Bainbridge Chamber hires new director

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.

Runway show offers a glimpse of new store at Island Gateway

And now, it can be said, Bainbridge Island has had its own invitation-only fashion show. With more to come.

Storyville plans coffee bar/market downtown

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.

Coworking, Office Xpats come to Bainbridge

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.

  • Sep 23, 2011

Hitchcock expands with popularity, demand

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.

  • Sep 12, 2011

Like others, Paper Products struggles to survive

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.

Madrone Lane: More a piazza, than a 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.

Bloedel Reserve tweaks its approach to ensure future

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.

Finally, a Quick Lube without leaving the island

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.

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas: An inner sanctum for knitters

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.

More BigBelly Solar compactors bound for Bainbridge Island

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.

Business Briefing

Fork & Spoon opens on Madrone LaneA new restaurant called Fork & Spoon opened last week in a small space on Madrone Lane.Blackbird Bakery owners… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2011

122 Winslow leaving namesake behind

Charlotte Shepard, the native islander who opened the 122 Winslow restaurant in December 2008, has been considering relocating for several months.

  • Apr 22, 2011

Papercutting artist to appear at Lollipops Friday

His work is one of Oprah's picks; he's been featured in Martha Stewart Wedding, People Magazine, Parenting, USA Today and more. He was commissioned for… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2011

Avalara, Island Gateway make a perfect match

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.

Blackbird Bakery ‘expands’ with a nearby café

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.

Winslow Way merchants are trying to be creative

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.

  • Mar 31, 2011

Hays, Port Madison Home will be missed

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.

  • Mar 24, 2011


Bay Hay and Feed to offer local foodBay Hay and Feed has reached an agreement with Sound Food to offer locally grown food, beginning April… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2011

Esther’s changes hands again, well, sort of

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.