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Pouring it on Elixir Fixer’s entrepreneurial idea: producing a party Page 4 An edition of the Kitsap Sun

November 2016 | Vol. 29, No. 11

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On the Cover

Leading change

Jim Higgins at his Elixer Fixer in the Manette neighborhood of Bremerton. The new business makes a line of eight specialty syrups that create cocktails or mocktails, part of a business idea to be the life of the party.


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Now it’s their turn(table)

A Silverdale store riding a wave of renewed interest in turntables, hi-fi stereo systems and vinyl records. Page 20


Business Journal The Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal is published by the Kitsap Sun the first week of every month, and distributed to business addresses through Kitsap County, North Mason and Gig Harbor. David Nelson, Editorial Director Mike Stevens, Marketing Director Jeremy Judd, Digital Director For inquires to receive the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal at your business, contact Circulation Sales Director Hugh Hirata at 360792-5247 or To advertise in the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, contact Michael Stevens at 360-792-3350.

A brand new Daze

One of Kitsap’s growing breweries moves from a garage to the former digs of a competitor in Poulsbo. Page 18


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What a tight market is worth

Sure, your property may sell — but in this frenzied real estate market you may not find an available appraiser. Page 12

t was gratifying to field several calls and emails—andonevisitor—thelastFriday inOctoberafteranannouncementthatthe KitsapSun,publisherofthisbusinessjournal, had hired a new president (the role formerly knownaspublisher).Severalreadersthought the hiring by the USA Today Network, our parent company, meant I was moving aside, since I played interim publisher for most of 2016. That they thought enough of me to be alarmedfeelslikeacompliment—thoughas the author of the announcement, I’m a little ashamedthatmywritingwasn’tclearenough to make the distinction. ThehiringofRyanKedzierskiastheSun’s president means I get to hand off some responsibilities and ideally free up some time for my job as editor for the Kitsap Sun and Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal. That’s a welcome change in my workload, and I’ll probably spend some time introducing Ryan to many of you in the coming months. Ournewleaderalsobringsanewstructure, however, as the USA Today Network continues to think through how best to organize localmediacompaniesintoday’senvironment. RyanwillsharehistimebetweenBremerton, Reno,NevadaandSalem,Oregon,asaregionalpresidentkeepinganeyeonallthreenewspapers. The goal of the company is to more closelyalign,or“network,”itsoperations,and havingregionalleadershipisinlinewiththat. It also saves costs, of course, which is another name of the game as our business evolves. Ryan is a sales leader and will act in that capacity for us, bringing a track record ofsuccess,particularly in digitalmedia,from his career in Oregon and Arizona, where he workedwithaTucsonmediagroupandatthe ArizonaRepublicinPhoenix.ThedigitalfootprintoftheKitsapPeninsulaBusinessJournal hasgrownsignificantlyoverthepastyear,I’m not too humble to announce, and Ryan’s expertiseshouldhelpuscontinuethatevolution and capitalize on it financially. All media is struggling with the question of what revenue willbeinthedigital-firstera,soit’snosurprise the USA Today Network is emphasizing that more often at local media companies like ours. Bringing in a sales leader with that focusshouldbeanadditiontoourorganization, andit’snotlostonmethatwe’readdingyoung talent in the same month that we award our 20Under40businessleadersandKitsapBank hands out $20,000 in Edg3 Fund seed money toalocalentrepreneur.Let’shopethesuccess is shared all the way around this November. Sojoinmeinwelcominganewleadertothe Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, as well as remind readers that I’m planning to keep my seat in the editor’s office as well. Thanks for reading. David Nelson is editor of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal and the Kitsap Sun.


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Athena Higgins helps a customer with a purchase at Elixer Fixer, which is dressed up with whimsical decorations to keep with the party atmosphere its owners associate with the product.

Pouring out the party Bremerton entrepreneurs see fun times in an idea to stir up social gathering. By Terri Gleich For KPBJ

When Jim Higgins crafted a signature cocktail for his annual Christmas party in 2014, guests were so impressed with his homemade ginger-flavored mixer that a business idea was born. “They kept tasting it and tasting it and OMG it was so delicious,” he recalled. “(My wife) Athena said, ‘You should bottle that,’ and here we are.” The result is a line of Elixir Fixer syrups, a retail shop in Manette and ambitious plans for national distribution

and franchising the elegant black-and-white storefront known as EF Fine Foods. “So I guess world domination, but happy world domination,” Higgins quipped. A business-school dropout who became a chef, caterer, candle maker and stay-at-home dad to sons Phillip, 16, and Jake, 13, Higgins envisions the store as a jumping-off point for a lifestyle brand. He plans to offer classes and pen a combination cookbook/entertainment guide that will feature his syrups, which he dubs “a party in a bottle.” “We are really fixed on getting people back in the habit of entertaining and having fun. That is our work,” he said.

The heart of the business is Higgins’s line of eight syrups with sly names and complex flavors, including Fast Thymes, Got A Pear, Twisted Citrus and Mother Pucker. A winter addition, Liquid Frost, combines candy canes and organic mint. The concoctions feature high-quality ingredients — whole spices, local honey, Madagascar vanilla — and are lovingly handmade by Higgins. “At this point, I am stirring the pots. In my dream life, it would be an app on my phone and I could order 1,000 cases.” The 12-ounce bottles retail for $12. They’ve been available online since January and in addition to the Manette

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distilleries — Blackfish in Auburn, Tucker in Silverdale and Heritage in Gig Harbor, and is meeting with food brokers in pursuit of additional distribution channels. “Our focus is definitely on expansion,” he said. Wolf Pack Canning Factory in Gold Bar, which

bottles and labels Elixir Fixer, is prepared to ramp up production to as many as 5,000 bottles a day, as needed. And Higgins is close to finding a bottler for a line of Elixir Fixer sodas, which he expects to begin producing next year. “I think this is really my dream business,” he en-

thused. “It hits all the bells and whistles. It let’s me be creative and bring people together. I get to build up the community and give back. It’s a happy spot.”

