Bainbridge’s long awaited radio station has arrived – at least
in the form of podcasts.
Bainbridge Community Broadcasting is now offering six podcast
radio shows titled “What’s Up Bainbridge.” The 5-minute podcast
previews of an upcoming local event “described in person by the
organizer, artist or presenter closest to the event,” according to
an email from BCB announcing the podcasts.
You can add vodka to the list of things Bainbridge Island is
known for after Bainbridge Organic Distillers’ Legacy Organic Vodka
was crowned the “World’s Best Vodka” at the World Vodka Awards in
More than 1,000 brands from 25 countries entered the
8th annual competition that also includes the best
brandy, calvados, cognac, gin and rum. An independent tasting panel
that included journalists, retailers and industry reps judged the
So what did the experts have to say about Legacy Organic Vodka?
Check out this rave review:
“This is an excellent spirit that’s well balanced and full of
individual character, great potential for cocktails. It has a
powerful but soft nose with berry fruits and grain coming through.
Rich, creamy, marshmallow flavours develop nicely on the
They also gushed over the company’s bottle design, which also
won top honors:
“A confident well-considered look combining a clean cut, modern
classic bottle shape with a strong, well-designed tactile label.
Technically well executed and applied.”
Bainbridge Organic Distillers, which plans to release its Legacy
Organic Vanilla Vodka next month, can be found in fine restaurants
and retail outlets in Washington state and California.
Now developers are retooling designs for the second phase,
planned for five acres between Wyatt Way and Shepard Drive, just
west of the Pavilion complex (currently the site of John Adams
The new preliminary site plan (a rough rendering is shown above)
shifts the focus from single-family homes to a mix of apartments,
condominiums and townhouses. Island architect Jim Cutler has
sketched plans for 87 homes clustered into two distinct
neighborhoods, each centered around a common area.
Most of the resident parking will be located underground to
allow for about three acres of open space above. A community center
building is planned for the center of the courtyard to the
According to developers, the new buildings will still be built
to meet the One
Planet Living standards achieved in the first phase of Grow.
This includes space for solar panels on the rooftops.
Developers plan to submit a revised site plan to the city for
review in September.
Town & Country Market released an artist’s rendering this
week for a proposed remodel of its iconic Winslow store.
The project will bring the market onto a single story and
generally modernize the 56-year-old building. The familiar
reader board sign on Winslow Way will remain intact.
announced the proposed remodel in 2012. The company filed an
initial project application with the city Thursday, according to a
news release. Remodeling work could begin in early 2014 depending
on the permit timeline.
Island architects Devin Johnson and Priscilla Zimmerman are
designing the project. Tom Chiado is project manager. Abbott
Construction of Seattle is the general contractor.
Company representatives say the extensive remodel signifies
T&C’s commitment to staying put in downtown Winslow.
“We feel now is the right time,” T&C Chairman Larry Nakata
said in the release. “We are fully committed to downtown and
recognize the store’s place in our island’s history. We want
to be part of Winslow’s exciting future.”
The Loverich and Nakata families opened the Winslow market in
1957. The store expanded in 1990, adding a cafe and floral
department. Town &
Country Markets now operates five stores.
Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for Nov. 16.
Feel free to give your events a plug in the comment section below.
Above, island artist Kristy Tonti paints a holiday scene on a
Winslow Way shop window Monday. (Tad Sooter photo)
Weather: It looks like we’re back to our
regularly scheduled fall weather. The
National Weather Service predicts clouds and rain showers this
weekend with temperatures in the 40s.
Sports: Spartans hoopsters don’t get much of a
holiday. The boys basketball sees its first action at a South
Kitsap High School jamboree at 7 p.m. Saturday. The girls
start their season at Bremerton Monday and wrestling visits North
Kitsap for a tournament Wednesday.
The post-Thanksgiving weekend calendar is a little sparse, but
there are a few events worth checking out around town. The Winslow
Mall will debut a giant inflatable snow globe today (pictured sans
snow), which shoppers can climb inside of. The attraction is a
fundraiser for the July Street Dance and will be
open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each weekend during the holiday season.
