New Silverdale Starbucks opens, old store closes

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Starbucks giveth and Starbucks taketh away.

A new Starbucks store with drive thru opened early Wednesday morning near the northeast corner of Silverdale Way and Bucklin Hill Road. The previous Bucklin Hill location, next to Haggen, has closed.

“Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers,” a spokeswoman for the coffee giant said in an email. 

Construction began this spring on the new 2,400-square-foot shop, which shares the corner with IHOP and Little Caesars Pizza.

The spokeswoman said the store will feature Starbucks Reserve, Starbuck’s line of small-batch roasted coffees. The location is also equipped with a Clover Brewing System. The store has a staff of 28.

With one store closing and another opening, Silverdale’s Starbucks count remains at three. A second store is located farther north on Silverdale Way. The third is inside Safeway.

Silverdale isn’t the only Kitsap town getting a new Starbucks. A store with drive thru is under construction in Kingston, at the corner of Highway 104 and Miller Bay Road, next to Rite Aid.

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Bakery and café opens in downtown Poulsbo

11221393_880309165391838_2150552062052619352_nAnyone looking for a fresh-baked treat or a full “lumberjack breakfast” has a new eatery to try in Poulsbo.

The Fat Apple Bakery and Café held a “very soft” opening Wednesday  at 18996 Front Street, a space formerly home to Liberty Bay Bakery. 

Fat Apple is open for breakfast and lunch. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Manager Karin Buchanan said the café is focused on delivering fresh food in generous portions.

“Everything is house made,” Buchanan said, “the breads, the pastries. We roast our own turkey breast, roast beef and ham …”

Fat Apple is a brick-and-mortar successor to Barb’s Sweets and Treats, a farmers market stand run by Barbara Wilson. Wilson leased the Front Street space earlier this year.

The new bakery and café is operating on a limited menu for now, as staff get the kitchen dialed in. An official grand opening will likely be held in August.

Check the Fat Apple page on Facebook for updates.

Medical buildings, Pier 1 Imports among recent commercial sales

The $20 million sale of Silverdale medical building topped the list of Kitsap commercial property sales from May and June (yep, we’re playing catch-up).

The Silverdale property, home to The Doctors Clinic Salmon Medical Center, sold to a Wisconsin company in May, along with Harrison Medical Center’s Port Orchard campus.

Other big ticket deals included the sale of the Pier 1 Imports property and The Reserve at Bucklin Hill apartments, both in Silverdale.

All told, 25 commercial parcels sold in May for a combined $67.6 million, according to assessor’s records. June saw another 30 parcels change hands for $12.02 million.

Here’s a look at a few  high-profile transactions:

Salmon Medical Center Silverdale — $20 million

20050428-000033-pic-6290302-1Sale date: May 14

Assessed value: $15.7 million

Sold by: Tim Ryan Properties LP to HP SIlverdale, LLC.

Description: A 6.4 acre property and 59,000-square-foot building at 2200 NW Myhre Road, north of Harrison Medical Center’s Silverdale campus.

Notes: Tim Ryan developed the center, which is leased to The Doctors Clinic. The buyer was a subsidiary of The Hammes Company of Wisconsin.

Harrison Port Orchard — $13.74 million

20090113-181808-pic-839579123_5852379_ver1.0_640_480Sale date: May 14

Assessed value: $13.76

Sold by: Tim Ryan Properties LP to HP Port Orchard, LLC.

Description: Two tax parcels totaling 8 acres at 450 South Kitsap Boulevard. The 32,000-square-foot medical building is home to a Harrison Medical Center’s urgent care and other services.

Notes: Another Tim Ryan property sold to The Hammes Company.

The Reserve at Bucklin Hill — $12.84 million

Sale date: May 7

Assessed value: $12.33 million

Sold by: Emerald Crest, LLC. to Bucklin Hill Residential, LLC.

