The 2015 Super Bowl Sunday Round-up

Get decked out in green and blue and show your 12th Man pride this Sunday as the Seahawks take on the New England Patriots.

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!!

  • Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen (5309 22nd Ave NW) will be open from 11 a.m. showing the game with sound on, on eight televisions and will be offering a special menu for the day. Brunch will also be available.
  • 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!
  • Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd Street) will be open at noon hosting a STOUPerbowl party featuring a big screen and projector for the game in addition to the two standard screens. Uber rides to and from the brewery are discounted with the codeword: STOUPerfan.  Big Spoon food truck will also be out the front!
  • The Gerald (5210 Ballard Ave NW) will be open all day offering brunch until 2:30 p.m. and then changing to the dinner menu. Drink and Happy Hour specials will be offered and the game will be on the big projector screen. Minors are also welcome to watch the game in the back room.
  • Volterra (5411 Ballard Ave NW) will be serving up a happy hour menu of football classics from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Special cocktails will also be offered and under 21 seating is also available.
  • King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) will be showing the game on two humongous screens. $2 Jell-O Shots, $4 Ballard Marys and $5 shots of Jim Beam Fire will be available all day. The festivities are set to kick off at noon.

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

United Way to assist locals with free tax preparation

United Way of King County is offering free tax help to local families making under $60,000 a year at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N).

Volunteers will prepare taxes for attendees and help connnect them with one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

This free service is now being offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The campaign started as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago led by United Way of King County. Over the years the campaign has spread throughout the county in an effort to connect low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

According to UWKC, the EITC is considered as one of the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.

No appointments are needed to take advantage of this service.

Click here to learn more and find a list of what to bring.

Laura Bee Designs celebrates final weekend in Ballard

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The Laura Bee Designs team will be celebrating their final Saturday in the neighborhood before permanently packing up the retail location (6418 20th Ave NW) this weekend.

After 12 years of retail operation Laura Bee Designs is retiring its bag line and will be transitioning the jewelry line to online and wholesale only.

The team is inviting locals to stop by and have a donut to celebrate a dozen sweet years tomorrow, January 31, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The shop will also have fabric, notions, jewelry and other treasures available at great prices. Click here to find out more about the sale.

“While it’s time to shift the business and to take a break from retail, I am so thankful that my staff and I were to spend 12+ years making bags and getting to know our neighbors in this community,” says designer Laura Buzard.

Buzard will now focus on her jewelry line and other new (and not-yet-announced) projects. She is transforming her retail storefront into a studio space, and looks forward to hosting occasional events there.

Visit the new Laura Bee Designs website to learn more about the future of this local business.

Suspicious man attempts to pull Whitman student into car

According to Q13Fox, SPD officers are searching for a man who reportedly whistled at a female Whitman Middle School student, grabbed her arm and tried to drag her into his car while his pants were down.

The incident reportedly took place on Wednesday morning when the student was approached by a man in a silver, four-door sedan while she was a block away from the school (9200 block of 15th Ave NW).

According to Q13Fox, Seattle Public Schools sent a letter to parents confirming the reports.

The student was able to run away from the man and made it safely inside the school where she immediately reported the attack to the Assistant Principal. The SPD were notified and no suspects were located at the scene.

According to the Q13Fox report, school administrators praised the student for the actions that she took both during and after the incident.

“Our student did everything right,” administrators said. “Immediately getting away from the stranger, and reporting the incident to the school, to the police and to her parents.”

Anyone who knows more about this incident or witnessed the attack is encouraged to call 911.

Seattle Public School officials remind students to walk to school in groups, where possible, and to aviod talking to strangers.

Throwback Thursday: Local football memories from yesteryear

With all of the Seahawks hysteria in the air we thought it would be appropriate to take a look back at some football memories around Seattle from back in the day.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1904, features the Seattle High School football champions. R. Perry Short coached the Seattle High School football team during its successful 1904 season.

Led by Captain L. C. Palmer, the team competed against the University of Washington and high school teams in Bellingham, Tacoma, Spokane, and Lewiston, Idaho and won the 1904 Pacific Northwest Championship.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1925, features some 12’s from the University of Washington. These University of Washington women students are dressed for a football weekend, most probably the Huskies’ 1925 football game against the University of California. Like many other young women in the 1920s, they wear their hair short.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1954, features players from the Ballard High School football team. The Ballard Beavers were among eight high school teams featured at the annual East vs. West Jamboree at Memorial Stadium.

The football portion of the pep rally consisted of four 15-minute quarters with each of the West teams (Ballard, Lincoln, Queen Anne and West Seattle) matched against an East team (Roosevelt, Garfield, Franklin and Cleveland). Officials expected a crowd of 13,500 .

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The below photo, taken in 1987, features a Seahawk player picketing during the players strike against the NFL owners. Read more about the strike here.

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Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

Travel and Leisure names Sweet Mickey’s one of best in USA

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Ballard candy store Sweet Mickey’s (2230 NW 57th St) has been named as one of America’s best candy shops on the Travel and Leisure website.

Travel and Leisure has complied a list of the top 19 candy stores and owner Randy Brinker is thrilled for his store to be recognized.

