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South Sound Magazine


The only lifestyle publication exclusively for the South Puget Sound. 📍Tacoma, WA #southsoundmagazine

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We're doing something new at southsoundmag.com! Each week, we'll feature an adoptable pet from a local animal shelter. This week's Pet of the Week is Kona, a happy-go-lucky pit bull/Labrador retriever mix from Kitsap Humane Society (@kitsaphumanesociety). Get to know Kona at the link in our bio.
This out-of-this-world custom home, built in Tenino by the heiress to the De Beers diamond fortune, can be yours for a hefty $11 million. It's the most expensive property for sale in Pierce, Thurston, or Mason counties, according to listing agent Michael Morrison of Morrison House Sotheby’s International Realty. Read the full story, complete with many more photos, at southsoundmag.com. Story by Lisa Patterson. Photos by Derrick Louie, Clarity Northwest Photography.
Get a sneak peek of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium at @ptdefiancezoo on Aug. 24 before it opens to the public on Sept. 7. Check out the link in our bio to read more. Photo courtesy of the @pdzazoosociety.
This. Is. It. The salad you won’t be able to stop making this summer. It’s simple; healthy, and most of all, delicious. Find the recipe on southsoundmag.com or at the link in our bio. Words by Sarah Adler and image courtesy of Carina Skrobecki.
The newest shop on Pacific Avenue, @thegoodswashingtonhistory, opens at the Washington State History Museum on August 16. Visit southsoundmag.com for more on The Goods. Words by @sophiasonovich and image courtesy of @washingtonhistory.
Her voice has gotten you through mind-numbing morning traffic on @MOViN925's popular radio show, @brookeandjubal. @Brookefoxfox is the Pacific Northwest’s favorite realist, and she’s got some advice. Hear her story at #sswomentowatch, Sept. 20 at TREE (@tree.us). Find tickets at the link in our bio.
Well-known artist Susan Russell Hall never imagined she’d be able to run more than 5 minutes on a treadmill, let alone a marathon. In the 9 years since she started running, Hall’s perspective on life has totally changed, including the stigmas against age. Hear her story at #sswomentowatch, Sept. 20 at TREE (@tree.us). Tickets at the link in our bio.
Kim Archer @KimArcherMusic had plans to pack up her mustang and drive to LA to pursue a music career. Instead, she spent more than 10 years working in the corporate world before breaking out as a full-time musician. The Indiana-born star is using her voice to evoke change. Hear her perform at #sswomentowatch, Sept. 20 at TREE (@tree.us). Link to tickets in bio.
At 27 years old, Emily Welbourn had a stroke in the middle of a 3.5-mile race. Since then, she’s spent several years as a volunteer, employee, and spokesperson for @American_Heart and @goredforwomen. She’s also spent years coping with the fact that she’ll never be her pre-stroke self. Hear her story at #sswomentowatch, Sept. 20 at @tree.us. Find tickets at the link in our bio.
Deneen Grant turned her passion of developing leaders into a business, Progressive Leadership Group. But before all that, she wanted to be a music teacher. “Shortly after I get to Baltimore, I realize I’m pregnant. So, my path just totally turned.” Hear her story at #sswomentowatch Sept. 20 at @tree.us. Find tickets at the link in our bio.
Enzo Zhao is only 8 years old, but he is already three years into what he hopes will be a lifelong career as a concert pianist. When he was 5, Enzo, who comes from a family with little musical background, decided that he wanted to start taking piano lessons. Read more about Enzo on southsoundmag.com. Words by @zoe_branch. Image by Derek Zhao.
Here are three Seaport events to consider adding to your summer plans at @fosswaterwayseaport. Check out our article on southaoundmag.com to read more.
A family-friendly, STEM-inspired, technology-infused dining experience is coming to Tacoma in late August. Described by the event’s website as, “a tech-fueled wonderland for the mouth and the mind,” @suestechkitchen was envisioned by author and entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg and created by a NASA scientist. Check the link in our bio to read more. Words by @kirselise. Photo courtesy of Sue's Tech Kitchen (via Facebook).
@lemayacm in Tacoma was transformed into the swankiest place in the South Sound this past Saturday night, July 21. Attendees dressed to the nines to witness the second annual Couture & Cars Fashion Show, produced by @fashiondistrictnw. To read more about the show check the link in our bio. Words by @sophiasonovich. Image by Jared Ribic.
Learn to paint the beauty of the West Coast, dig into the craft beef revolution, learn the names of our iconic cloud cover, and more. To check out all our Northwest reads, check out the link in our bio. Words by @shelbyrowemoyer. Image courtesy of @amazon.
Tacoma-born singer-songwriter @viccimartinez describes the months following her 2015 album “Enter-Exit-Stay” as her “rock bottom.” Now, Martinez is launching a major comeback with her acting debut on @netflix's "Orange is the New Black" (@oitnb), which premieres tomorrow. Read more at the link in our bio or on southsoundmag.com. Image by Rachel Coward.
Greasy, saucy, and quintessentially American: Nothing hits the spot like a good burger. We searched high and low for some of the best burgers this area has to offer. Check the link in our bio to see what we found. Image by Jeff Hobson.  #burgers #food #southsound #tacoma #restaurant #southsoundproud #tacomafoodie
Summer break was all fun and games until your little one was hit with the “I’m bored” blues on the second week without school. Staying indoors shouldn’t always mean a @Netflix marathon; so we compiled a list of eight ways keep you and your kids having the best day, inside. Link in our bio or at southsoundmag.com. Story by @SophiaSonovich. Photo by rawpixel via Unsplash.
