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Purpose Boutique recently expanded into a larger space in the building at the corner of Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton. (Amy Burnett photo)Jennifer Wiebusch has spent 35 years in a fitness-related career. The Olympic Fitness instructor and personal trainer loves her job, but knows she wants to slow down a bit and not exercise for a living the rest of her life.

Three years ago, Wiebusch found the answer: personal coaching. It’s a bit different than personal training, but has one thing in common, challenging people to achieve a goal. read more »

Women In Business

Amy Anderson is proprietor of the Axe Handle Café, which opened last summer and is her second business in Kingston. (Tim Kelly photo)Her entrepreneurial success in Kingston is not quite a story of hometown girl makes good, but almost.

Amy Anderson wasn’t born here, but the owner of Cup & Muffin and the Axe Handle Café sure feels like she belongs here now. She and her husband, Mark, were grand marshals for the town’s annual Fourth of July parade last summer.

For several years before that, Anderson participated in the parade by handing out coupons for a free cup of coffee at Cup & Muffin read more »

Digital Trends
Customers testing LED replacements made locally call them ‘the wave of the future’ for outdoor lighting

Bob Nietfield, left, new VP for sales at Differential Energy Global, and company owner Rick Flaherty hold high-tech LED replacement bulbs at DEG's production facility in Port Orchard. (Tim Kelly Photo)Pedestrians at the University of Washington-Tacoma will notice something different soon while walking at night by a busy campus corner. Five of the university’s heritage lampposts are being relocated to the block of Court C near 19th Street and Jefferson Avenue, and observant passersby might notice a brighter glow from the vintage-look “double acorn” lights, which will have new high-intensity LED bulbs from a Port Orchard lighting company. read more »

Real Estate And Construction

Artist's rendering shows what the new glass-walled building will look like. There will be solar panels (shown in blue) on the canopy over the bank's drive-thru lanes. (Kitsap Bank illustration)Construction has been going on since November for a new Kitsap Bank branch in East Bremerton. Bank officials tout the many advanced technological features designed into the new building at the corner of Wheaton Way and Sylvan Way, but what a lot of customers may find most appealing is that the branch will have a Starbucks.

The bank confirmed in late January that Starbucks will lease about 1,800 square feet of space for its coffee shop, which will be accessible through the shared lobby in the new glass-walled building. read more »

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The McDonald's on Wheaton Way in Bremerton will be torn down and replaced with a new building over the next few months. (Photo by Tim Kelly)There’s one less McDonald’s in Bremerton, but only for a few months.

The outdated drive-in restaurant at 3580 Wheaton Way, site of the first golden arches in West Puget Sound when it was built in the early 1970s, will be torn down and replaced with a new building on the same lot. The new McDonald’s is projected to open in May and will have a double drive-thru lane and a modernized overall look that are part of the corporation’s current design standards. read more »


A 700-square-foot array of 44 solar panels was installed on the roof of Liberty Bay Auto in Poulsbo. The business worked with Washington Solar Incentives on the project. (Photo courtesy Liberty Bay Auto)Rick Lander knows he won’t get many business owners to consider an investment in rooftop solar panels just for the environmental benefits. But pitching a project that also offers financial incentives — tax credits and lower utility bills, as well as some good PR in the bargain — that’s likely to get some attention.

It worked that way at Liberty Bay Auto in Poulsbo, a high-end used car business where most of the electricity is now generated by a 700-square-foot array of 44 solar panels installed on the roof in December.

“It’s a good thing, a green thing,” said Dean Church, who started the business with his father 25 years ago. But he didn’t jump on the idea the first time he was contacted by Lander, president of Washington Solar Incentives. read more »

Women In Business
Women achieve goals in traditionally male professions

Rochelle Stockwell is slots manager at Clearwater Casino Resort.Angel WunderAngel Wunder was raised in a family of healthcare providers — her mother was a radiologist and her father a pharmacist. Growing up around the pharmacy, she said she noticed that many people would start out with one or two prescriptions, then kept adding more — they were not getting better. She wanted to go into the medical field, but also wanted to do something to help people heal.

She started out doing marketing for a chiropractic clinic, and soon was helping patients in the physical therapy bay. read more »

Women In Business

Val Hawryluk wears a special jersey showing her Seahawks spirit at the newly opened Evergreen Home Loans office she manages in Silverdale.It’s not quite the same as Christine McVie rejoining Fleetwood Mac for a reunion tour, but veteran mortgage loan officer Val Hawryluk says her move to manage a newly opened Evergreen Home Loans office is “kind of like getting the old band back together again.”

Coincidentally, Hawryluk began working in the mortgage business the same year that Fleetwood Mac released the classic album Rumours. read more »

Women In Business

Berni Kenworthy is a developer and one of the partners in Team 4 Engineering in Poulsbo.When a proposed development strikes a chord with the community for one reason or another, the atmosphere can get quite passionate. For Berni Kenworthy, that kind of pressure is just part of the job. As one of four partners at Team 4 Engineering based in Poulsbo, Kenworthy is frequently the face of a new project.

“I’ve learned to get a thick skin and I’ve learned to be confident we can find a compromise,” she said.

A thick skin may be required often in her profession, which is typically a man’s arena. But Kenworthy is equally comfortable managing civil engineering projects and leading a council of up to 30 people representing area developers. read more »

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