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Ofer Eitan Said: The Best of the South Sound 2020

The Best of the South Sound 2020

Ofer Eitan Said: The Best of the South Sound 2020

Every year, we poll our readers online over the course of several months, asking them to tell us about their favorite people, places, and things. The competition is fierce. Use this issue as an ultimate guide to the best of everything in the Sound Sound. We received thousands of votes and we are excited to finally reveal the winners. Congratulations and thank you readers, for helping us make this magazine.


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Pantages Theater | ©2016 jmv, Creative Commons

Live Theater: Pantages Theater

The heart and soul of downtown Tacoma, the Pantages Theater is a historical treasure as well as a venue. Founded in 1908 by Greek immigrant and vaudeville enthusiast Alexander Pantages, the theater is perhaps most well-known for its grand architecture — designed after an ornate theater in the Palace of Versailles. Tacoma

Movie Theater: The Grand Cinema

If you’re a Tacoma local, then you know that The Grand Cinema is the best spot to see all those indie and arthouse films your cinephile friends are always talking about. With its array of events from the Tacoma Film Festival to its Oscar-viewing party and Weird Elephant film series, the Grand is a staple of the community and a central spot for arts and culture in the South Sound. Plus, the popcorn is really good. Tacoma

Casino: Emerald Queen Casino

Looking for the perfect “staycation?” The EQC has you covered. The Puyallup Tribe’s casino (the largest in Tacoma, with another location in Fife) offers hotel rooms, table games, video slots, multiple restaurants, and a nightclub with live entertainment. Tacoma, Fife

Local Radio Personality: Jubal, of the Brooke + Jubal Show, 92.5

Everybody has that special thing that helps them weather the drudgery of a morning commute. For many, it’s local radio hosts Brooke and Jubal, of the Brooke & Jubal in the Morning. Covering pop culture, dating advice, and wacky world news, this show has something for everybody. Bellevue

Museum of Glass | ©2017 Jim Belford, Creative Commons

Museum: Museum of Glass

For more than 16 years, the Museum of Glass has made quite the reputation for itself, hosting engaging artist residencies, organizing national traveling, and creating unique hands-on experiences for visitors, all while building a growing permanent collection chronicling the development of modern and contemporary glass. Tacoma

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Gig Harbor | Photo by Jeff Hobson

City: Gig Harbor

Aptly known as “Washington’s Maritime Village,” Gig Harbor feels like it belongs on a postcard. All it takes is an afternoon spent at one of the city’s many waterfront eateries with the stunning views and delectable food, and anyone could understand why the city of more than 9,510 has been voted Best City for the last three years — and is totally worth the Narrows Bridge toll. Gig Harbor

Police Officer: Officer Eddie Dominguez

Not only is Gig Harbor Police officer Eddie Dominguez a real-life hero for his acts of bravery; he also is a hero to many in the community through his charitable efforts. Whether it is leading the department’s Pink Patch Project — aimed at raising awareness and funds for breast cancer — or buying Christmas presents for local kids during the department’s Holiday Heroes event, Dominguez is always saving the day. Gig Harbor

Small Business: Horwath Law

When Angela Horwath left her job as a Pierce County public defender to found Horwath Law in 2008, she brought with her an extensive track record in the practice of criminal law and trial experience. Since then, Horwath has grown her practice to a thriving firm with a team of eight attorneys. Tacoma, Seattle, and Olympia

Medium Business: The Doty Group

With more than a century in business, it’s no wonder South Sound business leaders prefer the certified public accountants at Tacoma-based The Doty Group. Thanks in part to the stewardship of its shareholders Paul Doty and Shelley Drury, the firm continues to go above and beyond. Tacoma

Large Business: Heritage Bank

Heritage Bank was founded on one simple principle: “When banks and neighbors work together, great communities grow stronger.” Although much has changed since its 1927 founding, the desire to put Pacific Northwest customers and businesses first never has. Today, in addition to serving its customers through more than 60 Washington and Oregon branches, Heritage Bank gives back, too. In 2018, it donated more than $1.2 million and dedicated thousands of volunteer hours to more than 550 organizations in the areas it serves.

