The total package … including floors

POULSBO — Much has changed since Brock and Nancy Baker began selling floor coverings out of a 300-square-foot space on Lindvig Way in April 1995. Now with a building of their own, the Bakers and their business, Brock’s Interiors, have grown with the North End community they serve, but some things haven’t changed. “We’ve kept all of the things that have made us a success,” Brock Baker said. “Just because we’ve got a new building doesn’t mean we’ve raised our prices.”

North End resident helps others Keep Safe

HANSVILLE — In a world that seems to become more and more violent with each newspaper headline and breaking news bulletin, one woman is taking a stand and helping others learn how to protect themselves and get out of dangerous scenarios. Hansville resident Shelley White, over the course of about six years, has devised her own workshops called Keep Safe classes to help teenage girls and women of all ages prepare for what most hope never to encounter.

Kitsap Propane picks up where others leave off

HANSVILLE — Hansville residents were hit particularly hard during the Dec. 14-15, 2006 windstorm that crashed through western Washington. One local business was able to provide heat and warmth during a time that seemed bleak and cold. Kitsap Propane, based between Kingston and Hansville, was able to fill temporary tanks for people who had run out of gas, and had no hope of getting any from their usual providers, said Kitsap Propane owner Larry Brooke.

High-end, low-cost clothing arrives in Little Norway

POULSBO — After 25 years on Bainbridge Island, Closet Transfer owner Carol Ingles decided the time was right to begin filling another closet in the heart of Little Norway. “I have a lot of clients in Jefferson and Kitsap County who make the trip all the way to Bainbridge Island,” Ingles said.

Kingston welcomes new bakery to fold

KINGSTON — Upon entering the newly constructed building near the Kingston ferry tollbooths, the wonderful smells of fresh baked bread, pastries and fudge fill the air. It’s enough to make any well-meaning Kingston resident forget their New Year’s resolutions.

Local man creates more get up and go for hybrids

KINGSTON — Rich Rudman’s “mad scientist lab” is like a Radio Shack on steroids — wires, batteries, circuit boards and tools explode forth in an organized chaos only he and a few others understand. “People at the Hood Canal Brewery know me as ‘Mr. Wizard’ or the ‘Mad Scientist,’” Rudman said with a laugh. His workspace is located near the brewery at the West Kingston Industrial Park .