Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

a weekly digest for bainbridge business owners and our island community


Installing the last piece of the new Bainbridge Ferry Terminal walkway - photo credit: Jessica Perkins

Ferrymageddon Almost Complete

Congratulations everyone - as a community, we will have made it to the end of Ferrymageddon tonight (well technically, 3am tomorrow morning/Sept 13).

By 10am today, the crew from Contrack Watts, the contractor performing the work on the terminal, had installed the last piece of the walkway span connecting the ferry terminal building to the ferry passenger walkway and are now putting the finishing touches on this part of the $33M project.

One project worker was injured on Friday when the first walkway piece fell as it was being moved off a barge, but he was airlifted to Harborview where he was treated and later released from the hospital.

The incident did not cause significant delays, and we have just a few more hours of single-boat service and until cars, trucks, bicycles and motorcycles are allowed back on the boat...

See more of the Chamber's Ferrymageddon Project Photos

Council Votes On Affordable Housing, Inn Moratorium, Cup Fee Repeal Tonight

It is a huge night tonight at City Council - with agenda items including: 

  • Item 5F: Consider using Housing Trust Fund to subsidize Land Use Permit Fees for Affordable Housing Developments
  • 8A: Recommended Actions To Implement City Threads Accelerated Mobility Playbook
  • 8B: Amend BIMC Chapter 8.24, Waste Reduction Regulations (and repeal the 25c Cup Fee)
  • 8C: Consider Repeal of Moratorium and adoption of new regulations for Inns in Neighborhood Centers
  • 8D: Consider Development Agreement for new Affordable Housing at Pleasant Beach Village

. . . as well as confirmation of the members of this year's Lodging Tax Allocation, and Cultural Funding committees.

Agenda & Zoom Link

A New Pool for Bainbridge?

A local family is considering building a new centrally-located sports complex for the community and have offered to make land for a new competition-sized pool available at very low or no cost.

A new community organization “Friends of the New Bainbridge Pool” is currently raising $45,000 for a feasibility study to:

  • Examine what kind of pool people on the island would like
  • Gauge the impact of being able to host regional sporting events
  • Identify potential sources of funding and determine the most sustainable business model for a new local aquatics center. 

112 islanders have donated $20k towards that feasibility study so far - click below to consider joining them...

Support by Donating before Sept 30

First BI Comprehensive Plan Workshop & Project Kick-Off

Want a say in the future of Bainbridge? Begin by providing input and feedback for COBI's Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update.

This is the beginning of the planning process focused on the guiding principals for the entire island from 2024-44.

On Wed Sept 27, attend in person at Woodward Middle School Commons with a 4-6pm Open House, followed by a 6-8pm Workshop.

From Sept 28 all the way through Oct 29, participate online within a virtual workshop and public feedback space.

More about the Comp Plan

Bainbridge's Day of Preparedness Approaches

Sat Sept 23, 10am-1pm

Bainbridge Island's annual Day of Preparedness will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 10am - 1pm at the Commodore Options Lower Gym.

Learn about the community resilience projects that are happening and how they can benefit you both before and after a natural disaster.

There will be information stations for all the various teams and a few vendors.

Learn next steps in preparing your household, neighborhood, school, place of worship, and much more.

Learn More About this Event

Hannah Boettcher

Photo courtesy of COBI

City Adds New Sustainable Transportation Coordinator

City Manager Blair King has selected Hannah Boettcher as the City’s first Sustainable Transportation Coordinator to help implement the City’s 2022 Sustainable Transportation Plan (STP) and other mobility initiatives. 


Boettcher previously served as a transportation demand management program manager at Jones Lang Lasalle in partnership with Amazon.

She helped develop and manage various sustainable transportation programs including an e-bike subscription program, carpooling and vanpooling programs, and incentive programs to promote mode shift in support of public health and climate action goals. 

More details in The Review



Bainbridge Divers

Owner Walter Parker is certified by the Diver Institute of Technology and has recently started offering new underwater services for the island.

Services provided by Bainbridge Divers include Hull Cleaning, Zinc Replacement, Item Recovery, Hull Inspection, and Emergency 24hr calls.

Online booking is now available at the Bainbridge Divers website with 20% off for new customers!

View Rates & Book Online


From L to R Chantelle Lusebrink (outgoing Visit Bainbridge Executive Director), Joey Chapman (GSBA), Chris Mueller (Visit Bainbridge)

Thank You, Good Luck, But Not Goodbye To Chantelle Lusebrink

Our community's DMO is welcoming a new season in leadership, they announce the departure of Executive Director Chantelle Lusebrink.


Since 2020, Chantelle has been a vital part of the VBI team, and her dedication and expertise have played an integral part in our community's success in promoting local businesses and events, while generating more press coverage than ever before.

Chantelle has accepted a wonderful career opportunity at the Port of Seattle as Tourism Development Manager where she will work with communities across Washington (including Bainbridge) to continue bringing new opportunities for tourism development.

