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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. "

"Homes from a hometown guyIsland developers care enough to do a good job, Doug Nelson says."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"Island developers get a bad rap as outsiders who are here to maximize their profits at the expense of the locals, then leave town before the consequences of their actions become apparent, Doug Nelson says.Nelson is, among other things, a developer. He's also an island native. And he defends not only his own work, but that of this colleagues.People who are developing here care enough to do a good job, he said. I don't think Bainbridge will look like Bellevue. "

"Houston, we have a solutionA nationwide job recruiter finds the island can offer the comforts of home."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"When the tools of your trade are a telephone and a computer, where you're located doesn't make a lot of difference to your company.But it can make a lot of difference to you, as Paul McEwan learned when he moved from Houston to Bainbridge Island without leaving his job with Richard, Wayne & Roberts, a national job recruiting firm.There's really not much difference between 20 feet down the hall and 2,000 miles away, said McEwan. We're tied in by computer, and I communicate with Houston all day. "

Is island too afraid of change?Architect Parker says Bainbridge should recognize realities of growth.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:49PM

"Architect Sean Parker grew up on Bainbridge Island.But he's not always sure that Bainbridge Island has grown up. In some respects, he thinks the island is frozen in the past.We think of ourselves as a little village in the woods, he said. The reality is we're not. We're right next to one of the biggest cities in the country, and we're becoming an urban place.The 35-year-old Parker still spends most of his professional time designing single-family homes. His special interest, though, is in affordable housing and city planning, which he brings to his role as the newest member of the Planning Commission. "

"Focus is the wood, not the workFurniture builder John Steiner hopes his efforts look, above all, natural. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

" Master furniture builder John Steiner wants his efforts to disappear into the woodwork.The best compliment you ever get is to have somebody say 'boy that's beautiful wood,' he said. That means the design is simple enough that they don't really notice - it's secondary to the beauty of the wood.For the past 25 years, Steiner has been building fine furniture and cabinetry from his downstairs workshop on South Beach Drive. And he expects that most of the pieces he has made during that quarter century are still in use.If a piece is well made, it should be around for hundreds of years, he said. That's why I like a simple, classical design. It will last for many generations, and through periods of design and fads. "

Healing mind with spiritFormer minister brings his faith tonew Bainbridgetherapy practice.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Believing that mental health and spiritual health are inseparable, Stephen Erickson is combining his therapy and his divinity training into a counseling practice on Bainbridge.And while the candles and flute music in his small office and advertisement for spiritual psychotherapy may suggest a New Age approach, Erickson's orientation is mainline Protestant.God bridges the gap between knowledge and theory, Erickson said. We can know about family-of-origin or relationship issues, but we need to be in a relationship with God for real healing.Erickson believes that the Judeo-Christian tradition and belief structure provides a workable framework for personal therapy. "

Business Couple of the Year? Outlook is GrimmThe Chamber will honor the pair at a May 31 luncheon.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"For Fred and Willie Grimm, community involvement is just part of the deal.Fred, an island orthodontist, has put in stints on the park board, the school board, and the board of Bainbridge Performing Arts. Willie is the long-time manager of the Bargain Boutique.Volunteerism comes naturally. It's something we've always done, Fred Grimm said. It's part of the way our parents expected us to live.For that 30-year history of civic involvement, the Grimms have been named Business Couple of the Year by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. "

Vrooms hoping business blooms A new greenhouse puts down roots.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"The blooms have done their part. Now the Vrooms will see whether Bainbridge flower-buyers will support their dream of a family-owned greenhouse operation.Herman and Elizabeth Vroom have 300 hanging floral baskets for sale at their Faylee Greenhouses, which opened last week. And while their product may come naturally, that's not the same thing as easily.There is a lot of labor involved, Elizabeth Vroom said. Every day I start at 5 or 6 in the morning, and it takes me five or six hours to water, deadhead and check the plants for insects.Although the greenhouse will sell some bedding plants - mostly annuals - the principal product will be hanging baskets, arrangements of plants and flowers growing in baskets made out of moss. "

