The cupcake craze is
supposed to be over, right?
Baker Trisha O’Meara isn’t buying it.
“People always say that,” she said. “Then they come in and eat
O’Meara just opened her cupcake shop, Goody
Cottage, in a little house in Kitsap Lake Junction, across
the street from the Red Apple grocery store. She transplanted the
business from Southern California, where she first started selling
cupcakes out of a converted ice cream van.
O’Meara bakes cupcakes in a few dozen different flavors,
and whips up batches of Parisian macarons (not to be
confused with macaroons), gourmet cookies, breakfast muffins, and
tres leches cakes served in Ball jars.
She plans to keep store hours Thursday through Saturday at
6715 Kitsap Way. She takes orders everyday by phone for delivery or
Goody Cottage can be reached at 760-672-6405, and found
on Facebook and on
The CVS pharmacy on Highway
305 in Poulsbo will open its doors Sunday.
construction since early summer, the pharmacy is the third in
Washington for CVS, which recently opened a location in
Burien. A fast food restaurant was also approved for the
Poulsbo site, but has yet to be announced.
The store replaced a building that was long home to
the perpetually-liquidating Northwest Design Center, and, more
recently, a Bad Blanche
CVS shoppers will find a full-service pharmacy with drive
thru, health and beauty products, personal care items, general
merchandise, food and a digital photo lab.
One thing customers won’t find is cigarettes. CVS
discontinued tobacco sales earlier this year.
Store hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven
days a week. Pharmacy hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday,
and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The store is located at the
corner of Highway 305 and Hostmark Street.
The Washington health insurance exchange website was back
up and running Sunday morning.
Exchange staff took down the Healthplanfinder
after the launch of the open enrollment period Saturday, when
it was discovered tax credits were being incorrectly
The glitch was fixed and the site relaunched at 8 a.m. Saturday,
according to a statement from Washington Health Benefit Exchange
CEO Richard Onizuka:
At 8 a.m., Washington Healthplanfinder
was open, available and correctly receiving 2015 tax credit
information from the state’s Department of Social and Health
Services (DSHS) eligibility service.
Soon after opening yesterday morning,
our quality control team saw that the 2015 tax credit amounts
coming from the state’s eligibility system were incorrect. In order
to protect consumers from submitting incorrect applications, the
Exchange took Washington Healthplanfinder offline to resolve
the issue. The Exchange worked with its system partner DSHS
to identify the tax credit issue, implement the necessary fix and
test the system throughout the evening to ensure it was
The Exchange’s new system and
application monitoring processes allowed us to
quickly identify this issue. The speed
in recognizing that Washington Healthplanfinder was receiving
incorrect tax credit data
prevented thousands of consumers from running into issues with
We have identified fewer than 800
customers who had their eligibility determined incorrectly and less
than 150 hundred customers who scheduled payment. We will be
contacting each person to provide them with their accurate tax
Our consumers are always top
of mind in making any decision related to Washington
Healthplanfinder. Consumers expect to be selecting and
purchasing health coverage with the correct information.
While we recognize that this Saturday was an inconvenience, being
able to provide correct information to our customers is paramount
to what we do.”
The Kitsap business community will mark Global Entrepreneurship
Week with a lineup of forums and workshops.
Topics for the seven scheduled discussions range from creating
innovative places of business, to managing social media, and the
universally-relevant subject of “How Not To Screw Up.”
Events begin Monday and wrap up Friday. You can see the schedule
below and find more detailed information at the
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance website.
Flyer 2014 Final
Pending and closed homes sales activity remained brisk in
Kitsap County in October, following September’s burst of
Both pending sales (429) and closed sales (378) were up
roughly 15 percent in October, compared with the same period in
2013, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing
The uptick in sales put further strain on the
inventory of available homes, which was 15 percent lower in October
than in 2013. Continue reading
The Healthplanfinder website will be down until 8 a.m. Sunday,
according to its Twitter
The Washington health insurance exchange experienced some
early turbulence Saturday during the
launch of its open enrollment period.
