Sheila Karnes (owner)

Life is Good brings ‘positive energy’ to SK

For Sheila Karnes, life is good.

Sheila Karnes (owner)

BusinessBriefs Kitsap Bank promotes Chavanu

Kitsap Bank announced the promotion of Claire Chavanu to operations officer. Chavanu brought nine years of experience with her in banking operations and training when she joined Kitsap Bank’s Kingston branch two years ago.

Bonnie’s blooms with the basics

POULSBO — Bonnie’s Flower Market is surrounded by walls of a beige color. Its floors are made of clean, simple cement. But bursting from every inch of its space are tiny, colorful fireworks of flora, bringing the shop alive and perfuming its air with sweetness.

Ooh, nuts: CB’s serves up fresh, crunchy roasts

KINGSTON — Most North Enders are familiar with Kingston’s southerlies but now there is a new scent floating on the breeze and it smells like Grandma’s peanut butter cookies.

CJ’s in Port Gamble brings old-fashioned customer service to forefront

For years the residents around Evergreen Park longed for a store that catered to their needs in a family-friendly environment. That’s where Cynthia Jeffries-Cyr came in last April when she opened CJ’s Evergreen General Store at 1417 Park Ave.

Entertainment Northwest provides a full party experience

KINGSTON — On one of the most important days of one’s life — namely the wedding day — the last thing anyone wants to worry about is whether the music will fall flat. That’s where Indianola resident Ed Waterman, his Kingston business Entertainment Northwest and his ranks of disc jockeys and party planner specialists step in. He has an arsenal of knowledgeable employees, different musicians and entertainers for any classy occasion.

Kitsap Martial Arts kicks fitness fun into high gear

POULSBO — When Kitsap Martial Arts and Family Fitness owner Mark Barabasz walks into an average gym, it bums him out. Runners huffing, machines bleeping and the hurried pace of fitness fanatics wanting to complete their day’s activity quota isn’t the way he thinks it should be. “Nobody’s smiling, nobody’s having any fun,” he said.

See ‘em travel from Hansville

HANSVILLE — Traveling in a post-Sept. 11 world has become increasingly frustrating and tricky as the list of what travelers can’t bring on the plane grows long, and waits grow even longer. But Hansville travel agent Neal Kellner said the plane trips and travel itself is why he loves his job so much, and he’s working hard to help people rediscover the joy of vacations.

Peninsula Mobile Vet Clinic cruises toward first anniversary

POULSBO — Forget the Batmobile and the Mystery Machine. Kitsap pets and pet owners need fear no more, because there’s a new ride in town, and it’s tricked out with something better than sweet rims and a fancy music system.

Massage therapist hopes to relax human spirit

KINGSTON — The first time he experienced a massage at age 17, Kingston resident Dennis Pryor said he didn’t want to do anything else but that. Now, almost 25 years later, he is continuing toward his goal of rejuvenating the masses with an office in Kingston and his four-month old business, Wakufu Massage Therapy.

Looking for the perfect fit

POULSBO — Poulsbo Running’s Chris and Brooke Hammett are putting their best shoe forward as they work to fit Poulsbo with all its fitness needs. From beginners to the advanced, the specialty sporting goods store is calling all active people to find just what they’ve been looking for.

Lynn’s Kitchen cooking up Philippine cuisine in Little Norway

Lynn’s Kitchen cooking up Philippine cuisine in Little Norway

POULSBO — After 36 years of dreaming, John and Merlyn Schermerhorn have finally been able to put the plan of running their own restaurant into action. With Merlyn’s knowledge of Filipino food and their combined creativity, Lynn’s Kitchen has been filling watering mouths since it opened in November 2006.

Lynn’s Kitchen cooking up Philippine cuisine in Little Norway

Advanced Flooring offers Kingston the world

KINGSTON — To someone who has worked construction for 14 years, taking over a flooring company could easily seem like the next basic step. For Advanced Flooring owner Heath Dawson, it was. “I figured it was a good opportunity to try it out and see if we could make some happy customers,” he said. “There weren’t a lot of places to get certain specific products. It’s starting out slow, but so far everybody’s been happy.”

Harmony by the Bay offers North End more history

PORT GAMBLE — As a light breeze carries the scent of saltwater through one of Port Gamble’s historical houses, sunlight glints off the different treasures shop owner Katherine Klint has collected over the years and is now offering to shoppers in her new store Harmony by the Bay.

Small town, big business

Small town, big business

POULSBO — It may not be over yet, but this summer is already going much better than last summer for Jason Parson — that is, as long as no more cars crash through the front window of his business. It’s been only a year since thieves drove a stolen Toyota truck into Poulsbo Audio Video Integration, but the damage they left behind has been all but erased.

Small town, big business

The Artful Ewe weaves a community tapestry

PORT GAMBLE — As soon as customers step into her store, Heidi Parra knows she’s got something special. Each facial expression is different, but all reflect admiration for her hard work displayed at The Artful Ewe. And once the customers look beyond the brightly colored yarn and sweet-smelling wool, they see Parra is trying to weave something special in the Port Gamble community with her new fibers shop.

Calling all casters

POULSBO — For flyfishing enthusiasts wondering where the nearest fly shop is in the North End, look no further than Poulsbo Village, where Bill Drewry and his team of professionals can be found at Peninsula Outfitters. The shop is nestled between the Poulsbo Florist and Mike’s Carwash and has been busy since March when Drewry bought the store from Richard Stoll.

Customer-based cleaning

POULSBO — Whether it’s something as simple as pressing a pair of pants or as complex as tidying up a set of vintage drapes, Kwon H. and Jeom S. Kim get the job done. The owners of Bella Cleaners in College Marketplace make customer satisfaction their priority as they near their first anniversary of business after opening in September 2006. “Our No. 1 goal is customer satisfaction,” Kwon Kim said. “We want to make sure the customer gets what they want.”

Local artist carves out Northwest Coast gallery

KINGSTON — Northwest Coastal master carver David Boxley has made another notch in a long list of accomplishments — including carving 65 totem poles in 26 years — by opening his own art gallery to showcase his family’s talents.

Cafe brings organic offerings to Kingston

KINGSTON — Jennifer Salazar has lived in Kingston for 10 years, and during that time, she has been waiting for the nirvana of an organic restaurant. It never materialized. So she opened her own. Seeing the opportunity to rent one of the newly constructed units on State Route 104 near the ferry terminal, she’s spent the last month since opening the Garden Cafe and Juice Bar settling into her niche.