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Business Briefings

Play center opens Monday

  • Oct 10, 2008
Glass Onion owner Jeff Crawford is closing after 17 years as an independent music outlet on Bainbridge.

No encore for Glass Onion

If video killed the radio star, the Internet slayed the independent music retailer.

  • Oct 10, 2008
Glass Onion owner Jeff Crawford is closing after 17 years as an independent music outlet on Bainbridge.
Real Foods Market and Cafe is a family business with owners Josh Bortman (left)

It’s real at Bainbridge’s Real Foods Market and Cafe

For people who are new to the retail grocery business, the owners of Real Foods Market and Cafe on Winslow Way East have quickly learned what it takes to be successful in such a competitive, demanding business.

Real Foods Market and Cafe is a family business with owners Josh Bortman (left)

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Light-bulb exchange set

  • Sep 26, 2008
David Ortiz is in good spirits after returning to work at Salmon Canyon Cafe. He suffered serious injuries in an Aug. 1 car accident on the island.

Salmon Canyon Cafe owner happy to get back to work

It seems incredible when David Ortiz says he has no worries in life. But then, that’s probably not unusual for someone living on borrowed time.

David Ortiz is in good spirits after returning to work at Salmon Canyon Cafe. He suffered serious injuries in an Aug. 1 car accident on the island.

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New manager at BI Travel

  • Sep 19, 2008
Edna’s owner Bill Nelson is spearheading the Taste of Lynwood and the commercial and residential project now under way on the west side of Lynwood Center Road..

A renaissance for Lynwood Center

Neglect a building long enough and, surely as brick crumbles and wood rots, it’ll eventually collapse. Or fall prey to fire.

Edna’s owner Bill Nelson is spearheading the Taste of Lynwood and the commercial and residential project now under way on the west side of Lynwood Center Road..
Islander Travis Guterson (left)

7 Seas Brewing Company to be Gig Harbor’s first brewery

For island resident Travis Guterson, passion comes from four basic ingredients. The 24-year-old Bainbridge High School graduate is harnessing water, malt, hops and yeast to create a set of unique brews that will be the cornerstone of Gig Harbor’s first brewery.

  • Sep 9, 2008
Islander Travis Guterson (left)
Economy Air Temp’s Harley Davison works on installing heat distribution ducts in the new addition of Bainbridge Athletic Club at Meadowmeer.

BAC’s Meadowmeer facility is expanding

For Ted and Kellan Eisenhardt, life on Bainbridge Island has always revolved around the sports fitness business they have operated at Meadowmeer Golf and Country Club. And after 17 years, the commitment continues to proliferate.

Economy Air Temp’s Harley Davison works on installing heat distribution ducts in the new addition of Bainbridge Athletic Club at Meadowmeer.

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The fitness center at the Bainbridge Pavilion will be operated more as a “card key-based workout gym with showers and dressing rooms” after the contract with the Bainbridge Athletic Club expires on Sept. 30, said Eric Fredricks, co-owner and manager of the building

  • Sep 5, 2008
Islander Colin Kimball is putting together a high-definition web experience under the name of Small Screen Network.

Bainbridge residents take a flyer on a Small Screen

Colin Kimball likes to take chances. The Bainbridge Island native has to contain that impulse a bit these days because he’s got a family. But there’s no doubt he wants to turn his creativity into big bucks, which means he’s occasionally going to take a walk on the wild side.

Islander Colin Kimball is putting together a high-definition web experience under the name of Small Screen Network.
Heather Hadley wants to provide consumers with a better grocery bag option.

Hoping to eliminate all produce bags

Heather Hadley has always been interested in keeping the environment in which she lives healthy, but after giving birth to son Breckin, it suddenly became more personal.

Heather Hadley wants to provide consumers with a better grocery bag option.

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The Blue Ocean Café, which opened three months ago in the Meridian Complex at 360 Knechtel Way, was created to establish a place where islanders and business people can meet or attend special group seminars and presentations.

  • Aug 1, 2008
Bainbridge Island bike shops become hot commodities

Bainbridge Island bike shops become hot commodities

It’s difficult to imagine a better location for a bicycle shop than Bainbridge Island. The countryside is lush, the shorelines stunning. The rural terrain varies interestingly between steep and level. Residents are generally affluent, health conscious and worldly. About one third of its working force commutes to Seattle via ferry, with a growing number climbing onto the saddle because of the costly fares for vehicles. And now we have this oil problem.

Bainbridge Island bike shops become hot commodities
Farm Courier owner Carlee Ashen delivers a flat of strawberries from Karen Selvar’s farm to Rolling Bay Auto’s Mike Fox.

Cyber market links Bainbridge growers to residents hungry for local food

With demand for local food reaching new heights, islander Carlee Ashen is rolling out a unique service to feed the appetite for island-grown food. Her business, Farm Courier, uses a virtual farmer’s market and a cheerful white delivery truck to bring local produce to island doorsteps. Ashen hopes her business will provide a new venue for residents and producers to build a relationship over food.

  • Jul 7, 2008
Farm Courier owner Carlee Ashen delivers a flat of strawberries from Karen Selvar’s farm to Rolling Bay Auto’s Mike Fox.
Kate Mills of Washington State Smile Partners checks the teeth of patient Mary Joan Zakovy

Bainbridge’s Smile Partner’s reaches out to low income families seeking dental care

As a dental hygienist, Kate Mills has spent 37 years hunched over people’s mouths. Yuck, you say? You’d think she’d be sick of cleaning teeth and searching for signs of periodontitis by now, but she has a new view of dentistry since co-founding Washington State Smile Partners, a nonprofit that offers preventive services to children and adults who can’t afford a trip to the traditional dentist’s office.

Kate Mills of Washington State Smile Partners checks the teeth of patient Mary Joan Zakovy

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Islanders urged to buy locally

  • Jun 27, 2008
Robin Briggs mixes up a batch of whole wheat for today’s market.

Bainbridge sisters make summer jobs from scratch

“Baking is part of what we’ve been doing as a family,” Robin Briggs said. When Robin and her sister, Kate, contemplated summer plans this year, they decided it might be fun to pour their combined talents into a small commercial interest.

  • Jun 23, 2008
Robin Briggs mixes up a batch of whole wheat for today’s market.

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Men’s clothing store to open

  • Jun 20, 2008
Quilcene based Chris Llewellyn delivers fresh organic produce to the Bainbridge Helpline House Friday. Her farm

Bainbridge food bank buying from local farms needs donations

Every Tuesday, five boxes of fresh produce are hand-delivered to the food bank at Helpline House by Chris Llewellyn, owner of Serendipity Organic Farm in Quilcene. It’s only one of her 40 stops on the island that day, but it’s the one that reaches out to the most, well, mouths, then empty stomachs. Helpline has started providing produce to its more than 170 weekly clients through a program called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which are subscriptions to food grown on sustainable farms such as Serendipity. To pay for the $440 weekly delivery of produce, Helpline is seeking donations from businesses and individuals.

Quilcene based Chris Llewellyn delivers fresh organic produce to the Bainbridge Helpline House Friday. Her farm