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Ballard-made delicacies on show at Safeco

April 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

wingsAccording to a report by our news partners The Seattle Times, a number of Ballard food creations will be gracing the “homeplate” of fans at Safeco Field this year.

Centerplate, the company that provides food services for Safeco and other large venues, has been working for four years with Seattle restaurateur Ethan Stowell to drum up the perfect menu for local fans.

This year Stowell pointed Centerplate’s executive chef David Dekker to local companies such as Bonache, Woodinville Whiskey Company and Oola Distillery to give the menu a local flare.

habenero1_grandeBallard based Bonache hot sauce is apparently all the rage, topping the hot wings (pictured above) that are set to be eaten by the bucketful by Mariners’ fans. According to the article, Bonache owner Marc Olsen has already delivered 18 industrial-sized buckets of his sauces and has committed to providing a minimum of 500 gallons to Safeco throughout the season.

“For the Hit it Here Cafe we are bringing in enough of the Habanero sauce to take care of 350 seats,” Olsen wrote in an email to The Seattle Times.

Olsen reportedly had to ramp up sauce production to meet Safeco’s demands. “But the real challenge might be keeping up with new orders that come in from all the people trying his sauces for the first time,” writes Seattle Times reporter Rebekah Denn.

Local honey from Ballard Bee Company also graces the 2014 Safeco menu, being drizzled over fried cheese curds from Pike Place Market-based Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Founder and owner Corky Luster has already provided five pounds of honey to kick off the season. “I really admire (them) looking to work with local vendors, because it’s so easy just to go to Sysco and put your order in and it’s done,” Luster told The Seattle Times.

Ballard_Bee_Co_03302013_55Initially, Ballard Bee Company’s involvement at Safeco was in doubt. Dekker’s initial request for a Safeco-sized order was impossible for the local company to provide while at the same time keeping up with regular seasonal production. Dekker then tried back with a “more manageable” request and the rest was history.

“You just have to make intelligent choices as to how and when and where, and be aware if you’re in a limited supply how to back it up and work around it,” Dekker told The Seattle Times.

Seattle native Stowell, although at first hesitant, is excited to be involved with the ballpark menu. “I think the whole thing is pretty cool,” Stowell told The Seattle Times, happily referring to the idea of taking business away from national corporations and focusing on businesses in the local community.

Photos courtesy of The Seattle Times (photo credit – Geoff Smith), Bonache Sauces and Ballard Bee Company. 

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re-souL launches women’s shoe collection

April 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

reBallard Ave boutique shoe store re-­souL (5319 Ballard Ave NW) is launching their very own range of shoes for women.

The footwear collection, designed by re-souL owner Maggie Burnes, includes unique flats, pumps and oxfords that will fit into a woman’s everyday wardrobe.

The shoe line is now available in store at re-souL on Ballard Ave and will be available on the re-­souL website very soon.

According to Burns, the collection was designed with the re-souL customer in mind.

“I began to notice that some of the products that I knew my customers would love weren’t available from the brands we were currently selling. That’s when I sensed an opportunity for us to seek out and produce our own collection of women’s shoes,” says Burns.

The new collection was made in Italy to ensure good quality and fit standards were maintained. “I wanted the shoes to be built by the folks who do it best but still be affordable”, said Burns.

The re-­souL collection is set to retail from $140 -­ $200, which is relatively comparative with other better brands in the marketplace.

To celebrate the release, re-­souL will host a launch party at their Ballard Ave store this Saturday, April 12th, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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500,000-square-foot office campus to be built in Ballard

April 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

salmon-bay-center 600xx2937-1958-0-14According to a report by the Puget Sound Business Journal, developer C.D. Stimson Co. announced plans on Tuesday for a 500,000-square-foot office campus at 5423 Shilshole Ave NW (see map below).

The campus is set to comprise of five five-story buildings.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that construction on the campus won’t commence until some of the space is pre-leased, and when it does, construction will begin with one singular building.

