City asks for feedback on future of sidewalk cafes and Stay Healthy Streets

Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for public input about sidewalk cafes and Stay Healthy Streets, both of which launched during the pandemic and face uncertain futures. Outdoor cafes and vending on streets and sidewalks—known as the Safe Starts permit program—have become a fixture in Ballard since last year, and thanks to recent city legislation, […]

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Indigenous radio network launches in Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park

A new radio station is now broadcasting from Discovery Park: It’s called Daybreak Star Radio Network and features primarily indigenous DJs and Native American programming. Executive Director Michael Tulee was the visionary behind the station; he wanted to reach Native communities in a new way. “A great way to reach people is through music, so […]

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Shop and dine at local businesses to support the Ballard Food Bank

A number of local businesses have committed to giving a portion of their sales on July 24 to the Ballard Food Bank. The Ballard Food Bank has been raising money to finish the completion of their new Ballard location at 1400 Leary Way. To help them reach their fundraising goals, the Ballard Alliance/Visit Ballard has […]

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Kismet Co. to relocate gender-neutral salon to 17th and Market in Ballard

The Kismet Co. salon has found a new home in Ballard, set to open later this summer at 5512 17th Ave NW. Kismet owner Lisa Clarno had to pivot last year during the pandemic and started offering outdoor haircuts and color services at her salon (1464 NW 49th St) late last summer. She also launched […]

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City working to enhance shoreline street ends in Ballard

The Seattle Department of Transportation has several ongoing projects around the city to enhance shoreline street ends, including two in Ballard along the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The projects are part of SDOT’s Shoreline Street End program, in which streets that dead-end near a shoreline are being revitalized for public use. There are 141 shoreline […]

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Station 18 Drinks & Eats to open in former Hi-Life location

The long-shuttered Hi-Life (5425 Russell Avenue NW) is about to be reborn as a new restaurant and bar called Station 18 Drinks & Eats. The location has been vacant since early 2020, when the short-lived Valentinetti’s closed abruptly. Hi-Life was owned by local restaurant company Chow Foods, and the pivot to Valentinetti’s in late 2019 […]

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Art in the Garden returning to Ballard P-Patch this summer

The 19th Annual Art in the Garden festival is happening this August at the Ballard P-Patch (8527 25th Ave NW). The yearly festival will have an extra reason to celebrate this year, as the Ballard P-Patch has been secured for future generations thanks to donations and public funding. The gardeners of the 44-year-old p-patch were […]

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Alison’s Coastal Cafe owner to take over Lockspot Cafe

The owner of Alison’s Coastal Cafe & Bakery has bought the Lockspot Cafe, and is planning to preserve the nearly century-old restaurant just next to the Ballard Locks. Alison’s Coastal Cafe owner Alison Soike tells My Ballard that the Lockspot won’t close; she and her partner and future Lockspot co-owner Ryan Faniel are planning on […]

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New vintage and local art boutique ‘found’ opens on Ballard Ave

Ballard has gained a new vintage and boutique store: It’s called found, now open at 5346 Ballard Ave NW. Found has taken over the space that was previously home to Indie Frock, which now sells online and in the Fremont Vintage Mall. Found Owner Jamie Hoffman has a long history of retail ownership, starting with […]

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Ballard Elks to host youth basketball tournament this August

This August, a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament will be taking over the Ballard Elks Lodge on Shilshole Ave near Golden Gardens Park. The Shilshole Bay Showcase will be happening August 14 and 15 at the Ballard Elks Lodge. The basketball tournament will be presented by DYSports, an organization that fosters youth athletes in Seattle. DYSports […]

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Protected bike lanes and redesigned intersections now complete in Green Lake and Wallingford

The multi-year project to improve pedestrian and bike features in Green Lake and Wallingford is now complete, with protected bike lanes and redesigned intersections surrounding the busy lake. The Seattle Department of Transportation announced the completion of the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements project last week, which includes new bike posts with […]

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