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J’aime Les Crêpes has been a frequent food vendor at Bainbridge Island events for years, and soon the Kingston crêperie will open a permanent location in the downtown district on Bainbridge.

Owner Paul Heather said he’s been looking for a site to expand for a few years, but had not found the right location until recently. The new J’aime Les Crêpes will open soon at 143 Madrone Lane, just off Winslow Way next to the Mora Iced Creamery.

Heather’s eatery next to the Kingston ferry terminal will mark its 11th anniversary in May. read more »


Jeff West, co-founder and president of New Day Recycling and the newly opened Olympic Organics, is re-introducing composting service to Kitsap County. This was the main focus of Emu Composting Topsoil, a company that went bankrupt in February 2013 but was purchased by West to help bring his latest business venture to life. 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 »

Dr. Thomas Wilder recently joined the Orthopedic Surgery Department at Group Health Silverdale Medical Center.

Wilder, who went to medical school at the University of Washington and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is a former Group Health physician. He worked at the Group Health Redmond Medical Center for 15 years and is rejoining Group Health as an associate after many years of practicing in Silverdale on a locum basis, serving as a temporary replacement for doctors and clinics in Silverdale. read more »


When major disaster strikes somewhere around the country or beyond, chances are that a team of Kitsap medical providers is among those deploying for help. For 20 years, local physicians, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, EMTs and medical assistants — volunteers with the Silverdale-based nonprofit Christian Medical Response Team — have provided medical care for major events as well as responding to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Hurricane Mitch in Honduras. read more »


Food shedThe Food Shed is coming back to Kingston, at a new location that co-founders Leslee Pate and Pam Buitenveld say is more central than before. The slow-food café, which was previously located on a Kingston farm, closed about a year ago and the two women had scaled back to only catering and events while looking for a new space. read more »


SEATTLE — The Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has taken legal action against foreclosure trustee Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington (QLS) to stop unfair and deceptive business practices. QLS is one of the largest foreclosure trustees in the state.

It is estimated more than 450 homeowners will receive approximately $500 each.

In addition, a moratorium was placed on all QLS foreclosures on Feb. 27 and will extend through April 3, 2014. The AGO estimates hundreds of homeowners will benefit from this moratorium. 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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