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The next Kitsap Business Forum will feature a panel of elected officials who represent Kitsap on the local, state and federal levels. They will discuss how recent law and policy changes have affected businesses.

The panelists for the Aug. 12 session will be Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, Kitsap County Commissioner Linda Streissguth, and Congressman Derek Kilmer.

With John Powers of Kitsap Economic Development Alliance as moderator, the elected officials will address these topics:

How government decisions impact your business read more »


A Port Orchard business has received the first state license for a retail marijuana shop on the Kitsap Peninsula. The state Liquor Control Board issued a license Tuesday for The Crockpot store at 1703 SE Sedgwick Road.

Owner Randy Jones said he hopes to receive his city business license this week, although he probably won’t procure enough cannabis to open the shop until August. read more »


By Arla Shephard for the Kitsap Sun

SHELTON — Mason County commissioners voted 2-1 after a long public hearing Tuesday to repeal a moratorium that prohibited recreational marijuana producers and processors from operating in rural residential zoning districts.

In November, the board had approved a resolution allowing recreational marijuana producers and processors to operate on rural residential parcels of 5 acres or greater, with 100-foot buffers between those businesses and the nearest residence. read more »


Pleasant Beach Village was already bursting with new businesses. It added another when Hammy’s Burgers opened on Monday.

Hammy’s, billed as an affordable, diner-style eatery, opened in the Lynwood Center Road development on Bainbridge Island. The restaurant is owned by the Jacobi family, which owns Pleasant Beach Village.

Hammy’s has all the expected offerings, including burgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, drinks and shakes. More details and a full menu are posted on the Pleasant Beach Village page on Facebook. read more »


By Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun

BREMERTON — One prominent West Hills car dealership has reached the end of its road.

Hoover Motors is expected to close this week after 27 years in business.

The closure follows the death of its founder, Martin Hoover, a well-known Bremerton car dealer. Hoover died July 8 at age 85. He requested no obituary be run after his passing.

The Hoover family decided not to continue the dealership in Martin’s absence, said office manager Marci Wrye. Business also has been tepid in recent years. read more »


The Bremerton Marina in conjunction with the Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center will host its second annual Rock The Dock free summer concert series in August, featuring a lineup of local and national touring rock, blues and country performers. 

The marina, owned and operated by the Port of Bremerton, and Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center have partnered on the concert series to entertain and help promote business in Bremerton’s Harbor District. read more »


REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food — or “food concepts,” he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce. read more »


SILVERDALE — Permitting delays have pushed a major project on Bucklin Hill Road back to next summer.

Kitsap County had planned to start work on a new bridge over Clear Creek this summer, but announced in April that permitting problems had delayed the project until this fall. A news release issued Monday by the county noted that permitting and right of way acquisition have taken even longer than anticipated.

Work is now scheduled to start in June 2015. A yearlong closure of Bucklin Hill Road between Blain Avenue and Mickelberry Road will start in July 2015. read more »


The Splash for Cash, a fundraiser for the Manette Business Association in Bremerton, will be held Tuesday, July 22, from 3-6 p.m. at The Boat Shed restaurant.

The event will feature The Boat Shed owner Brett Hayfield “and his bevy of bathing beauties” jumping off the restaurant’s roof into the water below the Manette Bridge.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $5, with the chance to win prizes such as a tune-up package from Bicyle Works, a $100 gift card to The Boat Shed and a $50 gift card for Rejuv Massage & Spa. There will also be live music from the Malo Combo.  read more »

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