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My Favorite book store in Poulsbo.

Walk into Liberty Bay Book on any give day and you are in for a treat. Like an old friend I love to go down and visit as often as I can. Their goal has always been to be part of our community and over the years that is just what they have become.  All the beautiful books hand picked by the owner Suzanne,  If they don’t have something in stock they happily  place book orders daily and can find just about anything!   No need to go anywhere else to sit and enjoy their great espresso,on their  comfy couch, allowing you to enjoy the  FREE WI-FI. They have book clubs, writing groups, and knitting groups can also be found monthly meeting and enjoying making friends. This is the kind of feeling you can’t get at the large book stores in the big cities. This is the go to  bookstore  that  the Local authors come to and want their books to be part of.  The number one reason for this is Suzanne, she is amazing always putting her community first, always hosting events and coming up with fun ideas to draw people in.   I can’t wait to have my first book published being displayed on her shelf for all to see, hosting my first book release party!
Here are some previews of what they have to offer here to their customers.
Your first stop should always be here!
  • BOOK CHOICES: We always stock current bestsellers (hardcover fiction, mystery and young adult is 20% off every day), but we also like to offer an eclectic variety of other titles. Every book in our store is hand-picked to reflect our book knowledge and interests. Check out the Staff favorite shelves!
  • MORE THAN BOOKS: We offer greeting cards, Bananagrams, journals, toys, sleep shirts, buttons, magnets, necklaces and our very own store shirt.  Kikkerland windup toys (staff favorite) and other unique items. The Liberty Bay Books Chico reusable bags are here! Each time you buy or use the bag, we’ll donate to your favorite local charity. Ask us!
  • USED BOOKS: We also carry lightly used/recycled books. Look for them in your favorite section and in the specially priced boxes. You can always bring in your used books for credit on anything in the store.
  • ONLINE CONVENIENCE: Take your time, browse online, and save 20% off. Pick up your order in the store and skip the shipping costs altogether.
  • GIFT CARDS: Our cards can be used in our store ONLY. They’re a great idea for ALL Holidays
  • SPECIALTY: We offer a wide range of titles in our Scandinavian and Nautical/Boating sections, including fiction, non-fiction, manuals & guidebooks, reference, history and choices for children.
  • AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS: If you missed our recent events, we have autographed copies of books from Kiyo Marsh & Laura Cooper, June Cotner, Amy Waeschle, Kristin Hannah, George Shannon, Megan Chance, Rebecca Wells and Suzanne Selfor, Josie Brown, Jane Smiley, Eileen Goudge, Joshilyn Jackson, Tatjana Soli, Jamie Ford.. For your copies, stop by the store, send us an e-mail or order online.
Down Town Poulsbo is just Magical!

So don’t just go down to down town for a viking doughnut, go for an experience and start that experience at Liberty bay Book! Here is their information.

Liberty Bay Books
18881 D Front St
Poulsbo, WA 98370

hours 8a to 6p, Mon-Thurs, Fri-Sat 8a to 7p, Sun 11a to 4p

The books are just one reason LB Books is the best!

On a side note, A year ago I became not just a customer but a friends with Suzanne over the first year of writing, blogging, and doing PR events Suzanne has been there for me answering questions, giving me advice, encouraging me the entire way.  I am so blessed to have her in my life. Anyone that needed her help or guidance she would be there for them, this is just the type of person that she is! This is just what we need in our community and why Liberty bay books has been a staple of our community for years.

A great place for you to get your hair done in Poulsbo.

Yesterday I went to my favorite salon in Poulsbo, Dirty Hairy’s salon on Jensen Way. This is a place that I look forward to going and getting my hair done. Tessa is a talented  artist Always being treated like company, in their “home” All of the lovely ladies that work their always show their clients  undivided attention they always show  make me feel like I’m not just a person sitting in their chair just to collect the $20.00, but that you are one of their girlfriends.

I’m always so  happy to be playing on my laptop writing for the blog, using the free wifi that they offer to anyone that goes there. Tessa told me they got wifi so people could still do work while they were there on a lunch break not missing a beat while they waited for their color to be done or wait their turn to have their hair done. It just makes sense in a busy way of life these girls catered to us.

Tessa has been living in the area for about two years. “I have been a stylist for 20 years and a salon owner for 13 years. When I moved here my goal was to open a salon within one year. Big goal… “ Moving here from Spokane she left everything and everyone she knew and headed to Poulsbo to start her new life. While waiting to find the perfect place Tessa rented a chair at a local salon until she was able to build a name and client list for herself. “Eight months later, that is just what I did.” In the mean time she met and became friends with Stylist Kimbery Ulbright & soon they started looking for the perfect place to run their own salon becoming co-owners & partners of Dirty Hairy’s salon & together they opened in July 2009. Then the third lady of the Salon Alison Hanford called and asked if there was a chair for rent and the rest is history! Alison is a perfect fit to the trio! They are a great team.

