The oaks, maples and all trees deciduous are putting on
a show around Bremerton and Puget Sound right now.
Gorgeous blends of yellow, orange and fiery reds are making this a
For me, that means getting out on two feet with a camera. I’ve
been looking for the best and brightest and I bet some of you have,
So I issue you this challenge: go see what you can find, snap a
picture, and report back to me at
email@example.com. Send me your best stuff
and tell me where you found it and I will display it here. Don’t be
afraid to add a little story about the journey along the way,
Despite a relentless rain shower, we had one heck of a
turnout for Saturday’s Story Walk of Evergreen-Rotary
Park. The park — and the neighborhood around it — is
changing rapidly. Here’s a rundown of all the things we learned
The city’s first power plant was a lumber mill that existed near
Smith Cove. The lumber mill’s operators would burn refuse that
would operate a primitive turbine that generated power.
The park had campgrounds following World War I; during the war
it was taken over by the federal government for training and
housing military personnel.
The Bremerton Memorial Swimming Pool was constructed there
(outdoors) in 1953, thanks to an $80,000 donation from the Lions
Club. It would remain open until an indoor pool was built in East
Bremerton in 1979.
The “other side” of the park — where the 9/11 Memorial exists
now — was once an industrial zone. Steam laundries, coal and gravel
bunkers, and bulk oil storage abounded. One of the oil tanks was
actually an old submarine torpedo boat once known as the
USS Fox. It would take years, and hundreds of thousands of
dollars, to cleanup the area, to include the Chevron site.
In recent years, the park has seen a number of improvements. The
9/11 memorial was
completed in 2013 with private funding. The All-Accessible
was completed in 2014 with a combined $523,000 in grants and
private funding. This year, close to a half-million dollars is
revamp the boat ramp and launch, a combined project by the
state, Port of Bremerton and city.
developer of the Evergreen-Pointe Apartments near the park on
Sheldon Boulevard, was on hand Saturday to answer questions. Her
project, which she says will start “going vertical” in the late
spring, will have a 95 unit complex and a smaller 14 unit one off
Sheldon Boulevard. Williams said she’s working with the city
to establish a public walking path through the middle of
Williams also touched on some retail possibilities in those
spaces she’s constructing, to include a wine bar, bike store and
We won’t have to wait for Bremerton’s newest
bakery to open in its destined space near Evergreen-Rotary
Park. Matt Tinder, the acclaimed baker behind Saboteur,
confirmed to me this week that he’s opening up a retail space at
245 Fourth Street, in the heart of downtown.
Tinder said he’s excited to open as soon as Feb. 1 in
his first permanent space in Bremerton.
“I can’t just be doing popups,” Tinder told me. “I
want to start doing something more than that.”
Tinder and his fiancee Kate Giuggo will share a space
with Envy-Fit, the
pole dancing studio run by Adrienne McLaughlin. Classes will
still be held there toward the back of the building, with Saboteur
occupying the front. Patrons can look forward to “a nice
mixture of pastries” and bread, to include bagels and croissants.
The product will be mostly “savory and healthy,” he said. They’ll
also serve up coffee.
The couple really likes Fourth Street, to include new
Hopps and the
iconic Roxy Theater. Tinder, who grew up on Kauai, recalls
fondly a Roxy theater there too, that has sadly since been
The couple’s longterm plans are to
move in to the Quonset hut off 13th Street near
Evergreen-Rotary Park. But it will take some time to remodel the
steel drum-shaped structure and, as Tinder said, they’re eager to
get going. Currently, he’s baking at a facility in Redmond for the
pop-ups he’s been hosting — a daunting commute.
It’s going to get a lot shorter. Tinder plans to bake at
Evergreen Kitchen just down the street.
And even when the Quonset hut has been transformed into a
commercial bakery, Saboteur would like to stay downtown. He
sees an emergence of nightlife on the street and is
contemplating cooking up pizzas to satisfy nighttime appetites.
If you can’t wait ’til February you’ll want to be at LoveCraft
Brewing Company, 275 Fifth Street, at 4 p.m.
will open a pop-up there at that time. I’ll be near downtown for
monthly Story Walk and plan to stop by. Hope to see you
Remember the rumors of an acclaimed
baker coming to Bremerton? They’re true, and you’ll
even have a chance to try out some product at a special event
Matt Tinder and his fiancee Kate Giuggo, owners of
Saboteur Bakery, will open
a pop-up bakery at 6 p.m. Friday at Honor Bar, 1223 McKenzie
Tinder and Giuggo recently relocated to Bremerton
following stints in San Francisco and Napa Valley, where Tinder
worked at Michelin-starred restaurants. When it came to opening a
bakery, however, they found a lot of red tape in California.
