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East meets West at Lilies shop

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:55PM

Murat Tasdemir and his business associates bought a piece of land in Istanbul that they thought would be a perfect spot for a hotel. They needed money. So in 1997, Tasdemir, who had been in the carpet business, volunteered to do his bit by coming to America to sell Turkish rugs. And because a friend of his owned a bed and breakfast here, he stopped on Bainbridge Island. “I wanted to bring the beauty of Turkey to the United States,” Tasdemir said. “And I was going to send the money back to Turkey to build the hotel.”

Surfing’s up in Eagle Harbor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:55PM

There’s nothing unusual about achieving great insight while hoisting a pint or two with friends. But A) having those insights still seem like good ideas in the morning, and B) actually following through and doing something – those are rare things. Yet that is the sequence of events that gave birth to BI Wireless, a company that offers internet access to the Eagle Harbor area from an antenna perched high atop the Harbour Public House, where the concept was brewed. “We decided no more ‘somebody should’ ideas,” said David Canning. “There is no reason not to jump when you have an idea.”

Gardens rooted in history

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:55PM

Had it not been for his Uncle Sam, Junkoh Harui might have devoted his life to a different kind of green than the plants that surround him at Bainbridge Gardens. In 1955, Harui was a newly minted University of Washington business graduate who had accepted a job to work with Lou Goller at American Marine Bank. Instead, he got drafted. And while he was in the service, the situation changed. “When I got out, there weren’t any jobs,” Harui said. “Mo Nakata said I should start a flower shop, and I decided to give that a try.”

Real estate year chugged along

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:55PM

Island home sales were up, but prices held surprisingly steady in 2002. The net result, local brokers say, was a marketplace generally unaffected by the larger economy around it. “It was a funny marketplace,” said Jim Laws, owner/broker of the island’s Windermere office. “I think everybody had their breath held all year long, but it chugged right along.”

Paddlers head to Back of Beyond

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:55PM

It’s not where you’d expect to find a shop that sells 17-foot-long touring kayaks. Were it not for a few whitewater craft hung outside the small basement abode at 195 Winslow Way, you might not notice the island’s newest paddlesports shop at all. That lack of fancy signs and slick advertisements is just fine with Udo Wald and Janet Nicholson, owners of To the Back of Beyond Explorations.

Walt's making his move

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

‘Twas the last week before the big move at Walt’s Lynwood Market, and Murphy’s Law was holding court. The sign that was supposed to show up last week is still promised – maybe Thursday or Friday. The computer software that operates the new scanner technology speaks a different language than the bar codes. And the displays at the front of the store are still in disarray.

Inn, townhomes planned near Parfitt Way

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Seattle architect and Bainbridge resident Cihan Anisoglu and wife Bonnie have filed an application for a hotel/townhome project dubbed “the Inn at Eagle Harbor” on lower Madison Avenue. The project, proposed for an 11,000-square-foot lot immediately north of the parking lot on the corner of Madison and Parfitt Way, calls for six guest rooms and three two-story townhomes.

After 15 years, gym finally works out

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Like a lot of college sweethearts, Jeff and Jill Giblin spent some of their free time trying to imagine their future lives. And with both studying exercise and physical therapy at California’s Chico State University, it’s no surprise that they talked about doing something in the fitness field, namely, opening their own exercise facility. “Exercise has been a way of life for me,” Jeff Giblin said, “and Jill has been an athlete all her life. “When we talked about what we ultimately wanted to do, we thought that if our lives allowed and everything fell into place, this is something we would like to pursue.”

Chamber gears up for activism in '03

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Everyone who runs for office says they want to help the business community. But once elected, they turn their attentions elsewhere, business leaders say. To keep the business community’s agenda visible, and to make sure members know what the city’s elected officials are doing, the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce says it will be active in 2003.

A new cottage industry on Ericksen

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Denise Grannan and husband Greg Diamond looked for all the world like the young couple on the way up the housing ladder, having gone from a Chicago loft to a 2,900-square-foot home on Bainbridge. But last summer, they decided to climb back down. They sold their house in the Brookfield subdivision, “camped out” in an apartment for a couple of months, then moved two weeks ago into one of the 11 new 1,050-square-foot Ericksen Cottages. “Our family and friends thought we were going crazy, because this is just not the typical thing to do,” said Grannan. “The usual thing is to go for the McMansion.”

Island shopkeeping a piece of Cake

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

As one who has spent her fair share of time in stores, Kimber Wysong thought owning a shop would be fun. She tried to persuade her sister to open a store, but the sister opted for school instead. So with her youngest in kindergarten, Wysong decided to do it herself. When a small retail space opened up on Madrone Lane, she jumped at the opportunity, and hung out a shingle announcing “Cake.”

Teaching to the triple bottom line

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

As Sherman Severin often says, if you want to be a futurist, look at the present. Judging by who’s present, the future of the Bainbridge Island Graduate Institute’s “ethical MBA” looks promising indeed. In the nine months since formally launching the program, Severin and BGI co-founders Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot have attracted a host of top talent to the institute’s five research centers and its flagship degree program, which was accredited by the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board last month.

Learn farming for fun (!) and profit (?)

