People & Places

West Sound has an incredible number of talented artists, interesting people, fascinating places and popular destinations. We love to share their stories with our readers. These articles are only a sample of what we have in WestSound Magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version to see all of what we have to offer!

Hanukkah

Celebrating Hanukkah

When people think of the holiday season, Christmas or New Year may come to mind. Many overlook the glorious holiday of Hanukkah — but this holiday is “not a substitute for Christmas,” says a local resident who has researched Hanukkah. “It’s a joyous … read more

Josephine's Mercantile and Revival

Finding the Perfect Gift

Any fan of all things vintage and the...

Every holiday season, folks seeking one-of-a-kind vintage items line Bay Street in Port Orchard, waiting to explore the countless antiques ready for discovery inside Josephine’s Mercantile. This year, the shop is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with its 9th Annual Holiday Gala Nov. 9-12, … read more

Dana's on Bainbridge

Dana’s on Bainbridge — A True Legacy

Dana’s on Bainbridge is a legacy and a fun store. The business has been around since 1977 and has been owned by three community-oriented people for 46 years, including current owner John Carson. He describes Dana’s as “what you would consider a traditional … read more

Bixby + Pine
Bixby + Pine

Magical Wedding Planning

Ash, Tay and Jordan, creators of Bixby + Pine wedding planning, started their business from the seed of their friendship. Sisters Tay and Jordan met Ash early in life. “We met when we were in second and third grades at my grandparents’ day … read more

Owners Lani and Pino Sordello
The Chef's Favorites

Via Rosa 11 Owner and Cook Pino Sordello

Via Rosa 11 is “posto magico” on Bainbridge Island. A magical spot where you are transported to Italy for an hour or two. A place where, if you ask for meatballs with your gnocchi, you will get a friendly, “Gnocchi is not served … read more

Cameo Boutique

Cameo Boutique Celebrates 40 Years

Cameo Boutique in Union may be situated off the beaten path, but this cozy store attracts visitors and locals alike. Located on the water, the 40-year-old business has developed a loyal customer base who bring in new business by word of mouth. Customer … read more

Port Gamble Paranormal

Port Gamble and Its Long-Term Residents

For more than 100 years, Port Gamble was the heart and the soul of the country’s lumber production. Today, many believe much of the town’s original population …hasn’t left. One of the state’s oldest settlements and the former home of one of the … read more

A vigilant female great horned owl guards her fluffy chicks in an old raven nest on a basalt ledge in Central Washington.

The View from the Top of the Food Chain

Life is a competition. Whether we realize it or not, we are always competing with someone for a job, a home purchase or a parking space, to name a few. Even birders are constantly vying with each other for top birder status. It’s … read more

Rolling Bay Winery
The Sip

Rolling Bay Winery

There is a pivotal moment in each of our lives that can define our career or the outcome of our future. That moment was in 1978 for Alphonse de Klerk, winemaker, founder and owner of Rolling Bay Winery on Bainbridge Island. He was … read more

Pony Up Rescue for Equines
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