Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

a weekly digest for bainbridge business owners and our island community

Our licensing agent will be on vacation Tuesday May 16 & Wednesday May 17.

Vehicle/Vessel tabs ordered online will still be able to be picked up from Chamber staff. 


Council Regular Business Meeting

3 Hot Topics to Watch

Tue May 9, 6pm

From defining inns in neighborhood centers to adopting ordinance rezoning sites for PSE and reviewing city sign regulations, Tuesday's Council Meeting will be buzzing with these hot topics and more...

8.A: Definition of Inns in Neighborhood Centers - "Inn Moratorium":

  • The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2022-25 establishing a moratorium on new inns in the Neighborhood Center zoning district.
  • Recommended Motion:
  • (Option 1) Direct staff to prepare an ordinance to clarify the numerical limitations of guest rooms with regard to the definition of inn in all neighborhood centers.
  • (Option 2) Direct staff to prepare an ordinance providing flexibility for the definition of inns in Lynwood Center, while clarifying the numerical limitations on inns in all other neighborhood centers. 

8.C: Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE’s) requests for Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Site-Specific Rezone approval for the three substation sites on Bainbridge Island to reflect the historic use of the properties:

  • Bainbridge Island regulations and policies for low-density residential zoning do not align with the needed flexibility to expand and upgrade PSE's existing substation infrastructure to meet the energy needs of the Island community.
  • PSE has worked with the City since 2020 to pursue a solution to this needed flexibility. In May 2021, the City recommended PSE pursue the CPAs and Rezones during the 2022 CPA application period.

8.E: City Manager to Review Sandwich Board and Temporary Signs Regulations:

  • Recent complaints concerning the increase in sandwich board signs begin a community conversation about the aesthetics, safety, and the effectiveness of signs.
  • If the Council directs, staff will review the current sign code, consult with the business community, and report back with recommendations for action.
Council Agenda & Zoom Link

Work Ready Bainbridge: Application Window Closes Tonight For Employers

Only a few hours are left to apply for Work Ready Bainbridge for both employers & employees.

The Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) have joined forces to launch an eight-week summer employment and workforce certification program connecting local youth employees (ages 16-24) with employers and the local business/nonprofit community on Bainbridge Island.

The Work Ready program offers businesses pre-screened potential employees with a portion of wage bills covered through generous support from BI Rotary and from Kitsap Bank.

Learn More & Apply by May 9

AWB Spring Survey Results: Employers Cautious About Economic Uncertainty

AWB’s most recent employer survey finds that businesses in Washington are experiencing slower growth amid ongoing inflationary and workforce challenges.

While many see signs of recession ahead for the state as a whole, they are still generally optimistic about growth ahead for their own business.

Nearly half of employers (44%) expect the state to enter a recession within the next six months. More than four in 10 employers (42%) have delayed capital expenditures in anticipation of a possible recession.

Read the Survey Results



May Chamber After Hours: Bloedel Reserve

Thur May 18, 5:30pm

Enjoy the sun and warmth while networking at Bloedel Reserve for the Chamber's May After Hours.

A special thanks to Eleven Winery for the complementary wine.

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

RSVP Last 10 Spaces Available

2022's winning entry - artwork by 

Michael Birkhead

Young Artists: Win $500 in the GO4 Poster Contest

Young artists (ages 5-18)… The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce, Scrappy Art Lab, KiDiMu, & BIMA are excited to invite all current Bainbridge Island students to enter the Annual Grand Old 4th Poster Contest!

Your original artwork should show what you love about celebrating July 4 on Bainbridge.

The artist of the winning poster design will receive a $500 cash prize, graciously sponsored by Puget Sound Energy

Deadline for submitting artwork: May 19, 2023

Poster Contest Details

Get Your Motors Running:

Enter The GO4 Car Show

The 2023 Grand Old 4th Car Show on Bainbridge Island application is open.

Register any array of vehicles including classics, foreign, motorcycles, and military. Viewing by the public takes place from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Online registration ends on Friday, June 23 – but you can still register onsite on July 4 at the Car Show – as long as there is space available. Therefore, don’t wait and register today!

Register Your Car for July 4

Keep Calm & Sparkle On - Grand Old 4th of July Planning

We are preparing to celebrate the Island's largest and longest-running island tradition - The Grand Old 4th!

As your hosts, the Chamber is delighted to have registration open for the Street Fair (all vendors, including food) & Hometown Parade, as well as to humbly ask for Community Volunteers to consider signing up to be part of the fun.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • May 19 - Poster Contest Deadline
  • June 2 - Street Fair Vendor Deadline
  • June 16 - Parade Deadline
  • June 23 - Car Show Deadline
All About the Grand Old 4th


Fiona's natural light, all-white studio

Studio Margo

Studio Margo opened in 2022 as a natural light studio near Winslow where photographer Fiona Margo captures Motherhood, Babies Under One and Branding + Headshots.

Fiona has been a photographer since 2011 and an Island resident since 2012. Studio Margo is a gorgeous, all-white space for timeless photos.

Fiona's photography style is relaxed, playful and fun. Styling help is provided to all clients.

Use the code CHAMBER for $50 off a session in May or June!

