Business

Gig Harbor Now reporters provide information about where people can eat, shop and seek professional services, which businesses are opening or closing, and explain local trends and their relation to the national economy.

Business spotlight: Gumdrop the pig does her part for the family business

May 09, 2022 | By:

It turned out to be a less-than-ideal time to start a business.  Dr. Kandi Moller and her husband, Robert Loehr, opened Eye Candy Optical in the Uptown Gig Harbor complex about 2½ years ago. It was not long before the Covid-19 pandemic forced businesses everywhere to shut down.  When they were able to re-open, they

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‘Winter-ish’ Sip & Stroll returns to Harbor for first time since 2020

Apr 26, 2022 | By:

The sold-out event returns to the Gig Harbor waterfront on Saturday, adding a water taxi to help attendees get past the Harborview construction project.

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Nascent Bujacich Road industrial area developing from outside in

Apr 20, 2022 | By:

The employment district’s middle section has been slow to generate businesses because the properties have no access to a sewer system.

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Sunshine brightens outlook for Harborview Drive project

Apr 07, 2022 | By:

Thanks in part to this week’s sunshine, contractors are on track to get two-way traffic moving through the Harborview Drive-Stinson Avenue traffic circle project earlier than first expected, the city announced this week. If weather conditions continue to be favorable, and barring any ever-worrisome “unforeseen circumstances,” southbound drivers could be moving through the intersection again

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Olalla Valley Winery did not violate permit, Kitsap County examiner rules

Mar 25, 2022 | By:

Kitsap County Hearing Examiner Andrew Reeves ruled earlier this month that the Olalla Valley Vineyard and Winery did not violate its conditional use permit, as alleged by the county’s Department of Community Development. The ruling came following a 10-hour hearing that took place last December and a three-month delay in arriving at a decision. Reeves

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Peninsula Shopping Center plan could bring regional grocery back to downtown

Mar 24, 2022 | By:

A major renovation is proposed for the Peninsula Shopping Center on Judson Street in downtown Gig Harbor, according to preliminary documents filed with the city. The renovation would “reintroduce a regional grocery store to the site,” according to the documents, filed by developer Rush Construction. Also planned are aesthetic improvements and demolition of about 9,000

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Gig Harbor businesses help small farms connect with customers

Mar 21, 2022 | By:

Small farms are becoming a bigger enterprise. That’s especially true in Washington state, where 89 percent of farms are considered “small farms,” selling less than $250,000 annually, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Yet for small and backyard farmers, connecting with consumers can be a challenge. Especially when their competitors are often big

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Gig Harbor Council OK’s incentive for early completion of Harborview Drive roundabout

Mar 15, 2022 | By:

The Gig Harbor City Council approved financial incentives for the contractor to finish paving three weeks earlier than originally scheduled, but bad weather could foil the plan.

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Gig Harbor restaurants hustle, innovate, survive pandemic challenges

Feb 28, 2022 | By:

Some local eateries received federal aid, but many didn’t, and Rep. Derek Kilmer is among lawmakers who hope to reboot the program to help those still ailing.

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Hearing examiner decision on Olalla Valley Winery events delayed again

Feb 23, 2022 | By:

Kitsap County is reviewing whether Olalla Winery violated its conditional use permit. The decision was expected 10 working days after the Dec. 16 hearing.

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