Amocat Cafe ribbon-cutting ceremony July 30

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and City Councilmember David Boe will participate in a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Amocat Cafe on Fri., July 30 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to the event, which will feature a local winery wine taste-off featuring Tacoma & Pierce County wineries, including Tacoma’s 21 Cellars, University Place’s Stina’s Cellars, and Lake Tapp’s Kalamar Winery. Performing will be singer/acoustic guitarist Gina Belliveau, jazz guitarist Andrew Sherbrooke, and the Leslie Young Trio. A showing of artist Alexis St. John’s whimsically painted dogs, bunnies, and rubber ducky are on display in the gallery room. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Europa Bistro. Located at 625 St Helens Ave. downtown, Amocat Cafe is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and features Amocat espresso blend locally roasted Valhalla Coffee. The cafe features light fare, beer, and wine, with an emphasis on locally made products. Small- to medium-sized groups are invited to use its meeting room. For more information, visit and .