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Amish Touch begins construction on new location

By RACHEL BRANT

Staff writer

With gold shovels in hand, Dan and Deb Crook, of Seabeck, broke new ground Thursday morning for Amish Touch Inc.

The Crooks, co-owners of the furniture store, along with Mike Brown, of FPH Construction in Bremerton, had a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on NW Randall Way in front of The Vintage at Silverdale senior apartments. FPH Construction is constructing a 24,000-square-foot building for Amish Touch and other tenants. The project is scheduled to be completed sometime next summer.

“The building is going to be big enough to house a few other tenants,” said Dan Crook.

Amish Touch has been a fixture in the Seattle Lighting Plaza on Myhre Place for more than seven years, but the Crooks have longed to open up a new, larger building.

“We’ve been waiting for permits for a year now,” Crook said.

Amish Touch will take up a 12,000-square-foot space and other businesses will lease smaller areas in the building.

“It’s a new building with more space and we’re going to surround ourselves with many tenants,” Crook said.

A black buggy will sit atop the new building in a closed silo and will be visible throughout Silverdale.

“People in the Costco parking lot and on the freeway will be able to see us, so that will be a landmark,” Crook said with a smile.

Amish Touch sells handcrafted Amish furniture. The Crooks buy furniture from more than 80 Amish craftsmen in Indiana and Ohio. Once the furniture store moves into its new location, the Crooks also will offer furniture from local Northwest craftsmen.

“We’re looking forward to having a really nice business and hopefully everyone in Kitsap County will want to see it,” Crook said.

One new business is already set to move in next door to Amish Touch. John Rosebeary and his wife, Janet, of Poulsbo, will open Buckboard Tack and Apparel next summer. Rosebeary also owns Viking Fence Company and is excited to do business with his good friends, the Crooks.

“They are good people, they do what they say they are going to do,” Rosebeary said. “That’s the kind of people you want to be in business with.”

Buckboard Tack and Apparel will occupy 3,500-square feet and will offer Western wear and a variety of equine equipment.

“It’s the place to dress yourself and your horse,” Rosebeary said. “There’s no place like this for Western wear.”

Amish Touch and Buckboard Tack and Apparel are tentatively scheduled to open next summer.

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