Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

a weekly digest for bainbridge business owners and our island community


Inside Chambers at the Washington State House of Representatives. Image courtesy of Washington Legislative Services

WA Legislative Session Closes

After 105 days, the 2023 Washington State legislative session came to a close Sunday night.

With Democrats controlling the majority in both houses, there were sweeping new restrictions placed on firearm purchases and the new $70 billion biennial budget (SB 5187) reflected increases to education and health spending as well as increases to public worker pay.

Both parties came together to address the state’s housing crisis, police pursuits, reproductive rights, environmental protections, and more.

Chamber Summary: What Passed, What Didn’t, What Happens Now

Image Credit: Medium

Governor Inslee Shares His Legislative Session Thoughts

“It’s been an extraordinary session,” Inslee said. “Lives are going to get better because of massive housing investments totaling over $1 billion, new gun safety laws, the clean energy jobs we’re creating, and our investments in education.”

Inslee noted that legislators left one important job undone - a July 1 deadline to approve an urgently-needed “Blake fix” to ensure drug possession isn’t decriminalized while providing options for substance use treatment.

Read Jay's Full Article at Medium

Business Owners: Talk Waste Reduction with City Staff & Council Members

Wed April 26, 3 - 4pm

Come to this month's session at the Downtown Association office (147 Madrone Lane N) to give your feedback on the proposed changes, including a repeal of the 25c cup fee, and an attempt to update and simplify city code to make it easier for business owners.

Participate in establishing new criteria for the products that will still fall under the revised ordinance for 2023 in direct discussion with Mayor Fantroy-Johnson and Councilmember Deets.

Learn more about the proposed changes

Let Us Know If You Can Attend

Work Ready Bainbridge: Application Window Open For Employers, Employees

Summer is coming - Does your business need outstanding young 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 and a portion of wage bills covered through generous support from BI Rotary and from Kitsap Bank.

Learn More & Apply by May 8

On The Agenda:

City Council Regular Business Meeting

Tue April 25 at 6pm

Tonight's business includes:

8.A. - Climate Change Advisory Committee's 2022 report and 2023 work plan review (PPTX link)

8.B. - Environmental Technical Advisory Committee 2022 report and 2023 work plan review (Report Link)

8.C. - Comprehensive Amendment Applications for rezoning by Puget Sound Energy and in Lynwood Center (PDF link to presentations)

Also of note, the consent agenda also includes council authorizations to: 

5.I. - Allocate funds for Wastewater Treatment Plant ($735,492 to Tetra-Tech, Inc.) (PDF)

5.J. - Advertise Madison Avenue Non-Motorized and Sewer Improvements Project (Presentation)

5.L. - Establish Steering Committee to provide oversight on Winslow Subarea Plan Update and Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review (PDF)

5.M. - Refer Draft Housing Action Plan to the Planning Committee (PDF)

Meeting Agenda + Zoom Link

On The Agenda at

Planning Commission Meeting

Thur April 27 at 6pm

5.A. - Appoint three planning commissioners to sit on the Steering Committee Overseeing the Winslow Subarea Plan Update and Comprehensive Plan Periodic Review (PDF)

6.A. - Presentation and review of the Draft Housing Action Plan (PDF)

Meeting Agenda + Zoom Link



Business Awards: What to Wear to a Sold Out Event?

Sat Apr 29, 5 - 9pm

The Chamber has been getting the question from our attendees - what to wear to our sold out 2023 Business Awards Show/After Party at The Manor House?

The answer is simple: You can make this as fancy or fun as you want - just be comfortable, photo-ready & open to dancing your socks off!

Thank you to Puget Sound Energy for being the dinner sponsor, Eleven Winery for donating wine, Town & Country Markets for supplying desserts, Bainbridge Event Rentals for bringing their "Lightning Booth" photo fun, Skyhawk Press for making the awards, and Pleasant Beach Village for hosting the event.

All the winners will be announced in our May 2 email newsletter... good luck to all the nominees!

