Doug Woodside sits in one of 12 large Adirondack chairs that are part of a branding effort in Kingston. (Susan Rodgers/Contributed)

Doug Woodside sits in one of 12 large Adirondack chairs that are part of a branding effort in Kingston. (Susan Rodgers/Contributed)

Kingston’s brand? ‘Sit and Stay A While’

Sit back in one of those oversized Adirondack chairs you see in town, and enjoy the view

KINGSTON — Seattle is the Emerald City. Downtown Poulsbo is Little Norway. Bremerton’s image is tied to the Navy.

Kingston’s brand? Well, just sit back in one of those oversized Adirondack chairs you see in town and ponder that a while. And relax and enjoy the view while you’re at it.

Actually, that’s the idea behind a branding effort developed by some Kingston advocates.

You might recall those colorful, ginormous Adirondacks at Cleo’s Landing. (How big? Think of Lily Tomlin’s skit in Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh In” — “… and that’s the truth.”) Owner Susan Rodgers noticed visitors of all ages climbing on and getting their photos taken. Teenagers. Grandmothers and grandchildren. Giggling couples.

“When you see an Adirondack chair, you think of sitting back, breathing in and kicking back,” Rodgers said. “I thought, wouldn’t that be a great pairing with North Kitsap’s ‘Sanctuary Shore’ [campaign]?”

She talked with County Commissioner Rob Gelder and Port of Kingston Executive Director Jim Pivarnik and the idea took off. To cut to the chase, 12 large Adirondack chairs — made by local builder Doug Woodside — were installed at various sites in Kingston on May 5: four at Mike Wallace Park facing the water (two will be relocated to the Washington Boulevard Park when it’s completed), two at Arness Park, two at Kola Kole Park, two at Cleo’s Landing’s side patio (Rodgers’ chairs were refinished), and two uptown in front of Kingston Mercantile & Marine.

The emerging brand: “Kingston: Sit A While and Relax.”

“We’ve been working on this for a year and a half,” Rodgers said. “It’s a good idea for Kingston. Part of our goal is to have people stop and stay here, to make us the first stop on the Peninsula instead of just driving through. ‘Stop, relax, sit a while and get your bearings.’ That’s the story.”

Pivarnik said those giant Adirondack chairs at Cleo’s Landing caught his attention when he took over at the port in April 2016. “I talked to Susan and she said a friend built them. I thought, ‘We’re building this beautiful park.’ Then six months later, Rob Gelder asked me if we wanted to be part of a roll-out program” involving the chairs.

Pivarnik was settled on the idea faster than, well, faster than you can settle back into an Adirondack chair. He paid $800 per chair using discretionary funds (and with commission approval, he said). Tania Issa of Kingston Mercantile & Marine bought two. Gelder bought four. Each chair is painted with a different theme. The port’s, for example, are nautical.

Promotional ideas include passports; fill your passport with photos of you on each chair and get a discount at participating merchants. Just an idea at this point.

“Kingston’s been looking to grab onto a hook,” Pivarnik said. “This is one way we can put Kingston on the map.”

More in News

A little parade watcher exchanges a wave with a princess on a float. (Bob Smith | Kitsap News Group)
Summer weather returns just in time for Fathoms parade

Absent for two straight summers, parade watchers soak in the fun and sun

.
Toddler survives fentanyl overdose; mom arrested

Poulsbo child, 2, is alert; long-term effects unknown

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Bremerton. Courtesy Photo
Bremerton Planned Parenthood vows to provide access

Roe v. Wade overturned by US Supreme Court

The Timber Run sign inside the apartment property. Elisha Meyer/Port Orchard Independent Photos
Rent hike could leave some homeless

Some residents at a Port Orchard apartment complex are scrambling to find… Continue reading

.
All events back on for Kingston 4th of July

Parade at noon; fireworks at 10 p.m.

A map of the North Kitsap region where many trail segments are being considered for the North Sound to Olympics Trail. Courtesy Graphic
Planning discussed for North Sound to Olympics Trail

Kitsap County Public Works held an open house Wednesday at the Village… Continue reading

.
Turning 105 is no big deal for Mary DeLaGrange

Port Orchard birthday girl just wants her family to enjoy some cake

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center has expanded its services and is now located at College Marketplace in Poulsbo. Courtesy Photo
Poulsbo animal hospital moves, expands services

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center, formerly known as Animal Emergency & Trauma… Continue reading

The donated concrete floats were towed to the Port of Poulsbo for complete refurbishment and reuse in the new floating breakwater. Courtesy Photo
Construction of new Poulsbo breakwater begins

Will be ready for public by next year

Most Read