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Seattle Public Utilities announces upcoming work in Ballard

August 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has announced that crews will be conducting soil tests near the Lake Washington Ship Canal between late August and September in Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford, in an effort to identify possible locations for underground sewage and stormwater storage.

The work will occur in the right of way at 14 locations near Shilshole Avenue, Leary Avenue Northwest, and Northwest 35th Street. Normal work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with crews drilling holes up to 150 feet deep, predominantly in parking strips and on side streets. Businesses and residents near each location will be notified in writing in advance of the work. “No parking” signs will be erected 72 hours in advance, and removed as soon as the work is complete.

According to the notice of upcoming work from SPU:

When rain overwhelms the combined sewer system, raw sewage and polluted stormwater spill into the ship canal in Ballard, Fremont and Wallingford. Over the next ten years, SPU will need to construct storage for approximately 9.4 million gallons of sewage and polluted stormwater to protect human health and the environment and comply with existing laws.

Nearby residents should expect some minor impacts of the work, including reduced parking, limited traffic impacts, periodic noise from drilling operations, and paint and other temporary markings in the right-of-way.

For more information, contact communications lead Rachel Garrett at 206-615-1098 or

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Hilliard’s introduces weekend brunch offerings

August 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

Ballardites looking for a place to grab weekend brunch now have a new option through the month of September.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays between August 16 and September 30, Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) will host, “Coffee, Beer, and Breaky,” an extension of their Friday and Saturday offerings that pair beer with the fare of local food trucks.

Brunch will be provided by The Biscuit Box, a new food truck that serves flaky and buttery biscuits with a selection of homemade jams. According to their Facebook page, their biscuit recipe is, “unique to Seattle, and unlike traditional biscuits found around the country.”

New Ballard-based pop-up Mmmhmm Coffee will be offering a selection of light, bright, and juicy single origin coffees to complement the meal.

Hilliard’s suggests making the new brunch offering part of your routine if you’re heading to the weekly Ballard Farmers Market. Attendees can park in the all-day lot next to Hilliard’s for $3, grab some coffee and brunch, and walk the three blocks to the Farmers Market. Afterwards, you’re invited to return to grab a beer and relax, before heading on your way (with the assistance of a designated driver).

For more information on Hilliard’s Beer, visit their website here.

(Photo Courtesy of Jon French)

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Development Update August 14: A subdivision and a five-story mixed-use structure

August 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

It was a relatively slow week of applications submitted to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Check out the most recent applications from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1544 NW 63rd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6415938. 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.


101 NW 85th St

A Land Use Application has been approved with conditions to allow a five story mixed use structure, with 105 residential units, and approximately 8,900 sq. ft. of retail use at grade. Parking for 86 vehicles will be located at and below grade. All existing structures to be demolished. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than August 25, 2014.

Conditions have been placed on this project. You may view the decision through our web-based Land Use Information Bulletin, or contact either the assigned planner Beth Hartwick at (206) 684-0814, or contact the Public Resource Center (206-684-8467,

Appeals and comments on proposed land use actions must be submitted in writing to the Public Resource Center by email to, by fax to (206) 233-7901, or by mail to the address below:

Department of Planning and Development
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

5301 R 24th Ave NW

A Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been approved with conditions to grade 1,500 cu. yds. of material in an environmentally critical area and to replace existing combined sewer overflow outfall by installing a 160 linear ft. by 30 in. outfall pipe and two support pilings (CSO outfall #150) in 24th Avenue Northwest right-of-way. Project includes installing new man holes and repaving the right-of-way and replacing a 2 ft. retaining wall and vegetation restoration at the shoreline. Determination of Non- Significance has been prepared by City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities.

Conditions have been placed on this project. You may view the decision through the DPD’s web-based Land Use Information Bulletin, or contact either the assigned planner Colin Vasquez at (206) 684-5639, or contact the Public Resource Center (206-684-8467 or

This decision is appealable to the Washington State Shoreline Hearings Board until at least September 4, 2014.

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Loyal Heights Community Center hosts first-ever outdoor movie night

August 13th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

While the middle of August is certainly no time to be asking the question, “Do you want to build a snowman?” but those at the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) might have the urge to do just that next Friday evening.

The community center will host its first-ever outdoor movie screening on August 22, with a screening of the Disney hit “Frozen,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to arrive early to snag a spot on the lawn. Admission is free for the screening (but donations are welcome), while popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase.

For those looking to make the evening a “Dinner and a Movie” affair, Papa Bois Food Truck will be on hand, with their Caribbean and Southeast Asian fusion fare.

At the end of the show, a raffle will be held for a child’s bicycle.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page here.

While the movie night is still over a week away, the forecast from currently calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 78 degrees.

