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Always setting things straight

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Dick Strom stands between a dented Nissan Pathfinder and its virtual version glowing on a computer screen. He watches the digital SUV as the real one’s crushed front end is slowly tugged by thick chains rigged to 8-foot hydraulic towers. A laser beam sweeps the truck’s belly, sending measurements to Strom’s screen. Strom keeps his eyes on a millimeter-by-millimeter read-out as the truck is pulled back to its pre-collision glory.

Fire inspection program here -- Business Briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Many island commercial buildings will get a visit from the fire inspector this summer, in a new safety program under way by the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The goal is to educate building owners and tenants about potential fire hazards, and ensure the safety of building occupants should a blaze break out. “Part of what the taxpayers are paying for should include prevention,” said Cindy Klugiewicz, a former firefighter and Mason County fire inspector who will carry out the program under contract with the Bainbridge department.

Lollipops offers kids clothing in all flavors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Photographer moves from behind the camera to behind the counter at children’s boutique.
Amid ballerina skirts and knit puppy booties, the miniature play ferry is right at home. Toy cars offload onto a wooden dock in the corner of the Candyland-like store in yellow, pink and green pastels. A photographer by trade, proprietor Karin Lehotsky used to frequent boutiques of children’s clothing to find props for her diminutive subjects. She opened Lolli­pops – A Children’s Boutique next to Grace and Company Paperie in April.

Two more reasons to get fit this summer -- Business Briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

The Gym at the Pavilion adds Pilates equipment, therapists to its fitness program.
In time for the peak season in the fight against flab, the Gym at the Pavilion is expanding its services with the addition of two new therapists and a top-of-the-line Pilates machine, the business announced this week. Among the new hires is Wendy Becker, LMP, who brings years of training and experience to the massage table. A USA certified coach, Becker believes in producing results by placing emphasis on elements often overlooked.

A new hangout for the bead-eyeing -- Business Briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Bainbridge’s Bead Garden is full of charms – silver and otherwise. The latest addition to a growing cadre of shops on the Winslow building’s ground floor, the new store offers islanders an outlet for a craft that’s seeing a rise in popularity and talented practitioners, says co-owner Libbey Tiefer. “We opened a bead store here because there was a desperate need for one, and we wanted to be the ones to fill that need,” Tiefer said. “There’s a good vibe here.”

Interiors by Anne -- Business Briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Anne MacArthur brings her expertise in design and reputation for artistic ability to a new home decor consulting business, Interior Arrangements by Anne MacArthur. MacArthur has extensive corporate experience in customer service and large-group management. Her formal training includes graduation from the Residential Design Program of the Art Institute of Seattle, a Master of Science degree in organizational development, and a bachelor of science in nursing.

A couple of good years in business

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

It required some heavy lifting, but the Rosenthals restored faith in the local gym.
Reviving a failing business is one thing. Taking over an enterprise that turned out to have been run by con men, and returning it to respectability, that’s quite another. That was the challenge for Michael and Alexa Rosenthal, when they were awarded control of the Madison Avenue gymnasium now known as Island Fitness two years ago. While principals in the former enterprise, Health Maintenance Center, have been jailed for defrauding investors, the Rosenthals have developed a thriving club that one member says “promotes a strong sense of friendship, goodwill and good health.”

Welcome home! Come in, have a seat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

New furniture store caters to commuters, islanders’ taste for low-key quality.
At Port Madison Home, the furniture is built to order – and so is the store. During his days as a daily ferry rider, John Hays had been frustrated by how early most island shops close. His new furniture store keeps that commuting schedule in mind, extending business hours until 8 p.m. on weekdays. “We’re going to be open when people are home,” Hays said. Located on Hildebrand Avenue, Port Madison Home offers furniture for the living room, dining room and bedroom, as well as table settings, area rugs, bath fixtures, bedding and home office pieces.

Gilbert Thomes: A gem of a store

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Gemologist/designer duo set up shop in The Winslow.
Tucked through the archway of The Winslow is a new jewelry store in a space the owners liken to the tiny shops that dot Paris. “I’d like to be the corner jewelry store, like the corner baker or shoemaker you go to,” co-owner Drew Gilbert Thomes said. Drew and his wife, longtime islander Alice Gilbert Thomes, melded their complementary trades – Alice as gemologist and Drew as jewelry designer – to form the store, which offers custom and antique jewelry, as well as cleaning and repair services.

Second homes: a primo investment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Whoever coined the adage “what goes up must come down” never looked into real estate, especially on Bainbridge. Home and land prices seem to know just one direction: skyward. As such, real property may well make a better investment for retirement than the mercurial stock market – so argues island writer and commentator Tom Kelly. But the real secret, he says, is the ease with which you can put a second home into your portfolio, use it as a getaway, then “trade up” for other properties as your goals change.

Art supply store is palette-pleaser

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:00PM

Oil and Water will focus on media in 2D.
The island’s first art supply store proves that oil paint and watercolor really can mix. Dubbed Oil and Water for the mixed media stocked on shelves, the store opens April 30 in the 900-square-foot building across from the Pavilion, the former home of Island Movies. “When we tell people we’re doing this it’s just joy and jubilation, because...they don’t have to go off the island to get what they need,” said business co-owner Richard Nelson. “But we feel this huge responsibility, and it’s gaining every time we talk to somebody and they say, ‘you’re opening an art supply store – it’s about time.’”

