Ballard resident prepares to open Shiku Sushi

The sign has gone up over Shiku Sushi, one of two new sushi restaurants preparing to open along Ballard Ave. We spoke with owner Rob Kim, who says the plan is to bring in “Japanese tapas” along with traditional sushi, plenty of sake and a full bar — a twist that Rob says will differentiate Shiku from its competitor just a couple doors down, Moshi Moshi Sushi.

Rob is a Ballard resident who worked at Red Fin sushi in downtown Seattle, and he says he saw a need to bring more sushi to the neighborhood. It’s his first restaurant, but he says his uncle — who manages four sushi restaurants in San Diego — is helping him with the launch. Shiku is slated to open in a month.

A dumpster-free Fremont? Maybe.

To curb drug use, drug dealings and other crime in alleys, Mayor Greg Nickels is proposing a dumpster-free downtown. Starting in the spring, the downtown area may test a program that will replace trash bins with colored plastic bags for recycling and waste. The plan is to then expand to other neighborhoods such as Fremont. Businesses have concerns that range from cost ($5 a bag) to the mess caused from rodents and birds. Police, on the other hand, tell the Seattle Times that it makes the alleys safer, “from a public perspective, it looks safer. They can see what they’re walking into.” Lt. James M. Fitzgerald says.

A dumpster and assorted trash across from the Rocket.

Monster Clothing, Source Salon now open

Here’s an update on our earlier posts about two new businesses moving into the Old Ballard area just a block apart from each other.

First, Monster Art and Clothing has now opened at Ballard Ave. and 20th Ave. The boutique featuring handmade products by “young upcoming artists.”

And Source Salon and Spa has opened in the prominent curved retail space at Leary and 20th Ave. It describes itself as a “modern boutique and gallery with a relaxing down to earth environment.” Their number is 789-4500.

Band writes song about Aurora Bridge suicide

When the Seattle band Massy Ferguson releases their upcoming CD, Cold Equations, it will feature a song called “The Ride” about a friend who jumped from the Aurora Bridge in 2006. “Don’t let it stall on Fremont Falls/just go, finish it out,” the song says, which musician Ethan Anderson said urges people not to give into the bridge. “I guess we’re asking people to press on,” he told the PI. Massy Ferguson will donate all proceeds from the song to Crisis Clinic, a local suicide prevention organization. The Tractor Tavern will host the band’s CD release party on September 13th at 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks jars Loyal Heights neighborhood

Kirsten emailed us this morning (Thursday):

“My boyfriend heard some crazy-sounding explosions last night. They sounded like they were moving, and went off in succession, as if the explosions were traveling around. Gunfire? Fireworks? We’re in the Loyal Heights neighborhood. Did anyone else hear or see anything?”

In the comment thread in an earlier post today, readers are also talking about explosions or gun shots. Any ideas?

Update: Laura solves the mystery in comments…

“I live across the street from Loyal Heights Elementary on 26th NW (and 80th St.) The explosions were fireworks — I could see them from my upstairs window. It looked like they may have been set off on the playground.”

Ssshhhh! Secret comedy show on Friday

Some pretty funny comedians are coming to Bumbershoot this year and some of them are putting on a pre-event comedy show Friday night at Lo-Ball (2220 NW Market, lower level). Sadly, we don’t know which comedians will be there. (They have non-compete clauses in their contracts that prevent them to advertise the show.) But we’re told some national acts will stop by Lo-Ball and perform an all-ages show in the intimate confines of the Live Girls! Theater. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. and there is a $5 cover.