Millstream started as a business over 30 years ago in Seattle. Roger Fredericksen was a school teacher who happened upon a store on Mercer Island that had hand-carved and painted decoy birds. As a boy Roger had enjoyed carving, and he decided to try his hand at making wood decoys. After starting by showing his pieces at farmer's markets and fairs and getting to know many local artists and artisans, he decided that Seattle needed a special store that celebrated the art and beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
In March of 2020 Roger decided to finally retire, and then we all were hit by the disruptions of COVID. The store briefly closed. Four Islanders for whom Millstream had been their source for delightful local gifts and one of the key places to see for visiting guests decided that they didn't want the Island to lose this special place, and reopened as Millstream Bainbridge in July 2020.
Our goal is to continue what Roger started, and offer unique and beautiful works of art from local artists that celebrate the Pacific Northwest, and especially our bountiful natural beauty. That's why you'll always find pieces that celebrate all of the trees and animals that flourish on Bainbridge Island and the Pacific Northwest.
You'll also always hear the sound of birds chirping their joyful songs. On a visit to the store a few years back Roger told us "Do you hear the birds? When you hear the songs and echoes it means that everything is and will be okay."