Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

a weekly digest for bainbridge business owners and our island community


County Commissioners Weighing Candidates For Next 23rd District Senator

The Kitsap County commissioners have now begun interviews with candidates intending to fill the 23rd Legislative District Senate seat that was vacated when former Senator Christine Rolfes was herself named a county commissioner. 

Cancialosi and Hansen are residents of Bainbridge Island, and Felix lives on the Port Madison Indian Reservation, though the district covers an area that includes Bainbridge and stretches down the eastern side of Kitsap County and into Bremerton.

Washington State law states that legislative vacancies are filled by the county's Board of Commissioners, choosing from a list of candidates recommended by the political party committee of the candidate that held the seat that becomes open.

Candidate Info from Kitsap Sun 

Overnight Roadwork on SR 305 All This Week

Mon Aug 21 - Fri Aug 25

If you’re planning a late-night trip on our Seattle/Bainbridge route next week, plan for possible travel delays on State Route 305.

There will be intermittent lane closures on the highway between Agate Pass Bridge and the Bainbridge ferry terminal from 10:30pm to 4am from Monday Evening (Aug. 21), through the morning of Friday, Aug. 25.

Potential backups of 10-15 minutes in either direction will be possible as WSDOT maintenance crews replace pavement markings on the roadway.

Read Full Alert from WSDOT

Inn Moratorium Repeal On Planning Commission Agenda

On August 24, the planning commission will consider new regulations on Inns in Neighborhood Centers (NC) outside of Winslow (with an Inn defined as “a building or group of buildings containing up to 15 guest rooms, where, for compensation, lodging is provided for transient visitors.") via select changes to Ordinance 2022-25 that include:

1. Repeal of the temporary moratorium on new inns in NC zones that was enacted by council on an emergency basis back in February

2. Adding new "Use Specific Standards" for inns in NC zones to limit total number of inns to 3 at Lynwood, 2 in Rolling Bay and Island Center; prohibit inns on adjacent properties, and; require that each inn within a specific NC area are separately owned and operated.

At this time, there are not any new inns or planned expansions in Rolling Bay and Island Center, while Lynwood Center has 2 existing inns, plus one new inn that has already received land use approval.

Also on the agenda:

  • Public Meeting regarding Brown Bear Car Wash
  • Public Meeting regarding PSE's Murden Cove Substation
Zoom Link & Meeting Agenda

Rendering of Bainbridge Ferry Terminal.

Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Ferrymageddon Reminder:

Let Suppliers/Vendors Know About WA Ferry Issues

Dear Bainbridge business owners,

This is a friendly reminder to let your suppliers know that from Sept 7 to 13 Washington State Ferries is not going to allow any cars, trucks, bicycles, or motorcycles on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle boats at all.

While WSDOT replace the 50-year-old overhead passenger walkway on BI, you may need to find new ways to get your deliveries and supplies to your place of business.

Making things even more interesting, there will be only one boat service for passengers on the route instead of the usual two, and a bonus third boat (for vehicles and passengers) will be added on the Kingston Route whenever crewing and vessel availability allows for that entire 7-day period.

We can all but hope that the USPS is ready to drive around!

More Details From WSDOT

Image Credit: Getty Images

Planning Begins For WA Law Offering New Pathways To High School Graduation

In a state-wide attempt to offer better pathways for young people into a wider variety of career paths, Washington students will soon be able to directly use workforce experience to graduate high school. 

The law, approved during this year’s legislative session, allows high school students to move toward graduation by completing a “performance-based learning experience,” such as professional skill-building, internships, or community service in place of class credits and academic testing. 

Approval of the proposed rules for HB 1308 is set to take place at the September Board of Education meeting.

More in the WA State Standard



The UPS Store - Bainbridge Island Store

If you need a Mailbox with a real address, printing, shipping, Notary, Passport Photos or shredding, visit The UPS Store at 321 High School Rd NE.

The Bainbridge store location is 100% Island owned and operated.

