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Where to put the decimal point

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

Avalara simplifies the business sales tax. Marshmallows are taxed three different ways in the U.S., depending on color and size. School supplies in New York City are sales tax-free – but only the week before school starts. An accounting headache? Avalara is bringing aspirin. “It’s all about jurisdiction,” said Scott McFarlane, chief operating officer of the Winslow-based business. “Just because you are in one state doesn’t mean you don’t have a sales tax problem.”

At Uppercut, image is everything

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

A new stock photo outfit seeks a niche. When it comes to photography, Uppercut Images is personal – with a focus as sharp as the camera’s eye. “We’re taking a different approach than the competition, a very personal approach with photographers and a lot more human contact,” said Ben Winters, creative developer for the new stock photography firm on Parfitt Way. “We meet them face to face.”

Cellulite has finally met its match

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

Massage therapist Kjirste Orr unveils the Synergie system, worthy of Oprah. There are lots of fine masseuses on Bainbridge Island, but only one owns a machine hailed for reducing cellulite on Oprah’s television show. Kjirste Orr, who specializes in massage for women, recently acquired a Synergie Aesthetic Massage System for her Winslow Way practice.

Designer fashion always in ‘Vogue’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

If the label fits, buy it at Adam and Eve. Robin Callahan has always plugged in to new businesses, successfully running an air cargo service in Hawaii and then an art gallery in Seattle. This time, her business has plugged her into the Bainbridge community. Callahan brings designer chic to Winslow with the wholehearted enthusiasm of a fashion dynamo, with family and friends lending many hands to open Adam and Eve Clothing Company at the corner of Eriksen and Winslow.

A wholesome quarter-century

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

Within days of visiting family on the island 25 years ago, Ce-Ann Parker and Howard Block became the proud owners of Bay Hay and Feed, an aging corner store that sold drywall, sacks of feed, and not much else. The pair had come from New Hampshire, where they studied horticulture and owned a health food store. But they were tired of the frigid winters, so they came west, to Parker’s hometown, looking for a fresh opportunity.

Keyes a doctor who makes house calls

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

The days of doctors making house calls are back. Dr. Gregory Keyes is in. “I went into medical school a long time ago thinking I wanted to be the kind of doctor that was a friend to all my patients,” Keyes said. “(I liked) the whole concept of a doctor who becomes involved in the lives of the patients.”

Mediterranean garden finds a new home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

Middle Earth has moved to a 100-year-old island farm. The nursery Mesogeo, whose name means Middle Earth in Greek, is the unique concept of Terri Stanley and Terry Moyemont, the fruit of a tour of Mediterranean gardens that convinced them that the Northwest climate was similar enough to sustain many plants from warmer climes.

Being green brings in the green

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

Some may be skeptical that environmentally friendly business can make more money, but the Bainbridge Graduate Institute hopes to prove doubters wrong. “A lot of people still assume that when talking about ‘green business’ that it’s not about running a profitable business, but about being ‘less bad,’” said Rick Bunch, executive director of BGI. “Increasingly we find businesses that look for the opportunity to solve a social or environmental problem. (If you solve it) you’re going to make money.”

Books, Bagels, Beans and soon goodbyes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:01PM

Leaving Books Bagels and Beans will be like leaving home for owner Judith Pertnoy, creator of one of Bainbridge’s more cozy nooks. Pertnoy wants to sell her store and move back to the East Coast to be closer to family. It’s not only Pertnoy who “lives” at the espresso bar bookstore; Books, Bagels and Beans has become a home away from home to a devoted coterie of daily customers. “We encourage that, we like that,” Pertnoy said. “People come and they never leave.”

A local market for sustainability

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Stacy Marshall and Chris Llewellyn have found synergy between organic zucchini and fair trade, organic coffee. Customers ordering organic produce from Serendipity Farm, owned by former islander Llewellyn, can also get Marshall’s Grounds for Change fair-trade coffee delivered to their home or a neighborhood drop-off spot. “Chris and I have very similar missions,” Marshall said. “We’re having a wonderful time.”

Frills, thrills at La De Da

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

La De Da lets customers know where they are before they step through the doorway. Located at the east corner of Winslow Green, the small but succulent 700-square-foot store has its name emblazoned in a “faux doormat,” a tasseled rug painted in curlicues. That magic is worked within the confines of the silk and satin-draped, pink-bow-tied, lace-bestrewn interior is announced straightaway by the shop’s resident genius, a papier-mâché witch crafted by artist Marilyn Phillips and permanently ensconced on the counter.

It's a family affair at Baker Hill Grill

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Most people may prefer to spend their day off lazing about, but Tina Nguyen, spent hers opening a new restaurant. Baker Hill Bar and Grill is Nguyen’s latest venture, a family restaurant with adjoining sports bar in Lynwood Center that has its grand opening today. The restaurant “soft opened” earlier in August to work out the kinks – including getting a roadside sign for building tucked away behind Walt’s Market.

Chip off the ol' engine block

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Islanders who’ve been around a few years might do double-takes when ads for “Olsen Small Engine Repair and Sharpening” appear. The late Rodney Olsen ran Hockett and Olsen, Mac ‘n Jacks Island Service and, where Safeway stands today, Village Service for decades. Now his son Ross follows in the family tradition with an appliance repair shop opening today at his Rolling Bay home.