Starting Thursday, retailers are no longer allowed to provide
those thin, single-use plastic bags at checkout. Paper bags will
still be available, but the ordinance requires retailers to charge
5 cents for larger paper bags (this doesn’t apply to qualifying low
There are a few exceptions to the ban. Plastic bags are allowed
for restaurant take-out food, produce, greeting cards, small
hardware items, newspapers, dry cleaning and waste.
What stores does this apply to?
Short answer: All of them. This ban applies to all retailers
across the island, not just supermarkets. It also applies to
farmers markets and vendors at festivals. Food banks can
still use plastic bags.
Where can I get reusable bags?
Reusable bags are available at island grocery stores and some
other retailers. The city is handing out
a cloth “Bainbridge Bag” tonight during the Winslow
trick-or-treat event from 4-6 p.m, and at the library and City Hall
Here’s the Friday preview:
Bainbridge edition for Oct. 12. Please feel free to give your own
events a plug in the comment section below. Read the Sun’s
regional Friday preview here. Above, look
at this picture from Monday at Fay Bainbridge. Now look out your
window. Miss summer yet?
mini-drought is coming to a drippy end. According
to the National Weather Service, rain is likely this afternoon.
And Saturday. And Sunday. Temperatures will hover between 50 and 60
Sports: It’s a very quiet weekend for
Spartans sports. Volleyball is back in action Monday at Eastside
Catholic, after notching a big win against Seattle Prep this week.
The full Spartans schedule
Around the island:
The Pinball Wizard comes to Bainbridge. The Who’s “Tommy”
debuts tonight at Bainbridge Performing Arts with an opening night
reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Information
Bainbridge Fire hosts a pancake breakfast and fire truck rides
from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the headquarters station on Madison
Pick up this week’s Islander for more event listings and tell
us about your own events in the comment section below .
Inside the Islander: Our story of a
hobbit-like house on Bainbridge drew attention from a few local
outlets. Builder Chris Whited said he was surprised to
even see it on the Sun’s A1. “I figured the front cover was
reserved for escaped convicts and politicians,” he said in an
Sales tax figures released for the first six months of 2012
showed receipts from downtown Winslow were down 1.9 percent
compared to the same period last year ($211,718 compared to
$215,863). That figure might seem insignificant until you recall
what Winslow Way looked like in the first half of 2011:
Sales were lower from January to June this year than in 2011,
shoppers braved a jungle of barricades and traffic cones to
visit shops. Downtown continued to lose businesses as well,
down to 172 from a total of 201 in 2011.
Mainstream boxing might be about making big money for big
promoters, but Little, founder of the Bainbridge Island Boxing
Club, is more interested in fighting for a good cause.
All money raised by his club’s “Battle for the Beasts”
exhibition Saturday will benefit the Kitsap Humane Society. The unlikely
pairing of pooches and pugilists was suggested by club member Laura
Swanson, who works at the shelter.
“I really like the idea of charity events,” said Little, 36. “It
highlights the majesty of the sport. It takes away the stigma, and
totally shows it in a different light.”
Little is billing the exhibition as the island’s first live
boxing event since 1906. The eight-round main event pits John
“Sandman” Daigneault against Dustin “Hurricane” Praxedes. The
headline bout will be followed by several five-round matches:
“Angel of Death” Swanson vs. Allison “Sugarfists” Spiceland; Isiah
“King Kong” Conner vs. Jason “Mean Mother” Tucker; and Jim
“Ironman” Savage vs. James “The Vanilla Gorilla” Miller. Ultimate
Fighting Championship veteran Ivan Salaverry will serve as a
Matches begin at 5 p.m. in the club’s gym, 563 Madison Ave. N.
Tickets are $10.
The Bainbridge Island Boxing Club opened a year ago and has
about 70 members. Little and a handful of other instructors teach
boxing, kickboxing and fitness.