Category Archives: Dispatches

A pouch-full of opossums saved on Naval Avenue

Kitsap Sun photographer Meegan M. Reid was in our newsroom early Friday morning when she heard a harrowing call come over the police scanner. 

“Something about babies not going to make it,” was about all she could make out, she told me. 

She rushed to the scene, on Naval Avenue, and found police and a woman named Lynne Weber, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist for the West Sound Wildlife Shelter — along with a whole bunch of baby opossums.

Sadly, their mother was struck by a vehicle while she was carrying them in her pouch, Reid said. The mother was badly injured but the babies were flung from her pouch, and many appeared to be OK. All were taken to the Bainbridge Island wildlife shelter for treatment.

Update: The mother did not survive the crash but the babies did, Weber noted on Facebook Sunday.

Dispatches: Six developments in Bremerton

1. A new convenience store has opened downtown.


On Friday, A&L Pacific Island Minimart opened next to Boston’s Pizza & Deli. Owner Lola Maae (pictured) is still getting settled in, and plans on selling cigarettes and beer once the licenses come in.

But the main goal of Maae, who’s from American Samoa, is to have specialty Pacific Islander products she says you can’t find anywhere outside Seattle right now.

Maae’s lived in Bremerton for 12 years and still works for Yak’s Deli on Kitsap Way. She hopes her new 1,100 square-foot store becomes a tradition.

“It’s a little family business,” she said.

2. The garage door is hip downtown.


Garage doors appear to be all the rage these days. Der Blokken and the Manette Saloon already have them (and there are probably more that are escaping me right now). Seems a good idea as an effort to expand the ambiance past the front door.

South Pacific near the ferry terminal just installed one (above). And Carlos Jara at Toro Lounge says one’s coming there too.

3. An Irish restaurant may just open on 15th Street.


An Irish restaurant called “Bualadh Bos” (means clap your hands in Gaelic) may open soon on 15th Street. The owners are working their way through the permitting process and developing the place at the same time.

It’s hard to say as yet when they’ll open, though the sign indicates early April. I say we give it some time given all the requirements businesses must meet with permitting and regulations.

4. Starbucks by the ferry is getting a remodel. 


Not to be outdone by the announcement of new Starbucks’ stores in Silverdale and in Kingston, the Starbucks by the Bremerton ferry terminal will soon get a makeover.

I don’t have many details yet but I will keep you posted.

5. The Manette Trading Company bows out.



Sad to see Stewart Wilson has closed the Manette Trading Company.

Wilson had told me a few months ago business in the vintage and antique world was a struggle. The location displays prominently on East 11th, so we’ll see if a new tenant lands there soon.

6. Bremerton’s Kitsap Sun headquarters is officially a part of Journal Media Group.


And finally, on the personal side, the Kitsap Sun formally changed hands as of April 1. We’re no longer owned by E.W. Scripps in Cincinnati and are now a part of a newspaper chain based in Milwaukee.

The good news is we’ll still do what we do best — keep you up to speed on what’s going on in this town, and this region.

Dispatches: 6 developing stories in downtown Bremerton


The Bremerton beat interrupts your regularly scheduled day to bring you six updates about downtown Bremerton.

1. Apartments progress: The $9 million apartment project known as The 606 is starting to grow upward. Work on the 71-unit complex, branded by its developers as “upscale,” began in November near the corner of Burwell Street and Park Avenue. As you can see (above), the stick work on floor one is coming together. The apartments are slated to be completed in September.

Another apartment complex, above the Manette Bridge, is slated to begin construction as well. Wes Larson, managing partner of Sound West Group, said they’re hoping to break ground in March on the $15 million Spyglass Hill project, which will add another 80 units downtown.


2. Demolition looms: While those go up, one downtown Bremerton building will come down. The old storefront at 262 Burwell Street, seen at right above, will be demolished in the next few months. “Sooner rather than later,” said Vic Ulsh of Bradley Scott real estate, who represents the Bremer Trust that owns the structure.

The building has some “structural concerns,” Ulsh said, and needs to come down. It will be interesting to see what will happen within the space. (One thing it cannot become, under city rules, is parking.)

There’s a chance the building next to it (to the left) might be torn down as well. They were both once occupied by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

And of course, there’s also the big building on the corner: the old Bremer-Wyckoff building remains vacant.


3. Carpenter building sells: The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters sold their building at 632 Fifth Street in November for $100,000. The 12,800 square-foot building was assessed at $464,000 but I believe had been vacant for some time. The buyer, Bremerton Investment Property LLC, lists a Bellevue address. I’ve attempted to touch base with the company agent but have yet to hear back. I’ll keep you posted.


4. Brewery develops: Wobbly Hopps brewery continues its trek to open in downtown Bremerton, albeit at a different location. The owners, Jon and Sheree Jankowski had originally filed a liquor license application this week to place a microbrewery and taproom at 555 Pacific Ave (the Tim Ryan building), according to Tad Sooter’s Minding your Business blog. But plans have changed and now, it appears they’ve started the process to open at 260 Fourth Street, next to the old Roxy Theater. The building is owned by the Rice Fergus Building Partnership.

