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Gig Harbor will host inaugural Cider Swig as fall attraction

By Rodika Tollefson - KPBJ contributor

When Crystie and Keith Keiser began making hard cider at their organic farm, Finnriver, they and their partner, Eric Jorgenson, were at the forefront of a new movement. Now the cidery in Chimacum (between Port Ludlow and Port Townsend) is open seven days a week for visitors who want to stop by for a tasting. read more »


By Rodika Tollefson

KPBJ contributor

Bainbridge Island is a popular destination any time of the year, but the last Sunday of each February the island sees a particular swarm of activity. Thousands of bicyclists ride around the island for Chilly Hilly, a Cascade Bicycle Club event that kicks off the bicycling season. read more »

Naturopathic physicians ‘look at the whole person’

When patients come to see Dr. Kate D’Archangel at her Kingston office, they typically spend an entire hour with her. The naturopathic doctor not only talks with them about the concerns that brought them in, but tries to get a complete picture of what’s happening with them physically, mentally and emotionally.

“I look at the whole person, not just at the symptoms, to figure out a treatment plan,” she said. “I talk to patients a lot and ask a lot of questions to get the full range.” read more »

Silverdale businesses could see growth, but there’s not a lot of available commercial space

There’s no doubt in the mind of the business community that when Harrison Medical Center moves its Bremerton hospital to Silverdale, it will create a positive ripple effect on other businesses. But how much impact remains speculation. read more »


From Gig Harbor to Bainbridge Island, downtowns appear to prove that the economic recovery is giving small businesses their due. If commercial real estate activity seems sporadic in most cities, it’s because the number of building vacancies is smaller — in contrast to several years ago. read more »


By Rodika Tollefson

KPBJ contributor

 Harrison Medical Center has formed a 10-member search committee that will select a replacement for CEO Scott Bosch. Bosch announced at the end of March that he will retire on July 31. read more »


 KPBJ May 2014 editionWhen Igvar “Iggy” Daga and Sean Matteson needed money last fall to grow their business, Iggy’s Foods, they knew a bank couldn’t help them. As word of mouth about Iggy’s fermented foods made the products more popular, the Bainbridge Island startup had been growing — but not enough to become bankable. read more »


The science and best practices in prenatal care is evolving, as in any other medical field, and one of the latest tools is noninvasive prenatal testing, or NIPT. It’s a blood test used to screen for chromosome-related conditions such as Down syndrome, and it can be performed at 10 weeks of pregnancy. read more »


When Asani Development was looking to create the concept for a new residential development on Bainbridge Island several ySerial solar entrepeneurears ago — in the midst of a slow real estate market — the development team knew they would have to come up with something unique. As they were exploring ideas for sustainable living including energy efficiency, Washington state adopted a new program to incentivize use of solar energy.

“Solar incentives were adopted (by the state) so it made economic sense. We decided it would be a very interesting challenge,” said Marja Preston, president of Asani and the lead of the team that developed what is known as the Grow Community.

The goal was to make the entire neighborhood a net-zero energy community and follow the principles of the One Planet Living program.
There were multiple challenges but one in particular was a question of economics. “For solar, there was only one manufacturer in the state and it was expensive,” said Kelly Samson, one of the original Asani developers of Grow. read more »

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