Suquamish Tribe completes casino expansion

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The Suquamish Tribe put finishing touches this summer on a three-year expansion and renovation of Clearwater Casino Resort. 

Mark Lindquist Campaign KickoffThe project launched in 2013 when lead contractor Korsmo Construction began work on a 700-stall parking garage attached to the casino.

Additional phases included the creation of a 98-room hotel towera fine dining restaurant and café, three commercial kitchens, a sports bar and lounge, a renovated buffet and service area, 3,500 square feet of  non-smoking gaming space, and improvements to the existing gaming floor.

Construction wrapped up at the end of August with the upgrades to the main entrance, according to a news release from Korsmo. Work finished a month ahead of schedule.

Purpose Boutique opening at The Trails

unnamedBremerton-based Purpose Boutique will open a store at The Trails at Silverdale on Monday, becoming the first Kitsap-based business to join the Greaves Way shopping center.

“We could not be more excited for our launch in Silverdale which will create new opportunities for our customers who want to shop and at the same time, change lives around the world,” Purpose CEO Christie Johnson said in a news release.

“We are dedicated to being a business that gives back to the global community and we feel very welcomed at the Trails.”

Purpose, which sells apparel and accessories for “women of all shapes, styles and backgrounds,” first opened in Bremerton in 2013 and added a Kirkland store in 2014. The boutique donates a portion of its sales to charities that combat human trafficking.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for noon on Sept. 30, followed by a grand opening celebration Oct. 1.

sierratradingpost-logoThe Trails also will welcome a discount outdoor gear store and burger joint this fall.

Sierra Trading Post is slated to open in October. Silverdale will be the first Washington location for Sierra, which does most its business online.

The Habit Burger Grill is expected to open in November, adding a sixth dining option to the development. The California-based fast-casual chain has one other restaurant in Washington.

Salad-to-go shop expanding to Silverdale

Barely seven months after opening in Poulsbo, owners of a salad-to-go shop are planning a second location in Silverdale.

b0012681003-278298Greens On Your Way founder Jenn Fredericksen signed a lease Friday on the  9517 Silverdale Way space recently vacated by Genuine Burgers. 

Fredericksen plans to sell her grab-and-go gourmet salads at the shop, along with wraps, pita sandwiches, soups, smoothies and espresso.

The new location could open in October.

“Hopefully Silverdale will be a good spot for us,” Fredericksen said.

Fredericksen, who also owns latte stands in North Kitsap, opened the first Greens On Your Way in February on Poulsbo’s Viking Avenue.

b0012681071-45912The business applies the coffee stand model to fresh-made salads, allowing drivers to grab packaged greens on the go. The shop encourages customers to pre-order their salads online, further streamlining sales.

Fredericksen said the concept caught on in Poulsbo, despite the shop being located on the edge of town.

“The feedback has been great,” she said.

The Silverdale Way space doesn’t have a drive-thru, but Fredericksen said two parking stalls will be designated as drive up spaces, where customers can have salads delivered to their car window.

You can check the Greens On Your Way Facebook page for updates.

Opening date set for DICK’S Sporting Goods in Silverdale

dicksDICK’S Sporting Goods plans to open its Silverdale store by the end of the month.

DICK’S will hold “preview days” on Sept. 28 and 29, followed by a grand opening celebration Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, according to a post the store’s website.

Former Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg will appear at the store from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 1. You can click here to see additional grand opening promotions.

The athletic and outdoor gear retailer is setting up shop in a 45,000-square-foot space on the west side of Kitsap Mall. About 30,000 square feet was added to the mall’s footprint to accommodate the store.

DICK’S recently announced it would hire about 70 employees to staff the Silverdale location.

This is the first DICK’S store west of Puget Sound.

Genuine Burgers calls it quits in Silverdale

b0012681623-683837Silverdale’s Genuine Burgers was a bold culinary experiment.

The restaurant served traditional fast-food fare with a slow-food philosophy, making nearly everything on its menu — the burgers, buns, milkshakes, fries, even ketchup  — from scratch each day.

b0012681629-651327The staff ground grass-fed beef each morning for the fresh burger patties, which were cooked a full 15 minutes on lower heat to avoid drying out the meat.

