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Low interest rates spur island home sales

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

Fueled by continued low interest rates, the Bainbridge Island housing market remained surprisingly strong in the first quarter of the year. While fewer homes were sold in the first three months of 2002 than in the same period a year ago, the time needed to sell a home actually decreased slightly, and the median price showed a modest increase. The picture is not entirely clear, according to local real-estate professionals.

Is island business picking up?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

While the economic health of other Puget Sound counties deteriorated and the state slipped into a recession last winter, Kitsap County remained strong, according to state Department of Revenue statistics released last week. “Other Puget Sound counties, such as King County, boomed bigger over the last decade, and now they are busting bigger,” said County Commissioner Chris Endresen. “Kitsap County is steadier in terms of employment and income.” Retail trade in Kitsap jumped by 9.6 percent during the last quarter (September through December) of 2001 over the same time period the year before. Similarly, overall taxable retail sales in Kitsap increased by 5.5 percent in the last quarter of 2001 -- also over the same time period the previous year.

Space available -- inquire within

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

If bad things do happen in groups of three, then the commercial real estate market on Bainbridge Island can breathe easier for awhile. Last year brought a triple whammy, which suggests that this year, things have to get better.

Finding the career shoe that fits

  • Mar 27, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

Even in the current economy, it is possible to get your foot in an employer’s door. You just have to be standing outside the right one, says career consultant Jeanne Soulier. “The challenge for the successful job seeker is to be at the head of the line, not just somewhere in the line,” says Soulier.

Riding the Teddy Bear Express

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

There’s nothing unusual about kids finding something for their mom to buy at a toy store. Bettyanne Crane’s kids took matters a giant step farther. They found a toy store for their mom to buy, which let her move cross-country to be closer to them.

Learning center brings green

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

One of Bainbridge Island’s cherished beliefs is that business and the environment can coexist peacefully. The Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center is taking that one step further. Its mission is the environment, but it is a business that will make a significant contribution to the local economy. “This is the largest capital construction project at one time in island history,” said PSELC founder Paul Brainerd of the $32.5 million multi-building campus taking shape off of Blakely Avenue.

First Years: Now we are six

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

When they received the phone call, in early 1996, that the day care their daughter attended would close the next day, Doug and Kathy Hartley stepped in. The couple turned Winslow Campus into First Years/A Learning and Child Care Community. “We did it with the help of my parents,” Doug Hartley said, “They bought the assets.”

Success has come by the books

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

When Morley Horder bought Eagle Harbor Book Company in 1997, he knew that someday, people might buy books over the Internet. He thought he had a good 10 years head start; instead, it happened almost immediately, letting readers buy the books they wanted at any hour of the day or night.

It’s a tortoise’s life at Paws and Fins

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

Wiccan York-Patten is familiar with the poor choices of some would-be pet owners. Many come by her Paws and Fins store hoping to find new homes for their pets – or simply to abandon the animals on the doorstep.

He knows the investor’s mind

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

Ask any investor what his or her goals are, and the answer is likely to be: “Financial success.” But in reality, that “obvious” answer is more than likely incorrect, says Paul Heys, who has been studying investment psychology for years. And the gap between stated objectives and underlying objectives is the investor’s worst enemy.

Home sales slow down in 2001

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

The pace of home sales on Bainbridge Island dropped significantly in 2001, dipping to a level last seen in 1997.

Piloting in the Palm of your hand

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

Private pilot Chris Smith was sure he had grounds for complaint. After all, he’d come very close to dying. The checklist program on his Palm Pilot that was supposed to make flying an unfamiliar single-engine plane straightforward had made it a nightmare instead.

Doors to a better environment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

Bainbridge demands high quality, but its residents are, for the most part, sensitive to environmental concerns. Catering to those realities, Tom Jorgensen made a niche for himself by turning out high-quality woodworking in an eco-friendly fashion. In so doing, he’s not only making a statement, but getting out ahead of what he thinks the law will someday require of all craftsmen.

Bargains are in the basement

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:50PM

Patti Shannon went shopping for antiques in Winslow last fall, and ended up buying the store. She stopped in at Ethereal, a new store in the the space below Sandy’s barber shop on Winslow Way, and learned that it was about to close. As collecting had always been Shannon’s hobby, she made an appointment with the owners at the end of October and signed a lease Nov. 1.

Politically correct business gifts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

When Beth Ross’s obstetrician delivered her baby, he also gave her a business, at least indirectly. The doctor sent Ross a gift in the hospital. And, she says, it was tacky. So much so that she called him to complain. “I said, ‘how can you have so much money and such bad taste?’” Ross said. “And he told me I should start a business of providing tasteful gifts.”

Lighting up ‘Winslow wonderland’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

To the east sit the posh department stores of downtown Seattle. To the west, the “big box” chains and mall outlets of Silverdale. Somewhere in the middle sits little Winslow, its homegrown merchants straining to remind islanders to keep their dollars local during the holiday season.

