The folks at 5202 Leary Avenue are celebrating a milestone and sharing some classic photos. Carter Volkswagen is marking 50 years of continuous family ownership and operation in Ballard. Mary Carter and her late husband Wade started the company in 1960. The flagship dealership is still located in the original building on Leary Way, a building we’re told Wade slept in some nights while getting the business up and running in the early days. Wade was also president of the Ballard Rotary and spent 20 years on the board of Ballard Hospital which later became a branch of Swedish.