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Paseo to reopen with same recipes and employees

December 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Just when we thought that the ongoing Paseo closure saga had come to an end, a final installment has arrived.

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Paseo is set to reopen with the same famous recipes and employees. The My Ballard team reported the sale of the Paseo assets and name to Pike Place Market Board Member Ryan Santwire earlier this month.

The $91,000 bankruptcy sale included the Paseo name, all of the equipment and everything else that the company owned apart from the famous recipes themselves.

Former owner Lorenzo Lorenzo did not allow the recipes to be included in the court filing confirming that the recipes were always “held by him personally, not the restaurant”.

Many My Ballard readers, although excited about the possibility of the reopening, expressed their disappointment about the absence of the recipes. My Ballard reader Nicole commented on our Facebook page stating that “without the recipes it just isn’t the same Paseo.”

However, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal report, fans need not be disappointed any longer.

The report confirms that Santwire met with several former Paseo employees who had worked in the sandwich store for over eight years and they have come together to recreate the sandwich recipes.

“We’re able to make the exact same food and that’s really what it comes down to,” Santwire told the Puget Sound Business Journal. “We made the food and I said ‘wow, OK, these guys are the right guys.'”

According to the report, Santwire is set on opening the Fremont location as soon as possible and intends to also reopen the Ballard spot. The lawyer for the Ballard location, Marc Stern, has confirmed, however, that his client has been contacted by multiple other people who are interested in leasing the spot.

Santwire confirmed that he decided to buy the business because it is a “Seattle institution.” “The only way I was going to purchase it was if the business was going to be replicated the same way,” Santwire told the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The My Ballard team will update readers with the opening date when it is known.

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Seattle Parks announce winter holiday closures

December 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Many local Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or on modified schedules in observance of winter holidays next week. Here in Ballard the following closures will be in place:

  • Ballard and Loyal Heights Community Centers will close at 6 p.m. on December 24 and 31 and will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
  • Ballard Pool will close at 3 p.m. on December 24 and 31 and will be closed December 25 and January 1.

Crews will continue to work making improvements to the Ballard Pool parking lot and locker rooms until January 9.

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6th annual Nordic Lights Film Festival set for January

December 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Nordic Heritage Museum is bringing more than a dozen Nordic films to Seattle in January as part of the Nordic Lights Film Festival.

This is the 6th annual film festival, and will include feature-length films, documentaries, and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The festival will run from Thursday, January 15, through Sunday, January 18, at the SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center. The festival will kick off with a reception at SIFF beginning at 6 p.m., hosted by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association), followed by a  7 p.m. screening of The Optimists/Optimistene.

The Optimists is a Norwegian documentary that follows an extraordinary volleyball team in Hamar town, consisting of ladies between 66 and 98 years of age. The film’s director Gunhild Westhagen Magnor and cast member Anne-Grethe Westhagen will be attending the screening and the opening reception.

A variety of Nordic films will be shown throughout the festival including Danish thriller The Shooter/Skytten, Icelandic drama Metalhead/Malmhau and family-film Ragnarok. Click here to check out the full list of films set to be screened during the Festival.

Admission to the festival is $8 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and SIFF members, and $12 for the general public. Passes for the full weekend are $55 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and SIFF members and $65 for the general public. Tickets will be available shortly online.

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“The Bergschrund” tap room set to open in former 2-Bit Saloon space

December 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Ballard’s latest watering hole the Bergschrund is set to open this Friday, December 19, in the previous location of the  2-Bit Saloon at 4818 17th Ave NW.

The tap room is owned by NW Peaks founder Kevin Klein and is set to feature almost exclusively NW Peaks beers.

The Bergschrund will be family friendly and, in addition to beer, will offer customers wine and a small selection of pizza. A food truck is also set to be permanently located outside.

After some special kegs of one offs, sours and barrel aged beers have been sold, the Bergschrund will feature a cider handle and a guest tap for unique WA beers.