This piece of Ballard real estate has had quite a history. According to the report, this property was once the location of C.D. Stimson’s well known timber mill (pictured below in 1904) that he built after arriving in Seattle in 1887.

stimson mill

The mill was in operation until the mid-50s when the now stading Salmon Bay Center was built. The center, a a 200,000-square-foot office and industrial property, is currently home to Trident Seafoods Corp. and other companies.

According to the report, the first building is set to be constructed in the parking lot at the northwest corner of the property. This building will be five stories high and will have retail stores at the base. As construction expands, the buildings in the exiting Salmon Bay center will be demolished to make way for the new campus.

“I can’t think that the kinds of companies that are locating in Fremont will go to Northgate when they can’t find space in Fremont. They put value on being on the water,” Bayley, the great grandson of C.D. Stimson, told the Puget Sound Business Journal.

officecampusDan Dahl, commercial real estate broker with Colliers International, will be responsible for marketing the Salmon Bay Center space for lease. Ballard “is by far the tightest market of all of our submarkets,” he says.

According to Colliers, currently there is not a single square foot of new office space available for rent in Ballard.

Bayley reprted that he has a master-use permit for the first building and the vested right to build four more. Currently, C.D. Stimson does not have an equity partner for the new development as they have not yet decided to seek one out.

Image of campus courtesy of Puget Sound Business Journal. Photo of mill courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

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Salish Sea Trading Coop. to host community meeting tonight

April 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

salish_logoSalish Sea Trading Cooperative is hosting a community meeting this evening Wednesday,  April 9, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Ballard Coffee Works’ Community Room.

The meeting will include updates about naval architects, insurance, Open Food Hub, email aliases, and business development.

All are welcome to attend. Click here to learn more about Salish Sea Trading Co.

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Ivar’s set to close after 34 years in Ballard

April 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

ivarsIvar’s Seafood Bar Ballard (6000 15th Ave NW) will be closing for good this Sunday, April 13. The Ballard landmark is closing after being unable to come to a lease renewal agreement with the building’s landlord.

Check out the statement below from Ivar’s Management regarding the closure:

The Ballard Seafood Bar is closing at the end of business on Sunday, April 13. After many attempts to stay at this location and renew the lease, Ivar’s was unable to come to an agreement with the building’s landlord.

Ivar’s thanks its many fans for their loyal patronage over the years, and is directing customers to nearby locations, including the Pier 54 Fish Bar, Salmon House Fish Bar, Northgate Mall and Aurora.

Ivar’s Seafood Bars is a growing, local chain and it wants to re-open to the Ballard community as soon as it finds the right location in the coming years.

The Ballard Ivar’s location opened in 1980 and has been a landmark in the local community through an intense period of growth and change.

Ivar’s employee and local resident Sara Ducharme was sad to hear that the location was closing. “I grew up in Magnolia/Ballard and this Ivars is just another place on the list of places that we loved going to as kids. We are losing all of the major landmarks to gentrification and it is very sad,” says Ducharme.

According to Ducharme, staff were notified about the closure at the beginning of March, with the date then set for March 30th. Signs were put up and subsequently quickly taken down due to the closure date being changed. “The last I heard was the end of April, that was until I saw the notice yesterday that the new date is now this Sunday,” says Ducharme.

Ducharme reports that staff have been promised positions elsewhere, but she has not had a chance to speak to the management about it as of yet.

“We just plain and simply lost our lease, due to not enough business and rent increases. Probably much like what happened to Azteca,” says Ducharme.

This closure is yet another to add to the list of long-term Ballard businesses (Azteca, Great Harvest Bread Co., Savour and B&O Espresso) that have been forced to permanently close their doors this year.

Ivar’s will be open before the closure from 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Sara Ducharme.

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Applications now open for SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Mini Grants

April 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

bikeSDOT is now accepting applications for mini-grants of up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety and encourage walking and biking to school.

Private and public schools, PTAs, neighborhood councils, local advocacy organizations, and other school-related nonprofit groups are ecnouraged to apply.

Alternatively from previous years, the mini-grant program will now have two funding rounds, one in the fall and another in the spring. The new spring funding round will provide funds to grantees in time for fall school activities, such as the International Walk to School Month in October. Applicants are eligible to receive a grant once per year.

