West Woodland Woman Writes First Novel

MOLLY TORRES 03West Woodland neighbor and author, Molly Torres, has published a collaborative novel titled Ash Tuesday with her sister Peggy Nelson and niece Shawna Rengli.  Torres said, “Collaborating long-distance was a challenge. It often led us and our characters in unexpected directions, but it worked. As a first venture into fiction, I’m glad I didn’t have to go it alone!”

The story is set in 2018, and the world is being ravaged by climate changes, natural disasters and an insidious and fast moving virus. To escape, a group of loosely connected, but like minded individuals, travel to a 20 acre off-the-grid compound in Montana, where they attempt to survive a bitter winter and avoid the ever present societal lunacy. MOLLY TORRES BOOKThe story ranges from Washington and Idaho to Montana, with some very familiar scenes here in Ballard.

“The ending is bound to shock even the most seasoned reader,” Torres says. “It is far more than just a book about survival, it touches on the life and death issues that affect all of us.”

Ash Tuesday can be found at Ballard’s favorite independent book store, Secret Garden Books, 2214 NW Market Street and on Amazon.

Neighborhood Street Fund Concepts Completed

Streets, sidewalks, and everything in between are about to get improvements as part of Seattle Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program!  After reading proposals, visiting locations, and reviewing the data, SDOT has finished turning our ideas into 65 conceptual designs which could help with safety, accessibility, livability, and more.

Two of the proposed projects would benefit the West Woodland neighborhood directly, by providing a safe route for pedestrians to cross Market Street & cyclist crossing Leary to the Burke-Gilman trail.  Special thanks to Seattle Neighborhood Greenways for advocating on our neighborhoods behalf!  Without their support, these projects wouldn’t be on this list!

  1.  West Woodland 6th Ave NW Corridor
  2. 8th Ave NW & Leary Pedestrian Improvements

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Proposed Safe Routes to School Project for 6th Ave NW and NW Market Street.  Credit:  Google Street View

What’s Next?

The Neighborhood District Councils will now have chance to read the designs and rank their priority, before sending them to the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee for review later this fall. The list of funded projects is expected by the end of October. Projects will be finalized in 2017 and constructed in 2018. Public engagement for each project will begin once the project list is finalized. We look forward to working with you!

How Are These Projects Funded?

The NSF Program is funded by the Levy to Move Seattle. The 9-year, $930 million levy provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. The levy includes $24 million to continue the Neighborhood Street Fund program over the next 9 years.

Get Involved!

Show your support for these projects!  LIKE Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG), and Ballard Greenways on Facebook and follow SNG on Twitter.  You can also show your support by adding your name here: http://goo.gl/RXne8H


You’re Invited!  Calvary Ballard, 410 NW 62nd Street, is hosting KID’S FAIR from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 27, 2016.  This family friendly event is FREE and all neighbors are welcome to attend!

Date:  Saturday, August 27, 2016
Location:  Calvary Ballard, 410 NW 62nd Street
Time:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Event Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/755401721229363/

Enjoy fair food with your neighbors – pretzels, popcorn, snow cones, hotdogs – a bouncy house, games, water balloons and MORE!  The church will also be hosting a Play Street on 5th Ave NW during the event.

Get out and meet your neighbors!


Allen Callaci book reading and performance at Jigsaw Records

Allen Callaci is a librarian, rock and roll singer, and heart transplant recipient. Heart Like a Starfish is his account of that death-defying journey and the healing that follows for both himself and those around him.  He will be playing music and reading from his book on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Jigsaw Records, 608 NW 65th Street.

With illustrations by the author and beautiful cover art by AMY MALOOF, this wonderfully chaotic tale is told in a non-linear style that manages to convey the frenetic events and emotions while still embracing the strength and care and security all around. Admission is FREE, and attendees are encouraged to come early as space is limited.

Date:  Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Time:  6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location:  Jigsaw Records, 608 NW 65th Street
Event Information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1791161394486393/



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Great News Neighbors!  West Woodland’s favorite family friendly brewery, Populuxe Brewing, announced today its plans to move into a new, larger space next door to their current space at 826 NW 49th Street. The move to the 4000 square foot space, which once housed Ballard’s infamous Oddvars Automotive, will feature a 7-barrel brewhouse, 15-barrel fermenters, a larger taproom with 20 taps, a sizeable beer garden with food trucks and cornhole, more seating, and large screen TV’s for showing Sounders and Seahawks games and other major events.

