Coffee vendor coming to Manchester dockMay 12th, 2012 by Chris Henry
Boaters in Manchester will soon be able to fuel up on caffeine as they launch at the Manchester dock. The Port of Manchester Board of Commissioners has given approval for a coffee and muffin vendor to sell her wares from the early morning to mid-afternoon on days to be announced. The port had to get special permission from the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office, which has given it recreation grants, said Commissioner Jim Strode.
The addition of the vendor, which is seen as a potential draw for visitors to Manchester, was discussed by the Port Advisory Committee, Strode said. The committee also has recommended allowing South Kitsap Helpline to sell flowers, vegetables and plant starts at the Manchester Library one day a week.
Helpline owns the old Port Orchard Nursery property and grows plants in the greenhouses to help fund its food bank operations. Helpline’s application to the Port Orchard Farmers Market was declined, because the market does not allow vendors with storefronts. Helpline also sells its wares on the nursery property, but Executive Director Jennifer Hardison said they need to expand to increase their revenue.
Helpline is selling at the Bremerton Farmers market on Thursdays and has secured a sidewalk space in Port Orchard outside Bay Street Custom Picture Framing on Saturdays, the same day as the Port Orchard Farmer’s Market. Permission to sell there was granted from the building owner, Hardison said.
The port commissioners will discuss having Helpline sell in Manchester at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Manchester Library. The likely day for sales would be Sunday, when it would not conflict with library traffic, Strode said. Port meetings are open to the public.
Helpline is hoping to upgrade its greenhouses from costly oil heat to more efficient natural gas so that they can grow throughout the year, Hardison said. They have signed a letter of intent with Don Ryan, who plans to open an indoor Pike Place-style market in downtown Port Orchard this summer.