Berry Patch still full of surprisesJane Pomeroy has spent 30 years making customers into her friends.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"In Bainbridge, as elsewhere, retail establishments come and go. New uses are made of old spaces, and new owners replace old faces.Then there's the Berry Patch. It's been doing the same business for 30 years -- 22 in the same location. And from the outset, it's been Jane Pomeroy's store.My customers allow me to keep enjoying the job, she said. When they buy something from me, they have allowed me into their home. They don't become customers, they become friends to me.The store was the first tenant in the Winslow Mall, and the only one still under original ownership. In fact, Pomeroy doesn't think there are more than one or two stores on the island that have endured unchanged as long as hers. "

"Island office demand is dot.goneSeattle high-tech slowdown cuts into local rent-level edge, broker says."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"The slowdown in the Seattle world is showing up on Bainbridge Island in the form of office vacancies.And with more space in the pipeline, commercial real estate broker Jerry Knipe says that the days of 10 to 15 percent annual rent increases are gone for now.The slowdown in the market is more dramatic than any thing I have seen in the seven years I have been here, he said.Knipe, a principal in the Sunrse Group real estate brokerage firm, estimates that there are now between 25,000 and 30,000 square feet of vacant commercial space on Bainbridge Island, about 10 percent of the total. For the last few years, he said, the vacancy rate has hovered at about 2 percent.It's a simple matter of economics, Knipe said. "

Planning the village of tomorrowPeter Brachvogel urges Bainbridge to pay more attention to its core area.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Rather than fighting growth and change, Bainbridge Island should make it happen in a positive way, architect Peter Brachvogel says.But, he adds, the opportunities to do so are slipping away.Growth is good if it's done right. It's exciting, Brachvogel said. But planners and developers have generally made such a mess of it that it has given growth a bad name.Brachvogel favors traditional neighborhood design, or TND, which he says has the purpose of creating and sustaining community.TND involves a few well-tested principles. Everything should be within a five-minute walk of everything else. There should be enough roads and paths to offer a variety of routes.Building should occur on small lots, with focused open space. And while the automobile should be downplayed, it should be a part of the design.You shouldn't have to drive across town for everything, Brachvogel said. You can't have community if you have to get into your car to do everything. "

Starting out small and fuzzyStore's owners say Madrone Lane is the new retail hot spot downtown.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Small may be beautiful, but Ivey Patton hopes it's also temporary.On Friday, she will open her new children's clothing store on Madrone Lane, north of Winslow Way, in a cozy -- a very cozy -- space.The best case scenario would be to outgrow the space, Patton said. But it's an ideal location with a lot of foot traffic. And baby clothes don't take up a lot of room.Her store, called the Fuzzy Monkey, will sell clothes for infants and tots as well as gifts, skin-care products, toys and various other accessories for the newborn-to-six age group she is targeting. "

New life in the old CoveCollectibles and gifts are the fare at the revamped Lynwood store.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Like the collectible items in her store, Nancy Brennan decided that a Lynwood Center gift shop was worth keeping.So when Peddler's Cove closed last October, Brennan bought the store and inventory, and re-opened it in November as Pleasant Cove.I've always loved this store, Brennan said. And the response has been really positive. People have said they are so glad that it was kept open. "

Video for the art house crowdA new outlet offers films for those tired of 'hits' and the generic Hollywood fare.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Not so long ago, Kate Durand was a boat-weary commuter who dreamed about opening a business on Bainbridge Island.Today - sooner than she expected - she is the proprietor of a new video-rental outlet called Island Movies.We really weren't ready, Durand said, but the location was so perfect that when it became available, we took it.That perfect location is the storefront at 382 Madison across from the Pavilion, formerly occupied by Island Pastimes. The store will open Friday. "

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