Check out the blurb written about Sweet Mickey’s below:

“Come for the fudge. Stay for the memories,” proclaims owner Randy Brinker, who makes the confection in several decadent flavors. Sweet Mickey’s stays true to the Scandinavian roots of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood with its impressive collection of licorice.

There are also more than 100 bulk gummies, jellies, saltwater taffy, and an ice cream counter in the mint-green store.

The name and logo pay homage to Brinker’s grandmother, who raised him.

Congratulations to the Brinker and the Sweet Mickey’s team!

Photo courtesy of Travel and Leisure.

King County Council shows 12th Man pride

For the second year in a row, members of the Metropolitan King County Council and County Executive Dow Constantine have joined 12’s all over the city in showing their support as the Seahawks prepare for their second Super Bowl.

“With great pride we join King County residents in enthusiastically supporting our world champion Seattle Seahawks as they play their second Super Bowl in a row, helping to shine a national spotlight on our great region,” said Council Chair Larry Phillips. “It’s thrilling joining my fellow ‘12s’ in cheering on our remarkable team! Go Hawks!”

“It would be hard to match the most exciting NFL playoff game ever, but the Seahawks have shown a flair for the dramatic,” said Executive Constantine. “The 12s now look forward to seeing the Hawks deflate the Patriots, and make history as repeat Super Bowl champions. Go Hawks.”

“The Seahawks are living proof that teamwork and perseverance pay off,” said Council Vice Chair Jane Hague. “After another magical season, I say “Go Seahawks!”

“I’m so excited for a ‘re-pete’ on Sunday of last year’s Super Bowl,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert. “This is truly a thrilling time for our entire region. Go Hawks!”

The 12 flag displayed in council chambers will be hoisted up the flagpole in front of the County Administration Building tomorrow when the County declares that Friday is Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Friday in King County!

Truck and dog stolen from Ballard home

Update January 29:

Henry emailed in to let us know that Cooper has been found and is now safely at home.

“We got our dog back last night from the help of local blogs and concerned ballardities. Now if we can find the truck and tools all will be well. Thank you to all,” writes Henry.

If you have seen the silver Dodge 2002 pick-up with the license plate is A41857U email angie.lafave19@gmail.com or tips@myballard.com and we will pass on the information.

Original Post:

At approximately 11 a.m. this morning a truck (pictured below) was stolen from a Ballard home near at NW 65th St and 22nd Ave NW.

The truck belonged to a contractor named Henry who was working on the home and his dog was inside it at the time. The truck’s license plate is A41857U and it is a silver Dodge 2002 pick-up.

The truck has a lumber rack on the back over the bed and has work tools for Henry’s construction business inside.

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The owner is very concerned for the safety of his dog Cooper (pictured below). Cooper is a 6 years-old Brittany spaniel, and is white and brown in color. He is wearing his dog collar with the Henry’s contact details on it and he’s micro-chipped.

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If you have seen the truck or the dog in our neighborhood email angie.lafave19@gmail.com or alternatively email tips@myballard.com and we will pass on the information.

The SPD has been notified about the theft.

2015 Ballard Fitness Fest set to kick off next month

The 2015 annual Ballard Fitness Fest will kick off in the neighborhood on February 16 at EDGE Personal Training Studio (2821 NW Market St).

The three month long fitness competition will challenge participants to both get and stay in shape and is open to all locals who live and work in Ballard and surrounding areas.

EDGE Personal Training owner, Erik Hroncich, established the competition six years ago to help physically and mentally transform peoples’ lives.

In past contests Hroncich says that participants have become “healthier, more confident and gained a better body image.” In 2013, winner Danie Skredsvig lost over 8% of her body fat (15lbs of body fat) in just 12 weeks to become the first ever female Champion!

Participants who enter the competition in a bid to loose the most weight during the three month period have a chance at winning $750 worth of prizes. The first place winner scores a $250 gift certificate to a Ballard business of their choice and three free training sessions at EDGE.

To prepare for the competition Hroncich is also offering participants, who are new to EDGE, an introductory training package of 3 personal training sessions, a functional movement screen and fitness program development, for $199 (35% off).

The contest begins February 17 and ends May 23 and competitors enter by contacting EDGE at (206) 782–1505 by or between February 16 and 27 to set up an initial $25 (plus tax) fitness assessment. Participants will work out for three months and re-test between May 18 and May 22, with the winner being announced around June 1st.

Thinking about participating? Hroncich’s enthusiasm for the event puts it simply, “it’s an opportunity to get in better shape for the summer and a chance to win some great prizes. What could be cooler than that?”

For more details click here or email info@edgepersonaltraining.net

Hawks fans to get free cake at Cupcake Royale

On the final Blue Friday before the Super Bowl, Hawks fans will have the chance to score some free cake at Cupcake Royale in Ballard (2052 NW Market St).

Locals are invited to show their 12th Man pride and celebrate with Seattle’s largest 12th Man cake. Celebrity cake cutters will be on hand to ensure that everyone gets their free slice.

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12th Fan Cupcakes are available for purchase and pre-order for your Super Bowl parties at all Cupcake Royale cafes and all Metropolitan Markets.

Head down to Cupcake Royal this Friday, January 30, at 5 p.m. to grab your free slice of cake! Go Hawks!