“ I love the small town feel and the way the people work together to improve each others success.” Tessa said.
Owning her own business gives Tessa the freedom to also make her own schedule, making way to give her the balance between work and family. Tessa enjoy’s making her own rules. “I have always been more of a leader than a follower when it comes to most things. It seems to have worked so far.” On the down-side, for owning her own business she feels that there is a lot of responsibility to keep things running smoothly and make sure everyone is happy.

When asked if there was anything she would like to change in Poulsbo she said “I would get rid of the one hour parking signs so people can enjoy more time roaming around” Tessa is a true believer that more people should help support the local small businesses, so someday all of the windows will be lit up rather than empty! In the future The Salon hope there will be a Dirty Hairy’s magnet on all of the refrigerators in kitsap county within the next five years! As a salon owner Tessa has learned how to see people as individuals, and then to take that and use it as a tool to give each person a pleasurable experience. When she chose to open the salon in Poulsbo It was because she enjoyed the view of the bay and the historical downtown “feel”. Tessa always believe’s your business will grow if you work where you play. “I love it here! The people in this community are very original. We fit in here. Dirty Hairy’s is one of a kind!”

When I first went to see Tessa I realized that I was hooked and more then likely would never go anywhere else. I have told everyone and anyone that will listen that this is the best kept secret in town & in selfish way hope it would stay that way so I wouldn’t have to wait a month to get a hair cut! I figure I better book early because Tessa’s going to be booked months in advance before long. A super thing that this salon does is make it so that in this economy they keep their  prices  so reasonable. I think that people are important to them and that our town is important to them. They add that spark this little town needs. I am so lucky to have been able to come and check them out! I can’t wait for the next 6 weeks to fly by so I can come back!

My History of Poulsbo.

My history of Poulsbo…..

This week I am going to Highlight Poulsbo. I am going to hit on some of the great things to do and highlight things in and around Poulsbo. My Dad’s Mother’s family moved from Terry Montana to Poulsbo on March 20th, 1942. Being that my great grandma was norwegian and my great grandpa was German, they wouldn’t let them live in the city limits, so they were able to buy land on Lincoln Road. Where they raised their family of seven children & now over a hundred of us get together at family picnics and Christmas times. The new Poulsbo is full of wonderful events. people, and festivals. businesses that help the town thrive. This week I will work on the beginning to the present day of Poulsbo. We are looking for giveaways from Poulsbo area businesses and hope that we will get alot more followers. So not only am I Kingstongirl, but I am Poulsbogirl!

I feel so excited to really reach my blogging love for the North End Keeping you truly up to date on what is going on in the North end. I am excited to do so many fun and exciting things in the area this new year.  I can not believe that the past year went so fast.  What this year will take all of us. I am driven and full of goals for myself. A check list for so many life moments.

Thanks for being so wonderful, without my readers I would be lost.

A beautiful event from a beautiful Young Lady.

When most teen’s are centered around themselves and their peers, Alex Cowan, Miss Kingston is giving the children in foster care a voice, a face to the name. Something for us to remember what these children need. When Alex was running for Miss Kingston she used foster care as her platform. Being a foster child herself. Alex knows first hand how important it is to have people open their hearts and homes to children that might other wise never have that family they so lovingly deserve.
Friday December 3rd Alex is going to be  hosting a Dinner Benefit as Miss Kingston for Alex’s  platform that revolves around Foster Children of the Community. The dinner will include a lasagna main dish along with salad and breadsticks with desserts to follow, to live music on Friday, Alex is  holding the event at Bayside Community Church.   Joining her  is princess and close friend, Brooke Beltico a long time friend the two have  known one another sense they were in 5th grade.  Brooke being the friend she  is will be showing support for Alex at this event!

Showing Kingston High School students are involved in the evening as well.  They will be providing two dinner times. Seatings at 6:00 PM or 7:30 PM for whatever one suites people the best. Tickets are $10.00 per person in advance or $12.00 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to support local foster children.  Alex  has such a huge passion for Foster Children, due to the wonderful little faces in and out of  her home, especially the little boy that they are  wishing to adopt soon and the two little girls that just became her sisters as of November 19th 2010. What a way to celebrate National Adoption month!
Having  always had a heart to change something that Alex is so very  passionate about for this world or community, and this mission she feels that she has been given is an awesome blessing. If any questions there is a group on Facebook called “Face’s of an Urgent Story, Foster Care Benefit Dinner” Contact number will be (360) 621-5801.

