Autumn is here and with it comes pumpkin spice treats, fall leaves and festivals galore. With fall also comes SouthSoundTalk’s top stories from September. Which stories did you read most? Last month, it was a little bit of everything, including pieces about local restaurants and businesses, but also an inspiring piece about a dancer dealing with brain surgery.

Read below to check out these stories for yourself!

1. The Defiant Goldfish Rises from the Ashes of Historic Tacoma Bar

This says it all: a brand new patio of vibrantly mixed seating, beneath the original Goldfish logo. Photo courtesy: The Defiant Goldfish.

Writer Casey Wing talked to the owners of The Defiant Goldfish about the tavern’s history and how two self-described “woefully optimistic dreamers” took on the project of resurrecting this historic neighborhood gathering place. The result? A tavern that serves up a mean breakfast and an even meaner hand-tossed pizza!

2. Tacoma Thrift & Consignment – Not Your Average Thrift Store

Owner Jessica Prindel learned about owning a business by working for small businesses as well as through the Spaceworks program. Photo credit: Kristin Kendle.

Tacoma Thrift & Consignment opened up on 6th Ave in August. While the shop is new, it’s headed up by Jessica Prindel, who has been a part of the 6th Ave business community for many years (she used to work at Hi-Voltage Records next door). Her business savvy and passion for thrifting makes this little thrift store unique as she curates what’s on the shelves and seeks never to stock “junk.”

3. Dancer’s Focus Remains on Pointe through Brain Surgery

Brenna Cope performs at Show 2 with the Bachelor of Fine Arts students at Cornish Broadway Performance Hall, February 27, 2016. Photo credit: Jazzy Photo.

At the young age of 19, Brenna Cope faced the reality that a rare chronic diagnosis leading to brain surgery could steal her dream right out from under her. Upon diagnosis of Chiari Malformation, this dancer destined for greatness says one thing never changed. “I can’t let go of it. I can’t let the statistics get in the way of what I was originally dreaming,” Cope says of her determination to become a professional dancer. Writer Shannon Carr-Cohen tells Cope’s inspiring path to keeping her dreams in front of her no matter what.

4. Editor’s Pick: Sights Worth Seeing in the Town of Steilacoom

History surrounds you in the quaint, charming town of Steilacoom. The Steilacoom Town Hall is just one example of the beautiful old buildings here. ©SouthSoundTalk.

Nestled along the water just south of Tacoma, the small, quiet town of Steilacoom is an underrated South Sound gem. This charming little town has a lot to offer. Strolling the streets you’ll be met by everything from freshly prepared local food to stunning views of beautiful Northwest scenery. Unique restaurants, beaches, ferry watching, historical sites and more all make the small town of Steilacoom well worth a visit. Writer Chelsea Clark highlights sights worth seeing.

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