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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 dot.com 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. "

Graffiti buster grinds onThe one-man anti-tagging squad gets city support for his efforts.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Bainbridge Island has a lot of writers. Every now and then, it needs a good eraser, and Bruce Wallace is it.But Wallace doesn't go around expunging the works of the local literati. His target is graffiti.I'm an avid walker, Wallace said, and I get tired of looking at graffiti. So just like I pick up trash, I started removing it.Years ago, there was an active anti-graffiti patrol on the island. But it faded away, and Wallace stepped into the breach. For the last two years, the city has assisted him with a $2,000 grant funded by the city's hotel-motel tax, levied on patrons of local overnight establishments. "

Star in your own 'Biography' episodeA Bainbridge business puts life stories on video.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Ever wondered what kind of a movie your life would make?Thanks to some sophisticated computer software, you can now find out. And who needs Hollywood? Vicki Johnson does it all on Bainbridge Island.With the editing software currently available, you can take photographs or material from a VCR or camcorder, add music and voice-overs and combine them into an 'A&E' biography, Johnson said.Her company, Video Tributes, does just that. You find and assemble your old photos, write a script and, if you wish, choose the music. Johnson will assemble it all into a video documentary. "

Hillandale earns praiseNational homebuilders laud the 36-home project.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Dick Allen had spent a career in the home-building business, working for other people. In 1995, he and wife Marilyn decided to take the plunge themselves, designing, building and marketing the close-in Hillandale development, off Weaver Road north of Wyatt Way.I'd never had the willingness to take the risk before, Allen said. But I had read someplace that when people got older, what they regretted most was that they hadn't taken enough risks. So we decided to do it.Not only was Hillandale a commercial success, but it has received critical plaudits as well. "

New bicycle shop up and rollingPatrons of the pub are already familiar with the Gromans' wares.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"Whether as a mode of transportation or for sport, the bicycle has been around for quite a while.Jeff Groman has built his business by tapping into that tradition.There is a historical resonance in bike shops, a thread of tradition from the 1800s to the present day, he said. We try to keep that alive and well.Groman and his wife Els have owned Kingston Classic Cycle in downtown Kingston since 1985. Earlier this month, they expanded to Bainbridge, opening Classic Cycle in the Village shopping center. "

New tread on an old buildingRolling Bay's automotive history lives on with Madison Garage.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"As one retires, others will re-tire.A venerable automotive service corner at Rolling Bay gets new owners this week, as well as some new paint and a new name - Madison Garage and Tire.The business is an offshoot of Madison Avenue Garage, which has chaffed under space constraints at its small corner location in Winslow.We're so incredibly busy, we pursued a second location to (accommodate) the overflow we currently have, said Garrett Haxby, co-owner with mechanic Ranji Dhatt of both shops.The pair purchased the Rolling Bay property, at the northeast corner of Valley Road and Sunrise Drive, from classic-car restorer Walt Johnsen, who's owned the parcel for the past 17 years. The building most recently housed Village Tire as well as Johnsen's restoration shop.Under the Madison Garage and Tire banner, the location will be a full-service outlet with most sizes in stock. Brands will include Cooper Tires, B.F. Goodrich, Michelin and Bridgestone. "

"More food, and a new logo on the pumpAn island couple buys the ailing Arco station, promising better service and a switch to Texaco."

  • Jan 31, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:48PM

"After 21 years living on Bainbridge Island, Matt and Marie Randish have a pretty good idea of what will and will not appeal to customers.That local knowledge is why they think they can succeed with a convenience store/gas station on High School Road where Arco failed.Bainbridge Island is a unique market, Matt said. Arco is a good company, and has a stamp-out program that is generally successful. But it didn't fit on the island.The Randishes recently purchased the facility from Arco, which closed the store on Jan. 18. "

"Happy with a hard day's workHave equipment, will travel, says island handyman Ernie Duran. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

"The stoutest of limbs are no match for a well-maintained chipper.Among the massive pile of fir and cherry debris on the Wing Point property are some limbs as large as 5 inches in diameter, all of which have to be cut up by chainsaw to be at all wieldy for the operator.But one by one they're fed into the maw of the roaring 20-hp machine, which growls a little lower before spewing a stream of wood chips to the ground at Ernie Duran's feet.Sooner or later I'll have to hire somebody, said Duran, a Bainbridge Island handyman. This is a lot of work.Ah, but work that Duran enjoys. "

Designs on a vital downtownArchitect Charles Wenzlau is reshaping the town center.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

"Architect and planner Charles Wenzlau wants to make his mark. He just doesn't want observers to know he's done it.My real preference would be for people not to know I've done these projects, and start thinking that they've always been there, he said about the high-profile work he is doing in downtown Winslow.By the middle of the decade, Wenzlau will have designed three projects that redefine Winslow Way, the island's main street. "

His business speaks volumesEd Smith can indeed judge a book by its dust jacket.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

"On a chilly December morning, Ed Smith was hot on the trail of his quarry - valuable books. As with most hunters, there were hits and misses.The big one got away - a book of Edward Gorey illustrations. The auction opened at $5,000, but within minutes, the bidding topped $40,000 - too rich for Smith's blood. Sale price - $47,500.Next up was an inscribed first edition of From Here To Eternity. Another miss.But then the morning's catch - a first edition of The Naked And The Dead, inscribed by author Norman Mailer. Smith's bid of $1,400 was a winner. "

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 6:47PM

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.

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