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Power Blows on Island

Puget Sound Energy reports 223,899 customers are without power so far across the region as a large wind and rain storm presses north and east. Of those customers, more than 5,500 are on Bainbridge. The outages seemed to be spread across the Island—north, central, and south—in mostly small pockets, likely caused by fallen branches and trees….

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Coyote Woodshop

Coyote Woodshop Makes Kitsap Bank’s Western WA Sweet 16—Vote Soon

This is the second year in a row Kitsap Bank is holding an edg3 FUND small business competition to recognize “entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their community in three ways: economically, socially, and environmentally.” One of the Sweet 16 finalists is Bainbridge’s Coyote Woodshop, which provides locally harvested wood, custom mill lumbering services, and custom furniture. The top 16 companies will now move on…

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Ashbury Site by Bob Holliday

Clearcut on Wyatt: The Story Behind the Ashbury Development

On April 17 of this year, Denova NW LLC, a Kent-based developer, purchased 4.51 acres of wooded land on Wyatt just west of Grow for $1,950,000. Denova, the developer of Bainbridge’s Timberbrook community near Gazzam Lake, is proposing to build an 18-home community on the Wyatt property, with homes going up for sale in late fall. The subject property is…

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Avalara Announces Schedule for Departure from Bainbridge

The sales tax software giant Avalara confirmed today, August 11, via its Facebook page that the company will be completing its departure from Bainbridge between the fall and early next year. Islanders have long known that Avalara would eventually be closing down the Bainbridge Island headquarters, but today’s announcement is the first mention of a time frame. Although…

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Renting Out Your Property Short-Term? City’s Got Some Paperwork for You

Let’s say you’re spending the summer at a Del Webb community in the Midwest, taking care of an aging relative. While you’re away, you’re renting out your beachfront home at four different times to four different vacationing families, for a week each. The City is now making a concerted effort to make sure you know you’ve…

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sandwich signs by Ann Knight

Bainbridge’s Dagwood-Sized Sandwich Sign Spread

You may be too young to remember the comic strip Blondie and character Dagwood’s super-sized, multilayer sandwiches. But take it on faith that Dagwood is an apt adjective to describe the size of the Island’s spread of sandwich boards or a-frame signs. Reader Ann Knight recently wrote to us about the volume: “I believe the signs are a…

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Grab a Growler to Go This Fall at T&C

Growler bar is perhaps not what you were thinking when you envisioned the T&C remodel, but that vision is part of the plan. T&C Markets Beer and Wine Spirits Specialist Don Thornton confirmed that, ideally sometime in September, the 8-tap fill-‘er up facility will be installed. One reason for the delay is law-related. Growler bars were…

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Citizens Petition City to Fire Branding Firm and Hire Local Talent

[Updated 5:04 p.m. June 22, 2015—see boldface below] Bainbridge Island resident Nicole Oliver has launched a petition requesting that the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) terminate its current branding effort with the firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates and instead seek local input. As of this afternoon over 300 people had signed the petition, citing displeasure with the…

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Bainbridge Bakers Reopens Under New Ownership

Wondering what recent activity in the Winslow Green Bainbridge Bakers location is about? To the Island institution’s many fans, the fact that Bainbridge Bakers is reopening will be very welcome news indeed. Four partners purchased the business from former owner Mike Loudon in early May. One of the new owners, Sean Osborn, is relocating to…

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Branding Process Not Clear Cut

Judging by community uproar, few will be disappointed that City and business stakeholders have cut the medieval battle axes and crest from the logo concepts proposed by branding and marketing firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates. “We’re not going with the crest and axes,” said City of Bainbridge Island Communications Specialist Kellie Stickney. “Everyone had the same…

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Firm Presents Branding Package Proposal: What They Were Thinking

[Updated 4:39 p.m. June 15, 2015.] Please Note: Some people are contacting IB inquiring if this article is a joke. It is not. Branding and economic development firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates presented a branding package for Bainbridge Island to city officials, business people, and community members on June 11. The evening presentation followed a three-day visit to Bainbridge…

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Logo of the Day

Last night a South Carolina firm submitted a new logo and flag for Bainbridge Island as part of a community rebranding project, financed by the City. The company’s “reveal” was met with mixed responses. Citizens are submitting alternative logo ideas on Facebook. Here is one from IB’s art department. Related Stories Bainbridge Gets a Makeover Through…

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Bainbridge Brewing Bottles Its Beer to Celebrate Birthday 3

You are invited to a party: the 3rd birthday celebration for Bainbridge Brewing, which has just shortened its name from Bainbridge Island Brewing. In honor of the occasion, BB is launching a new logo and its first bottled beers as well as one brewed just for the occasion of the birthday, a whiskey barrel-aged Doppelbock. Brewmaster and…

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Zia to Close Its Doors by End of Month

After Zia owner Afshan Tabazadeh opened her boutique in 2006, the store ran strong for many years. But she says online shopping has been steadily nibbling away at business in recent years. Even a re-envisioning of Zia in March, which brought about a new look and introduced new inventory, wasn’t enough to get enough people back into…

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PSE Rewards Local Sounders’ and Mariners’ Fans with Energy Upgrades

What do local sports have to do with energy efficiency? Not necessarily anything, but PSE wants to make a connection. This Sunday, May 31, as you head off on the ferry to see the Sounders pummel the New York Red Bulls or the Mariners give it to the Cleveland Indians, PSE reps clad in yellow…

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Bainbridge Bakers Leaves Gateway, Faces Possible Eviction from Winslow Green

[Updated at 1:15 p.m. May 28, 2015.] Bainbridge Bakers was released from its lease at its Gateway location early this month. The Gateway management company, Elmquist Real Estate Services, confirmed that Bainbridge Bakers owner Mike Loudon is no longer renting the site and it is available for lease. Cheryl Elmquist said the 2,176-square-foot space is currently listed…

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Rolling Bay

Proposed Rolling Bay Development Aims to ‘Do It Right’

For Lisa Martin, the owner of Rolling Bay Land Company, the development proposed for the north side of the Rolling Bay “town square” is her first commercial development venture. But she is trying to “do everything right.” For one thing, she said she wants to hear what people want to see in the space. She’s already…

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Gerry Farraro Resigns as Head Chef at Wing Point Country Club

This morning, May 13, the Wing Point Golf & Country Club management notified members that recently hired Executive Chef Gerry Farraro has resigned her position. Jeff D’Amico, who will take over as Wing Point General Manager on June 1, said Farraro resigned on Monday, May 11. He declined to comment on record about the reason…

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Avalara’s Scott McFarlane Is Chief Geek of Pacific Northwest

At the 2015 Pacific Northwest GeekWire Awards at Seattle’s EMP on May 7, Avalara’s CEO Scott McFarlane was crowned CEO of the Year. Nearly 1,000 people attended the annual IT industry awards where other honors such as Innovation of the Year, Geekiest Office Space, and Best Deal of the Year were also handed out in 13 categories. The winners…

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Org. Petitions USACE to Suspend Industrial Aquaculture in Puget Sound

The Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat filed a legal petition May 1 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for suspension of the use of the Clean Water Act Nationwide permit (NWP Number 48) that allows for industrial aquaculture activities in Puget Sound. CPPSH is asserting that the Corps has authorized too many industrial shellfish operations in the Sound. The…

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