Ballard FC make it to the playoffs in inaugural season

The local semi-professional soccer team, Ballard FC, has earned a spot in the national playoffs. Ballard FC kicked off its first season this spring with massive support from the community, selling out their season tickets before the first game. They’ve just had a massively successful inaugural season and are headed to the USL League Two […]

Read More

Volunteers needed for Ballard SeafoodFest

The Ballard SeafoodFest is coming up soon, and the Ballard Alliance is looking for more volunteers to help with different parts of the festival. This is the first SeafoodFest since 2019, which paused for two years due to the pandemic. The festival kicks off Friday, July 15 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and continues […]

Read More

6-story apartment on 9th and NW Market St moving ahead

The City has conditionally approved the 6-story apartment building planned for the northwest corner of 9th Ave NW and NW Market St. The project at 904 NW Market St will include 161 units with retail and parking for 60 vehicles. The apartment complex will span over half a block, replacing several small homes along NW […]

Read More

Ballard Coffee Co. takes over Biscuit & Bean location

A new concept has moved into the former Biscuit & Bean location at 5905 15th Ave NW: It’s called Ballard Coffee Co., and it’s opening in early July. Biscuit & Bean announced its closure in May after eight years in Ballard. Co-owners Ryan Jayne and Ben Libay hinted at a continuation of their baked goods […]

Read More

Seattle Sundries opens larger workshop and retail space on 8th Ave NW

The Ballard-grown soap, lotions, and potions shop Seattle Sundries has just moved into a larger workshop and retail space at 8318 8th Ave NW. Seattle Sundries makes natural bath and shave soaps, lotions, lip balms, and “Pacific Northwest-y mugs, totes, and other products that carry our original artwork,” owner Anne Sylte Bloom—who also teaches English […]

Read More

Design review meeting coming up soon for apartment planned at former El Camion site

It’s been three years since El Camion shut its doors on the corner of 15th Ave NW and NW 65th St to make way for a 5-story apartment building, and now it looks like the project is finally moving ahead. A company called Ballard 15th Ave LLC—an entity of developer Curt Pryde—purchased the corner lot […]

Read More

Aluel Cellars to open on NW Market St in July

A new wine bar, Aluel Cellars, is getting ready to open at 1528 NW Market St. Co-owner Samuel Hilbert opened the first Aluel Cellars in 2016non Capitol Hill with partner Alex Oh; the name Aluel comes from a combination of their first names. They chose to expand to Ballard for its “fantastic food scene,” Hilbert […]

Read More

Massive new mural on Leary Ave NW

A local artist has created a large new mural on the side of Mox Boarding House (5105 Leary Ave NW) in Ballard. The Ballard Alliance’s Public Art Program commissioned Seattle-based artist Jen Vickers, who was selected from a pool of 15 applicants, to design and paint the new mural. “The ship in a bottle concept […]

Read More

Mike’s Chili Parlor celebrates 100 years in Ballard

The iconic Mike’s Chili Parlor is 100 years old this year. Mike’s opened as a small chili cart back in 1922, selling chili to fishermen and lumber workers, and later moved to its current location in 1939. It’s been a staple chili-themed dive bar ever since, holding its ground while the neighborhood continues to grow […]

Read More

Hildegard Ferments and Botanicals bringing brews and potions to Ballard this summer

A small brewery and apothecary workshop is opening soon in Ballard. It’s called Hildegard Ferments and Botanicals and is moving into the former Made Cascade location at 1150 NW 46th St. Co-owners Rosa Vissers and Howard Kuo cooked up the idea for Hildegard pre-pandemic and had planned to open a brewery and taproom on Phinney […]

Read More

Sloop Tavern to celebrate 69 years in Ballard

One of Ballard’s oldest watering holes is turning 69 this summer: The Sloop Tavern will be celebrating its anniversary this Saturday. The 69th anniversary comes on the heels of some great news for the Sloop, which was facing an uncertain future earlier this year. The previous owner sold the Sloop back in April for $2.5 […]

Read More