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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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Salmon dinner and Norwegian dance & music at Leif Erikson Hall this Tuesday

August 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

Norsk Folkedans Stemne presents an evening of traditional Norwegian dance and music, and a wild salmon dinner this Tuesday evening at the Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St).

Dinner starts at 6 p.m., with folk dancing performances starting at 7:30 p.m., including the young dancers of Poulsbo Leikarringen, along with several local and international musicians and dancers.

Alix Cordray, a Norwegian dance instructor in Oslo, Evald Fredholm, an amateur Norwegian dancer and folk singer based out of Toten, Norway, Mari Nustad, a folk dancing teacher who studied at the University of Trondheim, and Elise Tegner, a folk music students at the Norwegian Academy of Music, are all slated to be on hand.

Roo Lester, thought of as one of America’s foremost folk dancers, and self-taught Nordic musician Jane Johnson, and her husband Jeff (which comprise the group Nordic Spirit, formed in 1999) will also be performing.

Tickets are $25 for adults, and $15 for children 12 and under. Seating is limited. Free parking is available next door for attendees at the AmericanWest Bank branch.

The evening’s proceeds will go to benefit Norsk Folkedan Stemme’s, a 501(c)(3) charity organization, educational programs.

For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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EETBAR hosts Animal Shelter Foundation fundraiser next Wednesday

August 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

EETBAR (1556 NW 56th St) will host a fundraiser next Wednesday evening, with a portion of the night’s proceeds going to benefit the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF).

From 6 to 8 p.m. on August 20, EETBAR will donate $1 from every drink purchased as part of its “Fuzzy Fours Fundraiser,” open to all ages. The restaurant’s Filipino and Northern European will be available throughout the night. The event also provides attendees with the opportunity to meet members of the SASF team, sign up to volunteer, and learn more about SASF’s annual auction.

The SASF is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) charity organization that supports the shelter through engagement with the community, increasing awareness, and fundraising. The foundation is focused on expanding and enhancing the shelter’s current programs beyond their current boundaries.

For more information on the event, like EETBAR on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

If you’re unable to attend next Wednesday’s event, but would still like to make a donation, visit SASF’s website by clicking here, or mail donations to the following address:

Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation
P.O. Box 99006
Seattle, WA  98139-0006

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The monthly Ballard real estate recap

August 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Long time Ballard resident and local Real Estate Broker Sharon Giampietro is back with her monthly post to keep readers informed about the local real estate market. Giampietro comes from a long line of realtors and has lived in Ballard for 30 years. She is currently a Broker at Windermere Real Estate in Greenwood.

Check out Giampietro’s recap of how Greater Ballard fared this month below:

Housing availability has not changed sharply in the last month, with only a slight rise in active condo listings and a slight drop in active home listings. We are still in the summer months when real estate activity is traditionally slower, as it is a popular vacation time for buyers and sellers. The number of new construction homes for sale was down, but with more new condos coming on the market, there is a welcome increase in inventory. To compare, in all categories the amount of available housing was up from last year, a good trend.

Highlighting the increased demand for housing, a recent report by Dupree + Scott, a market research company, states that so far this year migration into our greater Puget Sound area is up 18% over last year. With a little more than 61,000 people having moved into the Puget Sound area this year (beating out last year’s number of 52,000 at this time) housing demand has grown, helping to explain the continued rise in prices.

The greater Ballard area continues to be a popular place to buy, making regional trends more pronounced here. The average price for a home last month was $587,000, an almost 3% rise from June’s average price of $571,000. We are at about an 18% rise in housing costs this year compared to a 10% rise in all of 2013. Some brokers anticipate seeing a small drop in prices in the coming months, and in fact condo and new construction prices were down a bit this month. Next month’s report will tell more.

A recent article in the Seattle Times stated that in the second quarter the greater Seattle metro area was 6th nationally in the share of homes that sold above asking price. The first five areas were all in the SF-Bay area. Many home buyers have stories to tell of bidding wars, pre-inspections, and striking of contingencies. Could our Seattle market be any hotter?

