Business

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

BUSINESS BRIEFING

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.

BUSINESS BRIEFINGS

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

BUSINESS BRIEFING

McBride’s stages annual fundraiser

  • Jun 9, 2008
Some of the units at Harbor Square are on the market. The condos were built during the real estate boom

Island real estate sales down, but not out

The current condition of Bainbridge Island’s real estate market could be considered robust when compared to what is occurring nationally, or even elsewhere in the Northwest, but total sales on the island for the first four months of 2008 are down more than half compared to 2007.

Some of the units at Harbor Square are on the market. The condos were built during the real estate boom

Bainbridge’s Paper Products also a tiny post office

At first glance, Paper Products doesn’t look much different these days than when its doors first opened in 1985. Kind of funky, packed with stuff from bow to stern, seemingly always busy, friendly folks behind the counter. All that and more.

Bainbridge bicycle shops roll to new locations

Spring is apparently moving time for bicycle shops, at least on the island, where both Bainbridge Island Cycle and Classic Cycle have relocated their businesses during the last few weeks.

  • Jun 9, 2008
Chuck Stearns likes his hair-cutting hangout because it’s new

Business is brisk for Bainbridge barbers

What does it take to be a barber on Bainbridge Island? Besides the hand dexterity required to avoid drawing blood and managing a head of hair so that it’s presentable, he or she had better be long on perseverance, enjoy the company of gray-haired men and be a master listener and/or story-teller. And it might help if the barber likes to exercise to overcome the physical stress of standing several hours a day.

Chuck Stearns likes his hair-cutting hangout because it’s new