Spice Waala to open their second location in Ballard

The Indian restaurant Spice Waala is coming to Ballard, set to open in the former Boar’s Nest location (2008 NW 56th St). Owners Aakanksha Sinha and Uttam Mukherjee (below) opened their first location in Capitol Hill in 2019—they plan to roll out the same menu at their Ballard location. The Ballard location will also offer […]

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Ballard Scouts launch annual Christmas tree sale and fundraiser

The Ballard Scouts kicked off their 64th annual Christmas tree sale fundraiser over the weekend, selling trees as usual at the St. Alphonsus parking lot. Scouts will be out selling trees Thursday through Friday, from 2pm to 8pm, and on weekends from 9am to 9pm. The sale goes through Sunday, Dec. 13. The Scouts will […]

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City seeks feedback on Green Lake Community Center & Pool redesign plans

The 90-year-old Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool will be redesigned, and the City is seeking public feedback on the current design options. Seattle Parks and Recreation has held two online open houses to help guide design options; one in May 2020 and the second in July 2020. The department says the aging facility […]

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How you can support My Ballard this holiday season

As with many small businesses, your local news source My Ballard is in need of support. My Ballard has been reporting daily news for Ballard, Fremont and other North Seattle neighborhoods for over a decade, and it’s thrived with the support of local advertisers who help pay for operating costs and to employ an editor. […]

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City to continue free block closure permits with Streetsgiving

Seattle’s Stay Healthy Blocks program has another festive option for residents: it’s called Streetsgiving, allowing free permits for block closures for non-arterials around the city. The Stay Healthy Blocks program, which has been extended until February, allows residents to apply for temporary block closures. Streetsgiving is the latest development, encouraging residents to stay local for […]

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Snowy Owl spotted in Queen Anne

The past few days, a Snowy Owl has been spotted hopping around on rooftops on Queen Anne. Prolific local wildlife photographer Jerry Simmons posted the above photo in the My Ballard Group. Snowy Owls are quite rare for Seattle—their native habitat is the Arctic. The owls have been spotted in years past, and always create […]

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Crown Hill Holiday Market goes virtual

The annual Crown Hill Holiday Market is being held online this year, with crafts from local artisans available on a virtual marketplace. The market went live on Nov. 19, and will run through Dec. 10 for holiday shopping. “We will miss this fun event, connecting with our neighbors and showcasing all the talent in our […]

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Ballard businesses report surge in crime, lost revenue

A recent survey of local businesses has shown a dramatic uptick in crime and safety concerns in Ballard compared to last year. The Ballard Alliance, Ballard Brewed Coalition and the North Seattle Industrial Association surveyed 88 Ballard business owners to gauge local safety concerns and crime rates over the past six months. The survey found that […]

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Ballard Bridge to be rehabilitated or replaced with a mid-level movable bridge

The City’s Ballard Bridge Planning Study just wrapped up with two options now on the table: either rehabilitating the current structure, or replacing it with a mid-level movable bridge. The Seattle Department of Transportation launched the planning study last year as part of the larger Ballard-Interbay Regional Transportation System (BIRT) project. After a year of […]

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Ray’s Boathouse closing for three months due to new COVID restrictions

Ray’s Boathouse has announced they will close temporarily until mid-February given the new public health rules that prohibit indoor dining. In a letter to customers, Ray’s general manager and co-owner Douglas Zellers says that while they know the current mandates are necessary for health and safety, “they do not allow us to continue to operate […]

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Ballard Food Bank to give away hundreds of turkeys this week

The Ballard Food Bank is getting ready to give away hundreds of turkeys and other Thanksgiving fixings to North Seattle residents tomorrow and Thursday (Nov. 18 and 19). Members of the National Guard alongside food bank staff and Ethan Stowell will be distributing the turkeys and other food supplies through the food bank’s COVID-safe drive-thru […]

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