‘Only in Ballard’ campaign launches

There’s a new city-wide “buy local” push for Ballard thanks to a grant from the Seattle Office of Economic Development. Earlier this year the Ballard Chamber of Commerce was selected as one of five neighborhood business groups to be featured in the “Only in Seattle” promotion. West Seattle, Columbia City, Rainier Valley and Georgetown were also selected.

Only In Seattle from Only In Seattle on Vimeo.

Beth Williamson Miller, Executive Director of the Chamber says the campaign includes “seven pages of advertising in the December 2010 issue of Seattle Magazine transit advertising and a website, celebrates the “gems” of our city and invites the public to come discover what each of these special neighborhoods offers.”

Four Ballard businesses were selected to represent the neighborhood on the Ballard-specific site: Bastille Cafe & Bar, Blackbird, Bop Street Records and The Quilting Loft. The businesses were selected because of their location, they’re locally owned, draw from outside the neighborhood and have unique offerings.

Long-term, Miller says, the Office of Economic Development is hoping to expand the program within the original districts and to new neighborhoods. “I will be applying for additional grant funds in the near future to hopefully add more special Ballard businesses to the program,” she says. “And of course, with the upcoming holidays, remember to support our local business owners and to make your gift selections from the unique offerings here in Ballard.” (Disclosure: MyBallard is a member of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce.)


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Disgusted
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Disgusted

Beth Williamson Miller knows exactly where she can shove her seven pages of advertising.

This woman is a true enemy of families in Ballard.

My Ballard should be ashamed of it’s association with the Ballard Chamber of Commerce.

Say No to the Chamber
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Say No to the Chamber

Businesses that just lost all their support from bike commuters and Ballard families:

– Bastille (craptastic anyway)
– Blackbird (shame on them – they had distanced themselves from the Chamber until now)
– Bop Street Records (who cares)
– The Quilting Loft (what?)

Businesses who actually care about Ballard would not align themselves with a business organization that’s suing to stop bike trails in Ballard.

Join the boycott against all of these businesses!

Tell them to stop using our tax dollars on lawsuits at the behest of Ballard Oil.

Tell them we demand our small businesses support finishing the Missing Link.

BallardMom
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BallardMom

Oh, so now the Ballard Chamber of Commerce wants to tell us how to spend our money.

Except the Ballard Chamber of Commerce has no problem wasting our tax dollars by forcing the city to defend itself from all of their lawsuits and appeals.

Beth Miller, STFU!

BoycottBCOC
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BoycottBCOC

Beth Miller wants everyone to buy their Christmas presents at Ballard Oil and Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel.

Just don’t do any of your Christmas shopping by bike. She’s not going to feel sorry for you if you get run down by a cement truck!

No More Bastille!
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No More Bastille!

Oh well, I was never too crazy about Bastille anyway. Service is always hit or miss, but the food is consistently mediocre.

This makes it easy. I will never go there again.

Hey Bastille, the French are supposed to like bikes.. not sue cities to stop them.

MomCares
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MomCares

If they must do a 7-page ad buy, it’s a shame it couldn’t be in Seattle Metropolitan instead of Seattle, as IMHO Seattle Metropolitan is far more reflective of the local spirit (not to mention just a better magazine).

Janet
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Janet

Wow so all of the comments critical of the Ballard Chamber were removed by the GeekySwedes?

Disgusting!! So much for “community” on My Ballard if you disagree with their business associations.

Janet
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Janet

I will not patronize any business associated with the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. Period.

Boycott them all
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Boycott them all

Anybody who thinks Ballard families are more important than Ballard Oil Companies should boycott each of these businesses.

We don’t need Beth Miller telling us where to spend our money.

We need a Chamber of Commerce that does not sue to stop bike trails.

How much tax money are these endless appeals costing the city, Beth?

I’ll never go to Bastille again!

Boycott them all
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Boycott them all

So now the GeekySwedes are actually censoring comments critical of the Chamber?