Starting today, VBI founder Chris Mueller steps back into the Executive Director role, with support from VBI’s Board of Directors, Stefan Goldby at the Chamber ,and Kelle Kitchell-Cooper at the Downtown Association.

More about Visit Bainbridge

Bainbridge Innkeepers Gathering

Wed Sept 27, 5:30pm

Join Bainbridge Innkeepers at their inaugural gathering to discuss businesses, guests and the innkeeper community concerning the regulation of lodging establishments on Bainbridge.

The Bainbridge Innkeepers are a group of Bainbridge Island lodging providers - short term rental hosts and hoteliers alike - which formed in June under the umbrella (and around the conference table) of the Chamber.

They are also working to collect and share news about new opportunities to help businesses and our island short-term rental community thrive.

RSVP to Bainbridge Innkeepers

Image courtesy of PacWesty

September After Hours at PacWesty Sold Out

The next After Hours member mixer will be hosted by PacWesty and the Pacific Mobility Group on Thursday, September 28 at 5:30pm.

We are delighted to have Island Cool Creamery provide their new Snoqualmie Ice Cream available to guests, complementary wine provided by Eleven Winery

Tickets are always free for Chamber members and available to a limited number of non-member guests for $20.

Join the Wait List for After Hours


Help Modern Collision Celebrate 50 Years

To help celebrate a half-century of business on Bainbridge, Modern Collision Rebuild & Service has created a new community contest asking people to design an image for use in their ads.

Submitted artwork must have 3 components:

  • 'Modern Collision Rebuild & Service',
  • 'celebrating 50 years', and
  • 'Bainbridge Island' 

There are 3 age categories, with Modern Collision will be selecting 1 winner from each: 

  • Under 10: $50 Calico Cat gift card
  • 11-17: $75 Bon Bon gift card
  • 18 & up: $100 Ace Hardware gift card
Learn More about the Contest

New Flavors Introduced at Island Cool Creamery

Melissa & Chris Jasperson are the owners of Island Cool Yogurt (Lynwood Center) and they have recently expanded to three new locations, the former Mora Ice Creamery Stores: Poulsbo, Kingston, and Downtown Bainbridge Island.

As they step into this new phase, they are delighted to continue serving Mora Ice Cream at the new locations until it gracefully runs its course.

Last week they announced their first batch of Snoqualmie Ice Cream was delivered, with flavors like Honey Lavender, Cookie Monster, Salted Carmel & more.

Their first location in the village of Lynwood on Bainbridge is still thriving and continuing to serve its beloved flavors of frozen yogurts.

Full Island Cool Creamery Update

Image: “Majardi Jukurrpa (Hairstring Belt/Skirt or Tassel Dreaming) - Mina Mina” © Madeleine Napangardi Dixon 

Annual Yuendumu Show now at Jeffrey Moose Gallery

Jeffrey Moose Gallery is proud to announce the second month of their annual show of Australian Aboriginal dot paintings, “Half A Hundred Years”.

The show features work from the community of Yuendumu, in Australia’s Northern Territory - a community which has been featured at the Seattle Art Museum for nearly 30 years. 

Traditional ground paintings by the Yuendumu artists, known as Warlukurlangu (Home of the Fire Dreaming) first made history in Paris in 1989 as part of the international survey, "Magiciennes De La Terre”.

Jeffrey Moose will deliver a lecture on the topic on Saturday, September 30th at 7 PM in the gallery.

More Yuendumu Show Info

Join KPUD's Updated Utility Rate Conversation

The KPUD (Kitsap Public Utility District) has been working with a public sector utility and financial consulting firm to conduct a new comprehensive utility rate for water, wastewater, and telecommunications services.

The KPUD Board of Commissioners will present and discuss the study findings and rates at their meetings on September 12 and 26, and hold a full public hearing on October 25.

Learn More from KPUD


Local Business Owners: How Did Ferrymageddon Impact Your Sales?

Q: How has Ferrymageddon impacted your business's revenue over the past week?
Sales were actually up!
About the same as normal
Down 1-10%
Down 11-25%
Down 26-50%
Down 51% +


A Beautiful Neighborhood: HRB Fundraising Event

Thur Sept 14, 5-7pm

Spend the evening with your friendly neighborhood supporters of affordable housing at Wing Point and also support the work of Housing Resources Bainbridge in what is their most important fundraising event of the year.

As a special treat, also get the chance to learn from Deborah Finck, executive director and founder of Building OHANA, a nonprofit outside Spokane creating a community for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, older adults, and people of all incomes and ages who seek social purpose and connection through intentional neighboring.

Register for Free with HRB by Sept 7

Bainbridge Brewing Anniversary Party

Sat Sept 16, 12-9pm

The countdown is on! In just 4 days we will be celebrating BB's anniversary at their Coppertop Brewery & Taproom with special release beers, food, raffles and free pinball and arcade machine on Saturday, September 16th!

