Welcome Letter

Dee Coppola (Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)
(Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)

Goodbye to ‘Dog Days’

Merriam-Webster defines dog days as “the period between early July and early September, when the hot, sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the Northern Hemisphere.” Most people today use the phrase to mean the lazy days of summer, although it has nothing actually to do with dogs.

As you read this, the kids will be back in school, planning for fall events will have commenced, and even football has started.

WestSound Home & Garden magazine is honored to feature the stunning estate home of longtime business associate and community philanthropist Melanie Dressel. After she unexpectedly passed away, her husband, Bob, lovingly completed their home with special assistance from architect Justin Zier and interior designer Sandra Newell. A heartfelt story and a lovely tribute.

Although dog days are ending, we still have enticing gardens to entertain you! Jeannie Cronce’s Garden, Judi Cleghorn’s Garden, Waterfalls in the Garden, the Little Big Garden, plus lots of creative garden rock art from Linda McWhirter. Also, check out the fun Young Farmers feature, about raising kids on the farm.

Our feature restaurant this issue is Il Lucano in Gig Harbor. Michele Simone and his wife, Azusa, are delightful, along with serving sumptuous, authentic Italian cuisine and providing stellar service.

Still time for indoor and outdoor cooking at the Aydolette home. An amazing kitchen inside and out. See how a creative chef enjoys preparing food at home.

Considering new cabinetry? We have the latest information. And check out Bob Disney’s effort to reach out to young adults who may be interested in the construction trades.

Celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Christmas Shop in Gig Harbor. Then, see how Mary Terry has expanded her business past Furnish Bainbridge.

Co-working is becoming a new way to do business. Is it right for you? Read about the locations we discovered.

Pickleball is still growing — and a great way to get that much-needed but fun exercise, founded right here on Bainbridge Island. Discover Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Memorial Plaza. And read about Parking in Bremerton.

Still great weather to get out and about. See you there!



Dee Coppola
DEE COPPOLA Founding Editorial Director
dee [at] wshg [dot] net
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