Some are still digging out from the recession, some are reaching
new heights, but all Kitsap cities reported growth in retail sales
The chart below shows total taxable sales by year, as reported
to the state Department of
Revenue, which released fresh figures from 2013 last week.
These sales include stores, along with many services, and
industries like construction and hospitality. Wave your pointer
over the lines to see exact values:
Growth was rampant in Port Orchard, which posted 17 percent gain
in sales between 2012 and 2013. Bremerton recorded the slowest
growth but is still trending upward.
The Department of Revenue also broke out retail trade statistics
for 2012 and 2013. Retail trade includes stores, dealerships and
online sellers and excludes services and industries like
Here’s a look at just retail trade sales by city: Continue reading
Restaurant and sports bar
chain Buffalo Wild
Wings plans to open a store in Silverdale this fall. And that’s
about all we know for now.
Regional Marketing Manger Jon Gotreau said the Kitsap restaurant
is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2014. Details on the
location have not been finalized, he said. The chain is already
managers in Silverdale.
Buffalo Wild Wings has locations in
Tukwila, Federal Way and Tacoma. Another was
rumored in downtown Seattle. The Ohio-based company has
hundreds of outlets spread across all 50 states.
I’ve never actually been to a Buffalo Wild Wings, but like
anyone who’s ever watched a game of football on television,
employment trends continued in April, with the number of jobs
in Kitsap increasing, employment among its residents growing
slightly, and the labor force shrinking.
Kitsap employers added about 400 employees between March and
April, according to the Employment Security Department (see the
chart above). Those added jobs came from construction, retail,
hospitality and local government, among other trades.
Employment in the county continues to outpace 2012 and 2013 as
the busy summer season approaches.
The county unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in April, in
line with the statewide trend.
Kitsap’s labor force (the total number of workers and job
seekers) declined, dropping from 116,320 to 115,110.
Meanwhile, 80 residents started jobs, raising the number of
employed to 108,770. The combination of those factors caused the
unemployment rate to fall by 1.1 percent between March and April.
Making a good
whiskey takes time. So does starting a distillery.
After navigating a
long approval process, both for its location
and its spirits, Tucker Distillery
will hold its grand opening Saturday. Dave and Jeanette Tucker are
already busy distilling in their warehouse at 5451 NW Newberry Hill
Road in Silverdale.
The Tuckers are
starting out with an “ultra smooth” corn vodka and clear corn
whiskey before branching out to new varieties. They’ll have 300
bottles on hand for the opener this weekend and plan to make about
4,000 cases this year.
You may start seeing the bottles in local bars and grocery
stores soon. The Tuckers are pursuing wholesale accounts.
“We’ll have our grand opening, then I can start pounding the
pavement,” Jeanette said.
The Tucker grand opening runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, with
a live band playing from 2-4 p.m. See the distillery’s page on Facebook
for more information and watch for a larger story in the Monday
The owners of
sightseeing company Kitsap Tours have set their
sights on retirement.
Founders Jean and Jim Boyle plan to step away after their tour
season ends in November. They hope to sell the company before
“I’d like to see someone take the business and do a lot more
with it, rather than shutting the doors and selling the bus,” Jean
said. “There are so many more opportunities.”
Kitsap Tours picks up passengers from the Bainbridge Island
ferry and shuttles them to popular West Sound destinations. A video
monitor in the bus plays interpretive footage along the way.
The company’s three main
tour packages include a visit to Bloedel Reserve, an excursion
around Bainbridge Island, and a foray from the island into Poulsbo,
Port Gamble and Suquamish.Trips to the Olympic Peninsula and local
farms are offered periodically. The business operates four days a
Jean sees potential for a new owner to expand Kitsap Tours with
more vehicles (it currently has one bus) and a broader offering of
tours and shuttle services. She said the company grown steadily
since launching in 2010 and drew more than 1,000 tourists to Kitsap
last year. It’s well reviewed on sites like TripAdvisor.
The Boyles are looking forward to spending more time in their
garden, but they’ll also miss life as tour guides.
“It’s just fun,” Jean said. “It’s a fun business.”
Read our 2010 story on the
launch of Kitsap Tours here. For more on the sale of Kitsap
A grand opening for Poulsbo’s Safeway store and
gas station is now set for June 27.
Safeway spokeswoman Sara Osborne said the 59,000-square-foot
store at Lincoln Road and 10th Avenue will have about 160
employees. Of those, 120 will be new hires. The company refers job seekers to its
website for application information.
Osborne said the store will have all the accustomed Safeway
departments, including produce, natural and organic foods, a
bakery, floral kiosk, videos, and pharmacy. The deli will feature
sushi, sandwiches, a China Express, an olive bar and a soup
Seating for the deli is situated by windows with views to the
west and south, alongside an indoor fireplace. Outdoor seating will
be available at the front of the store.
A Starbucks coffee shop and US Bank branch are integrated into
the building. The gas station has 10 pumps.
Safeway was a featured sponsor of Poulsbo’s Viking Fest last weekend and is
sponsoring the Third of July
celebration, Osborne said.
began on the store in early 2013 with an opening originally
planned for December, and
later projected for May.
As a new feature here on the Minding Your
Business blog, I’ll be posting monthly food safety grades
distributed by the
Kitsap Public Health District.
The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments
in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make
sure food is handled properly from prep to serving. The district
works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the
inspections are made available to the public.
The inspection report from April is posted below. For even more
detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the
district’s handy database search. Continue reading
David Nunes, president and
CEO of timber company Pope
Resources, is leaving the company to join Rayonier Inc.
Nunes plans to depart Pope at the end of the month,
according to a Monday news release. He led Pope for 12
The Pope board of directors has already begun a search for
Nunes’ replacement. Longtime CFO Thomas Ringo will serve as interim
“We are tremendously appreciative of the job Dave has done in
his 12 years as CEO of the Partnership,” lead director Douglas
Norberg said in the release. “We wish him the best as he embarks on
his new responsibilities at Rayonier.
Pope Resources is based in Poulsbo. It owns the town of Port
Gamble and large swaths of forestland in North Kitsap. Pope and its
subsidiaries, Olympic Resource Management and Olympic Property
Group, own or manage a total of 204,000 acres of timberland and
development property in Washington, Oregon, and California.
Florida-based Rayonier owns or manages 2.6 million acres of
timberland and produces wood fiber products.
Bainbridge Island tax software company Avalara could soon go
according to Emily Parkhurst of the Puget Sound Business
Parkhurst reports the company is preparing to file an S-1 form
with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, a first step toward trading stock publicly.
As she notes, Avalara
recently raised capital from its existing investors and could
be poised for rapid growth as more Internet retailers are required
to collect sales tax. The company is even
working with Bitcoin.
Avalara provides software for sales tax calculation and
the full PSBJ story here.
Kingston could have a
new watering hole this summer.
A new brewery called Downpour plans to open in the former
& Garden. Downpour Brewing applied for a microbrewery
license Thursday for 10991 Highway 104.
We haven’t heard back from the owners yet, but the brewery’s
page on Facebook suggests it could open in early July. Downpour
would be the 11th licensed microbrewery in the county and the sixth
in North Kitsap.