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"Kiln fires fusion of art, commerce"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Bainbridge ceramic artist Brian Mackin doesn't see tension between art and commerce. In fact, he says, you can't have one without the other.Once the object goes out your door, it's a business, he says. You have to reconcile falling in love with art and the landlord who wants his rent.Mackin is one of the relatively small percentage of artists whose artwork supports a family and a mortgage. His secret formula is the same as for any business - persistence and hard work.As you go along, each year, people drop out, and you have less competition with experience, he said. Stick with it long enough, and you will break free.But there is also hard work. To get ready for his current show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Mackin has been spending 18 hours a day in his custom-built studio next to his house on Roberts Road."

"Winslow sees comings, goings"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"June appears to be the season for changes. Graduation time. Wedding time. Fickle weather, at least in the Northwest.And this year, June is a time of change in the downtown Winslow streetscape.In what the owner vows is only a temporary move, the Blue Water Diner on Madison Avenue is closed for re-tooling, as is the oil-change operation of the neighboring Packard's Quality Service. The businesses opened in 1997."

A new tune for local musicians

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

">The writer confesses his shameless envy of the interviewee.Whenever business is slow, he notes, Carson Farley can just walk across the room, pick up a guitar and noodle away the afternoon.Or a keyboard, in my case, said Farley, plunking out a tune on a flashy Yamaha at the new Island Music store, upstairs at Winslow Mall."

They were independent to the last

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"Lou Goller and Pauline Deschamps were icons of island business.Bainbridge Island prides itself on being distinctive and independent - not a part of anything or anyplace else. Louis Goller and Pauline Deschamps, two business people honored posthumously by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards luncheon last week, succeeded by adopting that attitude for their businesses.Deschamps, who died Feb. 5 of this year, and Goller, who died Feb. 17, bucked the trend toward consolidation and homogenization, and thrived by going their own way, friends, family members and associates said."

McKenzie finds Winslow niche

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"When developer Rod McKenzie first saw Bainbridge Island, he didn't see new subdivisions in the woods, or starter castles on large lots. He saw what he calls urban living at its finest.We liked the village atmosphere of Winslow, McKenzie said. We chose to live here so we could walk instead of driving.And he has prospered on Bainbridge by making that option available to others. His Winslow Mews condominium complex on Wyatt Way between Madison and Ericksen avenues was a critical and commercial smash hit. And he hopes to repeat that success with his new Courtyards on Madison development."

Tied to the home-based economy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"A promising business venture started with a stubbed toe. It seems that when Mark Adams was living on his sailboat, he ran forward to secure a sail. He caught his toe on the horn of a cleat, and instead of just cursing, he thought, there must be a better way.So with his fine-artist's eye, a design background and his knowledge of sailing, Adams sat down in front of his computer and designed a new-age cleat. He whittled a prototype out of epoxy, rounded up investors and advisors, and now hopes to be in production by fall.It's great for novice sailors, Adams said, because if you just wrap the line around the cleathead, it will hold temporarily. You don't need to know how to tie the proper knot.And it's home-based, one-person ventures like Adams' that are turning Bainbridge Island into an economic dynamo, according to city finance Director Ralph Eells."

Eclecticism on the beaten path

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"Whether we like to admit it or not, much of Bainbridge is, shall we say, establishment. And much of it is high budget.But a new gift and craft store at 578 Winslow Way East runs counter to those trends. As its name implies, Barefoot on Bainbridge is decidedly relaxed.And its owners will be happy to make a living, not a fortune. The existing outlets are for very expensive artwork or well-established artists, said co-owner Jay Ekstrom. We're trying to go more for the craftsperson, providing something affordable and usable."

Island home prices continue to rise

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"Buying the statistically average home on Bainbridge Island today requires either a six-figure income or a six-figure down payment.According to information supplied by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, the average selling price for an island home in the first quarter of 2000 was $412,870. That compares to an average of $355,191 for the first quarter of 1999."

"No peace, just understanding"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"Can a man who has spent his career in the world's hottest flashpoints bring peace among the often-contentious factions of Bainbridge Island?No, says Christopher Snow. Bainbridgers love their island too much for that.People here are passionately involved with the community, says Snow, a retired foreign-service officer who is chairing the Bainbridge Economic Vitality Conference. And people who are passionate about something tend to see things differently.The whole purpose of the conferences is to give participants a chance to air those differences. Elements on the island that need to have their views more adequately explained can use the conference to communicate, he said.Snow believes that government is just such an element.Government is not generally well thought of these days, he said. But often, I think government is simply caught in the middle, and that is true of the Bainbridge city government."

