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Fresh start for North Kitsap composting facility

A year after closing, the former Emu Composting & Topsoil site in North Kitsap has been revived under new ownership.

The Ecology Road facility was purchased by the owners of Port Orchard-based New Day Recycling, and is now open as Olympic Organics. The company will provide compost and topsoil from grass, brush, manure, wood wastes and other materials, according to a news release.

“We want to continue to offer what Emu Composting did, but with our own spin,” founder Jeff West said.

Emu Composting owners filed for bankruptcy in late 2012 and closed the business in February 2013. The Wests purchased the property for $70,000 in December, according to county records.

For information on Olympic Organics, go to www.olympicorganics.net or call 360-638-0117.

Soap maker opens store in downtown Bremerton

The maker of F.R.O.G. Soap has hopped to downtown Bremerton.

Laura Kneib had been crafting her recycled vegetable oil soap in her home on Ostrich Bay. Today she opened a store in a space on Fifth Street connected to the Admiral Theatre (and across the street from the Sun offices).

Kneib makes and sells her soaps in the store, which smells pretty amazing. She expects to expand into another space on Fifth soon. Once she’s established, Kneib will offer classes, demonstrations and soap making supplies.

The store hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays. Contact Kneib at laura@frogsoap.com or 360-337-0934.

You can read my profile on her soap making business here.

Eastside Auto Wrecking shutting down Friday

Eastside Auto Wrecking – in business since the 1940s – will shut down for good Friday.

The East Bremerton wrecking yard has been in the Lillybridge family since 1981. Manager Mike Lillybridge said the family couldn’t keep pouring money into a business in rapid decline.

A shrinking customer base, hard-to-work-on modern cars, and government regulations have made junkyards nearly impossible to keep open, he said.

“I would be shocked if this industry is still around in 10blog.wreckingyard years.”

He said the work was hard but enjoyable.

“I’ve always been a big customer service guy, just being able to help people, and help them save money.”

Friday was the last day Eastside would sell auto parts. There are still about 350 cars in the yard to strip and prep for the crusher. That process will probably take a month.

Meanwhile the Eastside property is up for sale. Lillybridge said the 6.5 acres were listed Thursday at $1.5 million.

Watch the Kitsap Sun for an in-depth story and video on the wrecking yard business. If you were an Eastside customer please share your thoughts in the comment section or send me an email at tad.sooter@kitsapsun.com