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Vintage shop The Barn Owl now open inside SparkleBarn

A new vintage thrift store has opened in Ballard, operating within the walls of the Scandinavian furniture store SparkleBarn (2611 NW Market St). The Barn Owl owner Josh Dand has been collecting vintage goods since his younger years and has been selling through markets in Fremont Vintage Mall. Dand tells My Ballard that he’s always […]

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Play Street permits now available throughout Seattle

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has resumed issuing free Play Street permits for Seattle city streets. The Play Street permits have been on hold for the past year, with Stay Healthy Block permits taking their place. Now, the Stay Healthy Block program has been discontinued, with Play Streets taking their place. The Play Street […]

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Are you a PCC Member? Meet Donna and Laurae, frontline workers running for PCC Board

PCC’s customers and workers are like family, and PCC stores are essential parts of our communities.  But after PCC’s CEO opposed pandemic hazard pay, PCC frontline workers Donna Rasumussen and Laurae McIntire decided to run for election to the co-op’s board. They want to make sure they and their co-workers have a voice.  Because they […]

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Crown Hill Hardware demolished to make way for new apartments

The empty Crown Hill Hardware is officially no more: Crews took the wrecking ball to the former store on Tuesday morning to make way for a new apartment building construction. Crown Hill Hardware, which was open for over a century but closed in 2017, has remained empty since they shut their doors. The current plans […]

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Ballard ArtWalk returns with month-long installations around the neighborhood

After taking a year off, Ballard ArtWalk is back with a full agenda. The Ballard Alliance is partnering with Ballard businesses and local artists’ events for the entire month of April. Founded in 1997 the Ballard ArtWalk took place every second Saturday of the month in pre-pandemic times. Instead of just one evening per month, […]

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As in-person learning returns, SDOT designates new ‘School Streets’ block closures

Today, students in kindergarten through 5th grade are returning to in-person learning, and SDOT is launching several street closures near some elementary schools. In order to support schools that have requested limitations to vehicles driving around school entrances, SDOT has designated new School Streets that will be similar to Stay Healthy Streets and will provide more space for social […]

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Women from Ballard Brewery District collaborate to support Pink Boots Society

Several of Ballard’s local breweries have joined forces to create a collaboration beer in honor of the Pink Boots Society and International Women’s Day. This will be the second annual release of the (You Should) Smile More IPA, a collaboration between 11 Ballard breweries. The yearly Pink Boots beer is made to amplify the role […]

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Ballard Station reopens after a year of pandemic shutdown

The popular Ballard Station Public House has just reopened after being closed for a full year during the pandemic. Ballard Station has remained closed due to their nightclub classification: They didn’t serve food, meaning they couldn’t qualify for reopening until Phase 4 of the state’s earlier draft of the Safe Start plan. The current reopening […]

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Vaccine eligibility to open up to Washingtonians ages 16+ on April 15

Gov. Jay Inslee announced yesterday that all Washingtonians over the age of 16 would be eligible for the vaccine starting April 15. The announcement comes as COVID cases around the state are on the rise, a trend that coincided with eased reopening restrictions: Restaurants, gyms, and other businesses can now operate at 50 percent capacity. […]

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Ballard resident creates online Scandinavian group ‘Heart & Huset’

A local Ballard woman has created a new online community to help draw the Scandinavian community together amidst the ongoing pandemic. Food writer Daytona Strong is behind the Heart & Huset group (‘huset’ means house in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian), which is aimed at anyone with an interest in Scandinavian life and culture. Strong is […]

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Amazon donates $750k to Ballard Food Bank

The Ballard Food Bank is getting closer to their fundraising goal to finish construction on their new building: Amazon has just donated $750,000 to the food bank. Just two weeks ago, Ballard Food Bank announced a new round of fundraising to help ensure they can pay for the final construction costs and move into their […]

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