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ISSUE NO. 42

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022

L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

Holiday

Shopping

Guide

IDEAS TO INSPIRE THIS

GIFT-GIVING SEASON

Q&A WITH JUSTIN AND JENNIFER STIEFEL

CO-FOUNDERS, LEADERS AND VISIONARIES OF THE

AWARD-WINNING HERITAGE DISTILLING CO.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Where has the year gone? Maybe it’s just me, but it

seems like 2022 came in with a bang and continued full

speed ahead. And now, here we are, in the midst of the

holiday season, when life slows down a bit yet there is so much

to do to prepare for family gatherings and the end of the year.

This has been a year of natural disasters, of war, of division, of

inflation, yet here we are, still standing, many of us stronger than

we were before. We continue to look to the future, working hard,

loving and providing for our families, with the goal of doing our

part to create a blessed life for our children—and a better world

for generations to come.

We all have purpose, and we must live that purpose, despite

what is going on around us. We must continue to seek good and

do our part to spread that good throughout our neighborhoods,

our schools, our communities, and our nation.

clothes to keep us warm, a vehicle to transport us to and from

work. Opportunities abound this time of year to give back to

those less fortunate as well. If you can’t afford to give monetarily

to a local charity or organization, you can donate gently used

clothing and jackets to women’s and children’s shelters; volunteer

your time at a food pantry/bank; go through the kids’ toys and

stuffed animals, clean them up, and find a way to get them to

those children who are less fortunate.

Give and you shall receive. Blessings come to those who assist

others—in whatever way that may be.

May we focus on what is important in life as the year comes to an

end and welcome 2023 with faith, love and hope.

The holiday season is a time to give thanks, as we have so much

to be thankful for: the roof over our heads, the food on the table,

FOR THE HOLIDAYS

10HOME

Decorating for the season

AND JENNIFER STIEFEL

26JUSTIN

Co-founders, leaders and visionaries

of the award-winning Heritage

Distilling Co.

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contents

home & garden

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Decorating for the season

tacoma focus

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TACOMA HEARING, SPEECH & DEAF

CENTER OPENS UP DOORS TO

COMMUNICATION

Expanding communication diversity

in our community

q&a

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JUSTIN AND JENNIFER STIEFEL

Co-founders, leaders and visionaries of

the award-winning Heritage Distilling Co.

health & lifestyle

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KEEPING A HEALTHY HOLIDAY BALANCE

There is a time for everything

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WHY WEREN’T YOU YOU?

Now is the time to fulfill your purpose

business pinpoint

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feature

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE 2022

Ideas to inspire this gift-giving season

food & entertainment

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

See what is happening this

holiday season

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RECIPE

Cookies for Santa: Perfectly soft

gingerbread cookies

travel

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Discover a spellbinding world with a

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Justin and Jennifer Stiefel are the co-founders of Heritage

Distilling Co. What began with one distillery in Gig

Harbor is now the largest independently owned craft

distillery in the Pacific Northwest. HDC is the most

awarded craft distillery in North America nine years

running. Find out more about Justin, Jennifer and HDC

in our Q&A on page 26.

Cover Photo By In-Gear Media

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HOME FOR THE

HOLIDAYS

Decorating for the season

by RACHEL KELLY

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The holiday season has our eyes turned inward

toward home. More time spent at home around loved ones has us

pulling out the throw blankets and piling on the pillows. This season’s

decor has us creating spaces for more time spent doing indoor activities,

making room for holiday gatherings and fostering a feeling of festivity.

It’s important that your space reflects what’s most comfortable for you.

It’s important that the place you wind down and spend the most time

mirrors your individual feelings, memories and style. Decorating for

the season means something different for everyone, however, there

are common priorities that just might spur your holiday humbug

into action.