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Bottles of Elixer Fixer on display in the Manette neighborhood of Bremerton, where the shop opened in October to offer its line of specialty syrups and other fine foods.

shop are also sold in a handful of local outlets, including CJ’s Evergreen General Store, Uptown Mercantile and Tucker Distillery. Every bottle comes with serving suggestions for alcoholic and non-alcoholic libations. The syrups also can be used for cooking. Liquid Frost, for example, is equally tasty in a martini or hot fudge, Higgins said. “The syrups are so versatile,” agreed Deb Montez, who has watched the business grow. “I use them in cooking. The flavors are so pungent. I’ve used Nola Cola in barbecued ribs and chicken, Ginger Ginger in an alfredo recipe and Blackberry Fields Forever makes an awesome cheesecake.” Jason Parker, a financial planner and Higgins family friend, doesn’t drink alcohol, but enjoys mixing the syrups with sparkling water for refreshing mocktails. With the advent of home soda machines, he sees a marketing opportunity. “Where I think they can really be huge is in custom sodas. There are tons of opportunities because of the world we live in. It’s a custom unique beverage to offer to friends and family. It could take over soda the way Keurig took over coffee makers,” he said. Higgins was looking for a warehouse, not a storefront, when he fell in love with the light-filled space next to the Manette Saloon and accelerated his business plan by a couple of years. More than 600 floor

tiles, 20 gallons of paint and seven wallpapers transformed the space, giving it a chic continental feel. Higgins’s sense of humor is evident in a whimsical fall display of birch trees hung with birdcages containing the elixirs. Birds are perched outside the cages. A set of reclaimed wooden doors is painted black to create a focal point and divide the retail store from a party space. In addition to elixirs, the store’s shelves are stocked with fine foods and party supplies, including a graband-go case of cheeses and charcuterie. Regional specialties for sale include ChocMo chocolates, Sweet Caroline’s Jams, B. Fuller’s Mortar & Pestle teas and Brookfield Farm honey. Higgins connected with several of the entrepreneurs behind those products during a 15-year stint selling candles at the Fremont Sunday Market. He also met one of his business partners there, Vik Savant, who was a customer. Higgins’s wife, Athena, is his other partner. The couple moved to the Pacific Northwest from California after honeymooning in Seattle. They’ve lived in Bremerton for about 20 years. Higgins is pleased with the initial reaction to Elixir Fixer. About 130 people attended the store’s grand opening Oct. 1 and in a recent week, he sold 20 cases of syrups in the store and another 15 wholesale. He’s partnering with three craft

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Tim Hall, owner of Naturally 4 Paws, speaks with two employees at the front of his recently renovated Silverdale shop. Hall is co-owner of the popular holistic pet store with Jim Woody.

Naturally growing beyond Silverdale Pet store celebrates 10 years By Seraine Page

for KPBJ

After 10 years of being in business, it might be fair to say Naturally 4 Paws gets a thumbs up from customers and two paws up from furry friends. In June, owners Tim Hall and Jim Woody celebrated a decade of offering holistic treats, food, training, pet massage therapy and more at their Silverdale location. “It’s been a wonderful 10 years, and the most recent one has been nothing short of amazing,” Hall admitted. Since 2006, the stream of customers has only continued to grow, along with the store’s ever-expanding blueprints. Needing extra groomers on site prompted a recent expansion, Hall said, noting that groomers were booking up to two months out. “We took that opportunity to also give the retail side a fresh look, and reset the location of about 80 percent

of our products to allow the flow of our store to be more efficient, and provide us additional space to expand our product offerings,” Hall said. Shoppers will find more local artisans’ products like pet memorialization gifts, more raw food, training classes and more. A larger made in the USA toys section was also added at the request of customers. While the current expansionhasbetteredcustomers’ shopping experience, that’s not the end of the plans. Theownersarecurrently in phase one of building a $4 millionretailspace.A13,000 square-foot facility is set to open in East Bremerton at the intersection of Highway 303 and Brownsville Highway in 2021. The new facility includes a bigger retail store, a larger training center,astate-of-the-artgrooming salon, a pet resort and a pet-friendly café. The café will be a partnership with Monica’sWaterfrontBakery

owner where humans can enjoy fare with their pets. Additionally, a second satellite store will be opened somewhere in Kitsap within a year, Hall promised. Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island are two possible options for the new store. “This has been our dream from day one,” said Hall of expanding. “We never thought we would get here so soon. It’s going to be very exciting, and we have a very loyal customer base (that will follow).” The original store once sat in the Ross plaza in Silverdale before moving to its current, more visible location on Silverdale Way in the Grocery Outlet plaza. Even aftermoving,Hallsaid that customers come from as far as Sequim. Most customers, however, are from Bremerton. Karyn Moni lives just 1.5 miles from the store and brings her three dogs in for treats and food once or

Groomers Valerie Owen and Tina Wegscheid stand in their new grooming space at Naturally 4 Paws. The grooming department usually serves six to 12 dogs per day, and groomers were booking two months out prior to the remodel. A recent store remodel has created more space for groomers and dogs alike.

twice a week. “We’re always experimentingwithdifferentfoods andtreats,”saidMoni.“They just love going there. It’s just a very nice place.”

