Kate Burrows

is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, Kate spent several years writing for trade magazines in the windy city. After developing an undeniable love for all things Cubs and Bears, she headed back home to the Pacific Northwest and the world of weekly newspapers.

Email: kburrows@tacomaweekly.com

11 December 2013

Local Restaurants: Blue Max Meats provides good ol’ fashioned customer service with a smile

When Tommy Marshall and Evan Greco took over Blue Max Meats last April – a longstanding business in the community – they had a goal to place their own mark on the operation to truly make it their own. But it wasn’t until Greco, on his honeymoon in Long Beach, came across an antique, framed photograph of a traditional…

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10 December 2013

Arts & Entertainment: The Spirit of the Season

Since 1963, Life Center Church’s production of “The Singing Christmas Tree” has been entertaining audiences with a festive show, always with the goal to shed light on the true meaning of Christmas.

With more than 100,000 lights illuminating the stage, the production is sure to delight viewers of all ages. The…

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4 December 2013

Arts & Entertainment: A Jazzy Holiday

This month, for the first time ever, music lovers will be treated with two performances as part of the increasingly popular concert series Jazz Live at Marine View Church. On Sun., Dec. 8 at 5 p.m., Seattle’s most beloved jazz vocalist, Greta Matassa, and acclaimed bassist Clipper Anderson will take the stage in a special…

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26 November 2013

Local Restuarants: A Taste of Philly

In his former career as the official barber for a certain football team to the north of us (Go Hawks!), Jason Kinlow was lucky enough to do a bit of traveling with the team. During a trip to Philadelphia, he experienced what would soon become his favorite food: the original Philly Cheesesteak.

"I fell in love with…

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25 November 2013

Be Well – Chef Anna Cooks!

As the holidays quickly approach, calendars fill up with parties, fundraisers, shopping excursions, family get-togethers and more. Everyday life gets hectic, making downtime even harder to come by than usual. But with Chef Anna Wagner and her personal chef services, weekly cooking can be removed from the to-do list, and for…

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20 November 2013

Local Restaurants: Pit Stop Deli tailors menu to meet customers’ needs.

For the past nine years, Pit Stop Deli has been a quiet success, offering loyal customers delicious, hefty submarine sandwiches for a great price. Located at 1820 E. Portland Ave., owner Lisette Clark’s mobile food truck has reliably provided hungry truck drivers and workers with a quick, hearty lunch option. Although Clark…

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13 November 2013

Arts & Entertainment: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life in Fife’ returns Dec. 1

Few holiday events bring together a little bit of something for everyone in the family. But thanks to the upcoming “It’s a Wonderful Life in Fife” event, visitors to Louie G’s Pizza on Dec. 1 will enjoy the best the Christmas season has to offer. The main highlight will be an opportunity to meet Karolyn Grimes, best…

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13 November 2013

Arts & Entertainment: Put a lock on it!

Local artist Diane Hansen is bringing home a beloved tradition made famous in Paris thanks to her new public art installation titled "The Locks.” The concept is inspired by her travels through Paris and the magical Pont des Arts bridge near the Louvre, where couples write their names on a padlock, secure it to the bridge…

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13 November 2013

Local Restaurants: Enjoy Thanksgiving with Uncle Thurm

With husband-and-wife team Thurmond and Linda Brokenbrough behind the delicious soul food at Uncle Thurm’s Finger-Lickin' Ribs and Chicken, it’s no wonder the restaurant has developed a strong, loyal following of regular customers. They each bring extensive training and experience in the culinary world, but it is the…

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6 November 2013

Local Restaurants: Reyna’s Mexican Restaurant offers cheerful, memorable dining experience

Felix Guzman always held on tightly to his goal of opening his own restaurant as a way to achieve what he believed to be the American Dream. Although his friends and family were skeptical, he persevered and opened Reyna’s Mexican Restaurant off of Garfield Street. News of the restaurant quickly spread throughout the Pacific…

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5 November 2013

Fundraiser at Louie G’s to help local mom in need

When Trish Hensley-Kohl made a split-second decision to swerve off the road as an out-of-control vehicle sped down the highway toward her, she ultimately saved her life and the lives of her three passengers, including her 5-year-old son. But in doing so, she took the majority of the impact of a drunk driver who careened into…

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30 October 2013

R&D Recycling cleans up local landfills

With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, a recycling company in Fife is gearing up to help citizens dispose of Styrofoam packing materials commonly found in a variety of gifts – and all for free.