Join me in This Weekend.

I know that this weekend is going to be the big one in the Northend.  With all the Craft Fairs, Festivals, kicking off the holiday season!  The best one of all is the one that I am doing “The Kingstongirlnews Event Craft, Food, Vendor & Gift fair. With over 40 vendors! Santa Pictures from 12-3PM. Family pictures you can have taken by Sarah Schoenberg. Pizza from the Kingston Pizza Factory, Cupcakes from Bella Bella Cupcakes, Yummy Coffee and Sandwiches from Treeroot Espresso!!

Here is all the information you need to know!

November 6th 2010


The Poulsbo Park & Rec Center on Front Street.

Come have a fun time and invite your family and friends!

There are so many things to do that I haven’t been able to keep up!

I want to post on here more then I do. Being Kingstongirl , doing fun Kingstongirl events,  along with my Sunday night spots with outlaw radio, and the every day life I have as a writer. It isn’t the easiest thing to remember what to write for the coming and goings for the North End.  The holidays coming wont make that any easier. SO I don’t want to miss anything at all! I want to be spot on for all the fun and exciting events that the North End has so if you have an event and you want me to talk about it or put a post up about it. I would love for you to email me directly at Please no spam. I will only answer and open emails that are directly related in the subject line for a Kitsap events.

Thanks readers!

The Spot Light Paws event Tomorrow night!!!!

I know that this is the time of the year that everyone is trying to raise money and awareness for so many events.  This one takes the cake on much needed funding for the North End. Being the proud mother of three “Fur” babies all three of them Shitzu’s Howie, Sophie & Minnie. I know that the three of them have made my life so much fuller and so much better for having them in my life.  So this Spot Light Paws event tomorrow night is a near to my heart event and I would love to have all my readers join in on a wonderful and important event.

Tickets to the Spotlight on PAWS dinner/auction and gala that is happening tomorrow- Oct 9th at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. We will have over 200 items up for auction, including trips, experiences, local art and handmade jewelery, and gift certificates to services. All in the company of animal lovers. Tickets are still available can and can be purchased at our website – –

I was given this information and wanted to pass it on to all of the animal lovers out there. If you are not in the area you are more then welcome to donate anything you can. In this hard time we are facing as a country we often forget about our four legged friends. Take a moment to read this and remember them and all the unconditional love that they give to us.
On the heels of the economic melt-down two years ago, PAWS conducted a thorough program assessment, interviewed dozens of animal supporters, and made some tough decisions. Despite the temptation to pull back on services, PAWS decided to draw on its reserves to address critical needs in our animal-loving community.

In this economy, even seemingly routine veterinary necessities are resulting in neighbors faced with the unthinkable — having to give up their cherished pet, or euthanize it, purely for financial reasons.

PAWS of B.I. and North Kitsap is proud to be one of only two animal organizations in all of Western Washington to offer direct veterinary financial assistance for pets of low-income residents. In coordination with four area food banks and seven veterinary clinics, PAWS provides up to $125 in veterinary care per year, per pet, for up to two pets of qualifying low-income residents. Costs for this program have skyrocketed, but it has provided a financial and emotional lifeline for hundreds of local families and the pets they cherish.

The new Pet Food for Food Banks program has offered additional support, in the form of high-quality donated pet food that we deliver to four local food banks. When picking up food for their family, low-income pet owners can also pick up food for their pet. More than nine tons have been delivered so far.

As part of our ongoing 35-year-old commitment to reduce pet overpopulation, PAWS has continued free or low-cost spay/neuter services to low-income families. We’ve seen a large spike in requests from families newly on the brink, including many families unaccustomed to asking for help — small business owners, military families with loved ones deployed overseas, elderly whose retirement income has shriveled.

In addition to the critical services mentioned above, PAWS has initiated two low-cost volunteer-based programs that both serve to “strengthen the bond of companionship between pets and their people.” Pet Remembrance Gatherings offered by local counselor Jeremy Mays address a family’s emotional response upon the loss of a beloved family pet. And the PAWS Buddy Brigade is beginning visits to nursing homes, libraries, and other facilities, where their compassionate visits bring well-documented physical and emotional benefits.

In all, these programs comprise an economically efficient and very well-focused effort to direct compassionate care where it is most needed. We humbly ask for your financial support to help us continue meeting community needs with confidence. In sum, these program expansions have added over $40,000 to our annual budget. For 2011, we do not expect the need to subside.

In case you missed the article in the BI Review last Friday about our new program the PAWS Buddy Brigade. Here’s a link:

I truly hope that you will take a few minutes and tell a few people about this amazing event.

what’s going on this weekend in the North End.