It’s not like other pet stores, and she can’t wait for the new store to open, she said. “It sounds wonderful and it’s something big cities

have,” said Moni. “And now little Kitsap will have it, and I think that’s great.” “Our goal is to be a true See PawS, 15

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Real estate update

Navy says it won’t take Gregory Way building By Josh Farley For KPBJ

One of Bremerton’s most historic and picturesque streets won’t become Navy property anytime soon — though word was it could have. Rumors have been circulating on Gregory Way — which runs parallel to the edge of the Navy’s Bremerton base and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard — of a federal takeover. Mary Whitney, whose family home has been on the street half a century, said she’d heard the Navy was interested in expanding its buffer with the city. I started looking into the claim, and while it is entirely possible the Navy discussed the option, the Navy officially went public with the rumor being a “myth.” Inarecentlyreleasedjointland use study, the Navy ad-

dressed the idea head on. “There are no plans to condemn Gregory Way properties — this action would be funded by a Military Construction Project (MILCON) and there are no such projects being consider (sic),” the report stated. “Condemnation is considered a last resort for mission-critical needs and would require an extensive evaluation process with public notice as required by (the National Environmental Policy Act).” I confirmed that with Navy spokeswoman Silvia Klatman. “The rumor that the Navy would like to purchase Gregory Way property as a buffer has been circulated for a few years and was addressed most recently in the Joint Land Use Study,” Klatman told me. “The Navy currently has no plans or funding

requests to purchase property on Gregory Way.” If you haven’t visited Gregory Way, you’re missing out on a beautiful trek through venerable architecture and formidable trees. Heidi Witherspoon, who wrote a story for the Sun about the street’s revival in 2001, described it this way: “Craftsman bungalows mingle with Mediterranean stucco villas and Englishstyle brick cottages.” There are also towering Monkey Puzzle trees and Western Red Cedars that date back decades. It’s also the same street upon which Frank Wetzel, author and editor of the “Victory Gardens & Barrage Balloons” that chronicled Bremerton’s war years, grew up. It was once Second Street until the Navy changed it to honor a Navy captain named Luther Gregory.

Developer shares plans for Rolling Bay project A Bainbridge developer plans to seek approval this fall for a project that will bring new homes, shops and a restaurant to the island’s Rolling Bay center. Sunrise Square, which came before the city’s Design Review Board in 2015, will be located on Sunrise Drive, just north of the intersectionwithValleyRoad. Rolling Bay Land Co. owner Lisa Martin said she expects construction to begin by next summer, if permitting goes smoothly. The

developmentcouldbeready for tenants in by early 2018. Plans for Sunrise Square include 6,700 square feet of residential space (both detached homes and apartments), 4,100 square feet of commercial space and a 2,300-square-foot freestanding restaurant. Martin and architect Russ Hamlet, who’ve teamed up on several ecofriendly projects, emphasized energy and water efficiency in the design of Sunrise Square. Geother-

mal and solar systems will help offset the development’s energy needs, Martin said. Buildings in Sunrise Square will feature vacuum toilets that use far less water than even low-flow toilets. Waste will be composted before it’s discharged into the development’s septic drain field. The western portion of the 2-acre parcel will be left undeveloped as an open space meadow. — Tad Sooter


Apartment rents keep climbing in Kitsap Average rent for apartments in Kitsap climbed to $1,186 in the third quarter of 2016, marking the 10thstraight quarter rents have increased in the county. Per-unit rent at large apartment complexes has risen $109 since the start of the year, according to Tom

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Timber purchase in SK tops summer sales By Tad Sooter 360-475-3783

A massive swath of South Kitsap changed hands this summer. In June a buyer paid $9.25 million to McCormick Land Co. for nearly 2,000 acres of timberland south of McCormick Woods. The deal highlighted a busy spring and summer for commercial land transactions in Kitsap County. Below is a roundup of other high-profile sales recorded from April through July, with details from assessor’s documents and additional research. This list doesn’t include the $20 million sale of the Silverdale Ridge apartments. Keep in mind these are property transactions, and the businesses occupying these properties might not have changed hands. McCormick timberland — $9.25 million Sale date: June 22 Sold by: McCormick Land Co. LLC to Bar

MH Timber WA LLC.

Description: More than 1,800 acres of timberland divided into 166 tax parcels, located south of McCormick Woods and east of Bremerton National Airport. Notes: McCormick Land Co. also recently sold its residential development land surrounding McCormick Woods. I’m working to get in touch with the buyers of the timberland to find out what their plans are. Best Western, Bainbridge Island — $7.25 million Sale date: June 29 Assessed value: About $4 million Sold by: Bainbridge Island Commons LLC

to BB Hotel LLC. Description: A four-story, 51-room hotel on 2.7 acres at 350 NE High School Road. Notes: BB Hotel LLC has a Honolulu mailing address. Day Road warehouses, Bainbridge — $5.9 million Sale date: May 23 Assessed value: About $4.55 million

Sold by: Bainbridge Business Park LLC to Ridgeview Town Center LLC. Description: Three business park buildings on 4.7 acres in the Day Road industrial area. Notes: Ridgeview Town Center is registered to Joseph Lacko, who recently purchased the Winslow Hardware building. Former Kitsap Health & Rehab, Bremerton — $3.8 million Sale date: July 19 Assessed value: $891,780 Sold by: Wellington Park LLC to Bremerton

MC Properties LLC.

Description: A 26,000-square-foot former

nursing home on 2 acres at 3517 11th St. Notes: Last we checked, a developer was remodeling the former nursing home into a memory care facility. Former Albertsons/Haggen, Bremerton — $3.5 million Sale date: July 14 Assessed value: $5.54 million Sold by: Haggen Property North LLC to

Saar Properties VII LLC.

Description: A 50,000-square-foot grocery

store on 5 acres at 2900 Wheaton Way in East Bremerton. Notes: The former East Bremerton Albertsons was among those sold to Haggen in 2015. Haggen went bankrupt, and Saar’s Marketplace recently took over the vacant building. San Juan building, Bainbridge — $3.33 million Sale date: May 23 Assessed value: $2.25 million Sold by: San Juan Partners LLC to SJ Com-

mercial LLC.