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Ballard’s Romanza Gifts marks 15 years

August 13th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

Ballard’s Romanza Gifts and Home Decor (2206 NW Market St) is marking 15 years in business (11 in the neighborhood) between August 15 and September 15 with specials and special events to celebrate the occasion.

Longtime Ballard residents and partners John Sterlin and Vince Harris opened Romanza 15 years ago in Belltown, with the current flagship Ballard store opening four years later.

“They weathered through many challenges over the years including a WTO riot in front of their store, a sizable and expensive earthquake, a dot-com bubble burst, a real estate crash and the worst economic downturn since the great depression,” reads a press release marking the anniversary. “While  not unscathed by the economic challenges, they still endeavor to bring their unique style to customers from their beautiful Ballard location on Market Street.”

Over the next month, Romanza will be offering free gifts with purchase, charity benefits, and the chance to spin the “Wheel of Mystery” for a discount on your highest priced item. Discounts from 15 to 50 percent will be offered on select items as well.

“Visitors to the shop experience the otherworldly feeling that accompanies amour,” reads the release. “A combination of intriguing offerings, a peaceful interior and a friendly staff account for the store’s loyal following.”

For the most up-to-date information on Romanza’s specials, events, and featured artists during the anniversary celebration, visit them on Facebook. For more information Romanza, visit their website by clicking here.

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Enter for your chance to purchase Zoo Doo starting next week

August 13th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

The Woodland Park Zoo’s popular Fall Fecal Fest is nearing its return, with local gardeners chomping at the bit for the chance to take home some of the most coveted doo in the city.

Beginning August 18, and running through September 7, gardeners can enter online at to win a chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing, with the winning entries selected at random. Only those selected will be contacted, with pickup between September 20 and October 2.

Zoo Doo and Bedspread are considered to be some of the most compost and mulch in the Pacific Northwest. Zoo Doo is composed of feces from non-primate herbivores, such as elephants, hippos, and giraffes and is ideal for those looking to grow veggies and annuals. Bedspread is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips, and is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Gardeners can fill up a 8×4 pickup truck bed of Zoo Doo or Bedspread for $60, a 6×4 bed for $45 or a 6×3 bed for $35, with a limit of one truck bed per person. Depending on size, a garbage can full of Zoo Doo or Bedspread can run from $8 to $10, with bags running from $4 to $6. For the small-scale gardener, pint-sized buckets of both products are available anytime at the ZooStore for $4.95

(Photo Courtesy of Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo)

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Repairs begin on Golden Gardens Park hillside damaged by landslide

August 13th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

Seattle Parks and Recreation has begun work on a section of Golden Gardens Drive Northwest in Golden Gardens Park as part of a project to repair landslide damage and install drainage in the hillside.

The site, approximately 800 feet north of the intersection with Seaview Avenue Northwest, is in an area where heavy erosion activity and major landslides have occurred. The project is scheduled to run through September 30, and the project’s contractor, Goodfellow Brothers Construction, will conduct work during daylight hours, with traffic limited to one lane at times through the duration of the project. The construction company will have flaggers and construction signage above Golden Gardens Park Off-Leash Area (located northeast of the site) and below the railroad tracks in an effort to manage traffic flow and alert drivers of the work.

Golden Gardens Drive Northwest is one of only two arterial and non-arterial streets through which the heavily-used Shilshole Bay area can be accessed by motor vehicle.

For additional information on the project, click here, or contact Garrett Farrell of Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206.233.7921 or 


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Hourglass Footwear introduces new Seahawks-themed designs

August 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

With the NFL regular season now less than a month away, Seahawks fans have a new option to show their fandom on their feet.

Ballard-based Hourglass Footwear, founded by Kira Bundlie and Lisa Strom, has launched a new series of limited-edition “12th Woman” shoes to mark the upcoming season.

“Featuring a shiny blue background, a pop of apple green for detail, and bright white off-center “12s” on the heels and toes (not to mention lots and lots of glitter!), we’d like to think these babies will be good luck charms for their wearers all season,” wrote Bundlie in an email.

The design can be painted on flats, Dansko clogs, mid-heels, stilettos, platforms, or shoes provided to Hourglass. Bundlie said last year’s “12th Woman” design was so popular, to ensure pick-up or delivery before the first game of the season, customers can pay a $50 deposit now, and the balance when their shoes are finished. Prices range from $140 to $200.

For more information on the new designs, or to place a pre-order on a pair of your own, click here.


(Photos courtesy of Kira Bundlie)


Fremont Brewing officially announces details of Ballard expansion

August 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

After a report last week in the Puget Sound Business Journal announced Fremont Brewing Company‘s plans to open a Ballard facility, the brewery has now released more details of its new location at 4700 9th Ave NW.

