News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
MAY 10th, 2018 
More May Grand Openings
KUOW Special for Members
Ballard Jazz Festival
Gravity To Host Alliance After Hours
Nominate a Ballard Alliance Board Member
Skal Memberships
Ballard Alliance Luncheon
     My Ballard 
Upcoming Events

MAY 5-20
Jessixa Bagley: Hide and Seek @ The Vestibule (Saturdays and Sundays)
MAY 10
Bob Log III @ Sunset Tavern
MAY 12
Ballard Art Walk @ Ballard
MAY 12
Brewgrass6 @ Hale's Palladium
MAY 12
MAY 12
MAY 13
Mother's Day @ Ray's Boathouse and Cafe
MAY 13
Putt Putt and Brew Crawl for Bellwether Housing @ Lucky Envelope, Stoup Populuxe & Reuben's
MAY 14
Anthony Lee Smith @ Sunset Tavern
MAY 16
Conversation w/ North Seattle Police Department (Fremont Chamber Breakfast) @ Ivar's Salmon House
MAY 16-19
Ballard Jazz Festival @ Various Ballard Locations
MAY 17
Syttende Mai @ Ballard
MAY 17
Nordic Nights Parade After Party and Fashion Show @ Nordic Museum
MAY 17
Ballard Tool Library Repair Cafe @ Ballard Tool Library
MAY 18
MAY 19
The Grizzled Mighty @ Tractor Tavern
MAY 19
MAY 24
Alliance After Hours Hosted by Gravity Payments @ Gravity Payments HQ
MAY 24
Finding Your Swedish PArish of Birth @ Seattle Public Library Ballard Branch
MAY 30
Our Ballard

It truly is becoming a grand month of May in Ballard. The much anticipated Grand Opening for the Nordic Museum was a huge success and they are open for the general public and members, if you would like to check out what all the buzz is about. 

With a plethora of beloved historic buildings boasting eclectic charm and modern structures embedded throughout the business district and neighborhood, the variety of businesses are equally as diverse and abundant.  Our neighborhood continues to grow and it is inevitable and representative of Seattle's overall growth and expansion. The positive impact of this growth and density is the addition of new interesting concepts, companies and services to the neighborhood. To that end, there are a number of Grand Openings that you will want to keep on your radar. 
HERITAGE DISTILLING COMPANY -  With headquarters in Gig Harbor, Heritage Distilling Company has chosen to open their fifth location in the Ballard neighborhood. Located on bustling Market Street, Heritage offers a spirits draft system where patrons can fill up a growler of some of their well crafted creations.  Yes that is correct - refillable growlers are not just for beers in Ballard. Heritage Distilling Company is open so if you cannot wait to sample one of their whiskies or vodkas you are welcome to check out the place and welcome them to the neighborhood. However, on May 12th you are invited to celebrate their Grand Opening. There will be bag pipes, a blessing of the still and official ribbon-cutting kicking of at 12:30 p.m. Our friends at Heritage are inviting their Ballard neighbors to "treat your palate to a flight of award winning whiskeys, gins & vodkas while taking in the unique space. The family friendly Ballard tasting room boasts an extensive selection of barware, cocktail supplies, memberships, merchandise, customizable gift packs and of course, spirits."  

COLUMBIA BANK | BALLARD - The new Columbia Bank in Ballard is not your typical branch style bank. Our friends at Columbia Bank have something really special planned for the Ballard community with the opening of their Ballard location as  a neighbor hub. They have designed a community space where you can enjoy a coffee or work remotely in their part bank, part community center. Customers will still be able to use the banking amenities, in addition to enjoying this community space with a video wall where you might see a familiar face or two from the neighborhood. The are set to open on May 21st and we will share more information about his unique concept as the opening draws nearer. 

NEW SEASONS MARKET -  New Seasons Market is officially open in the West Woodland neighborhood at 951 NW Ballard Way and everything looks delicious. They have a great variety of local craft beer, an impressive meat and seafood department, a sustainably sourced seafood sushi to-go section and as evidenced in the picture, scrumptious  dessert offerings. 

Due to Ballard's  unique, innovative and thoughtful businesses, has created a dynamic that has many regional businesses choosing to expand their businesses with a location in Ballard, like New Seasons Market. Do you have a business opening in the neighborhood or know of one that our readers should know about?Please feel free to share them with us. Also, to stay up to date with great things happening around Ballard be sure to follow us on social media at @visitballard. 

KUOW has something special to offer Ballard Alliance Members. Thanks to your association with the Ballard Alliance, KUOW is offering reduced a reduced rate package to promote your organization on air.

The Ballard Alliance Member Package is a two-week package of eight twenty-second spots per week to air Monday - Saturday, 5am - 8pm for $1920.00. The regular rate is $2400.00 - a savings of 20%. 

