News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
MARCH 29th, 2018 
     My Ballard 
Upcoming Events

MAR 15-APR 8
Moisture Festival @ Hale's Palladium and Broadway Performance Hall
MAR 29
Ballard Historical Society Thank You Thursday @ Reuben's Brews
MAR 29
Ballard Alliance After Hours @ KAVU
MAR 29
The Virginia Co. @ Herb's House
MAR 31
Running of the Beavers 5K @ Golden Gardens
MAR 31/APR 1
Easter Egg Decorating and Easter Brunch @ Ray's Boathouse & Cafe
MAR 31
MAR 31
Spring Egg Hunt @ Loyal Heights Community Center
MAR 31
Acid Tongue, Smokey Brights, Gold Casio and Baywitch @ Tractor Tavern
Great Egg Hunt @ Ballard Sunday Farmers Market
APR 2-19
Michele Bacon "Antipodes" Book Launch Party @ Secret Garden Books
Joke Peddlers @ Peddler Brewing Company
Rate Payer Advisory Board Meeting @ Commons at Ballard
APR 11&12
The Lil Smokies @ Tractor Tavern
APR 14
Ballard Art Walk @ Ballard
APR 14
Starlore: The Behenian Fixed Stars @ Arcadia Seattle
Our Ballard
The backbone of the Ballard Alliance is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers from a variety of backgrounds intent on making Ballard a better place to live and work, the Ballard Alliance Board of Directors. Alliance Board Members work hard throughout the year providing guidance and oversight on the functioning of the organization and are driving it into the future as Ballard grows and evolves. Their backgrounds and talents are many. The community members that are selected to serve on the Board spend many hours throughout the year helping to create all the robust programs, events and activities of our thriving organization. We have three board members that are terming off this year and it is with great honor that we say a big thank you to the following members:
"The commitment and dedication to making Ballard a thriving place to live, work, shop, eat and play is no better exemplified than through the efforts of our Board of Directors," said Ballard Alliance Executive Director Mike Stewart.

"Our Board represents a unique combination of talent and leadership mixed with a a 'roll up your sleeves' work ethic that makes it possible for the Alliance to achieve success on behalf of Ballard businesses and residents. We greatly appreciate the work of Christy, Jamie and Paul over the last several years," said Mike. "While their day-to-day participation will be missed, their long-terms contributions to the community set an example that will carry forward in the years ahead."

A heartfelt thank you to these three individuals for all their time and expertise, especially during the organization's transition to the Ballard Alliance. More information about upcoming Board opportunities coming soon to the Ballard Bulletin. 

Jeremy Paulus, Owner, Fathom Insurance Agency with his family 

a2Member Spotlight on Jeremy Paulus, Owner of Fathom Insurance Agency 

What is your favorite aspect of owning a business in Ballard?
The Ballard community is special because it transforms a piece of the larger city we live in into a smaller hometown community. Ballard is more than just a neighborhood. Through its industrial history, heritage, multi-generational ties, and small business storefronts, it manages to provide some small town charm within the greater Seattle hub bub. My great grandmother graduated from Ballard high school in 1936 and we will be celebrating her 100th birthday this spring. It's exciting to own a business here and be able to continue the legacy of those before us who have helped to shape this great community.

What makes Fathom Insurance unique?
Like many insurance agencies we have lots of options to find you the best coverages and rates. What makes us different is our tailored customer service. If you would prefer to take advantage of all the latest technology and communicate by text, receive electronic policies, or access your information through a web portal we have the ability to provide you with that kind of service. However, if you would prefer to meet over a cup of coffee and shake someone's hand we do that well too. We don't see the two as mutually exclusive so we have worked hard to create an agency that is able to adapt and change with technology while at the same time focusing on building meaningful relationships with our clients.

What do we want people to know about our business or an interesting fact?
In the world of insurance it's not just about the numbers. Your coverage and policy wordings are key, so having someone who can help you understand that part of it is important. For example many places would have you bundle everything together in order to "save money" but that also benefits them because you are then less likely to shop other carriers. While bundling may be convenient it is not always the best option. Just because one insurance company has a great auto policy doesn't mean they will also have a great boat or motorcycle policy. Having an agent that will look beyond the numbers and quick sell to make sure you have the polices that best meet your needs is what we strive for.

What is our favorite place or thing to do in Ballard?
Some of my favorite places in Ballard are the Locks, market, and the many of the local restaurants. However, by far, my favorite thing to do in Ballard is enjoy each of those places with family and friends.

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Pedestrians are about to have an easier time navigating the intersection of NW Leary Way and 20th Avenue NW thanks to an upcoming Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) project. 

The current SDOT project proposes creating crosswalk enhancements at this confusing and often dangerous intersection by installing an all-way stop  with overhead flashers. The project also includes realigning the north leg of 20th Avenue NW with NW Vernon Place by installing painted curb bulbs. 

Work is scheduled to begin in October 2018 and be completed by December 2018.  Click here  to learn more about Your Voice - Your Choice District 6 projects.

Seattle has been a technology and innovation hub for decades and The Nordic Museum is bringing some of the Nordic regions technology and innovation super stars to Seattle. 

Join in the Nordic Museum's one-day conference on May 3rd and connect with great minds and possible collaboration with our tech neighbors in the Nordic region. From the Nordic Museum:

Though the Nordic region represents only 3 percent of Europe's population, the Nordic nations are ranked as global leaders for technology and innovation. The new Nordic will host this one-day conference, which will feature keynote talks and panels by tech and innovation luminaries from the Nordic region, including Kristin Skogen Lund (NO), Fredrik Cassel (SE), and Hilde Tonne (DK). 

The goal is to build awareness about innovation and opportunity in the Nordic countries and to lay the groundwork for the development of deeper relationships between the tech and innovation sectors in Seattle and the Nordic region.

The conference will be held at the new museum from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on May 3, 2018.  Space is limited so sign up soon! 
Arcadia Seattle will host Kurdish Dance and Drum Workshops with Ahmad every Tuesday in April. To learn more go to

Seattle Restaurant Week is back and we wanted to share the Ballard restaurants featured in the Spring edition. Participating restaurants in Seattle will offer three-course meals for only $33. This is a great opportunity to indulge in some of the amazing creations from our very talented Ballard chefs. Here is a list of participating Ballard restaurants:

Ballard Annex Oyster House
Bastille Cafe & Bar
Bramling Cross
Chinook's at Salmon Bay
Gather Kitchen and Bar
Marine Hardware
Staple & Fancy