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The Grow Community, a sustainable, solar-powered community on Bainbridge Island, is taking advance reservations for the two neighborhoods to be built in its second phase.

The Grove and the Park neighborhoods will feature a mix of townhomes, single-level homes and single-family residences. Homes in the Grove will be arrayed around a native woodland, while the Park’s residences will flank a broad open green. A community center for use by residents will connect the neighborhoods and the Village, Grow’s first phase that is nearing completion. read more »

 

HomeStreet Bank announced the opening of a new home loan center in Silverdale, at 9226 Bayshore Drive NW. The center will be managed by Mechelle Bauser, who also manages the bank’s Bainbridge Island home loan business.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our services in Kitsap County,” Bauser said. “As the real estate market continues to grow, we see the opportunity to have another Kitsap office from which we can provide the finest service and reliability in the region.” read more »

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.

The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn’t settle with the FTC over the charges. Amazon said in a letter to the FTC last week that it had already refunded money to parents who complained and was prepared to go to court.

On Thursday, Amazon said its statements in the letter still apply and did not comment further. read more »

 

OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has reversed a key portion of a decision approving Puget Sound Energy’s multiyear energy rate plan, which could roll back automatic rate increases for PSE customers.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved the rate plan for PSE in 2013. The plan included automatic rate increases for PSE customers beginning in 2013 and continuing until 2016 or 2017 at PSE’s option. read more »

 

The sixth annual Kitsap Wine Festival will be held Aug. 9 from 2-5:30 p.m. at Harborside Fountain Park, next to the ferry terminal on Bremerton’s waterfront. read more »

 

 

Heronswood GardenHeronswood Garden is hosting its next Summer Plant Sale & Garden Open on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Heronswood is located at 7530 NE 288th St.
in Kingston. read more »

 

By Fred Dreier, Marijuana Business Daily

With recreational cannabis sales starting in Washington state this week, entrepreneurs are bracing for a host of short-term challenges involving everything from inventory and edibles to pricing and increased media attention.

Yet some are stressing the need to take a long-term approach, saying businesses should avoid taking shortcuts to boost immediate profits and instead focus on establishing ethical business practices that will help when the market stabilizes. read more »

 

Rachel Lerman, Puget Sound Business Journal

Long lines full of eager customers awaited the 20 or so pot retailers who were able to get their paperwork in order in time to open their shops Tuesday, the first day of legal retail pot sales in Washington state.

But not so for “ganjapreneur” Pete O’Neil, owner of C&C Shops, who had the funding and the locations — but not the license. read more »

 

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Wal-Mart, Home Depot and others that own buildings on tribal land will receive property tax refunds from Snohomish County as a result of a federal appeals court decision.

The retailers and the outlet mall at the Tulalip Tribes’ Quil Ceda Village, plus about 1,200 homeowners in the Marysville area, will receive a total of about $5 million, The Daily Herald reported Sunday (http://is.gd/4YW2f7 ). read more »

 
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