Ballard art committee commissions new mural on Ballard Building

The latest public art project has brought some life to the side of the historic Ballard Building in downtown Ballard. The Ballard Public Art Committee and owners of the Ballard Building commissioned local artist Stevie Shao to create the larger-than-life mural. Shao says the mural was inspired by the story of “‘Oak-thorny,’ a stag that […]

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Giant menorah lighting and gelt drop this weekend at Bergen Place

On Sunday night, Bergen Place park will be lit up with a giant menorah in honor of Hanukkah. The annual giant menorah lighting and “Great Gelt Drop” is coming back to Ballard: The Chabad of Northwest Seattle will be hosting the event on Sunday, Dec. 5 starting at 4:30 p.m. They’ll also be recognizing the […]

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Seattle’s new minor league soccer team is Ballard FC

Seattle now has a minor league soccer team, and they’re representing Ballard. Ballard FC today announced the formation of the region’s first neighborhood-based semi-professional soccer team, set to start competing in summer 2022 in the USL League Two. Home games will be held in the Interbay Stadium. Former Seattle Sounders player Lamar Neagle and Ballard […]

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Goofy’s Bar closes its doors after 48 years

The Crown Hill dive Goofy’s Bar has closed its doors after 48 years on 15th Ave NW. The bar is located on the half-block that’s slated to become a 7-story, 194-unit apartment building. According to Vanishing Seattle, the owners thought they’d be able to stay in their building until February. But the developer recently changed […]

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BHS Principal Keven Wynkoop placed on administrative leave

Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop has been placed on leave after an investigation found he violated school board policies. The decision comes after Wynkoop was found to have retaliated against a student, Eric Anthony Souza-Ponce, who had raised concerns over English class discussions and a class assignment that he said was inherently racist. The […]

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Christmas Ships coming to Carkeek Park and Golden Gardens this weekend

After a year’s pandemic hiatus, Christmas Ships is coming back to Ballard. Christmas Ships is an annual Seattle tradition in which a parade of brightly decorated boats cruise from Puget Sound to Lake Union and Lake Washington. The boats stop at pre-planned locations, with the lead ship hosting an onboard chorus singing Christmas carols for […]

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Ballard HolidayFest returns to Ballard Ave in December

In early December, Santa Claus will be coming to Ballard for the annual HolidayFest. Ballard HolidayFest will be on Saturday, December 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park. Santa will be at the Bell Tower for free photos with kids, complete with free popcorn, treat bag giveaways, live music, and the […]

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Botanic skincare company Blendily opens on NW Market St

A new natural skincare company has opened in the middle of Ballard: Blendily has opened at 2206 NW Market St. in the location formerly home to Kick It Boutique. Founder and chief alchemist Ivy Chuang first opened Blendily—short for “blended splendidly”—in Portland. Chuang started studying botanicals when her daughter was born and began selling her […]

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B.F. Day Playground renovation starts today

The playground at B.F. Day Elementary School (4020 Fremont Ave N.) is getting a major upgrade. Construction to renovate the playground is scheduled to start today, with an anticipated opening of summer 2022. The remodel has been in the works since voters approved the project in 2014. The playground project will replace the play equipment […]

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Crackle Mi Vietnamese Grill opens in former Gather location in central Ballard

There’s a new Vietnamese restaurant in Ballard: It’s called Crackle Mi and has opened in the former Gather location just across from the Ballard Library (5605 22nd Ave NW). Gather closed quietly earlier this year, after shifting gears to become Harmony & Grain for a short stint. The restaurant space has been brought back to […]

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Cookie’s Country Chicken now open on NW Market St

Ballard is now home to a fried chicken restaurant: Cookie’s Country Chicken opened earlier this week at 1744 NW Market St. Owner Brian Chandler started Cookie’s two years ago when he began selling his recipe-perfected fried chicken at Mean Sandwich in Ballard. Since then, he’s been popping up in various restaurants around Seattle and ran […]

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Interbay Tiny House Village adds 30 new units and a hygiene station

The Interbay Tiny House Village has expanded to include 30 new units and a hygiene station at 1601 15th Ave W. The additional units brings the total number of tiny houses to 76 on the village property, with the new hygiene station capable of serving an additional 35 people. The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD), […]

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