"Dot com keeps ships in shape Ex-Pee Wee grid chief Hal Cook has 20,000 things for boaters on the Net."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"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. "

"Yesterday the world, today BainbridgeWell-traveled designer Bill McKnight opens his first retail outlet in Winslow."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"You've probably seen Bill McKnight's interior design work.Maybe you haven't been to Singapore's storied Raffles Hotel recently to see the work McKnight has done on that symbol of Britain's empire, still consistently ranked as one of the world's best hotels. Or perhaps you haven't caught his work at the Delta Whistler Hotel in Canada, or the White Pine Lodge in Schweitzer, Idaho.But if you've been to REI's flagship store in Seattle, or to almost any Nordstrom, you've seen McKnight's style - one he's bringing to Bainbridge Island in the form of a home-furnishings retail outlet in the Pavilion. "

"Sales strong, prices level offLocal agents call the dip in listing prices a return to normalcy."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"After several quarters of steady increases, Bainbridge real estate prices dropped significantly in July.But according to local real-estate professionals, it's a return to normalcy.Prices have dropped, no question about it, said Judy Nieukirk of Prudential Northwest Real Estate on Bainbridge Island. I see price reductions coming in daily. But I think this is a leveling out, and a return to what we normally see on Bainbridge. "

"Tracking those tourist dollarsA task force plans a detailed look at who visits, and what they spend."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"Twenty-four times a day, a ferry pulls into the Bainbridge dock. Each time it does, it potentially carries a cargo of money for the island - money in the form of tourist dollars. A lot of merchants on Winslow Way aren't certain tourism does them a lot of good, said Jack MacArthur, executive director of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. But when I had an antique store, our business was 35 percent higher from May to September than during the rest of the year.Team Winslow's Sandy Martin did a one-shot survey, and found even more striking results.We asked two local businesses to keep track for one weekend and a weekday during May, she said. On the weekend, they found that 50 percent of their sales were to non-islanders, and on the weekday, it was 30 percent. "

"Fashion for debutantes, frumpsIt's style above all at Tomboy Divas. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"The place looks like your grandmother's attic - a fantastic jumble of yesterday's clothes, jewelry, purses, trinkets, toys and description-defying miscellany.Welcome to Tomboy Diva, the product of Kim Koenig's closets, shopping sprees and imagination.I don't really think of this as a store, but as a cultural center, a gathering place for people to express themselves, she said.Koenig opened her emporium - a work in progress - in the Winslow Way building next to Bainbridge Coffee in July. "

"Local food,local flavorOwner emphasizes home-grown foodto help preserve Bainbridge farmland."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"When it comes to food, you can't beat home-grown.So says Jeannie Alexis Wood, owner-chef at La Belle Saison restaurant. Since she opened the Winslow Mall restaurant in 1999, Wood has made a point of featuring Bainbridge products. It's equal parts philosophy and quality, she said. The product is always so fresh and wonderful. And if you eat locally you can save the beautiful farms.The restaurant uses eggs, berries, milk, vegetables, potatoes, onions and garlic from island farms. While you can buy a California chardonnay or an Oregon Pinot Noir, most of the wines come from the Bainbridge Island Winery.We make our own sausage, our own croissants, which take two days, and our own catsup, Wood said. We don't buy convenience-packaged ingredients. "

"Custom club-maker finds a fit on islandA hobby goes awry, a business is born."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"When golfers buy equipment, they pay too much for something that does them absolutely no good - product advertising.Not only that, Mike Truan says, the advertising steers them in the wrong direction - buying equipment that the pros use, instead of clubs built for golfers with more modest physical abilities.So, frustrated by an inability to find equipment that genuinely fit his short-ish stature, he began tailor-making golf clubs. Now Bainbridge Custom Clubs is a full-service business, operating out of Truan's garage on Nakata Place. "

Daigles have designs on islandGraphic artists use internet to keep in touch with needs of national clients.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"Outside, the plain gray building behind the police station looks like a remnant of Bainbridge Island's past, right down to the 1964 Porsche parked out in front.But the sleek decor, walls of au courant graphics and rooms of computers and servers inside tell you that this is Bainbridge's present, and maybe its future - a knowledge-based business using the Internet to reach a national and international client base.We use the web to give existing clients access around the clock and in any location, said Geoff Daigle of Daigle Design. It's one of the reasons that we could move from downtown. "

Madrona makes room for kidsThe restaurant's new owners pitch a menu and prices to the underserved 'family' niche.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"Sometimes it seems like the collective motto of Bainbridge restaurants must be we're not kidding.The bulk of the island's restaurants aim their fare - and the price of their menu items - at adults. Jim and Sara Parrish, the new owners of the Madrona Waterfront Cafe, plan to change that.We want to really emphasize families here, said Sara. You won't have to worry about making a mess, and you can eat here once or twice a week without having to spend half your paycheck. "

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