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Kobo e-readers are displayed at Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo. (Tim Kelly Photo)Suzanne Droppert sells an e-reader that starts with ‘K’ at her bookstore … but it’s not that one.

The owner of Liberty Bay Books in downtown Poulsbo has embraced e-books, especially when customers purchase them for a Kobo e-reader.

The store started carrying Kobo products last year, and has new versions of the Canadian company’s Glo and Aura e-readers and Arc 7 tablet in stock for this holiday season. read more »

Editor's View

Do you think we have enough designated Days? This edition of our paper will get circulated at the end of a stretch that covers Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday.

The scorecard for themes in that succession: Days for gratitude — 1; Days for charity — 1; Days for buying stuff — 3 (plus every day that follows in the all-important holiday shopping season).

And of course there’s been controversy over encroachment of the Black Friday lunacy into the evening of Thanksgiving. I guess the only way that makes sense is if it saves shopping zombies from bundling themselves in sleeping bags in the middle of the night outside a big-box store waiting to rush in at 5 a.m. to grab those “doorbusters.” read more »


An aerial photo displayed at the Port Gamble community meeting highlights the overwater structures that will be removed during cleanup of the bay and former mill site, and shows the location of a proposed new dock. (Photo courtesy Anchor QEA)The proprietor of the Port Gamble General Store and Café says a lot of customers ask him the same question.

They ask where they can tie up their boats, Eric Kleiva says. “They want to know, ‘how do we get to town from the water?’”

He was among a crowd of about 75 people who showed up for a recent meeting about a community dock that Pope Resources wants to build just a stone’s throw from the store and café Kleiva and his wife have run in Port Gamble since 2010. read more »

Cover Story
Bremerton woman has a holiday hit with her handmade F.R.O.G. Soap using a unique ingredient

Cover Story: Gifted entrepreneurLaura Kneib found a forgotten family keepsake last year, something that had been packed away with her late mother’s belongings for a long time. It wasn’t heirloom jewelry or vintage clothing or an old photo album.

It was two bars of soap, wrapped in wax paper.

It has sentimental value because it’s soap that Kneib and her mother made themselves, maybe 40 years ago or more, when their family lived in rural West Virginia and owned a general store that she describes as “an old-fashioned mercantile.”

Today, Kneib is a fledgling entrepreneur whose handmade soaps are fragrant, artistic creations, but they have something in common with the plain white squares of homemade soap from her youth. read more »


Olympic Fitness Pro in the Mile Hill Plaza shopping center in Port Orchard will close at the end of November, and merge with the original Olympic Fitness club at 4459 SE Mile Hill DriveOlympic Fitness is closing its 24-hour facility in Port Orchard and merging it with the club’s original location less than a mile away.

Andrea McDonald said she decided to invest in upgrading the Olympic Fitness facility that she’s owned for a decade at 4459 SE Mile Hill Drive, instead of renewing the lease for the Olympic Fitness Pro site in the shopping center at the corner of Mile Hill and Olney Avenue. She has leased the space since 2008 when she bought the business, which was previously Max Fitness. read more »

Education & Training

Mark and Cindy Sparks are the owners of Omohundro Co., and recently relocated their composites manufacturing operation from Southern California to a 42,000-square-foot building they bought in the Port Orchard Industrial Park.A millennial and a Gen-Xer who weren’t on viable career tracks went back to school to learn some new skills. The Olympic College training program they enrolled in was a key factor in the decision of a company that does high-tech manufacturing of composites for the aerospace industry to relocate from Southern California to Kitsap County. That manufacturer, Omohundro Co., wound up hiring both those guys and several others from OC. read more »


The WinCo Foods store that opened in Bremerton in April 2012 was the company's first store in the Kitsap and Olympic peninsula region.While union workers at major chain grocery stores around Puget Sound were on the verge of a strike over contract proposals that would have cut wages, holiday pay and health care, another grocery chain that expanded into Kitsap County last year is quietly thriving while providing its non-union employees an enviable ownership stake in the company.

“Employee ownership is a big part of how we compete,” said Michael Read, an executive with WinCo Foods. read more »

Real Estate And Construction

The area along Greaves Way just west of State Route 3 could see the start of new commercial development next spring on Silverdale's north side. CenterCal Properties has plans to build a shopping center on the south side of Greaves Way, in an area Kitsap County rezoned as the Waaga Way Town Center when the $13 million connector road was built in 2009.A California-based mall developer that’s built numerous projects in Washington and Oregon has its sights set on Kitsap County. Site work could begin as early as next spring on a proposed new retail center called The Trails at Silverdale, which would add another movie theater to the area, plus a mix of restaurants and stores including some major brands new to Kitsap’s retail scene.

Because the proposed development by CenterCal Properties is on a site that includes wetlands, the company submitted applications earlier read more »


Katie Jennings of Bainbridge Island is the coordinating producer at Seattle public television station KCTS 9 for the Quest scientific education program.As a television documentary producer, Katie Jennings knows that a close-up of a 3-day-old penguin chick in the wild is an audience-pleaser. And while viewers are riveted on the fuzzy little critter in the palm of biologist Dee Boersma’s hand, they’re hopefully absorbing the simple ecology lesson delivered in the seven-minute video Jennings helped make for KCTS as part of the Quest multimedia science series. read more »

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