Join us tonight at the Firehouse theater for a Kingstongirl Night out at the 8:00 p.m. showing of Wall street 20 years after the original, revolving around the 2008 financial crisis. The film’s plot mainly centers around the reformed Gekko acting as more of an antihero rather than a villain and follows. Adults tickets are $9.00 and you will be able to enjoy popcorn with real butter! Also playing this weekend is a family friendly movie Legend of the Guardians a PG movie 2:00, 4:40, 7:00 and (Fri/Sat only) 9:20 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is based on the first three installments of the book series: The Capture, The Journey, and The Rescue.

Also in Kingston is

8th Annual Auction Compassionate transportation assistance for women receiving treatment for breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer at the Kingston Community Center.  Saturday, October 2, 2010. 4-7 PM. A silent Auction preview at 3:30 PM. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts & beverages will be served. Tickets are $10.00 and include a complimentary wine or beer.

Live auction items include: A week at Pueblo Bonito in Cabo, Adirondack Chair and Foot Stool, Wimbledon Bed and Breakfast Vacation, The inn at Port Ludlow Gift Certificate; and much more …Sponsored by Kitsap physical therapy, United Health Care, Harrison Medical Center, Liberty Bay Bank, Kingston Fitness and Clear Creek RV Center

Farmers Markets to enjoy for a few more weeks.

SUQUAMISH: Wednesday, 3-7 PM in Downtown Suquamish

HANSVILLE: Thursdays, 12 – 4 PM at Dragonfly Nurseries on Hansville Road

POULSBO: Saturdays, 9 AM – 1 PM at the Poulsbo Village Medical/Dental Parking Lot

KINGSTON: Saturdays, 9 AM – 2 PM at the Marina in Kingston

PORT GAMBLE: Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM in Port Gamble

In Portgamble This weekend.

Fall Stash Dash October 1-3, 2010
Time: Friday/Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Quilted Strait
Enjoy fall on the North Olympic and North Kitsap Peninsulas as you dash around to each of the seven shops and spruce up your stash. You will be able to pick up a passport stamped and get your free fat quarter. You must visit all seven shops to be eligible for the prizes being drawn. Turn in your completed passport as the last shop you visit and you will be entered in the prize drawing.

Fall Festival October 2, 2010 –
Time: 10:00Am-4:00PM
Location: Port Gamble Plateau
Join us for the first annual Port Gamble Fall Festival. This is a perfect event to celebrate fall with the whole family. Hay rides, live country music, carnival games, pumpkin flinging contest and more! & ITS FREE TO GET IN!!!!!!!!!! & TO PARK!!!!!!

Port Gamble Ghost Walk October 2, 2010 – FULL
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Begin at the Port Gamble Museum
Fee: $15/person; Reservation Required
This will be a guided tour by our museum curator throughout town with stops at places with reported supernatural activity. Infrared cameras and recorders are allowed and encouraged. Dress in weather appropriate clothing. The tour will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. Feel free to call  or email for upcoming showings or to see if there is anyone that canceled.

In Hansville this weekend


Saturday, October 2, 7 PM

Buck Lake Community Center

Our popular fall fund raiser re-creates the community Center into a biergarten. Local microbrewery beer tasting and a German sausage, potato salad meal with the accompaniment of a German band were introduced last year. A raffle of Octoberfest theme items enhanced the attendees evening. This year we are adding the opportunity for dancing…important at any Octoberfest.
Enjoy this sunny weekend!
KGirl (about town!)

Kingston Food Bank is in great need of help!

The food bank in Kingston is in great need of our help. We must pull together and lend a hand, any donation will help,  be it food or monetary.  I know each of us have either been in the position of having to use a food bank or know someone that has had to use them. They are there for you in a time of need, a time when you can’t afford to feed yourself or your family.  It make a difference to a child going to bed hungry or going to bed with a full tummy. When you walk in the warm welcome you always receive from the people that work there most of them giving their time freely to help our community. You don’t have to live in Kingston or in the North end for that matter to donate. Once again the community of Kingston has gathered and rallied around the food bank.

Over this weekend the Kingston Community pitched in! Here are a list of the wonderful things and the wonderful businesses that help out with out ever giving it another thought.

Over Labor Day weekend (9/3-9/6) certain Kingston businesses will be collecting donations to help save the Kingston Food Bank. Please do what you can to help re-stock their bare cupboards and spread the word.

Some businesses are giving special deals if you bring in donations. Westside Pizza wil be giving a 15% discount to anyone who donates 5 items. Angel’s Moe Joe Coffee will give a discount with any donation. The Filling Station will give you a FREE appetizer coupon with 3 items donated.