Description: A mixed-use commercial

building at 902 Winslow Way East, near the ferry terminal. Notes: The new owner is registered in Kingston. Quality Inn, Bremerton — $3.14 million

Sale date: July 11 Assessed value: $2.1 million Sold by: Bremerton Hospitality LLC to

Shreeji Investment LLC. A hotel on 4 acres at 4303 K itsap Way. D e s c r i p t i o n:

Eagle Harbor Marina, Bainbridge — $2.8 million Sale date: May 25 Sold by: Moorings Partnership to Eagle

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Description: A 105-slip marina on the south

shore of Eagle Harbor. Notes: The new owner plans to overhaul the facility. Harbor Place, Bainbridge — $2.57 million Sale date: April 8 Assessed value: $2 million Sold by: Hillis Clark Martin and Peterson

(trustee) to the Carle and Anne Conway Trust. Description: A 9,000-square-foot waterfront office building at 187 Parfitt Way. Notes: This was a trustee’s sale. The property reverted to the lender. Jack In The Box, Silverdale — $2.32 million Sale date: April 20 Assessed value: $1.32 million Sold by: Niki Holdings LP to Sunset Sil-

verdale LLC.

Description: A fast-food restaurant on 0.6

acres at 10735 Silverdale Way. Notes: New owner is registered in California.

Future self-storage, Bainbridge — $1.5 million Sale date: June 10 Assessed value: $502,370 Sold by: Day Road Associates LLC to Urban

Bainbridge LLC. Description: An undeveloped 4.8-acre parcel on Day Road, just east of Highway 305. The property is between Day Road Animal Hospital and Island School.

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Self Storage, a Seattle company that operates Bainbridge Self Storage and Pacific Storage in Keyport. Urban Self Storage recently applied to build a multistory facility in Poulsbo, and held a pre-application meeting with Bainbridge city staff to discuss a project on this Day Road parcel.

Future transit center, Bremerton — $1.44 million Sale date: May 11 Assessed value: $691,330 Sold by: The JWJ Group

LLC to Kitsap Transit. Description: A 4-acre parcel at Broad Street and Wheaton Way, north of Arby’s. Notes: Kitsap Transit plans to build a transfer center here. Apartments are going in on adjacent parcels. Future Starbucks, Poulsbo — $1.18 million

Sale date: June 30 Assessed value: $367,420 Sold by: Washington CVS

Port Orchard — $980,000 Sale date: April 13 Assessed value: $602,220 Sold by: CHM Properties

Pharmacy LLC to RPI Poulsbo LLC. Description: A 1.1-acre parcel on Highway 305, north of Hostmark Street. The property is adjacent to the new CVS pharmacy. Notes: Developers plan a Starbucks coffee shop and Sherwin-Williams paint store on the site.

LLC to Mark Denny and Patricia Purcell Trustees. Description: Two warehouse buildings on 1.3 acres at Mitchell Road and Lincoln Avenue. Notes: Del’s Farm Supply moved to Olney Avenue last year and reopened as Tractor Supply Co.

Burwell apartments, Bremerton — $1 million Sale date: July 25 Assessed value: $615,980 Sold by: Schaefer LLC to J

Old Kingston Hotel — $735,000 Sale date: June 2 Assessed value: $338,550 Sold by: Jeffrey Groman

Triple K Holdings LLC.

Description: A cluster of

small apartments on two lots on Burwell Street between Chester Avenue and State Avenue. Notes: New owner is based in Seattle. Former Del’s Farm Supply,

and Heijne Cornelia Heijne to Antoine and Tania Issa. Description: An 1890 hotel building at First Street and Washington Boulevard in downtown Kingston, above the ferry holding lanes. Notes: New owners live in Kingston.


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level appraisers can be less than $30,000 a year. “There’s no way you can afford to go into this line of work and pay your student loans,” she said. Those challenges might dissuade young people from pursuing careers as appraisers. State records show about 70 active ap-

praisers based in Kitsap County and seven appraisers in training. Still, Standaert said the profession has its perks, including flexible hours. “To have the freedom to pick your kids up after school, go to ballgames, do See ApprAiSerS, 29



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Lately, harried clients have asked real estate appraiser Jodi Standaert whether she’s willing to work nights to finish their appraisals sooner. “Well, I’m already working nights,” Standaert tells them. “What about weekends?” they ask. “Well, I’m already working weekends, too.” Working around the clock has become the new norm for appraisers in Kitsap County, with the region’s real estate market surging this year. An appraisal is a necessary step in the process of buying a home and some in the industry say there are too few qualified professionals in Kitsap County to keep up with demand. The shortage of appraisers has led to delays in closing deals, escalating costs and general frustration. “A lot of members have been concerned about the increase in fees and wait times,” Kitsap County Association of Realtors CEO Mike Eliason said. “I think the overarching problem is a lack of appraisers locally.” While the pinch is felt locally, the decline in appraisers is a national is-

classroom training, plus an apprenticeship (lower tier state licensed appraisers can get by with a twoyear degree and 150 hours of training but are limited in the scope of their work). Standaert said few appraisers have time or resources to offer apprenticeships, and starting pay for entry-

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proven difficult to attract young people into the profession,” Gordon said. Standaert, who became an appraiser in 2005 to supplement her household’s income, said the career simply doesn’t make sense for new college graduates. According to the Department of Licensing, state certified residential appraisers are required to have a four-year college degree and 200 hours of

