Daily Archives: May 17, 2010

R.I.P. Andante Coffee

Andante Coffee appears to have served its last cup.

The popular coffee shop was a place to work away from work (with a generous array of laptop plug-ins and a sturdy wi-fi signal), a casual meeting spot for local politicos, a teen hangout, and second living room for many folks who spent hours reading books and newspapers on comfy leather chairs.

It was also a place where many of my stories (and blog posts) were filed.

The property manager told me he doesn’t know what happened to Andante. “They just left,” he said.

Andante joins Cafe Trios in the graveyard of Bainbridge coffee shops that died too young.

Andante’s disappearance also marks the latest loss for the four-year-old Seabreeze building. A tea shop, wine bar, pottery painting business, art gallery and bath supply shop have all since shut down or moved away.

The fact that Bon Bon is the only holdout from the Seabreeze’s founding is perhaps a testament to the recession-proof power of chocolate.

The ‘general’ of Bainbridge’s vanished village

Head over HERE to read my story about the effort to preserve the many artifacts at Yama, a Japanese immigrant village that took shape near the Port Blakely mill in the late 1800s and faded away 80 years ago. The story features a photo gallery of a few artifacts that remain at the site.

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum Curator Rick Chandler has done a good deal of research about the village. His exhibit about Yama is currently showing at the museum. It features photos, maps and several household items once owned by some of the island’s first Japanese residents.

Below is a short history by Rick about the Takayoshi brothers, two of Yama’s most prominent residents. Known by the village’s residents as the ‘general’ of Yama, Tamegoro Takayoshi owned a general store that was the epicenter of activity at Yama. It had, among other things, a photo studio, ice cream parlor, bathhouse and tea garden.

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