Klein and his team have also spent time renovating the space and updating the ambiance. “While the overall structure and layout hasn’t changed except for a few things, we have updated nearly all the fixtures, walls, and bathrooms. We feel that we have created a very warm and inviting place to mingle and enjoy NW Peaks beverages,” says Klein.

NW Peaks Brewery will also close its Base Camp tasting room to coincide with the opening of the Bergschrund on Friday. Sometime in the future, Klein and his team plan to re-open a taproom at the brewery site.

“By eliminating consumer traffic through that area we can be more efficient with our time, expand production slightly, and more comfortably plan for expansion,” says Klein.

Initially, the Bergschrund will be open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday noon – 8 p.m. Hours and days are set to be expanded in the new year.

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Phinney’s Santa Fe Cafe to close for good

December 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Santa Fe Café (5910 Phinney Ave N) on Phinney Ridge is set to close its doors after 30 years of business on January 1.

Owner Drew Bloom, announced the news on Facebook on December 2 with the following message:

Dear Friends of The Santa Fe Cafe,

Due to mitigating circumstances, I’ve reached the decision that The Santa Fe Cafe will be closing its doors January 1, 2015. This was obviously a tough decision and one that was not taken lightly.

I want to thank all of you for three decades of loyal devotion. The last seven years of my life as owner has been the highest honor I’ve ever had. I would like to see as many of you as possible in the next month and I’m feeling good about the future.

Any of you who are in possession of gift certificates, please redeem them by the end of the year.

I will be looking for work (after some time off!) so if any of you have your ear to the ground or know of somewhere where my talents could be utilized, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks again to the greatest clientele in the City of Seattle.

Drew

Seattle Eater reportedly spoke to a staff member that confirmed the closure is due to the landlord not renewing the restaurant’s lease.

The Santa Fe Café was originally opened in 1981 by brothers Steve and Greg Gibbions on Ravenna Ave. The brothers opened the second location in Phinney, shutting the Ravenna Ave location at the end of the 1980s.

Drew Bloom bought the business in 2008, more than 25 years after starting on staff as a dishwasher at the café in 1985.

The café is sure to be sorely missed by fans all over NW Seattle and beyond.

The Santa Fe Café will be open as usual for dinner seven days a week from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and for lunch on weekends 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. until the closure on January 1.

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Scammers continue to target Seattle City Light customers

December 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle City Light is encouraging customers to continue to be on the lookout for scammers this holiday season. The My Ballard team reported several scamming attempts that took place in our neighborhood back in November.

As temperatures continue to drop and the importance of keeping your home warm rises, Seattle City Light reports that scammers are taking full advantage of the situation by targeting utility customers; threatening to shutoff power unless payment is made to a fraudulent bill collector.

According to Seattle City Light, their team is receiving 25 to 30 reports per week from customers targeted by scams, often from some of Seattle’s most vulnerable residents.

Scammers commonly target non-English speaking individuals, the elderly and small business owners. They use phone calls, email, even home visits, posing as Seattle City Light employees. During the scam, they demand the customer’s financial and personal information in addition to payment with a pre-paid credit card (MoneyPak/GreenDot) or else the customer will face an immediate shutoff of service.

Seattle City Light wants to remind customers that their team does not call, email or visit customers demanding immediate payment to avoid shutoffs. Anyone who falls behind on payments will receive at least two written notifications before the shutoff process starts.

It is also important to remember that City Light employees will never need to enter your home to conduct any kind of test.

If someone claiming to be from City Light approaches you at home and asks for personal or financial information, requests to enter your home, or cannot provide you with employee identification, immediately shut your door, secure your home and call 911.

If you or someone you know suspects a scam attempt or has any questions regarding their bill, City Light encourages you to call a customer service representative at (206) 684-3000.

Seattle City Light is spreading awareness about the scam and hoping to stop it through its “Spot It, Report it, Stop it,” scam prevention campaign.

