The second annual “Tuesdays in Ballard” campaign kicks off today with the goal of drawing people to eat, drink, shop and play in downtown Ballard.
The Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) offers “Paint by Music” from 6-8 p.m. Music by Max Perry and painting by Ryan “Henry” Ward and Andrew Miller. Photo of previous “Paint by Music” event.
Today, many of the 80 plus merchants will have specials, activities or freebies to kick off the summer-long campaign. Some of the offerings today include: “Kittens in a Tent” at All the Best Petcare (1909 NW Market St) from 5 to 7 p.m., roll the discount dice at Laura Bee Designs (6418 20th Ave NW) to receive a percentage off your entire Tuesday purchase, Ballard Loft (5105 Ballard Ave NW) will offer free sliders when you mention you’re there for In Ballard and free trivia Tuesday from 8 to 10 p.m. At Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe (6049 Seaview Ave NW), just mention “It’s Tuesday in Ballard” and your name will jump to the top of the wait list. The entire list of specials and events can be found here. You can pick up a walking guide/map at many of the participating businesses.
The In Ballard Merchants Association formed last year and launched the campaign to positive reviews. In the Best of 2009 issue of Seattle Magazine, Tuesdays in Ballard was named “best effort to shop locally.” This year’s campaign features a “Treasure Hunt Tuesdays” scavenger hunt and the lucky winner will walk away with a $1000 Ballard shopping spree. On July 27th there will be a “Grub and Pub Crawl” with 39 participating merchants. Grab a passport card and get stamps from at least four places and you could win food and drink prizes. (Disclosure: MyBallard is a member of the In Ballard Merchants Association; the In Ballard Merchants Association is a sponsor of MyBallard.)