During the holidays, especially during the winter solstice, it can get

pretty dark. One of the themes of the holidays is to bring light into

dark spaces. Lighting has a way of creating mood. The same is true

in our homes during the holidays. Switching out light fixtures, adding

new lamp shades or hanging twinkle lights from dark corners makes

for an instant cozy space. Plus, it’s festive! Bright lights are only

necessary while reading, otherwise soft light (such as what comes

from a fireplace) creates comfort. Since electricity is a fairly recent

invention, it makes sense that our bodies would prepare for sleep and

relax more in less invasive bright light. Candles are another inexpensive

addition to any space during short winter days. Hanging tea light

fixtures along stairwells and hallways makes the switching on and off of

lights unnecessary, which is especially convenient if half the house has

already gone to bed. In some cultures, it’s customary to place candles

in window sills to share light with neighbors during the holiday season.

This tradition doubles as a way to bring comfort in the home as well.

More time spent indoors means more activity, not less, happens in your

home. Wintertime is a time for rest and rejuvenation. Our space can

assist us in time well spent. It’s not the time for big renovations, but there

MAKE IT YOUR OWN: This season’s

decor has us creating spaces for more

time spent doing indoor activities,

making room for holiday gatherings

and fostering a feeling of festivity. It’s

important that your space reflects what’s

most comfortable for you.

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Wintertime is a time for

rest and rejuvenation.

are simple strategies that everyone can use to open up and declutter our space for the holidays.

If you have kids, this might be a good time to build each of them their own creative corners in

an out-of-the-way favorite spot, complete with its own light source, pillows, and organization

that works for their needs. Actually, this might be a good time for you to build your own creative

space, filled with things that both bring you joy and allow you to do whatever makes you feel

most constructive. Everyone needs a hub—a space that’s just yours. Otherwise, everyone’s indoor

activities go everywhere, and there doesn’t seem to be a place for anything. Encouraging each

person in the household to create their own space brings ownership. For common spaces, pay

attention to how you and others naturally do things. If there’s a place where people seem to throw

their towels, that’s where the laundry hamper goes. If a favorite family activity is movie night,

then maybe buy some extra oversized pillows that tuck away in a basket at the side of the couch.

This holiday season, bring ownership to your home by tailoring your space to fit your needs.

Usually when it comes to the holiday color scheme, don’t choose anything that doesn’t already

work. Nobody needs a complete holiday revamp every year. If you’ve chosen pretty basic

wall colors, and generally your regular aesthetic is quiet, solid colors, there is lots of room for

color during the holidays. Colored lights to wrap up the stairwell, silver tinsel hung from the

windowsill, red bows over the doorways. Your tree might just be a jumble of color, filled with

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ornaments that carry with them memories that

grow every year. However, if in your house you

already have a lot of color, you might want to

tone down the holiday decor with simple glass

tree ornaments and white twinkle lights. Another

simple decoration is hanging dried flowers from the

tops of the windows, this freshens the air as well as

looks festive. Live flowers that will last through the

holidays, or even through the entire winter season,

is always a welcome look set in direct contrast to

the dreary outdoors. This season, choose a color

scheme that brings life to your indoors.

As you pull out the traditional decorations this

holiday season, don’t be afraid to get rid of whatever

doesn’t bring you joy. Sometimes those old holiday

decorations can really pile up and gather dust.

There’s a reason that we tuck those decorations

away most of the year. As you cultivate your space,

think of what works for you. Create and open up

your space for the things you like doing during the

holidays, whether it’s holding holiday parties or

crashing on the couch for a good holiday movie.

Create a space for others, but also don’t be afraid

to prioritize something for yourself that helps you

to feel productive or cozy. It’s your home, and it

reflects you and those you love.

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holiday season, don’t be

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TACOMA HEARING, SPEECH & DEAF CENTER

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COMMUNICATION

Expanding communication

diversity in our community

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There are over 36,840 residents in Pierce

County who experience hearing difficulties.

This means there’s a large number within our

population who are suffering from an ability to

communicate effectively with their environment. Without

reliable accommodations, many of these people struggle

with accessing basic community resources. From medical

care to groceries, from getting a job to crossing the street,

hearing is a communication barrier that isolates those

who communicate differently. Especially with many

accommodations moving away from face-to-face interaction

to phones and online, so many with hearing difficulties are

divorced from community, connection and, consequently,

many basic resources. It’s no surprise then that 50 percent of

those experiencing significant hearing loss are unemployed

and at risk for severe poverty. This is not because there is not

a desire to work, to connect, and to be involved but because

so many workplaces and common places are inaccessible.