More info from Bainbridge Brewing

Rec Cntr Birthday Bash

Sat Sept 16th, 1-4pm

Bring your friends and family as Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District commemorates the second anniversary of the Bainbridge Island Recreation Center.

Free Guest passes, hourly raffles, open outdoor pool, and of course - cake!

Let's Celebrate Together!

9 Hole Golf Tournament

Sept 16, 3-7pm

Support Vitalize Kitsap at their Golf Tournament at Meadowmeer Golf & Country Club. It is $145 to golf or $75 to attend and enjoy Food, Drinks, & Games.

About Vitalize Kitsap & this Event

Dream Big - BI Rowing Fundraising Dinner

Sat Sept 16th, 4-7pm

Join the fun at Bainbridge Island Rowing’s annual celebration at the new Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center.

Dream Big 2023 offers lawn games, food (from Ravishing Radish), local beer & wine, raffles, auction, and a boatload of good cheer!

Purchase $85 Tickets & Learn More

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

Sat Sept 16, 5-9pm

Join Keynote Speaker Attorney Nick Brown, former Western District US Attorney and Special Guest Speaker James Bible, Attorney, and Past President NAACP Seattle/King County at Marge Williams Recreation Center.

Purchase Tickets & Learn More

Spooktacular "Sip & Pour" Candle Making

Wed Sept 20, 6pm

Embrace the enchanting spirit of Halloween and join us for an evening of creativity, craftsmanship, and delicious ciders as The Wax Artist and Sisters' Cider House come together to present an unforgettable experience.

Whether you conjure the comforting notes of warm pumpkin spice, the mysterious notes of moonlight crystals, or the sweet nostalgia of campfire marshmallows, your imagination is the only limit.

Reserve Your Space & Learn More

Sept 21-24 Islandwide Film Festival Lineup Announced

Sept 21-24

The inaugural Bainbridge Island Film Festival has announced the primary lineup of films for its inaugural fest, September 21 - 24, and will be held at Lynwood Theatre, Bainbridge Cinemas, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and Island Center Hall.

The festival will feature 12 feature films and over 30 short films from around the island and around the world, as well as Q&A’s, panels, and events, including an opening night celebration at the Manor House. 

Purchase Tickets & See Line-Up

Camp Wonder Auction

Sat Sept 23, 5pm

Support KidiMu's mission to foster discovery, inspiration, and growth among early learners at Camp Wonder Auction at Bountiful Farm.

Enjoy food from Chef Shawn Tibbitts, Emcee & Auctioneer Sasha Summer Cousineau, signature cocktails from Hitched Mobile Bar, Wines provided by Kiona Vineyards, and musical performance by Songbird.

Auction Items & Purchase Tickets

Manhattan Short Film Festival 2023

Sept 29-Oct 1

Come and view 10 engrossing short films from around the world at the Manhattan Short Film Festival and vote for your favorite short and actor. 

Many past shorts have been considered for Academy Awards; several have even won that coveted prize.


As anyone who has been to this event knows, this is one hot ticket, be sure to get yours in advance here as matinees generally sell out.

Purchase Tickets & Learn More

BYS Trivia Night!

Sat Sept 30, 5:30pm

A fun-filled evening of Live Trivia at the Bainbridge Youth Services Annual Impact Fundraiser to support the no-cost mental health services BYS provides for local youth and their families.

Help put the FUN in FUNdraising! Gather your friends, family, and neighbors and register your trivia team of 4 – 8 people. Or, let us add you to a trivia team.

Purchase Tickets to Support BYS

Music at The Lynwood

Begins Sat Oct 7

Pleasant Beach Village has announced The Manor House and Lynwood Theater concert series tickets.

This highly anticipated concert series is curated by their music director Andrew Joslyn.

Purchase Tickets for Concert Series

Enjoy The Bridge - Year 2 of Creative District Fall Festival

Sept 30 - Oct 6

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge invites you to The Bridge Fall Arts Festival, with open house-style events happening at arts, crafts, and creative organizations and businesses participating in a free week-long celebration of arts and culture focused inside the walkable Bainbridge Creative District.

The festival will be filled with art, music, dance, sculpture, crafts, museums, galleries, wineries, makers and more, kicked off by the Grand Opening of the Buxton Center for Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Learn More & See the Schedule
For more Bainbridge Island events head over to the community calendar at


Business Info Brochure Racks:

Let everyone know about your business with 4x9" rack cards at both the Ferry Info Kiosk & Winslow Way Info Desk

Email For Details

The Via Rosa 11 Conference Room:

Seating for 10 people, 50” video screen + internet, giant whiteboard wall: Available to book for 60 or 120-minute sessions

Book the Room

The PSE Spotlight Pop-Up Window:

Prime position Winslow Way 6ft x 6ft area comes with 43" monitor + stand, power, lights & internet: Available for 2 week slots.

Book A Pop-Up

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