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ISSUE 16
 
August 2008

 

 

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Portside Pub Poulsbo, WA USA
This month's Downtown Spotlight is on the Portside Pub

So, I have a question for my readers. What business does a globe trotting truck driver buy? Any guesses?

Well, in downtown Poulsbo, our own world-traveled Steve Urand bought a pub. Why? “Because I drank in enough pubs to keep a good one going,” Steve says. And, he has.

Portside Pub Poulsbo, WA USASteve Urand was born and grew up in Twinkenham, England (south of London). In 1975 he went to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, where he met Ruth, an American who was backpacking through Europe. They sparked with one another and met up again in England a few weeks later; Steve and Ruth decided to pack all their stuff in a VW Bus and drive to South Africa, where she had friends and family. Their trip took them through Europe, the Sahara, and into South Africa, which became home for nine years.

After their time in South Africa, they bought a sailboat and spent 3 ½ years traveling around the Caribbean Islands. They moved back to the states where Ruth went to school in North Carolina then eventually in Seattle. Steve got work as a truck driver, and in Seattle he drove car parts over the Snoqualmie pass, traveling to help others travel about.

Eventually, Ruth graduated and started a thriving business in Poulsbo, which they love for the laid back atmosphere and kind people. Steve wanted to be here during the day and grew tired of his commute to Seattle. He looked for work and found The Portside Pub for sale. With Ruth’s enthusiastic support, he jumped in and planted both feet on the hardwood.

“It’s not all roses being a business owner”, Steve says.

He makes it look easy, though. He slowly built the business back up and old customers returned to an expanded beer and wine selection. A year after buying the Pub he bought the next door, Sheila’s Café, which serves delicious breakfasts and lunches. The Pub is expanded and he’s added dinner to the menu, which you can have in either seating area. My fellas highly recommend the cheeseburgers and ice cream, two thumbs up with smiles.

Portside Pub Poulsbo, WA USAAs I’ve done this series on the stories behind the businesses, I find over and over again thankful bosses. Steve gave all credit for the menu to his chefs – Kevin, Mac, Chris, and Wesley. He credits learning the restaurant business to long time waitress, Dorothy Leibrant. And says he couldn’t run his business without his employees.

Steve also thanks his loyal customers. It really is a Cheers environment, where people know one another’s names and give one another nicknames like The Professor (local teacher) and Bicycle Dave (who owns a bike shop); they throw birthday parties for each other, and even help out when someone has problems. In fact, Steve is going in for surgery soon, and his customers are pitching in, to make the Costco run and more to help him during his recovery time.

The Pub has even more to offer than friendly people, wine, beer, and a full bar. There are pool leagues and tables, ping pong, a big screen TV with sports events, cribbage, a jukebox, impromptu dancing, and whenever possible rock n roll bands perform on Friday nights. And, with Steve as the hair-in-the-wind inspiration, they have sailboat races.

Portside Pub Poulsbo, WA USAUltimately, Steve finds the pub to be a microcosm of the world he spent so much time exploring. His explorations are the center of his story spinning and keep his customers entertained. Steve’s loyal customers and thriving business attest to his ability to throw a permanent party, which you can attend in the fun adult atmosphere of The Pub or the family fun and friendly atmosphere of Sheila’s. When you do pop in, say hello to Steve and ask him about his travels.

Look here next month for another story behind the storefronts. Until then, say hello if you see me downtown and happy traveling.

 

Weekly Events

Mondays

There is a writing workshop at The Poulsbohemian Coffee House. It might be full at the moment, so be sure to call and check for space and further information at 360-779-9199.

 

Tuesdays
    
Game Night at The Poulsbohemian Coffee House provides an evening of games for card sharks, Scrabble experts, Trivial Pursuit brains, chess strategists, and game lovers of all types; gallons of coffee will flow, goodies consumed, and terrific conversation, competition and rousing fun to be had for all from 7-8pm. There is a $5 cover charge. For more info call The Poulsbohemian at 360-779-9199.

Liberty Bay Bookstore hosts the Day Time Book Group. They always meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. The group chooses a variety of fiction, non-fiction and sometimes classic reads. You don't have to have read the books to come. Just jump in on the discussion. Call for the title of this month’s discussion book - 360-779-5909.

 

Wednesdays

Liberty Bay Bookstore hosts the Non-Fiction Book Group. This book group is for those who love to read non-fiction. The group meets at 10 a.m. every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Call for current book - 360-779-5909.

On Wednesdays, Sons of Norway invite one and all to attend a Norwegian lunch with sandwiches, desserts, beverages, and sometimes soup. The lunch begins at 11:00am and ends at 2:00pm.

Wednesdays are open-mic music nights at Tizley’s Europub. The mic opens at 8pm and stays open until 11pm, so grab your instrument or your best toe-tapping shoes and head over to Tizley’s. For further information call 360-394-0082.

Sons of Norway hosts Bingo in their Marine Room starting at 6:00pm. Can you imagine hearing your own voice holler out “BINGO!!” and winning the grand prize of $500.00?

On the first and third Wednesdays Heavenly Choices hosts a Reiki Circle. Jessa and Patti, Reiki Masters, welcome all people to their circles (regardless of level). The event is free and starts at 7pm.

Liberty Bay Bookstore hosts the Evening Book Group. The lively discussions begin at 7 p.m (nearly) every third Wednesday. The group doesn't meet every month, so please contact the book store for the group's specific date and book choice.

 

Thursdays

Liberty Bay Bookstore hosts the Mystery Book Group. Want to branch out into suspense, mystery or thrillers? Come read with us. The group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. Call for current book - 360-779-5909.

