McPhee’s prepares to move a bazillion things

For 10 years, Ballard residents have been able to stroll down to Market Street and buy everything from a giant shrunken head for $250 to hundreds of tiny treasures for $19.95 a quart at Archie McPhee’s, the wonderfully wacky, tacky store that caters to our inner child.

But, they lost their lease, so McPhee’s is packing up and heading to Wallingford, and they’re saying goodbye to some of the store’s larger fixtures that just won’t fit in the new space. Shelving, racks, an old dentist’s chair, a life-size medieval archer and a custom-built pop-up cake that did a booming business as a rental – all are for sale.

“Usually it’s a hairy man in a coconut bra jumping out of the cake,” Shana, the store manager, explains of the cake that’s now for sale for $1,500. “It’s usually more funny than saucy.”

So, once the big items are sold, how in the world will Shana and her crew pack up the estimated 10,000 different items for the 2.4-mile move to the corner of 45th and Stone Way?

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Food Network visits Archie McPhee

During the excitement last week about Archie McPhee announcing it’s leaving Ballard, the Food Network stopped by to shoot a segment on… bacon. The crew videotaped people sampling various bacon-related products for an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s Unwrapped program. And apparently, Archie McPhee has a lot of it. As soon as we learn […]

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Free Ballard Day

On May 29, 1907 at about 3:45 p.m., the city of Ballard was annexed into the city of Seattle because the water smelled like a dead horse. Citizens then weren’t happy with their new status, and 101 years later Ballardites are still miffed. Thursday is “Free Ballard Day.” Last year (on the 100th anniversary) there […]

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