Since the news broke earlier this week that Ballard institution Archie McPhee’s may close its doors if a new toxic toy bill is signed, there have been a lot of questions about the bill and its impact. Would McPhee’s really have to close? What’s wrong with reducing toxicity in toys? And is the Sigmund Freud bobblehead really a toy? We asked Archie McPhee’s David Wahl some follow up questions, which follow below…
The price of hops, a key ingredient in beer making, has gone from $220 for a 44-pound box to about $890 at the end of last year, according to a recent Seattle Weekly article. It’s driving up expenses — and beer prices, which you’ve probably noticed lately if you’ve perused the micro offerings at your Ballard-area grocery store. The cost […]
We’ve been captivated by the follow-up stories on the sinking of the Seattle-based Alaska Ranger, which took the lives of five people. There’s the story that the ship’s officers didn’t board the life rafts and perished. Another on the sheer magnitude of the rescue — dozens of people scattered over a mile in the middle […]
The calendar may say “spring,” but Mother Nature has her own ideas about our weather. On the way home from work this evening, we found a mix of rain and snow on the top of Phinney Ridge, but nothing is sticking. Forecasters have been saying that we could see low snow in the coming days.
Archie McPhee’s warns that if Governor Christine Gregoire signs a new toy testing bill, the store will have to close its doors. The bill would require that toys contain only 90 parts per million of lead — well below the federal standard of 600 parts per million. “The new testing requirements would cost Archie McPhee’s, […]
Updated: The SeattlePI’s Big Blog got us momentarily excited with the rumor that Tom Cruise’s yacht, named Suri, was parked at Fishermen’s Terminal. The blog post vanished half-hour after it appeared, deepening the mystery. But now the Big Blog has posted an update with word that the yacht is not owned by Tom Cruise but […]
Disturbing news for parents with kids at Ballard’s Small Faces Child Development Center. Prosecutors have charged a daycare worker with two counts of molesting a 9-year-old girl. Curtis Allen Rapp, 50, pled not guilty in court today. According to Small Faces’ site, Rapp has been the “lead teacher in the challenge program since 2000,” and […]
The folks at Archie McPhee’s (the store) are celebrating the birthday of Archie McPhee (the man) today. Did you know he started a jazz band back in the 1920s and played all over Asia? Anyway, the store is celebrating with balloons and handing out treats and gifts for anyone who spends $5 or more today. […]
With the feather ban in place, pillow fighters reappeared at Cal Anderson Park over the weekend and slapped each other with chunks of foam. The Big Blog has some photos here. We didn’t attend, but it certainly didn’t look like as much fun as the now infamous pillow fight at Ballard’s Bergen Place. Sigh.
The Moisture Festival’s Comedy-Variete show is returning to Hale’s Palladium (also known as Hale’s keg warehouse) March 27-April 13. Get your tickets now, this thing sells out fast. If you haven’t been, it’s a vaudeville-esque romp of highly entertaining and sometimes bizarre performances. Each artist gets 3-15 minutes on the stage and is accompanied by a house band. Audience interaction is expected. For those of you wanting a more “mature” show, check out the burlesque shows April 3-6 at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre. The show reportedly moved there because Hale’s ownership didn’t like the risque nature of those performances.
Earlier this month we told you about the new J.P. Patches statue, “Late for the Interurban” that is slated to go up near the popular “Waiting for the Interurban” statue. Blue Moon Burgers in Fremont is helping to raise money for the project. Today only, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., they will donate a […]
The scene at the memorial at Fishermen’s Terminal this morning. The Alaska Ranger tragedy over the weekend claimed four lives with one crewmember still missing. The deceased are Eric Peter Jacobsen, Daniel Cook, David Silveira and Byron Carrillo. “He was the most awesome person I’ve ever known in my life,” Jennifer Jacobsen said. “It just […]