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

A farmer can spend a lot of time just thinking – particularly a farmer like George Rohrbacher, groomed for academia before the allure of rural life changed his plans. When he wasn’t worrying about how to hold onto his Goldendale ranch in the face of record drought, Rohrbacher’s “mental exercise” was outlining a book. And when a friend suggested that there ought to be a board game about agriculture, all that thinking came together in “The Farming Game.” “This had been in gestation for several years and I didn’t know it,” Rohrbacher said. “Ninety-five percent of it was done in one day.”

Super growth on the info superhighway

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Five years ago, Bob Malecki was looking for a business opportunity on Bainbridge Island, his new home. When he learned that islanders were twice as likely as the overall population to be internet users, he believed that connecting Bainbridge to the worldwide web might prove viable. He was right. As Northwest Network Services looks towards its fifth anniversary in January, it has doubled its revenue several times over, has gone from a one-man operation to a business with seven employees, and is branching into new areas of consulting.

Mercury adds tech director -- Business briefing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Mercury Online Solutions, a Bainbridge-based provider of in-store display networks, has hired Alex Endzell as technology development director. Endzell comes from Industrial Systems, Inc., where he developed software products that helped the company grow from 20 to more than 120 employees. ISI was recently acquired by Aspen Technology.

New Morning dawns at Pavilion

  • Nov 6, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:54PM

Bernie Reynolds has spent much of his business life on the move as a commercial fisherman and a vendor at a variety of expositions. But for the past 16 years, he and wife Rochelle have made their home on Bainbridge Island, and put their four kids through schools here. Hoping to make his business as settled as he is, Reynolds is opening New Morning in the Pavilion, which he hopes will become a permanent location for his sweater, women’s wear and gift store.

It’ll be a gallery – ‘No Fu’-ling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

The storefront at 166 Winslow Way is wrapped in brown paper that conceals the new business opening there Friday. Several signs on the door – that read “Tofu Emporium: No Fu Like Tofu” and “Hamburger on a Stick – the biggest idea in fast food since hot dog on a stick” just deepen the mystery. “We’ll have the real sign by Friday,” said Kathe Fraga, who, with husband Jeff Fraga, is transforming the former Deering Music Store into Gallery Fraga, a new showcase for arts and crafts.

At 25, Showhouse aging gracefully

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

Dana’s Showhouse is a family business that feels like home. Now in its 25th year and still run by original owner Dana Berg, the Winslow Mall business features comfy, overstuffed chairs and reading lamps that invite customers to feel at home in the warm space.

In Harmony with lands, llamas

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

Mary Harmon’s work takes a soft touch. Sitting at her spindle, the creator of Harmony Yarns hefts a handful of the delicate and feather-light llama wool she’ll use in a new line of handspun items that debuts this weekend. “Llama wool doesn’t have lanolins like other wools, so it isn’t sticky. It’s closer to human hair,” Harmon said, deftly drafting the fine strands of fleece into a tight coil.

Preserving the fabric of the island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

Vivian Chesterly has kept Bainbridge in stitches for decades. JSM Tailors, located on the north side of Lundgren Station, opened in 1979. Chesterly purchased the business from the original owner, Joyce Murphy, in 1983. One reason the doors stay open is that the business has altered to suit the times. “People assume we only do high fashion,” Chesterly said, “but actually we are into recycling. We replace lots of zippers on lots of blue jeans.”

'B&B' means 'business is booming'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

Aah, the life on an innkeeper. Imagine being able to be your own boss, work out of your home, and meet interesting people from around the world. So could you put that extra room to work, going into business as a bed and breakfast? Actually, you probably could, say a number of the island’s B&B owners. “I had no idea we’d be this busy,” said Mary Croy, who last November christened her home on the outskirts of Winslow the Janelle Place Bed and Breakfast. “We have at least as much business as we want.”

Will progress trample Bainbridge winery?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

After 25 years of operating in Winslow just off Highway 305, Bainbridge Island Vineyards and Winery owners Gerard and Joann Bentryn are putting the downtown property up for sale. Their hope is to rebuild a tasting room and sales facility on their other property on Day Road East, where they grow most of their grapes. But their ability to do so depends on whether the city will amend the zoning code to allow year-round sales at that location.

Commons springing up at Lynwood Center

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

There’s nothing wrong with Winslow, mind you, but as the island has grown, so has its downtown. Morrie and Kathy Blossom, whose roots on Bainbridge Island go back generations, don’t just dream about the days when you could walk downtown and know everybody you met. They are trying to recreate that era at Lynwood Commons, their multi-building project on the island’s south end.

Deering runs over to Ericksen Avenue

  • Aug 28, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53PM

While the old Petula Clark song may extol “the music of the traffic in the city,” the high-energy environment of Winslow’s main street didn’t appeal to Barbara Deering. To better accommodate the twin mission of teaching music and providing musical goods, she has moved Deering Music from Winslow Way to a house on 255 Ericksen Avenue, two doors north of the driveway into BPA. “I don’t want it to feel like a big retail store,” Deering said. “I want it to be more homey.”

T&C bids goodbye to Thriftway, strikes out on own

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 6:52PM

After 45 years in the Thriftway corral, Town & Country Markets are riding off on their own. At the end of the month, Bainbridge Island’s mainstay grocery store will dissolve its relationship with the Thriftway marketing cooperative, as will the company’s stores in Poulsbo and Ballard. “We will try to create our own brand identity,” said T&C President Larry Nakata. “And we need to unite ourselves a little more.”

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