Photo by Devin Reynolds
News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
April 28th, 2017 

Ballard ArtWalk 2nd Saturdays


Upcoming Events
April 14-May 6 
Dr. Ballard's Vaudeville Players @ The Ballard Underground
April 28
Vaudeville Etiquette, Bart Budwig, Marshall Mclean Band @ Sunset Tavern
April 29
Reverend Horton Heat @ Tractor Tavern
April 29
Independent Bookstore Day @ Secret Garden Books and other Seattle Independent Bookstores
May 7
Run for the Locks - Centennial 5K @ Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
May 7
The Magic Beans @ Sunset Tavern
May 11
CBRA w/King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles @ Swedish Hospital, Ballard, conf room A.
May 13
Family Fun Day @ Seattle Maritime Academy
May 13
Ballard ArtWalk
May 17
17th of May Festival
May 17-20
Ballard Jazz Festival 2017 @ Various Venues in Ballard
May 20
University-Ballard Lions Club Gala/Auction @ Convention Center
What's Happening
The Ballard Alliance is proud to announce that the Ballard ArtWalk has returned to the second Saturday of the month!  We greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received and are looking forward to rolling out several new elements of this long-standing neighborhood program.   
" Market Street Shoes is excited for the Ballard ArtWalk's return to second Saturdays beginning on May 13," said Market Street Shoes Owner Ryan Stauffer.
"Market Street Shoes strives to support emerging artists by providing exposure on busy Saturday evenings that is crucial in helping them establish their artistic careers," said Ryan. "We are pleased to be hosting the Ballard ArtWalk; it's great for our patrons, our artist partners and it's an amazing opportunity for us to serve our Ballard community."

May's Ballard ArtWalk will be a lively event. Literally.

We will feature live music in Bergen Place with Swing 3PO, a swing and rag-style jazz trio. The Ballard Landmark will host a live pottery demonstration with pottery artist Bruce McIntyre. Bruce will be spinning his wheel and creating masterpieces before your eyes. The Landmark will also host Johnny7 and the Black Crabs.

And while you're strolling through, be sure to check out a live painting demonstration with artist David Johansson at the Sanborn Building on Ballard Avenue

The Ballard ArtWalk began in 1997, and is a production of the Ballard Alliance, whose mission is to help promote the event and support participating businesses and artists in the Ballard community.  

Don't forget to follow us on social media to stay informed with up-to- the-minute information about each month's event.  

What is your favorite aspect of owning a business in Ballard? 
Ballard has always been my favorite neighborhood, and I have been extremely grateful here. From a business experience, Ballard has everything a retailer would want: excellent walkability, beautiful historical atmosphere, and most importantly a sense of community. So many businesses here are small businesses and unique in their own right. I can't walk down the street without running into someone I know who runs or works at a place that I personally shop/eat at. Easily my favorite part is that sense of it being a true neighborhood, it's really a city inside of a city.
I think that what makes Ballyhoo unique is that it is both a place where you can purchase something you can't find nearly anywhere else, as well as, somewhere you can have a museum experience. Even if someone comes in and doesn't spend any money, they can still have fun looking, touching, and learning. We constantly try to provide products that inspire wonder and bring elements from all over the world that people may never get to see otherwise in person.
What do we want people to know about our business?  
We want people to know that this is a place where someone can bring their friends or their whole family. It's kid-friendly and it's okay to come in, look around, and ask questions. We don't want people to feel pressured. Just come in and appreciate the antiques for the historical context they provide and the taxidermy which exhibits the beauty of nature and the animal kingdom.
What is you favorite place or thing to do in Ballard?
Rather than naming favorites, I'll share my typical Ballard routine. I usually head into Cafe Umbria for a coffee to start my day. I'll do my gift shopping at Lucca, the Palm Room, and Second Ascent. After work you'll find me at the Sunset grabbing a drink and seeing a show. When people are visiting, I'll take them to Bitterroot or Percy's. When I'm out with my friends we'll eat and drink at Hattie's Hat. I love to go climbing at Stone Gardens. On nice days I will head down to Golden Gardens with my friends, or to the locks to eat or see if I can see any salmon or seals (I'm not too fond of seeing the Canadian Geese though). I don't mean to name drop, but you just don't need to leave Ballard if you don't want!


Between the 5439th - 5449th block on Ballard Avenue, near Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop's location, this photograph was taken in the summer 1975. Can you name the make and model of each of the cars in the photo? Were you born yet?
Photo is courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection

Viking Robotics, a Ballard High School based First Robotics club, traveled to Houston last week for  FIRSTĀ® Robotics Competition Championship and won top prize.
Viking Robotics, founded in 2008, is a FIRST robotics team comprised of students and volunteers and has approximately 40 members. To learn more about Viking Robotics or help support their program, contact the team or follow their twitter and facebook pages. 

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is celebrating the big 100 with a year of events. May is History Month at the Locks with activities for the young and mature. Also happening next month,  the Run for the Locks: Centennial 5K on May 7th, 2017.

The Summer Concert series kicks off on May 28th with the Boeing Employees Concert Band on the main lawn.  Concerts start at 2 p.m. and are free to the public.

To learn more about the Lock's Centennial go to or to check out the summer concert line-up calendar. A Classic Car Show, Historic Boat Parade and many informative and festive events happening all year long at the Locks.