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New Silverdale Starbucks opens, old store closes


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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New Starbucks store is coming to Kingston


A coffee shop planned for Kingston will feature a familiar mermaid logo.

A permit application has been filed for an 1,800-square-foot Starbucks store and drive-thru near the intersection of Highway 104 and Miller Bay Road, according to county records.

The store will be part of a retail complex we reported on back in March. The development is planned for an undeveloped parcel next to Rite Aid. The site should position the coffee shop to take advantage of busy commuter traffic.

The Kingston property is owned by a developer who is also bringing a Starbucks store to the corner of Silverdale Way and Bucklin Hill Road.

Mora Iced Creamery opening new factory

Mora Iced Creamery owner Jerry Perez in the new production facility that is under construction in Poulsbo on Friday, March 27, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Mora Iced Creamery owner Jerry Perez in the new production facility. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Update: Apparently the ribbon cutting ceremony is invite-only. Apologies to anyone who put it on their calendar. 

After 10 years in business, Mora Iced Creamery is ready to go big.

The small-batch, artisnal ice cream maker will debut a new Poulsbo factory on Saturday.

At 10,000-square-feet, the facility isn’t huge. It is, however, a significant step in the evolution of the company.

Mora plans to begin offering franchises this summer, with the aim of creating 40 to 50 new locations over the next five years. The Viking Avenue factory will help Mora keep up with demand from new shops, while supplying wholesale to grocery stores and restaurants.

Mora’s original Bainbridge Island production facility could only meet the needs of the three shops in Poulsbo, Kingston and Winslow.

The Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal recently wrote about Mora’s expansion plans. You can find that story here.

The priciest Kitsap home sales of 2014

Wrapping up my look at the biggest real estate transactions of 2014, here is a list of the 10  highest priced home sales on the Kitsap Peninsula. (I listed the top 10 on Bainbridge Island last week and rounded up the year’s major commercial sales).

The list for the peninsula was dominated by sales in North Kitsap, with one Central Kitsap property slipping in at No. 6. You can see a ranking of Kitsap median home prices by area at the bottom of this post.

Top Kitsap Peninsula Home Sales

These were the most expensive homes sold in Kitsap County in 2014, excluding Bainbridge Island. Details from public records and online listings. 

1. Rural Kingston — $1.23 million

Sale date: Oct. 3

Location: Fir Hollow Drive NE, off Highway 104, near Carpenter Lake

Description: 10 acres of woods and fields; 4,320-square-foot, five-bedroom house built in 2006. Listing here.

2. Lemolo waterfront — $1.12 million

Sale date: April 25

Location: 15000 Block of Lemolo Shore Drive, near the mouth of Liberty Bay

Description: Under an acre of “no-bank” waterfront; 4,000-square-foot, three-bedroom house built in 1979.  Listing here.

 3. Jefferson Point waterfront — $1.11 million

Sale date: Feb. 21

Location: 24000 Block of Jefferson Place NE, on Jefferson Point, South Kingston

Description: 3.5-acre property facing; 3,520-square-foot, three-bedroom house built in 1970. Listing here.

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Kingston Ale House expands with café

10801870_368573759971265_8960782288107989163_nThe Main Street Ale House is a popular place for Kingston residents to unwind at the end of their day.

The new Main Street Café hopes to be the place they start their mornings.

The breakfast and lunch eatery celebrated its recent opening with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The Café is owned and managed by the same crew as the Ale House, and is located in a neighboring space on Highway 104.

Owner Darren Gurnee said customers seeking a simple and affordable breakfast can get their eggs, bacon, sausage and toast fix at the Café. The restaurant will also feature eggs benedict, corned beef hash, waffles and house-made muffins. A meatloaf sandwich is a highlight of the lunch menu, Gurnee said.

The Café and Ale House both offer discounts to people who bring in donations for the Kingston Food Bank, and a 10 percent discount to ferry workers.

“They work in difficult conditions created by both the weather and passengers on the ferry and deserve a break,” Gurnee said in an email.

The restaurants are also looking for artwork from local artists to hang, and will donate a portion of artwork sales to the Humane Society and cancer research.

The Main Street Café is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11227 NE Highway 104 in downtown Kingston. See its Facebook page for updates.

New Kingston brewery starts pouring Saturday

10469077_632285936869231_1134511466380340708_nA much-anticipated Kingston brewery and taproom is set to begin pouring this weekend.

The aptly-named (given our recent weather) Downpour Brewing plans to open Saturday in the former Sacks Feed building on Highway 104.

Suquamish electrician-turned-brewer Dan Williams and wife Kristen began work on the brewery early this year.

