Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

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BUSINESS & COMMUNITY NEWS

Photo courtesy of PacWesty

PacWesty - Rent an Electric Camper Van


PacWesty has been featured in the digital CNN Travel section — “#VanLife gets electrified: Six places to rent electric camper vans around the globe.”


Congrats to the PacWesty team for this recognition! 


Five-year-old adventure camper van company PacWesty, based on Bainbridge Island, launched its zero-emissions initiative with a trio of electric vehicles in 2019.


The company shop is additionally electrifying four VW Westfalia vans, anticipated for 2024 delivery to Bainbridge Island and the company’s new outpost in Palm Springs, California.

Read the Article in CNN Travel


National Night Out

Tue Aug 1, 5 - 8pm


National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live.


This year’s event will take place at Town Square (near City Hall) where there will be informational booths for local businesses and organizations and fun activities for kids. Come and see a police car and fire truck up close!


Enjoy free hot dogs and ice cream!

More About this Event

Photo courtesy of Mora Iced Creamery

Mora Iced Creamery Purchased by Locals


Island Cool Frozen Yogurt of Lynwood Center is buying the Mora Iced Creamery and changing the name to Island Cool Ice Cream.


Mora has been a popular place to get ice cream in Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Kingston since 2006.


Island Cool opened in 2018, owned by Chris and Melissa Jasperson, and offers a self-serve frozen yogurt bar at Pleasant Beach.

Details in Bainbridge Review

Photo courtesy of The Island Wanderer (Kevin Dwyer, Ed Stern, and Gary Davidson)

Working in partnership with The Island Wanderer, we are sharing stories of local businesses.

Suquamish Tribe Hosts Annual Tribal Canoe Journey


The Suquamish Tribe played host to a growing tradition known as a Tribal Canoe Journey.


On Friday and Saturday, the 2023 version unfolded when some 100-plus dugout canoes and 8,000 to 9,000 people lined the shore, just off the Suquamish public dock, and shared food, songs, dances and giveaways.


The Canoe Journey is a celebration of the indigenous peoples from across the Pacific Northwest who travel from tribe to tribe, sharing tribal traditions, eventually ending up at a final tribal destination. 

Read More in the Island Wanderer

You're Invited: COBI's Winslow Subarea Plan Public Workshop on Zoom

Wed Aug 9, 6 - 7:30pm


This is the community's chance to provide their thoughts and guidance with regard to the future of the entire Winslow Area.


Learn more about the importance of updating the Winslow subarea plan from the Chamber's recent online article.


COBI is greatly disappointed that the July 26 virtual Community Visioning Workshop had to be cancelled and rescheduled due to Zoombombing - learn what happened here.


Zoom link will be available soon.

Learn More from COBI

NEWS IN BRIEF






CHAMBER NEWS

Chamber Seeking Volunteers


Come work for the Bainbridge Chamber...


The Chamber has a couple of volunteer slots available (4-hour shifts) welcoming and assisting visitors (with local advice & information), providing assistance to the DOL and Fish & Wildlife, answering the phone and aiding Chamber staff & members.


You would be the center of this dynamic community hub - supporting the Chamber & local businesses.


Available time slots include: Monday afternoon, Tuesday all day, & Friday afternoon. Contact tj Faddis at 206-842-3700 or stop by the office.

Email tj for Details

MEMBER NEWS

Free Coworking Day at OfficeXpats


Coworking Day at OfficeXpats is this Wednesday, August 2.


As a tradition, it's free coworking all day (see officexpats.com for your free ticket with Wi-Fi code), free barbecue on the deck, and a chocolate fountain.


At 4:30, celebrate with author Florence Klein for her recent memoir, "Under the Hat" (with appetizers).

Learn more from OfficeXpats

Waterfront Thrift's Annual Jumble Sale


The Bainbridge Island Senior/ Community Center will be hosting their annual Jumble Sale on Aug 5 from 9am - 2pm.  


There will be unique furniture and home decor items for sale, as well as clothing and other items. 


One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event benefit this valuable community resource that serves over 1800 people a year. 

Learn more from Senior Center

Photo courtesy of Sail Bainbridge

Seattle Magazine Showcases the Island as a Unique Gem


A beachcomber’s paradise — sifting sand to reveal sea glass or flipping wet rocks to find sea creatures — Bainbridge Island is filled with hidden treasures worth exploring.


Seattle Magazine showcases Bainbridge in their first series featuring Pacific Northwest experiences that shouldn't be missed.