To bridge this gap in communication, the Hearing Speech &

Deaf Center was established 86 years ago, with its first office

in Seattle. The Seattle office served the greater area, including

the South Sound, but it eventually became necessary to

expand. The Tacoma office opened in 2006, with its purpose

being to service the deaf and hard-of-hearing population

with these gaps in communication. The center is aware

that people with hearing or speech differences face daily

systemic barriers that isolate them from family, community

and basic services.

“Our mission is to foster accessible communities through

communication, advocacy and education. We envision

an inclusive and accessible world where everyone is

understood and respected,” says Carol Brown, the director

of development at the Tacoma Hearing, Speech & Deaf

Center. The Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center envisions a

world where many different forms of communication are

by RACHEL KELLY

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“Our mission is

to foster accessible

communities through

communication,

advocacy and

education. We envision

an inclusive and

accessible world where

everyone is understood

and respected.”

accepted without stigma, connections are made,

and a community as a whole thrives as a result of

its diversity.

To practically achieve this goal, the Tacoma

Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center utilizes client

advocates who are notably deaf, hard of hearing,

and hearing. Client advocates meet with or go

to their deaf or hard-of-hearing clients to listen

to their individual needs. They speak ASL and

English and are powerful role models for our

community. A powerful tool of client advocates

is their purpose to empower their clients through

self-advocacy. In one such example: “A client

recently needed a fire alarm for deaf people,” says

Brown, “and our advocate trained them in selfadvocacy

rather than intervening on her behalf.

The client reported that her success at securing

the needed accommodations had made her feel

confident to resolve future issues.”

Self-advocacy doesn’t just address one need;

it enables clients to experience success in

communicating and navigating the hearing world

around them with confidence. Self-advocacy

allows for clients to feel the support and acceptance

of their greater community, a community that can

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often be unknowingly ignorant of how they can

communicate successfully to their neighbors.

Resources do not stop and end at teaching selfadvocacy,

but client advocates also work to

remove communication barriers that can prevent

their clients from getting a job, filing their taxes,

accessing community resources and much more.

Services are available regardless of race, age,

color, or communication method. When barriers

are overcome and bridges are built, community,

communication, recognition, joy, understanding

and tolerance thrive. A whole new world erupts

between two people who have found common

ground from which to grow. The result of

overcoming barriers is a joy. It’s no wonder then that

when Brown was asked what she loves most about

her work, her reply was, “Overcoming barriers is

what we love!”

The Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center itself

also provides audiology and hearing aid

appointments, speech and communication services,

interpretation, deaf and hard-of-hearing services,

and early childhood education. The speech and

communication services provided work with

individuals struggling with language disorders,

processing disorders, motor speech disorders,

swallowing disorders, etc. that limit communication

and are often associated with auditory processing.

Speech pathologists connect with clients to provide

these services. However, their services are often

not funded by Medicaid or insurances, and so

the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center relies on local

donations to provide this much deserved and

needed intervention. To aid in this, HSDC created

the Speech Community Cares Fund, which local

pathologists, businesses and individuals can donate,

with the assurance that 100 percent of the funds go

to providing care.

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HSDC also provides services in both a personal and professional capacity. Deaf and hard-of-hearing services, services that aid deaf and hardof-hearing

clients in accessing resources such as jobs, medical care and community support, are free to those who need them. Local businesses,

agencies and schools can also contact HSDC for resources on local education, helping their clients and employees access resources, accessibility

training and employment. This goes hand in hand with their early learning education resources, which instead of focusing on adults and

businesses in need of hearing resources focuses on preschool-age children. Their early learning resources include services aimed at equipping

parents with deaf or deaf-blind children living in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Specialists travel to homes to equip families with the

unique resources that they need for their children. HSDC also supports the bilingual Rosen Family Preschool, where both ASL and English are

spoken for both hearing and deaf students.

The Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center naturally partners with its community to reach out and overcome the barriers that exist in our community.

One such partner is DHHS, who often refers individuals to the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center. DHHS also conducts training on communication

workshops for organizations to better serve deaf clients and customers. In these ways, DHHS is a wonderful resource. Our community here in

the South Sound is large enough to need services but still small enough to be reached in the way that we all communicate, specifically through

social media, using FaceTime, and in person. The Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center utilizes these resources through their online presence to foster

community engagement.

For more information on how you can help our community have more accessible and inclusive communication, please see the Hearing, Speech

& Deaf Center at HSDC.org.

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Conversations around campfires are often

intriguing with talks about dreams and

the future. Justin and Jennifer Stiefel’s campfire

talks resulted in the founding of Heritage

Distilling Company, Inc. in 2011. Since the

early days of their first distillery in Gig Harbor,

they have grown substantially and are now the

largest independently owned craft distillery in

the Pacific Northwest, with Justin serving as

CEO and Jennifer as president. Unique flavors

such as Cocoa Bomb Whiskey put them on

the map.

Q. The Heritage Distilling Spirits Advent

Calendar is a popular gift each holiday. Can

you share with our readers what goes into

creating all those tiny bottles?

A. We were proud to be the first craft distiller

in the U.S. to create and launch the Spirits

Advent Calendar in 2015. This year we are

bottling 120,000 50-milliliter bottles for the

Spirits Advent Calendar. Production started

in July and continues through the end of

September to put together all 5,000 calendars

that will be sold in HDC Tasting Rooms and

some select PNW retailers.​It features Cocoa

Bomb (our new chocolate whiskey), some of

our most popular flavored vodkas and some

of our premium whiskeys—there’s a little bit of

something for everyone. We get great responses

from customers who use the Spirits Advent

Calendars as party favors, hostess gifts and

sampler boxes. This year’s version will likely be

sold out by the end of November.

Q. How did your recent partnership with

Danielle Kartes of Rustic Joyful Foods to

produce Florescence Vodka come about?

A. We’ve been working with Danielle on

content, photos and recipe development for

the past five years. Because innovation is such

an important pillar of HDC’s business, we are

always looking for opportunities to introduce

new products to our loyal fans. Danielle’s

positive and gritty work ethic, combined with

our reputation for award-winning spirits,

brought the idea from an initial concept in 2020

to being in the bottle now in 2022. Florescence

Vodka is a grapefruit and pomelo vodka meant

to be used in cocktails or straight over ice. It

tastes like endless summer in a bottle, and we

are getting rave reviews for this product from

all corners of the spirits world.

Q. Can you share how Heritage Distilling

worked with the Chehalis Tribe to create the

new tribal distilling opportunity for Tribes?

A. We were approached by the Chehalis

Tribe in 2015 to assist with an economic

development project for their property on I-5.

As it developed, the notion of adding a distillery

came to the forefront. When the Tribe started

construction, the federal government told them

they could not build the distillery due to an old

Andrew Jackson-era law from 1834 prohibiting

distilleries in Indian country. Our CEO, Justin

Stiefel, joined the Tribal chairman and Tribal

leadership to lobby Congress to repeal that

statute. In late 2018, the bill passed Congress

and became law. Construction then began and

it is now open for customers to enjoy brewery

and distillery tap rooms and high-quality food

from the restaurant. This first location is the

basis of our next phase of business—working

with Tribes across the country on this model.

We expect to have news to share on this in

early 2023.

Q. How did you become the most awarded

craft distillery in North America nine years

in a row?

A. To achieve this level of consistency,

especially in an increasingly competitive craft

distilling industry with almost 3,000 distillers

across the U.S., repeatable success must start

with the products and how they are made.

We are sticklers for quality and creativity. Our

results rely on a combination of raw ingredient

selection, production process control and

finished blending techniques. Of course, we

must sample along the way to ensure quality

control. All parts of the enterprise must be

responsible for their roles. We call this the

“ownership culture.” As a small company,

we decided to share company stock with our

employees so that they could become “owners.”