Always setting things straight

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Dick Strom stands between a dented Nissan Pathfinder and its virtual version glowing on a computer screen. He watches the digital SUV as the real one’s crushed front end is slowly tugged by thick chains rigged to 8-foot hydraulic towers. A laser beam sweeps the truck’s belly, sending measurements to Strom’s screen. Strom keeps his eyes on a millimeter-by-millimeter read-out as the truck is pulled back to its pre-collision glory.

Fire inspection program here -- Business Briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Many island commercial buildings will get a visit from the fire inspector this summer, in a new safety program under way by the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The goal is to educate building owners and tenants about potential fire hazards, and ensure the safety of building occupants should a blaze break out. “Part of what the taxpayers are paying for should include prevention,” said Cindy Klugiewicz, a former firefighter and Mason County fire inspector who will carry out the program under contract with the Bainbridge department.

Lollipops offers kids clothing in all flavors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Photographer moves from behind the camera to behind the counter at children’s boutique.
Amid ballerina skirts and knit puppy booties, the miniature play ferry is right at home. Toy cars offload onto a wooden dock in the corner of the Candyland-like store in yellow, pink and green pastels. A photographer by trade, proprietor Karin Lehotsky used to frequent boutiques of children’s clothing to find props for her diminutive subjects. She opened Lolli­pops – A Children’s Boutique next to Grace and Company Paperie in April.

Two more reasons to get fit this summer -- Business Briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

The Gym at the Pavilion adds Pilates equipment, therapists to its fitness program.
In time for the peak season in the fight against flab, the Gym at the Pavilion is expanding its services with the addition of two new therapists and a top-of-the-line Pilates machine, the business announced this week. Among the new hires is Wendy Becker, LMP, who brings years of training and experience to the massage table. A USA certified coach, Becker believes in producing results by placing emphasis on elements often overlooked.

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

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

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.”

Interiors by Anne -- Business Briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Anne MacArthur brings her expertise in design and reputation for artistic ability to a new home decor consulting business, Interior Arrangements by Anne MacArthur. MacArthur has extensive corporate experience in customer service and large-group management. Her formal training includes graduation from the Residential Design Program of the Art Institute of Seattle, a Master of Science degree in organizational development, and a bachelor of science in nursing.

A couple of good years in business

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

It required some heavy lifting, but the Rosenthals restored faith in the local gym.
Reviving a failing business is one thing. Taking over an enterprise that turned out to have been run by con men, and returning it to respectability, that’s quite another. That was the challenge for Michael and Alexa Rosenthal, when they were awarded control of the Madison Avenue gymnasium now known as Island Fitness two years ago. While principals in the former enterprise, Health Maintenance Center, have been jailed for defrauding investors, the Rosenthals have developed a thriving club that one member says “promotes a strong sense of friendship, goodwill and good health.”

Welcome home! Come in, have a seat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

New furniture store caters to commuters, islanders’ taste for low-key quality.
At Port Madison Home, the furniture is built to order – and so is the store. During his days as a daily ferry rider, John Hays had been frustrated by how early most island shops close. His new furniture store keeps that commuting schedule in mind, extending business hours until 8 p.m. on weekdays. “We’re going to be open when people are home,” Hays said. Located on Hildebrand Avenue, Port Madison Home offers furniture for the living room, dining room and bedroom, as well as table settings, area rugs, bath fixtures, bedding and home office pieces.

Gilbert Thomes: A gem of a store

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Gemologist/designer duo set up shop in The Winslow.
Tucked through the archway of The Winslow is a new jewelry store in a space the owners liken to the tiny shops that dot Paris. “I’d like to be the corner jewelry store, like the corner baker or shoemaker you go to,” co-owner Drew Gilbert Thomes said. Drew and his wife, longtime islander Alice Gilbert Thomes, melded their complementary trades – Alice as gemologist and Drew as jewelry designer – to form the store, which offers custom and antique jewelry, as well as cleaning and repair services.

Second homes: a primo investment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Whoever coined the adage “what goes up must come down” never looked into real estate, especially on Bainbridge. Home and land prices seem to know just one direction: skyward. As such, real property may well make a better investment for retirement than the mercurial stock market – so argues island writer and commentator Tom Kelly. But the real secret, he says, is the ease with which you can put a second home into your portfolio, use it as a getaway, then “trade up” for other properties as your goals change.

Art supply store is palette-pleaser

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Oil and Water will focus on media in 2D.
The island’s first art supply store proves that oil paint and watercolor really can mix. Dubbed Oil and Water for the mixed media stocked on shelves, the store opens April 30 in the 900-square-foot building across from the Pavilion, the former home of Island Movies. “When we tell people we’re doing this it’s just joy and jubilation, because...they don’t have to go off the island to get what they need,” said business co-owner Richard Nelson. “But we feel this huge responsibility, and it’s gaining every time we talk to somebody and they say, ‘you’re opening an art supply store – it’s about time.’”

The Good, the Bad, the Microbial

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

SoilSoup creator receives AHS award for creative use of technology.
Some years, late tomato blight would kill everyone’s tomatoes on Bainbridge. Then Jerry Erickson encountered “compost tea” – a home-brewed garden remedy that, when sprayed on the plants, would eliminate late blight. “Why is this natural material so effective at doing what no chemical can?” Erickson asked himself. One thing led to another, and this year Erickson’s SoilSoup in Seattle received the American Horticulture Society’s G.B. Gunlogson Award for “creative use of new technology to make home gardening more productive and enjoyable.”

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