At R&D Recycling, businesses and private citizens alike are invited to drop off loads of Styrofoam of…

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23 October 2013

Local Restaurants: A Taste of India

Born and raised in India, brothers and restaurateurs Raj and Roger Nagra know what it takes to cook delicious, authentic Indian food. Their father owned and operated Indian restaurants for many years, allowing the brothers to gain experience in the kitchen, cooking some of their favorite meals and learning the ropes of the…

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18 October 2013

Be Well: The Healthy Edge

When Amber Thiel was in her mid-20s, she was tired. Exhausted, even. Devastated by the passing of her mother, Thiel, at 23, struggled to deal with the loss while living in a society that says you must be thin to be pretty, successful and smart. She battled bulimia, counted her calories and attempted to ‘exercise’ her…

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16 October 2013

Art at Work 2013

This November, artists, performers, authors and more are opening their doors to the public to give onlookers a peak inside their worlds, thanks to the annual Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month festivities. What many people may not understand is these doors are often open throughout the year, but through this annual celebration…

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9 October 2013

Local Restaurants: A Taste of Mexico

During his 17 years working as district manager for the popular Midwestern restaurant chain Steak & Shake, Pedro Guzman always dreamed of opening up his own operation. Although he learned the ropes of running a successful restaurant operation through this experience, his dream was always to use his talent and know-how…

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9 October 2013

Arts & Entertainment: Loretta Lynn at EQC Oct. 17

Known as the “First Lady of Country Music,” Loretta Lynn has entertained audiences for decades thanks to her songs inspired by life as a coal miner’s daughter, and experiences as a wife and mother by the age of 15. Throughout her 50-plus year career, Lynn has released 60 albums, selling 45 million records worldwide.…

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18 September 2013

Local Restaurants: Triple Play hits it out of the park

Now that football season is finally here, the hunt for the best game day viewing location is on. And with its giant projection screen and homey ambiance, Triple Play is a great option for any sports fan. The new kid on the Sixth Avenue block opened in June, and offers everything a good sports bar should – darts, pool, multiple…

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18 September 2013

Be Well: Local dentist provides multiple services under one roof

As a specialist in prosthodontics, Dr. Keith Phillips is proud to lend his advanced dental expertise to patients in need of complex procedures. In addition to general dentistry services, his practice has the capability to perform procedures such as bridges, implants, dentures and more – all under one roof. Phillips received…

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The Daily MashUp

8 November 2012

Reward! Missing Dog

Help find Minnie Pearl, a three-year-old female teacup Pug who escaped her back…Read More

28 June 2012

Wire theft/vandalism on the rise

Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along…Read More

Favorite Articles

11 August 2011

Say cheese!

Husband-and-wife team Deanna and Tom Dargan have experienced their share of success in the corporate world – both have worked at architecture and engineering firm BCRA – but their latest venture hits a bit closer to home.

After renovating their detached garage into an industrial kitchen of sorts, the couple officially…

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1 September 2011

Heritage Happens showcases rich Pierce County history

Pierce County’s history is rich with explorers, pioneers, drama, growth and conflict. Next month, the Heritage League of Pierce County will offer an opportunity to explore that history during Heritage Happens, the first event that brings together more than 30 area history museums for re-enactments, exhibits and lectures.…

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1 September 2011

In Remembrance

As a community, how different are we now as a result of the events of Sept. 11, 2001? What has been gained, and what has been lost? A panel of community leaders will explore these topics and more at a University of Puget Sound event to reflect on the time that has passed since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

In a partnership…

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