Description: A 9.5-acre property with apartment complex on Mirage Lane and Sid Uhinck Drive in Silverdale.

Notes: Bucklin Hill Residential is a Dale Sperling company. Sperling is a well known developer who recently bought Bremerton’s old Nite Shift bar. Continue reading

Deadline nears for $20k small biz competition

Entrepreneurs and small business owners have one more week to sign up for Kitsap Bank’s $20,000 edg3 FUND competition. 

0707_KSAP_edg3 FUND logo_1435678770266_20553009_ver1.0_640_480The annual competition, launched in 2014, recognizes businesses that benefit their communities economically, socially and environmentally. The deadline for applications is July 31.

Judges will select semifinalists in August and a public vote will help narrow the field in September. Finalists will give presentations during a live event Nov. 12 at Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton, and the winner will be announced the same day.

Last year’s competition drew about 70 entries. The winner was Pawzii, Inc., a company founded in Bremerton with offices in Seattle. Pawzii offers online pet licensing services.

See the edg3 FUND competition website for more details.

Receivership ends for Courtesy Auto properties

A painful but potentially rejuvenating process has come to an end on Poulsbo’s Viking Avenue.

A Kitsap County Superior Court judge approved a motion June 26 terminating receivership for the former Courtesy Auto Group properties.

All told, six parcels formerly owned by the Hern family have been sold since 2013, fetching about $4.6 million.

The properties were home to a number of Courtesy Auto dealerships, forming the core of Poulsbo’s once-bustling automotive corridor.

Union Bank successfully petitioned the court to appoint a receiver for the properties in 2011, seeking repayment of a $10 million loan made by Frontier Bank to the Herns in 2009. Union Bank took over the loan after Frontier failed in 2010. 

Here’s a look at the Courtesy Auto properties sold and what businesses are there now:

1. Chevrolet building — $1.4 million

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Sold to: Christina and Scott Hensrude

Current assessed value: $1.09 million

Description: 1.43 acres with a 16,350-square-foot showroom at 19873 Viking Ave. NW, on the southwest corner of Edvard Street and Viking.

Now home to: Abra Auto Body and Glass.

2. Suzuki building — $375,000

427335_3418875_ver1.0_640_480Sold on: Sept. 23, 2013

Sold to: Janice and Kevin Krieger, and Lisa and Steven Stirrett

Current assessed value: $239,100

Description: One-third acre with a 1,600-square-foot showroom at 19568 Viking Ave., across from the Food Mart and Los Cazadores.

Now home to: smoke shop and hookah lounge called Up In Smoke. Continue reading

Silverdale Costco prepping for expansion

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Costco is preparing to expand its Silverdale warehouse and relocate the store’s fuel station.

Contractors filed for site development and building permits from the county for the project, and are seeking coverage under state stormwater permits, according to a legal notice published Tuesday.

Costco plans to add 13,300 square feet to the north end of its warehouse, while reconfiguring its receiving bay. The addition will increase the building’s overall footprint to 152,760 square feet, according to plans filed with the county

Costco will also shift its fuel station from the southwest corner of the parking lot to the southeast corner. The old fuel station will be replaced with new parking.

(Click on the image above to see my approximation of Costco’s plans.)

The project is expected to begin at the end of August and be completed by September 2016, according to an application filed with the Department of Ecology.

A store manager has not yet returned a message left this week requesting more detail. Costco is located at 10000 Mickelberry Road.

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Navy orders more patrol boats from SAFE Boats

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The U.S. Navy has ordered two more Mk VI patrol boats from SAFE Boats International.

The order represents a $17.8 million modification to an existing contract awarded to SAFE Boats last year for a second installment of Mk VI vessels. All told, SAFE Boats will build 12 of the patrol boats for the Navy.

The aluminum boat builder is manufacturing the 85-foot, jet-powered boats at the Port of Tacoma. SAFE Boats is headquartered in Bremerton and builds smaller vessels at Olympic View Industrial Park. 