  • 436,000 Cumulative Weekly Listeners
  • Age Demographics: 2%(18-24YO) | 20.6% (25-34YO) | 24% (35-44YO) | 23.7% (45-54YO) | 15% (55-64YO) | 14.7% (65+YO)
  • Income Demographics: 7.8% ($25-35K) | 6.7% ($36-50K) | 16.9% ($60-75K) | 20.7% ($75-100K) | 43.5% ($100+K)
  • Education Demographics: Less than 12th Grade (1.6%) | High School Grad/GED (12.5%) | Some College (21.2%) | College Degree or more (64.7%)
  • Largest radio audience in the market
Promote your organization through  KUOW, and build a positive connection with a hard to reach and loyal audience.
To learn more about this advertising opportunity for you business or organization, contact:  Holly Hoag at (206) 685-2114 or

KUOW is a founding member of NPR; an affiliate of Public Radio International (PRI), American Public Media (APM), Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the Northwest News Network (N3); and a member of the Associated Press (AP).
This year's program is full of great events, venues and incredible musicians. A few changes this year and you can learn about them hereTickets are on sale now for a variety of events throughout the festival weekend. 
  • May 16th - Celebration of the Drum at Conor Byrne Pub (21+)
  • May 17th - Guitar Summit at Conor Byrne Pub (21+)
  • May 18th - Mainstage Concert at Nordic Museum (All Ages)
  • May 19th - Jazz Picnic at Peddler Brewing  (Picnic-only tickets available or purchase of Jazz Walk tickets includes ticket to picnic) (All Ages)
  • May 19th - The Ballard Jazz Walk (All Ages)
For more in depth information about the musicians and events a downloadable festival program is available or go to

On Saturday, May 12th from 6 - 9 p.m., the Ballard Alliance has another incredible Ballard ArtWalk that we are looking forward to sharing with you. Please come out and support our hard working Ballard Alliance Community Development intern from the University of Washington's Community, Environment and Planning Department (CEP). 

Caitlyn is sharing her senior project  at this month's Ballard ArtWalk in Bergen Place Park. There is an impressive lineup of artists at this installation and great live music from The Whags. Be sure to make it a stop on your Ballard ArtWalk route this Saturday evening

Ballard Alliance Member and Ballard SeafoodFest 2018 MainStage Sponsor,  Gravity Paymentsis delighted to invite you to this exciting and interactive Alliance After Hours event. 

Take a stroll through Gravity Payments offices (see photo), where you will be able to meet with Gravity's team of small business professionals. 

Mix, mingle, laugh, and learn with your fellow Ballard business owners and friends over complimentary drinks, and hors d'oeuvres from  Stoneburner restaurant.  Please  RSVP by Friday, May 18th at noon. 

MAY 24th | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
5601 22nd NW (3rd Floor Offices) | Commons at Ballard

The Ballard Alliance is accepting nominations for its operations Board of Directors. Directors serve three-year terms, up to two terms total. Currently, four individuals have been nominated: Kristie Kisbye, Annie's Art & Frame; Emily Mabus, Other Coast Cafe; Haley Keller, Peddler Brewing Company; and Aaron Klaus, The Commons at Ballard.

Nominations close on Monday, May 21. If you would like to nominate a candidate, please send an e-mail to by May 21st.

Our friends over at Skål   are offering some fun swag and memberships from their "horn", um er, "Beerhalla" mug club, to "Enter Valhalla" where you will receive a wood-burned tile of honor with your Viking name in exchange for a contribution to their crowd-funding campaign. There are a variety of contribution levels and all come with some really great perks! 

Skål is set to open summer 2018 at 5429 Ballard Avenue Northwest (the old People's Pub). The Nordic beer hall concept will be a fun addition to the neighborhood and is described by the owners Adam McQueen and Lexi as, 
" Skål (meaning "Cheers" in Norwegian) Beer Hall is our interpretation of a Viking meadhall. The meadhall was the center of the community - a welcoming spot to gather or to host visitors from afar. It was the hall where stories of adventure, exploration, and new ideas were shared and debated over food and drink. It was filled with cheer.

Our great hall will offer a rotating selection of local craft beer, cider, and mead, regional wine, and specialty cocktails (with emphasis on the Scandinavian favorite - aquavit). We're looking forward to featuring some of our terrific but hard-to-find local products as well as some Scandinavian imports.

The open kitchen - inspired by the idea of a Viking butcher shop - will feature bar bites and shared plates that explore wild flavors from the woods and sea. Imagine (if you will) gathering near a roaring fire at the edge of a fjord. Here is where you'd find our food. There will be Nordic influences, traditional bar snacks, and a whole lot of meat (but meatballs are unlikely, sorry Grandma)!"

If you are interested in becoming a member or contributor check out their campaign HERE. Also, stop by their pop-up tent at Syttende Mai (in the Magnum Storage parking lot on Ballard Ave) to meet the team, sample some of the menu and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Get ready, get set, it is speed networking time at a great new luncheon venue. We are pleased to share this event in the Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary and hope you will take advantage of this fun networking opportunity on Wednesday, May 30th from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Be sure to bring a stack of business cards and be prepared to share a little about yourself and your company. We know that sometimes a minute to chat with someone is a tease so you are welcome to keep the networking going after the main program at the Lagunitas bar if you are interested. 

Please register for this luncheon by Friday, May 25th at noon.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Anndrea Dohring.