The Good, the Bad, the Microbial

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

SoilSoup creator receives AHS award for creative use of technology.
Some years, late tomato blight would kill everyone’s tomatoes on Bainbridge. Then Jerry Erickson encountered “compost tea” – a home-brewed garden remedy that, when sprayed on the plants, would eliminate late blight. “Why is this natural material so effective at doing what no chemical can?” Erickson asked himself. One thing led to another, and this year Erickson’s SoilSoup in Seattle received the American Horticulture Society’s G.B. Gunlogson Award for “creative use of new technology to make home gardening more productive and enjoyable.”

Pantages brews up a new blend

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Islander’s new venture brings lattes and lingerie to the Winslow.
From the first step over the threshold of Metrion, both halves of Tarsi Pantages’ bewitching “coffee/shop” cast their spell. Described as “part cafe and part shopping spree,” the store that opened March 12 in the new Winslow Building is the island’s first joint coffee shop and lingerie boutique. “I want to be unpredictable,” Pantages said, “and provide things that can’t be found anywhere else on the island. And I want to stay flexible, because then I can be open to what people want, what makes sense – and what’s fun for me, too. “I’m too old not to have fun.”

Breakfast of business champs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

New networking group focuses on island-based small office professionals.

They labor to get you organized

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Get It Together steps in to reorder out-of-sync homes and offices.
Who wouldn’t like to finally get it all together? Patty Raymond and Sheilah Wilcynski don’t promise miracles, but they can help put a sizable dent in life’s more solvable messes. For nearly five years the pair has operated Get It Together, a professional organizing service. “We do everything from kitchens to bedroom closets to entire homes for some people,” Wilcynski said, “starting with the garage and working our way through.”

New clinic focuses on families

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

An offshoot of a Port Orchard facility opens on Hildebrand Lane.
Practice really can make perfect, at least when it comes to patient care. That’s the philosophy behind Bainbridge Family Care Clinic, which opens March 1 to complement the island’s existing health care resources. “We’re feeling like the time is right to offer an alternative to the Virginia Mason clinic,” said Margaret Sandler, one of three nurse practitioners involved in the venture. Sandler and Paul Baker specialize in family practice medicine, while Audrey Van Voorhis focuses on women’s health care.

Winslow becomes a teriyaki town

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

A new eatery in the Mall serves up a staple of Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Jay Park took the wrong boat, but that didn’t stop him from getting to the right place. The Eastside restaurateur was on the way to visit a friend in Bremerton last summer when he accidentally got into the Bainbridge queue at Colman Dock. But when he stepped off the ferry and caught his first glimpse of the island, he knew he’d arrived at his real destination.

Now every dog has its daycare

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Animal Magnetism on Miller caters to canines.
Long work hours, interminable commutes, flex time, half days – What parent hasn’t struggled to juggle daycare requirements against a busy schedule? And that’s just for the family pet. Help is at hand. The business is called Animal Magnetism, but owners Gordon Vittig and Jen Owen are more likely to answer “Doggie Daycare” when they pick up the phone. “It’s probably the most fun a dog can have,” Vittig said.

They’re dancing down the street

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Fast-growing Bainbridge Ballet heads to Hildebrand.
Sometimes it pays to set the barre a little higher. A year ago, New Motion studio discontinued its dance program to focus exclusively on physical therapy. Instructors Sara Cramer-Sherbina and Emil McCulloch didn’t want to see their students stranded, so they formed a partnership and opened Bainbridge Ballet at the Pavilion last August.

‘I tell ya man, he’s selling there still’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Jeff Crawford lives the music fan’s dream at Glass Onion.
When Jeff Crawford opened the Glass Onion in 1992, in a cramped retail space in Lundgren Station, his goals were modest. A disgruntled refugee from a Silverdale record store striking out on his own for the first time, he told the Review at that time, “I figured I couldn’t run it any worse than they did.”

New art classes draw all ages

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Islanders Jane and Steven Curtis were impressed by their children’s Silverdale-based art classes, so much so that they brought both the instructor and program to Bainbridge. Now the island’s newest art program, Monart School of the Arts, which also has offices close by in Bremerton and Gig Harbor, has recently opened doors at Rolling Bay in a commercial space owned by the Curtises.

A notion to be the ‘fourth Esther’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Employee takes the reins of downtown fabric store.
“Come in and meet the new owner!” If the window sign that appeared in mid-December sparked a momentary panic, Esther’s loyalists were quickly reassured. The venerable Winslow fabric store is in good hands, and will continue to be an island institution.

After 41 years, he’s still smiling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Harmon Adams has cared for several generations of island mouths. “Progressive” and “conservative” don’t usually go hand in hand, but Harmon Adams may be an exception. Over the past four decades, Adams has adapted to the light-year advances that reshaped dentistry while maintaining an island family practice that is focused on “conservative restoration” – helping patients care for and keep the teeth they have.

Duo launches sole proprietorship

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

Sole Mates brings Birks and more to Island Village.
Flat-footed. That’s how Dorothy Scott and Jack Stuckrath felt on Dec. 1, as opening day for Sole Mates came with only part of the inventory delivered and nary a shoehorn to their name.

Handmade pasta is work of art

  • Dec 10, 2003 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:59PM

What’s the secret behind that enigmatic smile? Pasta, of course. Elisa Corcoran opened the aptly-named Mon Elisa’s on Winslow Way Dec. 4 to fill a niche -- good food to go -- in the island’s culinary scene. “It’s a restaurant,” Corcoran said, “but to-go food is what it really is.”

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