The 2014 Ballard Super Bowl Sunday Round-up

BfU83DaCYAAc_KvGet decked out in blue and green and show your 12th Man pride this Sunday as the Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos.

Check out the extensive list below of Ballard establishments who are set to host the best Super Bowl events in the city!

The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. so be sure to arrive at your destination of choice with plenty of time before the game to secure your spot. GO HAWKS!!

  • Bloom Ballard (5410 17th Ave NW) will be open from noon on Sunday and will be serving up Smoked Chicken Wings, Stadium Nachos, Chinese Chili (Mabo Dofu), and more food specials. They are also accepting Soup-er Bowl Donations of cans of soup for the Ballard Food Bank.
  • Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen (5309 22nd Ave NW) will be showing the game with sound on, on seven televisions and will be offering a special menu for the day. The menu includes items such as Blitz Wings (whole seahawk wings, spicy bbq), Beast Mode Popcorn Chicken (hot chicken bites, bbq ranch, skittles not included) and Sherman Fries (house cut fries, pickled chiles, cheddar sauce).
  • Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. (4358 B Leary Way NW) will be open at 11 a.m. on Sunday with a big screen, projector, pot luck, $3 pints, and a skittles infused IPA!
  • Old Ballard Liquor Co. (4421 Shilshole Ave NW) is offering a special 12th Man discount all weekend. Receive 12% off your purchase.  You can double or triple up with additional discounts for Scandinavian Language speakers and Maritime workers.
  • Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd Street) will be open at noon featuring a big screen and projector for the game in addition to the two standard screens. Snacks will be in abundance as will commemorative, “I attended Stouperbowl XLVIII,” stickers. Nosh the Truck will also be out the front!
  • The Gerald (5210 Ballard Ave NW) will be open all day featuring the “Hauschka Sour” is made of gin, lime, sage, apple liqueurs, and an egg white for a foamy texture.

Is your business doing something special for Superbowl Sunday? Email us at and we’ll add it to the list!

(Church photo by @nwfoodette)

What’s on this weekend

Superbowl weekend is here and, as usual, there’s lots to do! Enjoy your weekend in Ballard.

Saturday, February 1:

  • Special Olympic Washington Polar Plunge at Golden Gardens (Seaview Place NW) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take a dip in the ice waters across Washington State and be a part of the “coolest” event of the year! Join the fun, help raise funds and win prizes all in support of Special Olympics Washington. Click here for more details.
  • Ballard Preschool Open House (1415 NW 52nd St) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Enrollment begins and all are welcome to come and check out the preschool. Click here for more details.
  • Free Acupuncture for new patients at Purple Dragon Healing Arts (7324 15th Ave NW) from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Click here to make an appointment.

Sunday, February 2

  • SUPER BOWL! Check out our special Superbowl round up for more information on where you can show your 12th Man pride in Ballard during the game.
  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Youth Pre-Season Baseball Clinic at Whitman Middle School (9201 15th Ave NW) 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Contact for registration information.
  • Wax On Event at Anchors Down Bar (2016 NW Market St) from 4 p.m. Every Sunday at Anchors Down, bring in your vinyl records to listen to and share with fellow music junkies. All vinyl, all day, and an all day happy hour. We’ll take turns playing our favorite cuts and talk about music through the years. All music welcome!
  • Ballard Elks Lodge Ballroom Dancing (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 10 pm. Live music will be provided by The Eddy Fukano Band. Singles and couples are welcome and cost is $7 per person.  Click here for more details.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood? You can submit it on our brand new events calendar here on, or email the information to to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

Development Update January 31: more subdivisions and a seven story structure

More applications for developments in Ballard have been received this week by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

Check out the most recent applications and decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin:


2240 NW 62nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the development site into two unit lots. 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.

1511 NW 63rd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the development site into three unit lots. 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.

2029 NW 60th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the development site into two unit lots. 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.

5601 24th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 7-story structure containing 104 assisted living units with 3,696 sq. ft. of retail space at grade. Project includes 12,000 cu. yds. of grading. Parking for 64 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be demolished.

2242 NW 62nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the development site into two unit lots. 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.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review:

1761 NW 59th St


The proposal is to allow one, two unit townhouse structure and one, three unit townhouse  structure (total of five units).  Parking for five vehicles to be provided below grade.  Existing single family residence to be demolished.

Written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance are being accepted through February 12, 2014.  Locals are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which they believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.  This is the only opportunity to comment on this proposal.

Comments should be submitted to

Movie shoot in Sunset Hill?

Updated: We’re starting to piece together some details that might point to a “50 Shades of Grey” movie shoot. Over in Northgate, a “50 Shades” film crew is shooting on the ramp to southbound I-5, according to WSDOT. There were reports earlier this week about a similar shoot in downtown Seattle. And the movie poster (below) features a home with a Seattle view.
Earlier: My Ballard reader John said it looks like a movie shoot is underway along 32nd Ave. in Sunset Hill, so we went to take a look. There are several production trucks parked near 85th St., and this “Barbarian Cine” truck is parked in the driveway of one of the big homes overlooking the water.
A quick search reveals that “Barbarian Cine” is a local company that provides lighting services, often for film shoots. There’s also a long line of “no parking” signs, which are designated for 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. We did not see, however, trailers typically used for talent.
While Sunset Hill has a short history of film shoots — remember when we saw Robin Williams in 2008? — this could be just a big party in preparation stages.
If you have details, let us know in comments below…

(Thanks John for the tip!)

