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Two pictures of Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

Despite the common perception of rapid change, Bainbridge is a rather stable community, according to two new surveys that shed light on island demographics. But we are not economically independent or isolated.

A new Star on Madison Avenue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

Jay Wence has spent most of his life in diners. And if all goes well, that won’t change now that he has moved to Bainbridge Island. Wence and his wife, Michelle Enslow, will open the Big Star Diner next week in the Madison Avenue spot formerly occupied by Al Packard’s Blue Water Diner. “I’m excited,” Wence said late last week. “Today I had a couple from Dallas knock on the door and ask if we served milkshakes.”

BI businesses regroup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

The bad news is that the economic fallout from the September terrorist attacks definitely reached Bainbridge Island. The good news is that for the most part, the effect seem to be dissipating. “There was literally nothing for a few days,” said Sally Loomis of Loomis Travel. “We were busy refunding and reaccomodating people.”

If you wire it, they will come

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

For a property manager, the loss of a major tenant in the middle of a less-than-robust market is a crisis. When the Day Road industrial park lost Watson Furniture Systems, Sheri Watson saw an opportunity. And by offering high-speed internet access, she has filled the vacant space and then some with what she believes will be the jobs of the future on Bainbridge.

Harbor visions, island dreams

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

For the new owners of two well-established Bainbridge stores, the lure was the island, not simply the enterprise. “Small towns give me the opportunity to get involved,” said Bob Schoonmaker, new owner of the Chandlery with partner Kimberly Corrigan. The two avid sailors live aboard a 40-foot boat in the Harbor Marina, and were long-time customers when John and Jane Jay owned the store. “I was looking for an opportunity to re-orient my life from the city back to Bainbridge Island because I love it here so much,” said Schoonmaker, who works with a Seattle outdoor-clothing firm. “This is a marriage of my passions, which are boating and managing a business,” he said.

This charity did begin at home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

There was a time not so long ago that when a commercial fisherman caught the wrong fish, he had to throw it away. Although fishermen hated to do that, they understood the rationale -- to remove any incentive for catching protected species. “One of the fishermen on my boat said it’s nuts that we can’t give those fish to the food bank,” said Tuck Donnelly, a former commercial boat captain. From that prod, Donnelly created a Bainbridge-based charity that is now national in scope. The seafood products it provides have become one of the leading sources of food nationwide for the needy.

Ethereal furnishings down below

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

At first blush, “shabby elegance” seems to be one of those oxymorons like “jumbo shrimp” – two concepts that can’t readily co-exist. Sisters JoAnna Geraghty and Wendy Lavachek disagree, so much so that they are basing a business on the “shabby elegant” look. “It looks like something you inherited from your grandmother,” said Lavachek, describing the furniture and accessories on display at Ethereal, the pair’s store in the basement of Sandy’s Barber Shop on Winslow Way.

These shoots are made for walkin’

  • Sep 27, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

There are, in this world, those fussy folks who don’t want you to walk on the grass. But then there are Ann and David Knight, who are building a business of grass for walking. The Knights are not talking lawns, though. Their business is TimberGrass, purveyor of fine bamboo floorings and panels. “People buy this because it’s beautiful, durable and sustainable,” said Ann Knight. “The wood is harder than oak or maple, more stable, and you don’t get a lot of gapping between the boards.”

Dot com keeps vessels in ship shape

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

If there’s one thing a boater can count on, it’s that things will break. And there’s at least a strong possibility that wherever the boat is, the replacement part isn’t. That situation, Hal Cook thought, was begging for a hi-tech solution. So he created Go2Marine, a Bainbridge-based on-line parts store that can get almost anything almost anywhere, and can go it overnight if you really need it. “There is a huge need to get the right part fast for boats of 100 feet or less,” Cook said. “Supply stores in local markets will have some things, but we have a lot of additional stuff that people need.”

"There's still time to shopWinslow retailers see mixed sales, and some predict a last-minute buying flurry."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Will the dashed hopes of would-be dot-com moguls quiet the ringing of cash registers at island businesses? Will the fact that tech-stock dollars are vanishing as fast as membership in the A-Rod fan club empty local stores?It's really too soon to tell, according to a wholly unsystematic cross-section of Winslow Way businesses. Because it seems that island folks do their holiday shopping on island time.People are not quite ready for Christmas yet, said Jane Pomeroy, owner of the Berry Patch in the Winslow Mall. They're not decorating yet, or having a lot of parties. I don't think people are focusing. "