Other businesses have bins waiting to be filled too. You can find them at:

The Quilt Shop

Clever Gifts

Country Pet Shoppe

The Grub Hut

Firehouse Theater

Henery Hardware

Napa Auto Parts

Harbor Hair Design

Kingston Liquor Store

Windermere Real Estate

Kingston Crossing Chiropractic

Lucky Star Consignment


Please try and remember that even after the weekend the donations are still needed. Make sure you step into the stores and restaurants that helped support the food bank.  It is these amazing businesses that help the city of Kingston heart stay beating.

Fall time in North Kitsap.

Wow! Where did the summer go? We only had a few hot days never more then a few days in a row. I know that I am not the only one that feels like we were past over by mother nature this time. With that being said and my flip flops and capri’s preparing for the Summer clothes tote. Gone are the summer BBQ’s and the fire pits at night. I have to say that even though the weather was a bit cooler then I wanted, my summer was the best I have had in a very long time. I was able to see and do things that I will forever remember and look back on.

What are some of the things that you did this summer that you will remember forever?

I have many things to look forward to this fall and I am sure you do too. Here some ideas for you to do in September.

All of these events are events that Kingstongirl/girl about town will be a part of. If you have an event you would like me to cover or a product to try so I can review it please feel free to let me know!

Tonight at Meet and Greet with Kingstongirl! Dinner at the Ale house at 6:00pm. Then we are going to meet up at the firehouse theater at 8:00pm for the showing of Eat, Love, Pray.

Then Next Friday at 5-7 we are doing a meet and greet for Girl about town ( Kinstongirl) A wine tasting at Harbor Square wine shop on Bainbridge. This is a free event and I would love to meet all my readers.

Going to a hotel review on September 11tth, 12th & 13th. The Cascade loop is on my to do list. We are staying at the Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, Cambles in Lake Chelan, and The Bavarian Ritz in Leavenworth.

Create A fall wreath.
September 9 · 10:30am – 12:00pm

Location Nancy’s Green Garden

Created By

More Info We will be demonstrating some lovely fall wreaths using grapevines, hydrangeas and other fall colors. We will have supplies available for purchase so you can create your own fall wreath at home.
Please call to reserve a spot for this popular demonstration.
September 11 · 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Location Raab Park – Poulsbo, WA

Created By

More Info An event for the whole family! Starting with a 9/11 tribute. Three great bands performing, wonderful food, beer & wine garden, dunk tank, games, & more. Free admission, but donations welcome. Proceeds go to Eli’s Place & the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce. Please join our fan page & tell your friends too!

September 19-24th we will touring the Oregon Coast and staying at many great places that I can’t wait to share with all of you.

A Benefit for Kitsap Regional Library Foundation

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

Location: 200 Madison Avenue N., Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110-1812

Featured Guests:

Jane Smiley, author, Private Life

Joshilyn Jackson, author, Backseat Saints

• Josie Brown, author, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

• Eileen Goudge, author, Once in a Blue Moon

• Tatjana Soli, author, The Lotus Eaters

What they have to say is just as insightful as what they have to write about
love, lust, longing, and redemption.

Buy-tickets-now Price: $50/ticket

Price includes a copy of Josie Brown’s latest novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

The most recent titles of all participating authors will be sold at the event, along with some of the authors’ popular backlisted titles.

You may also purchase books online when you buy your tickets.

These will be mailed to you prior to the event, or you can pick them up at the Will-Call booth on the day of the event.


Includes a private pre-event catered reception and special book signing with the authors, all five books, reserved seating, two drink tickets, and a special gift bag.


$8 Off for Groups of 8 or More!

Take 7 friends or more, and the price is $42/ticket
Includes reserved seating,
and Josie Brown’s novel Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives.

For VIP or Group tickets,
call Peter Raffa
at 360-475-9039

This event is a fundraiser for Kitsap Regional  Library Foundation.

The Foundation raises, manages, and allocates funds to support library programs which benefit all the communities that make up Kitsap County. The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Kitsap Regional Library and was established as a non-profit organization in 1991. Tax limitations, growth in library use, and rising costs have made it harder for the Library to provide quality service to its communities.

The Foundation’s challenge is to seek funding to enhance library services and programs beyond the scope of tax-based funding for a nine-branch system, with libraries on Bainbridge Island, downtown Bremerton, Kingston, Little Boston,  Manchester, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale, and Sylvan Way.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation is qualified to receive tax-deductible donations. The Foundation looks forward to future projects and to its continued support of the Library in its efforts to provide the best possible service to the citizens of Kitsap County.