In residential housing the average length of time on the market was 13 days as opposed to 18 days in June. Only two sales this month were bank-owned or short sale, consistent with a continued slide in this type of housing.

Greater Ballard is Greenwood, Green Lake, Wallingford and other close by neighborhoods identified as “705” in the NWMLS.  All residential and condo numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand and unless noted does not include new construction. Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. 


Seattle Empty Bowls hosts ice cream social next Tuesday

August 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

The Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) will host a mini-fundraiser from Seattle Empty Bowls on Tuesday evening, with all proceeds going to benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on August 12, approximately 200 small, handcrafted bowls will be available for purchase, and there is a minimum $10 suggested donation. However, buying a bowl also comes with the opportunity to fill it up with a cool desert, and the toppings of your choice.

Justin Cline from Full Tilt Ice Cream is donating all ice cream for the event, and a make-your-own-sundae bar will be available with an array of toppings as well.

“Don’t worry, our volunteers know that PARENTS will have final say on “how much!” wrote Andrea Hays of Seattle Empty Bowls in an email.

This mini-event is a slight deviation from the annual Empty Bowls dinner, in which attendees would have their bowls filled with soup. That event has raised over $50,000 for the Food Bank.

For more information on the event, and Seattle Empty Bowls, click here.

(Photo courtesy of Andrea Hays)

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Monthly Ballard ArtWalk on Saturday night

August 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

This week’s Ballard ArtWalk is this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., with business throughout the Ballard core opening their doors to art lovers, and their walls to various displays from local artists. Here’s a breakdown of some of the highlights of this month’s ArtWalk:

At Monster Art and Clothing (5000 20th Ave NW), new original paintings from Mallory Milke with her Zentangle Animals will be on display, while aerialist Amy Matthews will also be performing.

Cory Ellen Boberg will be presenting her finished ballgown at New York Fashion Academy (5201 Ballard Ave NW), the completion of a month-long project to drape, fit, and construct a floor-length gown. That presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., with a preview of the Academy’s annual fashion show in September to follow at 8:30 p.m.

Matt Eastvold of Eastvold Furniture, a small, rural Minnesota company that designs and builds furniture for durability, will be at Digs (2002 NW Market St), displaying his work on the showroom floor.


Lucky Dry Goods (5424 Ballard Ave NW) will host a vintage Hawaiian surf party, with live music from local surf band The Evanstones, and the art of Vintage Hawaiian clothing from the 1940s through 1960s on display.

Wallingford artist and architect Jon Taylor will be showing a series of mixed material sculptures at the Solo Lofts Sales Office (2041 NW 57th St., Loft 103). Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will also be provided.

The photography of Ruth Steck will be shown at Market Street Shoes (2232 NW Market St).

For more information on the Ballard ArtWalk, click here.

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Ballard Reuse celebrates official grand opening this Saturday

August 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


By Joe Veyera

The new Ballard Reuse store, which held its soft opening in mid-June in the former RE Store location at 1440 NW 52nd St will host its official grand opening on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The store was opened by former RE Store employees after the Board of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities made the decision to close their Seattle location after 15 years in the neighborhood. Thus far, the response to the new store has been positive.

“The response from the community has been tremendous and business has been steady,” wrote operations manager Pat Finn Coven in an email.

On Saturday, the store will celebrate its official opening with games made from salvaged materials (with everyone who participates getting a discount coupon good for 10, 15, or 20 percent off your purchase), and a tile-painting workshop held by non-profit partner Seattle ReCreative from 10 a.m. to noon. The store will also be silk-screening t-shirts.

Food will also be provided, with the store serving up sausages and veggie sausages and lemonade, with the Seattle Cookie Counter also on hand selling vegan ice cream treats.

For more information on Ballard Reuse, visit their website, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

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What’s on this weekend

August 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

A pair of business grand openings, a book launch for a local author, a neighborhood barbecue, and plenty of live music opportunities are among what Ballard has to offer this weekend. Take a look at the full breakdown of events below.