Uncorking the rare and unique

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"Charles Smith couldn't decide whether to be a European or an American. He has resolved that conflict by bringing the taste and feel of Europe to the Winslow Wine Shop, which he opened March 3.I've tried to incorporate the feeling of all my favorite shops in Europe - cozy, comfortable and relaxed, Smith said.Early indications are that the concept is a hit."

'Dinner and a tune-up' lives on

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"Changes are coming for two well-known Winslow businesses, but probably not until 2008. Not, that is, unless the changes are for the better.That's the word from the Madison Avenue Garage and the Four Swallows restaurant, located on the west side of Madison Avenue between Wyatt Way and the Pavilion. The owner of that prime downtown location said recently that he intends to put a higher-density development on the property, which has suggested to some customers of the garage that the business might close in the near future."

Bainbridge Cleaners hangs it up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"New fashions and downtown improvements are bringing down the curtain on Bainbridge Cleaners. After 46 years in business, the island's first dry-cleaning outfit will close at the end of the week.Changing times and changing fashions, owner Mike Okano said. I never thought it would come to this. I mean, people gotta wear clothes, right? But they don't have to wear dry-cleanable clothes."

Northland pulls the plug on news program

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"The cable will soon be cut on the island’s televised news-and-sports broadcasts.Northland Cable Television, which produced the five-minute segments airing during CNN Headline News broadcasts from its High School Road headquarters since 1993, will tape its last show Jan. 28."

Gregg takes final bough on tree farm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"After nearly 20 years in the Christmas tree farming business, George Gregg is ready to pull up his roots.In the past 12 months, he’s been forced to say goodbye to his life’s most constant companions – his wife, Joy, died of emphysema in January, and his faithful 14-year-old Labrador dog, Nick, died in September.Now, Gregg is getting ready to say goodbye to his 11-acre Gregg Christmas Tree Farm near Island Center as the current season draws to a close."

"Sales down, prices up for island real estate"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

"It’s not as hot as last year. Not quite. But Bainbridge Island’s real estate market still has local agents pleased with 1999 sales.“There’s a fair number of smiling faces,” said longtime island broker Ed Kushner of Windermere Real Estate. “It’s been a good year.” Eleven-month figures compiled by Kushner show 412 island home sales so far this year. At this time last year, 430 sales had closed, en route to a single-year Bainbridge record of 483."

Moving forward at a steady clip

  • Apr 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:44PM

Jason Evans operates his business on a simple principle:

BUSINESS BRIEFING

  • Apr 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

McBride’s stages annual fundraiser

Island real estate sales down, but not out

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

The current condition of Bainbridge Island’s real estate market could be considered robust when compared to what is occurring nationally, or even elsewhere in the Northwest, but total sales on the island for the first four months of 2008 are down more than half compared to 2007.

Bainbridge's Paper Products also a tiny post office

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

At first glance, Paper Products doesn’t look much different these days than when its doors first opened in 1985. Kind of funky, packed with stuff from bow to stern, seemingly always busy, friendly folks behind the counter. All that and more.

Bainbridge bicycle shops roll to new locations

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

Spring is apparently moving time for bicycle shops, at least on the island, where both Bainbridge Island Cycle and Classic Cycle have relocated their businesses during the last few weeks.

Business is brisk for Bainbridge barbers

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

What does it take to be a barber on Bainbridge Island? Besides the hand dexterity required to avoid drawing blood and managing a head of hair so that it’s presentable, he or she had better be long on perseverance, enjoy the company of gray-haired men and be a master listener and/or story-teller. And it might help if the barber likes to exercise to overcome the physical stress of standing several hours a day.

It’s a clean sweep for singles

  • Aug 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

Q. Special birthdays such as the first, 21st (adulthood), and 100th (centenarian) are common, but around the world, what are some uncommon special ones?

No boring bedrooms fro the teens

  • Aug 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

Designing a bedroom for a teenager is not an easy task.

New baby a heavy financial burden

  • Aug 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

After months of anticipation, the new addition to our family has arrived.

Mapping the Wilderness

  • Aug 5, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:43PM

David Thompson’s story is one of the greatest tales of Canadian adventure. From 1790 to 1812, he mapped most of the country west of Hudson Bay and Lake Superior, across the Rocky Mountains to the source of the Columbia River, and the length of the Columbia to the Pacific Ocean.

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