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Team Innovative Services owner Ken Perry is shown last summer at the temporary nursery he opened on weekends. Perry closed his landscaping services business at the end of 2013 after 25 years. (KPBJ file photo)One thing Ken Perry is certain will improve in 2014 after getting out of the business he ran since 1989 is his income.

“I don’t know necessarily what my future holds,” says Perry, longtime owner of Team Innovative Services, “but ultimately, if I don’t work any hours in the landscape business, I’ll make $200,000 more than I did on average over the last few years.”

Perry’s no pauper; he had some very successful years during the first two decades of operating his landscape services business, and he had some real estate ventures that were even better income sources in the good years before the recession. read more »

Digital Trends

Duracell's video about Seattle Seahawks player Derrick Coleman is a good example of content marketing.Content marketing rose as the darling concept of digital marketing in the last couple of years, sending many companies scrambling to join the growing trend of serving up content first and advertising last or maybe not at all. Also dubbed brand journalism and brand storytelling, the concept is turning on its head the question of what, exactly, is the core competency for a corporation that previously offered, say, soft beverages. Or credit cards. Or perhaps shoes. read more »

Women In Business

Kitsap Birth Collective co-founders Kendra Machen, left, and Joanna Bennett sit outside of the massage therapy room, which can also be used for consultations. (Rodika Tollefson photo)Kendra Machen, a Port Orchard doula and certified birth educator, has been serving as a local resource to new moms and moms-to-be for many years. In 2007, she created Kitsap Birth Collective with the goal of connecting families and birth professionals.

In December, the Kitsap Birth Collective took off in a new way. With a group of four other doulas, Machen created a nonprofit that opened an official center in Port Orchard for birth education, classes and other activities. read more »

Women In Business

Designer Connie LaMontWhen Connie LaMont looks at a space, she can envision its possibilities in her mind. It’s not just her 30-plus years as an interior designer and colorist that helps her intuitively transform it. LaMont likes to read people when she first meets them, based on various cues including body language — an ability influenced by her mother, who had a degree in psychotherapy.

LaMont says her goal is to improve her clients’ lives through the right use of color — and it starts by understanding their personalities. read more »

Women In Business

Jenn Fredericksen owns two coffee shops and is a principal in Peninsula ElectricJenn Fredericksen was only 21 when she became an entrepreneur. She started working at Latte on the Way in Poulsbo before she was old enough to drive, and when the owner was ready to sell seven years later, Fredericksen took the leap.

Some 15 years later, Fredericksen not only has two coffee shops employing 10 baristas, she also has a hand in Peninsula Electric Corp., a business she owns with her husband, Charlie (who she met at her coffee stand.)

Their company is about eight years old and employs 11 people including nine on crew. They work on both commercial and residential projects as well as some federal contracts, with a customer base around Western Washington and in Alaska. Peninsula Electric also does generator work. read more »

Health And Fitness

Participants in Kristin Lopez's Zumba class keep up with the music during a recent session. (Rodika Tollefson photo)Like many people, Tessa Estreito has tried working out at the gym but couldn’t stay motivated. Her mother-in-law had taken Zumba classes, and a couple of months ago, Estreito decided to give it a try as well.

She searched for a Zumba class in Bremerton, where she lives, and found Kristen Lopez, who teaches it four times a week at the ARC. Since she started going to class three or four times a week, Estreito said she’s been in a much better mood and has already lost weight. read more »

Health And Fitness

Instructor Jeny Vidal leads a large group in a yoga class on Nov. 2, the first day Dayaalu Center was open for classes in its new location at a remodeled house on Bainbridge Island. (Photo courtesy Dayaalu Center)Yoga studios around the Kitsap Peninsula range from an austere storefront in Bremerton to a spacious setup complete with a comfortably furnished living room in a woodsy setting on Bainbridge Island.

But regardless of where you roll out your mat for yoga classes, the instructors share essentially the same view of what yoga offers: a way to relax, focus and find a deeper connection with yourself physically and mentally. Your motivation for trying yoga may be a desire to lose weight or cope with stress; same as with some instructors for whom yoga was a lifeline to wellness when they started.

“Weight loss is probably the number-one reason people start yoga,” says Carla Charters read more »


Darryl Baldwin, owner of MoonDogs, Too restaurant and bar in Port Orchard, smiles while greeting friends at a Jan. 2 gathering in his honor held at Amy's on the Bay restaurant. (Photo by Tim Kelly)Darryl Baldwin brought the Port Orchard community together again for a special night — and this time, sadly, may have been his last time to do so.

Wearing a black MoonDogs, Too hoodie, the 57-year-old Baldwin smiled warmly as he greeted and hugged scores of friends who turned out Jan. 2 for an event to recognize him for all he’s done for his community.

It was just a week after the free Christmas dinner that MoonDogs has hosted as a benefit for South Kitsap Helpline food bank every year since 2007 when Baldwin read more »

Real Estate And Construction

A site plan has been filed with the city of Poulsbo for a new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of State Route 305 and Lincoln. The Northwest Design Center & Furniture Gallery that has been on the site since 2004 recently was changed to the Bad Blanche Outlet. The building would be torn down if the property is sold and the CVS plan is approved. (Tim Kelly photo)From the empty car lots on Viking Avenue to planned new retail and transit projects along State Route 305 and the pending demolition of the old City Hall downtown, Poulsbo is poised to ring in 2014 with several notable developments.

Some are confirmed, such as North Kitsap Fishline’s upcoming move (see story) to the old Poulsbo RV site at the south end of the Viking Avenue commercial corridor. read more »

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