Friday, August 8

  • Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari Book Launch Party at Secret Garden Books (2214 NW Market St) starting at 7 p.m. Local author and illustrator Dana Sullivan releases his newest picture book, with a portion of the evening’s proceeds going to the Star of Hope Centre — a school and orphanage in Bungoma, Kenya. Click here for more details.
  • Massy Ferguson EP Release Party at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Massy Ferguson, Legendary Oaks, and Hook & Anchor. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring Whitey Morgan and the 78sThe Swearengens, and Rats In The Grass. Tickets are $10. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

Saturday, August 9

  • Grand Opening Celebration at Jibe Espresso Bar (7001 Seaview Ave NW Ste 170) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Meet the coffee shop’s executive chef, and sample their breakfast and lunch sandwich offerings. Those who sign up for the espresso bar’s loyalty card program will also receive special grand opening perks. For more information, click here.
  • Grand Opening at Ballard Reuse (1440 NW 52nd St) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Now open in the former RE Store space, the new store will celebrate with games made from salvaged materials, a tile painting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon from Seattle ReCreative, and more.
  • Second Anniversary Party at Reuben’s Brews (1406 NW 53rd Street) starting at noon. The brewery celebrates its birthday with the release of its new Full Monty IPA, and the first 100 people on hand will receive a free commemorative 16 oz glass with their first pint or barrel aged brew (Maximum one glass per person.). For more information, click here.
  • Is Beekeeping for You? Seminar at Swansons Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 2 to 4 p.m. Corky Luster, founder of the Ballard Bee Company goes over the basics of beekeeping, including apiary sighting and municipal codes. Sign up for this free seminar by contacting Ballard Bee Company 206.459.4131. Click here for more information.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band, performing the greatest hits of marching band music. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Live at Hilliard’s (1550 NW 49th St) from 2 to 8 p.m. Performances by Dave B .NU ERA,Halcyon DazeSundriesSpekulation,SpectersCity Hall and Spoke Unheard are free and open to all ages. Click here for more details.
  • Beekeeping 301: Winterizing Your Hive Seminar at Swansons Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 2 to 4 p.m. Corky Luster of the Ballard Bee Company, discusses what steps to take to get your beehive ready for winter. Space is limited, and a fee of $35 holds your spot. Sign up by contacting Ballard Bee Company 206.459.4131. Click here for more information.
  • Ballard Artwalk primarily along Northwest Market Street and Ballard Ave Northwest from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local businesses throughout Ballard will feature original works from local artists. For more details, click here.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Lanford Black and Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring the Josh Abbott BandAdam Craig, and Rich O’Toole. Tickets are $17.50. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

Sunday, August 10

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Simple Plant Combinations 101 Seminar at Swansons Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 11 a.m. to noon. Swansons’ perennial buyer Alex LaVilla will discuss how to put together easy, attractive plant combinations together in your garden. Click here for more information.
  • Porkfest 2014 at 1 p..m. Sunset Hill couple Tim and Nancy Bauer hosts their yearly community barbecue at 3231 NW 67th St. For more information, click here.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Mach One Jazz Orchestra, performing the greatest hits of marching band music. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 7 p.m. Featuring The RiffbrokersWill Wakefield and The Congress Hotel, and Trentalange. Tickets are $8. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on, or email the information to to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

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Stretch of 28th Avenue Northwest to be paved next week

August 7th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

28th Avenue Northwest will be reduced to one lane for two days next week, as Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews grind and pave a stretch of the road between Northwest 90th Street and Northwest 93rd Street.

Weather permitting, SDOT will pave the stretch on Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15, with crews working from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

One lane will remain open on the stretch, shared by alternating directions of traffic. Traffic flaggers will be on site assisting drivers during the paving work.

The work on 28th Avenue Northwest comes as local drivers are trying to navigate lane closures and traffic reconfigurations on Holman Road Northwest between Northwest 87th Street and 8th Avenue Northwest.

For more information, and any updates on the roadwork scheduling, click here.

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