What’s on this weekend

The weekend is here and the weather is starting to brighten up. Enjoy it in Ballard at these fun and exciting events!

Friday, March 7:

  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, March 8

  • Friends of Discovery Park Annual Meeting  from 9:15 a.m. at Discovery Park Visitor Center (3801 Discovery Park Blvd). Sign-in, Meet&Greet, and Refreshments start at 9:15 a.m., with the Meeting at 10 a.m. Program includes a panel of Park Staff and WP Treatment Plant/King County Staff who will provide an update of Park and Plant issues, followed by a Q&A. Click here for more details.
  • Beekeeping 201: Beginning Your Apiary at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. For people intent on raising bees, this seminar shows how to start your hive with confidence. Corky Luster, apiarist and founder of the Ballard Bee Company, uses a a demo hive and mock-bee package as he demonstrates how to install bee packages and perform basic bee inspections. Call (206) 782-2543 to register.
  • Bikesport Grand Reopening at new location (4550 9th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. Come along and celebrate. Click here for more details.
  • 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.
  • BHS Performing Arts presents Urinetown the musical at the Earl Kelley Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, March 9:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Meditation Class: Introduction to Meditation for Spiritual Awareness at NW Activity Center (5429 NW 32nd St) from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Participants learn the basic concepts of meditation and the positive interaction between meditation and success in everyday life. The class is free of charge and followed by a vegetarian meal. 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 MyBallard.com, or email the information to tips@myballard.com to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

Peddler Brewing turns one this weekend

It is the first birthday of Ballard’s Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way) this Saturday, March 8. The team are celebrating the special milestone by giving away logo’d water bottles to the first 300 customers with the purchase of a pint.

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Peddler will also be releasing their 1-year anniversary beer, VeloHoptor, an Imperial IPA featuring intense flavors and aromas of citrusy NW hops (8.4% ABV, 100+ IBUs).

For those not into the hops, they’ll also be have their Tangerine Wheat spring ale on tap for the season that day.

The brewery will be open from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday for the birthday celebrations!

Happy 1st birthday Peddler!

Ballard Art Walk set for Saturday

This Saturday Ballard Art Walk will be in full swing at venues all over the neighborhood from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The monthly event will showcase local painting, glass art, sculpture, performance and more.

This month Miro Tea (5404 Ballard Ave NW) will feature the artwork of Madeline Owen (pictured), a senior at Ingraham High School. This young artist features animals in her show “Curios Poses.” Owen chose to showcase animals as she believes that each animal moves in a unique way. “I want to explore this energy in my art,” says Owen.


Art Walk is a family-friendly free event that allows visitors and locals to explore the artistic side of our special community. Click here to find out more about the event.

Image courtesy of Ballard Art Walk.

The February Real Estate Market Recap

Long time Ballard resident and local Real Estate Broker Sharon Giampietro will be sharing a post on My Ballard each month to keep readers informed about the local real estate market. Giampietro comes from a long line of realtors and has lived in Ballard for 30 years. She is currently a Broker at Windermere Real Estate in Greenwood.

Check out Giampietro’s recap of how Greater Ballard fared in February below:

In Ballard we see new big buildings here, new construction there – what are these big projects? Many are apartment buildings.  From 1996 through 2007, the number of apartment units in Ballard stood pretty steady at just above 1000. At the start of the housing downturn in 2008, more units were added and by 2010 there were almost 600 more. 2011 and 2012 saw no new additions, and then in 2103 along came 586 new units with the additions of KOI, AVA, BELAY and NOBA. By the end of 2014 much of the construction we see now will result in 616 more apartments with 441 slated to be added in 2015.  In this 3 year period we will have doubled our existing apartment stock. Apartment seekers who want to live in Ballard now have choices.

Buyers seeking to own homes in the greater Ballard area are finding home searching more challenging. In February 148 new residential listings came on the market, the same number that came on in January, but 17 less than February 2013. During the month of February, 100 homes sold which puts our inventory at about 1.5 months.  In the world of real estate this is a low housing supply. The average length of time on the market was 3 weeks, down from 5 weeks in January and prices were up by 9% over January. Buyers and Real Estate brokers are asking lenders to help them find ways to “buy up” without first selling the home they live in. They worry if they sell first, they might not find another home to buy in a timely manner.

