Tuesdays in Ballard kicks off with deals & activities

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.)

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Puck11
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Puck11

Thank you for the disclosure. I certainly would not want to inadvertently support the Ballard Chamber of Commerce – directly or indirectly. I do not want one penny of my hard-earned money to be wasted on these frivolous lawsuits against bicyclists in our community. Wake up, BCoC!

Walker
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Walker

The In Ballard Merchants Association is not the same as teh BCC.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

HOORAY FOR IN BALLARD!!

Way to show everybody what a Chamber of Commerce SHOULD be doing.

Our Chamber of Commerce files lawsuits against bike trails.

Thank God groups like In Ballard are there to show them what they SHOULD be doing instead.

The Chamber should be embarassed by In Ballard. They made some lame attempt to “join” and “sponsor” In Ballard because more than anything it shows lack of priorities at the Chamber.

The Chamber would rather file lawsuits at the behest of Ballard Oil.

The Chamber doesn’t care about small businesses and thank you In Ballard for demonstrating that better than anybody.

CripesInBallard
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CripesInBallard

Wow, what a fantastic idea to support our local businesses In Ballard (very catchy name). As a resident and worker in Ballard, I hope folks will realize the benefits of shopping local. I mean Ballard is cool, so use it or lose it, right? Great job In Ballard Merchant Association!!!

Olde Shoppe Owner
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Olde Shoppe Owner

There are many of us who own small businesses who don’t join the Chamber of Commerce but see the value of In Ballard and join that instead!

I’d like to think it is embarrassing for the Chamber to see so many local business reject them only to join a much more effective and creative organization. But I am sure they don’t care.

I think the Chamber is basically a front for a few very wealthy industrial owners who use it as a PR and lobby group on the trail issue and others.

Walter Agony
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Walter Agony

Churchill once said “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

For the love of Christ, unless there’s a story specifically about the damned bike trail, keep your comments to the matter at hand.

Walter Agony
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Walter Agony

I’m sorry, now I realize the connection.

msballard30
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msballard30

Ahem, but a lot of members of the In Ballard Merchants Association are also members of the Chamber of Commerce. In fact, the COC and In Ballard are members of one another’s organizations.

Doug/Ballardite, it’s a tremendous suprise to see you here! Welcome back!

Olde Shoppe Owner
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Olde Shoppe Owner

I’m making the point that In Ballard is much more responsive to the needs of small business owners in Ballard than the Chamber.

The Chamber couldn’t care less about promoting shopping downtown. It is not where they spend their time and money.

Thankfully groups like In Ballard are able to step in.

Walter Agony
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Walter Agony

It’s a tangential connection to the story at best, a footnote.

And if you’re going to astroturf, at least have the courage to use your own fake name instead of hijacking mine.

ballard bitty
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ballard bitty

I’ve got the violin out….bunch of babies on this site!

great idea
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great idea

babies?

find your car yet, loser?

Sunset9
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Sunset9

Pro bike trail posts are the vuvuzalas of myballard. Constant and annoying.

Edog
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Edog

On the dog walk, we passed a recent paint by music event. It must have inspired doggo cause she took a great big dump that stunk much worse than normal! Don’t worry we picked it up and walked on.

msballard30
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msballard30

Olde Shoppe Owner, I find your comment odd. I am a big supporter of In Ballard and promote everything they are doing. Your perceptions of the Chamber, however, are flawed. It’s the Chamber that produces the monthly Art Walk for the specific purpose of promoting local businesses, restaurants and bars on Saturday evenings. It’s the Chamber that brought the Sunday Farmer’s Market to Ballard to increase foot traffic on Sundays in the business core. It’s the Chamber that produces the Annual Sidewalk Sale (and worked this year with many local businesses to plan the event) for the sole purpose of bringing business to Ballard. The Chamber receives not one dime for this effort and pays for all of the street permits so that the event can happen. It’s the Chamber that applied for and just received with a handful of other local communities a Buy Local Grant from the Office of Economic Development to work with a marketing consultant to create a promotional campaign for the specific purpose of enhancing “buy local” efforts in the Ballard business community. Frankly, this community is fortunate to have both an active Ballard Chamber of Commerce and the In Ballard Merchants Association to promote… Read more »

Sunset9
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Sunset9

+1 msballard30

Anonymous
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Anonymous

-100 msballard30

The Chamber taking credit for the Farmer’s Market is laughable.

