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Mar. 26, 2009 at 10:00pm

Abbey's On Broadway Bringing Beer & Wine to the Theater District

This just in: a new beer and wine shop is set to open at 743 Broadway - which appears to be Sanford and Son Antiques! Operated by Abby and Greg Valleton, no word yet on when the grand opening will be. Stay tuned!

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Jan. 23, 2009 at 1:00am

Russell Rumors

Rumor has it that Russell is staying put. Rumor also has it Russell's owner, Northwestern Mutual, will be putting down some roots of their own here in T-town.

Rue will open no champagne before its time.

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Nov. 10, 2008 at 9:48am

Aroma Out and Up the Street

First there was the The 6th Ave Shuffle, now there's the Downtown Shuffle. Rumor has it that the former operator of Cafe Aroma (now Vinium) is moving up the street to take over the cafe that recently closed in the Wells Fargo building.

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Oct. 24, 2008 at 12:01pm

Monsoon Room Backstory

While others reported on the abrupt closure of Hilltop's Monsoon Room a few weeks back, little has been revealed since. Until now.

Rumor has it that a non-profit housing developer, MLK Housing Authority, had been aggressively pursuing both the Monsoon Room building and the adjacent forever-vacant brick building on South 11th for years. They are working on a redevelopment project that will take up nearly an entire city block. 

Does this mean a new location for a reborn Monsoon Room? My sources say, "Maybe." (stupid 8-ball!)

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Sep. 27, 2008 at 7:29pm

The 6th Ave Shuffle

It's like musical chairs on 6th Ave!

Rumors heard that the Rector's Antiques building on 6th Ave is up for sale. No idea how much or where the antique store is moving to.

Rumors also learned that the swanky hair place in the Rector's building, Baroque Salon, will be moving into the much larger space formerly known as the computer repair shop next to Il Fiasco on hopping 6th Ave (2711 6th Ave). The former computer repair shop has relocated to University Place (not sure why), and Meier's House of Clocks left 6th Ave for the Lincoln District. Anyone else moving?

The only question now is what will become of the Rector's building? Mcminimins, are you there?

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Aug. 28, 2008 at 9:52am

On the Rocks now Club Kokonut

This just in: a liquor license has been applied for by Club Kokonut to operate at 728 Pacific Avenue. The applicants name is Molly Lee. Rumors sees a trend happening but will hold off on commenting to see if the trend continues. Here's a hint: it may relate to the new owners of the Olympus Hotel.

In addition, the following notice is being posted on job website everywhere. This one is from CareerBuilder:
CLUB KOKONUT now hiring for all positions. Bartenders, waitstaff, cooks, bus people, hostess, etc.

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Aug. 28, 2008 at 9:09am

More Coffee Coming to Stadium District

Rumors stopped by the new coffee shop going into the former Stadium Bistro building on St. Helens. The owners weren't around but it looks like they've been busy. The new windows and door they installed look stunning! Sadly, the interior is still completely raw so it may be another month or two before they open. The space is very small and won't hold more than a few people, not unlike another small nearby coffee shop, Satellite Coffee. Baby steps, Tacoma, baby steps.

but they will have a take out window. Let's hope they put rain cover of some sort over the window!

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Aug. 28, 2008 at 8:59am

One Heart Cafe Moving

Rumor has it that the Merlino Arts Center has sold and the One Heart Cafe will be moving into the former Mocha Mountain space at 743 St. Helens. Now the city's political machine will have another option besides Tully's to work their deals.

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Aug. 28, 2008 at 8:48am

Bayview to Offer View a Plenty

Rumors stopped by the place formerly known as Cafe by the Bay on St. Helens. All of the furniture and equipment has been stripped and the new owners are busy renovating the space. They will offer soups, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and prime views of the tideflats. Look for the Bayview to open "mid-September" according to the owner.

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Aug. 28, 2008 at 12:01am

Daniel Blue Reemerges... in Seattle?

This went out on the City of Tacoma's arts listserve the other day. Rumors isn't sure what to make of it. It sounds like Tacoma's multitalented, multifaceted Daniel Blue has come out with a new band which will have its premiere in Seattle. It's hard to understand why the creator of the now collectible Hipster 253 t-shirts would leave Tacoma. Bigger market? Lucrative contract? Higher concentration of hipsters? These all could be factors, but we just may never know for sure.

Here's the email:

Subject: [TacomaArt] Daniel Blue Reemergence

Have you heard of the new rock-poet band Motopony?

Motopony is a new creative manifestation of ex-fashionisto Daniel Blue and ex-party rocker Robby Rebel, and it's really f*&^%$ng good.

I'm sure many of you remember the extravagant fashion shows involving music and dance put on by Daniel Blue's Loyalty Conglomerate.

Daniel has been in the studio for the past nine months creating his latest project and the result will astound you.

He has taken all of his poetic genius and mashed it into an musical weaving of Cash meets Donovan.

I can tell you I can't get what I've heard out of my head, and I cannot wait to get an album copy for myself.

Tacoma, this isn't a debut stolen from you, it's a sneaking peek at something truly great, and it's happening in a few days, in Seattle.

Come to this acoustic set at the 108 Occidental Gallery, this Thursday August 28th at 8pm.

This show we are so privileged to host is a supportive measure for this independent, un-funded gallery, right in the heart of that art scene just to the North.

Suggested donation of $5, but with gas and what not, your attendance is quite enough.

For directions:


For art or performance submissions send your jpgs or links to:


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