Mini-grants can be used to fund a wide range of projects and programs at schools that support the overall goal of improving safety and encouraging more walking and bicycling to school.

Mini-grants have helped schools and non-profits to launch programs such as student safety patrols, install pedestrian crossing flags, develop and promote school traffic circulation plans, host Walk and Bike to School Month activities, lead walking school buses and bike trains, and educate kids on bike safety.

If you have an idea for a safety education or encouragement program, visit SDOT’s website  for more information on how to apply.

In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be e-mailed, mailed, or faxed to SDOT. To find out more information contact Ashley Harris at

Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 30th. Recipients will be announced by June 6 and funds will be distributed in July.

Photo courtesy of SDOT.

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CBRA to host 36th District Representative at Thursday’s meeting

April 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) will meet this Thursday, April 10, from 7 p.m. at Ballard Swedish Hospital, Conference Room A.

The meeting will feature guest speaker, 36th District Representative Gael Tarleton, who will speak about statewide issues that affect Ballard. Tarleton lives locally and reportedly has extensive knowledge about the issues Ballardites face.

“This is your time to find out about our legislature, what happened in Olympia last year and what we can look forward to this upcoming year,” writes CBRA President Mike Kahrs.

All interested Ballard residents are urged to attend and bring their questions.

Click here to find out more about CBRA.

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Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off in Ballard

April 8th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Restaurant Week is on this week, and a handful of Ballard restaurants are on the list. The event is two weeks long, from April 6-10 and again from April 13-17.

During the event, restaurants will be serving three-course dinners for $28, and some will also do three-course lunches for $15.

The following Ballard restaurants will be part of the 60 restaurants featured:

  • Anthony’s HomePort on Shilshole
  • Ballard Annex Oyster House
  • Bastille
  • Golden Beetle
  • Plako Estiatorio Greek Cuisine
  • Ray’s Boathouse
  • Ray’s Cafe
  • Skillet Diner
  • Staple & Fancy Mercantile
  • Stoneburner
  • The Gerald
  • Volterra Restaurant

There are over 60 restaurants in Seattle taking part in the 10 day promotion; click here for a full list.

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The week in sports at BHS

April 7th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The athletes at Ballard High School are all set for another huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Monday, April 7:

  • Baseball: Varsity vs. Woodinville High School at Whitman Middle School 3:45 p.m.
  • Baseball: JV vs. Woodinville High School at Woodinville High School 3:45 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: Varsity vs. Issaquah High School at Lower Woodland Softball Field #3 4 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: JV vs. Woodinville High School at Woodinville High School 4 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 5:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys Varsity vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8:

  • Ultimate Frisbee: Girls vs. Garfield High School at Interbay 3 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys C Team vs. Garfield High School at Memorial Stadium 3:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: C Team vs. Eastlake High School at Soundview Playfield 3:45 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: Varsity vs. Skyline High School at Skyline High School 4 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: C Team vs. Bainbridge Island High School at Gilman Ballfield #1 4 p.m.
  • Lacrosse: Girls vs. Roosevelt High School at Lower Woodland #2 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9:

  • Baseball: JV vs. Eastlake High School at Whitman Middle School 3:45 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. Eastlake High School at Interbay 5:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: Varsity vs. Eastlake High School at Eastlake Middle School 3:45 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. Eastlake High School at Interbay 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 10:

  • Fastpitch: C Team vs. Chief Sealth High School at SWAC 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys C Team vs. Cleveland High School at Ballard High School 3:30 p.m.
  • Track and Field: JV and Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at SWAC 4 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: Varsity vs. Chief Sealth High School at SWAC 5 p.m.
  • Lacrosse: Boys vs. Roosevelt High School at Lower Woodland #7 5 p.m.

Friday, April 11:

  • Fastpitch: C Team vs. Garfield High School at Garfield High School 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 12:

  • Baseball: C Team vs. Lake Washington at Whitman Middle School 8 a.m.
  • Track and Field: JV and Varsity Invitational at Lincoln Bowl Tacoma 10 a.m.