More Details from The UPS Store


The Chamber was happy to partner with the Friends of the Bainbridge Troll to help unveil Pia The Peacekeeper at Sakai Park, alongside Mayor Brenda Fantroy-Johnson, Councilmember Leslie Schneider, Police Chief Joe Clark, Park Commissioners Dawn Janow and Ken DeWitt, Park District Executive Director Terry Lande and Division Director Dan Hamlin, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge Interim Executive Director Jackie Muth and Chamber President/CEO Stefan Goldby.

The deck at Dahlia Bluff Cottage

August After Hours Member Mixer Is Sold Out

After a month's break (due to the tiny community gathering that it is the Grand Old 4th), the Chamber's popular series of member mixers resumes at the end of this month.

Supported by our sponsors Eleven Winery, this month's event showcases an important sector of business on Bainbridge with a garden party visit to one of the island's premier Airbnb locations, courtesy of Dahlia Bluff Cottage and Studio Margo Photography.

One note: This waterfront Rolling-Bay adjacent property has very limited parking, so guests will be asked to park in the lots at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church.

This event is now fully-rsvp'ed, but we are still taking names for our waitlist - and if anyone can't make it, their place will go to you!

Join the After Hours Waitlist


The Chamber is grateful for the support of each and every member, and we would like to recognize and thank all those who joined or renewed their memberships in June.

Special recognition is gratefully given to Bainbridge Island Auto Repair, Doc's Marina Grill, Eagle Harbor Window Coverings, Lake Stevens First Baptist Church, Olympic College, & Wicklund Dental - all of whom have now been valued Chamber members for more than 20 years. 

Chamber Renewals & New Members in July

  • Bainbridge Island Auto Repair (27)
  • Bainbridge Island Divers (new)
  • Bainbridge Kids Dentistry (4)
  • Cook Family Funeral Home (17)
  • Coquette Bake Shop (4)
  • Doc's Marina Grill (29)
  • Dr. Mark R. Soltys / Smileworks (14)
  • Eagle Harbor Window Coverings (32)
  • From My Kitchen to Yours (new)
  • Lake Stevens First Baptist Church (27)
  • Lyons Painting & Design (10)
  • Mundt MacGregor, LLP (15)
  • Old Mill Embroidery (11)
  • Olympic College (32)
  • Sound Bites Vending (new)
  • Tobias Guggenheimer Architect PC (1)
  • Via Rosa 11 (10)
  • Wicklund Dental (20)
  • Wilder Pacific (new)


Give The Gift Of Via Rosa 11

A well-stocked pantry is a gift to yourself and a gift to give others. Via Rosa 11 brings the flavor and flare of Italian food culture through carefully selected imports…

Inspired by Pino and Lani's own Italian adventures, these items make perfect host gifts or a nostalgic souvenir from travels of your own.

Explore Italy and live la dolce vita!

Learn More about the Sweet Life
Island Fitness

2 Week Membership for the Price of 1 at Island Fitness

Island Fitness has created a 2-Week membership special to help ease disrupted routines during ferry construction and back to school week on Bainbridge. 

Beginning on September 1, a 2-week (14 consecutive days) membership will cost just $50+tax, limited to 1 per person.

More about Island Fitness

Seattle Children's Foundation Art Collection Sale

Fri Sept 1, 6-8pm

Join the Bargain Boutique crew for an evening of art, entertainment and purpose!

Enjoy a unique opportunity to view and purchase wonderful Northwest-inspired artwork - textile, pottery, paintings, prints, lithographs and more, as donated by the Preston-Kuppe fundraising Guild.

Enjoy wine, bites, and live guitar while you consider adding to your personal collection at the Bargain Boutique - 1050 Hildebrand Lane.


All profits go to uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

More about the Bargain Boutique


Photo credit: WorkSource WA

Join Kitsap Employers At The WorkSource Autumn Job Fair

Sept 13, 10am-2pm

WorkSource is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington.

Last year, WorkSource professionals helped some 170,000 workers and nearly 5,600 Washington employers.

