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

8 May 2013

Local Restaurants: Puget Sound Pizza – A Tacoma Classic

When Shannon Brenner heard that the owners of her favorite pizza place wanted to sell the business two years ago, she quickly took action. She purchased Puget Sound Pizza along with longtime employee and manager Martin Osborn, and the rest is history.

The new ownership team kept the neighborhood hot spot’s menu…

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1 May 2013

Local Restaurants: New talent at Dirty Oscar’s

Do not be surprised if the crowd is just a little bit bigger than usual at Dirty Oscar’s Annex this summer. After Guy Fieri of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” uncovered this hidden culinary hot spot, foodies from around the Northwest are sure to be curious. And with the recent hiring of Chef Geoffrey…

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1 May 2013

New Sterino Farms produce stand now open in Puyallup

As Jake Sterino holds a stack of hand-written letters from customers pleading with him to re-open the much-beloved produce stand, it is clear the community has missed his locally grown, farm fresh produce. But fortunately, the fourth generation family-run farm is listening to its loyal customers. On May 1, Sterino Farms opened…

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24 April 2013

Local Restaurants: A Tacoma Gem

When the Ngov family opened Café Indochine in Federal Way in 1995, the beautifully decorated restaurant quickly became the go-to destination for those looking for quality Thai food served in a fresh, unique atmosphere. When the family expanded into the emerging downtown Tacoma neighborhood in 2003, its strong, loyal customer…

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20 March 2013

Book it and cook it

This April Fools Day, libraries around the world from New Zealand to Romania to Tacoma will celebrate all that is good about two very important things that many of us simply cannot live without: good food and a good book. Throw in a few puns, and you’ll have this year’s International Edible Book Festival.

Since…

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6 March 2013

Cultura infuses art, culture into community

Only a few days after celebrating its grand opening, Cultura Event Center has already booked internationally known performers for a number of events. The event space and reception hall is already booked for much of the summer, when it will hold weddings, receptions, corporate functions and more.

Although the facility…

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27 February 2013

Cavanaugh’s Coffee House features friendly atmosphere, high-quality java

For the past seven years, Cavanaugh’s Coffee House has provided a warm, inviting atmosphere to customers, offering that jolt of caffeine that so many of us in the Northwest cannot go a day without. The coffeehouse is located in a residential neighborhood near Proctor District, and it quickly became a favorite for students…

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20 February 2013

Guilt-free shopping in Fife

Now in its 19th year, the annual RAGS Wearable Art fundraiser promises to feature more eye-catching pieces than ever before, with all proceeds benefiting the YWCA of Pierce County. The event takes place March 7-10 at the Larson’s Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma in Fife, located at 1701 Alexander Ave. E.

The wearable art…

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6 February 2013

Puyallup Tribe mourns the loss of revered elder

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is mourning the loss of tribal elder Judy Wright, who passed away quietly on Feb. 1. A wake was held Feb. 5 funeral on Feb. 6 at the Puyallup Tribal Youth Center. Wright was laid to rest at Willard Cemetery.

Active in the tribe for much of her adult life, Wright met and made friends with…

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16 January 2013

Tacoma tops list of America’s gayest cities

A newly released, and admittedly subjective, poll by one of the nation’s foremost LGBT magazines praises the City of Destiny for its inclusiveness, support for marriage equality, activism and…number of roller derby leagues in town?

The criteria that The Advocate used for the publication’s fourth annual “Gayest…

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26 December 2012

A happier holiday

The holidays will be just a little bit brighter for local children in need, thanks to a generous donation to Toys for Tots by the Puyallup Tribe. Tribal Council member Marguerite Edwards and Vice Chairman Bill Sterud presented a check to the organization for $250,000, which will ensure disadvantaged youth in the community…

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12 December 2012

A Wonderful Life in Fife

As an unofficial ambassador for the iconic Christmas drama “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Karolyn Grimes, who portrayed Zuzu Bailey in the beloved film, will make an appearance in Fife during a holiday gift show designed to bring the community together in the spirit of the season. It’s a Wonderful Life in Fife takes place…

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6 December 2012

Puyallup Tribe gives back

Staying true to its tradition as the “generous people,” the Puyallup Tribe’s donation of $250,000 to Northwest Harvest will go far in the local fight to eliminate hunger. The donation alone will provide 1 million meals to families in need. “This donation means so much to us, because the need is growing in the community,”…

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5 December 2012

Longhouse vision comes to life

When Puyallup Nation Housing Authority began preparations for developing its iconic Longhouse project, the original vision was to provide energy efficient housing in a way that is culturally relevant to the community. Today, after successfully achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status…

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28 November 2012

Zipcar day at TwoFiveTrees

TwoFiveTrees may only be a few years old, but this holiday tradition has quickly become a much-loved addition to downtown Tacoma, transforming the usually deserted Tollefson Plaza into a winter wonderland. This year, organizer Justin Mayfield is raising the bar yet again by partnering with Zipcar Inc. to help shoppers who…

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28 November 2012

Arts & Entertainment: Goodwill Tacoma opens new high-end boutique Nov. 30

After seeing a steady stream of designer-quality labels come through their stores, Goodwill officials were inspired to make a change. Tacoma Goodwill is opening its first upscale boutique, Blue, in the Proctor District featuring designer apparel, shoes and home décor. Revenues from items at Blue will be used to fund Goodwill’s…

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20 November 2012

UPS instructor named Washington State Professor of the Year

For the past 22 years, University of Puget Sound Professor Karl Fields has taken a hands-on approach to teaching, allowing students to not only learn about a given topic – but also to experience it as much as possible. The professor of politics and government, with an emphasis on Asian studies, has been known to give students…

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15 November 2012

Building community

When William Jordan started tossing around the idea of starting his own ticketing business – one that truly stood apart from competitors – he knew he had to make a splash in the industry somehow. And the principles he admired most in successful companies – fair pay, providing a quality product at a good price, treating…

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14 November 2012

New public art in the spotlight at STAR Center

When Lisa Kinoshita was commissioned to complete the city’s latest public art installation in South Tacoma’s STAR Center, she knew she had to create something that reflects the natural environment and history of the area. Her piece, titled “Sempervivum” – Latin for ever living – certainly reflects the former wetlands…

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7 November 2012

‘Flowers for Tacoma’

In 1982, when Andy Warhol responded to a national call for artists to create public art for the Tacoma Dome, his proposed pop-art floral image that would have covered the roof was…less than well received by the public. “Flowers for Tacoma,” on view at the Tacoma Art Museum now through Feb. 10, features documentation…

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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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