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Mercury adds tech director -- Business briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Mercury Online Solutions, a Bainbridge-based provider of in-store display networks, has hired Alex Endzell as technology development director. Endzell comes from Industrial Systems, Inc., where he developed software products that helped the company grow from 20 to more than 120 employees. ISI was recently acquired by Aspen Technology.

New Morning dawns at Pavilion

  • Nov 6, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Bernie Reynolds has spent much of his business life on the move as a commercial fisherman and a vendor at a variety of expositions. But for the past 16 years, he and wife Rochelle have made their home on Bainbridge Island, and put their four kids through schools here. Hoping to make his business as settled as he is, Reynolds is opening New Morning in the Pavilion, which he hopes will become a permanent location for his sweater, women’s wear and gift store.

It’ll be a gallery – ‘No Fu’-ling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

The storefront at 166 Winslow Way is wrapped in brown paper that conceals the new business opening there Friday. Several signs on the door – that read “Tofu Emporium: No Fu Like Tofu” and “Hamburger on a Stick – the biggest idea in fast food since hot dog on a stick” just deepen the mystery. “We’ll have the real sign by Friday,” said Kathe Fraga, who, with husband Jeff Fraga, is transforming the former Deering Music Store into Gallery Fraga, a new showcase for arts and crafts.

At 25, Showhouse aging gracefully

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

Dana’s Showhouse is a family business that feels like home. Now in its 25th year and still run by original owner Dana Berg, the Winslow Mall business features comfy, overstuffed chairs and reading lamps that invite customers to feel at home in the warm space.

In Harmony with lands, llamas

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

Mary Harmon’s work takes a soft touch. Sitting at her spindle, the creator of Harmony Yarns hefts a handful of the delicate and feather-light llama wool she’ll use in a new line of handspun items that debuts this weekend. “Llama wool doesn’t have lanolins like other wools, so it isn’t sticky. It’s closer to human hair,” Harmon said, deftly drafting the fine strands of fleece into a tight coil.

Preserving the fabric of the island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

Vivian Chesterly has kept Bainbridge in stitches for decades. JSM Tailors, located on the north side of Lundgren Station, opened in 1979. Chesterly purchased the business from the original owner, Joyce Murphy, in 1983. One reason the doors stay open is that the business has altered to suit the times. “People assume we only do high fashion,” Chesterly said, “but actually we are into recycling. We replace lots of zippers on lots of blue jeans.”

'B&B' means 'business is booming'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

Aah, the life on an innkeeper. Imagine being able to be your own boss, work out of your home, and meet interesting people from around the world. So could you put that extra room to work, going into business as a bed and breakfast? Actually, you probably could, say a number of the island’s B&B owners. “I had no idea we’d be this busy,” said Mary Croy, who last November christened her home on the outskirts of Winslow the Janelle Place Bed and Breakfast. “We have at least as much business as we want.”

Will progress trample Bainbridge winery?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

After 25 years of operating in Winslow just off Highway 305, Bainbridge Island Vineyards and Winery owners Gerard and Joann Bentryn are putting the downtown property up for sale. Their hope is to rebuild a tasting room and sales facility on their other property on Day Road East, where they grow most of their grapes. But their ability to do so depends on whether the city will amend the zoning code to allow year-round sales at that location.

Commons springing up at Lynwood Center

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

There’s nothing wrong with Winslow, mind you, but as the island has grown, so has its downtown. Morrie and Kathy Blossom, whose roots on Bainbridge Island go back generations, don’t just dream about the days when you could walk downtown and know everybody you met. They are trying to recreate that era at Lynwood Commons, their multi-building project on the island’s south end.

Deering runs over to Ericksen Avenue

  • Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

While the old Petula Clark song may extol “the music of the traffic in the city,” the high-energy environment of Winslow’s main street didn’t appeal to Barbara Deering. To better accommodate the twin mission of teaching music and providing musical goods, she has moved Deering Music from Winslow Way to a house on 255 Ericksen Avenue, two doors north of the driveway into BPA. “I don’t want it to feel like a big retail store,” Deering said. “I want it to be more homey.”

T&C bids goodbye to Thriftway, strikes out on own

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

After 45 years in the Thriftway corral, Town & Country Markets are riding off on their own. At the end of the month, Bainbridge Island’s mainstay grocery store will dissolve its relationship with the Thriftway marketing cooperative, as will the company’s stores in Poulsbo and Ballard. “We will try to create our own brand identity,” said T&C President Larry Nakata. “And we need to unite ourselves a little more.”

Winslow anchor Town and Country turns 45

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

When Town & Country Market invites “friends and family” to a birthday celebration this weekend, they mean everybody on the island. That’s a tribute to the fact that the store and the community have spent more than four decades growing up together. “It’s thanks to the community that we are still here 45 years later,” said T&C office manager Mari Loverich, who has worked at the store for 27 of those years. “This isn’t just a supermarket, it has always been a family.”

Fitness center to open in Pavilion

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

Saying he wants to provide an option for health-conscious islanders, fitness professional Jeff Giblin announced Monday that he and his wife Jill will open a full-service fitness center this fall in the Pavilion.

Frame at home with second career

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

After 27 years in the business, Carolyn Frame’s banking career hit a rough spot. Her boss had been promoted, and she and her new boss didn’t exactly mesh. So she walked out, and joined a friend who had started a mortgage brokerage in Bellevue.

Pavilion moving onward, upward

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

Losing a major tenant never looks like good news for a commercial building. But for the Pavilion, the failure of the HMC gym may create a stronger overall tenant mix. The 10,000 square feet of empty space on the Pavilion’s second floor – created by the demise of HMC and the relocation of architect Bill Chester – is now fully committed, owner-manager Jeff Brein said.

DLI explores the soul of the machine

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

There are three ways to maintain a piece of machinery. You can wait until it breaks down, then fix whatever failed. You can do preventive maintenance on a time-based schedule. Or you can fix whatever is getting ready to break. It doesn’t take the proverbial rocket scientist to figure out that the third alternative, called condition-based maintenance, is the better approach.

Something's cooking at Art Soup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

If there is a recipe for longevity in the art world, Lone Hansen seems to have all the ingredients: Experience, friends in artistic places – and the ability to bounce back. The spirited creator of the defunct Lone Wolf Gallery has cooked up Art Soup, a new show space in downtown Winslow.

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.)

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