They dot the waters of the South Puget Sound like moss-covered stones jutting out of a stream. Each shining emerald is an island that is quite distinct from its neighbor, yet united in our region’s collective adoration. We pilot boats, ride ferries, or cross bridges to visit them. We hike their trails and walk their beaches. We sip their wines and breathe deeply the scent of their lavender. We even speak about one in hushed tones, unsure whether stories we’ve heard are true. But what about the economies of our favorite local islands? We journeyed to several to find out what makes each unique.