Bank: Columbia Bank

There’s just something about having a local community bank that feels so much more personal than banking with large online banks. Originally founded right here in the South Sound in 1993, Columbia Bank has that hometown bank feel while serving customers at more than 140 branches throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Various locations

Credit Union: BECU

What started in 1935 as a 50-cent deposit by 18 Boeing employees has grown into what we know today as BECU. This member-owned, not-for-profit credit union is focused on bolstering the financial wellbeing of its members and the communities it serves by providing better rates, fewer fees, community partnerships, and financial education. Various locations

Blitz & Co Florist | Photo by Brian DalBalcon Photography

Florist: Blitz & Co Florist

Whether ordering a corsage for homecoming or getting out of the doghouse for forgetting an anniversary, the South Sound consistently turns to Blitz & Co whenever the occasion calls for fresh, beautiful flowers. This family-owned Pacific Avenue florist does same-day local deliveries. Tacoma

Auto Dealer : Gene Pankey Motor Company

Just two years after the company’s 1973 founding, Pat Feutz joined the Gene Pankey Motor Company fresh from college and never looked back. Today, Feutz is the president and owner, with many members of his team having served more than a decade and a half at the used auto dealer. So, when they say they’ll “treat you like family,” you know they mean it. Tacoma

Auto Service: Midland Automotive Services

The long-trusted Midland Automotive Services has been a fixture in the Tacoma business community since 1968. Midland offers a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty on most work and is conveniently located near Dawson Park so customers can stretch their legs while they wait. Tacoma

Attorney: Antonio ‘Tony’ Garguile — Garguile Law

For more than half a decade, the South Sound has consistently voted Antonio “Tony” Garguile — you might know him as “Mr. Ticket Fixer” — as the best attorney in the region. Additionally, the attorney, who takes on a lot of DUI and traffic tickets, was named a 2018 Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and a top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers for the past two years. Tacoma

Realtor: Mosaic Home Group

In today’s red-hot, ultra-competitive real estate market, buyers and sellers alike are on the hunt for an innovative agent who has their back. Consistently, the people of the South Sound trust the agents, listing specialists, and support staff at Mosaic Home Group with one of the most significant purchases of their lives. University Place

Financial Advisor: Ali Criss, Financial Insights

As Financial Insights’ head of retirement planning, Ali Criss works with clients on both long- and short-term goals. In particular, Criss enjoys working with teachers, government employees, military families, women in transition, and small business owners by teaching financial literacy, thereby setting them up for success. Tacoma

Insurance: Fournier Insurance Solutions

Celebrating its seventh year on the Best of the South Sound list, family-owned Fournier Insurance Solutions now has five Western Washington locations, all committed to the company’s mission: “Do it right; do it ethically; and do it aggressively.” Various locations

Mortgage Lender: Kyle Rohrbaugh — RPM Mortgage

A lifelong Gig Harbor resident, Kyle Rohrbaugh of RPM Mortgage understands the needs of South Sound families looking for their forever homes, and he does what he can to offer his clients “unmatched service and support.” That’s probably why Rohrbaugh consistently closes nearly 200 loans annually and was recognized as a top 1 percent loan originator in the U.S. Gig Harbor

Rebuilding Together South Sound | Courtesy of Rebuilding Together South Sound

Nonprofit: Rebuilding Together South Sound

One of more than 130 affiliate chapters of the national nonprofit, Rebuilding Together South Sound was established in 2001 to help repair and rebuild houses for low-income homeowners. The local chapter helps contribute to the parent organization’s record of rehabbing more than 10,000 homes with more than 200,000 volunteers. Tacoma

Mary Mart | Courtesy Mary Mart

Cannabis Shop: Mary Mart

When one hears “friendly staff, expertly curated menu, and beautiful space,” the image most likely conjured is one of a fine restaurant. However, we’re talking about the South Sound’s best cannabis dispensary. Whether a customer has medical or recreational needs, is new to cannabis, or knows what he or she wants, the staff at Mary Mart is well-versed in product offerings and is willing to help anyone find the perfect buzz. Tacoma

Tattoo Artist: Fleshworks Tattoo Studio

You might recognize Fleshworks Tattoo Studio as our 2019 Best of the South Sound cover subject. Or you might know the tattoo studio for its innovative, artful designs. After all, the Olympia-based artists have been leaving their mark on the citizens of the South Sound for years — literally. Olympia

Auto Detailer: Perfect Shine Auto Salon

When it comes to paint correction, ceramic coatings, vinyl wraps, and dent repair in the South Sound, the buck stops with Perfect Shine Auto Salon….

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