News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
September 28th, 2017 

Member Spotlight 
Upcoming Events

Sep 28
Art Wine and Chocolate @ Ballard NW Senior Center
Sep 29
Sep 30
Sep 30
The Northern Natives Experiement @ The Sunset Tavern
Oct 1
Babies in Arms Happy Hour @ Peddler Brewing
Oct 3
Giving Tuesday for the Ballard Food Bank @ Stoup Brewing
Oct 4
Hurricane Relief Concert @ His Word Found Here
Oct 5
Jacob Zimmerman Group @ Egan's Ballard Jam House
Oct 12-19
Metamorphoses by Ballard HS Playmakers @ Ballard High School 
Oct 12-15
ARC Dance Autumn 47 @ ARC Dance Company
Oct 13-14
Huge Fall Rummage Sale @ Ballard NW Senior Center
Oct 14
Ballard ArtWalk @ Various Ballard Venues
Oct 15
Oct 20
Oct 21-22
Bazaar 2017 @ Leif Erikson Lodge
Oct 25
All-Chamber After Hours @ The Canal
Our Ballard

The leaves have not quite changed colors so this photo is admittedly taken from Mother Nature's 2016 display, but it is officially Autumn. It is a favorite time of year for many and for some a feeling of dread comes over them as it signals the beginning of the season of gray. No matter what your opinion of Fall is, it brings with it some great community events in Ballard. 

New flavors and inspirations emerge from our restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Our talented chefs, bartenders and baristas make the pumpkin spice latte look like child's play. Take Ethan Stowell for instance, his team over at Marine Hardware has created a risotto with pumpkin, burgundy black truffle and grana padano. Are you hungry yet? How about trying a butternut squash gelato soon, from D'Ambrosio Gelato, made with caramelized seasonal squash and fall spices? It is never too cold for gelato. Ballard beer lover? Peddle on over to Peddler Brewing for a Pumpkin Spice Ale. 

Now that you are hungry and thirsty for all things Ballard, let's talk about our shopping. Ballard offers such a variety of gift giving or self-indulgent shopping opportunities at our many boutiques and shops. 
But more importantly, it provides an experience. Strolling down our beautiful streets and having that tangible moment in each store, with their clever window displays and quality products, creates a destination worth experiencing. And speaking of strolling, the Ballard Food Bank's 11th annual Turkey Trot is right around the corner on Thanksgiving Day. But before you think about exercising, let's talk candy. 

Year-round you can pretend you are Charlie Bucket or Violet Beauregarde at Sweet Mickey's, but on Halloween you can take the kids to meet all the shop owners by Trick or Treating in Ballard. While you are filling your jack-o-lantern shaped tub up be sure to grab a passport to travel on the Tomte Trail! Ballard businesses have a little /Scandinavian helper hiding in their store for you to find. Fill up your passport and then you can look forward to enjoying the free music, popcorn, hot cocoa, treats and Santa at HolidayFest on November 25th in Bergen Place Park. 

As the leaves fall from the trees, we have a special holiday lighting treat in store for you this year. Those leaves won't stick to the sidewalks for too long, thanks to the Ballard Improvement Area project of fall leaf cleanup. No matter what you think about the new season, Ballard has something for you to do to make it enjoyable. 

Brittney and Alan Geleynse, Owners

What is your favorite aspect of owning a business in Ballard?
Ballard is a unique and vibrant neighborhood with a great sense of community. We love to being a part of the change and growth. Jax Joon adds it's own eclectic flare to Ballard and we look forward to doing for years to come. 
What makes Jax Joon unique?
Our aim at Jax Joon is to provide fun, hard to find or unique pieces at reasonable prices. From NASA button down shirts to Mericorns we've got something for anyone. The owner's are self proclaimed nerds and like to find pieces that speak to nerd culture, but really anything fun! 

What do we want people to know about our business?
We are continuing to try to engage with our community with Ballard ArtWalk and Ballard Night Out, but also miscellaneous free classes with various artists and community groups. We are also working to raise money for various national and local groups through the sale of pins we make in house.

What is our favorite place or thing to do in Ballard?
Obvious answer: THE FOOD. Our favorite restaurants include El Borracho, Billy Beach, and Ballard Beer Company, and well, all of them! Our secret nerd cred is that we're both part of the Lady Planeswalkers Society, which meets at Mox Boarding House on Tuesday evenings to play Magic the Gathering.

5338 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Did you know that Bastille Cafe & Bar has a stunning Back Bar area? A special thanks to our friends over there for sharing this beautiful space for our Ballard Avenue Lighting Design Kickoff Meeting on Tuesday evening! Thank you to all who attended and shared your ideas for this project to improve the Avenue.


The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is bringing it to Ballard this year! Hang out with 300+ networkers and 15 local business organizations under one roof at the 13th annual All-Chamber After Hours! Hear about what these groups are doing in the community and learn how you can get involved all while enjoying the Canal's delicious appetizers and breathtaking views of the Ballard locks and Salmon Bay Bridge. REGISTER HERE

  • Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Location: The Canal in Ballard
  • Address:
     5300 34th Ave NW, Seattle, WA, 98107
    (Get Directions)
  • Members: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 10/23)
  • Non-Members: $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 10/23)
  • Questions: Contact Victoria MacLellan at 206-389-7278

Welcome to your new home in the Queen Valhalla building COUCH! Your new space is lovely! Stop by Couch's new space at 5304 Ballard Avenue NW. Couch has more than just...well, couches and offers an array of lighting, furniture, pillows, rugs and accessories.