Shoppers buying local win big

Troy Niehaus and Erin O’Hara were selected as the grand-prize winners of two downtown shopping sprees worth $2,300 in $50 gift certificates to the 46 businesses that participated in the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association’s Holiday Passport Program.

The goal of the program is to encourage shoppers to buy local during the holiday season. Each of the 46 participating businesses issued a stamp in shoppers “passports” when they spent $10 or more. Shoppers who collected stamps from at least half of the businesses were eligible for the drawing.

Shoppers submitted 47 completed passports, almost five times more than the previous year, and generated just under $11,000 of purchases at the stores.

O’Hara said that filling out the passport was a family activity she and her daughters completed together.

Other participants said the program was an enjoyable way to visit stores they hadn’t previously visited.

Prudential office has new owners

As of Jan. 1, Dave Manning and Julie Meyers are the new co-owners of the local Prudential Real Estate office.

Manning, the firm’s managing broker for the last two years, and Meyers, a sales associate, recently purchased the business from Judy Newkirk, who has suffered from an illness in recent years.

“It’s been an honor to work for Judy and now we will just try to carry on her tradition,” Manning said.

The office, located at 166 Winslow Way East, has 10 employees.

Chamber to offer crystal ball gazing

The Economic Forecast Luncheon held annually by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce will feature Tom Cox, a regional economic prognosticator.

The Jan. 19 event at Wing Point Golf & Country Club, will also feature comments from local industry experts.

For reservations, call 842-3700 or go online at

Weight-loss event scheduled for BAC

Bainbridge Athletic Club is holding its kick-off event for a “Biggest Winner Ultimate Thinner” weight loss contest scheduled for Jan. 10.

The event, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Meadowmeer club, will include registration, free food, a nutrition seminar and a motivational talk by fitness director Melissa House.

The event is free and open to all islanders. Call 842-5661 or (206) 714-4918 for more information.

Pudding bake-off for Helpline House

The Island Gallery, in conjunction with My Kids’ Cookies, is asking islanders to enter their favorite bread pudding in a bake-off event scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 4.

All proceeds will go to Helpline House.

The event is open to professional or amateur bakers and will be held at the Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way East.

For more information, call 780-9500 or online at

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