February saw 35 new condos come on the market – 10 more than February last year but almost half as many as in January 2014. The average price was down from January‘s $347,000 to $315,000, but the January average days on market was 3 times greater than February’s.

In February, a relatively low almost 6% of “solds” (homes and condos) were short sales or bank owned. By comparison, in King County these sales represented about 19% of all sales. Some buyers would appreciate a supply of short sales and bank owned properties as their price points have in the past  provided some affordability.

Greater Ballard is Greenwood, Green Lake, Wallingford and other close by neighborhoods identified as “705” in the NWMLS.  All residential and condo numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand and unless noted does not include new construction. Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Apartment data from Dupre + Scott  Apartment Development Report.

BHS Performing Arts presents Urinetown The Musical

thG4B1D0JKThe talented students at BHS opened their run of Urinetown on Thursday night and are excited to share their performances with the local community. The show will be performed over the next week on March 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Earl Kelley Performing Arts Center.

According to BHS Performing Arts, Urinetown is one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years. The musical is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. The music is fun, the characters are endearing, the costumes and choreography are really great, and the script is, reportedly, hilarious.

Tickets are available online and at the door.

Populuxe Brewing to celebrate 1st birthday

IMG_20130111_114908-1024x1024It has been a whole year since Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th St) hit the Ballard brewery scene. The Populuxe team is celebrating the brewery’s 1st birthday this Saturday, March 8 and they are having a huge, all ages party to celebrate!

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Dizzy’s Tumble Bus will be onsite to entertain the kids from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Live music will also entertain attendees all day in the garage. Check out the line-up below:

  • 3 – 3:30 p.m. The Graces-classical duo flute, harp, piano
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Dobrero Band-classic rock
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m. Melissa Levi
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m. Bridgette Kern
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. KJTJ – eclectic rock/pop
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mother of Pearl-original music, soulful female lead
  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. theZim & Arock-indie-folk-hop-tronica
  • 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Willie and the Whips – danceable country blues, cd release and potential bull whip demo
  • DJ SNAX will fill in the blanks.

In terms of drinks, the usual favorite beers will be on offer and there will also be a special release of Oddvars Old Ale, their barrel-aged barleywine. Happy Grillmore will also be on hand serving up burgers and fries.

Happy Birthday Populuxe!

Ballard sauces take Seattle by storm

According to Seattle Magazine, Bonache sauce made right here in Ballard is giving the traditional favorites Tabasco and Sriracha a run for their money.

The sauce line was founded by Ballardite Marc Olsen and the name, pronounced “bone-atch”, was the creation of Olsen’s child.

“Bonache  is a word our son made up when he was 3 to describe many, many things. We have no idea either,” writes Olsen on the Bonache website.

The sauces are made right here in Ballard and the line includes varieties such as Habañero, Hatch, Socorro and Piri.


According to Seattle Magazine, you can taste test the sauces at local hot spot Hattie’s Hat and some further from Ballard including Lost Lake on Capitol Hill and Brave Horse Tavern in South Lake Union.

The sauces can also be purchased for use in your own kitchen on the Bonache website and at PCC Natural Markets, Central Co-op on Capitol Hill, DeLaurenti at Pike Place Market and Tom Douglas’ new specialty grocery, Home Remedy in Belltown.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Magazine. Photo credit – Jonathan Vanderweit

Throwback Thursday: W 57th St in 1880

It’s that time of the week where we take a look back at the Ballard of yesteryear in our weekly Throwback Thursday post.

This one is definitely and “oldie” but a goodie from all the way back in 1880. Check out the black and white photo below of men, boys and harnessed teams of horses and mules grading the road in the 900 block of what was then W 57th St. Wonder if the work had SDOT approval?

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Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at tips@myballard.com with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.