Seahawks pride seen around Ballard

It’s Blue Friday in Ballard, and it seems everyone is wearing Seahawks colors.
Here’s the Nordic Heritage Museum.
Naomi sent us this photo of the Spatial Dev office above Starbucks.
St. Alphonsus school sent us this photo.
Here’s the sign outside Crown Hill United Methodist Church.
A home in Sunset Hill, sent by Gary.
And here’s our youngest rooting on the Hawks at preschool.

Have a Seahawks photo around Ballard to share? Sent it to or tag @myballard on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and we’ll share a few of them right here on the blog.

Help Seattle secure the official 2014 Reading Bowl

The Seattle Public Library and the Denver Public Library are competing in the 2014 Reading Bowl to determine who read more – Seattle fans or Denver fans.

Since Monday evening, readers in Seattle and Denver have been sharing book titles read via Twitter (#SEAreads, #DENreads, and #ReadingBowl). The city with the most tweets by the end of the Super Bowl wins.

The Reading Bowl champion will win a tribute display to their team and city in the rival’s main library. Images of the display will be shared on Twitter and Facebook.

The Seattle Public Library encourages readers to share book titles read and photos showing their support. Tweet what you’re reading and help us win!

Go Hawks!

Simply Clean enter final month of Winter Warmth Campaign


Seattle based cleaning company Simply Clean is entering the final month of their Winter Warmth Campaign and they need your help.

The company services the majority of King County and they are looking for locals to donate clothing and goods to them, which in turn will be turned over to shelters, missions, and those on the street.

“While the Seattle area is full of amazing and charitable people, many are unaware as to how cold it can be outside without proper clothing and such,” writes Irv from Simply Clean.

Although the company is based in Westlake, they are reaching out to Ballardites to get behind a good cause. If you are stopping by Westlake clothing and goods can be donated at Simply Clean headquarters (1818 Westlake Ave N Suite 232).

The Simply Clean team also wanted to let locals know about the following local organizations where residents can donate items and volunteer their time:

  • The Ballard Ecumenical Ministry homeless shelter helps provide support to the homeless population suffering from mental illness. They’re always seeking volunteers to help with their services.
  • Compass Housing Alliance provides emergency shelter, veteran’s programs, permanent housing and much more to those in need. In early 2013, they established Nyrer Urness House in Ballard to provide permanent housing to formerly homeless men and women. They actively seek donations and volunteers to help provide services to the impoverished, so please consider donating time or funds to a great cause.

The Simply Clean team currently have nearly 20 hefty bags of clothing and supplies which are all set to be delivered to various shelters and organizations in the Seattle area.

They are still actively encouraging donations, so if you would like to contribute click here to contact the team to organize a donation time.

Woodland Park Zoo names Otter pups after Seahawks’ Legion of Boom

Seahawks Otters Ryan HawkIn honor of the Seahawks, Woodland Park Zoo has named its four Asian small-clawed otter boys (pictured right) after the Legion of Boom. The pups, named Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor and Maxwell, were born at the zoo last June to the sounds of their own cheers, whistles and claps!

If that isn’t showing enough 12th Man pride Woodland Park Zoo has also s sea eagles and spend a day working at the zoo while sporting a Seahawks jersey. s horses and spend a day working with the horses and elephants wearing a Broncos jersey.

“We have a great relationship with our colleagues at Denver Zoo so we thought it would be fun to make a bet where the animals come out as the winners with their favorite treats. We look forward to meeting Denver Zoo’s bird curator!” said Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen.

Seahawks fans can still take advantage of the $3 admission discount if they visit the zoo sporting their Seahawks gear. The admission discount applies only to the child or adult wearing the Seahawks sportswear and is not to be combined with other discounts or promotions.

Click here to check out more photos of Woodland Park Zoo’s very own Legion of Boom.

Photos courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo. Photo credit – Ryan Hawk.

Metro transit kiosks make debut in Crown Hill

New Metro transit information kiosks are making their debut across the city in Crown Hill, Interbay and Queen Anne. The kiosks are set to display the real-time arrival and destination of all buses with scheduled stops at kiosk locations.

In the Crown Hill area you can find them at the following locations:

  • Southbound at 15th Ave NW/NW 80th St
  • Southbound at 15th Ave NW/NW 75th St

The kiosks can also be found at the following locations in Interbay and Queen Anne:

  • Southbound at 15th Ave W/W Emerson St
  • Southbound at 15th Ave W/W Armory Street
  • Westbound at W Mercer St/Third Ave W

The kiosks are especially helpful for locals who use Metro’s RapidRide D Line. After swiping their ORCA card at any RapidRide kiosk, riders will be able to board through the back doors of bus, therefore speeding up the boarding process.

The kiosks are part of a partnership between King County Metro Transit and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to improve travel and access though Crown Hill, Ballard, Interbay and Queen Anne.

“These transit kiosks are another important investment Metro and the City of Seattle are jointly making to improve RapidRide. By installing these kiosks, SDOT and Metro are providing over 11,000 daily bus riders better information and speeding their trips,” said SDOT Interim Director Goran Sparrman.

Click here to learn more about RapidRide D Line Project.

Have you seen Maggie the chocolate lab in Ballard?

1150198_600511040029467_1062803424_nMy Ballard reader Kharmen emailed in to let us know about Maggie the chocolate labrador who is currently lost in Ballard.

Maggie is 55 pounds and is wearing a green nylon collar with webbing and a rabies tag. She does not have a name tag but is chipped.

Maggie has been missing since January 25 and was last seen at 16th Ave NW and NW 77th St. She is an older dog who is mostly deaf and blind and gets confused easily.

If you have seen Maggie please call Troy at (206) 280-9551.