They’re not the only microbreweries here or considering coming here. As Sooter points out on his blog:

Another brewer is eyeing space in the same area. Jesse Wilson, an assistant brewer at Port Townsend Brewing is running an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to open a “LoveCraft” microbrewery in downtown Bremerton.

Bremerton is not bereft of beer makers – Silver City Brewery and Manette’s Der Blokken Brewery both have strong support in their own corners of town. But momentum seems to be growing for a brewery in the downtown business district.


5. Retail possibilities: At 275 Fourth Street, a new permit’s been taken out to clear space inside. Once home to the offices of The Doctor’s Clinic, it has been vacant for some time now. The idea is to make the building, owned by The Bremer Trust, more marketable as a retail space. “You look up and down Fourth Street, and there’s momentum toward retail,” Ulsh said.


6. A new sign: You may have noticed Tuesday that the building once known as “D4” at Fifth and Pacific is officially no more. Crews put up a sign on the building to show off the company that recently moved in: General Dynamics. The company just got $33 million in contracts for work on the USS Nimitz, which just arrived from Everett. So I don’t think they’re going anywhere anytime soon.

Dispatches from downtown


Here’s some slices of life from downtown Bremerton this week. 

You’ll soon notice a new sign at Uptown Barbershop (above) where the business has shed its original “Acme” name. Kellie Quanrud, who’s owned it for the past year, said she had already agreed to change the original name due to the Acme barbershop they were once affiliated with on the Seattle side. Only now, that same Seattle barbershop wasn’t happy about the Bremerton barbershop keeping any part of “acme” in its name. So look for a sign change soon.

“At this point I think its best we go completely our own direction anyhow,” Quanrud told her Facebook fans. ” …  We love and appreciate all of our customers and our regulars that pop in to just hang out with us! That is what a barbershop should be! Thanx for supporting your local shop and being patient with us through all these changes!”

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Just down the street, more serious changes maybe in store at The RockIt Roost. Owner Chuck Mitchell is looking into transforming it into a pub and arcade. He told me he’s not sure if it will happen, but he’s trying to make it work. I’ll keep you posted.


Also nearby, you might have noticed Evergreen Trophies and Kitchen got a paint job. Joe Hudson told me they’ll soon have a new sign out front to complete the facade.


Work continues on an expansion of El Balcon, the popular El Salvadorian eatery on Pacific Avenue. I’m told they’ve got some hurdles to go but could be open in another slice of the Dietz Building by the end of the year.


Work on a $3.5 million overhaul of the Salvation Army continues downtown, near Park Avenue on Sixth Street. Tad Sooter has further details here.

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You’ve probably seen Monday’s story about the new apartments going up at Park Avenue and Burwell Street. The $9 million project will get started this week.

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All this and I didn’t even mention the yellow submarine.

Have a dispatch from somewhere in Bremerton? Email Josh Farley at to have yours included next time.  

Dispatches from Manette

From left to right: Rejuv staff Christina Zamora, Julie Poston, Val Sechrest and Annaliza Tolosa.
From left to right: Rejuv staff Christina Zamora, Julie Poston, Val Sechrest and Annaliza Tolosa.

An anniversary, an accident and an ascension: here’s a  few things past, present and upcoming in the Bremerton hamlet of Manette to get you caught up on.

Friday marks Rejuv Salon & Spa‘s 10th year in business. Julie Poston, its founder, started a solo massage practice downtown. She’s now got ten employees in a serene space off Scott Avenue.

“I never imagined the success we’d have,” says Poston, who notes she spent much of her 20s working at the Boat Shed before going full time as a massage therapist.

She and some of her employees credit that success to staff camaraderie and a great rapport with customers, many of which are loyal and return often. It didn’t hurt to win a 2010 award for best massage in Western Washington either, Poston said.

Rejuv will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 5-8 p.m. Friday at 1007 Scott Avenue, Suite B. View the details here.

IMG_5369 Up the street and around the bend from Rejuv, the second story of a new pet spa is taking shape.

I spoke with owner Eliane Pugnalin today. My understanding is there’s an office going upstairs and the grooming will be done downstairs. She told me that a roof still has to be installed, weather permitting.

There’s no opening date as yet but I will keep an eye out.

The Bay Bowl, with BAY lit up.
The Bay Bowl, with BAY lit up.

Down toward Harrison Medical Center, the Bay Bowl, an East Bremerton icon, caught my eye the other morning. The lights on ‘BAY’ upon its brick facade, were on.

Chris Campana, owner of the complex, said it was just an accident the lights were on. They haven’t been on since.

Rimnam Thai Cuisine and storage for Delphinus Engineering take up the bulk of the building. Campana said he’s had some interest in other parts of the building but nothing’s materialized.


And finally, I found this little sign at Raejean Barone’s found store. It’s a new campaign based on similar city signs near Harrison Medical Center as part of the ongoing Lower Wheaton Way construction project.

More on her store, as well as the E. 11th street lighting project, later.