According to a press release sent to My Ballard, Fremont Brewing will move most of its production operations to the 80,000 square foot building, with renovations beginning in May of 2015 with the intent of being fully operational by the fall. The new space will house a new brewhouse and new canning and bottling lines.

The brewery plans on hiring an additional 35 to 40 people to work at the new facility.

“We chose Ballard because of its strong manufacturing base and besides, the new brewery is only one block outside of Fremont. Even though it’s very expensive, we’re committed to remaining in the City and we simply refuse to accept that blue-collar manufacturing jobs can’t coexist in the new Seattle,” said Matt Lincecum, Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing Company in a press release. “We look forward to forging a tight relationship with our new neighbors in Ballard and continuing our support of Ballard public schools and non-profit community organizations.”

As noted by the Washington Beer Blog, production volume is slated to reach 100,000 barrels per year with the new facility, eight times higher than the number of barrels brewed in 2013. Fremont Brewing’s existing brewery and pub at 3409 Woodland Park Ave. N will remain open, and is also currently undergoing expansion.

For more information on Fremont Brewing, visit their website here.

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Ballard-based Annie’s Nannies celebrates 30th anniversary

August 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

To celebrate their third decade in business, Ballard-based Annie’s Nannies (2236 NW 58th St Suite 101) is putting out the call to all current and former employees, along with those who have used their services (whether as a parent or a child) to join them for a large family photo this Thursday afternoon.

“I want to take a photo with as many of the families, nannies and staff members connected to our business as I can,” said Annie Davis, founder of Annie’s Nannies, who now runs the business with her daughter, Suzanne Rover-McCone.

The family photo will take place at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, in Woodland Park’s shelter 5 (1000 N 50th Street), with a kid-friendly picnic lunch, goody bags, balloon animals, reunions and Goofy Gideon the Magician all part of the festivities.

“We throw a summer picnic for our nannies and their charges, but this year is special,” said Royer-McCone in a press release. “We want to celebrate our 30th with all the people who are important to us.”

Annie’s was founded in 1984, and is the Northwest’s longest-serving household staffing agency. In 2009, the agency won a Mayor’s Small Business Award. In April, Annie’s announced they would begin offering a $15 minimum wage to all employees, well before the city’s new law goes into effect. 

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Bartell Drugs holds annual school supply drive

August 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

Bartell Drugs is hosting its 11th annual “School Tools for Kids in Need,” school supply drive for local students who don’t have the items they need for the upcoming school year.

Through August 30, people can drop off donations at one of Bartell’s 63 locations, with the drive benefitting students from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife. Donations help restock the Resource Center, which teachers “shop” at at no cost to them for school supplies to assist qualifying students.

“With so many area children lacking basic school supplies, there’s never been a more important time to support this drive,” said Bartell Drugs Chairman and CEO George D. Bartell in a press release. Over the past ten years we’ve appreciated the support by our customers and the public for their donations.”

Particular supplies needed include, along with other items found in Bartell’s “School Aisles”:

  • Dixon #2 pencils
  • Scotch Kids’ Scissors – pointed or blunt
  • Crayola Crayons – 16 count
  • Avery Poly Binders –1” size
  • Tops Filler Paper 150 count, Wide or College,
  • Bic Cristal or Stic Round Ink Pens – 10 pack. Blue or Black

In Ballard, customers can bring their donations to one of two nearby stores, either 1500 NW Market St or 5605 22nd Ave NW.

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Ballard High grad turns to crowdfunding for post-kidney transplant care costs

August 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

Born and raised in Ballard, and a graduate of Ballard High School, Charda Hastings has faced numerous health obstacles throughout her life.

On dialysis for the past 10 years with polycystic kidney and liver disease, Hastings now needs kidney transplant, and is trying to raise $9,000 to cover post-surgery care.

The hereditary condition claimed the lives of her grandmother in the early 1970s, and later her mother, who passed away when Charda was 22. Hastings also suffers from fibromyalgia, which has left her in chronic pain since 1992, and a near fatal staph infection cost her her lower left leg and foot and nearly all of her fingers.

According to Hastings, the University of Washington Medical Center requires that she have a caregiver 24 hours a day for three weeks after the surgery, at a rate of $25 per hour, and that MediCare will not cover those costs.

“Asking for help is not who I am,” Hastings wrote on her crowdfunding page. “I was raised to work and take care of myself. But this is bigger than me and I need help if I want to live. AND I WANT TO LIVE.”

If you’d like to learn more about Hastings’s crowdfunding effort, or would like to make a donation, visit her GoFundMe page here. At the time of this post, the campaign had raised $910.

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