Dockside Cannabis coming soon to Leary Way

Conveniently located across the street from Giddy Up Burgers on NW Leary Way, Dockside Cannabis is hard at work on its third location in the Seattle area.

The building at 4601 NW Leary Way is getting an extensive makeover, but co-owner Maria Moses tells My Ballard they’re hoping to open as soon as April. Dockside Cannabis already has stores in Sodo and Shoreline (pictured below).

“Dockside started out as Dockside Co-op, a medical marijuana dispensary, in March 2011,” explains Moses. “Our first location was just down the street on 36th & Greenwood in Fremont. Also, two of the three owners (me included) have been Frelard area residents for over 18 years. So we’re really excited to be back in the neighborhood.”

On its website, Dockside says it’s active in its communities, sending out a “green team” to pick up trash and a “street team” to work to “promote health relationships between our business and neighbors.” It also offers free Cannabis 101 classes, and it hosts talks at local senior centers.

If you’re interested, Dockside has just posted job openings for the new store.

Crown Hill home burns in overnight fire

Updated: Seattle Fire estimates the damage to be $300,000 to the house, $100,000 to the contents inside. Investigators are still working on identifying what started the fire.

Earlier: Just before 3 a.m., firefighters responded to a home that was engulfed in flames across from the Crown Hill Cemetery at 9025 12th Ave. NW.

Fortunately nobody was home at the time. When firefighters arrived, they said they fought the fire “defensively,” contending with the windy weather and keeping the flames away from nearby structures.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury from a fall.

“The firefighters did an excellent job,” Seattle Fire’s Sue Stangl told KING 5. “They were able to concentrate to make sure that this did not spread to neighboring houses.”

As of first light, firefighters and an investigator are still on scene. No word on the cause.

A little snow and wind on a Sunday

5:30 p.m. After a light dusting of snow early this afternoon, the wind has moved into the area. Other than 251 customers who lost power north of Carkeek Park, the Ballard area has been in the clear so far. Here’s the outage map.

12:45 p.m. It’s snowing in Ballard, and forecasters are calling for “trace to two inches” in the Seattle area before it’s all over. You can keep an eye on conditions with our Ballard-area traffic cameras.

Here’s the scene from the Ballard Farmer’s Market from @LeeStoll:

Keep warm everyone!

Fremont resident creates SniffSpot to help dog owners find off-leash areas

David Adams wanted to find more off-leash places in Fremont and Ballard for his pup to play, and that got him thinking. What if there was an app for dog parks? And what if people could offer their own backyards for a few hours and make a few bucks — sort of like an Airbnb for dogs?

That’s how SniffSpot was born, a new website that lets you find and offer up off-leash play areas.

“People in Ballard and Fremont are crazy about their dogs, even more so than other places in Seattle,” Adams told My Ballard, explaining that our area is attracting the most SniffSpot users so far. “Ballard has a unique combination of a lot of pet owners living in apartments and a lot of homeowners with yards nearby.”

Adams working on SniffSpot product updates

But as more dog owners visit SniffSpot looking to find off-leash areas — in part fueled by a recent story on Q13 — Adams says he needs more neighbors to offer up their backyards for a few hours.

“We are blowing up with demand and don’t have enough listings!” Adams told the My Ballard Facebook group. “I am looking for more hosts to join in the Ballard area.”

Hosts can set their own rates, hours of availability and other ground rules. SniffSpot requires proof of vaccination for visiting dogs, and it offers damage protection for host properties, too.

A former Microsoft employee, Adams is now full-time on SniffSpot, funding it all himself.

“It’s my full time gig,” he told us. “Maybe not a smart career move, but it’s what I’m passionate about and a lot of other people are finding it useful.”

(Photos from @SniffSpots on Instagram)

It looks like Crooked Nail has closed

The neighborhood bar Crooked Nail, which is a bit off the beaten path at the corner of NW 56th St. and 17th Ave. NW, has apparently closed its doors for good.

The news first appeared in the My Ballard Facebook Group, and the business is not answering its phone or email. Its Facebook page has been removed.

We discovered a liquor license application for the same address for a new establishment called “Corner Shot” under the name of Kacy Fitch, co-owner of the Zig Zag Cafe in Pioneer Square. So there’s a good chance Crooked Nail will become Corner Shot, just in time for the big Valdok development to open across the street.

Neighbors in the My Ballard Group had only good things to say about the Crooked Nail, which had been developing a steady clientele since it opened last year. However the location has been challenging for former tenants over the years.

New Nickelsville camp coming together quickly

After a slow start, the future home of the Ballard Nickelsville camp in the Northlake neighborhood is taking shape.

A few dozen volunteers organized by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) pitched in today, helping put the first tiny houses into position and providing finishing work. The houses are assembled off-site — in volunteers’ driveways, churches and a college campus — and shipped to the site at 3814 4th Ave. NE.

Brad Gerber from LIHI told My Ballard that the site should be ready by mid-March for the Ballard Nicklesville camp to move. The camp was planning to move in November, but the land — which is owned by the city — was not ready. Since then a house was demolished, and workers filled and leveled the site with rock and gravel.

