A new hangout for the bead-eyeing -- Business Briefing

Bainbridge’s Bead Garden is full of charms – silver and otherwise.

The latest addition to a growing cadre of shops on the Winslow building’s ground floor, the new store offers islanders an outlet for a craft that’s seeing a rise in popularity and talented practitioners, says co-owner Libbey Tiefer.

“We opened a bead store here because there was a desperate need for one, and we wanted to be the ones to fill that need,” Tiefer said.

“There’s a good vibe here.”

Like its parent store in Silverdale, the shop offers a vast array of beads and charms – from Japanese seed beads and Czech fire-polished glass, to Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stones – as well as a full line of finishings, needles, wire and other beading supplies.

“We pride ourselves on our really large selection of vintage beads,” Tiefer said.

The store also has a modest studio space; for a $5 fee, beaders can work on their crafts in the store, with staff and other enthusiasts close at hand.

There are also plans to host beading birthday parties, teen nights and a twice-monthly beadcraft group.

“We want to make this a destination bead store – some place you don’t just pick up your materials and leave,” Tiefer said.

It was a chance visit that introduced Tiefer to the craft five years ago. As a post-dentist visit treat for her daughter, the pair stopped at a bead store and were immediately hooked.

That initial exposure led to a serious investment, and beading parties for friends and family. The pursuit became a passion for Tiefer, her mother Gayle Libbey, and friend Jill Miller, who together opened the bead store in Silverdale last year.

“We joke that we needed to become dealers to support our habit,” Tiefer said.

The shop saw a good deal of traffic from Bainbridge, prompting the trio to pursue a location on the island.

As they have in the Silverdale, the trio’s bead collection will showcase the work of local “lamplighters” – crafters of glass beads – and other artisans.

“There is so much talent in this area, there is no reason to go anywhere else,” she said.

Like the Silverdale store, the island’s Bead Garden will offer a variety of beading classes, which will start in the fall.

Current offerings include instruction in using precious metal clay (PMC) to make silver charms, and summer craft “day camps” for children. Tiefer is on the lookout for new instructors.

The Bead Garden is located at 400 Winslow Way, Suite 180. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through, 12-5 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays. Information: 855-4043, or

– Kathryn Haines

‘House Hunters’ island show to air

Island realtor Vicki Fazzini leads a couple in their search for the perfect Bainbridge home, in an episode of House Hunters entitled “No More Rent” that airs this week on Home and Garden TV network.

The newly taped episode airs at 8 p.m. June 9 and 12 a.m. June 10.

Says an HGTV program guide:

“Laurel and Tim Schreiners live on Bainbridge Island, one of the many islands that surround downtown Seattle. Just a short ferry ride from the city, the island offers the couple the best of both worlds – proximity to their jobs in the city and the feeling of living in the woods. Their sprawling 3,200-square-foot rental home looks somewhat like a modern cabin and is perfect in every other way, except that it is not their own.

“They are looking for a house on the island with at least three bedrooms and two main living areas. To help in their search, they have enlisted the help of real estate agent Vicki Fazzini.”

Hosted by Suzanne Whang, the program “takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode follows a prospective buyer and real estate agent through the home-buying process, from start to finish.”

Circulation boost of 11,000 for KNG

Sound Publishing newspapers now reach more than 83,000 Kitsap County homes, or 95 percent of the entire market, company officials announced.

The figures represent an increase of 15 percent over the company’s January 2004 circulation. Advertising rates will not increase.

The boost in circulation comes in response to significant growth and new housing development in Kitsap County.

“Readers and advertisers alike will benefit from our expansion,” said Lori Maxim, vice president of Sound Publishing. “Readers will receive the local news that matters to them, and advertisers will be able to reach 95 percent of Kitsap households with a high-quality editorial product.”

New circulation includes 2,000 in North Kitsap; 2,600 in Central Kitsap; and 2,600 in Port Orchard. In February, Sound Publishing also launched the Week in Review, a Saturday publication that reaches 4,800 Bainbridge Island homes by mail.

Sound Publishing provides award-winning local news to Western Washington’s suburban communities in San Juan County, Island County, Kitsap County, Federal Way, and Vashon Island.

With a total weekly circulation of more than 160,000, Sound Publishing is a key media buy for major national and regional advertisers. Sound Publishing is audited by Circulation Verification Council and is a member of Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.

Kleins join island JLS realty office

Tom and Terry Klein have joined the Bainbridge Island office of John L. Scott Real Estate, broker Vicki Browning said.

The Kleins previously worked for Windermere’s West Sound/Poulsbo office. In 1987, the couple moved to Bainbridge Island, where they have been active members in their community.

Tom is a retired Northwest Airlines pilot and a Boeing flight instructor. Terry grew up on Bainbridge Island and attended the University of Washington where she received a bachelor’s degree in arts and science.

Both are well-versed in the real estate market. Terry holds professional affiliations including the ABR and GRI designations, and is currently working towards her CRS designation.

Tom and Terry Klein can be reached at 842-5636. John L. Scott Bainbridge Island is located at 600 Winslow Way East No. 110.

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