Getting Back to Business Bainbridge Island Style (Part 4) – Pegasus Coffee House, Pegasus Coffee Company and Kris Carroll@fstopcafe
It’s been a long tough road over the last few months, and although we’re not out of the woods just yet, we’re resilient, and slowly—under County and State re-opening guidelines—we’re opening our doors again to the public. Through this series, I’m excited to share the stories of our Island businesses—what they’ve been doing over the last few months and what they have planned going forward (please note: I’ll be featuring at least two businesses per article).
Per state health order 20-03, a facial covering must be worn in both indoor and outdoor public spaces (when you’re within six feet of people outside your household) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and our businesses open.
Pegasus Coffee House opened its doors in 1980, and has always been a place where locals gather, artists display their work, and visitors enjoy one of Bainbridge Island’s legacies. It is the perfect hangout to mix with friends, new and old. In 2018, Kell Killian purchased Pegasus Coffee House, and continues the tradition that has been in place for 40 years—great brew, great food, and great company. In addition, Pegasus now serves wine, beer and cider.
When Covid-19 hit, Kell and his staff at Pegasus kept things running, but with reduced hours, which they’ll continue for the time being—although, as Kell notes, his regular early birds knock on their doors before 6 a.m. for their to-go coffee (probably because they smell those wonderful scones and croissants, which Kell and his daughter begin baking daily around 5 a.m.) and of course, Kell is there to greet them with a smile and a hot cup of brew. The coffee house officially opens its doors at 7 a.m. celebrating the classics: 8 oz drip coffee is $1.00 or $1.00 off other drinks 7-9 a.m. during the month of July.
Pegasus also offers a full (all day) breakfast and lunch menu as well as a “kid’s menu”, food is available for in-house dining, pick-up and delivery. Click here to view their menu and pick-up/delivery options.
In addition to keeping us happily caffeinated and satiated with delicious foods and beverages, Pegasus has greatly assisted the Bainbridge Strong and Grand Old 4th t-shirt promotions/fundraisers, by making pick-up of your ordered shirts available, click here to order your own t-shirts.
Pegasus hopes to resume its live music on their new outdoor patio in near future, and continues their support of local artists, with their “artist of the month” exhibitions.
Pegasus Coffee House is located at 131 Parfitt Way SW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, phone: (206) 317-6914
Pegasus Coffee Company had its beginnings on a boat in Eagle Harbor, where, soon-to-be founder, David Dessinger, perfected some of the roasts and blends that still appear on Pegasus’ menu today. In 1979, Dessinger began roasting commercially as Pegasus Coffee in the garage attached to the 1937 landmark building, which at the time, was a hardware store, and now the Pegasus Coffee House. In 1980, Dessinger expanded into the front of the building, and Pegasus Coffee House was born.
Although today they are independently owned, both the Coffee House and the Coffee Company share a name, a history and a brand. They work closely together and collaborate on a number of fronts, including promotions, events, and community involvement, and they operate the 1950 mobile trailer at the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market together.
2019 was a big year for Pegasus Coffee, as Matt Grady purchased the company, and the business merged with Islandcraft Coffee Roasters, which was founded by Dr. David Adler and Kris Carroll (fstopcafe) in 2005. With Matt as Pegasus’ new Owner and President, Dr. Adler became Head of Coffee and Roasting operations, and assisted in the integration of Islandcraft’s full team of skilled professional roasters into the Pegasus fold. The “new” Pegasus has continued the tradition of both roasters to bring time-tested recipes to its customers, as well as updated versions of traditional blends, a new line of small-lot, seasonal and single-origin coffees, and roasting 100% of its beans in small batches on Bainbridge Island.
The Pegasus roastery is located at 12935 Islandcraft Lane NE Unit A5, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, phone: (206) 842-3113 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, you can also contact them via email: email@example.com
Pegasus Coffee is also available at restaurants and shops throughout Bainbridge Island, Seattle and Kitsap County, click here for locations. You can also order online at their website.
Kris Carroll and fstopcafe – Prior to the merger with Pegasus, Kris Carroll ran her imaging studio “fstopcafe” in a loft at the Islandcraft roastery, but has now moved it to her home garden studio. Kris, who has a BFA in photography, spent many of her professional years at the University of Washington Pathology Department, where she opened the first computer graphics studio with a custom darkroom in 1987. When she retired, she focused on creating her own beautiful images, and never goes out without her camera. She has always done her own printing and is currently experimenting with aluminum and copper. From 2002-2019, she participated and exhibited her images at the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market (although she refrained from participating this year, she’s hopeful to pick-up again next year). She often displays her work on the Unreal Bainbridge Islanders Facebook page, or you can find her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kcarroll.fstopcafe/
*If you’re an island business and would like to share your story, please contact me via the “contact” link in this blog.
*Images and logos used with permission from Pegasus Coffee House, Pegasus Coffee Company and Kris Carroll