But being an “owner” also means “owning” the

responsibility for your role. ​This has instilled

a sense of purpose and pride within all levels

of the organization, and the results speak for

themselves. Evidently, the judges agree—nine

years in a row.

Q. Heritage Distilling is celebrating its 10th

anniversary. Do you have any reflections on

your first decade in business? ​

A. You don’t survive for 10 years as a company

without customers, partners and employees,

so first we must say, “THANK YOU” to all of

them. As proud as we are of our first 10 years of

success, awards and recognition, we are equally

excited about the next 10 years. To kick off

this next decade, we have a new line of super

premium whiskeys we’ve been aging for four

to eight years that we will release under a new

label as single barrel expressions: STIEFEL’S

SELECT. All the while we’ve been running the

public business of Heritage Distilling, we’ve

been secretly distilling and aging a whole new

lineup of whiskeys that we’ve never talked

about. They are ready, and the responses from

private showings with whiskey experts so far

have been amazing. We are excited to share

them with the world as we launch this next

decade of growth.

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Healthy

Holiday Balance

There is a time

for everything

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here’s a time for everything, even during the holidays.

There’s a time for family, and there’s time for celebration.

There’s time to decorate, time to get out the door, and a time

for those holiday traditions. There’s even time for some of that

spiced eggnog that is only available seasonally. But whether you

will truly have time or not comes down to whether you are able to

keep a healthy balance this holiday season. But with the holidays

comes the pull of activities that are sure to yank you right off track

to enjoying the season. There can be so many expectations during

the holidays; expectations from others but also expectations

that we put on ourselves. It can take a lot of effort to keep one’s

priorities straight. This year, prioritize yourself, your family, your

work and the holidays in a way that makes the most sense for the

things that matter most.

Prioritizing yourself is often the hardest

to accomplish during the holiday season.

However, for many of us, “me time” should

be the first thing we do. Not because you

should be selfish, as if that’s even possible.

Self-care doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice

making sure others are cared for. It’s just a

fact that if you don’t fill your cup, you won’t

have anything to give. Everything suffers

when we don’t prioritize self-care, especially

in situations where you may be maxed out.

Sometimes prioritizing yourself might mean

waking up 15 minutes early every day to enjoy

some extra silence over your favorite hot

morning beverage. Sometimes it might mean

organizing your day in such a way that you can

have an extra 10 minutes at the end of every

day to just be still. Sometimes it might mean

going on a short walk or making a point to

take a few hours once a week doing something

you love. Little by little, consistent self-care

chips away at the stress that has a tendency to

build up. Prioritizing yourself might mean that

someone else around you might need to adjust

their routine, such as going to bed earlier or

making sure they’re around during the time

that you’ve hedged out for yourself. Sometimes

they might be upset about this (kids, this is

you), but it’s important that everyone in every

household shares the load of responsibility, so

that each individual is cared for—including

you. This might take some conversation, and it

might take some compromise, but it’s worth it.

Prioritizing your family is probably next on

most people’s list. Or maybe prioritizing those

that you consider to be like family. There are

just some activities and some plans that can’t

be rescheduled this time of year, and missing

them would take away from joy. It can be easy to under-appreciate

those people closest to us, because we feel secure that they will

always be there. Regardless, every relationship needs attention.

Doing things this holiday season with those loved ones should be

top on the list, as they are sure to bring the most joy this time of

year. Usually, however, there is more than one loved one. Many

people find themselves split between many different familial

expectations from both sides. These activities can sometimes

clash, so communication is key here. It’s no fun if you spread

yourself too thin. Be sure to communicate what you can and can’t

do for your own sanity, and let the rest be what it will be.

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The holidays are supposed to be a time of rest,

encouragement and celebration.

