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Charting an historical course

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"For Christopher Charles, the past is his future.Long a collector and occasional seller of antiquarian print material, Charles is in the process of opening Fleet Street Gallery on Winslow Way. The business will sit between Roberts Jewelers and the Roby King Gallery, in the front portion of the space formerly occupied by Dwight's Floral.This is something I've wanted to do for 30 years, said Charles. I've got six kids - one at Bainbridge High School and the rest in college. So now is the time. "

Booth of no return

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Since 1993, when the Lundgren Station booth was improved as a business venue, an array of entrepreneurs have hung out shingles and set up shop in its 15 or so square feet of work space. Most foundered, although several went on to thrive in new locations. Here's the scorecard: "

Vietnamese cuisine outgrows the market

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"It sits on downtown Winslow's busiest intersection, looking a little like a bus stop. And for the businesses that have occupied it, the tiny booth on the northeast corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue has indeed been a temporary shelter.Most of them have gone away. Some have moved on and thrived elsewhere. The present occupant, Emmy's VegeHouse, definitely intends to be among the survivors.We need to find something a little bit bigger with a couple of indoor tables, said Hong Nguyen, who operates the Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant with her mother, Emmy Tran.They're not worried about finding customers. They've been offering their food at the Bainbrige Island Farmers' Market for a decade.Some seven years ago, Emmy made the decision to become a vegetarian. She changed her restaurant menu accordingly, and business jumped.I became vegetarian and started feeling better, Tran said. And animals have their own rights. Why do we eat them?Nguyen said that islanders are very conscious of eating healthy food, and took to the vegetarian menu immediately. In fact, some found their Saturday morning breakfast so addicting that they couldn't face a winter without their Vietnamese tofu fix. "

Development at home with open space

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"If you want a look at the Bainbridge of tomorrow, check out North Town Woods, a new development north of New Brooklyn Avenue and east of Sportsman Club Road.Lots are small - 6,000 to 7,000 square feet. Of necessity, homes are close together.This is the outgrowth of changed platting requirements that favor clustered development, developer Jim Laughlin said. We have groups of neighborhoods with no cul de sacs. The neighborhoods are separated by open space, and every house backs up to open space. "

Catering to island coneheads

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Elizabeth Kelsey is the first to admit that she's a little nuts about fruit.This is my obsession, my baby, she says about the fruit-based ice cream she sells from her tiny store-front on Bjune Drive below Eagle Harbor Books, next to Lindsley's and Bainbridge Auto Parts.Kelsey's All-Natural Ice Cream, as the store is called, is a misnomer. There's no cream or any other dairy product involved. Only organically grown fruit."

Zoltan the sultan of business

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Once he is finished explaining how his name is pronounced, Zoltan Szigethy will explain his hopes for the Kitsap Regional Economic Development Council.I hope I can expand the diversity of employment, said Bainbridge Island resident Szigethy, who was appointed the EDC's new executive director last week.The Kitsap Regional EDC is a non-profit organization that looks to bring bigger and better business into Kitsap County. Bainbridge Island resident Kevin Dwyer, the EDC's director of business recruiting and marketing, said the EDC's mission boils down to bringing new dollars into the market.We want to recruit and maintain primary businesses, Dwyer said. The companies don't have to be headquartered in Kitsap County, but we want people working for them here.EDC president Karl Jonietz said Szigethy has the right balance of business sense and community devotion that he and the other board members looked for in their search, which brought candidates from all over the nation."

Going toe to toe with Big Tobacco

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Once upon a time, a lawyer had to choose between the excitement, challenge and financial rewards of a big-city practice and the lifestyle benefits of a smaller town.But today, it's possible to have both, according to Jon Ferguson, managing partner of the what is called the Seattle branch of an international law firm. The office isn't in a Seattle high-rise, but on Bainbridge Island's waterfront.Our principal asset is our database, Ferguson said. Electronic connectivity allows us to send documents back and forth on the Internet, so it doesn't matter where we are.Ferguson and Jeffrey Bean, along with paralegal Leslie Rothbaum, are the Northwest outpost of Chandler, Franklin & O'Bryan, a Virginia-based firm with affiliated offices in Washington D.C., Maryland, Los Angeles and in 11 countries in South and Central America. The firm represents claimants in injury cases, both personal and commercial."

Flying off the shelves like magic

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Harry Potter gladdens the hearts of more than children and their parents. For booksellers, the young wizard is the biggest thing that's happened since Herr Gutenberg came up with the idea of movable type.There's never been anything like this, said Mary Gleysteen, events coordinator at Eagle Harbor Books in Winslow. The fourth volume of the Harry Potter series was the largest first run in the history of printing - five million copies. And I understand they're on the second printing already.Introduced in 1997, the fantasy series - chronicling the exploits of a young magician going through the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - has created an international phenomenon, attracting both young readers and adults and numerous critical plaudits."

San Juan building in shipping-shape

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"Bainbridge's newest and arguably most spectacular office building is the product of sheer serendipity - being taken to the cleaners in the right way at the right time.I took some clothes to the cleaners, said John Ellis, building principal, and the woman at the counter said I had to pick them up by next week. I asked why, and she said the building was for sale. When I told my brother Ed that, he said, 'buy it.'So the Ellis brothers bought the old PFR drycleaners on the northeast corner of Winslow Way and Ferncliff Avenue in 1995."

Business has been 'skookum'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:45PM

"When Ann and Bruce Candioto built Skookum Company clothing store, they used native materials of an intangible kind - the diverse impressions and ideas that Ann picked up from the community.This has been a wonderfully nurturing community for me personally, Ann Candioto said. I have had inspirations from a variety of people I've known, and I've tried to incorporate those into a successful business.Now, though, it's time for the creator and the creation to part company. The Candiotos are selling the business to semi-retire - rest and travel.This was always the plan - to build a successful business, then sell in five years she said."

"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."

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