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After a lengthy search, the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce has hired a new executive director. Rex Oliver, who served as executive director of the Murrieta, Calif., Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, was introduced Wednesday evening during the chamber’s annual meeting at IslandWood.
And now, it can be said, Bainbridge Island has had its own invitation-only fashion show. With more to come.
The owners of Storyville Coffee Co. LLC, a roaster located on Bainbridge Island, have purchased the old Winslow Hardware building with the goal of establishing a retail coffee business in the large space.
Imagine an office space with a revolving cast of independently-minded entrepreneurs who are encouraged to grow business ideas at the water cooler, and may occasionally break out for yoga in the middle of the day.
Despite the recession and a tumultuous construction project outside his doors, the farm-to-table restaurant has flourished to the point that it’s taking over the business space next door.
In many ways, the owners of Paper Products, one of the more venerable businesses on Winslow Way, are not unlike many other businesses on the island’s besieged main street.
Linda Brandt’s moment of truth came on a Saturday a couple of years ago when she saw a pizza-delivery car nearly smack a mother of two pushing a double-wide stroller down Madrone Lane from the Farmers’ Market.
The nonprofit Bloedel Reserve is in the midst of completing a strategic plan in an effort to better maintain what it’s all about – gardens and grounds.
With the exception of several corporate entities lining High School Road, retail chains are generally less important to islanders than they are on the mainland. That’s something Mike Brooks realized when decided to add a quick lube and minor engine repair business next to his car wash at the corner of Madison Avenue and Wyatt Way.
If you’re a needlewoman, or man for that matter, often a single visit to Bainbridge Island’s Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and you’re hooked.
Sustainable Bainbridge has finally found a way to rid Winslow Way of its overflowing garbage cans, at least it will once the reconstruction project on the street is finished.
Charlotte Shepard, the native islander who opened the 122 Winslow restaurant in December 2008, has been considering relocating for several months.
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The Island Gateway development finally has its ideal anchor tenant under contract. Nearly all of the commercial space available in the large building sandwiched between the existing Kids Discovery Museum and the anticipated Bainbridge Art Museum has been leased to Avalara.
If you’ve got a highly successful bakery, why not expand it? The owners of Blackbird Bakery are doingexactly that, more or less, with the opening of Fork & Spoon restaurant just around the corner in early April.
The tearing up of Winslow Way isn’t the only action occurring these days on the island’s main street. The April opening of Fork & Spoon precedes several other downtown changes, with several new leases signed recently.
For John Hays the last three years of the recession have taken a toll on his high end furniture store, Port Madison Home. After seven years he announced last Friday that he will be closing the doors to his downtown Winslow store.
Esther’s Fabrics store is like a family heirloom, say, an antique quilt, that just keeps being passed on to the next generation. Or as it is in Esther’s paradigm, changing ownership from one employee to another during the 51 years the Winslow Way institution has been in business.