They plan to convert the hut into a commercial
bakery, with deliveries and pickups in the back and retail in the
front. They’d like to open the fenced yard into a grassy picnic
area that feels connected to Evergreen-Rotary Park across the
Tinder said demand for their product around the
region will support their operations. He’s hopeful Bremerton can
help support them, too, but he believes the bakery will be
successful regardless. He sees the city as going through a kind of
revival and wants to be a part of that, even if it takes time,
Tinder said they’re blessed to have a product they
can sell regionally, but do so as Bremerton
changes. “However long it takes, we can wait it out,”
They plan to open in the spring. But in the meantime,
you can get a sneak peek Friday.
UPDATE, Dec. 11: City
officials announced Friday that Washington Avenue will reopen to
traffic on mid-day, Monday, Dec. 14. Some work continues that could
result in intermittent closures but the roadway, including the
intersections at Fifth and Sixth streets will finally be
At long last, paving’s been completed on
Washington Avenue and drivers will see some relief on their
afternoon commutes home.
The city has chosen to keep the southbound lane of
Washington closed until mid-December, in order to get a few more
tasks completed and so it does not further confuse drivers,
according to Bremerton Public Works Director Chal Martin.
“Since folks are used to the one-lane northbound
configuration and the intersection closure, we think it is best
overall to get the work done right with fewer disruptions,” Martin
“Since we only have one lane to work with each way
now, it really makes it much more difficult to get the big trucks
in, and have the room they need to work safely,” Martin said.
The $3.5 million project has narrowed the roadway from four
lanes to two, which made room for wider sidewalks and bike lanes.
The project is also completing a new sewer line that will allow the
city to abandon an environmentally sensitive sewer line on the
Once most of the road work’s done, the crews will be
able to finish off the work at Evergreen-Rotary Park. Now that the
aforementioned sewer beach line will be defunct, there’s no need
for a pump station, roadway and power lines through the middle of
the park. Crews will take those things out and fully connect the
original park with the new 9/11 Memorial via grass and
Here’s the city’s timeline — not quite the October
completion they’d expected.
Paving complete – Thursday, October 15th
Street lights installed and operational – October
Landscaping on Washington – October 30th
Park construction – October 30th to December
Underground (electrical) conversion complete and
street fully reopened – December 18th
Almost two years ago, Karesha Peters traded
her landlord’s grass for a vast city garden in Manette.
She did all the heavy lifting herself, tearing out the lawn and
replacing it with boxed beds now filled with butternut squash,
chard, tomatoes and more.
“He let me rip up his entire front yard,” she joked
of her landlord. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
The work, she says, was all worth it.
“I can’t imagine not growing my own food,” she
The child development specialist, who is originally
from South Africa, got into gardening eight years ago while living
in Seattle. Since moving to Kitsap County, she has grown a garden
on a family property in Seabeck until she started her own in
Manette in early 2014.
She’s honed her craft, as evidenced by her taste for
the boldest flavors around. I’d never had New Zealand Spinach
before, but its sweet flavor makes me struggle to eat anything but
in the Spinach department. Her carrots always go fast at the
market; even if you miss them, don’t worry, because she
overproduced green beans a bit this year following robust demand at
last year’s market for them.
In the spirit of city gardening, she also planted a
healthy amount of strawberries, which she allows the neighborhood
kids to take off the vine for a quick snack.
Almost anytime of year, her garden is in production.
She still loves that first sprout, whenever it may be. “That
initial pop out of the ground gets me every time,” she said.
Artists have frequently found inspiration inside
Bremerton’s Quonset hut, an iconic city dwelling near
Perhaps a baker will soon, too.
An accomplished pastry chef is rumored to be eyeing the
location, at 301 13th Street, according to the
Eater Seattle blog. His name is Matt Tinder, and his resume
includes stints at Michelin-starred locations including The
Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California, and Coi in San
Tinder has a sister in Seattle,
the blog says, and has been looking for a bakery location.
