Wizard pub and wand shop coming to Old Ballard

The rumors are true: a wizard pub and a wand shop will soon move into the now-empty Flatiron Building at 5135 Ballard Ave.

The details are still a little hazy, but we know the wandmakers are Piscataqua & Balch. Wands will be made to fit each individual, with date of birth determining species of wood, and then infused with one of 12 magic essences by the wandmaker. “We are European wandmakers but we have synthesized our magics with native North American magics of Passamaquoddy* in Maine,” the wandmaker says in a short video of the making of a wand.

The wizard pub itself will be steeped in wizard history. We’ve been provided a manuscript from the owners detailing the story of the wizards in North America, which can be read in full here.

The owners tell us the pub and wand shop are expected to open in early 2019. We’ll update with more details when they become available.

*An earlier version had a spelling mistake of Passamaquoddy. The error has been corrected.

 


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Manny
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Manny

Sounds like a fun time!

Odin the hairless Viking
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Odin the hairless Viking

I wonder if they have something for the Ozard of Whiz.

Mary
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Mary

Too bad they aren’t focusing on magics of our PNW native First Peoples.

Solomon Balch
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Solomon Balch

We are working on this, as I write this. It may take some time as we wish to discuss plans with the First Peoples, themselves.

dumbbear
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dumbbear

Are you apart of the Wizard Pub, or are you opening a different establishment?

Solomon Balch
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Solomon Balch

The wand shop, Picataqua & Balch, resides above the pub, The Splintered Wand.

Insanity
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Insanity

I wonder if the the new found magic will clean up this once great blue collar, family oriented community or just the let the junkies take it over and flush it down the toilet like so many other locals have been.

dumbbear
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dumbbear

You must be fun at parties.

asking for a friend
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asking for a friend

wow, three whole comments until the boor shows up. maybe next time we could make it to four

briarrose
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briarrose

If you haven’t figured out by now that the owners of the site WANT the reactions they get you will never figure it out. It’s the only traffic they get.

Michael Burke
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Michael Burke

Yeah, they had so much magic they could cure measles, pox, influenza, dysentery, etc. etc. Oh, wait, maybe not… Ridiculous!

Jeremiah
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Jeremiah

No it is not “too bad” they should leave Native Spirituality to the Native people, cultural appropriation is never ok! First the white man committed genocide to wipe out the Native people and now they use the Native people as a joke for profit… SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!!!

Mary
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Mary

Too bad they aren’t focusing on the magic of our PNW native First Peoples.

Lets be realistic
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Lets be realistic

I really don’t think white folks should open a place focusing on the magic of our PNW native First Peoples. That sounds like a horrible idea that would anger most First Peoples.

Mary
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Mary

I don’t disagree at all but if they are going to co-opt native North American magics of the Passamaquody in Maine my point was that the magics of PNW First Peoples would be more apropos in this area. But your point is valid in that white people should not be co-opting, but rather recognizing, respecting and appreciating the value of native earth magics and the First Peoples/First Nations over all, and not using those beliefs as a marketing toy.

Jeremiah
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Jeremiah

Get off the internet MARY your complacency is just as bad shame on you!!!

So>omon Blach
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So>omon Blach

This is definitely a major concern, hence my comments above. We do not coopt practices though we believe that mythos, sensitively expressed, belongs to the world. We are sincerely seeking a synthesis that expresses our collective unconscious rather than imperialistic, colonialistic exploitation with its justification based in blantantly myopic, hierarchical and self aggrandizing standards of the conquerors. We hope to share truths, with context, and will take great pains to do so. We further hope that by expressing the ideals in a Campbellian way, we may highlight the archetypes that bind us rather than rooting out our differences. We may not always succeed, by i guarantee we will try.

Thousand Island on mine, thanks
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Thousand Island on mine, thanks

If you can somehow fit “intersectional” and “privilege” into that word salad, you’ll have elenchos waving a wand so hard she’ll set fire to the atmosphere.

Solomon Balch
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Solomon Balch

You have caught me out! I am also a Socratic academic. Please dont hold that against me!
In truth, i just love words. They are the only way i am able to open my mind to you, mostly, i hope, with clarity and with shadings of nuance.

Simon Says
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Simon Says

” you’ll have elenchos waving a wand so hard she’ll set fire to the atmosphere.”

Elenchos’s wife keeps his wand in a jar in the shed. He has to ask permission to use it.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Huh?

Simon Says
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Simon Says

“We are sincerely seeking a synthesis that expresses our collective unconscious rather than imperialistic, colonialistic exploitation with its justification based in blantantly myopic, hierarchical and self aggrandizing standards of the conquerors. We hope to share truths, with context, and will take great pains to do so.”

And the banks loaned you money to start this business?

Mary
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Mary

I believe my point was misunderstood as they’ve stated in the article that they are focusing on native North American magics of Passamaquody in Maine. See my response and see Solomon’s response.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

Wait, so this isn’t Harry Potter themed? I thought this was like a Hard Rock Cafe but for magic stuff…like spanning from that one move with Tom cruise to more modern ones.

