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Cafe opens for 'midtown' market

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:06PM

Robert Freitag and Jason Devinney set up shop at the Meridian. For those weary of trekking uptown to the Village or downtown to Winslow for lunch, now there’s a “midtown” option. Chef Robert Freitag and co-owner Jason Devinney have opened the Metro Market Cafe on the first floor of the Meridian condominum complex on Knechtel Way, between Madison and Ericksen avenues. “We’d like this to be a gathering place to meet people or grab a quick bite,” Freitag said. “It’s designed so people who work in the area can pick up things. We’re trying to service midtown Winslow that’s undiscovered and developing.”

The height of fashion on women's arms

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:06PM

Peggy Maracich crafts custom handbags from unique cloths and trinkets. You’ve got to hand it to Peggy Maracich. She knows how to bag clients without really trying. Maracich’s handmade purses have captured the attention of island women, who buy them four and five at a time as gifts and for themselves. They spot the bags – which range from baguettes to totes – in the aisles of Town and Country and on the ferry, and are not shy about approaching strangers to ask, “Is that a Peggy purse? I have one, too.”

A bit of deja vu at Winslow Home

  • Nov 16, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:06PM

Mary Hall and Ken Schuricht open a new retail storefront. Although the brightly colored dishes and rugs are pleasing to the eye, there are also cleaning supplies, brooms and mops and a practicality to the store – not surprising, from former hardware store owners. “Philosophically, one of the things I wanted to achieve with this store was to sell things people actually use in their home,” Winslow Home Co. co-owner Mary Hall said, “and some discretionary things people would buy as gifts.

25 years of high fashion, low cost

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:05PM

Closet Transfer thrives as shoppers look for inexpensive but unique clothes. Step into this “walk-in closet” and you’ll find a close-fitting, 1940s black velvet pin hat and a beaded evening gown, but also chunky, cabled wool sweaters and a full-length Burberry raincoat. Winslow’s Closet Transfer in Winslow boasts what owner Carol Ingles describes as an “intimate relationship” with customers looking for apparel.

A refined dining experience

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:05PM

The Madoka menu melds local produce with influences from across the ocean. Entering Madoka is like a study in textures. The double-height, rippled golden wall at the door contrasts with the restaurant’s spare black interior. Overlapping spirals in shades of red and orange on cushions, and a red wall sheathing stairs to the upper dining area, are striking accents.

The latest in trunk show fashion

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:05PM

The hot trend: personalized shopping in someone’s home. Sherry Fadely’s love of fine clothing and quality service has brought her into the fashion world. As the exclusive consultant on the island for the Eccoci line, she is parlaying that love into a “trunk show” business for Bainbridge women. Based on personalized, one-on-one service in an inviting environment, trunk show shopping is among the country’s top trends.

Projector lamp lighting the way

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:05PM

A new online venture offers high-end projection systems. Stephen Schramke doesn’t want his customers to feel like they’re in the dark, except when they’re enjoying the products of Schramke compares the average level of knowledge among the public about projection systems to PC buyers in the early 1990s not knowing what “RAM” was. “People are trying to figure out, where is the value? In lumens? Contrast ratio?” Schramke said. “We want to help (customers) feel comfortable they are getting the best value for their money.”

Roberts Jeweler is a two-family affair

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:05PM

The business was owned by one Roberts clan, then another. It’s not every day that people walk up and hand you their watch, but for Dot Roberts and Gail Yette, it’s not strange at all. “Customers have handed us jewelry and watches in the street,” said Yette, manager of Roberts Jeweler. “They’re so confident in us, it’s kind of nice.”

Therapist eases overstimulated young minds

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:05PM

Specialized therapy helps children cope with sensory overload Everyday life is a flurry of sights and sounds and sometimes adults have trouble taking it all in. Think, then, of the effect it has on children. Pediatric occupational therapist Catherine Whiting has devoted 23 years to helping children – including infants – make sense of their surroundings and function better physically, emotionally, academically and socially.

A $13.95 oil change, and a smile

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:05PM

Steve Recchi wants to keep cars and their owners happy. Quality Auto Service opened in 2005, but owner Steve Recchi wants the service to feel like 1955. “Customer service is really what I’m all about,” Recchi said. “(A former boss) taught me customer service. He taught me the true value of customer service – honesty, integrity...if you make a mistake, how you recover from it really matters.”

Acupuncture patients get the point

  • Jul 27, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:05PM

Treatments ease pain, restore health, vitality. When Halin Zindell looks at a painful shoulder, it’s never the same cure twice. “In Chinese texts, there is a lot about an acupuncturist being an artist, seeing patterns and bringing them into balance,” said Zindell, a licensed acupuncturist on Ericksen Avenue, is one of several island practitioners of the ancient Chinese method of care developed 3,000 to 5,000 years ago.

Ice creamery is a dreamery

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:04PM

An Argentinian couple turn out fine flavors at a Day Road production facility. Few experiences bring a rush of happiness like a taste of ice cream. Creamy or tart, cone or bowl, it is, as Voltaire wrote, “exquisite.” Ice cream also transcends cultures, something Argentinian transplants Ana Orselli and her husband, Gerardo Perez-Pisarra, hope will make their fledgling venture, Mora Iced Creamery, a sweet success.