Enter Bremerton. From the
“They ended up finding a space on 13th Street in Bremerton, near
the waterfront and across the street from Evergreen Rotary Park.
The “space” is actually a Quonset hut that Tinder and (his fiance
Kate) Giuggio will transform into their bakery, complete with
retail space too. They’ll start working on the space October 1,
with the aim of opening in February. Ideally they’ll have a “San
Francisco-inspired parklet” in front, as well as picnic space in
Tinder will mill his own grains on site, and he plans to use
entirely Washington ingredients. Expect breads, morning pastries
like croissants and brioches, and “hard-to-find, naturally-leavened
breads.” Much of the ingredients and offerings list is still
evolving, and Tinder will begin building partnerships once his feet
hit the ground in Bremerton.”
So, exciting! Here’s what I’ve been able to find out so far:
I caught up with Quonset hut owner Andrew Johnston, who I
interviewed a few months ago for
my story on the Quonset hut. Johnston said Tinder is a friend
and that he’d love a bakery in the space. But he stopped short of
making any confirmation that Tinder is a tenant, let alone that a
bakery would be opening in February there, as the blog reports.
I checked with the city’s Community Development Office, but
alas, no permits as yet.
And, of course, I knocked on the door of the hut. No luck
I did find Tinder on Twitter. I followed him, and he followed me back. Here’s
hoping I hear from him soon. As soon as I hear more, I will let you
I was startled on my commute this morning to find
asphalt — yes asphalt — where concrete sidewalks should be on the
$3.5 million Washington Avenue project.
As you can see from the photo above, it basically looks like
there’s another street where
sidewalks should be. So what gives?
City officials said in an email earlier this week that yes,
asphalt will have to do on the eastern Washington Avenue sidewalk,
between Sixth and Fifth streets. The reason is that there’s a
proposed development, once called the “Towers
Project,” that the city believes will simply rip the street
open again when construction on it begins.
The reason for their confidence: the development,
begun by Absher Construction, paid upwards of $200,000 for the
city to bury power lines on Washington between Sixth and Fifth
streets. That suggests the project is not just one for the
community development department shelves but that they’re serious
about getting going.
Still, it looks odd, don’t you think?
Other project updates: On Monday, work will
shift to the western side of Washington Avenue. That means that
northbound traffic on Washington will take up the new lane on the
east side, with the western side closed down. There won’t be any
southbound traffic allowed on Washington, and the intersections at
Fifth and Sixth streets will be closed. Contractor RV Associates estimates it
will take seven to eight weeks to complete the western work.
When completed in mid-October — that’s the hope anyway — the
project will have taken the road from four lanes to two, added
wider sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping and decorative
The project also includes the linking of the 9/11 Memorial park
with the wider Evergreen-Rotary Park. In mid-September, crews will
demolish the old end of Highland Avenue and a sewer pump house
there. They’ll plant grass, put in new pathways and create a new
viewing platform of the Port Washington Narrows. Personally, I am
really looking forward to seeing the new park, the design of which
you can see below.
You hear a lot these days about the desire to
have a grocery store in downtown Bremerton. Whenever that
should occur, the new proprietors will be hard pressed to compete
with the freezer section of CJ’s Evergreen General
Store on Park Avenue.
Prime rib. Chicken Piccata. Corned beef and cabbage.
All there, all freshly made and most with local ingredients. And
just about everything costs around $10.
Last time I was in there, I picked up a cup of chili.
Might have been some of the best I’ve ever had. But don’t
take my word for it — the chili was among the best at this year’s
Bowl fundraiser for Bremerton Foodline.
“You might not expect that at the corner grocery
store,” said Cynthia Jeffries, owner of the store since it opened
Jeffries expanded the general store in 2009 to
include a catering business. She brought on the talents of Richard
Kost, a chef with more than two decades’ experience who has headed
the kitchens of numerous Seattle restaurants.
With catering, the duo was able to diversify the
business but also experiment with some other ideas, including the
gourmet freezer section. They’ve been pleasantly surprised by how
well it has done, helping to even build a personal chef
“For me, it’s a chance to do some higher end foods,
right here, with locally sourced products,” Kost said.
Jeffries said a side benefit has been seeing
customers of all different income levels come to enjoy the section.
For families, it can even compete with fast food in terms of value,
but the quality of ingredients is much better. Pints of soup are $5
and other items can even be purchased for less.
“You can’t buy a happy meal for $4,” she points