Simon Says
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Simon Says

“Too bad they aren’t focusing on the magic of our PNW native First Peoples.”

No doubt. If you’re gonna push bulls*t, make it native bullish*t at least.

briarrose
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briarrose

Beyond stupid.

Solomon Balch
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Solomon Balch

I am delighted you found enough interest in our doings to comment. I hope that perhaps, when we have made it through, you will visit us. Perhaps we can change your mind, though that seems increasingly difficult in these trying times. I, myself, have always tried to keep an open mind when dealing with people and ideas. I hope your own mind will stay open enough to not base your entire opinion on what you have gleaned from three paragraphs.

briarrose
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briarrose

I bet you loved the participation trophies also.

ADLJN
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ADLJN

Just rename yourself the Fremont Troll.

Ballardfishermanareadyingbreed
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Ballardfishermanareadyingbreed

No please don’t. He’s definitely not cool enough to even call himself the Fremont troll.

rambogirl
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rambogirl

WELCOME, your business enterprise is just what Ballard needs. I have a feeling that some of my money I waste on the shopping channel will be going to you.

Cow
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Cow

You’re missing the point. This has nothing to do with politics, discrimination, or being open to ideas and people that are different than us. It has everything to do with the fact that neither I nor the vast majority of people I know will have any interest in spending our own money at a wizard bar. You’re very much limiting your own potential customer base, which is not smart.

FreeBallardfromTheGentry
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FreeBallardfromTheGentry

Hey Lambchop if you suck my weiner it’ll give you some grade A fairy dust that’ll help you vomit out your self-hate.

Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

Wand Makers? Are we…are we being trolled? Look, all I care about are delicious cocktails and maybe some tasty bites. If they have that, I’ll visit at least once. But I’m leaving my Batman onesie at home.

Solomon Balch
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Solomon Balch

No trolling! Wand makers is how we began! I do believe you will find the delicious cocktails, tasty bites and a truly unique experience to boot! I also hope that if you ever do decide to wear your batman onesie out in public, it will be to us that you come. You will be welcome either way!

Jessica Dodge
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Jessica Dodge

I, for one, cannot wait to visit your fine establishment!

ADLJN
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ADLJN

Leave the onesie.
Invite a friend and come as a centaur.

Martin
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Martin

Of all the pop culture characters out there, your first thought for a wand bar was the well-known wand wielder… Batman?

You’re trolling US now.

Lex Seneff
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Lex Seneff

Batman did have a wand in some of the Robert Lowrey and Adam West episodes.

Tom
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Tom

Millenials drinking and discussing harry potter
Nerd alert

Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

Harry Potter is to Millenials what Star Wars is to Gen X’ers. It’s just a different story. And it’s a good story, but I never took it further than enjoying the movies.

Don Gaffney
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Don Gaffney

Speaking of Trolls, ‘Harry Potter’ was the name of the young man in the movie Troll (played by my old roomie Noah Hathaway). Rowling wasnt as original as she claims.

Solomon Balch
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Solomon Balch

Do you think we will draw nerds?! I certainly hope so! All my best friends are nerds!

Cow
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Cow

This might be the worst idea for a bar I have ever heard of.

rhonikta
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rhonikta

YOU have ever heard of, thank the heavens everyone is different.

Cow
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Cow

Yes, everyone is different. But the fact is that the wizard community (?) is much smaller than the rest of the potential customer base that won’t ever go to a wizard bar. It’s not a smart business decision.

ADLJN
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ADLJN

But you have heard of them.

briarrose
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briarrose

Only after they close.

Cow
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Cow

Yep, and I won’t be going. Nor will the vast majority of the people I know. I have no problem with Harry Potter/Wizards/etc. But I also have no interest in visiting a bar themed as such. I just don’t think it’s a great idea financially speaking to choose such a polarizing theme for your bar. In terms of marketing, why would you choose a theme that is going to repel the vast majority of your potential customer base? It is a huge financial risk to the vast majority of the stakeholders, hence my statement that this might be the worst idea for a bar that I’ve ever heard.

Martin
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Martin

Please remember, we’re in a neighborhood that has a vegan tiki bar.

Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

And the food at No Bones is great!

Ballardia
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Ballardia

It could be a Jesus themed bar. That’s worse.

Jamma
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Jamma

Then don’t go.

Cow
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Cow

I don’t plan on it, which proves my point. This is Marketing 101. It’s not a good idea to open a bar with a theme that will attract a tiny customer base and repel a huge majority of the rest of the potential customers. This is a great example of very bad marketing and presents a huge financial risk for the stakeholders, hence my statement that this might be the worst idea for a bar I’ve ever heard of.

asking for a friend
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asking for a friend

Marketing 101 would be the lowest marketing course. There’s actually more to learn after that. But yes, your point is definitely Marketing 101 quality.

Cow
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Cow

“Marketing 101 would be the lowest marketing course.”

Yep, that’s why I said it’s Marketing 101. This is basic marketing we’re talking about here.

Alicia
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Alicia

Family friendly or 21+?

