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By Tim Kelly - KPBJ editor

China is the world’s most populous country, and millions of its citizens who travel abroad are affluent tourists who love coming to America. A recent CNN Money article noted that Chinese visitors to the United States jumped from under 400,000 in 2007 to almost 1.5 million in 2012, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. And in 2012 those travelers spent almost $9 billion in the U.S. read more »

 

By Tim Kelly - KPBJ editor

Fadi Yashruti, who grew up in South Kitsap and recently left a corporate job in the Seattle area, is one of the principals in Seattle Inceptive Group, which is setting up a state-licensed marijuana production and processing facility on a 12-acre property they purchased in Belfair. Call it the path of lease resistance.

That’s what led two pairs of brothers — friends since junior high in Port Orchard and now business partners — to purchase a former nursery in Belfair as the site for their marijuana-growing operation.

“Probably the most difficult thing about this whole deal is finding a suitable location,” said Fadi Yashruti, point man for the investors who formed Seattle Inceptive Group to enter Washington’s recreational cannabis industry. read more »

 

By Tim Kelly - KPBJ editor

 Is the PortofKingston evicting an obstinate tenant who refuses to comply with reasonable regulations? Or is management retaliating against a successful woman business owner who publicly questioned the port’s policies and decisions?

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Owners hope Swimdeck’s launch will help resolve financial mess left from Chehalis pub’s closure

By Tim Kelly
KPBJ editor

Photo credit: Larry Steagall

“Swimdeck_Stacy”: Stacy Bronson and her partner, Dave Tagert, recently opened The Swimdeck on Bay Street in Port Orchard. The couple owned another pub in Chehalis that went out of business in June, and they still owe some former employees their final paychecks.Around the time the nautical-themed Swimdeck held its grand opening in Port Orchard, the proprietors’ other pub in Chehalis went under, leaving in its wake employees who didn’t get final paychecks, long-running disputes with the landlord, and a loss of the substantial investment the entrepreneurs made in renovating the place. read more »

 

The expansion of Medicaid in Washington state includes a change allowing licensed naturopathic physicians to function as primary-care providers for patients in the state’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program. In Kitsap County, however, naturopaths are passing on the opportunity to enroll as Medicaid providers. read more »

 
Larger store will anchor retail development across Highway 16 in Gig Harbor

Plans that first surfaced several years ago to build a new Fred Meyer store in Gig Harbor on the opposite side of Highway 16 from the existing store are moving ahead, and site work could begin later this year.

The new store would anchor a planned retail development to be built along the west side of Point Fosdick Drive north of Olympic Drive, and would include land that has been used by Fife RV at the north end of the property. Fife RV is closing its Gig Harbor dealership and currently advertising a liquidation sale. 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 »

 
Bucklin Court project would be next to Silverdale Beach Hotel

A luxury condo development with a fine-dining restaurant is in the works on a Silverdale waterfront site between Old Mill Park and the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel.

Daybreak Development, LLC recently filed plans with Kitsap County for a four-story building with underground parking for condo residents and some commercial tenants. read more »

 
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