November 29 2022
Ballard from across Salmon Bay — circa 1903. | Photo via Seattle Municipal Archives
In 1887, Captain William Ballard began developing a 160-acre plot of land that would later become the neighborhood now bestowed with his name. The area’s easy access to the Puget Sound attracted the fishing industry, and settlers from Scandinavia soon moved into the area.
In 1890, Ballard became linked to Seattle by railcar and incorporated into the growing city. Ballard Avenue became a landmark district in 1976 to preserve street features that still remain from the neighborhood’s early days like horse hitching rings, original granite curbs + streetcar infrastructure.
Ballard City Hall (left) was demolished in the 1960s. The Ballard Centennial bell tower was dedicated in 1989 in the same location. | Photo via Seattle Municipal Archives, SEAtoday staff
Lay of the land now 🌳
The Ballard Avenue Landmark District currently encompasses the businesses on both sides of the street between NW Market St. + NW Dock Pl. There are ~28,000 residents living in Ballard, of which the median age is 34 years old — a hair below Seattle’s average of 35 years.
Digs for sale 🏡
- Bright, shiny townhouse | 3 BD, 3 BA | $1,050,000
Modern townhouse with a rooftop patio | 3 BD, 3 BA | $1,150,000
- Sleek, spacious standalone home | 4 BD, 4 BA | $1,495,000
Nearby biz + things to do 📋
- The Splintered Wand | A dragon head attached to the wall of this wizard-themed bar will gaze upon you as you imbibe on a selection of absinthe + other magical concoctions.
Ballard Farmers Market | Grab your fresh produce year-round — rain or shine.
- Miro Tea | Explore the 150 tea blends available for purchase, grab a cup at the shop’s cafe, or take one of the biz’s tea classes to learn more about the industry.
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Seattle Super Secret Standup Show | Fri., Aug. 5 | 11:30 p.m. | CSz Seattle, 3509 Fremont Ave. N. | $7 | Enjoy a late night of laughs with a lineup of local comedians + a secret celebrity guest.
Sewing Class: Lined Box Bottom Zippered Bag | Fri., Aug. 5 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Monster, 1716 NW Market St. | $75 | Learn how to install a zipper and construct a bag that will stand up on its own. 🧵
- 4-Corners Brewfest 2022 | Sat., Aug. 6 | 3-7 p.m. | Innis Arden Club House | $25+ | Get better acquainted with both new + classic local brews. 🍻
20th Annual Art in the Garden | Sat., Aug. 6 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Ballard P-Patch, 8527 25th Ave. NW | Free | This family-friendly festival features artist booths, a bake sale + a wine-grab fundraiser.
“Crooklyn” | Sat., Aug. 6 | 5 p.m. | Northwest Film Forum | $7+ | This staff-picked Spike Lee movie follows the complicated childhood of a girl growing up in 1970s Brooklyn.
Day Trip Festival | Sun., Aug. 7 | 12-9 p.m. | Fisher Green Pavilion, Seattle Center | $79+ | This colorful, 21+ event features nonstop house music from Duke Dumont, Purple Disco Machine + more groovy artists.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Trivia | Sun., Aug. 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Distant Worlds Coffeehouse, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE | $5+ | Questions cover all of theTV show’s seven seasons — prizes go to first, second + last places. 🧛🏻♂️
Beer + Yoga | Sun., Aug. 7 | 10:30 a.m. | Stoup Brewing, 6704 NE 181st St., Kenmore | $22+ | Really unwind your body with an hour-long, all levels yoga class followed by a pint of your favorite Stoup brew. 🍺
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Bands include Jaws of Brooklyn, Polyrhythmics, The Black Tones, Wanz, Khu.éex’, Smokey Brights + more. | Photo provided by the Downtown Seattle Association
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Jam to crowd favorite local artists (from rock and hip-hop to R&B and alt-country) at Westlake Park, Occidental Square, Harbor Steps + additional spots across downtown Seattle.
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A new sports bar that plays only women’s sports on its TVs is opening in Ballard this winter. Rough & Tumble founder Jen Barnes said the idea originated after she couldn’t find a local pub that would put on an OL Reign game. ⚽️
- Seattle City Council appointed nine members to its first-ever Indigenous Advisory Council this week. The council includes local Indigenous organizers and leaders of tribal + urban Native communities. (Seattle Times)
Take notes — the Puget Sound Business Journal released its “40 Under 40 Class of 2022” list of local business leaders yesterday. Included on the list, which emphasizes creativity + innovation, are chef Kaleena Bliss and Give InKind founder Laura Malcom. 🥇 (Puget Sound Business Journal)
A Mercer Island teacher was recently invited to take a ride with the Blue Angels currently in town for the annual Seafair Weekend Festival. Jennifer McLellan was the first to take a 45-minute ride on a jet during a series of invite-only influencer rides. ✈️ (KING5)
A group of Federal Way skateboarders are pushing back on a development plan that would remove Steel Lake Skate Park. Park enthusiasts argued at a City Council meeting that the town’s only skate park provided excellent mental health benefits + an artistic space for locals. 🛹 (KING5)
Parents can keep a closer eye on their kids with new tech. Zum —now being installed on half of Seattle Public Schools’ bus fleet — uses a card + app-based system to track a bus’s location to and from school. 🚌 (GeekWire)
Get your greens in — in anticipation of fall, Salt & Straw launched its new seasonal menu “Veggies You Crave.” The ice cream flavors — available in-store and for online ordering — include Carrot Cake Batter with Pralined Hazelnuts and Green Fennel + Maple. 🍦
Amazon temporarily closed its Amazon Go store near the corner of Fourth Ave. and Pike St. this week, citing safety concerns. Employees at the location have been offered jobs at nearby stores, and Amazon said it remains “hopeful that conditions in the area will improve in the future.” (Puget Sound Business Journal)
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Think about all the smoothies you're going to make. | Photo by Nicole Bratt
Thought we were going to leave you hanging on berry season? Think again.
With the strawberry season firmly behind us, we’re now just inching into the blueberry and blackberry seasons. Here’s a quick update on our berry picking guide showing which places have newly available fruits.
Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm | 700 148th Ave. SE, Bellevue | Blueberries | Grab your u-pick or frozen blueberries and maybe a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Bob’s Blueberry Patch | 17403 SE 244th Pl., Kent | Blueberries | The website says crops are looking quite spiffy this year — check the website’s hours before you head on out.
Bill’s Berry Farm | 3676 N. County Line Road, Grandview | Blueberries, blackberries, plums, baking apples | This farm is a bit of a drive away, but there are hot, fresh donuts waiting for you on the other side on Saturdays.
As you may have noticed, blackberries are pretty common around here in Washington. If you’re looking for some freebies, try checking out the bushes at Magnuson Park (Seattle Parks + Rec doesn’t spray park bushes).
Blueberries will also begin to appear in high mountain altitudes soon. Check out Ptarmigan Ridge in the Northern Cascades or Naches Peak Loop near Mount Rainier for some juicy mid-hike snacks — but limit your picking to just what you can eat on the trail.
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Editor's pick: So, I'm pumped because I'm heading up to Bellingham this weekend to go celebrate my birthday with my family. Plus, it just so happens that I have to choose between going berry picking (yummmm) and taking out my little sailboat out for a spin (weeee). I feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I hope your weekend plans are full of similar tough decisions.
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