Bethel Centre set for grand opening
June 12, 2008 · Updated 1:29 PM
Darlene Piper has been working toward this moment for a couple of years. And Friday afternoon, she will see her efforts bear fruit.
Friday brings the grand opening of the Bethel Centre, located at 1521 SE Piperberry Way in Port Orchard, which is just another step in the new business center.
What started off as just a place to build a roller skating rink/recreation center has turned into a complex thats now home to Piper's law practice, among many other businesses.
I bought all the property together and I just put the plans together for the front piece, not really intending to do this yet, Piper said. I was going to try and get the roller rink up first, but as far as cost-wise, it made more sense to do everything all at once.
So Piper moved her firm, which she has operated since 1994, to the new location back in February, and others have since followed.
Bethel Centre is now home to the Law Offices of Kathleen Schultz, Gregory J. Wall & Associates, the CPA firm of Peterson & Jake, Inc., Stewart Title of Kitsap County, CFA Northwest Mortgage Professionals, Country A'la Mode, an ice cream shoppe, Pizza Factory, Cafe Solei, an espresso and tanning salon, and Luxury Nails & Spa.
The Pizza factory has been open for a few weeks while Country ala Mode should open next week. Baja Outpost, a restaurant with a Southwest flavor, is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in July while the Bethel Recreation Centre/roller rink is slated for a September opening.
But for now, the occupants of Pipers suite, Wall & Associates, Schultz, Stewart Title and CFA Mortgage, will have their grand opening Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m.
South Kitsap Commissioner Jan Angel and members of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the formal ribbon-cutting, Piper said.
Piper, who practices business, real estate and elder law, sent out 2,200 invitations for the opening and is expecting a large turnout.
All the suites in the complex, which constitutes three separate buildings and covers 26,000 square feet, are spoken for with the exception of the 4,000-square-foot front corner building, which remains open.
The roller rink, which will be the center-piece of the complex will be 2,200 square feet with a pullout stage area for concerts and special events.