Upon first glance, few would know Paradise Inn at @mountrainiernps has undergone varying stages of major construction throughout its 100-plus-year lifespan. Currently, Korsmo Construction of Tacoma is heading up a $24 million renovation to preserve the annex of the Inn. Read more at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Photo 1 courtesy Washington State Historical Society, Photo 2 by Peter Lombardi.
Stepping into the atrium-like restaurant filled with light and living greenery, @floretseattle welcomes diners away from Sea-Tac Airport’s hustle and bustle. The 2,000-square-foot restaurant located near the new Delta lounge between terminals A and B is one of a kind at Sea-Tac, serving exclusively vegetarian and vegan dishes made from scratch on-site with locally sourced ingredients. Read more at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Story by Julie Arnan. Photo by Belathee Photography.
Professional photographers Lisa and Emile de Recat specialize in Vanity Fair-style portraits, which they have shot in their polished Gig Harbor studio for just over a year and a half. The creative duo aims to take photographs of their clients that make them feel beautiful and confident. “My theory is that we are all red-carpet beautiful, we just don’t have someone dressing us up and putting millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds on us," Lisa said. Read more at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Story by Zoe Branch. Photo by @derecatphotography.
Great Wolf Lodge (@greatwolflodge) recently debuted sleepover-worthy build-your-own fort kits for hours of imaginative play right in the suite. Designed by Mill Creek-based Etsy artist Marla Stimmel, a mom of four and grandma to 12, these kits make great souvenirs. “I created the build-your-own fort kits as a way to spend quality time with my kids and grandkids, and that is also at the very heart of what Great Wolf Lodge does best," Stimmel said. Read more at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Photo courtesy Great Wolf Lodge.
The Washington State History Museum's newest exhibit, 'Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse,' focuses on how items have been upcycled, recycled, and downcycled throughout history to bring us new uses from manufactured goods. Read more at southsoundmag.com. (Photo credit: Nancy Judd, Caution Tape Dress, 2011. Caution tape recovered from the side of the road and sewn onto a vintage sundress. Image courtesy of the artist.)
Cool off this week with one of these delightful smoothie flavors: Creamy Chocolate Almond Butter, Super Spinach Berry, and Fizzy Pineapple Peach. Recipes by @rusticjoyfulfood at the link in our bio. Photo by Michael Kartes.
Summer is the time of year we remember why we all live in the Pacific Northwest, at least until the kids start using the dreaded “B” word. Check out our South Sound kids’ summer bucket list, and fight boredom all summer long. See the full list at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Illustration by Alex Schloer.
Need a babymoon vacation? Or just a weekend getaway? The San Juan Islands offer everything from fine dining to glamping to gorgeous walks along the water. Read more at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Story and photos by Emily Manke.
Escaping to the forested trails and blooming meadows of Mount Rainier National Park feels like taking a step back in time. Few likely consider the many staff members, like historical landscape architect Saylor Moss, working to preserve its rustic integrity. Read more about Moss and her work at southsoundmag.com or at the link in our bio.
Mount Rainier. Tahoma. Tacobeh. T’Swaq. It has gone by many names, but we cannot deny that we love our mountain. We breathe a little deeper and feel a little more at peace when we see it. Mount Rainier is an icon, so we couldn’t resist trekking deep into the park to discover more about the bipeds and quadrupeds that make it so special, and so potentially destructive. Dive into our Mountain is Out package at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Photo by Peter Lombardi.
Gig Harbor’s Ocean5 (@ocean5_social) blends bowling with fine dining, duckpin with business events, and laser-tag battles with happy hours. The entertainment center is a mash-up of owner Troy Alstead’s two passions — social connections and environmental protection. Read more at southsoundmag.com. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.
Find your perfect pup at this weekend's @americankennelclub dog shows at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Hundreds of dogs will be participating, including ones belonging to the Komondor breed, an adorably shaggy flock guardian dog from Hungary. Find out more at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Dog show admission is free, and fairgrounds parking costs $5. Photo by @petful_com via creative commons.
Does your dog need a little extra playtime? We made a list of South Sound doggy daycares, including @campbowwow, @wetnosesdrypaws, and @fortfido, that will pamper your pup in more ways than one. Read more at southsoundmag.com, or at the link in our bio. Illustration by @morgangdesign.
Our July/August issue has arrived! Explore Mount Rainier; take a look into quirky Northwest breweries including @oddotterbrewing, @well80brewhouse, and @noboatbrewing; and dive into our guide of #southsound burgers including @spankyburger, @lunchbox_lab, and @rheinhaustacoma. Pick up a copy today and then visit us online at southsoundmag.com!
Nothing hits the spot like a good burger. That's why we've scoured the South Sound for the best burger joints, including @stacksburgers, @rheinhaustacoma, @SPANKYBURGER, and @stack571. Read the full list, which features staff picks and recipes, at southsoundmag.com or at the link in our bio. Photo by @jhobsonphoto.
Catch a glimpse of the Batmobile, meet the man behind the voice of Chewbacca, and get up close and personal with replica cars from "Mad Max" at this weekend's Washington Toy and Geek Fest. The two-day family-friendly event takes place at the Washington State Fairgrounds. Read more at southsoundmag.com. Photo courtesy of @toyandgeekfest.