Find Things to Do & Local Favs

Fletcher Bay Winery team on last year's Wine Around the Rock

Wine Around the Rock


Each year the Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island sponsors a Winemakers Cruise via Argosy around the island - mark your calendar for August 19 at 5:00pm.


Set sail on a sunset wine cruise with five Bainbridge Island winemakers – Eagle Harbor Wine Co., Eleven Winery, Fletcher Bay Winery, Rolling Bay Winery and Perennial Vintners.

Tickets & More Info

MEMBER COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sounds of Summer:

Nearly Dan

Wed Aug 2, 6:30 - 8:30pm


Gather with our community for a fun & free night out! The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District is thrilled to present our annual Sounds of Summer concert series hosted at Battle Point Park.


Enjoy the different flavors of local food vendors, play a few lawn games, chat it up with your neighbors, and take part in an island summer favorite.


Click for more info

Music on the Green:

Allswell

Fri Aug 4, 6 - 8pm


Music on the Green is back, from the end of June to the beginning of September, where ten bands will be performing at the Gazebo at Winslow Green.


More info from Winslow Green

First Friday Art Walk

Fri Aug 4, 6 - 8pm


Spend an evening experiencing all that downtown Bainbridge has to offer. Many galleries, shops and businesses will be participating this month showcasing the art of our talented creative community.


Afterwards, stop by one of our many restaurants for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, or dinner.


The walk begins on Winslow Way (near the ferry terminal) from 6pm to 8pm.


Read More About Art Walk

Party for Parks

Fri Aug 4, 6 - 8pm


Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation is hosting their annual fundraiser, Party for Parks & Trails at Strawberry Hill Park.


The casual mixer will feature fine local beer and wine, live music, and seasonal small plates and desserts.


Proceeds from Party for Parks & Trails support the Foundation’s year-round work on special projects like playgrounds, bike & skate parks, planning and funding new trails island-wide, and volunteer park stewardship and restoration programs.


Purchase Tickets or Donate

Artist Peggy Erickson at First Friday Art Walk

Fri Aug 4, 5 - 8pm


Each month the Bainbridge Public Library celebrates a local artist (or artists) with an exhibit, which opens monthly on the Island’s First Friday Art Walk tour, and includes a reception hosted by the featured artist.


For watercolor artist Peggi Erickson, the journey of inspiration and learning to paint began in the 1980s when she came upon a copy of Stephen Doherty’s book on Sondra Freckleton's work, Dynamic Still Lives in Water Color.


More from The Island Wanderer

More About the Troll

Sat Aug 5, 12 - 9:30pm


Bainbridge Island will host the first Thomas Dambo troll in WA State as part of the six-site, multi-state Way of the Bird King installation.


On Saturday Friends of the Bainbridge Troll will be at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) Block Party with a super fun surprise!


  • Wed Aug 16, 6-8pm, artist talk and book signing at BIMA. Reservation Required.
  • Fri Aug 18, the Dambo team has tentatively set the unveiling


Info & Other Events about the Troll

BIMA Block Party

Sat Aug 5, 12 - 9:30pm


Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) will host a free all-day festival of art and music on August 5 from 12-9:30pm as the community celebration of the Museum’s 10th anniversary.


There will be live music on 4 stages, food pop-ups, vendor market & art activities.


More from The Island Wanderer

The Edge Improv

Sat Aug 5, 7:30pm


The Edge Improv's final summer show at HYLA on Bucklin Hill Road.


The Edge will have you laughing until your sides ache with their spontaneous and hilarious antics.


You never know what will happen next as the actors take suggestions from the audience and create unique and uproarious scenes on the spot.


Purchase your tickets

Kiwanis All Comers Track Meet

Every Monday thru August 14 at 5:30pm


The All Comers Track Meet at the Woodward Middle School track.


Registration for the free event – aimed for runners of all ages – begins at 5:30 p.m., with races starting at 6 p.m.


The track meet includes 50, 100 and 400 meter dashes, a 50 and 100 meter hurdles event, a 4 x 100 meter relay, and the mile run that “everyone” can participate in.


Read more in The Island Wanderer

Historical Museum's Founders Tournament

Aug 9 - 13


The 4th Annual Bainbridge Island Pickleball Founders Tournament is coming to the island to celebrate the viral sport where it was invented!


Presented by Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, the USAPA-sanctioned Pickleball tournament play starts at 8:00 am daily.


Spectators can watch for free—from the first serve to the last matches in the Pickledome—at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island.


Learn more & see the schedule

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

FREE MEMBER RESOURCES

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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