If the Chamber is so great, why aren’t most of the In Ballard members also members of the Chamber?

In Ballard has many merchants that want nothing to do with the Chamber. I guess that less than half of the In Ballard members are also in the Chamber.

To me that settles it. The small business owners know who is on their side and who isn’t.

Chamber supporters taking credit for the Farmer’s Market is just so typical.

Farmer Bob
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Farmer Bob

I just checked.

There is no mention of the Ballard Farmer’s Market on the Chamber of Commerce site, and no mention of the Chamber of Commerce on the Ballard Farmer’s Market site.

msballard30 what do these two have to do with each other?? It’s news to me.

Are you sure you’re not just making that up? Seems it would be on the sites that’s all.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

Another Chamber supporter twisting the facts.

BCoC has nothing to do with the Farmer’s Market.

They are, however, suing to stop the bike trail.

JoeBallard
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JoeBallard

I was wondering how long it would take the trail trolls to overtake another thread.

Note to bikers: WE GET IT! There is no need to repeat yourselves multiple times in every freakin’ thread related to any possible connection to Ballard businesses.

What possible purpose are you trying to achieve by your non-stop ranting obsession on this board?

msballard30
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msballard30

The reference to the Farmer’s Market is historic – my comment above noted that the Chamber helped bring it to Ballard (it does not run it and never has).

About 2001, the Chamber was looking to start a Sunday Farmer’s Market to bring business to the local community. The Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Association, however, wanted to hold it on Friday afternoons and to limit it to produce, whereas the Chamber wanted the market to include arts vendors, music and the ability for local community organizations to have tables there if they wanted.

The Chamber went to Jon Hageman in Fremont and worked with him and the local community to hold the first Farmer’s Markets in the U.S. Bank parking lot (where the library is now). It moved to Ballard Ave. after construction began at the U.S. Bank location, where it’s been ever since.

The Chamber never ran the Market, but as my comment noted above, it helped bring it to Ballard. If what I wrote was unclear, my apologies.

PoopOnEm
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PoopOnEm

Pro trail folks: I’m trying to see your point of view, really I am…I just can’t get my head that far up my ass!

ballard bitty
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ballard bitty

@Yep: ‘yep’ loser, we did. want me to pick you up for a ride so mom and dad can have a break? Sersiously, please grow up. This forum should be a place where folks are discussing topics and points of view, not bash people, as some folks seem to enjoy to do. Folks can disagree, but acting like children w/name calling is just plain silly.

Idea of this site was nice to start.

Tyler
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Tyler

+1 msballard30 as always broke it down. Not to mention the Chamber putting on SeafoodFest and Burp. I spoke to the manager at Kavu and she said that SeafoodFest was by far their busiest weekend year in and year out.

I’m curious to what “In Ballard Merchants Association” has done (besides “Tuesday in Ballard” and “Grub and Pub crawl”)? I’m not trying to prefer one over the other since both are good for business (and thats their missions.. to promote and protect business) but the Chamber list of for retail businesses is impressive. Can someone from IBMA comment? Thanks-

eddiek
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eddiek

Hooray for the Ballard Merchants assn., they are really promoting the Ballard economy. The BCC on the other hand has prevented/delayed 14 million dollars being spent in Ballard at a time when jobs are scarce. According to the last article in the Times, the city has the money ready and waiting and would have begun by now if it were not for the BCC and others. 14 million would produce a few family wage jobs for our community.