News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
May 11th, 2017 



Upcoming Events
May 11
Yurt, Left on Tenth, Guests @ Conor Byrne
May 11
Acid Mothers Temple,  Babylon, Hound Dog Taylor's Hand @Sunset Tavern
May 13
Seattle Beer Week: Mijiaya Historic Chinese Beer Release @ Lucky Envelope Brewing
May 13
Family Fun Day @ Seattle Maritime Academy
May 13
Ballard ArtWalk
May 13
Saturday Songs @ Caffe Umbria
May 14
Happy Mother's Day! 
May 14
Mata Traders Trunk Show @ Fair Trade Winds
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
May 21
Dogs of Peddler Party @ Peddler Brewing 
May 21
Sam Outlaw, Michaela Anne & Guests @ Tractor Tavern 
May 24
Ballard Alliance Luncheon with Special Guest Jan Colbrese, Nordic Heritage Museum @ Ray's
What's Happening
A1 Independent Business Work Ethic Marries Nordic and Maritime roots - Ballard is Born
As Ballard evolves and its density increases, the common factor that remains singular to the neighborhood's foundation and identity is creative hard-working independent business owners. 

Even back when Ballard was a city, it was full of entrepreneurial spirit and a tight-knit community. From boat yards and fishing fleets, to mills, shops and taverns, that spirit remains a consistent stitch creating the patchwork of businesses in the core of Ballard and its surrounding micro-neighborhoods.
In a recent article in the Seattle Met, by Darren Davis titled, 10 Hottest Seattle Neighborhoods, Ballard is described as a "Nordic Fishing Village Turned Urban Hub". One classic example of this connection with our Nordic Fishing village meets modern day shops, is the owner/founder of His Word Found Here, Diane Bundrant.  

We recently asked Diane our list of Member Spotlight questions, we felt her stories about "old Ballard" and what drew her to open a business in Ballard, more than a decade ago, illustrates what makes Ballard so unique and special - the people and the passion they bring to their work here. 
Diane Bundrant with friend Dr. Herb Clark at SeafoodFest
What is your favorite aspect of owning a business in Ballard?

DB: Just being located in Ballard! Ballard has been home to me through Trident Seafoods for almost 40 years, so lots of history here. I have seen many changes. Ballard Avenue used to be bars and taverns where all the fishermen would smoke, drink, tell very tall stories and on occasion have to defend those tall tales with a barroom brawl or two! Our location was home to Jones Brothers Meats which was an institution to the fishing fleet and I am very pleased to say that Bob Jones has been able to visit our store and he loved it! The blending of the old and the new has created an enjoyable new business district.

What makes His Word Found Here unique?

DB: We are the only place in the Greater Seattle area where you can find the world's all time #1 best selling Book in over 150 selections - with the opportunity to order more! We also have a wonderful children's area - a place for the kids to play and read while you shop.

What do we want people to know about our business?

DB: Just when I thought the busyness of life was about to slow down in semi-retirement, God had a different plan for me. While having a one-sided discussion with myself on how terrible it was not being able to purchase a Bible within an hour travel time of my home in Magnolia, He broke in and said "Diane, quit complaining and open a Bible book store in Ballard." I had never had any desire nor possessed any qualifications to start a retail Christian Bible Book Store, but when God is in it, He provides what you lack. He provided the place, the people and knowledge of others to put His Word Found Here together. Each piece fit together like a puzzle. We are here to serve and provide service to everyone. If there is something we are lacking, let us know. We want to be a service to churches to help you expand your flock; a place for a cup of coffee with a friend and playtime for the kids; a quiet place of study with sources available to do so; and a shop to find unique and special gifts for all occasions.

What is your favorite place or thing to do in Ballard?

DB: Ballard is host to a large number of community events, starting with the amazing Sunday Market every week and on to the many annual events. My annual favorites are the SeafoodFest of which I have been an active part since 1978 and the Syttende Mai parade. It is wonderful to be able to keep the industry that is so much a part of Ballard alive with the celebration of seafood in the streets. And the parade, the rich cultural heritage displayed by the Norwegian community allows the heritage of the early settlers of Ballard to be honored and carried on. 
5404 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle, Washington 98107 | 206-258-2363
Check out the great cafe within the store. Diane put  much thoughtfulness and care into selling and using products from businesses that give back. One of their select roasters, One Cup's owner, Christian Kar has partnered with World Vision and every bag of coffee goes toward funding social and economic change in Africa. To learn more about all the offerings at His Word Found Here, stop by and say hello to one of Diane's very gracious and friendly team members.

The Ballard SeafoodFest team is excited to announce Strand of Oaks as the MainStage headliner artist.  

New in 2017, the Ballard SeafoodFest will kick off with a Friday night concert and the Beer Garden will feature a selection of Ballard's craft beers, as well as a variety of food trucks.

TBT - 17th of May Festival
Next week folks from near and far, whether or not they have a Norwegian ancestral line, will be celebrating  the Syttende Mai Festival. 

Do you recognize anyone in this photo taken in 1975 of the 17th of May parade?
~ Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection

Enjoy an evening of live music, art demonstrations and beautiful works by this month's talented artists at the Ballard ArtWalk on
Saturday, May 13th from 6 - 9 p.m.

It is Mother's Day on Sunday and this will be a fantastic opportunity to start an entertaining weekend with friends and family. For more information about this month's event, please contact Devin Reynolds  at 206-784-9705 ext 3.
Painting by Misty Starfire Fried
Find Misty's lovely works at Market Street Shoes during the Ballard ArtWalk.
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The Ballard Alliance partnered with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) this week to provide a pressure washing of the alleyway just north of Market and east of 22nd Avenue NW.

While we are partnering with the Millionair Club for weekly cleaning service in our alleyways, this deep clean was provided for us courtesy of Seattle Public Utilities. Thanks to Ballard Alliance team member Devin Reynolds for making this happen!