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Shops under the name IslandCraft, said he’s pleasantly surprised by the mix of businesses attracted to the 20-unit complex. “It’s a different thing than what I was expecting,” he said. Though varied, the Farm Shop tenants share a common need: flexible commercial space to grow a business. None needed space more urgently than Eagle Harbor Wine Co., which doubled production since new owner Emily Parsons took over in 2014. October is crush time at the winery with shipments of grapes arriving several times a week from Washington vineyards. Parsons was busy filling barrels with freshly crushed juice during a visit last week. “I don’t even know what day it is,” she joked, taking a brief break from her work. Parsons was relieved, however, to have settled into the Farm Shops loca-

tion before the fall harvest began. The winery moved to Farm Shops from a smaller location on Sportsman Club Road earlier this year. The 3,200-squarefoot space allowed for an expanded fermentation room, barrel room and bottling room. Most notable for the public, Eagle Harbor was able to open a well-appointed retail tasting room, where customers can sample wine and request tours of the facility. “We didn’t have much of a tasting room at the old space,” Parsons said. “This gives them a chance to see it all in action.” After their tasting, customers may wander next door to the Friedman Oens Gallery, a dramatic showcase of sculpture and painting. Visitors are greeted by a life-sizebronzemooseanda family of wolves, created by sculptor Jeff Oens. Oil and encaustic paintings by Jane Friedman adorn the walls.

Friedman said the artistic duocollaboratedonprojects for the past six years before creating the Bainbridge gallery and studio. Coultas said he hopes to have construction wrapped up on the final few Farm Shops buildings in the next few months. Work will roll on despite a six-month development moratorium the City Council recently imposed on two business/ industrial-zoned areas off NewBrooklynRoadandDay Road,aspermitsforthework hadalreadybeenissued.But Coultassaidthemoratorium could affect new tenants seeking improvement permits for their spaces. Farm shops is located at 8895 Three Tree Lane. Information about Eagle Harbor Winery, Friedman Oens Gallery and Training For Warriors can be found at, and

Emily Parsons, owner of the Eagle Harbor Wine Co., checks on a barrel at her shop in the new Bainbridge development Farm Shops, which is off New Brooklyn Road.

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Brooklyn Road. The first tenants to move in were a far more eclectic bunch. A winery, a fine arts gallery and a fitness gym all celebrated grand openings at the Farm Shops development Thursday. A distiller and an interior designer are considering leasing space there. Coultas, who initially planned Farm

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Paws one-stop location for everything needed by discerning and knowledgeable pet parents,” Hall explained. “We callourselvesaWholeFoods for pets.” Hallopenedthestorewith the intention of offering the besttherewasonthemarket when it came to pet food. As someonewhoconsiderspets part of the family, he, at one point, drove 30 miles to buy raw food for his dogs. Rowdy, his oldest collie, suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Hall found raw food tremendously reduced Rowdy’s symptoms. When his late dog, Goephyr, was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease, Hall really started seeing what was in his pet’s food — additives, colorings,preservatives and more. His vet confirmed a dry kibble diet could ultimately cause serious health problems, something Hall wanted to avoid for his pets. It bothered Hall that there weren’t any holistic options available in Kitsap County. After a layoff from the IT industry, he decided focusing on the health of local pets would be a niche he could fill. That was 10 years ago. Nine months after opening is when the owners felt the community truly embraced the holistic pet food company: a huge pet food recall had customers flying through the doors to look for healthier alternatives. “A rotational diet is best if you think about what they eat in the wild,” said Hall. “We doubled business overnight and really got a name for ourselves.” Candles, necklaces, coffee mugs and T-shirts make the store as enticing for pet parents as it is for their fur babies. The staff who dole out pet treats and friendly hellos also add to the local pet store’s charm. Ken Arnold, a customer who hails from Kingston, said it isn’t just the quality products that brings him

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through the front doors, but also the information the staff can provide on the newest products. “They’re complete in their knowledge and charming and eager to help you,” said Arnold, who recently added goat yogurt to his dog’s food after a staff member’s recommendation. He and his wife started shopping for their six dogs at the old location and continued to stop in once the shop expanded. When the store moves again, Arnold and his dogs — mostly shiloh shepherds — will follow. “I will go all the way to East Bremerton to shop and get my food from them,” said Arnold. “They’ve got faithful customers, and they are a faithful store.” Staff love it, too While the expansion and addition of even more training classes has got pet lovers chattering, there’s also new talent that’s been added as well. Tina Wegscheid joined the grooming staff in September after moving from Hawaii where she groomed at a big-box pet store. The moment she walked into the shop on the 10-year anniversary day, she instantly decided she wanted to work there. Customers were standing outside in line smiling, she recalled. “Everybody was happy to be in line. You walked in

and you could feel the good vibes,” she said. “It is about the health of the pet (here). It isn’t about shuffling the dogs through the door.” Hall agreed that the customer service is one of the areas he works hard on with his staff. Throughout the month, mandatory training brings the staff together to learn about the newest products, recalls and more. “Our focus is on knowledge, and education is very important,” said Hall. Groomer Valerie Owen said that the education aspect of the company is one of the things she most appreciates about working at Naturally 4 Paws. When the staff keeps abreast of holistic pet news and research, it makes it easier to keep customers at ease when they drop off their pets, Owen said. That, along with the unique merchandise, makes it a place where everyone is comfortable shopping and no doubt contributes to the store’s success, she said. “I think the way the community has embraced this kind of store is phenomenal,” she said. “Tim and Jim are lucky to have this.” Regular customers continue to echo that statement. “We’re just so fortunate to have them in our lives,” Moni said of the business partners. “We will always go back to Naturally 4 Paws; they’re friends now.”

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Bremerton pot grow gains approval The state approved a marijuana grow Wednesday off Auto Center Boulevard in Bremerton. Producer and processor United Western Green will be at 111 Bruenn Ave., according to Liquor and Cannabis Board records. United Western Green is the 16th producer/processor licensed in Kitsap County. Meanwhile, marijuana retailers originally licensed in South Kitsap are shuffling sites this fall, perhaps seeking lesscrowded markets. The board recently approved an address change allowing 21+ Recreational Marijuana to hop from Bethel Road in Port Orchard to 3062 SW Highway 16, Suite A, in Gorst. Two other South Kitsap marijuana stores have applied to relocate to Silverdale. Fillabong, which also operates a shop in Silverdale, already shifted its license from Mile Hill Drive to 3249 Perry Ave., just outside Bremerton limits.