The Healthplanfinder website
was taken down after it was discovered tax credit calculations
weren’t accurate. These statements were posted
on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website:
Washington Healthplanfinder is currently unavailable due to a
quality control finding by our staff earlier this morning. Our
staff is working with our system partners from the Department of
Social and Human Services (DSHS) to resolve incorrect eligibility
results for 2015 health insurance premium tax credit amounts. We
are working to fix this issue as quickly as possible and expect to
be back online sometime tomorrow morning on Sunday, Nov. 16. Thank
you for your patience as we work to ensure that customers receive
correct information from Healthplanfinder.
The Exchange’s quality control process has determined
that 2015 tax credit amounts are currently being
incorrectly calculated. As a result the Exchange is taking
Washington Healthplanfinder offline in order to resolve the
In preparation for year two, the Exchange had in place
quality control review to capture any irregularities that
might appear in applications during the first few hours of
This review process discovered that the state’s Eligibility
System and Washington Healthplanfinder were providing 2015 tax
credit amounts that were inaccurate, sometimes by as little as
a few dollars. Understanding the challenge this could create
for consumers, we are erring on the side of caution and taking
the system offline to fully address the issue.
The Exchange and DSHS staff will be working closely
together to identify the solution and hope to have the site
back up as soon as possible. Privileged users are advised to
not process paper applications until further notice.
Planned Weekend Maintenance:
Washington Healthplanfinder will be unavailable during the
- Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, Nov 16 at 5
- Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m. to Monday, Nov 17 at 4 a.m.
federal data services, DSHS and eligibility service
Users will see a message at wahbexchange.org that
Healthplanfinder is closed for maintenance at this
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Recreational marijuana businesses in Kitsap County generated
$688,394 in revenue by the end of October, paying $172,099 in state
excise tax, according to Liquor
Control Board records.
Those figures included two producer/processor businesses and two
retail stores that have recorded sales so far.
One more store and and another producer processor are just
coming online in the county.
Retail sales ($363,803) overtook wholesale marijuana
sales ($324,591) by the end of October.
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Bainbridge Island sales tax software firm Avalara
a $100 million investment Monday.
The injection of capital came from an affiliate
of private equity firm
Warburg Pincus, according to a news release.
“This investment by Warburg Pincus will allow us to put more
dollars to work in our growth initiatives,” Avalara founder and CEO
Scott McFarlane said in the announcement. “It also validates our
fundamental belief that sales tax compliance automation is
inevitable, and Avalara is at the forefront of this movement.”
According to the release, the company’s growth
plans include international expansion and strategic
acquisitions. Including the investment by Warburg Pincus,
Avalara has raised more than $200 million since 2004.
Avalara provides cloud-based software that helps companies
comply with complex sales tax requirements. The company’s
headquarters are located in the Island Gateway development,
near Highway 305.
According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Warburg
Pincus investment comes
amid rumors Avalara could go public.
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On the eve of
Veterans Day, the state’s WorkSource
program announced a new web tool for connecting veterans
and other departing service members with civilian employment.
The web portal, called Veterans Military
Crosswalk, allows users to filter job postings using their
Military Occupation Code. The site identifies which available
jobs are most relevant to their military experience.
Users can sign up for email and mobile alerts when relevant job
openings are posted.
“I can think of no better way to honor our state’s
veterans than to make it easier for them to find jobs when they
return home,” Employment Security
Department Commissioner Dale Peinecke said in a news
release. “The new job translator is a major service
improvement for our veteran customers.”
The unemployment rate among Washington’s 632,000
military veterans was 7.1 percent in 2013. According to the
release, WorkSource career centers placed nearly 21,000
veterans into jobs at an average wage of $35,600 per
year between July 2013-June 2014.
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Coldwell Banker McKenzie
merged with Coldwell Banker Bain
this month, becoming the franchise’s 23rd office in
Barb and Rod McKenzie have owned the Bainbridge office
since 2002. Barb said the merger allows them to
offer clients access to more resources, while keeping their
sales team intact.
“All of us are thrilled with the merger and eager to
continue representing our clients in the most exciting times of
their lives, buying or selling their homes,” Barb said in an
Barb will continue as principal managing partner
of Coldwell Banker Bain on Bainbridge.
“Barb and her brokers are a very professional group who
take pride in their superior knowledge of Bainbridge
Island,”Coldwell Banker Bain President Mike Grady said in a
Coldwell Banker Bain is based in Bellevue.