Prioritizing work where it should be during the holidays often means that

not everything is done to perfection. However, it will be done the best you

possibly can do, and that will have to be enough. Making money is all well

and good, but it means very little if you have no time to use it. Especially

during the time of year where money and time can be used so well. Do

what needs to be done, hit your deadlines and demolish that project while

you’re working. But when you’re off, you’re off. If you truly can’t get away,

turn everything off. Give yourself a staycation, at home, and unplug from

whatever pulls you where you don’t need to be. This might mean that you

might have to cut back in some ways, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t

enjoy the fruits of your labor. There is a reason that work is not prioritized

at the top of the list; it’s just not the most important thing.

The holidays are a time where we remember and focus on what is most

important. The weather turns, the holidays begin, and we invest in all the

people, activities and things that get us through the darker/colder parts of

the year. There’s a reason that the holidays are all stacked on top of each

other. This time of year, we all feel the need for a pick-me-up. The holidays

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is, if we can keep a healthy balance throughout. Keeping our priorities

straight will help us to drop whatever doesn’t fit, so that we’re capable

of making decisions between all the different things that pull at us this

season. Being still and simply being thankful is a much-underrated skill.

This year, let’s harbor thankfulness by giving ourselves the time and the

space to appreciate what makes the holidays so special.

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in life at times as to what that purpose is, and

how to go about it. We get lost in life and begin

defining our lives around what we see others

doing and listening to those selling us the

“right” way to do things. I don’t know about

you, but I am tired of being sold a one-wayfits-all

message. My messages are always about

sharing, and then telling everyone to make it

their own. Listen to me, yes; be me, no! You

are divinely beautiful. I want to see it, not my

own reflection! I have done my job if I help you

see yourself!

There is an old shaman story, used to bring

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you Sufi?” When so much time in our life is

spent following the leader and not focusing on

simply knowing ourselves and what makes us

happy, the question is a valid one. Why are you

covering up something that is so unique and

beautiful, by trying to be everything else but

you? There are many reasons, many we come

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This weekend, or some other appropriate time,

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1. What am I here to do?

2. Am I living up to it?

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With nearly two decades of experience each, both Jessica and Courtney were inspired

to pursue a career in the aesthetic field many years ago—but for very different reasons.

For Courtney, she initially had plans to become a makeup artist. “I soon realized that

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at Áme, meaning “soul.” “Courtney and I love making people feel better about the

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At Áme Aesthetic Institute, they provide a wide range of services: laser hair

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Having been in the industry for almost 19 years, and having been a clinical trainer,

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and even the treatments available to them (even if not offered at Áme). “They will

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always get an honest recommendation from me,”

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As the industry is ever evolving, both Jessica and

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Jessica’s philosophy regarding aesthetics is

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A beloved tradition, The Nutcracker takes

centerstage at Pantages Theater

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

It’s the magical story that generations continue to love, and

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Pantages Theater in Tacoma as Tacoma City Ballet presents

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Tacoma City Ballet has been performing The Nutcracker for

67 years in the city of Tacoma, and 2022 marks their 39th

year performing in the 1,200-seat Pantages Theater, according

to Miss Erin M. Ceragioli, executive and artistic director for

Tacoma City Ballet.

Auditions for the ballet took place in September, and the dancers

have been dedicated to their craft to bring the best performance

to audiences. “Our audiences can always expect a wonderful

Nutcracker production, and once again, this season, they will

not be disappointed, as we boast a growing membership of our

Professional Division,” shares Miss Erin. “Tacoma City Ballet

Company dancers, character actors/dancers, and children of the

school always bring great joy to our audiences.”

The ballet will feature approximately 150 performers, ranging in

age from 4 to 75, plus a performing live orchestra and chorus.

This year’s Nutcracker ballet features Ayana Ruelas as Clara,

Benson Myers as the Nutcracker Prince, Travis Goldman as

Godfather Drosselmeyer, Collin Gould and Erik Gould (double

cast) as Fritz, Joel Myers as the Mouse King, and Isabelle Gould

and Anne Milner (double cast) as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this beloved ballet with

family and friends this holiday season.

