Ballard businesses open late Thursdays

Editor’s note: We will be re-posting this announcement each Thursday in December. The list has been updated since last week with more businesses staying open late.

Many Ballard businesses will stay open late on Thursdays during December, the busy holiday shopping season.

Just look for this sign in the window:

Here are the shop hours for participating retailers:

Open until 6 p.m.
Dish it Up

Open until 7 p.m.
Classic Consignment
Kavu (December 1)

Open until 8 p.m.
Annie’s Art & Frame
Camelion Design
Gift for Life Sample Sale
Great Harvest Bakery
Java Bean
Kavu (December 8, 15, 22)
Kick It and Ponytail
La Tienda (December 1, 8)
Laura Bee Designs
Lemon Drop
Market Street Shoes
Monster Art & Clothing
Quilting Loft
Secret Garden Bookshop
Sip & Ship
Tea Cozy Yarn Shop
The Family Pet (by appointment)

Open until 9 p.m.
Filthy Rich
La Tienda (December 15, 22)

Open until 10 p.m.
Miro Tea
Sonic Boom

If you are a retailer staying open late on Thursdays and you’re not on this list, please email us.)

Ballard Brothers applies for liquor license

Ballard Brothers (5305 15th Ave. NW) could soon be selling alcohol.

The owner of the restaurant, Drew Greer, recently applied for a liquor license. “Many of our customers requested the addition to complement the kinds of foods we serve,” Greer says. “In listening to our customers we have found that families in Ballard want adult beverage options for the parents during the dinner hours and weekends.”

Greer hopes to be serving beer and wine before the new year.

Emerald City Orchids opening cafe next month

Emerald City Orchids, at 716 NW 65th St., is adding a café that will offer espresso and lunch. The café will open in mid-December, but there’s an open house from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Emerald City Orchids opened in 2008, and moved into its current location in January 2010, which was the former location of Il Giardino Italian Restaurant. The company distributes more than 500 varieties of orchids.

“I want to provide a home for orchid lovers to dwell while creating an atmosphere for everyone else to see what orchids are about,” Owner Joe Grienauer said in a press release. “There is a culture in the flower and garden community. And believe it or not, there is a culture within the orchid community and we’re certain that if you’re going to find it, it’s right here.”

Emerald City Orchids Café will offer a lunch menu of sandwiches and salads from Molly’s Salads, pastries and desserts from Hiroki, and coffee and espresso from Fremont Coffee Company.

Self-serve sweet shop opening soon

A new sweet shop is getting ready to open on NW Market, in the former Asher Anson space next to Zak’s.

YOZEN is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop and the owners, Geordie Sze and Linda Schetky, hope to open by Thanksgiving. “You control how much yogurt you want, how many flavors, how many toppings and simply pay for your creation by the ounce,” says Schetky. “Making frozen yogurt an affordable luxury for anyone and everyone.”

Once they decided to jump into the frozen yogurt business, Sze and Schetky chose to open in Ballard. “Ballard displays a great sense of strong community spirit through its support of many local charities, schools, sports and businesses,” Schetky says. “This community is rich in tradition hosting many local celebrations throughout the year.”

Ballard Coffee Works opening in old Tully’s space

The “for lease” sign is out of the window and a major overhaul on the interior is underway at the former Tully’s location in Ballard at 22nd and Market.

Seattle Coffee Works will open their second location in Ballard next spring and call it Ballard Coffee Works. “We want to make it a lot more pleasant,” Owner Sebastian Simsch tells Seattle Met. “The bank hasn’t been swept out of the building.” Simsch is referring to the bank tenant that was there at some point before Tully’s moved in. Simsch hopes the new, friendlier coffee shop will become the community center for the neighborhood. The original location for Seattle Coffee Works is at 107 Pike Street. (Thank you Kathy & Michael for the tip!)

Public auction for 5 Corner Market Bar & Kitchen

Next Wednesday, get your hands on a piece or two of one of Ballard’s shortest-lived restaurants.

James G. Murphy auction house is holding a liquidation auction at the Five Corner Market Bar & Kitchen (2200 NW Market St). Up for grabs are ranges, refrigerators, a pizza oven, tables, chairs, dishes and more. (See the list here.) There will be a preview from 8 to 10 a.m., with the auction starting at 10 o’clock. According to the sign in the window, there are no minimum bids and no items with reserve prices.