Organizers expect to have 20 tiny houses on the site along with electricity and running water (which the Ballard location does not offer), including toilets and showers. The homes will be decorated with welcome signs inside.

About 25 people will move over from Ballard, and another 5 will join them for a total of 30 residents, Gerber said.

LIHI is holding another work party at the Northlake site next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re interested in helping, please RSVP first on the LIHI website.

Chef Eric Rivera opening Ballard pop-up space

Chef and entrepreneur Eric Rivera loves to experiment with food, often in the form of pop-up events. His Addo project is already holding events on Capitol Hill, and now Rivera has secured a Ballard location: the Royal Drummer Cafe on 24th Ave NW near 65th St.

While the cafe operates during the day, Addo will take over on selected nights beginning next month, which you can schedule in advance along with his Capitol Hill location right here.

“A whole new set of experiences [are] on the way like movie nights, beer tastings, cooking classes, wine tastings, Richard’s aplenty, new chefs in residence, Leconchito nights with delivery and pick up options, and so much more!!!” he wrote on Instagram.

He told Eater that Addo is more like an “incubator” than a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

“Our dinners range in style from fast food style burger pop-ups to 15 course tasting menus,” explains Rivera on his website. “Our goal is to be accessible at most price points and give our guests unique and fun ways to dine.”

Geo’s opens a new restaurant in Greenwood

The owners of Geo’s Cuban & Creole in Ballard have opened a second location, Geo’s Bar and Grill, near the corner of Holman Rd. and Greenwood Ave. N.

“When customers walk in for the first time, they are immediately transported in time to an era when Havana was the playground for the world,” explains Kim Gianotti, who owns the business along with her husband and chef Geo Rodriguez.

Geo’s Bar and Grill is much larger than the Ballard cafe, and it features a full bar, original Cuban art and a stage to feature local latin jazz musicians on the weekends. In the bar, “high ceilings, black-and-white checked floors, palm trees, art filled walls and fabulous upholstered furniture fill the room,” Gianotti explains.

The new restaurant features many favorites from Geo’s in Ballard — Cubano Sandwich, Puerco Asado, Palomilla Steak, and El Caribe Sandwich — but there are new additions, as well.

“Chef Geo added several new appetizers such as Hush-Puppies, Ham Croquettes, Fish Croquettes, Medianoche Sliders and and spicy prawns with Yuca Frita,” she said. “Also new are the Smoked Chicken and Garbanzo Bean Salad, Pan Con Bistec Sliders, and Pastelitos de Guayaba for dessert.”

Geo’s Bar and Grill is located at 10515 Greenwood Ave N, and it opens at 4 p.m. on weekdays (closed on Monday) and at 11 a.m. on the weekends.

Briefs: Banned from the gym, Night Out, no parking, Gather Kitchen and more

A few quick news updates from Ballard and Fremont…

BANNED FROM THE GYM – The NW Fitness Project (pictured above at the corner of N 36th St. and Greenwood Ave. in Fremont) has banned a known white nationalist leader from attending the gym. The owner says he’s received some threatening messages — as well as lots of 5-star reviews — after the Stranger ran the story.

BALLARD NIGHT OUT – The monthly neighborhood art event is tonight (Thursday) from 6-9 p.m. Here’s a list of participating venues and artists.

DROP-IN TOWN HALL – Rep. Noel Frame and Rep. Gael Tarleton will hold a “drop-in town hall” this Sunday at Flying Bike Coop (8570 Greenwood Ave N) from 4 to 7 p.m. “We’ll keep it informal and in small-group conversation,” Frame said. “Drop by anytime in the 3 hour window that works for you! We look forward to hearing from you!”

PHINNEY NO PARKING – A new 57-unit development on Greenwood Ave. N does not plan to offer parking, which prompted an appeal from Phinney residents who said it doesn’t meet the “frequent transit” rule because buses didn’t arrive as often as scheduled. The city does not agree.

HOP IDOL – Attention homebrewers: the deadline to enter Reuben’s Brews’ annual “Hop Idol” contest is tomorrow (Friday). Good luck!

GATHER KITCHEN – The Seattle Times reviews Gather Kitchen in Ballard and gives it “hits and misses” — after the reviewer visited three times.

BALLARD HIGH MUSIC – The choral director of Ballard High, Courtney Rowley, will receive the prestigious “Outstanding Educator” award from the Elliott Bay Music Educator Association at the Washington Music Educators Association conference on Saturday. Congrats Courtney!

BALLARD CIVIC ORCHESTRASeattle Weekly profiles Paula Madrigal, who leads the Ballard Civic Orchestra and the Young String Project.

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Ballard gymnastics team competing in state championship in Tacoma

Update: Ballard came in fourth place in the team score, and Ballard freshman Lianne Kistler finished fourth in the all-around competition. Here’s a Seattle Times story on the event.

Earlier: At the district meet at Sammamish High School last weekend, the Ballard High gymnastics team put up its highest score in school history and the third highest in the state. That performance qualified the team for a trip to the state championship.

Today they headed down to the Tacoma Dome for two days of team and individual competition at the WIAA state tournament.

Well done BHS, and best of luck!

(Photo from @BallardGymnastics on Instagram)