Sno-King Marine Mammal Response on the lookout for volunteers


Sno-King Marine Mammal Response, a non-profit group of volunteers working under the jurisdiction of NOAA’s nation wide Marine Mammal Stranding Network, is looking for locals to join their organization.

Volunteers help with sightings, outreach programs and community education.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this organization, join them at the Discovery Park Visitor’s Center ( 3801 Discovery Park Blvd) on Saturday, July 16, from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

Mean Sandwich to open next door to Peddler Brewing

As the My Ballard team reported back in March, Ballard is set to have another delicious eater in the form of Mean Sandwich this Fall.

The new eatery is owned by New York restaurant power couple Alex and Kevin Pemoulie and is set to have a “consistent core sandwich menu that people can rely on,” plus specials that will rotate seasonally.

“We’ve spent the last year fine tuning what we believe to be most the delicious, fun, and unique sandwiches that we could come up with. We are inspired by dishes we’ve done before, sandwiches we’ve eaten before, and by the local Pacific Northwest product that we’ve never had access to before,” Alex told Seattle Eater.

According to Seattle Eater, the Pemoulies have signed a lease on the space right next door to Peddler Brewing at 1510 NW Leary Way.

The report confirms that Mean Sandwich is set to open sometime in October.

Development Update July 5: One subdivision

Only one development application in today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


2218 NW 61st St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6517406. 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.


The 2016 Independence Day Round Up

Today, we celebrate our nation’s birthday. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening in Ballard this Independence Day:

  • The Seattle Civic Band will be performing patriotic marching favorites as part of the Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks series. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) is offering buy three cupcakes get one free to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

What’s closed:

Things to remember:

Do you know of any other events or information for Independence Day in Ballard? Email us at and we will add the information to our post.

Prepare your pets for 4th of July fireworks

Today, as usual, many events and celebrations for the 4th of July will involve fireworks. It is important to keep your pets safe and prepare them for the noise.

Here are some tips for your pets:

  • Keep your pet indoors. The noise from fireworks can be frightening to animals and may cause them to seek safety.
  • Don’t bring your pet to a fireworks display. Crowded, unfamiliar and loud places can cause undue stress on animals. If you are going to a fireworks display or an event where fireworks will be used, the best action is to leave your pet at home.
  • Consult your veterinarian beforehand if you think your pet may need to be sedated.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, such as a current pet license. If a lost pet wearing its license is brought to the Seattle Animal Shelter, the owner is notified immediately via telephone. If an officer finds a licensed pet in the field, it will be returned to the owner, instead of taken to the shelter.
  • Don’t feed your pet scraps from the grill. While it can be very tempting to share your holiday treats with your pet, it’s best to keep your pet on its normal diet. A change in diet can upset your pet’s digestion, and some human foods are toxic for some animals.

The Seattle Animal Shelter will be closed on Monday, in observance of the holiday. If you find a stray animal on either day, please care for the animal until the shelter reopens on Sunday, July 5. As humane law enforcement officers will not be available during the closure, for any life-threatening situations call the Seattle Police Department at 911.

King County reminds everyone that the use of fireworks is restricted or banned in many cities and areas of King County. Follow local laws and exercise caution while enjoying July 4th celebrations.

Here is a list of fireworks-related non-emergency phone numbers and other non-emergency contacts.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy your holiday weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, July 1

  • Park in the Heart childrens Art Classes at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The classes will allow children to experiment with color and each week will have a new theme. All are welcome and the event is free.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Sasswriter’s Showcase – $5-$10 suggested donation
      • 9 p.m. – Spencer Edgers Group – $10 cover
    • The Paperboys with The Gin Joints at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $22.
    • The Black Lillies and The Swearengens at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • The Swearengens at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. No cover, all ages welcome.


    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Cost is $15 per person. Call or text (206) 504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • Pre-Natal Yoga Class at Ballard Health and Wellness Center(1138 NW Market St) at 10 a.m. Class led by Nico Lund. Cost is $14, bring a yoga mat.
    • Live Music
      • Lonesome Shack (Album Release) with Pampa (release) and Pete Quirk at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
      • The Hoot Hoots, The West and Harder Than Contra at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.
      • Frank Kohl Trio at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 9 p.m. $10 cover.
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
        • 7 p.m. – Chris Johansen Quartet – $10 cover
        • 9 p.m. – Tyrant Lizard and People People – $5 cover

SUNDAY, July 3

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • The Pedaler’s Fair on NW 49th Street at 17th Ave NW from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. The popular street party will comprise of local bike goods, food, music, very local beer and more.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Sunshine Factory, Fruit JuiceHappy Times Sad Times and Portage Babes at the Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
      • Los Straitjackets with King of Hawaii at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $20.

Nordic cafe now open inside Old Ballard Liquor Company

The Old Ballard Liquor Co. (4421 Shilshole Ave NW) team is excited to announce that they have opened a Nordic Cafe inside the popular Ballard watering hole.

As the My Ballard team reported last month, the OBLC team wanted to add some Nordic food to the menu to pair with their popular Aquavit options.

“Aquavit is a versatile, savory spirit that is often paired with food in Europe.  OBLC is bringing that experience to Seattle by opening up a small contemporary Nordic café right inside of our working distillery,” says OBLC owner, Lexi.

Lexi confirms that the cafe is a more casual version of OBLC’s popular pop-up Tumble Swede.

The cafe’s menu is focused on lesser-known traditional Scandinavian meals alongside contemporary Nordic dishes with a focus on Aquavit pairings and the use of quality, fresh, local produce.

House made pickled herring plates, charcuteries and Scandinavian cheese boards are just a few of the entrees served with a side of house-made crispbread (Knäckebröd) and our own freshly churned butter.

“A balanced variety of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian inspired plates will be available,” says Lexi.

Ballard-raised chef Justin Newstrum, who has previously worked at Portage Bay Café, Dandelion, Crave and Harvest Vine, has joined the OBLC team to serve up the Scandinavian delicacies.

In terms of the space, Lexi confirms that it is “unpretentious and industrial”, with only twelve seats and communal seating where diners have a clear view of the workings of the distillery.

The new cafe will also have  Herkimer Coffee on hand and classic Vetebröd (cardamom sweetbread) that is baked fresh every day on special contract with Bothell’s Svea bakery.

A few items will also be available for deli-style take out including herring (pickled, salted, frozen or smoked) and loaves of Vetebröd will be available on Fridays (customers must order ahead by noon on Thursdays)

Hours are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

The cafe will not be taking reservations.

Parks and Rec: What’s open and what’s closed on the 4th of July?

Some local Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or on holiday hours for Independence Day on Monday.

The following facilities will be closed:

  • Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW)
  • Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St)
  • Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th St)
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center (5900 West Green Lake Way N)

Ballard Commons Spray Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) and the Green Lake Wading Pools will remain open as usual.