Full Tilt Pinball and Ice Cream Parlor grand opening

Updated: Owner Justin Cline tells us that the health inspector won’t be out until Monday or Tuesday. The tournament will still go on this evening at 6 p.m. with refreshments – no ice cream.

Earlier: The popular pinball and ice cream parlor, Full Tilt, is officially opening in Ballard tomorrow at 5453 Leary Ave NW (just south of NW Market St.)

Known for its natural homemade ice cream and pin ball machines, this is Full Tilt’s fourth location – with other shops in White Center, U District and Columbia City. Although the place looks a bit unorganized at this point and not all the machines have been delivered, the owners plan on opening tomorrow. This will be Full Tilt’s largest location with more seating and 15 pinball machines. They also serve canned and bottled beer, their liquor license doesn’t allow for anything else.

For the grand opening on Friday they are hosting a pinball tournament celebrating the release of the new “Transformers” pinball machine. In fact, Full Tilt will have three of those machines for customers. Party starts at noon.

On Saturday November 12th, bring the kids for a free performance at 3 p.m. by the recently featured The Not-Its.

Going once.. going twice.. sold! at Ballard’s new auction house

Ballard has a new place to buy and sell items. Jon Bengtsson recently sold his house to be a live aboard and ended up with a lot that won’t fit on the boat. So he’s turning to an old career to get rid of his stuff.

Ballard Auction Company is a traditional auction house, which means we conduct live auctions with an auctioneer (me) calling bids – 10bid, 15, now 20 is bid, etc.,” Bengstsson tells us. The first few auctions will be items from his own collection, but will move into consignment sales and items bought at estates. “Our focus is going to be antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, vintage toys, rugs, jewelry and general merchandise,” Bengstsson says.

This isn’t his first stint at auctioneering. The 20-year Ballard/Phinney resident had an auction house in Fremont 13 years ago. “I am recycling my most favorite career now that my Ballard Beavers are in college,” he says.

The first auction is this evening at 7 o’clock at 837 NW 49th St. “If we get enough interest and consignments, we will be conducting Wed. night auctions each week, with special and offsite auctions as they come up.”

Sample sale gives life to the old Ballard library

Updated: The store will now be open until January 8th, 2012.

Earlier: Nearly 20 years ago, Diana Park held her first sample sale. Being in the retail industry she saw how many items went unsold so she decided to take advantage of the overstock and raise money for a charity that’s close to her heart.

This year, Park is holding her sample sale in Ballard – at the old library on 24th Ave NW – and hopes to raise $40,000 for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) and Gift for Life. Park sat on the board for DIFFA before realizing that she enjoys being a “doer” more than being a board member.

The old Ballard Library (5711 24th Ave NW), which has sat vacant since Abraxus Books moved out in 2009, is the largest space Park has had in her years of holding this fundraiser.

From the looks of all the boxes, she has plenty of merchandise to fill the shelves. “People give us their left overs and we turn it into money for charity,” Park tells us. The sample sale includes holiday decor, books, gifts, toys and home accessories. Items sold in the front of the space near 24th Avenue NW will be for the non-profit, the items in the back of the store will go toward rent and employee pay.

The store will open November 9th and close December 23rd. It will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, when it will be closed.

At the beginning of next year, Park tells us, developers plan to demolish the old building and make way for a new apartment complex called “Ballard West.”

Ballard Blossom’s newest option – beer and wine

Ballard Blossom (1766 NW Market St) is known for its flower arrangements and delivery. Now the longtime business is adding a new item to its offerings – alcohol.

“Our deliveries of gourmet baskets has grown over the years and we thought it would be nice to be able to offer a nice bottle of wine included with the other gourmet and fruit items,” owner Rachel Martin tells us. The license was just granted a couple of weeks ago and they are still in the process of figuring out details. The beer and wine will be for delivery-only, Martin tells us. The liquor license doesn’t allow for someone to come in and walk out with alcohol.

“One of my employees had the idea of a basket with a bottle of champagne, glasses, cheese and crackers that might go along with beautiful arrangement of roses for an anniversary!” Martin says. “We also have plans to do a ‘game day’ basket that would include micro-brews and snack items like chips, nuts, popcorn etc!”

Martin hopes to have everything ready to go by Thanksgiving.