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New owner, new name for Bremerton’s Wobbly Hopps Brewery

bremertonbreweries01_27506929_ver1.0_640_480One of Kitsap County’s newest breweries is set for a relaunch.

Wobbly Hopps Brewery, which opened on Fourth Street in Bremerton last fall, will change hands at the end of August and be rebranded as Dog Days Brewing sometime in the next few months.

Wobbly Hopps owners Jon and Sheree Jankowski are selling the business to fellow brewing enthusiast Jeffery Scott of Port Orchard. Scott takes the helm Sept. 1, just in time for Blackberry Festival.

The Jankowskis originally planned to hire a professional brewer to oversee operations at Wobbly Hopps, but that never came to pass. Jon said the couple has too many other interests and obligations, including full-time jobs, to carry on running the brewery.

“I haven’t mowed my lawn in a year,” he said.

Jon believes Scott will preserve the friendly atmosphere and unorthodox brews customers enjoy at Wobbly Hopps.

“I waited until someone came along who I could trust to take it over,” Jon said.

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Jeff Scott brewing at Wobbly Hopps

Scott said he’s been homebrewing for five years and worked an apprenticeship at Sound Brewery in Poulsbo.

He was considering opening another brewery in downtown Bremerton before striking a deal with the Jankowskis.

Scott will take over a five-barrel brewing system and a lively taproom with an outdoor seating area. He’ll continue serving Wobbly Hopps’ beers at first, while gradually adding his own recipes to the mix.

Scott’s first beer, a “Dog With No Name IPA” is already brewing for the Sept. 1 opening.

“I can’t wait to serve some beer to the neighborhood,” Scott said.

Check the Wobbly Hopps and Dog Days Brewing Facebook pages for updates. And keep an eye on this blog for more Bremerton brewery news coming soon.

Sierra Trading Post planning Silverdale store

sierratradingpost-logoOutdoor gear seller Sierra Trading Post is planning a brick-and-mortar store in the Trails at Silverdale shopping center.

A permit application to build out the retailer’s space at The Trails was filed with the county last month.

However, a Sierra Trading Post representative said Tuesday she could not confirm a Silverdale location was planned.

The store appears to be headed for one of the remaining large retail spaces at the north end of the Greaves Way development.

GraphicTempSierra Trading Post is part of the TJX family of stores, which includes T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods (Homegoods already opened in the Trails).

Sierra is best known as an online retailer, but TJX recently began a push to open more physical storefronts, according to a story by Chain Store Age.

Silverdale shoppers will have plenty of options when it comes to outdoor apparel and sporting goods.

The town already has a Big 5, REI and Sportsman’s Warehouse. Dick’s Sporting Goods will open in Kitsap Mall later this year.

More Trails stores opening soon

Trails at Silverdale General Manager Paul Brett said two large stores are expected to open at the shopping center in August.

First will be Old Navy, which is moving from Ridgetop Boulevard. Shoe store DSW should open later in the month, Brett said.

Navy Federal opens Poulsbo branch

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Navy Federal Credit Union expanded its presence in Kitsap this week with the opening of a branch inside the Poulsbo Walmart.

The branch will serve about 5,000 members, according to a news release.

The Poulsbo location is Navy Federal’s third in Kitsap, joining branches in Bremerton and Silverdale.

“We have found a special home here in the Kitsap County,” Poulsbo branch manager Harold Hartley said in the release. “And our team prides itself on the excellent level of service we provide our members every day.”

Navy Federal made a $1,000 donation to the U.S. Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation as part of the opening celebration.

Navy Federal Credit Union is the world’s largest credit union with more than $76 billion in assets, 6 million members, 286 branches, and a workforce of over 14,000 employees worldwide, according to the release.

Moctezuma’s restaurant opening in Kitsap Mall this fall

moctezumas45withLadyMoctezuma’s will bring its brand of fine Mexican dining to Kitsap Mall this fall.

The family-owned restaurant and tequila bar chain, which has locations in Gig Harbor, South Center and Tacoma, is moving into a 8,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Hale’s Alehouse.

13411826_1196363163730987_5738524364286351673_oMoctezuma’s Director of Operations Michael Goronkin said the company saw Silverdale as a vibrant market to expand into.

“It’s a growing community,” Goronkin said. “Restaurants out there have been really successful.”

The Kitsap Mall restaurant will be Moctezuma’s largest location to date, and will employ more than 100 workers, Goronkin said. Space in the restaurants is evenly divided between the tequila bar and dining room.

Goronkin said Moctezuma’s decor and food set it apart from other Mexican restaurants. Decorations are imported from Mexico. Food is made from scratch, using family recipes.