Dan said the Downpour taproom features seating for 30 and bar seating for nine. There’s also a play area for kids and outdoor seating for when the sun reappears.

Nine tap handles will pour a rotation of Downpour’s brews, including an IPA, blond, pale,  stout and SMASH (single malt, single hop),  among other styles.

“We love trying new recipes using fresh local ingredients and experimenting with our standard favorites, substituting different malts and hops to vary the flavor profile,” Dan said in an email.

Downpour will offer its own root beers and cream sodas, a guest hard cider and beers from other microbreweries. Like most microbreweries, Downpour will also provide a selection of snacks and patrons are invited to bring their own food. Menus from local restaurants will be on hand.

For information and updates check the Downpour page on Facebook, visit the brewery website (under development), email downpourbrewing@gmail.com, or call 360-881-0452.

Downpour is the eleventh brewery open in Kitsap County. It joins Hood Canal Brewery in the Kingston area. You can find more local brewery info on our beer page.

Watch for a full story on Downpour in our upcoming Monday edition.

Kingston IGA changes hands, undergoing remodel


Kingston’s downtown grocery store is getting a new name and an overhaul.

The IGA was bought this by Food Market, a small Pierce County grocery chain. The store, at 10978 NE State Highway 104, will soon be rebranded Food Market at Kingston.

Longtime store owner Rick Bjornson reached an agreement earlier this year with Food Market owner Don Stolz, our partners at the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal reported.

“It’s a good location, the locals support it well,” Food Market Operations Manager Kip Bonds said. “It was a good opportunity for us.”

yourFoodMarketLOGOSThe new owners are freshening up the store with a remodel set to begin Sunday. Food Market Operations Manager Kip Bonds said the tile floor will be pulled up and the concrete below will be ground and polished. Other changes include all-new lighting, new check stands, a new service center, new and overhauled produce cases, a soup bar and a drip coffee station.

Bonds said there’s no firm timeline for the remodel. A date for a grand opening under the new brand will be announced soon.

Food Market has a different wholesaler than IGA, but Bonds said customers can expect product offerings to be roughly the same. The organics section will be expanded.

Bonds said many staff members stayed on with the new company and some new part-time employees were hired. The store has a new manager. Food Market will offer new sales and incentives for shoppers, including a 1 percent rebate program for nonprofit groups.

Food Market’s other locations are in Lea Hill (Auburn), Key Center and Lake Kathryn (Gig Harbor).

Kitsap On Tap: Hood Canal Brewery

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Founded: 1996

Location: 26499 Bond Road NE, Kingston

Online: WebsiteFacebook

Beer sold in: Taproom, kegs, bottles

Signature beers: Agate Pass Amber, Dosewallips Special Ale, Dabob Bay IPA

What’s brewing: Founder Don Wyatt, a longtime homebrewer and former school teacher, worked one summer at the Thomas Kemper Brewery before it closed in 1995.

He struck out on his own in 1996 and built a craft brew following in the north end of the county.

The casual Hood Canal taproom off Bond Road is a popular local hangout. Wyatt still handles all the brewing duties himself. His beer can be found in bottles or on draught at about 50 Northwest locales.


“How many businesses are there where people enjoy what they’re doing?… There’s nothing like selling a keg to someone. It puts a warm spot in your heart.” — Don Wyatt

blog.tinyKitsap On Tap is an exploration of West Sound’s rising craft beer industry. Find the print story, more beer features and ongoing coverage at kitsapsun.com/beer.

 Brewery Profiles: Silver City Brewery | Hood Canal Brewery | Der Blokken Brewery | Slippery Pig Brewery | Valholl Brewing | Sound Brewery | Bainbridge Island Brewing | Rainy Daze Brewing | Slaughter County Brewing | Unicycle Ale|

Kingston electrical company in bankruptcy

McKinley Electric Inc. of Kingston filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month.

The company listed $172,000 in assets and $709,000 in liabilities on a voluntary petition submitted May 19 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western Washington District. McKinley owed $310,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the filing.

The business phone for McKinley is no longer active. The company employed more than 20 electricians, according to its website.

Also emerging in bankruptcy court this spring was Boulder Glen LLC. of Bainbridge Island. Boulder Glen filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on April 25, and re-filed May 16. The company listed between $1 million and $10 million in assets and the same in liabilities.

Directors of Boulder Glen are defendants in a foreclosure proceeding related to a $700,000 loan issued by now defunct Westsound Bank, according to Kitsap County Superior Court documents.

You can read about other recent Kitsap bankruptcy filings here.


New Kingston brewery plans summer opening

blog.breweryKingston could have a new watering hole this summer.

A new brewery called Downpour plans to open in the former Sacks Feed & 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.