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House comes almost ready-made

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

Building a house from scratch – “stick-building” in the trade – is a messy, time-consuming process. Beams and drywall are cut to fit, and the pieces left over are piled outside in an ever-growing heap of refuse. The site sits idle while the necessary subcontractor finishes another job. And the rain – inevitable during the nine-month period that is required to build a typical home – can turn the project into a morass. Don Asher of Sweetwater Building is trying what he thinks may be a better way – having the home built in modules in a Canadian factory, then trucked to the site for assembly and finishing.

Adding to the community fabric

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

A generation or two ago, sewing was an economic necessity, because not everyone could afford “store-bought” clothing. Today, mass-produced clothes are so inexpensive that sewing has become a means of self-expression – a way to make distinctive or better-fitting clothes, an artistic medium or simply a means of getting together. The new owners of Island Textiles on Hildebrand Lane hope to promote all of those goals.

What makes up the island economy?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

Bainbridge Island’s economy is a complex mosaic of commuters, public- and private-sector employees, and solo entrepreneurs working out of their homes. The mission of this year’s Bainbridge Economic Council’s Vitality Conference next week will be to pull all of those elements into focus.

Froggy Bottom's up on Earth Day

  • Jun 3, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

You can tell from the bright pink sign emblazoned with a mischievous frog – Linda Cochran and Heidi Kaster are no shrinking violets.

Little wheels are big business at skate shop

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

As with others spheres of youth culture, the skateboard business can be driven as much by fashion as functionality. So concedes Cameron Weiss, the young entrepreneur behind the ABCM Board Shop on Madison Avenue. “Something’ll be the coolest thing one week,” Weiss said, “and the next week, no one wants it because everyone’s got it.”

Downtown Team gets a new manager

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

Yes, Cris Beattie has helped plan a small-town parade. A boat parade, too. It was her experience in the sphere of community non-profits, though, that helped earn her the directorship of the Team Winslow downtown organization.

Fire drill, demolition in one at American Marine Bank

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

First the chain saws, then the bulldozers. No, it’s not another new development in the woodlands. Rather, it was the plan for demolishing those portions of American Marine Bank that front Winslow Way.

Minkus well schooled in plastics trade

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

More than most men, Ken Minkus has reason to say, “Hooray for Hollywood.” It’s not just that a 1967 film enshrined the phrase, “one word...just one word: plastics” in the American consciousness – two years after Minkus himself entered the family business. (“We are the original ‘Graduate,’” he likes to joke.)

Jorgensons honored for service

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

It’s not easy to make it in the restaurant business. For not just surviving, but thriving for two decades – and, in the process, helping build up the island community around them – San Carlos restaurateurs Lee and Marianne Jorgenson have been named Bainbridge Business People of the Year for 2002. The award was announced this week by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. The Jorgensons will be honored at a luncheon, at 11:30 a.m. May 16 at Wing Point Golf and Country Club.

Expo shows the new face of manufacturing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:51PM

When Karen Beierle’s children started taking shop classes, she asked them to teach her how to use a band-saw. Once schooled, she started making hand-painted puzzles. Before long, the former schoolteacher realized that wooden animal cut-outs with a magnet on the back could make useful teaching tools for preschool kids. “The wooden manipulatives are easy for a child to handle,” she said. “They are a wonderful way to bridge non-reading into reading. When children learn a story like ‘The Three Bears,’ then retell it using the figures as props, they learn language, sequencing, characterization and the other elements you have to have for reading.” Beierle started selling her figures to schools. And suddenly, a business was born.

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.”

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