My dog casts spells on the cat
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My dog casts spells on the cat

I hope your question is not anthro-based and that you are also embracing fur children in your query.

Solomon Balch
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Solomon Balch

The establishments will welcome everyone, though i am certain that as the night progresses it may well morph into a more adult space. The space is configured in such a way that a full bar will be available on the floor slightly below street level. This will stay 21+, and its inviolability can be easily maintained.
We are certainly planning special events for the whole family, and some that are for less impressionable minds!

Simon Says
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Simon Says

Dogs?

Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

Actually given the interesting shape of this building, a partially submerged bar sounds like fun.

Dr.Clipper
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Dr.Clipper

Soooooo Fricking G@y ……..what’s next Ballard “fairy rancho burritos”. Bloody Shites go back to Greenwich village or Portland ! Feck !

fairy lover
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fairy lover

Joe, Only scared people are insulting to people/places they don’t know on the internet. Your nasty tone makes me think you hate yourself–otherwise why would you get so incensed about a neighborhood bar? Too bad you don’t have any happy magic in your life. I’ll pray for you when I get a chance to stop gagging on your invective. Have a good day!

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

Thank you, fairy lover.

ThisIsShe
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ThisIsShe

Or maybe you could go live somewhere other than seattle, perhaps? We don’t want you or your nasty here.

Don Gaffney
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Don Gaffney

So now you cant have straws but you can get free needles and wands. Seattle use to be one of the greatest cities. I grew up in Ballard. We had our family business there. The leadership in Seattle has destroyed it. Rent has skyrocketed while the quality of life has declined. Maybe Seattle could use a little magic at this point, along with common sense and strong leadership.

El Grunion
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El Grunion

the needles are free, but the wands will probably cost $200, easily.

Imissballardbeforetheamazonitestookitover
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Imissballardbeforetheamazonitestookitover

Joe I think I speak for most everyone when I say shove your homophobic bullshit up your ass. You might actually like it.

Luigi Frizzante
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Luigi Frizzante

Visitors to Ballard have been going to pubs to eat, drink, tell stories, play games and escape reality for over a hundred years. Thank you to these new owners for investing 2.4 million in our community to continue this tradition. I look forward to visiting their establishment. Cheers!

rambogirl
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rambogirl

I am with you, luigi

Not a grumpypants
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Not a grumpypants

Sure are a lot of regular grumpypants on this site who don’t ever seem to be happy unless they’re not happy. That’s no way to live, kids.

Kat
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Kat

Woohoo!!! Sounds awesome!

Josh
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Josh

Ballard is the place to be for tabletop players. There’s going to be a beer hall for the Fighters and a pub for the Wizards.

Theodore
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Theodore

All the tweekers will think thier Harry Potter now not a good idea.

rambogirl
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rambogirl

Theodore, are you speaking for yourself? If your one of the tweekers, don’t worry. Everything will be okay.

Aaron
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Aaron

Can’t wait :-)

DIANE CHARMLEY
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DIANE CHARMLEY

How magical…they should get lots of foot traffic

Woke William
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Woke William

Will they be gluten free?

Simon Says
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Simon Says

Will they let furries in?

Caroline
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Caroline

Maybe I’ll get one in Alderwood or Cypress…?
#Hufflepuff

trinitynzxt
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trinitynzxt

This is imo effing awesome. And I can’t wait to see this place. And yes I love Harry Potter. Don’t judge me.

rambogirl
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rambogirl

Haven’t seen the movie or read the book but am interested in this shop. Hope they do well. I need a little more magic in my life. Trinitynzxt, I am with you. I believe it will be an awesome place.

trinitynzxt
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trinitynzxt

You should totally read the books or at the very least watch the movies very fun stuff.

Sir Toby
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Sir Toby

Don’t lose yourself in the part.

Byrd
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Byrd

I own one of their wands and its most fabulous it appearance evalves ever time i weld it

Margaux Fargaux
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Margaux Fargaux

Is this directed at adults?

NeighborhoodGeek
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NeighborhoodGeek

Those knocking the marketability of this place have no idea just how passionate and loyal geeks are to businesses that celebrate something they love. It might not get mass appeal, but it definitely will get a very strong loyal fan-base that has longed for opportunities to connect with others around common interests. This place is selling community and enthusiasm married with drinks, food, and ways to more deeply engage with their interests. That’s a great business niche. About 5 months ago a brewery had a Harry Potter trivia night and the place was filled to capacity an hour before trivia even started. If this bar does any kind of regular trivia, game night, or events it’ll be packed most days of the week. If they start collaborating with any of the major number of breweries to make wizard themed releases then they’ll also have the beer afficianados in their pocket too. Let’s not forget that just a year ago a guy in Ballard built his own Diagon Alley for Halloween and people came from all over to see it up until New Years. I can think of no other neighborhood that would be more well suited to feature this idea.

Jean
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Jean

Pub as in 21+ only? Or food / kids allowed daytime or ??

Lex Seneff
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Lex Seneff

Only if they are level 7