Bainbridge’s newest addition will have a familiar face.
Eric Andersen is no stranger to Bainbridge Island and its coffee lovers. So it comes as no surprise that he is the face behind a new cafe coming soon to Lynwood.
The venture that Andersen is helping bring to the south island scene is the Market at Pleasant Beach; a unique hybrid of a coffee shop and a classic market with independent vendors.
Andersen is widely known as the man who has served coffee and smiles behind Town & Country’s espresso stand for 10 years. Now he will move that service to Lynwood.
“Everyone at T&C from the owners on down have provided me more freedom than I could ever have expected,” Andersen said. “They were fantastic.”
Now it’s time for a change. He enjoyed his position at Town & Country, but when opportunity came knocking, he answered.
His new cafe — Boathouse Coffee at Pleasant Beach — is more than a mere coffee shop. It will serve as the anchor for the market. Shops will expand around it. And Andersen will manage it all.
He points to Melrose Market in Seattle’s Capitol Hill as one inspiration for the market.
“The key in my mind is having the right diversity and mix of vendors,” he said.
“It will be difficult to get the level of drop-bys that you get at the T&C, so we will create it as more of a destination spot. Something that compliments the whole Bainbridge experience.”
Pleasant Beach Village officials began considering the idea of a market before construction was finished. They didn’t have to look too far to find the right man for the job. Andersen was a common recommendation from islanders. The project intrigued him so much, that he began saying his goodbyes to the Town & Country family he has known for a decade.
Andersen’s last day at Town & Country’s espresso stand was Jan. 3.
Creating the space was one attraction to the gig for Andersen. He has been working closely with the building’s owners, island architect Charlie Wenzlau, and his wife, to design the space. It’s somewhat of an outlet for Andersen’s other passion. He and his wife spend much of their time seeking out great deals on used furniture and other gems for interior design. They document their adventures in design on their blog www.shoestringabundance.com.
“The aspect of creating our own space and designing it is real nice,” he said.
The market will be located at the east end of the village, on the first floor under what will eventually be a bistro on the floor above.
Andersen said that the market’s development is still in its early stage, but islanders will begin to see it take shape over the next couple of months.
The market space still bears the bones of the building being built around it. Anderson said that the exposed pipes, insulation and beams will be replaced by the market’s island ambiance around spring when he hopes to open.