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Councilmember Dan Strauss pushing to make cafe streets permanent in Seattle

Ballard Ave’s transformation into a cafe street could become a permanent fixture. Seattle City Councilmember Dan Strauss is pushing legislation to extend the Cafe Streets pilot program another year, with a path to make it permanent. Strauss and Council President Lorena González introduced the legislation this week, which they say will “give Seattle businesses the […]

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Pop-up vaccination clinic coming to Ballard and Fremont this week—with free ice cream and coffee

Officials in Seattle are bringing pop-up COVID-19 vaccinations to the neighborhoods of Ballard, Fremont, and West Seattle.  The pop-up clinics make it more accessible for those who have not been able to receive the vaccine. They will be open and available on Thursday, May 13 and Saturday, May 15 at three locations around Seattle. As […]

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Route 44 changes hit design milestone, with some pedestrian improvements

Route 44 will see some significant changes in the coming years, with traffic amendments and pedestrian improvements on the agenda throughout the transit corridor. The popular bus route between Ballard and the University District carries over 9,300 riders a week, and has been notoriously unreliable. The Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor Project—a joint project between […]

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Detours coming to Fremont as bike lane enhancements start on N 34th St this week

The Seattle Department of Transportation is making a number of improvements to bike lanes and parking on N 34th St, causing detours and parking restrictions for the next two weeks. The roadwork is part of the N 34st St Mobility Improvements, which will add protected bike lanes from Fremont Ave W to Stone Way N. […]

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Ballard apartment fire sends man to the hospital

A fire in a Ballard apartment building sent one elderly man to the hospital Sunday afternoon. According to Seattle Fire, the fire broke out Sunday around 4:30 pm in the 2400 block of NW 57th St. The fire originated from a first-floor unit in the seven-story apartment building. SFD says an elderly man was taken […]

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7-story apartment planned for 24th and Market

A 7-story apartment building is in the works for the northeast corner of 24th Ave NW and NW Market St. The project site, 2318 NW Market St, is the former location of Classic Consignment, Kitchen N Things, La Isla, Super Cuts, and Octo Designs Jewelers, most of which were considered total losses after the devastating […]

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Stoup Brewing opens new Kenmore location today

Homegrown Stoup Brewing has expanded outside the boundaries of the Ballard Brewery District to open their new Kenmore location today, joining forces with Seaplane Kitchen and Bar for the new venture. Seaplane, part of the Weimann Maclise restaurant group, will be turned into Stoup Brewing Kenmore. The restaurant group includes popular Seattle-area restaurants including Poquitos, Rhein Haus, […]

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Porkchop & Co shifts gears to become Rachel’s Bagels & Burritos

After seven years, local restaurant Porkchop & Co (5451 Leary Ave NW) has made a big change: They’ve changed their name to Rachel’s Bagels & Burritos, focusing on—you guessed it—only bagels and burritos from now on. The owners shared news of the change on their social channels, saying that rather than celebrating their seven-year anniversary […]

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Vintage store Junk Drawer closes its doors for good

The pandemic closures continue: The vintage shop The Junk Drawer (1713 NW Market St) has closed down. The Junk Drawer opened in 2019, offering both vintage goods and cold beer from a bar inside the store. They specialized in items from the 40s through the 80s, with vintage goods ranging from mid-century furniture to barware, […]

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Ballard High School to perform virtual ‘Spring Awakening’

The Ballard High School Playmakers will virtually present their latest musical with Spring Awakening‘s opening night this Thursday, May 6. According to Ballard High School, the play follows a storyline from the 1891 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind. Ballard’s production is directed by Shawn Riley and musically directed by BHS choir […]

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Sacred Circle Art Gallery now open on Ballard Ave

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and Daybreak Star Cultural Center have opened a new art gallery and gift shop located at 5337 Ballard Avenue NW called Sacred Circle Art Gallery.  The new art gallery and store is taking over the retail space that was home to Atlas Travel Wear, which closed in February. […]

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Golden Gardens Beach reopens for swimming after sewage overflow closure

UPDATE: Golden Gardens and other Puget Sound beaches reopened on Saturday, May 1 after water quality tests confirmed that the water is safe for recreation. Original: Yet another sewage overflow at West Point Treatment Plant has contaminated local waterways, prompting public health officials to close local beaches—including Golden Gardens—to swimming. Public Health Seattle & King […]

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