Business Briefings -- Key Bank branch opens/Health centers tap Morss/Two VPs join team at AMB

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:04PM

Instead of a gallon of milk, Key Bank customers now can get fries with their banking trip. This past Monday, the Bainbridge Island branch office of Key Bank moved down the street from its in-store location at Safeway to a new full-service facility behind McDonald’s on High School Road. “We hope the convenience of parking and the drive-thru window will offset not being in-store,” said islander Jim Orrey, branch manager. When the doors opened Monday morning, the final touches were still being completed on the ATM machine out front and the drive-thru window in back.

Sisters build a nest of their own

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:04PM

Sarah Sheldon, Jennifer Carrillo offer furnishings at Winslow Green. Beach glass-colored walls of pale blue and celery green evoke a “Great Gatsby”-esque atmosphere, with low bowls of peonies and roses. Petals run across a sculpted rug set before a cupboard where sunlight from the windows illuminates rows of French-milled soaps molded into palm-size rabbits, pigs and blue robins’ eggs.

It all works out at Athletic Club

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:04PM

It’s a “club,” not a “gym.” That is, to Ted and Kellan Eisenhardt, the essential difference between their newly expanded athletic facility at Meadowmeer and other local outfits with weights and stationary bikes. Members of the Bainbridge Athletic Club may come for the workout, but it’s hoped that they’ll stay for the atmosphere.

Family funeral home still alive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:04PM

Dave Cook defies the industry trend toward consolidation, corporate ownership. The natural first question to any mortician is: Why? For Dave Cook, an ostensibly grim career choice came early. He was just 10 years old when he lost several close relatives, and the care the local funeral director showed to his family made a lasting impression.

Scrapbooks Etc.: crop ’til you drop

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:04PM

New specialty store for the booming hobby opens on Madrone. Four pastel-shaded tags dangle on the page, carrying a hand-written message. A baby photo matted in two shades of blue is paired with a neatly typed paragraph. It’s today’s scrapbook – a fusion of dollhouse chic and photo album sentiment – and it now boasts a specialty store of its own on the island.

A quarter-century of good design

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:04PM

Peter O’Connor has helped shape the island for 25 years. In nursery school, Peter O’Connor’s report card noted that he liked playing with blocks. By the time he was 11 years old, he was nailing scraps of wood together to build forts in the woods near his Vermont home. And he had already decided to become an architect. “I just remember as a kid thinking it was so much fun to build things,” O’Connor said.

Shoreline inns offer a blue view

  • May 11, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:04PM

Wing Point, Point White getaways boast waterfront solace. Striped curtains frame the windows of the Bainbridge Island Beach Cottage’s main room, its simply painted white wooden walls and a pine floor. A claw-footed bathtub sits under a window looking out onto the water and Point White across the way. “It has a real old Bainbridge Island feel. It’s a place you could rent at the beach and feel comfortable,” innkeeper Julie Schulte says. “You don’t have to worry about bringing anything.”

A decade of real spunk and sass

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:03PM

Stephanie Jackson’s boutiques are stylin’. “Life is serious, so have fun with your clothes.” That philosophy has guided clothier Stephanie Jackson in life and in business, as she enters her 10th year as the owner of the whimsical Winslow clothing and jewelry boutique, Blinx. “I love what I do and I want to be here another 10 years,” said Jackson, who bought the shop as a single woman in her late 20s, and will celebrate a decade in business with champagne for customers May 29-30.

A family history in every shoebox

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:03PM

Alan Francescutti helps clients weave a narrative from old photos and heirlooms. Behind the camera, Alan Francescutti looks for the shot that will capture a moment or show a person’s humanity. “My interest has been in capturing people, showing interactions between people or with their surroundings, something that’s candid, pictures that are story-telling,” he said. As Bainbridge Video Productions, Francescutti now employs those same skills to help people tell personal histories through video – combining photos, on-camera interviews and personal artifacts – as well as such related services as photo restoration, and transfer of old videos or film to DVD.

The best insurance policy: honesty

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:03PM

Ross and Carol Thornburgh mark a quarter-century as independent agents. Ross Thornburgh makes it his business to give people bad news well. As an insurance agent, Thornburgh might have to tell his customer that the premium is high, the claim won’t be filled or the policy won’t be renewed. “No one likes to give bad news, but bad news should travel fast – it doesn’t improve with age,” Thornburgh said. “The action of not giving it is worse.”

More inns than outs for local lodging

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:03PM

New bed and breakfasts offer the best of town and country. The Seattle ferry seems larger than life as it glides by, filling the living room window of the Point White Bed and Breakfast on Rich Passage. At the Inn at Winslow Corner, the attraction is less about view than location. “You walk up the street to go shopping,” said Daniel Reisfeld, co-owner of the inn. “It’s wonderful to be in such a convenient spot.”

Rolling toward a greener planet

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:03PM

Classic Cycle is honored for its environmentally sound practices. If biking wasn’t already green enough, Classic Cycle on High School Road just deepened it another shade. Using a variety of innovative recycling and low-waste strategies, the four-year-old business has earned four out of five stars in the Kitsap County Health District’s EnviroStars program.

Striving for that teak performance

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:03PM

Furniture designer John Thomas Baker finds a robust market for his products. You don’t get much more tangible than furniture, but John Thomas Baker has made his teak peak by hanging out a virtual shingle. Baker’s Bainbridge Island-based company, Thos. Baker LLC, does all of its sales via the Internet, and for its first year, advertised exclusively through “buying” key words from search engine Google.

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