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Raise your glass for 99 Bottles' beer selection | Federal Way Business Buzz

A local specialty beer store was recently recognized for its beer selection.

KING 5 Evening Magazine announced that 99 Bottles, located at the Federal Way Crossings at South 348th Street and Pacific Highway South, has the 4th Best Beer Selection for 2008 in Western Washington. The ranking was the result of a competition, facilitated by CityVoter, in which people nominated, voted and commented online about their choice for best beer selection. For more information, visit www.king5.com/best.

99 Bottles stocks more than 900 different labels of beer, from American craft and macrobreweries, 20 Washington state microbreweries, and around the world, including Belgium, England, Germany and more than 40 other countries.

Keeping the beer as fresh as possible is a focus at the store, said Craig Adamowski, who co-owns the store with his spouse, Tiffany Adamowski. Light, temperature and shelf life are controlled to help prevent stale beer, he explained.

The couple created the beer store, which they have independently owned and operated for two years.

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DeVry University has been selected as one of Military Advanced Education Magazine's Top 20 Colleges and Universities for 2008. The honor recognizes the nation's most military-friendly schools based on the number of military students served, the availability of military scholarships, and other policies that benefit service members and veterans.

DeVry University earned this honor in part because it offers a substantially reduced military tuition rate for active duty, reserve, and National Guard members and their spouses, and makes it easy for students to transfer credits from military coursework, stated a DeVry University corporate news release. In addition, DeVry University's degree programs in technology and business provide skills essential to a successful career in the U.S. Armed Forces, stated the release. DeVry University's online program caters to a military lifestyle, particularly for those students who continue their coursework while stationed overseas.

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The Great Harvest Bread Co. in the Gateway Center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. A decade after its opening, the company still mills whole wheat kernels each day, producing 100 percent whole wheat flour, which is used for its breads and other baked goods, said Ken Tacke, who owns the store with his spouse, Carol Tacke, and their son, Bryan Tacke. All three live in Federal Way.

Ken Tacke pointed out that the store’s honey whole wheat bread is made only from fresh-grind whole wheat, yeast, water, salt and Northwest honey — and that Great Harvest never uses chemicals or additives.

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Helena Karasch announced that she has recently opened Bath Brush and Beyond, a full-service grooming salon for all breeds of dogs and cats. The salon is located at 32700 Pacific Highway S., Suite 3. Karasch is a graduate of Maser’s Academy of Fine Grooming in Kenmore and is a former grooming manager at Petco where she taught basic grooming to beginners. She also worked at a local dog day care and grooming establishment before opening up her own business. Karasch’s experience in pet grooming totals 10 years, she said.

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