Carvings and sign to be saved during Pagliacci remodel of old Totem House

The totem poles at the historic Totem House restaurant have been salvaged as it transforms into a new Pagliacci Pizza. The Red Mill Totem House closed in September, and Pagliacci Pizza announced they’d be taking over the location with extensive remodels. The Totem House will take on a brand new form, but certain elements will […]

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Ballard Pool now open after two years of renovation and pandemic closures

After almost two years since it closed for renovations, the Ballard Pool is finally open to the public once again. Seattle Parks and Recreation closed the pool in December 2019 and worked throughout the past year to perform major renovations to the pool, including replacing the concrete pool deck, drains, pool and spay plaster liners, […]

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Vaccine verification for restaurants, gyms, and large outdoor events starts Monday

King County’s vaccine verification mandate goes into effect this coming Monday, Oct. 25., requiring proof of vaccination for entry into a number of indoor establishments including restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters. The proof-of-vaccine requirement also applies to all Seattle community centers, pools, and tennis centers, and to outdoor events with over 500 people. The […]

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Thieves target numerous Ballard businesses in recent spate of break-ins

Update: SPD says that they have some leads related to one of the break-ins, which the Investigations Unit will follow up. They haven’t yet recorded any losses from any of the businesses besides damages to the windows, but say it usually takes time for businesses to identify stolen items and report them. Original: Several more […]

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Thieves steal tip jar, cash register, and a whole pie from Ballard A la Mode Pies

Two different thieves broke into the newly opened A la Mode Pies in Ballard over the weekend, stealing cash and a whole pie from the shop. A la Mode recently took over the former Parfait location in Ballard, just next to the Ballard Library. They’d only been open a few weeks before the break-in. Owner […]

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Facebook takes over Ballard storefront to promote local businesses

In downtown Ballard, a storefront window display has been taken over by Facebook. It’s part of their Good Ideas campaign, which aims to promote small businesses during the holidays. Their takeover of 5443 Ballard Ave is one of three nationwide pop-ups; Facebook has launched similar campains in New York City and Dallas. The Ballard takeover […]

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Seattle Trick or Streets permits back for Halloween

The City of Seattle is allowing residents to close their street to traffic for Halloween with their return of the Trick or Streets permit program. The Trick or Streets program makes it possible for people to apply to close their residential block during the week of Halloween for trick-or-treating and any other “community-building festivities.” The […]

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Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board conducting 2021 election by mail

The Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board election is coming up, and this year, it’s all happening by mail. Every year, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Historic Preservation Program hosts an election to facilitate the selection of Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board members who have been nominated by the community. Ballard Avenue Landmark District is […]

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Wheelie Pop Brewing opening Ballard taproom in December

There’s a new taproom coming to Ballard this December: Wheelie Pop Brewing is set to open at 1110 NW 50th St in December. Co-owners Jeremy Johnson and Mark Silverstein have been brewing beer together since 2017 out of Johnson’s Crown Hill garage while Johnson was working as a tunneling engineer and Silverstein worked in finance. […]

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Updated plans for 7-story apartment on the corner of 24th and NW Market St.

A large mixed-use apartment building is being planned for the northeast corner of NW Market St and 24th Ave NW, where the Oct. 2019 fire destroyed several businesses. The developer submitted a new land use application for 2318 NW Market St to allow a 7-story, 238-unit apartment building with retail on the ground floor. The […]

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Fall Seattle Restaurant Week starts later this month

The bi-annual Seattle Restaurant Week is coming up soon, with a handful of local restaurants joining in. This year, nine Ballard restaurants are part of the Seattle Restaurant Week, which runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 6. The organizers have chosen to do away with the fee for participation, citing the hardships in the restaurant […]

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Ballard Food Bank opens new permanent location

The Ballard Food Bank has moved into its new permanent home, just up the street from their previous location. Their new address is 1400 NW Leary Way, and they’ve just started offering services at the new location. As they transition to the new home, they’re offering specific hours for different services; see the list below […]

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