The Kitsap Job Fair event will be on September 13th from 10am to 2pm at WorkSource Kitsap, 3120 NW Randall Way in Silverdale.

Requirements: A

employer account with current jobs posted.

RSVP For Job Fair Table


Free Seminar: Best Practices For Business Structure/Ops

Wed Aug 30, 6-7:30pm

Join Whitney Tatum and participate on this workshop focused around business structure, operations and efficiency.

At this networking event, you will learn more how to create a solid foundation for your business by creating basic policies and procedures to structure and protect you and your business.

Free Event Registration


Sounds of Summer:

Nate Botsford

Wed Aug 23, 6:30-8:30pm

The Bainbridge Park & Rec District is thrilled to present the 2023 edition of the Sounds of Summer concert series In July & August at Battle Point Park.

Nate Botsford‘s band brings the party with their country rock hybrid style and will surely get you on your feet! From coffeehouses to mainstages, Nate has pleased audiences with his feel-good tunes and relatable lyrics. Nate has shared the stage with the likes of Old Dominion, Brett Young, Lonestar, and many others and calls upon his influences of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and his big-band pianist grandfather in his music.

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

More info from BI Park & Rec

Movies in the Park: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Fri Aug 25, after sunset

The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District proudly presents our annual Movies in the Park at Battle Point Park. This week we are traveling to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a showing of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever!

Bring your blankets and munch on your favorite snacks as you take in the excitement of a movie on the big screen under the stars.

Seating begins at 8:00pm, so grab your coziest blanket and your favorite people and join us as we savor the best moments of summer with Movies in the Park!

Free admission, ample on-site parking.

More from Bainbridge Currents

Music on the Green: Psycho Sushi

Fri Aug 25, 6-8pm

This week's Winslow Green concert showcases Psycho Sushi.

Psycho Sushi formed 14 years ago and is a Bainbridge-based 6 piece band that plays an eclectic mix of blues-based rock, soul, funk, and rockabilly tunes.

Bring a Blanket & Enjoy Live Music

Artistic Freedom - Untold Stories

Fri Aug 25, 7-8:30pm

Artists Myron Curry and Javier “Spanky Loco” Silva’s journey to being full-time professional artists did not begin with art school.

They both emerged from incarceration and began pursuing art, first as a means of expression and then as a means of empowerment.

Come hear their stories and what brought them from street corners to street artists, and how they discovered the freedom of creative expression.

Tickets: $5 for BIMA Members, $6 for Non-Members

Tickets & More Info from BIMA

Classic Car Cruise-In

Aug 29, 5pm

This is the last Cruise-In of the year, so don’t miss out!

The Cruise-In takes place at the Bainbridge First Baptist Church, at the corner of Highway 305 and Madison Avenue.

Grab a blanket or a few lawn chairs and bring the family by for hotdogs, hamburgers and classic cars.

More Events in the Island Wanderer

Support Stream Restoration

Aug 30 & Sept 6, 12-2pm

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust is seeking dedicated volunteers to support an exciting milestone with the Watershed Initiative!

This September, they are breaking ground at Springbrook Creek Preserve to remove barriers to fish passage and carry out stream and trail restoration.

Sign up at BILT

Moritani Community Picnic

Mon Sept 4, 4-6pm

Love a relaxing afternoon in the park? Kick back in the grass and enjoy a picnic and live, local music at Moritani Preserve, 542 Winlsow Way W. in the heart of Winslow.

WHOZYAMAMA return with their spicy brand of Cajun and Creole music for this relaxed, end-of-summer celebration for the entire family.

Order a delicious, Gourmet Picnic Box from Fig & Spice for $40, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration and stewardship of Moritani Preserve

Order your Picnic by Aug. 28

A Beautiful Neighborhood - HRB Fundraising Event

Thur Sept 14, 5-7pm

Spend the evening with friends of affordable housing and support the work of Housing Resource Bainbridge at their most important fundraising event of the year.

Hear 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 by Sept 7

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 and wine, raffles, auction, and a boatload of good cheer!

Purchase $85 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 & Learn More

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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