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The Farmers Market is a busy place each Saturday, when Islanders and visitors alike stop by to peruse a rich array of Island-grown or Island-crafted items, from fresh-picked produce to hand-carved wooden bowls.
Two women with deep roots in the Vashon community have joined forces to help visitors experience the best the Island has to offer through their new business, Vashon Vacations.
Loren Sinner can locate that 1x4 tongue-and-groove a customer wants in a matter of minutes, but he might have to move stacks of wood to extract it from the piles of cedar in his small, bustling lumberyard.
Bob’s Bakery, a staple of Island life since 1986, hit lean times earlier this year, and after making some cost-cutting measures and devising a program to entice new customers, owners Paul and Jill Beytebiere hope the hardest of the times are behind them.
As Farmstead Meatsmith gains worldwide attention online, the Vashon-based mobile slaughter and butchery business is working to expand its offerings on the Island as well.
Longtime Island real estate agent Jeff Lewis has signed a lease to operate the former Quartermaster Inn and hopes to begin booking guests into the four-room Burton establishment as early as next week.
The Vashon Tea Shop opened on Saturday under a new owner. Islander Elizabeth “Boo” Dinan-Slack purchased the shop on Friday, saving the business in the heart of town from possible closure.
Good Merchandise, a small shop that sold locally made jewelry, hats, candles and other goods, has closed, according to Heather Brynn, an artist and real estate agent who’s now leasing the space.
Beng-Imm Low, owner of the Vashon Tea Shop, says a longtime Islander has signed an agreement to purchase her small shop in the heart of Vashon town.
Vashon Solar LLC has garnered $100,000 from investors to build a community solar project at The Harbor School, the first of its kind on Vashon.
The Heron’s Nest, Vashon Allied Arts’ retail outlet for fine art and handcrafted items made by local and regional artists, has a new manager and will soon have a new look.
The name — Snapdragon — is new. The look, too, has changed. A pair of large windows along the farthest wall will bring light into what had been a kind of Hobbit’s corner. One wall is now painted chartreuse, another maroon. Beer will be on tap.
Marie Browne and Troy Kindred will step down as the owners of the The Quartermaster Inn and Restaurant on March 31.
For the last seven years, Island Lumber has held a Ladies’ Night on a Monday in November, drawing hundreds of women to the sprawling building supply store for special discounts, catered food, glasses of wine, drawings and camaraderie.
Members of a new business networking group on Vashon say they’ve generated more then $26,000 in profits for each other since forming in early 2011. And those involved in the group — called Vashon Leads because members provide business leads to one another — believe 2012 will be even more successful as the program gains momentum and a second group starts up.
May Chaleoy, who co-founded a popular Thai restaurant in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, said she hopes to open May’s Kitchen on Vashon in February.
Tim McTighe, a licensed marriage and family therapist who worked for 30 years in the criminal justice system, has begun a counseling and mediation practice at Courthouse Square.
John L. Scott has added a new face to its cadre of Realtors. Ishan Dillon, 29, recently moved from Columbus, Ohio, to join the Island real estate agency.
Ronly Blau, the owner of Meadow Heart Ayurveda & Yoga, is now offering holistic Ayurvedic healthcare, including Ayurvedic bodywork, massage therapy and health consultations, at Full Circle Wellness Center.
Zoomies Burgers & Ice Cream is on the market, and the owners, Valerie and Clyde Howe, say they are offering the business for half of what they sold it for five years ago.