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!

The Coffee Oasis
The Coffee Oasis

A Safe, Welcoming Space for Youth

“A coffee shop is one place where everyone knows they belong; they are welcome.” That’s the view of David Frederick, The Coffee Oasis executive director. This is certainly true for The Coffee Oasis, located in Port Orchard, Bremerton, Kingston, Poulsbo and, most recently, … read more

Kathleen Sutton Fund

Kathleen Sutton Fund

Reimbursing transportation costs for women undergoing treatment for...

The pain of being diagnosed with cancer is overwhelming. The physical, emotional and — in many cases — financial impact can be immense, not just for the patient, but for the entire family. According to the National Cancer Institute, 75% of people diagnosed … read more

Kitsap County Bank

Remembering Helen Langer Smith

Longtime West Sound community and business leader Helen Langer Smith died on July 23, 2023, at age 94. Her 70-year tenure on Kitsap Bank’s Olympic Bancorp Board of Directors until her death makes her one of the longest-ever serving bank directors in the … read more

Bloedel Reserve (Photo Courtesy beautifulwashington.com)

Inspirational Walks and Hikes

Many of us have heard the saying, “Go take a hike.” At one time, this was a negative phrase, but now it could become our mantra for getting out and exploring all the abundant trails that surround us in West Sound, from the … read more

Molly McCabe, McCabe By Design
Business Profile

McCabe By Design — Function Has Its Own Beauty

A meeting with Molly McCabe is an encounter with a force of nature tucked into an energetic woman, dressed in jeans and comfy shoes and trailed by Miss Mara, her English spaniel. The clarity of her thought is like the renewal of a … read more

Chef Thad Lyman of Brix 25°
The Chef's Favorites

Chef Thad Lyman

Crowning the scenic waterfront beauty of Gig Harbor is the casual, fine dining restaurant Brix 25°. The restaurant’s Pacific Northwest menu offers seafood and meats with the finest provenance, creatively paired with locally sourced vegetables. Brix 25° offers a sharp, seasonally freshened menu … read more

Contemporary Thrifting
Contemporary Thrifting with Amy

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

I’ve caressed and tangled with just about every thrift item there is, but this one threw me off. Don’t know why I picked it up, this ridiculous, tiny, vintage sugar bowl that read “50th” on one side. An attached underlabel read, “Kelvin’s REG.PAT … read more

food 4 kids
Food Backpacks 4 Kids

Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Delivers $4,000 In Food Staples

The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday has a long relationship with Food Backpacks 4 Kids on the Key Peninsula and offers this local food bank ongoing support in many forms. Recently, the club initiated a project to secure extra food for Food … read more

Gig Harbor Gondola

Enjoying Gig Harbor from an Authentic Venetian Gondola

The shiny, sleek black boats being piloted around Gig Harbor are authentic vessels imported from Venice, Italy. Gondoliers John “Cinque” Synco and business partner Greg Garite even order their “uniform” striped shirts and straw hats from Venice. The pair wish to pay homage … read more

Pony Up Rescue for Equines
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