At home in Oriental exoticaDomicile brings Tibet to Bainbridge.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Geographically, Seattle is closer to the Orient than any other major American city. That closeness manifests itself in the Northwest's affinity for Oriental decor.People here are trying to create a Northwestern look by combining Asian and craftsman styles, says designer Jerry Carlin. Or they will mix very contemporary pottery with Chinese accent pieces.To cater to this affinity, Carlin and Keith Edgar have opened Domicile, a combination antique store and interior design service in Lundgren Station, immediately north of the Magnolia shoe store. "

Fast service at Internet cafe

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Gary Chambers had it all. A successful Internet business. A home office. The ability to set his own schedule and answer to no one.But he got lonesome.And that led to a new business - Creative Internet Center.This is a European-style Internet cafe - a gathering place where people can come and meet, use a computer, drink coffee and socialize, said Chambers.The business, which Chambers owns with wife Tricia Borgardt, is located at 578 Winslow Way East, the porch next to Bainbridge Coffee. The cafe has six computers, three of them equipped with cameras for teleconferencing. Several of the computers have 3-D capabilities for dedicated video gamers.Hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a shut-down for lunch from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. "

Luxury living for seniors comes to town

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"A new island development envisions the comforts of home, the amenities of a hotel and the security of instant medical services in one package.That's the concept behind the Meridian on Bainbridge Island, a mixed-use development planned for the north side of Knechtel Way , between the Helpline House grounds to the west and the dentist office to the east, along Ericksen Avenue.The Meridian will have 15,000-square feet of medical office space - almost twice the size of the Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic - on the ground floor, and 18 condominiums on the second and third floors. The residences will be age-restricted, requiring at least one occupant to be 55 or older. Residents will have concierge service, a town car and on-site catering available.The prices reflect the level of amenities. "

"On the air, across the nationTom Kelly takes his popular radio real estate show to the rest of the U.S."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Tom Kelly is on his way to becoming a household name on houses.Kelly, a Bainbridge Island resident, recently closed an agreement to nationally syndicate his KIRO-AM radio program on real estate issues - meaning that The Real Estate Show With Tom Kelly will be airing in some 79 major U.S. markets as of Nov. 26.It's another move toward establishing Kelly, who already syndicates a weekly newspaper column and reaches untold masses through his partnership in an Bainbridge-based Internet venture - not to mention several television guest appearances and public speaking engagements - as a pre-eminent media authority on real estate.I'm a lucky guy, said Kelly, an island resident since 1989. I get to do what I love, I get to help people, and I get to live here and work here. "

Telecom conference slatedLeaders hope to get Bainbridge back in the race for telecommunications

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"When the first railroad lines were laid more than 100 years ago, any town left off the line died. When the first highways were built this century, any town left off the highway died. To Kevin Dwyer of the Kitsap Economic Development Council, any community without good telecommunications lines will face the same fate as the unfortunate towns left off the railroad lines and highways.If they (cities) weren't on the lines, they were far removed from commerce, said Dwyer, of Bainbridge Island. If you're not connected, you're not going anywhere.The theory is particularly relevant to Dwyer, who sees Kitsap County stuck between the high-tech ambition it has for growth and the rural surroundings it wants to do it in. "

"Compact homes, compact living"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Houses should be designed from the inside out, island architect Bernie Baker says. But with most of them, it's absolutely backward.The impetus is to design for curb appeal, that is, the way the house looks from the street, Baker said. The real issue is, how it flows from the inside out.And in saying design should start with what is inside, he doesn't just mean the inside of the house. He's talking about what's inside the people who will live there.The house has to respond to the lives of its owners, Baker said.Baker's thinking parallels that of Minnesota architect Sarah Susanka, whose recent book The Not So Big House became an influential best-seller. Susanka's follow-up volume, called Creating The Not So Big House, features a Baker-designed remodel on Mercer Island.They liked the spot, but not the house, Baker said of his clients. The design made it possible to have their house transformed into a dream. "

The 'click-and-mortar' business

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Everybody talks figuratively about a product that sells itself.With the know-how of a Bainbridge Island firm, some companies like AT&T have converted that phrase from a figure of speech to a literal reality.We are what I call a 'click-and-mortar' business, said John Eisenhauer, president of Mercury On Line Solutions. I saw technology and traditional retailing coming together, and wanted to be the guy who knitted them.Mercury designs, installs and maintains interactive kiosks - computer screens that respond to questions and requests from users. Because the content is Internet-based, messages can be updated instantly from a central location. "

