Welcome to Washington State and FTE. I love this State - don't think I'll ever want to leave. I don't know Silverdale very well, but being right there on the ocean (er, well, the Sound) is just gorgeous. The ferry rides are fun, too....
What kind of shops you looking for? May help when someone from your neck of the woods stops in to help.
Thanks. I love it here too so far. We've been here for a little less than a year (but i've been out to sea for half of that). We've taken the ferry over to Seattle a few times for ballgames and stuff, but other than that I'm not much into big cities.
I'm looking for a place to take the truck to and to buy parts and stuff. I've seen bayview 4x4 but wanted to see who has experience with any other places.