Cancer center expands in Poulsbo A fourth physician has joined Peninsula Cancer Center in Poulsbo to help meet increased demand for services. The independent cancer treatment center announced the addition of radiation oncologist Dr. Aaron Sabolch in a news release Thursday. “There’s a growing demand for our services, and the addition

of Dr. Sabolch will allow us to continue to provide timely, highquality, patient-centered care for new and existing patients,” practice co-founder Dr. Berit Madsen said in the release. Sabolch received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Department of Radiation Oncology. Peninsula Cancer Center was founded by Madsen and Dr. Alex Hsi in 2009. Dr. Heath Foxlee established a satellite clinic in Port Townsend in 2010.

Pizzeria will go into former Winslow Hardware building A pop-up pizzeria on Bainbridge Island will become a permanent restaurant in November. Bruciato, a gourmet pizza pop-up created by Hitchcock chef Brendan McGill and partner Brandon Thompson, is taking over a renovated space in the former Winslow Hardware building. According to a news release, the 2,000-square-foot restaurant will provide seating for 75, with another 15 spots at the bar. The interior design showcases exposed beams and metal that “recall the building’s history” and white marble that “lightens it up a bit.” Bruciato will feature woodfired Neapolitan “pizza” and more modern pies, with an emphasis on authenticity. Dough

will be mixed by hand, tomatoes imported from Italy and salami cured in-house. Seafood, salads and antipasti will round out the menu. The bar will serve Italian and American spirits, wine and beer. Therestaurantwillbeopenfrom 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and stay open until 1:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Bruciato isn’t the only new eatery McGill has in the works. He plans to open a Café Hitchcock north of Seattle’s Pioneer Square in early 2017. Check Bruciato’s Facebook page for updates on the Bainbridge opening.

Clearwater Casino expansion wraps up The Suquamish Tribe put finishing touches this summer on a three-year expansion and renovation of Clearwater Casino Resort. The project launched in 2013 when lead contractor Korsmo Construction began work on a 700-stall parking garage attached to the casino. Additional phases included the creation of a 98-room hotel tower, a fine-dining restaurant and café, three commercial kitchens, a sports bar and lounge, a renovated buffet and service area, 3,500 square feet of nonsmoking gaming space and improvements to the existing gaming floor. Construction wrapped up at the end of August with the upgrades to the main entrance, ac-

cording to a news release from Korsmo. Work finished a month ahead of schedule.

Port Orchard U-Haul closes its doors U-Haul closed its Port Orchard location Sept. 8, just a few months after it opened. The Olney Avenue U-Haul store shut down because the company was unable to obtain an extension on its contract to purchase the property and its lease ended, according to a news release. The store had been providing truck and trailer rentals, as well as moving supplies. South Kitsap residents won’t have to travel far to find U-Haul trucks. The moving and storage giant operates stores in Gorst and Bremerton, and works with several independent dealers in the area. The county recently approved plans for a large U-Haul self-storage center in Gorst.

Kitsap getting $200K from pot tax More than $200,000 in marijuana excise tax revenue will flow into Kitsap in the coming year. Kitsap County is in line to receive $126,774, according to a list of fiscal year 2017 tax distributions posted by the Liquor and Cannabis Board. Port Orchard will receive $40,107, Bremerton $27,989 and Bainbridge Island $16,419. Poulsbo, which has a morato-

rium on marijuana businesses, will not receive any money. The state committed to distributing $6 million in revenue from the 37 percent tax on recreational marijuana to local governments in both fiscal years 2016 and 2017. (The fiscal year runs July through June.) The money is divvied up based on the amount of marijuana tax generated in each jurisdiction in the previous year. Kitsap governments are spending the money on law enforcement. Beginning in fiscal year 2018, the state will distribute 30 percent of marijuana excise tax revenue to local governments. Thirty percent of that amount will go to cities and towns. Seventy percent will go to counties.

Insurance changes in ‘17 Kitsap residents shopping for 2017 coverage through Healthplanfinder will have four insurers to choose from. BridgeSpan Health Company, Group Health Cooperative, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington and Premera Blue Cross were approved to offer plans in Kitsap through the state exchange, according to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Regence Blue Shield and United HealthCare, aren’t selling exchange plans in the county for 2017. Three carriers — Group Health Cooperative, Group Health Options and Regence Blue Shield — are offering individual health plans outside of the exchange.

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Sierra Trading Post now open Sierra Trading Post opened its first Washington store Oct. 27 in The Trails at Silverdale shopping center. T he 17,000 -squa re-foot store offers a wide range of outdoor gear and apparel, according to a news release. Interactive kiosks will allow customers to search the retailer’s in-store and online inventory while shopping. Sierra Trading Post is hiring full-time and part-time staff Silverdale store. Central Kitsap is suddenly rich in sporting goods and outdoor stores. DICK’S Sporting Goods opened at Kitsap Mall last week, joining Big 5, REI and Sportsman’s Warehouse in Silverdale.

Brighter outlook for holiday hiring The holidays should be

brighter this year for seasonal workers in Washington. State economists predict increased holiday hiring by retailers this fall and winter, after two years of decline. Employment Security Department projects 1 2,726 holiday hires statewide in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 10,542 in 2015. The same report forecasts 375 hires in Kitsap County this year, up from 333 last year. General merchandise stores do the bulk of the hiring. “Healthier wage growth amidst an improving employment situation should help raise holiday sales to a level that boosts hiring,” Turek said in the release. Fourth quarter retail sales surged in the past few years, but seasonal staffing didn’t follow suit. Paul Turek, labor economist with ESD, told me statewide holiday hiring peaked in 2013 at 16,500. Hires dropped to

14,753 in 2014 and plunged to 10,542 in 2015, falling well short of the state’s forecast. The decline was partially attributed to retailers moving away from brick-and-mortar storefronts to focus on online sales. Downsizing by food stores like Haggen also took a toll, Turek said. This year, Turek sees fewer stores restructuring and believes improving employment and wages will bolster seasonal hiring.