That’s pathetic.

reality
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reality

Only in Ballard… we have the Ballard Chamber of Commerce actively working against the best interests of the community and the city as a whole by suing to stop a much needed bike path. The Chamber can run as many ads as they want but my boycott of spending money at any business that is a member will continue.

reality
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reality

Beth Williamson Miller quote;

“And of course, with the upcoming holidays, remember to support our local business owners and to make your gift selections from the unique offerings here in Ballard.”

Fortunately Beth, most Ballard businesses are not members of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. Therefore, with a little selective shopping I can support local businesses without supporting an organization that is working against a much needed bike path that would benefit the community.

Pho
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Pho

I’m not sure what is worse…

A Chamber of Commerce that sues Seattle to stop bike trails, then has the audacity to lecture families where to spend their money…

or

A “community blog” that removes comments critical of the Chamber of Commerce, presumably because they are a member of the Chamber.

If you reload this page with Flash disabled you can see all the deleted comments that the GeekySwedes hid to protect their business associate Beth.

It’s disgusting.

Nobody should patronize any of the businesses participating in this promotion.

And Beth – go away, please. Just go away. Ballard is better off without your Chamber lawsuits costing our tax dollars.

Pho
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Pho

You know who else likes it? Dead kids on bikes who get run over by trucks.

They nicely represent the community too.

Pho
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Pho

I know what THIS Chamber does.

They sue Seattle to stop bike trails.

Make all the excuses you want. That is fact. They SUE SEATTLE TO STOP BIKE TRAILS. End of story.

squid
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We deleted a series of comments from a single user — posted minutes apart — who was changing his/her name with each additional comment, which is a violation of our comment rules (misrepresentation and “do not hijack a comment thread.”)

http://www.myballard.com/comment-rules/

This has happened several times in the past with the same user, who is also using advanced techniques to rotate IP addresses, etc., to avoid detection.

Anyone who has read My Ballard knows that we don’t systematically censor anything, and in contrast, the vast majority of feedback we receive is to be more strict about comments that push the edge of our civility rules.

Thank you for your understanding, and if you ever have questions/concerns, please email us at tips@myballard.com.

gooner
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gooner

i have just donated $100 to the BCOC in your name.

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Guest
Guest

Sounded like the usual axe-grinder…

Sad
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Sad

So basically, you are proud to be members of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks, GeekySwedes, for belonging to one of the groups suing to stop the bike trail. Beth Miller appreciates your support.

The rest of us are appalled by your choices. It’s impossible to respect this blog once you’ve shown your true colors.

Oil companies have your support.

Kids and families and bike commuters do not. Got it.

Huh?
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Huh?

“Advanced techniques” to rotate IP addresses? Is that way posting from half of Ballard’s cafes is now blocked?

How about quitting the Chamber instead of blaming users who protest your absurd anti-family associations?

reality
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reality

gooner said
“i have just donated $100 to the BCOC in your name.”

Perhaps you should also donate a few thousand to the city who has to defend this stupid lawsuit brought about by the chamber. Perhaps you should also donate several thousand more to the local hospital for all the medical cost associated with accidents that happen along the missing link.

Huh?
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Huh?

It’s pretty funny that when hiring lawyers to sue the city, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce did not “shop local.” They went with a big downtown firm.

My Ballard is a BCoC member, so their dues must help pay for it.

Huh?
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Huh?

It’s pretty funny that when hiring lawyers to sue the city, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce did not “shop local.” They went with a big downtown firm.

My Ballard is a BCoC member, so their dues must help pay for it.

not stupid
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not stupid

Get over the bikes people. Kids on bikes belong in the cul de sac. They are YOUR kids. This has NOTHING to do with the business community or the Ballard Chamber.

Tim
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Tim

No, you are pathetic. Posting under multiple names, emptying your cache to ‘like’ yourself over and over again.

Seriously, pull that spandex out of your crack and enjoy life a little.

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