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Tim Kelly
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In her first legislative session since switching from the House to the Senate, Jan Angel sure captured her share of attention. Wasn’t the good kind, though, despite the self-congratulatory press release she sent out when the Legislature adjourned. read more »


Add one more outdoor weekend market to the list of browsing spots around Kitsap.

The latest venture is courtesy of Rob McGee and Samantha Thumma-Smith, neighboring business owners who are collaborating on the Annapolis Sunday Market that will have its premiere April 27.

McGee and his wife, Kristi, own Whiskey Gulch Coffee Co. and Annapolis Fitness in a two-story waterfront building on Bay Street next to the Annapolis passenger ferry dock in Port Orchard. read more »


Bainbridge MuseumHe scouted the location several years ago, before the striking art museum transformed the corner across from the Bainbridge Island ferry. Mike Loudon had his eye on the developing Island Gateway complex and the building that was already there, partly occupied by Avalara, for a possible second location for his business, Bainbridge Bakers. read more »

Safe Drain manufacturer’s expansion into Northwest part of national strategy

Sometimes the concept behind an innovative new product seems so simple and obvious, it prompts a reaction of  “Why didn’t somSafe Drain International founder John Deming, right, with Buzz Holmes, left, and Ken Perry of Safe Drain Northwest.ebody think of that sooner?” read more »

Asking price is $14.9 million for 3-acre site with established retail base, room to build housing project

Tim Kelly photos Eric Fredricks, Kinam Sohn and John Eisenhauer are part of the ownership group that is selling the Bainbridge Pavilion property. The Pavilion (above right) is home to Bainbridge Cinemas and other retail and restaurant businesses.The place you can go out for dinner and a movie on Bainbridge Island could become a place some folks call home in the future. read more »

Popular restaurant/bar in Port Orchard listed for sale by owner planning for business transition

Darryl Baldwin, owner of MoonDogs, Too restaurant and bar in Port Orchard, smiles while greeting friends at a Jan. 2 community gathering in his honor. (Photo by Tim Kelly)Darryl Baldwin, owner of MoonDogs, Too restaurant and bar in Port Orchard, smiles while greeting friends at a Jan. 2 community gathering in his honor. (Photo by Tim KellThe transition of MoonDogs, Too isn’t going to work out the way owner Darryl Baldwin had hoped.


When Baldwin, who has terminal cancer and is currently in hospice care, was honored at a community tribute in January, he told the large crowd that his popular restaurant and bar in downtown Port Orchard would continue as an employee-owned business after he’s gone.

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Remodel will add bar, second dining room in historic Port Gamble general store building

Port GambleIn one of Port Gamble’s most notable historic buildings, there are two walk-in vaults built in the 19th century for the office of the timber company that owned the thriving town.  read more »


A bill to extend funding for homeless assistance programs is still in play this week in the Legislature, despite state Sen. Jan Angel’s controversial blocking of the bill in committee recently.

Last Friday was the cutoff for moving bills forward this session, but House and Senate leaders agreed they would continue working on House Bill 2368 this week. The legislative session ends Thursday.

Angel (R-Port Orchard) said in emails sent last weekend to the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal that she would have a new bill coming forward this week that would require an audit of state funds collected from a $40 fee paid on certain real estate transactions. That money is shared among counties and the state Department of Commerce to provide local homeless housing and assistance. read more »


Union-represented professional and technical employees of Harrison Medical Center hold an informational picket outside the hospital in Bremerton on Feb. 19. Negotiations with Harrison for a new contract for nearly 800 workers began last July but have reached an impasse.There has never been a strike — and possibly never even the threat of one — by any of the union-represented groups of Harrison Medical Center employees, yet a disagreement over language relating to strikes is the primary reason for an impasse in contract negotiations with a group of nearly 800 employees.

Those workers in the “pro-tech” group — medical technicians and employees in a range of other hospital jobs — are represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21. read more »

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