More self storage space proposed in Poulsbo With limited development land available, self storage companies are building up to meet demand. That’s the case in Poulsbo where Pro-Guard has proposed a new three-story storage building on the site of its existing facility at 20554 Little

Valley Road NE, near Central Market. The 45,000 -square-foot structure would replace a portion of RV parking on the property, according to a notice of application issued by the city. Pro-Guard submitted the site plan review application Oct. 5. The city will accept comments on the proposal through Nov. 11. Pro-Guard’s proposal is one of several possible storage developments in the north end of the county. Urban Self Storage recently submitted an application for a multi-story storage building near Safeway in Poulsbo. On Bainbridge, Urban is considering plans for self storage on Day Road near Highway 305.

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off Mile Hill Drive where a substation was planned. Realty Marketing/Northwest listed the 7.5-acre property in a fall auction catalog released last week, with sealed bids due by Nov. 15. The sale includes portions of two long parcels stretching north off Mile Hill Drive and a smaller parcel connecting to Baby Doll Road (see inset image). The land is zoned commercial and could be developed as apartments or “entry level housing,” according to Realty Marketing/Northwest. PSE spokesman Ray Lane said a substation was planned on the property 25 years ago. “However, our electric load in that area is static,” Lane said. “We have no plans to construct a substation in the near future, and when we do, we don’t need that much land.” PSE will hang onto 2 acres along Mile Hill Drive in case a substation is needed in the future.

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Mike Montoney, owner of Rainy Daze Brewing in Poulsbo, stirs as he brews beer Thursday in his new Viking Avenue home, which was the former site of Sound Brewing. The new brewery gives Rainy Daze a tasting room and hugely expanded production capacity.

Rainy Daze starts pouring in Poulsbo

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POULSBO — Mike Mon-

toney finally has a brewery worthy of his beer. The Rainy Daze Brewing founder spent the past four years crafting ales with a tiny brew system crammed into a shed outside his Silverdale home. Montoney’s beers were a hit, winning medals at festivals and earning fans from Tacoma to Port Townsend. But the brewer worked at a frenzied pace to keep up with demand. He knew something had to change. “We either had to work like crazy where we were, or take the next step,” Montoney said.

Rainy Daze took a giant step this summer. Montoney moved his operation from the shed in Silverdale to a warehouse space off Poulsbo’s Viking Avenue last occupied by Sound Brewing. (Sound moved its brew house to a larger facility on Viking Avenue, and relocated its tasting room to the former Campana’s Italian Restaurant). Rainy Daze reopened Saturday at 650 NW Bovela Lane. The new brewery gives Rainy Daze a tasting room and hugely expanded production capacity. Montoney didn’t have a formal tasting room in Silverdale. In Poulsbo he has seating for 49 patrons and a bar featuring 18 tap handles. In Silverdale, Montoney

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Mike Buschke will be the general manager of a sports bar going in at the old Panda Inn location on Kitsap Way in Bremerton. The upstairs has a sweeping view of Oyster Bay. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN




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Kitsap Way could add a sports bar

Site empty since Panda Inn closed in 2009 360-792-9227

BREMERTON — Ripping away drywall inside a defunct Chinese restaurant overlooking Oyster Bay has revealed some architectural surprises for two men hopingtoopenBremerton’snext sports bar. Curved, dark wooden beams,coveredlongsincethe restaurantat4180KitsapWay was built in 1970, will see the light of day under a project just begun by Mike Buschke and Doug DeMulling. “The building’s got good bones,” said DeMulling, the new owner of the building, which was once home to Panda Inn. Their vision, the Dugout Sports Bar and Grill, involves big screens and pub food, a gathering space where sports fans of any team can find their game. There’s much work to do. A lot of old equipment from its days as a Chinese restaurant will have to come out, and the building will have to be brought up to modern building code standards, including fire sprinklers.

The pair envisions using the 9,100-square-foot space andanother1,200feetofdeck space, overlooking the bay. “We’ve found some amazing architecture in here that we can put our stamp on,” said Buschke, a retired Navy chief who helped build the Baja Outpost Restaurant and Bar on Bethel Avenue in Port Orchard. “It’s looking kind of dated right now.” They acknowledge the area’s competition — BrotherDon’snextdoorandother sports bars like The Garage up the road, South Pacific in downtown Bremerton and Arena and the Clover Leaf on the east side. But they believe with the amount of traffic that flows by each day, combined with service members stationed here looking for regional sports on TV, the demand is there. They envision something ofamorecasualRamRestaurant and Brewery and a lessnoisy Buffalo Wild Wings, referencing two regional chains. They plan to open in thefirstfloor,thenexpandto anupperspacethatwasonce home to banquets. DeMulling, a real estate

agent who once owned Empire Pizza at the Port Orchard airport, is financing the plan with his parents. The group hopes to open in the spring in time for baseball season. Built in 1970, the Briar Cliff restaurant was the first to take advantage of the property’s scenic views of Oyster Bay. It was later converted into a Chinese restaurant, Yee’s, in the 1980s and then Panda Inn on the Bay in 1995. Panda Inn closed in 2009. Its owner cited a number of factors — the smoking ban curtailing bar business, a sour economy, heightened minimumwageandreduced demand for banquet spaces — in a Kitsap Sun article. The property was assessed at $289,000 in 2016; the building was shown on several listings as on sale for $180,000. The pair have been impressed with downtown Bremerton’s recent resurgence, and wanted to add their own mark to it. “We just want to move it west, and help Bremerton come back to life,” Buschke said.


