What started as a stress-relieving hobby has grown into a one-of-a-kind mosaics studio on the Kitsap Peninsula, with wine and nibbles to fuel patrons’ creativity.
Before adult coloring books were the de-stresser du jour, nurse Anna Hickner began piecing together bits of colored glass to achieve her moment of Zen. Now she shares that experience with others at her Poulsbo business, pampering customers with French press coffee, unique vintages and small plates loaded with flavor.
Not artistic? Don’t worry, Hickner says there’s no learning curve. The studio welcomes drop-ins and offers a variety of projects for a flat fee. Votives and mirrors are popular and some patrons scour antique stores for old windows to transform. A rainbow of pre-cut glass is available or you can quickly learn to cut your own.
Mosaic projects average $30 and sandwiches, soups and small plates are $5 or less. Hickner makes much of the food herself. Before nursing, she cooked at Southern California’s famed Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn and counted members of The Beach Boys among her clientele.
Popular bistro menu items include an Italian grinder, classic quiche and a cheese and fruit plate. Everything is made fresh when ordered.There’s also a dessert case filled with cakes, seasonal fruit cobblers, chocolate mousse and creme brûlée.
Hickner and her husband are always on the lookout for wines that aren’t readily available elsewhere. For March, the bistro is featuring four selections from Shelton’s Walter Dacon Wines – a 2014 Skookum White (Pinot Grigio), 2009 C’est Syrah Beaux, 2012 Skookum Red and 2009 C’est Syrah Magnifique. Customers can taste three for $10 or all four for $13.
The studio and bistro are located at 18827 Front St. NE on Poulsbo’s charming main street and are close to Poulsbo hotels, the Poulsbo marina, Silverdale hotels and Suquamish Clearwater Resort. For hours and additional information, click here.