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Development Update December 16: Subdivisions and Shoreline Substantial Development Applications

December 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision application, one subdivision approval and a Shoreline Substantial Development Application make up this today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

2426 NW 64th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into 3 unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6407024. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

4301 R 11th Ave NW

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A Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been submitted to grade 430 cubic yards of material (350 cu. yds. cut; 80 cu. yds. fill) in an environmentally critical area and to allow site improvements (elevated walkway, benches and deck/viewing platform, re-vegetation) to 11th Avenue NW street end for public recreation use. (Seattle Department of Transportation).

Decision:

6759 11th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,265 sq. ft. and B) 3,080 sq. ft. Existing structures on the property to remain. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than December 29, 2014.

Comments about the above developments should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Sweet Mickey’s celebrates 12 Days of Christmas with giveaways

December 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The folks at local candy store Sweet Mickey’s (2230 NW 57th St) are celebrating the holiday season with their own 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

The celebrations started on December 13 and will run through Christmas Eve.

Check out the giveaways below:

  • Day One (Dec 13) – Snack While You Shop
  • Day Two (Dec 14)  – Early Bird Special
  • Day Three (Dec 15)  – Free Hot Chocolate
  • Day Four (Dec 16) – Win a Gift Basket
  • Day Five (Dec 17)  – Free Jelly Belly Packet
  • Day Six (Dec 18) – Free Seattle Chocolate Truffle
  • Day Seven (Dec 19)  – Free Mickey Buck
  • Day Eight (Dec 20)  – Free Super Sour Candy Cane
  • Day Nine (Dec 21)  – Free Frozen Spin Pop
  • Day Ten (Dec 22) – Chocolate Santa
  • Day Eleven (Dec 23) – Free Frozen Candy Dispenser
  • Day Twelve (Dec 24) – Free Fudge

Click here to check out more holiday specials on the Sweet Mickey’s Facebook page.

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Ballard faces Georgetown in first round of Curbed Cup

December 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle’s annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, is on and today is your chance to vote for Ballard to win the first round against Georgetown.

Currently Ballard is the number one seed as the defending Seattle neighborhood champion

Although all Ballardites surely know why we should win, check out Curbed’s reasoning:

In this corner…Ballard. A piece of Seattle for 106 years now, to some it’s the home of Seattle’s gritty blue-collar shipyard folk. To others, it’s the home of every condo or apartment building ever built. Somewhere between the upscale buildings, trendy eateries, old school haunts and ever-changing main street, Ballard continues to redefine itself.

Everyday Curbed posts one match-up for readers to vote on, with results reviewed on Friday. Polls are open for 24 hours only.

Click here to cast your vote and ensure that Ballard is reinstated as the reigning champion in this year’s competition!

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Westernco Donuts to close its doors for good

December 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The My Ballard team has received several reports that Westernco Donuts (7500 15th Ave NW) will be closing its doors for good on December 24.

Sona Srong has been running the store for the past 12 years and wants the community to be aware of the closure.

Srong has been forced to close the store due to a proposed development on the site.

“Unsurprisingly, the reason is that she cannot renew her lease due to the proposed development of the site.  For people who like her donuts and fritters, there are ten more days to go get some,” says My Ballard reader Jordan.

Westernco Donut House has been in the neighborhood since the 1960s and is sure to be missed by many after its closure.

“It wasn’t a fancy, trendy place but it sure had its loyal customers mostly due to the cheerful, chatty presence of Sona,” writes My Ballard reader Jean.

Westernco Donut House will be open regular hours from 5:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. until the closure on Christmas Eve.

Photo of Sona and her team courtesy of My Ballard reader Jean.

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The week in sports at BHS

December 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The BHS athletes are preparing for another huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Monday, December 15

  • Basketball: Girls C Team vs. Bishop Blanchet at Bishop Blanchet High School – 3:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Team vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Wrestling: Varsity Match vs. Bainbridge High School at Bainbridge High School – 6:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 17

  • Basketball: Girls C Converence vs. Shorewood at Shorewood High School – 3:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls JV vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 18

  • Wrestling: Varsity vs. Lakeside, Rainier Beach and West Seattle at Ballard High School – 6 p.m.