“We do things a little bit differently here,” owner Stephen Foster-Shaner told the Kitsap Sun’s Terri Gleich in an interview earlier this year.

The experiment didn’t work out in the end.

Foster-Shaner closed Genuine Burgers on Sunday citing a multitude of factors:

You can read our February profile of Genuine Burgers here.

Application filed for Poulsbo storage facility

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A self storage company is moving ahead with plans for a four-story facility near Safeway in Poulsbo.

self.storageSite plan and critical area permit applications were filed for a 90,000-square-foot facility to be constructed on 2.55 acres at the southwest corner of Lincoln Road and 10th Avenue, according to a notice published this month by the city.

The hillside site is situated just east of Highway 305 and south of Safeway.

Two floors of the building would be above ground on the east (uphill side of the property), with two stories below ground.

All four stories would be above ground on the west (downhill) side.

Customers would access the facility from Lincoln Road and 10th Avenue.

A 100-foot buffer would protect the south fork of Dogfish Creek on the southwest corner of the property.

The applicant is Urban Self Storage of Seattle, which also operates facilities near Keyport and on Bainbridge Island. A subsidiary of Urban Self Storage bought the Poulsbo property from Union Bank in 2014 for $545,000, according to county documents.

Building rendering by Jackson | Main Architecture, via the city of Poulsbo.

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Local food market adding Kingston location

kitsapfreshlogoKitsap Fresh is adding a Kingston location, just in time for the fall harvest.

The local food co-op, which allows members to order online from local farms and pickup produce from a central distribution hub, will celebrate the launch of a new pickup site at Downpour Brewing in Kingston from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Prospective members can learn more about Kitsap Fresh at the event, which will also feature live music and specials on beer growlers.

Kingston is the third location for Kitsap Fresh, which also has pickup spots in Poulsbo and Bremerton. More are planned. 

Downpour is located at 10991 NE State Hwy 104, next to The Cup & Muffin.

Stalled Poulsbo apartment project may be moving again

It’s been a few years since we’ve had any news to report on the Edward Rose project, a massive residential development planned for the corner of Highway 305 and Bond Road in Poulsbo.

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That changed this Thursday, as the city announced pre-application materials had been filed for the development, which would create 552 apartment units, 160-units of senior housing, a commercial plaza, and 34 acres of landscaping and open space, spread across 57 acres.

Access would be from Bond Road and Highway 305, with a connection to Vetter Road also planned.

A pre-application meeting is scheduled for Oct. 4. The pre-application process allows developers to informally discuss plans with city staff because filing a land use application.

A master plan for Edward Rose was approved in 2011, but the project never broke ground.

Edward Rose & Sons is a development company based in Michigan.

Kitsap real estate market was still hot in August

Kitsap’s real estate market ended the summer season with a bang.

Listings, sales and prices were all up in August, according to the latest numbers from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. 

More “for sale” signs popped up across the county last month, with 591 new listings added. About 970 homes were available in August, down 6 percent from August of 2015, marking a slight improvement in inventory from earlier in the year.

Sales continued at a torrid pace. More than 630 homes were pending in August, a 13 percent increase from last year. Closed sales were up 22 percent.

Kitsap’s median home price (including condominiums) bumped up to $292,000, up 12.3 percent from August of 2015.

Here’s a graphical look at real estate trends in the county:

And here’s a map showing real estate statistics by submarket:

Four Kitsap companies in running for $20k prize

IMG_20150103_143133Four Kitsap County based businesses were among 11 semifinalists announced Friday for Kitsap Bank’s $20,000 edg3 FUND prize. 

The Kitsap competitors left standing are Bushel & Barrel Ciderhouse of Poulsbo, Silver Creek Angus, LLC. of Kingston, The Smithshyre of Poulsbo and Unique and Chic Event Rentals and Design of Port Orchard. Brett Marlo Design Build of Gig Harbor was also a semifinalists. 

A public vote will help determine five finalists, who will compete in a live finale Nov. 17 at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton. A panel of judges will pick the winner.

Now in its third year, the edg3 FUND contest recognizes businesses that contribute to their communities economically, socially and environmentally.

Click here for more info.