Want to check out some new local businesses but don’t know where to start? Whether you are a lifetime local or new to the area, we’ve compiled a list of some recently opened businesses in Kingston, Poulsbo, and Bainbridge Island. We’re excited about these new places to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a glass of wine, or find a unique gift.
Food and Beverages
Two popular pop-up food vendors recently found brick-and-mortar space in downtown Kingston, a win for both their longtime followers and the community at large.
The Saucy Sailor, a family-owned eatery, features a menu full of comfort foods described as “British Fusion” – cottage pie, chicken curry, meatball stroganoff, BBQ pulled pork, and more. Meals are served with mashed potatoes or rice and salad. Their walkup window provides quick service or, as they say, “gourmet right away”. They have outdoor seating or you can grab it to enjoy on the ferry or at home.
Seasonal Hours: Sunday, Monday, Thursday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
In January, Argensol Kitchen celebrated 3 years of pop-up vending and catering in North Kitsap and then they moved into a permanent restaurant space in Kingston. They’re next door to the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. Argensol specializes in Argentinian cuisine. They have delicious entrees like empanadas, chimichurri fries, and potato bombs. Also, if you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try their popular Alfajores, a shortbread cookie sandwich.
Seasonal Hours: Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
In downtown Poulsbo, you’ll find the recently opened Vinland Marketplace. It’s a sister establishment to Viking Brew Coffee. Vinland offers grab-and-go foods, baked items, a selection of local and global gifts, and of course, coffee and other beverages. Located in Historic Downtown Poulsbo, Vinland Marketplace is a great spot to watch a sporting event on their large TVs or cozy up with a cup of coffee in an overstuffed chair.
Hours: Daily from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Shopping and Gifts
The Flower Box, which is in the heart of downtown Kingston, has many cute gift items, curated gift boxes, floral arrangements, and flowers for specialty events like weddings and school dances. The owners are three best friends who grew up in the Kingston area and they opened the shop this past spring.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Also co-owned by friends, Saltwater Bookshop has a delightful selection of books for readers of all ages. You’ll find various genres, including fun, PNW-themed books. Though Saltwater Bookshop is new, they’ve already had famous authors stop by, like bestselling author Kristin Hannah and Newbery Medalist Donna Barba Higuera. Follow Saltwater Bookshop on Facebook and Instagram to stay “in the know” about author visits and signed copies. Additionally, this bookshop sells bookish goodies and entertaining items like mugs depicting a car that missed the ferry (by Jen Colburn Design).
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Worth the trip to Bainbridge Island, Wilder Grace is a lovely boutique with brands like Marine Layer and Free People. You’ll find an assortment of both trendy and timeless items as well as accessories and gifts. It’s a wonderful addition to the already vibrant Downtown Bainbridge business community.
Hours: Daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Home and Garden
Located on State Highway 104 in Kingston, Salish Trees Nursery cultivates a wide variety of Pacific Northwest native trees, shrubs, and perennials. Why native plants? As their website explains: “Coast Salish tribes have deep knowledge and appreciation of native plant species and used native plants extensively as food sources, medicines, tools, shelter, transportation, and artwork”. Native plants are healthier for the local ecosystem and will thrive in our climate. Also, they are important to local fauna and the bees. Consider them for your next landscaping project.
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
You’ll find Storie Home & Garden on the same property as Salish Trees. Storie features new and vintage furniture, accessories, garden and home items, as well as original art pieces. This new business brings unique and one-of-a-kind pieces together, creating a home decor heaven with a tranquil garden atmosphere.
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
New Wine Spots in North Kitsap
Cellar Cat is a thoughtfully curated place for wine aficionados or those who simply want a good glass of wine. While the owners developed this business back in 2001, they just found their new home here in Kingston and opened their doors in August. Cellar Cat has wine, local beer and cider, snacks, and a selection of gifts. Their space is 21+ and it is dog-friendly. They’re currently working to expand their offerings to include a full wine bar and live jazz music.
Hours: Thursday – Monday, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (subject to change)
Preservation Natural Wines is a bottle shop located off Bond Road in Kingston. They sell a variety of organic, vegan, and biodynamic wines with no additives. Originally a bottle shop with curbside pickup, local delivery, and regional shipping, their tasting room opened on September 15th for tasting flights. Follow them on Instagram for more announcements.
Hours: Monday – Wednesday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursday & Friday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Another recent addition to the wine scene in North Kitsap, Hard Hat Winery offers wine tastings, flights, and wines by the glass or bottle. This winery has been bottling wine since 2018 but recently opened its tasting room. Hard Hat Winery is located off Highway 3 between Poulsbo and the Hood Canal Bridge. Founded by two former Navy divers, their motto is “A Wine You Can Dive Into”. Their bottle art features nautical images like divers and mermaids. Check out their events page to learn about upcoming live music.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
If you’re looking for additional information about our area, check out our free digital guide to Kitsap County. It has all kinds of helpful information about schools, outdoor activities, coworking spaces, and much more.