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Safeway’s eighth grocery store on the Kitsap Peninsula is now open in Poulsbo, at the northeast corner of the State Route 305/Lincoln Road intersection.  read more »

Poulsbo man invests in video mobile video game 'theater' in tricked-out trailer

Puget Sound Rolling Video Games has a 32-foot trailer equipped as a mobile gaming theater.Chris Gunnell may be the coolest Little League coach and team sponsor ever — and it has nothing to do with baseball.

How many teams have a coach who brings a video game wonderland on wheels to their end-of-season party?

The Poulsbo Little Leaguers — including the coach’s 8-year-old son, Ian — got a freebie, but Gunnell invested in the Rolling Video Games trailer as a way to start his own small business. He rents the tricked-out 32-foot trailer by the hour and tows it behind his pickup to parties like the one his son’s team had, and other special events where a mobile rec room with multiple flat-screen TVs and an array of the latest game consoles would be a hit.  read more »


Thomas Driver is the owner of a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise restaurant that will open in early July in Port Orchard, and he plans to eventually open four more in Kitsap County.There’s not a long list of barbecue restaurants on the Kitsap Peninsula, but that’s fixin’ to change.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will start serving ribs, brisket and other smoked fare the first week of July in Port Orchard, and it’s the first of five Dickey’s locations that franchisee Thomas Driver plans to open.

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Slippery Pig Brewery moves to downtown Poulsbo

Moving from the farm to town won’t change the Slippery Pig.

Dave Lambert said the new downtown Poulsbo location for his Slippery Pig Brewery will have increased production capacity, but he plans to stick mostly with the same distinctive beers he’s been brewing for the last few years at Red Rooster Farm just outside the city limits. read more »


Jean-Louis Gazabat, left, and Paul Elkins moved their real estate office to a Harborview Drive building they bought and renovated.What had been a partially vacant cinderblock building in deteriorating condition is now the spruced-up new office of longtime real estate partners Paul Elkins and Jean-Louis Gazabat on the Gig Harbor waterfront.

The pair held a grand opening event at Gig Harbor Real Estate EG in June that drew a lot of appreciative  read more »


Dave Tagert and Stacy Bronson spent more than a year working on remodeling and customizing the space for their new establishment. The Swimdeck held its grand opening on June 29 on Bay Street in downtown Port Orchard.Port Orchard has seen its lineup of downtown places to eat and drink swell in recent weeks, with the opening of four establishments from one end of Bay Street to the other.

The newest is The Swimdeck at 639 Bay St., across from the Port Orchard Pavilion. read more »


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Bainbridge entrepreneurs plan to grow domestic supply in Alabama for future manufacturing

A Bainbridge Island couple preparing for planting season doesn’t seem especially newsworthy, but Ann and David Knight aren’t your average gardeners putting in a backyard vegetable patch.

What they are cultivating — far from Kitsap County in rural Alabama — is the beginning of what they envision as an entire new industry that will transform agriculture in that poverty-stricken region and create an eco-friendly manufacturing base for bamboo products. read more »


After two years of hype, hope and anticipation, the long-awaited Port Orchard Public Market is open for business in a stylishly transformed space that for several years had been one of Bay Street’s empty downtown buildings. read more »

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