Event Info

Get Your Motors Running:

Enter The GO4 Car Show

The application process is officially open to all potential exhibitors for the 2023 Grand Old 4th Car Show on Bainbridge Island.

This eclectic mix of classics, rods, foreign, motorcycles, military and oddball vehicles are viewed by the public 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

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 do 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

Pies, Fries & the 4th of July:

Parade, Street Fair & More!

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


Island School Pop-Up Spotlight, presented by PSE

Now In The Pop-Up Window:

The Island School

Nestled in the woods of Bainbridge Island, The Island School is an independent school for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Founded in 1977, the school engages the mind and heart of every child in a culture that values excellent education, innate curiosity, joy in learning, and respect and appreciation for others.

Contact Joan to inquire about enrolling your child for 2023-24.

The Island School facility is also available for rent for your next event...

Learn more about The Island School


Bergh Images storefront, soon to be the new Eagle Harbor Wine Co. Tasting Room

Bergh Images Closing Store, Revamping Their Business

After more than four and a half years at 400 Winslow Way, Andy and Carol have decided to close the physical doors at Bergh Images on April 3, but this is far from goodbye to their business.

The husband-and-wife team are updating their website to feature more images and will be will also be marketing later in the year at local venues like the weekly Farmers Market, local galleries, and at the Grand Old 4th of July.

When new tenants Eagle Harbor Wine Co. open in the space, they will also feature an assortment of Bergh Images on canvas, metal, and fine art acrylic. 

Visit their website for additional information

Employment Opportunity:

Join the Plum Team

Plum on Winslow is looking for a new Plumette - someone to provide excellent customer service, assist with receiving & restocking, and operate a cash register & computer.

Interested? Email your resume

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Park & Recreation Summer Camp Registration Opens

Sat April 29, 9:30am

There are over 20 different summer camp categories with three ways to register for camps and classes from online, mailing in, or phone in.

Plus in the catalog, check out their summer concerts "Sounds of Summer" & Movies in the Park.

View Catalog & Register

North Ward Meeting

Sat April 29, 10am - 12pm

Mayor Brenda Fantroy-Johnson, Councilmember Joe Deets and At-Large Councilmember Kirsten Hytopoulos, together with City Manager Blair King, will all attend this North Ward Meeting.

Ward Meetings are intended to be less formal than a Council meeting, so it allows for more of a conversation between community members and Council members.

More About this North Ward Meeting

Book Fiesta: BI Library

Sat April 29, 11am - 2pm

Celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros with book-themed crafts and activities.

All ages at 1270 Madison Ave N.

Learn About this Event

Evening with Bill Collins

Sat April 29, 6:30pm

Bainbridge Performing Arts hosts an evening with former two-time Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins as he takes the stage for his first Pacific Northwest event in over five years. 

More & Purchase Tickets at BPA

BARN Spring Sampler

Sun April 30, 1 - 4pm

Come take a self-guided tour of all 10 BARN studios (8890 Three Tree Lane). Meet artisans in action with live demonstrations and see how BARN inspires community through craft.

Electronic & Technical Arts: Robot combat!

Fiber Arts: Learn about our looms and see what our machines, including the Solaris 2 embroidery machine, can do

Glass Arts: See demonstrations of techniques including lampworking, fused glass, and more

Kitchen Arts: Stop by for some delicious pasta!

Metal Fabrication: Tour the Machine Shop and see example projects

Woodworking: See demonstrations of wood tools, turning, and carving, plus learn more about the studio

Register for Free at BARN

Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: A Community Conversation with Gregg Colburn

Thur May 4, 7pm

In partnership with Helpline House and the Bainbridge Public Library, HRB presents a book talk and Q&A with Gregg Colburn, co-author of Homelessness Is a Housing Problem. Colburn interrogates a range of conventional beliefs about the root causes of homelessness.

Is it drug use, poverty, or mental illness? While these factors contribute to individual risk, data analysis at the larger, metropolitan level points to something else.

Free Registration at BI Library

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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