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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 »

Gaming software developer from Bremerton showing next generation of students path to technology career

By Terri Gleich / For KPBJ 

When Chris Gonzales graduated from the University of Washington with a computer science degree, he wasn’t qualified for his current job as a software developer at Unity Technologies.

To teach himself the computer code that is the foundation for every website and software program, he spent hours watching YouTube videos and visiting bookstores where he would page through manuals he couldn’t afford to buy. 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 »


The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail — a network of 79 locations where paddlers can launch vessels, take breaks or camp — has been designated a national water trail by the National Park Service.

Kitsap’s 371-mile route joins 15 other national water trails that range from routes on the Mississippi River to island loops in the Great Lakes. Kitsap’s trail is the only one in Washington and the second on the West Coast. The Kitsap trail is the first routed entirely on saltwater. 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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