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Bainbridge Bakers Asks Community for $100K; Should You Pay?

by Julie Hall [Updated 3:15 p.m., 7:48 a.m. April 15, 2015] Bainbridge Island mainstay Bainbridge Bakers in Winslow Green has made a public plea for help—specifically $100,000 through a gofundme campaign. One of Bainbridge Bakers front staff managers, Ben Goldsmith said he started the gofundme page with approval from the company’s current owner, Mike Loudon….

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A Sneak Peek at the Plate & Pint

Crews are working to put the finishing touches on the Plate & Pint, the upcoming family-friendly sports restaurant and bar located in the former Island Grill in the Safeway complex. When I stopped by today, April 8, the new windows were still taped and dry wall dust was hanging in the air, but things looked…

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Walgreens and Key Bank Going into Visconsi Site

The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) has provided building permits for construction of a full-service Walgreens at the Visconsi-owned site on the corner of Highway 305 and High School Road. According to the permit application, the Walgreens will be a single-story store with a drive-thru pharmacy. The building will be 14,475 square feet on a 1.57…

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Poll Results: Your Answers to What Should Go into Winslow’s Former Storyville Site

After over three years, Storyville Coffee owners put the undeveloped storefront on Winslow Way back on the market, on March 23. They had purchased the space in late 2011 and kept it vacant. The site was previously a home furnishings store and before that a hardware store for many years. Here are your responses to…

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Bainbridge Bakers Temporarily Shuts Its Island Gateway Outlet for “Restructuring”

A note now posted on the door of the Island Gateway Bainbridge Bakers outlet announces that the location has not reached the owner’s expectations and that it will be closed until early May for “restructuring.” (Although it is April Fool’s Day, this story is for real.) The restructuring will result in “more of a full-service restaurant,…

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Big Restaurant Changeroo at Pleasant Beach Village’s Manor and Beach Houses

Pleasant Beach Village’s Manor House in Lynwood Center with the fantastic view has gone through a series of incarnations throughout its long life. After the land was homesteaded in 1898 by Mr. and Mrs. Emil Olson, the couple’s son and daughter-in-law had the Tudor-style manor home built there. About two decades ago it was home to…

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Bainbridge Group Seeks to Get Carbon Tax Initiative on State Ballot

Climate Action Bainbridge, which used to be known as Coal Free Bainbridge, has joined nine other organizations through Carbon Washington to work for adoption of a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax for Washington State. Signature gathering will start in mid-April and end in December. The goal is to get the initiative on the ballot in 2016. The proposed…

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Photo of the Day: Wuh? Remodel Gone Awry?

Don’t worry. Everything is going along as planned with the T&C remodel. Demolishing the old front of the store was all part of the plan. This week, March 30-April 3, crews will continue framing the new entrance on the west side of the store to replace what they took down and working on the north…

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Poll: What Should Go in the Storyville Spot on Winslow Way?

After keeping a prime property on Winslow Way vacant for over three years, Storyville Coffee officially put the retail site back on the market yesterday, March 23. Judging by reader reaction (see our Facebook page) to our Storyville story announcing that the space is up for sale, Bainbridge Islanders welcome the move and are hopeful that it will…

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Storyville Selling Its Spot in Heart of Downtown

After years of sitting empty, the 6600-square-foot retail spot in the center of Winslow Way could now get a new owner or tenants. This afternoon, Doug Nelson of American Property hung a for sale sign on the spot that belongs to Storyville Coffee at 240 Winslow Way East. The space is listed at $1,885,000. Storyville had…

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Bainbridge Island Chevron Set to Close

The Chevron station on Hildebrand Lane at the southwest corner of Highway 305 and High School Road will close at the end of this month, its final day March 30. Brown Bear Car Wash, which acquired the station from a previous owner in 2003, also closed its Poulsbo Chevron on Highway 305, on February 26….

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This Year’s Chamber of Commerce Award Winners Are All About Sustainability

At last Saturday’s (March 7) Chamber of Commerce Installation Gala held at The Island School, the Chamber handed out seven annual awards to local people, businesses, and organizations. The uniting thread among them is their emphasis on sustainability. The Citizen of the Year, who was just named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Kitsap Community…

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Zia Reopens with Zazzle and Zest

Zia Clothing shut its doors temporarily in January and reopened March 4 as Zia Bazaar with a brand new look, new content, and a new message. Formerly a clothing store, Zia has now become an affordable cross between Anthropologie and World Market, carrying gifts, some furniture, and items for the home as well as clothing….

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All Lost in the Supermarket: Your Guide to the T&C Remodel

If you’re like me, you’ve spent a fair amount of time wandering the aisles of Town & Country looking for, say, the butter or the soy sauce. You’ve encountered new walls where before there was a staircase or potato chips. Usually, a friendly, green-clad employee swiftly identifies my dull, lost look and, like Robin Hood, aims me in…

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T&C Reader Board Frame Installation Photo Series

Last week we told you about Town & Country’s new reader board frame and its maker, local metal worker Rory Thurrott. The new metal frame replaces the original 1957 wooden one, which had rotted. Thurrott rolled the frame on wheels from his shop on Eagle Harbor Drive to its new location. The rest of the sign will…

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New T&C Reader Board Frame Pops a Wheelie

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall Town and Country’s new reader board just got framed this morning, courtesy of local metal worker Rory Thurrott. Thurrott, pictured on the left, created the new steel frame in his Bainbridge Island shop, Rory’s Custom Fabrication, on Eagle Harbor Drive. He put wheels on the frame so he could literally…

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Harrison and Regence Make Nice: New Contract Started Sunday

On Friday the 13th, Harrison Medical, which is part of the CHI Franciscan Health network, and insurer Regence BlueShield finally worked out an agreement after months of failing to do so. This agreement will provide Regence members in-network access to all local health care services at Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners including the Bainbridge Harrison clinic. The…

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Former Four Swallows Chef to Head up Wing Point Country Club Kitchen

Geraldine Ferraro, former co-owner and chef at Four Swallow Restaurant, has found a new kitchen. Ferraro will be taking over on March 1 as Executive Chef at the Wing Point Golf & Country Club, Bainbridge Island’s only private 18-hole golf and country club. Ferraro and Mike Sharp shuttered Four Swallows abruptly last October after they failed…

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Town & Country Adds Another Store to Its Basket

[Updated 2/2/2015 at 9:24 p.m.] The market chain that was born on Bainbridge Island in 1957 with the construction of the Town & Country Thriftway by brothers John and Mo Nakata and pal Ed Loverich has just grown one bigger. Town & Country Markets, which also owns owns Central Markets in Poulsbo, Shoreline, and Mill Creek and the Ballard…

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Virginia Mason Bainbridge Adds Daily Urgent Care Service

As of this week Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center on Winslow Way has expanded its urgent care treatment services for minor injuries and illnesses to seven days a week, with no appointments required. The Clinic is now providing urgent treatment of nonlife threatening conditions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to…

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