The award comes on the heals of a $48 million U.S. Customs contract for interceptor vessels announced in early July.

$12 million for Vet Industrial

SAFE Boats isn’t the only Bremerton-based company to land a large defense job this month.

Vet Industrial of Bremerton was awarded a nearly $12 million contract to build a remote switching unit building and associated site work at Gray’s Army Airfield, Joint Base Lewis McChord. The project is expected to be completed by August 2016. 

The company, with headquarters on Charleston Beach Road, was one of two to bid. Funding will come from the 2015 fiscal year military construction budget. It’s a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been performing general contracting services for federal and state government agencies since 2006.

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Harrison president will also lead St. Anthony

20090626-204356-pic-934221171_5654090_ver1.0_640_480Harrison Medical Center President David Schultz is taking on leadership of St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor.

Schultz will replace current St. Anthony President Kurt Schley at the end of July, according to a news release from CHI Franciscan Health, parent company of Harrison and St. Anthony.

Schley is leaving to become CEO of CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Schultz was named president of CHI Franciscan’s Peninsula Region, which includes the Harrison campuses in Bremerton and Silverdale, as well as St. Anthony.

“This will help us maximize the delivery of high quality, seamless care and improve patient access to our communities on the peninsula,” CHI Franciscan CEO Ketul Patel said in the release. 

Schultz joined Harrison in December, replacing former CEO and President Scott Bosch.

St. Anthony (pictured above) opened in 2009. The 80-bed hospital offers 24-hour emergency care, cancer treatment, surgery and pharmacy services.

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Average apartment rent tops $1,000 in Kitsap

photoThe average rent for a Kitsap County apartment was more than $1,000 in the second quarter of 2015, as vacancy rates continued to plunge.

Apartment complexes in the county reported and average rent of $1,009 per unit in the months for the second quarter, according to Tom Cain of Apartment Insights Washington.

Rents were 10 percent higher in the second quarter of 2015 than in the same period of 2014, driven by steep increases in Poulsbo and on Bainbridge Island.

The rate of vacant apartments fell to 3 percent, giving Kitsap one of the lowest vacancy rates in the Puget Sound region.

Here’s a graphical look at apartment rental trends in Kitsap and neighboring counties:

Kitsap pot businesses grossed $6M in first year

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One year ago Wednesday, a shop in Bellingham sold the first bag of legal marijuana in Washington state.

The sale marked a milestone for Kitsap County too: That first bag of pot was grown Bremerton. 

In the year that followed, Washington recreational marijuana businesses recorded more than $250 million in gross sales, generating $62 million for the state in excise taxes. Add in other state and local taxes and the total tax bill topped $70 million.

Kitsap marijuana retailers, growers and processors grossed about $5.75 million, generating $1.44 million in excise tax, according to statistics made available by the Liquor Control Board. Nearly $5 million of gross revenue came from the retail side.

Kitsap’s busiest marijuana shop made $430,000 in sales in June alone.

The county can expect much higher sales totals in the coming year.

Ten Kitsap marijuana enterprises — four shops and six producer/processors — recorded sales between July 2014 and the end of June. As of this week the county had 16 licensed pot businesses, with several more in the works.

Relaxed taxes could also lure more customers to recreational shops.

During the first year of sales, marijuana was taxed 25 percent when sold between a producer and processor, another 25 percent when sold to the retailer, and a final 25 percent when sold to the consumer, resulting in an excise tax of up to 75 percent.

A law enacted this summer will reduce the overall tax to 37 percent.

And that’s not the only sweeping change ahead for the fledgling industry. At the direction of the Legislature, the state will essentially dismantle the existing medical marijuana system over the next year, and roll what’s left into the recreational system.

The expected closure of medical dispensaries will reduce competition for the licensed shops and drive up recreational pot sales.

Here’s a graphical look at the first year of marijuana sales in Kitsap:

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