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Seattle’s latest street sweeper gets a new name: Ok Broomer

Seattle’s latest naming contest has just wrapped up, with the city’s newest street and bike lane sweeper being named Ok Broomer. The sweeper was named by an 11-year-old boy named Pascal from Licton Springs. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, the name gained over 1,500 votes on Twitter, securing the new name for the […]

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Seattle musicians form “Alley Band” in Loyal Heights

Several local musicians have teamed up to form what they call the Alley Band, performing regularly in Loyal Heights. Ballardite Valerie Shields organized the Alley Band last year after the concert halls where the musicians usually perform—Benaroya Hall, McGaw Hall, and the Fifth Avenue Theater—were shut for the pandemic. They first met in the alley […]

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Construction starts on supportive housing project Ballard Crossing

The latest project to add more supportive housing in Seattle has broken ground in Ballard. The Ballard Crossing is a project of Plymouth Housing, a non-profit, independent organization formed to develop and operate housing for those facing homelessness. Ballard Crossing will include 79 supportive housing units and is being built at 6400 15th Ave NW. […]

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Sunset Hill Walking Art Fair is back this summer

The Sunset Hill Walking Art Fair is back again this summer, happening on Saturday, June 12. The Sunset Hill Community Association is hosting their second Sunset Hill Walking Art Fair, back by popular demand. The art fair consists of participating neighbors who showcase their creativity around their homes on fences, walls, and driveways. The art […]

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Send a Kid to Camp initiative is sponsoring three children for Ballard summer camps

Local summer camps in Ballard and Greenwood are opening for this summer for children to express their creativity. As part of the Send a Kid to Camp initiative, the Verity Credit Union has partnered up with Illumination Learning Studio (ILS) to send three kids to a Summer Adventure Camp. ILS will have a themed summer […]

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Ballard’s famous Lockspot Cafe is up for sale

Pam Hanson has worked at the Lockspot Cafe for 25 years, starting out as most do—behind the bar. Ballard was a different place in the late 90s, but the essence of the Lockspot hasn’t changed, and that’s exactly how Hanson has wanted it. She sees herself as a “caretaker” of the restaurant, which has served […]

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Tres’ House of Cheesesteaks now operating in Goofy’s Bar on Crown Hill

The popular food truck Tres’ House of Cheesesteaks has moved into a brick-and-mortar: They’ve opened up shop at Goofy’s Sports Bar at 8519 15th Ave NW. Owner Tremaine Battle announced the news earlier this month, rolling out a new menu and late-night hours for Goofy’s patrons. Battle has been a chef for over 20 years, […]

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First look at apartment building set to replace Firestone in Ballard

Plans are in the works to replace the Firestone Tire on NW Market St with a 7-story apartment building. The project plans include a 122-unit apartment building and parking for 73 vehicles at 1145 NW Market St. The property sold last June for $7 million; J. Selig Real Estate is the developer and Mithun is […]

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Cycle Dogs to open new location in Ballard today

The much-anticipated opening of Cycle Dogs‘ new location in Ballard is here: The former vegan food truck owners are cracking open their doors to customers today. Cycle Dogs has taken over the former No Bones Beach Club location in Ballard at 5410 17th Ave NW. No Bones Beach Club closed its doors back in October […]

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Tom Douglas grilling up Copper River salmon to raise money for the Ballard Food Bank

Tom Douglas is hosting another Grilling for Good fundraiser at Serious TakeOut in Ballard, this time grilling Copper River salmon to raise money for the Ballard Food Bank’s new building. Seattle Kitchen has partnered with Trident Seafoods, Alaska Airlines and the Copper River Marketing Association to provide the salmon meal. The grilled Copper River sockeye […]

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Café Street program extended for another year

The pilot program that allowed Seattle business owners to utilize streets outside of their businesses has just been extended another full year while permanent guidelines are finalized. Seattle District Councilmember Dan Strauss, Chair of the City’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee, yesterday announced the official extension of the city’s Café Streets program through May 31, 2022. Café […]

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