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Lola the dog found in Ballard

April 7th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin



Lola’s owner Cerice emailed in to let us know that Lola is now safely at home. “I would like to thank Julie for finding Lola.  Julie found her on our block so at least she didn’t make it far,” writes Cerice.

Thanks to all for your assistance in looking for lost pets!

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My Ballard reader Julie emailed in to let us know that she found Lola the dog (pictured) this morning on the corner of NW 75th St & Jones Ave NW.

“I took her to Crown Hill Vet today. They have record of her but no current phone number,” writes Julie.

If you have lost Lola or know her owner contact Crown Hill Vet (9069 Holman Rd NW) at (206) 782-6363 or email us at and we will pass on the information.

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26th Giving Garden season kicks off tomorrow at Interbay P-Patch

April 7th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

gardenThe folks at the Interbay P-Patch Garden (2451 15th Ave W) are ready to kick off their 26th Food Bank gardening season this Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m.

The garden is run entirely by volunteers and donates its produce to local organizations including Ballard Food Bank.

The team is looking for volunteers who are ready to do some weeding, planting and harvesting. “Early bird work crews have already turned under the cover crop and planted pea starts, and now it’s time for some weeding, some more planting and the traditional first kale harvest,” writes volunteer gardener Monica Diaz.

After the gardening volunteers will have the opportunity to feast on hot soup and delicious bread with their new found gardening friends.

garden2“The Dow Jones may be doing well, but there are still plenty of people who need food assistance in Seattle. Without Seattle’s Giving Garden Network, they would have no access to fresh, organic produce,” writes Diaz.

Every year the Interbay P-Patch donates about 4,000 pounds of veggies to local organizations such as Ballard Food Bank, Mary’s Place and St. Martin’s on Westlake. Over half of that produce is grown in the food bank beds by volunteers.

The Interbay P-Patch is one of many Giving Gardens throughout Seattle that provide a combined donation of about 50,000 pounds of organic produce every year.

All are welcome to attend the season kick off on Tuesday, just meet at the Interbay P-Patch Garden at 5:30 p.m.

If you want to find out more information about volunteering email or check out their Facebook page here.

Photos courtesy of Interbay P-Patch Garden.

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The monthly Ballard Real Estate recap

April 7th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Long time Ballard resident and local Real Estate Broker Sharon Giampietro will be sharing a post on My Ballard each month 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 in March below:

In March buyers were happy to see that 194 new residential listings came on the market, a jump from the 148 that came on in February. During the month of March, 155 homes sold which put our inventory supply at about 1.25 months- less supply than February and a very low supply overall.   A normal market, where neither buyers nor sellers have a big advantage, is considered to be an inventory of about 4-6 months.  In March, the average length of time on the market was 3.5 weeks, up a bit from 3 weeks in February and prices were down from an average of $531,000 in February to $525,000. This is a dip in average sales price and a slight uptick in the time on market. There could be many reasons for this including the price of the stock available -a broad look at this trend over the next few months will tell us more.  The bold headline story in real estate in our area continues to be the lack of inventory and accompanying demand for housing.  This reality continues to drive sales, prices, and number of offers.

The condo supply took a leap in March with 59 new condos coming on the market, a sizable jump from February’s 35 and a few more that the 51 that came on in March of 2013.  The average condo price has been coming down – from $347,000 in January, to $315,000 in February and $286,000 in March. The average length of time on the market rose from 33 days to 39 days. More supply of lower priced condos could be affecting their average sale price – again watching this trend over the next few months will tell us more. This is good news here is for buyers who are looking for homes they can afford.

In March, a relatively low almost 5% of “solds” (homes and condos) were short sales or bank owned, down 1% from last month.

Some of our new housing stock has a contemporary, modernist architectural  style and  Bungalows and Tudors are now neighbors with this new style of home.  The visual contrast and departure from the past tell us, “The times they are a changing“. Take a look inside at a Sunday “Open House” and you’ll see that many of these homes have open floor plans and a variety of features that include innovations, large windows and some “green” and sustainable features.

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. Apartment data from Dupre + Scott  Apartment Development Report.

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