Tickets range in price from $17.50 to $102.50. Miss Erin and

the rest of Tacoma City Ballet encourage the community to

attend. “Ticket sales support Tacoma City Ballet Company to

create and present more classical ballet productions. Ticket

sales also support Tacoma City Ballet’s Jan Collum Memorial

Scholarship Fund that offers children the opportunity to study

the art of classical ballet who would otherwise be unable to do

so,” she shares. “Tacoma City Ballet has given over $1.5 million

in scholarships to the children of Tacoma and the South Puget

Sound region.”

For ticket links, visit TacomaCityBallet.com, and be sure to

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Tacoma Distillery Festival

Sample spirits from Northwest distilleries at the return of the Tacoma Distillery Festival! From 3 to 7pm on

November 5, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the makers and discover your new favorite tipple to purchase

and take home just in time for the holidays. Included with your ticket is a souvenir shot glass and six tasting

tokens. Funds raised will support the work of Tacoma Arts Live’s arts access and education programs. Find out

more and purchase your tickets online (which are priced $45 in advance, $50 the day of, and $10 for designated

drivers) at TacomaArtsLive.org.

Annual Tacoma City Turkey Trot

The Tacoma City Turkey Trot is a family affair! Offering a 5k run/walk and a 1k Kids Run in Tacoma’s beautiful

Proctor District, this Thanksgiving morning event is a wonderful way to start the holiday. Both the 5k and kids

1k begin and end at Fleet Feet Sports (3812 North 26th Street), with the 5k starting at 9am, followed by the 1k at

10:15am. Registration, which can be done online at TCMAEvents.com/turkey-trot, is priced $55 for adults ($60

November 22 through 24), with the Kids Run, for ages 12 and younger, just $10. And ... every finisher receives a

medal! Thanksgiving costumes and accessories are encouraged.

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Magical lights and a classic holiday tradition, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium once again hosts Zoolights. From

4:30 to 10pm each evening, November 25 through January 2 (closed December 24 and 25), bring the family for

an experience unlike any other this holiday season. This holiday tradition boasts more than 700,000 colorful LED

lights and dozens of dazzling 3D animal light displays. Enjoyable for the whole family, zoo guests will see their

favorite light displays, with all the classics and some new ones! In addition, zoo guests can walk through two

Tunnels of Lights. For additional details, and to purchase tickets, visit PDZA.org/event/zoolights/2022-11-25.

The Great Tacoma Book Fair

In partnership with the Washington Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, local nonprofit

Blue Forge Press presents this annual holiday book fair and bazaar. The 501c3 nonprofit works with authors who

are marginalized due to age, race, or economics, and every year they host this fantastic event, where the public

can come browse, meet the authors, and consult with real publishers about their own writing—all for free. This

year the event is being held at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma on Saturday, December 3,

10am to 8pm.

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Mary Bridge Children’s Festival of Trees Gala

This annual holiday festival and gala will feature a live auction with more than 15 beautifully decorated trees, mini

tree and wreath silent auction, and exciting after-party. Scheduled for Saturday, December 3, and held at the Tacoma

Armory (1001 South Yakima Avenue), the festivities kick off at 6pm. Reservations are $350 per guest for the inperson

event and $50 for the virtual link, which is good for an individual, couple or household. All proceeds from

the 2022 festival and gala will support Mary Bridge Children’s Hospitals’ mission of expanding access to highquality,

child-centered care. To register, visit Multicare.org/festival.

Lighted Boat Parade

The Tacoma Yacht Club once again hosts the annual Lighted Boat Parade. This year, the Ruston/Tacoma waterfront

will come to life with the bright lights and decorated boats to celebrate the joy of the holiday season on Saturday,

December 17. All boats will assemble in front of the Point Defiance docks (by Anthony’s) at about 5:30pm on

parade day and travel along the Ruston waterfront and into Foss Waterway beginning at 6pm. Dress warm and

come out to enjoy this holiday tradition. For additional details, and for those interested in participating, visit

TacomaYachtClub.org, call 253.752.3555 or email info@tacomayachtclub.org.

