News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
October 27th, 2017 
Alliance Advocates
ICYMI - Ballard ArtWalk
Upcoming Events

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Oct 28
Oct 28
Oct 28
Oct 29
Oct 31
Nov 1
Nov 1
Nov 2
Wiinblad & Wine @ Nordic Heritage Museum
Nov 2
Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board Meeting @ Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
Nov 4
Nov 7
Nov 10
KEXP Presents: The True Loves and Country Lips @ Tractor Tavern
Nov 10-12
Nov 11
Ballard Art Walk
Nov 15
Ballard Alliance Luncheon @ Ray's Boathouse NW Room
Nov 16
Ballard Alliance After Hours @ Ballard Landmark/GenCare
Nov 17-18
Nov 17-18
Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale @ Ballard NW Senior Center
Our Ballard
A1 Alliance Programs and Events
The Ballard Alliance is preparing for an eventful season ahead. Businesses are stocking up on treats for Halloween in Ballard, t he holiday tree lights are almost ready to go live and we have contacted the North Pole requesting a visit from Santa at Ballard HolidayFest but there is much more in the works. 

On Veteran's Day, November 11th, we have an action packed Ballard ArtWalk. Our next Alliance luncheon on November 15th  will focus on gratitude with special guests from the Millionar Club Charity. On Black Friday, Ballard businesses are putting a spin on the shopping holiday with Ballard Gives Black Friday, where a portion of their profits go to the business's favorite charity. Families can follow the Tomte Trail to Ballard HolidayFest in Bergen Place Park on November 25th, which is also Small Business Saturday. 

Is the calendar in your brain overloaded yet? Here is a list of the events for you to add to your planner:  
  • Ballard Trick or Treat | October 31st | 4-6 p.m.
  • Follow the Tomte Trail | November 1-25 
  • Ballard Alliance Luncheon | November 15 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Ballard Alliance After Hours Hosted by Ballard Landmark | November 16 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Seattle Turkey Trot (not an Alliance event but we love the Ballard Food Bank) | November 23 | 9:00 a.m.
  • Ballard Gives Black Friday | November 24 | All day at participating businesses 
  • Small Business Saturday | November 25 | All day at participating businesses
  • Ballard HolidayFest at Bergen Place Park | November 25 | 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Ballard Alliance Holiday Dinner | December 7 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Additionally, all of our great members have events throughout the season so check back with us or go to our Visit Ballard calendar of events
Are you a Ballard Alliance Member and have an event you would like to share with us? Please feel free to take advantage of our  Submit Your Event  feature on our website. Your event will be included on our online calendar. 

Barry Barr , President

What is your favorite aspect of owning a business in Ballard?  
To me Ballard is one of the most special districts in Seattle. Ballard Ave is an amazing diverse shopping and restaurant district. I also feel so connected as my Great Grandfather settled in Ballard after coming from Iceland.  

What makes Kavu unique?
KAVU is born and bred in the Northwest. I have always set out to design and develop products that fit in with our NW lifestyle. KAVU is also a company that "sells fun". We do not take our selves too seriously and we believe in making the most of every day. 

What do we want people to know about our business?
KAVU is an acronym for the perfect day. Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 1993, KAVU stands for Klear Above Visibility Unlimited. But, as catchy as it sounds, KAVU is much more than just the name of our company.  KAVU is a philosophy, a perspective,  and a way of life that revolves and doing what you love in nature's playgrounds.  From deep Cascade wilderness to a walk at Golden Gardens, KAVU is "true outdoor wear" crafted to be your first pick in the morning. 
What is our favorite place or thing to do in Ballard?   
Our local company happy hour place is the Shelter.  We just love what Kevin and Trinette Carlson treat all our staff and guests like family. The Ballard Locks never get old to me and I take all my out of town clients there for a nice walk.  Conor Byrne is where we do all our company gatherings and I love going to the Grog (back bar at the Annex) to eat and have a nice time.

  5419 Ballard Ave NW
  Seattle, WA 98107
  Phone: 206-783-0060

Toot toot for a touchdown! Did you know that the boat owners watching the Seahawks game at Shilshole Bay Marina honk their horns when the Seahawks make a touchdown? Have you ever heard them? Salty Dawgs like Rory thinks it is a great way to celebrate.

Head on over to Baraka Gemstones and Fine Jewelry on Nov 10-12th and rescue some beautiful treasures from the melting pot. This event is a great opportunity to find that perfect piece for your loved one during the season of giving. 40%-70% select items! Free balloon with every purchase and a 1 in 10 chance of finding a gemstone inside. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and tea to enjoy while you shop. 
5433 Leary Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Free Parking in garage!

Only five more days left to nominate the person you think should be recognized at the 2017 Ballard Alliance Community Champion. Filling out the form only takes a few minutes. We look forward to announcing the Community Champion soon. Award(s) will be presented at the Ballard Alliance Holiday Dinner on December 7th.
Bring the kiddos 12 and younger to Ballard on Halloween!  Ballard businesses generously hand out treats to your favorite little goblin from their storefronts. Look for this poster in the window of participating businesses. 

Follow us along the trail of the  Jul-Tomte as he searches Ballard for his beloved bowl of buttered rice pudding.  Be sure to look high and low inside the shops of Ballard during the month of November to find the tiny Tomte. Receive a stamp or signature from each shop where you find the Jul-Tomte.

Five stamps in a row gets you a prize.  Fill your passport with a stamp or signature from all 25 shops and you'll be entered to win  the Grand Prize.

Family Plus Nordic heritage Museum
Membership with reciprocal benefits at over 850 museums in North America.

Bring your TOMTE TRAIL passport to
Ballard HolidayFest  in Bergen Place Park
on November 25th, 3-5 PM,
to collect your prize!

Next Ballard Artwalk is on November 11th from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Researchers at  Seattle University are conducting a two-year mixed method process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department's Micro Community Policing Plans. This is the second year of the study. 

Please take a moment to fill out this year's Seattle Public Safety Survey. Click the image below to begin taking the survey. To learn more, please go to