Ballard Bookcase Company to close after 40 years

The Ballard Bookcase Company (4611 11th Ave NW) is closing after 40 successful years of business in Ballard. Owners David and Carol Entrikin and are closing the business due to their retirement.

“We began in 1977 with Al’s Second Hand, an antique furniture business on Historic Ballard Avenue. We could never meet the demand for bookcases and so, in 1982, began manufacturing a line of inexpensive, all wood bookcases in limited sizes.  The business did well enough that we hired woodworkers, and expanded our shop,” says David.

Eventually their bookcase business took over and in 1991 they eliminated antiques and changed the business name to the Ballard Bookcase Company.  In 2003 they bought their current store location and have built and sold their products there for the past 13 years.

“We want to thank the thousands of customers who have not only purchased bookcases but have contracted us to build libraries, entertainment centers and bookcase improvements to their homes.  When we began in 1978, Ballard was a sleepy part of Seattle and Ballard Avenue was a street lined with more bars than customers. It has been wonderful for us to participate in the transformation while offering the community our beautiful products,” says David.

Saturday, April 2, will be the final day of business and there are a smattering of bookcases and displays available in store at sale prices. The James G. Murphy company will conduct an online auction of the remaining equipment and fixtures in the middle of April.

The showroom is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  and Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Anchors Down and Po Dog abruptly close their doors

Many My Ballard readers have been emailing in about the apparent sudden closure of neighborhood favorites Anchors Down and Po Dog (2016 NW Market St).

anchors downThe watering hole and neighborhood hot dog spot appear to have closed permanently with no sign on the door indicating remodeling or a reason for the closure.

The My Ballard team has attempted to get in contact with the Anchors Down team, however, their phone number has been disconnected.

We will update readers with more information when it is known.

Photo courtesy of Virginia.

Paseo abruptly closes for good


Our news partners at The Seattle Times have reported that beloved sandwich shop Paseo (6226 Seaview Ave NW) has closed its doors for good.

The sign on the front door of the Fremont store (pictured) notes that the closure is due to “unfortunate circumstances” and it thanks customers for their support and loyalty.

The My Ballard team called both Paseo locations multiple times throughout the day and no one answered the phone.

According to The Seattle Times, an employee at the Paseo’s Fremont location arrived at work expecting business as usual, but was told by the owner that both the Fremont and Ballard stores (both stores pictured below with doors closed this afternoon) were shutting down.

“We know he didn’t want this to happen,” a longtime staffer, who wished to remain nameless, told The Seattle Times. The staff member reportedly did not know what had prompted the owner to shut down the popular spot. “He said — and I believe him — he found out he had to close on Monday… he said he was sorry and wished he could find a way to keep going,” the staff member said.



A legal document regarding a lawsuit filed in early September by former Paseo employees against the owners has surfaced online and it is not clear at this point if it has to do with the closure.

The My Ballard team contacted attorney Trevor Osborne from Davies Pearson Attorneys at Law in Tacoma who confirmed that he is representing four former Paseo employees in a lawsuit against Paseo owners. Osborne confirmed that he submitted the complaint to the owners in April and that the suit was filed in early September.

When asked if the law suit had anything to do with today’s closure, Osborne stated that he was “as surprised as anyone to find out the news this morning.”

“I would only be guessing about a correlation between the closure and the law suit,” says Osborne. He also confirmed that the law suit is currently ongoing.

Locals are sure to be devastated by the closure of the highly popular spot that Yelp listed as #2 on the list of the top 100 places to eat in the country.