Amy_Johnson_-9152“We really focus on execution and make sure every dish pops,” he said “… it’s kind of an over-the-top experience. You feel like you’re in Mexico.”

Moctezuma’s will fully remodel the Kitsap Mall space before moving in. Goronkin said the process will take about five months, meaning the restaurant could open in November.

The previous tenant, Hale’s Ales, left Kitsap Mall but hasn’t departed Kitsap. The brewery recently established a distribution center in Bremerton, and plans to open a tasting room there in July.

You can check the Moctezuma’s Silverdale accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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Forever 21 open at Trails; Jersey Mike’s on its way

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Forever 21 opened over the weekend in The Trails at Silverdale shopping center, one of several businesses expected to join in the Greaves Way development this year.

The apparel retailer was previously located in Kitsap Mall.

Jersey Mike’s Subs could be next to debut. The sandwich chain lists a June 1 opening date for its Silverdale store.

You can see all my Trails updates here.

Two pot stores approved for same Port Orchard shopping center

PO.pot.storesSoon shoppers will be able to look out the window of one Port Orchard marijuana store and see another marijuana store across the parking lot.

A shop called Kitsap Cannabis was approved by the Liquor and Cannabis Board last week for a space at 1739 Village Lane SE, in the South Park Village.

It joins the descriptively named A Recreational Marijuana Store, already licensed at 1762 Village Lane SE, in the same shopping center.

Kitsap Cannabis is the seventh recreational marijuana store approved in the Port Orchard area, and the 16th in Kitsap. The state plans to license up to 20 retailers in the county.

Below is a chart showing retail marijuana sales trends: Continue reading

Port Orchard Safeway will reopen April 27

0729_KSLO_bethel-copySafeway is hiring 75 employees in Port Orchard as it prepares to reopen its Bethel Road store on April 27, company spokeswoman Tairsa Worman said.

The store was previously operated by Safeway but was acquired by Haggen in early 2015. Haggen declared bankruptcy last fall and closed the Port Orchard location Dec. 5. Albertsons bought the store back from Haggen and returned it to the Safeway banner.

The company is hiring full- and part-time workers for all areas of the store, including deli, meat, customer service, bakery and produce, according to a news release.

Benefits for eligible employees include health care, paid vacation and discounts at Safeway and Albertsons.

Worman said priority is being given to former employees of the store.

News of the Port Orchard store opening was welcomed by UFCW 21, which represents local grocery workers.

“We are looking forward to having this store re-open,” UFCW 21 spokesman Tom Geiger said. “Once store opens, we will get a list of employees from the employer and then come in and sign up members to make sure workers there get all the benefits of having a union grocery job.”

Safeway is holding open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at the store, at 3355 Bethel Rd. SE. Job seekers can also apply at www.careersatsafeway.com.

Coyote Woodshop opens Winslow showroom

Coyote Woodshop has built a business around giving new life to old trees. 

The Bainbridge Island shop turns reclaimed wood from the island into lumber and high-end furniture at its headquarters on Day Road.

This spring, customers will also be able to find Coyote Woodshop’s work downtown.

Coyote Woodshop has opened a pop-up showroom at 563 Madison Avenue N., just north of Wyatt Way. The store will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in March and April.

The shop will also participate in First Friday Art Walks and be available to show furniture by appointment.

For information, email info@coyotewoodshop.com or call 206-855-3401, or check out the Facebook page. 

Port Orchard coffee shop gets flashy new look

The former Cutters Point coffee shop in Port Orchard debuted a flashy new look this month, with help from a Seattle neon company.

The Bethel Road shop has rebranded as YES Please! Coffee. For an eye-catching sign, the shop hired Western Neon, a company that’s created a number of iconic Seattle landmarks, including a remake of the Rainier Beer “R.”

12439380_10154018538452042_7126747352589088246_n“We have always hoped business would put more energy into Port Orchard,” YES Please! co-owner Devon Raney said in an email. “In an effort to stay current and put our money where our mouth is, we looked to Seattle for the trendy top end sign companies. Western Neon was the obvious choice.”

Western Neon documented the creation of the sign and posted a time-lapse video on YouTube.

Raney said the “YES Please!” name reflects an outlook on life he and his family embraced after Raney lost his vision nine years ago. 

“‘Yes’ to Port Orchard, to work, family and friends,” Raney said. “‘Please’ is the approach to humbleness that can disappear with success.”

You can find Yes Please! Coffee and its new neon sign at 4720 Bethel Road SE. See the shop’s Facebook page for more details. 

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Silverdale Chipotle opening pushed to Saturday

chipotleKitsap County’s first Chipotle restaurant is now scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, according to a spokeswoman.

The Trails at Silverdale store had been scheduled to debut March 10. Total Wine & More opened its Trails location as planned.