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3:30pm-7pm At the Port of Kingston

Free Cocoa & Cookies for everyone! Live Holiday Music Featuring Elvis (Danny Vernon) Elvis Look Alike Contest – judged by Danny Vernon 5pm Santa lights the Tree & Light Sculptures Scavenger Hunt in the Lights (at your own pace) 5:15 pm Kingston Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade 3:30-7pm Food Vendors & Wine & Beer Garden Mulled Wine, Spirited Coffee Drinks, Brews


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PeoPle in business

Lynette Ladenburg Chuck Layton, of Port Orchard, takes out his album, Little Feat’s “Time Loves a Hero,” to place on the turntable as he and fellow audiophiles gather Wednesday at Kitsap Audio Video in Silverdale.

New CEO picked at Martha & Mary

to give up on record players. He bought himself a new turntable and became a regular at Kitsap Audio Video’s album night. There’s no replacing the quality of vinyl, Brooks said. “It’s clean, it’s soft, it’s not screechy,” he said. As with Brooks and his granddaughter, an appreciation of vinyl is shared across generations. Kitsap Audio Video owner Derek Reano has been a devotee since his first Led Zeppelin album. He started in the audio/video industry in his early 20s and worked at Magnolia Hi-Fi in Silverdale before the chain merged with Best Buy. Reano said an epiphany about the home audio business inspired him to start his own AV shop. Any big box store can sell audio equipment, he realized, but it takes knowledge to pick the right gear and tune it properly. “Everybody needs help with this stuff,”

Martha & Mary has selected Lynette Ladenburg as the next CEO of the 125-year-old social services organization. Ladenburg is currently chief strategic and financial officer for LeadingAge Washington, a trade association for nonprofits working in the field of senior housing and care. She was scheduled to join Martha & Mary on Oct. 31. Ladenburg replaces former CEO Chad Solvie, who resigned abruptly in June after more than 14 years with the organization. Solvie stepped down over a disagreement with the Martha & Mary board regarding the direction of the organization. The board hired Lad-


Laurie Berg (left), of Seabeck, and Riz Santos, of Bremerton, search Wednesday through the shelves of vinyl for sale at Kitsap Audio Video.

Store features sound at 33 1/3 Kitsap audio Video offers hi-fi equipment, Vinyl records

By Tad Sooter 360-475-3783

SILVERDALE — The lights darken, and 20 listeners settle into cushy theater seats. Derek Reano drops a record onto a turntable, and a funky guitar riff from Little Feat’s “Hi Roller” fills the room with an

unmistakable ’70s sound. Heads bob and feet tap. One track rolls into the next. This is album night at Kitsap Audio Video, a Silverdale store riding a wave of renewed interest in turntables, hi-fi stereo systems and vinyl records. Each Wednesday evening customers file into the theater room of the 2855 NW Kitsap

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Place store and spend an hour together listening to an album from beginning to end. The title isn’t announced in advance — a guest is selected to bring in a favorite record to spin. Album night attendees linger after the last track is played to discuss what they heard in the music. “There’s something different every time, and it’s always good,” Larry Brooks,

of Port Orchard, said before album night last week. Brooks first stopped at Kitsap Audio Video a few months ago hoping to fix an old turntable that his granddaughter had been bugging him to give her. He found the stylus he needed and set the turntable up at home. His old albums sounded so good, Brooks decided he wasn’t ready

Reano said. Kitsap Audio Video, which opened two years ago, offers both gear and knowledge. Reano stocks turntables, speakers, amplifiers, headphones and other accessories. Some, like the sound-absorbing wall panels and record mats, he custom makes at home. A backroom of the store is devoted to a varied collection of vinyl, which Reano buys and sells. He believes the joy of pawing through stacks of record sleeves in search of forgotten gems is a sensation lost in the world of digital music downloads. “It’s fun, it’s more tangible,” Reano said “When you hunt down an album, it brings back all these memories.” Nostalgia is one reason customers keep coming back to Kitsap Audio Video’s album nights. The sense of community is another. Brooks said he enjoys the shared appreciation for music. “There’s always something new to learn,” he said.

enburg at the end of a four-month executive search led by national firm CliftonLarsonAllen. “Lynette has an exceptional reputation for strong, effective leadership,” board Chairwoman Helen Stoll said in the release. “This attribute, combined with her deep knowledge of the senior ca re/ housi ng i ndustry makes her uniquely qualified to lead Martha & Mary successfully into the future.” Ladenburg said she was “honored” to accept the position. “I look forward to joining Martha & Mary’s mission of caring to ensure their continued success in light of the changing landscape of both health care and housing for seniors and early learning programs for children,” she said in the release. Ladenburg, a Gig Harbor native, holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Puget Sound and a master’s in health care management from Marylhurst University in Oregon. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and served as chief financial officer of Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community for 14 yeas before joining LeadingAge Washington.

Poulsbo consulting group wins statewide award Demarche Consulting Group has been selected for the 2016 Washington ExcellenceAwardbytheAmerican Economic Institute (AEI). Each year the AEI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable successintheirlocalbusinessenvironment and industry category. They are recognized ashavingenhancedthecommitment and contribution of smallbusinessesthroughservice to their customers and community.Therecognition marks a significant achievementm showing the group is an emerging leader and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow. Various sources of informationweregatheredandanalyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. Under the leadership of Dr.LindaParalez,Demarche Consulting Group has successfully designed, led, and implemented hundreds of organizational assessments, lean process improvements, technologygapanalyses,regulatoryreform,andtransition projects since 1999. Most of thoseprojects have involved work with public sector orSee PeoPle, 29

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Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal  

November 2016 edition

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal  

November 2016 edition