We have so many special finds here on Bainbridge Island. We have beaches, parks, vineyards, berry patches, boutiques, restaurants, feed stores....wait...feed stores? Yes, we have the most darling feed store here called Bay Hay and Feed which serves as not only a feed store but also a unique shop carrying a wide range of items you never knew you needed.
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"Mom, can we go to Bon Bon?". It's practically a daily request these days for my kids. I'm running out of excuses to say no lately and it doesn't help that they're all dressed up for Valentine's Day in that spectacular little store. The colors, the scent of fresh fudge (made daily in store, I might add), the free samples of fudge, the darling packaging....the list goes on. Bon Bon is the end all candy store carrying every candy you could imagine. From old-fashioned, hard to find candies to a huge variety of imported chocolates and goodies that you can usually only find online to the more familiar candies and chocolates wrapped up in ribbon. Not only will you find every gummy, hard candy, taffy, chocolate bar and truffle imaginable but there is even a wall of licorice! A whole wall is dedicated to the most fantastic flavor of candy out there. I love Bon Bon. They have it all.
For eleven years, Bon Bon has been serving up home made fresh fudge to our community and keeping it interesting with a variety of flavors. There are even seasonal flavors which only come around once a year. Once inside, you're senses are brought alive with the most intoxicating scent of fudge. There's nothing like it. The smell is pure joy and on top of this, they offer free samples (actually, they strongly encourage this free tasting which is pretty brilliant on their part). You cannot actually taste a piece of fudge and then walk out empty handed.
This spot is special not only because of the remarkable variety of treats but also because of the people who work there. You can just tell they are happy (how could you not be happy surrounded by all of that glorious goodness?) and eager to help. You are welcomed in with a hello and encouraged to take your time browsing and sampling. Candy stores always make me smile simply because of the fact that I'm surrounded by sweets, but this one is different. Bon Bon is decorated; dressed up if you will, in sweet doilies, ribbons, and flowers. Every inch of the shop has been tended to with the jars filled up, shelves neatly stacked and pre-measured candies perfectly wrapped up and placed on trays.
I hope that the next time you're on Bainbridge Island you are sure bring your sweet tooth. You will be glad you did, as Bon Bon brings out the kid in all of us.
230 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
I never thought I would ever rave about toast, but it’s one of the many delicious favorites that can found at the Blackbird Bakery on Bainbridge Island. Ask any Bainbridge Islander here and I’m sure they would agree that their delicious bread and the baked goods are out of this world.
The owners, Jeff Shepard and Heidi Umphenour opened the Blackbird in 1999 and have been busy baking breads, quiche and sweets for a grateful community ever since. They champion local food products in their soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch. All goodies are backed onsite with the highest quality ingredients. In the evening, small plates of appetizers are served with beer and wine.
“We’re talking to local and county farmers about the products they can provide us,” Shepard said. “We want local and seasonal food to dominate our menu. It depends on availability, but we want to be as local as much as possible.”
The inside of the restaurant is a cozy 600 square feet, which is large enough for 10 two-person tables. There will also be four tables placed in a 300-square-foot courtyard that is tucked away from traffic.
INSIDERS TIP: Blackbird Bakery is a cash only business so come prepared if you just carry plastic. It gets busy on the weekends and when a ferry unloads and you are sometimes greeted with lines out the door. But stick it out, it’s definitely worth it.
Find Blackbird Bakery at:
210 Winslow Way
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
ph: (206) 780-1322
Petit and Olson is a refreshing new boutique filled with one of a kind antiques, curiosities and fabulous clothes. Owner Kathryn Petit has a keen sense of style, offering modern interpretation of classic sensibility. She draws inspiration from the past—from her own Scandinavian and French roots and the provenance of the pieces she finds. “I always wonder about the story behind an item—I think about the house an antique was in and how it got here,” says Petit.
Red-and-cream hemp pillows by local textile designer Bainbridge Bluse and bedding by John Robshaw can be found here as well as rings from Seattle Designer Jamie Joseph, Rebecca Ray handbags and luxurious Magaschoni cashmere. It’s one of my favorite places to shop.
Visit Petit and Olsen at:
150 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA
Get introduced to the wide variety of businesses and services that this beautiful island has to offer at the Bainbridge Home and Business Expo. The event on Saturday (March 23) will feature over 60 vendors - some of your local favorites as well as some hidden gems. There will be local landscapers and architects, non-profit organizations and even an outfit that raises exotic birds. Meet the new Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Shutze.
March 23 | 10am – 4pm
Woodward Middle School
9125 NE Sportsman Club Rd
Bainbridge Island , WA 98110
Ph: 206-842-3700 for more information.
One of my favorite days of the year on Bainbridge! Looks like the rain has given us a break today and we should be dry for the Holiday open house and Santa's arrival! Support your local businesses today and shop in Winslow! Santa arrives by firetruck at 5:30!
If you somehow have been living under a rock, or maybe you just don't live around here, you may have no idea that world class fudge is right here on Bainbridge Island. Located in the Sea Breeze building in the Marina District of Bainbridge Island, is Bon Bon. Bon Bon is a specialty confection store and makes Bainbridge Island fudge daily in store. Several favorites include "snickers", dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt, and tiger butter. The owner, Lisa Dunlap, is quickly becoming a Bainbridge Island institution! My children love coming here- one kid goes straight for the candy and gummy worms, while the other goes for the fudge. My favorites are the truffles- especially the caramel with sea salt. If you are looking for that perfect Valentine gift- look no further than Bon Bon. They also will ship your fudge too! You can check out their web site here.
One of the best shops on Bainbridge Island is most definitely "Lollipops"- located in the Winsow Mall on Winslow Way. Lollipops is an upscale children's boutique offering new, consigned, and locally made goods. Locally owned and operated by Karin Lehotsky, Lollipops offers the best in name-brand children’s apparel focusing on brands and products with superior quality. I can speak from experience that if you ever need a baby gift, this is the place to go. Since my girls were infants, I have been shopping at Lollipops and now, even at 7 and 8 yrs old, we are still in there on a regular basis. Recently, the store has begun to offer consignment clothing. We are happy to recycle our outgrown clothes there and Karin only picks the best quality for her clients. It's easy to shop there and frankly, sometimes hard to get the kids out of there because as you can see below, instead of a resident pet kitten or pet dog, they have a pet rabbit who runs around as if she(he?) owns the place. Not to mention there is a darling little play area with a kid size kitchen!
One of my favorite stores on Bainbridge Island, Sole Mates, has expanded! On Black Friday Sole Mates, located in the Safeway Shopping Center, opened their new and improved store a couple doors down from their former location. Actually the "old" store is going to be an outlet, according to Mike Thompson the store manager. They are still going to hold their twice yearly mega sale where they mark things down up to 70%! Sole Mates is one of the only stores I know on Bainbridge Island that sells kids shoes and socks, and outerwear. Name brands include, Dansko, Merrell, Clarks, Bogs, Keens, North Face and more. The girls and I will be there often I am sure! Go check it out!