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Sixth and Pacific: A tale of three businesses
A planned retail complex at Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue has been touted as a great piece to add to the puzzle of revitalizing downtown Bremerton.
For three businesses occupying that space, it meant losing their storefronts and looking elsewhere.
So far, it appears to be a blessing in disguise for Pied Pipers Emporium, which sells an eclectic mix of clothing, handmade jewelry, posters and tobacco pipes.
Its awesome, owner Alyssa Miller said of her new digs at 816 Pacific Ave. Theres way more sunlight. Im totally loving it.
Miller said business is staying stable and plenty of new browsers have stopped in wondering about the new store. There is also about twice the square footage in the new building, Miller said.
Were thinking about getting longboards in here, she said.
Miller has been a skateboarder for years and enjoys being able to sell the kinds of things she and her friends enjoy.
Like the clothes that we like that we cant find in Silverdale, she said.
In six weeks time, she got her new space painted and it took four days to move everything a block down the street.
Another aspect of her new location Miller is taking a liking to is being closer to Evergreen Park.
Now that were two blocks away, were gonna bring drums and instruments down to the park ... on Thursday nights and rock out, she said.
While Pied Pipers was able to stay downtown, former neighbor Pauls Flowers went across town to 6323 Kitsap Way, next to the Red Apple grocery store.
People absolutely love the parking, said Roberta May, manager of the store. Were planning a grand opening for June 1.
Pauls Flowers had a very long history in its downtown location.
Seventy years of stuff was a lot to move, so Im not looking forward to that again, she said. Were getting there. We got held up by a lot of planning stuff with the city.
Now ready to go, May is pleased to say business has not been hurt too badly by the move.
Most customers we had downtown were phone-in, so of course they were able to follow us out here. Some people were kind of annoyed. We had a little old man who would always come in on his bicycle ... but now its too far for him to ride, she said. Were hoping to pick up new customers ... who werent able to make it downtown before.
Of the three businesses that used to occupy the downtown corner, the newest, JDBs Deli, which opened in September 2005, has been hit the hardest.
Owner Jeremy Burden was packing things up Tuesday and said he did not know if his business would be able to continue.
Im kind of looking for something, Burden said in terms of a new location. I dont really know at this point. I dont know ... if Ill be able to reopen.
He said he has looked into other locations but has found nothing in my price range.