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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.

Yesterday the world, today BainbridgeWell-traveled designer Bill McKnight opens his first retail outlet in Winslow.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

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.

Two pictures of Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

Despite the common perception of rapid change, Bainbridge is a rather stable community, according to two new surveys that shed light on island demographics. But we are not economically independent or isolated.

A new Star on Madison Avenue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

Jay Wence has spent most of his life in diners. And if all goes well, that won’t change now that he has moved to Bainbridge Island. Wence and his wife, Michelle Enslow, will open the Big Star Diner next week in the Madison Avenue spot formerly occupied by Al Packard’s Blue Water Diner. “I’m excited,” Wence said late last week. “Today I had a couple from Dallas knock on the door and ask if we served milkshakes.”

BI businesses regroup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

The bad news is that the economic fallout from the September terrorist attacks definitely reached Bainbridge Island. The good news is that for the most part, the effect seem to be dissipating. “There was literally nothing for a few days,” said Sally Loomis of Loomis Travel. “We were busy refunding and reaccomodating people.”

If you wire it, they will come

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

For a property manager, the loss of a major tenant in the middle of a less-than-robust market is a crisis. When the Day Road industrial park lost Watson Furniture Systems, Sheri Watson saw an opportunity. And by offering high-speed internet access, she has filled the vacant space and then some with what she believes will be the jobs of the future on Bainbridge.

Harbor visions, island dreams

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

For the new owners of two well-established Bainbridge stores, the lure was the island, not simply the enterprise. “Small towns give me the opportunity to get involved,” said Bob Schoonmaker, new owner of the Chandlery with partner Kimberly Corrigan. The two avid sailors live aboard a 40-foot boat in the Harbor Marina, and were long-time customers when John and Jane Jay owned the store. “I was looking for an opportunity to re-orient my life from the city back to Bainbridge Island because I love it here so much,” said Schoonmaker, who works with a Seattle outdoor-clothing firm. “This is a marriage of my passions, which are boating and managing a business,” he said.

This charity did begin at home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

There was a time not so long ago that when a commercial fisherman caught the wrong fish, he had to throw it away. Although fishermen hated to do that, they understood the rationale -- to remove any incentive for catching protected species. “One of the fishermen on my boat said it’s nuts that we can’t give those fish to the food bank,” said Tuck Donnelly, a former commercial boat captain. From that prod, Donnelly created a Bainbridge-based charity that is now national in scope. The seafood products it provides have become one of the leading sources of food nationwide for the needy.

Ethereal furnishings down below

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

At first blush, “shabby elegance” seems to be one of those oxymorons like “jumbo shrimp” – two concepts that can’t readily co-exist. Sisters JoAnna Geraghty and Wendy Lavachek disagree, so much so that they are basing a business on the “shabby elegant” look. “It looks like something you inherited from your grandmother,” said Lavachek, describing the furniture and accessories on display at Ethereal, the pair’s store in the basement of Sandy’s Barber Shop on Winslow Way.

These shoots are made for walkin’

  • Sep 27, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:47PM

There are, in this world, those fussy folks who don’t want you to walk on the grass. But then there are Ann and David Knight, who are building a business of grass for walking. The Knights are not talking lawns, though. Their business is TimberGrass, purveyor of fine bamboo floorings and panels. “People buy this because it’s beautiful, durable and sustainable,” said Ann Knight. “The wood is harder than oak or maple, more stable, and you don’t get a lot of gapping between the boards.”

Dot com keeps vessels in ship shape

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

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. “Supply stores in local markets will have some things, but we have a lot of additional stuff that people need.”

"There's still time to shopWinslow retailers see mixed sales, and some predict a last-minute buying flurry."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Will the dashed hopes of would-be dot-com moguls quiet the ringing of cash registers at island businesses? Will the fact that tech-stock dollars are vanishing as fast as membership in the A-Rod fan club empty local stores?It's really too soon to tell, according to a wholly unsystematic cross-section of Winslow Way businesses. Because it seems that island folks do their holiday shopping on island time.People are not quite ready for Christmas yet, said Jane Pomeroy, owner of the Berry Patch in the Winslow Mall. They're not decorating yet, or having a lot of parties. I don't think people are focusing. "

At home in Oriental exoticaDomicile brings Tibet to Bainbridge.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Geographically, Seattle is closer to the Orient than any other major American city. That closeness manifests itself in the Northwest's affinity for Oriental decor.People here are trying to create a Northwestern look by combining Asian and craftsman styles, says designer Jerry Carlin. Or they will mix very contemporary pottery with Chinese accent pieces.To cater to this affinity, Carlin and Keith Edgar have opened Domicile, a combination antique store and interior design service in Lundgren Station, immediately north of the Magnolia shoe store. "

Fast service at Internet cafe

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:46PM

"Gary Chambers had it all. A successful Internet business. A home office. The ability to set his own schedule and answer to no one.But he got lonesome.And that led to a new business - Creative Internet Center.This is a European-style Internet cafe - a gathering place where people can come and meet, use a computer, drink coffee and socialize, said Chambers.The business, which Chambers owns with wife Tricia Borgardt, is located at 578 Winslow Way East, the porch next to Bainbridge Coffee. The cafe has six computers, three of them equipped with cameras for teleconferencing. Several of the computers have 3-D capabilities for dedicated video gamers.Hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a shut-down for lunch from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. "

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