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1 cup softened butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 cup molasses

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

5 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. ground ginger

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground allspice

½ tsp. ground cloves

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

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DISCOVER A SPELLBINDING WORLD

SURREY

BRITISH COLUMBIA

A vibrant and diverse culinary scene

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SURREY

Surrey, British Columbia, is just across the United States border into Canada. It is one of the most culturally diverse

cities in the Metro Vancouver area. In the area known by Canadians as “the Lower Mainland,” it stretches from

Tidal Flats in the west all the way to the Fraser Valley in the east. The Surrey Spice Trail will take you across six

neighborhoods to showcase the vibrant and diverse foodie scene. Discover strip-mall dives to high-end dining and

everything in between.

Surrey is known as “The City of Parks,” and over 50 percent of Surrey is greenspace, which includes farms, golf

courses, parks, gardens and urban forests. There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Head to White Rock, one

of Surrey’s neighboring communities, to enjoy views for miles and a large sand tidal beach. Stroll the waterfront with

its cute shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants. Saunter down the longest pier in Canada. With Surrey situated on

the Pacific Flyway, a north-south migratory bird route, the area is very popular with birdwatchers. With over 200

species of birds, it is easy to see why. Cycling is a loved activity, and there are plenty of hiking and walking trails

throughout the city.

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diversity of food offerings gives you the opportunity to experience a

variety of international cuisine. You’ll find family owned businesses

sharing their traditional meals cooked with love. You’ll also find

well-known chefs at places like My Shanti, where Vikram VI works

his magic. The options can be overwhelming, so visit the Spice Trail

website to locate restaurants on an interactive map. Tapping on a

restaurant will give you a description of the restaurant experience,

photos of their signature dishes, and tips.

Chacha’s is a North Indian restaurant that offers a special dish just

on weekends. This very popular, bright, modern eatery will have

you feeling like you stepped into a Bollywood movie, as the music

and aromas of this unique cuisine envelop you as you walk to your

table. For an appetizer, try the Gol Gappay Shots. This darling dish

is presented in a miniature cart like the ones you would see on the

streets of India. A crispy, round, hollow shell known as a puri is

stuffed with potatoes, chickpeas and chutneys. You take it and add

the tangy-flavored water it is served with and pop the whole thing

into your mouth. So fun. Order the Paneer Kulcha, only available

on weekends. Kulcha is a special seasoned Indian flatbread that is

stuffed (choose from a variety of meats or veggies) and crispy. The

dish is served with chickpeas and raita, a classic Indian yogurt sauce.

THE SPICE TRAIL

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STAY

The Civic Hotel in downtown Surrey is part of the Autograph

Collection for Marriott and is a gorgeous hotel in a central location

for exploring the area. The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows

that provide panoramic city views. After a busy day exploring, head

to the heated rooftop pool to relax. It is just steps away from the

SkyTrain, which provides transportation in the Greater Vancouver

area. The hotel is walking distance to Holland Park. Make sure to

view local artist Glen Anderson’s Art Nouveau-style water fountain.

Seasonally enjoy the gardens, which start with spring tulips and then

summer roses. Shop at the Central City Shopping Center, a large

mall that is also walking distance from the Civic Hotel.

The Holiday Inn and Suites, located in the Cloverdale neighborhood,

is perfect for families. It is not far from the US-Canada border and

the Peace Arch. The hotel has family friendly rooms and an indoor

pool open year-round. It is next to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds

and Agriplex, which has events throughout the year including the

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.

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the 3-kilometers-long nature trail (you can find a brochure at

the website). Look for seals at high tide in the waves. At low

tide, birds flock to the mudflats and eelgrass meadows to dine.

Hundreds of thousands of birds visit throughout the year;

some arrive from as far away as South America. If you want

to hike further or do a bike ride, the trail links up with the

Dyke Trail for another 20 kilometers of shoreline ending in

Boundary Bay Regional Park.

Take some time to explore historic Cloverdale. This is Surrey’s

birthplace, where it started out as a small farm community in

1870. Downtown Cloverdale has a business district with more

than 200 shops and restaurants. Access a walking and driving

tour brochure from the website. Its small-town charm and

historic features were featured in the TV show “Smallville,”

and it is a popular filming location.

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