Inspiration on the green

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Of all the seductive illusions of golf, perhaps none is more deeply ingrained than the notion that the latest equipment can overcome all the manifest flaws of one's swing.But Patrick Broom and his island-based Optic Golf are attacking one aspect of the game where physical limitations really aren't confining - the putting game. We've designed a putter that's easy to line up visually, Broom said. And it's easier to make a pendulum stroke through the ball.The first thing you notice about the Optic Z putter line is the Z shape of the neck head. The neck thrusts forward from the club's shaft, then back at a 90-degree angle to join the putter head.The weight on the leading edge (the part that thrusts forward) raises the center of gravity of the putter, Broom said. That makes it easier to create top spin, which holds the ball on line longer.The club is also balanced in such a way that it's less inclined to rotate during the putting stroke, Broom said. "

"For cafe owners, it's in the sauce"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"There's room to improve on success. But you have to do it very carefully, says the new owner of one of Bainbridge's best-known restaurants.Richard Ramsey and his wife Barbara took over the Winslow Way Cafe Sept. 1. And while they have their own vision for the future, they want to hang onto the ingredients that have made the restaurant a success.This has been the best - and certainly the busiest - restaurant on Bainbridge, Richard Ramsey said. The challenge is to keep the same cozy, casual atmosphere, but elevate the cuisine another notch, to compete with the best restaurants in Seattle.The Ramseys bought the restaurant in Lundgren Station from Tom Lathrop and Carl Sussman over the summer, and officially took over this month.The Ramseys brought in a new chef, Ken Lyons, who has extensive experience in California with French nouvelle cuisine. They lured former islander Jim Patterson back from Boulder, Colo., to serve as wine steward. Lonnie Wigham, Barbara's sister, will be the manager. "

Blackbird back from the blast

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"The baker and the bakery are both getting back on their feet.When an oven exploded at the downtown Blackbird Bakery on June 1, co-owner Heidi Umphenour had her foot broken on several places. But when the bakery re-opens at 6 a.m. Friday morning, she'll be on her feet and ready to go, encumbered only by a light walking cast.We're recovering at about the same pace, she said about herself and her business.The heavy-duty oven blew up three and a half months ago, at dawn. The explosion lifted the roof off the building on the corner of Winslow Way and Madrone Lane, and blew through a wall connecting the bakery to the business on the east. The heavy oven lifted into the air and jumped forward, onto Umphenour's foot.It was like a tin can with a firecracker under it, bakery partner Jeff Shepard said. But the oven was so massive it contained the explosion. It saved lives. "

Slowing down to 'island time'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Life enabled Aileen Agricola to slow down from an all-consuming work pace.Now, the new owner of Bainbridge Coffee and Ice Cream at the Pavilion is trying to persuade others to do the same thing, even momentarily.I'm trying to put in things that remind us we can stop and take a moment, said Agricola, who bought the coffee stand at the end of July.A coffee bar on Bainbridge Island represents the last stop of a long journey for Agricola. "

A new niche for island knitting circles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"The dictionary defines the word knitting literally as the act of fashioning yarn into a garment, and metaphorically as the joining together of previously unrelated elements.According to knitting devotee Kit Hutchin, one leads to the other.Knitting is something that creates instant community among people who have that in common, Hutchin said. And it seems that people feel comfortable approaching someone who is knitting and striking up a conversation.Believing that there are enough actual and potential knitters on Bainbridge Island to support a business, Hutchin this week will open Churchmouse Yarn and Teas on Madrone Lane. "

That finishing fashion touch

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"It's the shoes that are fitting southern transplant Andrea Ragin into Bainbridge. And judging from the early reaction to Magnolia's on Madison, Ragin's new shoe store, the match is a good one.I was looking for a deficit in retail opportunities, what was not being provided on the island, she said.I polled different merchants, and shoes were it.The store opened Aug. 18 in Lundgren Station on the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue. "

Charting an historical course

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"For Christopher Charles, the past is his future.Long a collector and occasional seller of antiquarian print material, Charles is in the process of opening Fleet Street Gallery on Winslow Way. The business will sit between Roberts Jewelers and the Roby King Gallery, in the front portion of the space formerly occupied by Dwight's Floral.This is something I've wanted to do for 30 years, said Charles. I've got six kids - one at Bainbridge High School and the rest in college. So now is the time. "

Booth of no return

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Since 1993, when the Lundgren Station booth was improved as a business venue, an array of entrepreneurs have hung out shingles and set up shop in its 15 or so square feet of work space. Most foundered, although several went on to thrive in new locations. Here's the scorecard: "

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