Learn more about Studio Margo located in Winslow

GOT SOMETHING TO SHARE WITH BAINBRIDGE ISLAND? Click to pitch stories/updates/events for inclusion in the weekly Chamber News


Island Film Group

Wed May 10, 7pm

Watch "The Remains of the Day" by Columbia Pictures. Set in the 1930s, an unspoken love grows between a devoted butler and a gregarious housekeeper working in an estate in post-WWII Britain while serving their disconnected lord.

Come for the film, stay for the discussion.

Free Event at BI Library

Wine on the Rock:

Wine & Cheese

Thu May 11 - Sun May 14

Explore four of the Bainbridge arts wineries for a weekend of wine and cheese pairings.

Each ticket is good for one wine flight, plus cheese at each of the 4 wineries.

Click to purchase tickets & learn more

Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend at The Ravine

Sat May 13 & Sun May 14

The Ravine Art Fair, combines the outdoors, and beautiful artwork and gifts with the annual Mother’s Day Tea at the Bainbridge Apothecary and Tea Shop.

The Ravine Art Fair – 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 13th and 14th – will feature several local artists, fun kid’s craft events, and of course tea!

FREE Kid’s Crafts at the Art Fair: Make and Take on both days of the fair.

More from The Island Wanderer

Celebration of Education Fashion Show

Sat May 13, 2pm

This event is a fundraiser at Lynwood Theatre for the Partners In Health-supported medical school in Rwanda: the University of Global Health Equity.

The models are students and teachers of the Bainbridge Island community, celebrating the power of education in BI community and around the world.

Join them & cheer for students and teachers as they strut in solidarity with the students of Rwanda!

More info from the Island Wanderer

Bubble Day!

Sat May 13, 10am - 12pm

Join Island Cooperative Preschool for some bubbly fun at Battle Point Playground.

Bubbles and materials provided - Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Details on Facebook

Fletcher Bay Rooftop Location Opening

Sun May 14

Join Fletcher Bay Winery from 2-8pm for beautiful views of Bainbridge Island and Puget Sound, and half price glasses of Rosé for moms!

Live music by Frankie McCabe, 4-6pm.

This location will be available to the public Fridays 4-9pm, Saturdays 4-9pm, and Sundays 3-8pm.

More from Fletcher Bay Winery

Kitsap Electric Vehicle

& Bike Expo

Sat May 20, 10am - 2pm

Want to learn more about electric vehicles and electric bikes, eat good food, and enjoy local live music?

Presentations & activities at Woodward Middle School include:

  • Mayor Brenda Fantroy-Johnson
  • City of Bainbridge Island Activities: Autumn Salamack, Climate Officer
  • Electric Bikes: Tom Clune, Owner BI Cycle
  • Electrify Your Ride: Grace Reamer, Board member Seattle Electric Vehicle Association and Coltura
  • Learn about electric vehicles from dealers, car owners, and bike owners.

About 13 percent of new cars sold in 2022 were electric. In 2022, electric bike sales outpaced the combined sales of regular and hybrid bikes. 

Learn more about this free event

Refashion Bainbridge Show 2023

Sat May 21

Bainbridge Island Zero Waste and ReFashion Bainbridge present the 7th Annual ReFashion Show at IslandWood.

Walk the trails from 1 - 3pm to view 30 juried, creatively designed upcycled outfits, or come from 3:15-4pm for the Rock the Runway indoor show.

You be the judge for the Audience Award!

Tickets & show info

Island Volunteer Caregiver's Annual Gather & Give Auction

Thur June 8, 5:30pm

This year’s auction, at Kiana Lodge, will feature live music by Bischoff Trio during a champagne meet and greet followed by a signature plated salmon dinner and the famous dessert dash between the live auction and paddle call. Reservations are $125 per person April 20th - May 19th.

To Purchase Tickets & Learn More

BIMA Bash 2023: A Pass10nate Affair

June 9 & 10

It’s the liveliest party of the decade! The BIMA Bash! is back and in person!

Indulge your passion for art and adventure at two amazing events in support of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

BIMA’s Board of Directors, Honorary Chairs Trudi Inslee and Cynthia Sears, and Event Chairs Suzanna Darcy and Kathy Nibarger invite you to an unforgettable weekend in celebration of BIMA’s 10th anniversary.

Prepare to be tempted by must-have works of art, highly sought-after travel packages, and tantalizing culinary experiences.

Learn about the Party, Gala, & Raffle

For more Bainbridge Island events head over to the community calendar at


Each month the Chambers of Commerce ask a single question to gather information on our communities and our county...

Q: How do you feel about the e-commerce element of your business?

(please select a single answer)
It is critical and working well
It is important, but needs improvement
It's doing just fine
It needs a lot of work
I wish we had one
Not relevant to my business

Recent Survey Results

Last month we asked our readers to share how many times a month they use Kitsap Transit's Scheduled Bus Routes or BI Ride:

Bainbridge Island Results

Based on 141 total responses


Business Info Brochure Racks:

Expanded capacity for 4x9" rack cards in our indoor and outdoor racks at both Ferry Info Kiosk + Winslow Way Info Desk.

Email For Details

Via Rosa Conference Room:

Seating for 10 people, a 50” video screen + giant whiteboard wall – Avail. for 60-minute or 120-minute sessions

Book the Room

PSE Spotlight Pop-Up Window:

Prime position 6ft x 6ft area comes with display stand, power, internet + 43" monitor - available for 2 or 3 week slots.

Book A Pop-Up

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