Friday, December 19

  • Swimming: Boys Varsity and JV Meet vs. Roosevelt at Ballard Pool – 3:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls JV vs. Chief Sealth High School at Chief Sealth High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Gymnastics: Varsity Meet vs. Ingraham and Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 4 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Chief Sealth High School at Chief Sealth High School – 5 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Chief Sealth High School at Chief Sealth High School – 6:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Chief Sealth High School at Chief Sealth High School – 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 20

  • Basketball: Girls C Conference vs. Archbishop Murphy at Ballard High School – 10 a.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Rainier Beach High School at Chief Sealth – 2 p.m.

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What’s on this weekend

December 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

There is so much to do in our neighborhood this weekend. Enjoy!

Friday, December 12

  • Opening of “Imaging the Arctic” exhibition at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) This interdisciplinary exhibit explores the impact of climate change on West Greenland’s ecology and culture through the work of three women: marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre, expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin, and Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen. Click here to find out more.
  • Art Up Holiday Event w/ Tarot Card readings at Ballard Healing Arts (8314 8th Ave NW) from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Art Up featuring artwork by FAYEZART Pottery, Tarot Card Reader Megan Skinner will be giving mini Tarot Card Readings and mini reiki and massage sessions.
  • Nutcracker Sweets at ARC Dance Space (9250 14th Ave NW) from 7 p.m. ARC Dance brings the magic of The Nutcracker alive for families and the community in this child-friendly version of this holiday classic ballet that will warm your spirit. Tickets are $10 (children under 10) and $15 for adults. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • A Festival of Lessons & Carols at Phinney Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N) from 7:30 p.m. The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 40th anniversary with the presentation of the 2014 Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring eight regional performances and opening at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Tickets start at $15. Click here to learn more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Psychedelic Holiday Freak Out concert. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Attack on Emerald City Theatre Festival at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) from 10 p.m. Attack on Emerald City is a collection of 6 superhero themed short plays written, performed, and even improvised by local artists. Tickets cost $5. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 11 p.m. Featuring Zepparella THE LATE SHOW. Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, December 13

  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: An A-Cappella Holiday Show at Philadelphia Church (7704 24th Ave NW) at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Seattle SeaChordsmen invite you to join us for our annual concert of family-friendly traditional holiday songs, performed in ringing Barbershop harmony. Admission costs general $15 / senior $12 / student $7.  Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.
  • Nutcracker Sweets at ARC Dance Space (9250 14th Ave NW) at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ARC Dance brings the magic of The Nutcracker alive for families and the community in this child-friendly version of this holiday classic ballet that will warm your spirit. Tickets are $10 (children under 10) and $15 for adults. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Ballard Art Walk is on at many businesses and art galleries all over Ballard from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click here to check out more details.
  • Down the Chimney Concert at Ballard First Lutheran Church (NW 65th Street and 20th Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. The Market Street Singers invite you to set out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk while we wait by the chimney for Santa. This is a free event. Contributions are gratefully accepted.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Hillstomp, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and Casey Ruff. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 11 p.m. Featuring East Coast Jam Rock: Assembly of Dust with special guests Spyn Reset. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Attack on Emerald City Theatre Festival at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) from 10 p.m. Attack on Emerald City is a collection of 6 superhero themed short plays written, performed, and even improvised by local artists. Tickets cost $5. Click here to find out more.

Sunday, December 14

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Nutcracker Sweets at ARC Dance Space (9250 14th Ave NW) at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ARC Dance brings the magic of The Nutcracker alive for families and the community in this child-friendly version of this holiday classic ballet that will warm your spirit. Tickets are $10 (children under 10) and $15 for adults. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • A Festival of Lessons & Carols at St Alphonsus Church (5816 15th Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 40th anniversary with the presentation of the 2014 Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring eight regional performances. Tickets start at $15. Click here to learn more.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring KMRIA. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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