From 4:00pm to 7:00pm Sip-N-Knitters join up and caffeinate or relax with coffee, tea, and goodies while adding to a scarf which will eventually be twenty-two miles long beating the world record held by some sweet little ol’ Scottish ladies. According to the sign-up sheet, to date, more than 200 men, women, and children have contributed to the effort.

Sons of Norway hosts a gathering of local beginner to master level wood carvers from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The curious are invited to see what they are up to and to appreciate their craft.

Magnolia Tree House hosts a musician’s jam. Fantastic local musicians gather and entertain while attendees enjoy meeting, mingling, conversation, and delicious drinks. There is no cover charge.

On the third Thursday of each month Heavenly Choices hosts a Spiritual Discussion Group. Cindy keeps the group running with the topics participants select.  There isn't any cost for the event, which goes from 6:30- 8pm.

 

Fridays

“Reel Time Fiddle Tune Jam” takes place at The Poulsbohemian Coffee House every second Friday from 7:00-10:00pm. Join in and play your favorite reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, and take a cheap trip ($2.00 cover charge) to Cape Breton, Quebec, New England, and abroad. Folks who can hold a stick, pick, pluck, or squeeze are welcome. For further info please call Jane Landstra at 360-697-6192.

Tizley’s Europub presents Rick May and Gil Yslas with the occasional guest player. This group is the perfect backdrop for a delicious dinner, desert, and a large variety of spirits. For further information call 360-394-0082.

Liberty Bay Bookstore hosts the Joy Luck Book Group on Fridays, starting at 11:00am. If it fits your schedule please join them. The group consistently chooses great reads and does great research, too. The February discussion will be about "A House for Mr. Biswas" by V.S. Naipaul.

Live theatre is always a treat, and The Jewel Box Theatre opened a play by Neil Simon, "Last of the Read Hot Lovers"; performances will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays July 18th through August 16th at the Jewel Box Theatre, 225 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. There will be a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on August 3rd and 10th. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, and active duty military personnel and their dependents. Tickets are available at the door, at Liberty Bay Books in downtown Poulsbo and at the Kitsap Mall Information Desk in Silverdale. Tickets also can be reserved by calling the theater. For information, call 360.779.9688, e-mail jewelboxpoulsbo@hotmail.com or visit www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org.

 

Saturdays

Dancing Paint Brush hosts three different workshops from 10:00am until Noon. Each class is $75 which includes the $40 non-refundable deposit, materials, studio time, instruction, and firing. The Metal Clay Basics class teaches you how to make your own silver jewelry out of Metal Clay; in this fun class, artists twelve and up will learn to manipulate, dry, sand, and finish their pieces. Or artists twelve and up are invited to learn the basics of using frit, stringers & other techniques in the Fused Glass Workshop by creating a 7” plate. And artists of all ages are welcome to attend the Clay Handbuilding Workshop; in the workshop you will learn to slab and throw your own clay. Call Dancing Paint Brush today to sign-up for the class of your choice 360-598-3800.
 

Magnolia Tree House hosts live music every Saturday night - professional acts and no cover. Enjoy the wonderfully moody and intimate setting. Call today to get details about featured artists. 360-697-1447

Live theatre is always a treat, and The Jewel Box Theatre opened a play by Neil Simon, "Last of the Read Hot Lovers"; performances will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays July 18th through August 16th at the Jewel Box Theatre, 225 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. There will be a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on August 3rd and 10th. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, and active duty military personnel and their dependents. Tickets are available at the door, at Liberty Bay Books in downtown Poulsbo and at the Kitsap Mall Information Desk in Silverdale. Tickets also can be reserved by calling the theater. For information, call 360.779.9688, e-mail jewelboxpoulsbo@hotmail.com or visit www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org.

Tizley’s Europub features live music on Saturday nights. The pub boasts excellent spirits and an excellent selection of wine, beers, deserts, and meals. Start times vary slightly and artists vary, so give them a call at 360-394-0082 for specific dates, start times, and artist information.

 

Events By Day

Friday, August 1st

Liberty Bay Bookstore hosts an open mike poetry event and the release of Stephene Meyers new Teen novel, Breaking Dawn – A Twilight Ball. This popular book is set in Forks, Washington. The free evening starts at 8pm and ends at midnight. For questions call Liberty Bay Bookstore at 360-779-5909.

Saturday, August 2nd

On the first Saturday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm word and rhythm lovers are invited to attend the Armchair Reading Series at The Poulsbohemian Coffee House. This month’s featured readers are Kate Cunningham, Linda Pennell, and Cleine O’Leary. After the featured readers, attendees are invited to share their poems and short stories with a warm and accepting audience. This is a great place to meet local writers and to be introduced or to stay in touch with the local writing scene. For more information please call 360-626-9025

 

Saturday, August 16th

Poulsbo Arts Festival takes place from 10am to 6pm at Waterfront Park in Downtown Poulsbo. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through our Waterfront Park at this juried Arts and
Crafts show!  Browse the many booths offering quality, unique handcrafted items. Chat with artists and view their artwork.  Original music & lyrics fill the air. Delicious, tasty food will keep you munching treats throughout the day.  A children's Art Activity Section provides hands-on entertainment for the kids.

On Front Street in Poulsbo you can enjoy Dance of the Decades, an evening of food, wine, beer, and live music. You can dance and celebrate from 6-11pm. For more information please visit the website.

 

Sunday, August 17th

Poulsbo Arts Festival takes place from 10am to 6pm at Waterfront Park in Downtown Poulsbo. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through our Waterfront Park at this juried Arts and
Crafts show!  Browse the many booths offering quality, unique handcrafted items. Chat with artists and view their artwork.  Original music & lyrics fill the air. Delicious, tasty food will keep you munching treats throughout the day.  A children's Art Activity Section provides hands-on entertainment for the kids.

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