Ballard business owner designs Today’s “Next Big Thing”

The My Ballard team is excited to announce that Leslie Pierson, owner of Ballard store Retrofitted Designs, has taken out the top title in the Today Show’s “Next Big Thing” competition with her product Good Hangups.

As we reported yesterday, Pierson designed the magnetic hanging system for posters and art which subsequently caught the eye of Today Show producers. The product is a true creation of the community, which was both designed locally and promoted through a video that was produced in the neighborhood by a number of Ballardites.

Check out Pierson’s winning moment below:

As a prize for winning the competition, Pierson will have her product featured on the QVC’s show “Saturday Morning Gifts” on Saturday, October 3.

“I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am that so many from the Ballard community made this possible by voting yesterday,” says Pierson.

Photo courtesy of the Today Show.

Local businesses host month-long coat drive

The folks at The Sweet Spot (3507 Evanston Ave N) and Ballard salon VAIN (5401 Ballard Ave NW), are hosting a month-long coat drive to support those in need within our community.

Donations will benefit The International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit that provides aid to refugees and other survivors of humanitarian crises, and The Jubilee Women’s Center, a Seattle-based nonprofit that serves nearly 1,500 impoverished women by providing safe, affordable community housing, educational resources, job skills and training, and free clothing.

The Sweet Spot folks teamed up with VAIN for this year’s drive after two successful years hosting the event in the local community. “We wanted to make an even bigger impact by teaming up with another local organization. The VAIN team share similar values in supporting our community,” says Lara from The Sweet Spot.

Through November locals can drop off clean, gently used or new winter coats for men, women and children at The Sweet Spot (3507 Evanston Ave N) or any VAIN location.

Each coat donated will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes from VAIN and a bunch of other local sponsors and businesses. The raffle winners will be announced mid-November.

“Clean out that coat closet and help people in need stay warm this winter. Thanks in advance for your support,” writes Cassie Tarver from the Ballard VAIN team.

Ballardite in final stages of Today Show’s “Next Big Thing” competition

Ballard business owner Leslie Pierson was featured on the Today Show this morning as part of their “Next Big Thing” competition. The Retrofitted Designs owner has made it to the final stages of the competition with her new product, Good Hangups.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Pierson designed the magnetic hanging system for posters and art which subsequently caught the eye of Today Show producers. The product is a true creation of the community, which was both designed locally and promoted through a video that was produced in the neighborhood by a number of Ballardites.

“The Good Hangups system turns walls and other surfaces into instant magnetic boards to hang your posters and art. They are removable and reusable and don’t create holes in walls and surfaces,” writes Pierson on her website.

Check out this morning’s segment below:

Pierson needs locals to vote for her to progress through to the finals of the competition next week. Click here to cast your vote and support this local product.

Development Update Oct 1: Subdivision decisions

Six subdivision approvals make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decisions:

2411 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440259. 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.

2429 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6459740. 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.

2234 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6442492. 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

6543 24th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6426912. 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.

2422 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6451807. 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.

6548 24th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project # 6459738. 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.

Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 10/15/2015.