“Try it, you’ll like it!” says shopkeeper Libbie Hartley, offering a very spicy habanero pickle slice.                                Terryl Asla/Kitsap News Group

“Try it, you’ll like it!” says shopkeeper Libbie Hartley, offering a very spicy habanero pickle slice. Terryl Asla/Kitsap News Group

‘Poulsbo has a definite place in my heart’

Owner says Sugar Flower Market on Front Street reflects local tastes and foods

POULSBO — Foodies and lovers of eclectic furniture and clothing take heart. Sugar Flower Market is here.

Looking for real French soap? How about vintage kitchen furniture and collectibles? Olive oils and sauces from local organic farmers?

Chances are, you can find what you’re looking for (as well as some things you didn’t know you needed until you saw them) at Sugar Flower Market, 18827 Front St. NE in Poulsbo. The market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, shopkeeper Libbie Hartley said.

The store was the brainchild of Liz Le Dorze — whose business card reads “owner – designer – shopkeeper” — and store manager Christl Drewry.

Le Dorze has a sister store on Bainbridge Island that opened a year ago.

“It’s named ‘Hattie Rose’ after my mother and my daughter,” Le Dorze said. “It’s a very free spirit, artistic store with a lot of French motif. Sugar Flower is supposed to be a little more of a small, hometown, feel-good-type store.”

Where do they find their antiques, unique items and collectibles?

“We do a lot of antiquing and go to France once a year and Texas twice a year,” she said.

Why Texas?

“There’s a big antique show there, it’s called Round Top [Antiques Fair],” she said. “Dealers from all over the world come there. We also spend around a month every year in France and import containers of antiques and goods from France and Italy.

Le Dorze said she wants Sugar Flower to feel “kind of like a hometown market.”

“We are trying to focus on as many local goods as possible and make it a point hire local people because they know what people here want and are looking for. Antiques and vintage goods are my passion. The girls here are foodies. So we are working with the local food industry and farms.”

Sugar Flower had a soft opening in its present location in June. However, it is expanding to include the space that once housed Kitsap Mosaic. The grand opening for the bigger and better Sugar Flower Market is scheduled for mid-October, in time for the holidays.

“We’re pretty excited about that,” Le Dorze said. “I’ve had my eye on this place for at least 10 or 15 years. And it became available again and it’s working out. I love the architecture and the space itself. Sixteen years ago, my husband and I went on our first date at the Casa Luna restaurant. Now, when I open the door at Sugar Flower, I look straight across the street at the alley going into Casa Luna.

“So, even though I live on Bainbridge, Poulsbo has a definite place in my heart,” she said. “The store on Bainbridge is about my mother and the store on Poulsbo is about me. My mother was much more free spirited and artsy. The one in Poulsbo is down home and casual.”

In addition to the two stores, Le Dorze is also selling online under her Komedal Road brand, www.komedalroad.com.

— Terryl Asla is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at tasla@soundpublishing.com.

Slippers from France are among the many purchases owner Liz Le Dorze made on her last buying trip to Europe.                                Terryl Asla/Kitsap News Group

Slippers from France are among the many purchases owner Liz Le Dorze made on her last buying trip to Europe. Terryl Asla/Kitsap News Group

Sugar Flower is intended to have a smalltown, European-style-market feel.                                Terryl Asla/Kitsap News Group

Sugar Flower is intended to have a smalltown, European-style-market feel. Terryl Asla/Kitsap News Group

With everything from soup mixes, collectible bottles, authentic French bistro chairs, French soap, pickled beets and CB Nuts, Sugar Market reflects local tastes.                                Terryl Asla/Kitsap News Group

With everything from soup mixes, collectible bottles, authentic French bistro chairs, French soap, pickled beets and CB Nuts, Sugar Market reflects local tastes. Terryl Asla/Kitsap News Group