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ParentMap Announces the 2007 Reader's Picks


JULY 10, 2007

Contact: Suzanne Goren, Marketing Manager

The results are in! ParentMap’s readers have chosen the very best places to play, shop, eat and share in our region. This year’s winners are all locally-owned businesses -- some are Picks veterans; others are exciting newcomers that are creating a buzz among local families. And, this year, we’ve added a twist, asking readers to share their favorite family traditions for holidays and giving.

For families looking for best of everything local in the Puget Sound region, the July issue is a MUST read. ParentMap newsmagazine can be found at more than 1,800 locations from Everett to Tacoma, at most libraries, community centers, preschools, day cares, PCC Natural Markets, large attractions and many family-focused retail and restaurant locations.

Here are some highlights of this year’s ParentMap Picks.

Best Children’s Bookstore: For four years in a row, All For Kids is the clear winner. (

Best Toy Store: Top Ten Toys, located in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, boasts more than 7000 square feet of toys.  (

Kids Clothing: The Shoe Zoo has an 18 year history – and a fiercely loyal following. University District location

Grocery Store: Although national chains rule in this category, our readers love PCC Natural Markets.

Family Friendly Ethnic Food: Rosita’s Mexican Grill, with free grilled tortillas and large kids menu. (

Indoor Play: The new Zoomazium at the Woodland Park Zoo won paws-down for a rainy-day play area. (

Family Charity Tradition: Giving back is a family affair for ParentMap readers, and feeding the hungry is their favorite way to do it.

Favorite Unsung Hero: “Amazingly patient, hard working, wonderful.” All of these terms (and more!) were used by ParentMap readers’ about their favorite unsung hero, teachers, who were nominated again and again in this category. Firefighters and men and women of the military also got props.

Picks in the South

Teaching Toys and Books
in Tacoma (2624 N. Proctor St., 253-759-9853) doubles as a favorite book store and toy store, with an array of products to aid in early learning and development.

Best Consignment Store: Parents on a budget know you don’t need to spend a bundle to kit out your kid. Our readers love the bargains at The Chifferobe (1007 Capitol Way S., Olympia, 360-705-0592; in downtown Olympia. In Federal Way, Heaven Sent Children’s Resale ( is known for its great customer service, variety of products, and kid-related activities scheduled throughout the year.

Best Toy Store: Wind Up Here in downtown Olympia ( definitely has it all, as far as toy connoisseurs are concerned. The store hosts third Thursday game nights and other kid-related toy events every month.

Best Kids’ Clothing Store: Sugar Babies in Sumner (1114 Main St., 253-299-6221; is a popular stop for fun and funky infant and toddler clothes, both new and used. It also sells toys, furniture and great gifts for expectant mothers.

Best Grocery Store: There’s no getting around it: National chain stores rule in this category. (Our readers love Trader Joe’s.) The Proctor Metropolitan Market in North Tacoma ( treats kids like little shoppers with miniature carts and sticker giveaways.

Kid-friendly coffee shop: Around here, we don’t mess around when it comes to coffee, so if we’re toting kids, it had better be kid-friendly. Our readers love their neighborhood java joints; we got more different answers in this category than in any other! But Olympia’s Dancing Goats Espresso gets raves for its great location, across from the Olympia Farmers Market — a perfect spot for families to stop and grab a quick drink (  In Tacoma, make sure to stop by the Antique Sandwich Company.  A 34-year tradition in Tacoma, the dining area contains several baskets full of toys for kids to play with while parents get their java fix.

Ice cream shop: “Kid-friendly” and ice cream — they go together like Chunky and Monkey! Still, a few scoop shops shine through for our readers, who are sweet on the Mora Iced Creamery (, which serves up ice cream and sorbets made from scratch on Bainbridge Island.

Pizza place : Americans eat 100 acres of pizza every day, and ParentMap readers are doing their part!
The Rock Wood Fired Pizza (1920 Jefferson Ave., 253-272-1221; in Tacoma and at newer locations in Lacey and Federal Way is a family favorite. The kids get pieces of pizza dough to play with when you sit down and the pizzas are scrumptious. Spiro’s Pizza and Pasta (3201 N.W. Bucklin Hill Rd., 360-698-4800; in Silverdale is a local favorite with indoor and outdoor seating. Locals say: Check out the “White Pizza.”

PLAY: The Hands On Children’s Museum ( in Olympia provides the perfect place for indoor play, with stations such as the Working Waterfront, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma ( has several ongoing exhibits and regular programs for hands-on play.

Family bike ride: For the serious street-biking family, the 20-mile Central Kitsap Bike Tour starts in Bremerton’s Manette neighborhood, winds through Keyport and circles back.

Holiday tradition:
A 20-year tradition tops this list for families in the south Sound area: Zoo Lights at the Point Defiance Zoo. Thousands of colored lights transform the zoo grounds into a magical winter wonderland, complete with holiday music, a carousel ride, family photos and hot drinks.

For a complete listing of ParentMap Picks for 2007, pick up a copy of ParentMap’s Seattle, Eastside or South Sound versions, out now through July 27, or visit

Suzanne Goren
Sponsorship and Marketing Director

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