours of the zoo, home décor packages, and original art. This year, auction items will reflect the event’s oceans theme. This event, according to Meleea Russell, events manager for the Zoo Society, typically raises $45,000 to $50,000, an amount she says is significant to the Society’s work. “The Zoo Society exists and we’re able to do what we do to continue education and conservation efforts at the zoo because of events like this one,” says Russell. In conjunction with the senior staff of Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the Zoo Society works to carefully select projects that support conservation initiatives most pressing to the global community and that relate to the zoo’s animal collection. So by simply enjoying a glass of wine, lunch, and a mid-day fashion show, you’re supporting clouded leopard DNA analysis, the molecular reconstruction of the wild red wolf pedigree, and gibbon conservation in Thai zoos, among other projects. And there’s your multi-tasking for the month! Tickets and more information on the Zoo’s Fashion Luncheon can be found at www.thezoosociety.org or at 253.404.3633


Passion has found its match at the end of the season at Olympia Symphony’s annual event by the same name Fashion Passion: Chocolate Brown & Champagne Chic. A fabulous evening of gorgeous fashion, stunning jewelry, and of course, shopping! Proceeds from the event support the Olympia Symphony Orchestra’s mission to provide the highest quality live music to enrich, educate, and entertain an expanding audience. kristy gledhill RAGS Mercedes Benz of Tacoma in Fife 4001 20th St East, Fife Thursday, March 12 Gala: 6 pm – 9 pm Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, 10 am – 6 pm Sunday, March 15: 10 am – 4 pm Gala tickets and info: 253.272.4181, ext 352 www.ywcapiercecounty.org Zoo Society Fashion Luncheon Emerald Queen I-5 Showroom 2024 East 29th St., Tacoma Saturday, Aril 11 Patrons: 12:30 pm General public: 1 pm Tickets and info: 253.404.3633 www.thezoosociety.org Olympia Symphony Fashion Show Fashion Passion: Chocolate Brown & Champagne Chic Red Lion Hotel Olympia 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia Thursday, May 21 5 pm – 8:30 pm Tickets and info: 360. 753.0074 www.olympiasymphony.com

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Your second excuse to indulge your passion for fashion is with the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s Fashion Luncheon. This year we can expect a fabulous ocean-themed luncheon along with what event organizers are tantalizingly calling “theatrics.” Held at the Emerald Queen I-5 Showroom in Tacoma on April 18th at 1 pm, this event is not your typical fashion show. For one thing, some of the models are zookeepers. And last year, they sashayed down the runway accompanied by iguanas, kookaburras, bats, and even snakes! Other models, sans exotic zoo animals, include board and Zoo Society members, city leaders, Zoobilee volunteers, and event sponsors. Each year, some forty models grace the runway wearing fashions from Nordstrom plus sixteen local shops and boutiques.





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Biella Spa 1506 Pacific Ave 253.682.2005 www.biellaspa.com

Antidote Spa & Fitness 703 Lilly Road NE 360.493.1900 www.antidotealive.com

Gene Juarez Salon & Spa 4502 South Steele St #690 253.472.9999 www.genejuarez.com

Angelo Mendi Salon 116 Legion Way SE 360.352.7247 www.jdspa.com

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Jewell Day Spa 2501 6th Ave 253.572.5224 www.jewellspa.com

V Spa 4833 Tumwater Valley Drive 360.352.3401 www.thevspa.com

Bonney Lake

Savi Day Spa 1320 Broadway Plaza 253.627.2000 www.savidayspa.com


Serenity Spa 706 Market St 253.473.7830 www.serenityspatacoma.com Sublime Spa 1117 Broadway Suite 301 253.383.LIME www.salontacoma.com photo alderbrook resort and spa



Sweet Escape Day Spa 10618 SE 240th St #201 253.520.2095

Chardonnay Beauty & Day Spa 6825 112th St E 253.840.0684 www.chardonnaybeautyanddayspa.com

Urban Escape 2605 Jahn Ave NW 253.851.8110

Dolce Vita day Spa 18401 Old Sumner Buckley Hwy 253.826.5556 www.dolcevitadayspa.com

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