Beer fans will also be able to enjoy Populuxe seven days a week! The new taproom will be open MondayThursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

When co-owners Peter Charbonnier and his wife Amy Besunder opened the doors in March of 2013, they had just three beers on tap. They quickly became a neighborhood favorite, winning awards for their beers and praise for their relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.  The tap list now boasts upwards of ten different brews at any time and the brewery hosts a bevy of free community events like Family Happy Hour with children’s entertainers and Record Store Day, with DJ’s spinning live music.

“We are excited for the next chapter,” said Charbonnier. “Our goal is to open the new space this spring, likely in March or April”.

Populuxe is currently working with architects and the city to design the space, but here’s what we can tell you so far:

  • The taproom room will move from the current location to the new one, where it will be bigger, open longer hours, and have even more taps.

  • The new space will have more room, so we’ll be able to brew more beer! We’ll retain the same feel of our current space by keeping the brewery operations connected to the taproom.

  • The new space will enable us to expand our barrel-aging program, increase our bottling capacity, develop our sour beer program, create more experimental beers and include a lab for advanced quality assurance.

  • We will have a separate room to accommodate private parties.

You can follow the progress of the expansion on Populuxe’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

Cleaning Up: Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Post courtesy Department of Ecology State of Washington.  Original post available HERE.  

Polluted properties dot Washington’s landscape. Literally.


Each dot represents a contaminated site in our state.  

More than 12,300 toxic sites have been identified in the state — and those are just the ones we know about right now. More are reported to us each year, even as others are cleaned up. At this point, just over half of them are considered to be “cleaned up.” But there is still a long way to go.

Search for cleanup sites near you

So do you ever wonder if one — or more — of those sites could be next door to your residence or workplace? Or maybe close to the local school or places where you do business?

If such thoughts have crossed your mind, search our new What’s In My Neighborhood mapping tool to find contaminated sites around you. Instructions are found by clicking the “help” button on the left side of the web page.

Let’s use Ecology’s headquarters as an example. The building is located at 300 Desmond Drive SE in Lacey. So we type in that address to search for cleanup sites within 1 mile of the building and we get 13 sites.

Scrolling down the left side shows that many of those sites are “cleaned up.” More information may be available on individual sites by clicking on the site name.

You can do the same thing with your home, your workplace, local schools, and other locations. You just need a device with internet access and a few minutes.

The “What’s In My Neighborhood” mapping tool shows 13 cleanup sites within 1 mile of Ecology’s Lacey building.

Tell us what you think

The “Neighborhood” tool is easy to use, though it’s still a work in progress — information on some of the smaller, less-contaminated sites is not as plentiful as information on more complex sites. We intend to develop and add more information, and we welcome your feedback.

If you have questions, suggestions for improvement, or run into technical issues, please email TCPWebmail@ecy.wa.gov.

By Erika Bronson, public involvement, Toxics Cleanup Program

The BEST of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Award Winners!


The winners are in!

Our neighborhood feels like a small town within the larger City of Seattle. Award winning restaurants, cafes, breweries, and retail shops are all within walking distance of our front doors.  This year we gave neighbors a chance to vote on their favorites and recognize the BEST of West Woodland!

From June 6 – July 7, 2016 neighbors participated in an online poll, voting on their favorite pet friendly business, brewery, new restaurant, and more within the West Woodland Neighborhood!

We present to you The BEST of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Award poll winners! Find your favorites, discover new secrets, share with your friends and tell us what you think by connecting with us on Facebook (@WestWoodlandBallard) and Twitter (@WW_Ballard). We’d love to see pictures of you and your family enjoying these favorite places too!

Best Restaurant:  Brimmer & Heeltap
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An amazing menu, gorgeous patio, and a commitment to the neighborhood make Brimmer & Heeltap an easy choice for BEST Restaurant. Recent bar updates, addition of brunch, and prime front door bike parking compliment the relax atmosphere you’ll find at Brimmer & Heeltap. West Woodland Loves B&H!

Location: 425 NW Market Street
Web: http://www.brimmerandheeltap.com/

Best New Restaurant:  Stock

STOCKOpen since January 2016, Chef & owner Chris Blanco elevates and reinvents everyday ingredients and recipes in a casual and relaxed environment.  As a result, Stock has quickly become a West Woodland neighborhood favorite. Power outlets line the bottoms of the banquette making this an easy space to schedule a lunch meeting, and the approachable menu appeals to families looking for a kid friendly lunch spot.

Location: 500 NW 65th Street
Web: http://www.stockseattle.com/#slow-food-fast

Best Patio:  Cafe Bambino

CAFE BAMBINOA long-time community favorite, Cafe Bambino has been described as the heart of the West Woodland neighborhood.  The patio is our public square, and often acts as a meeting location for neighbors planning summer block parties, street clean-ups, or gathering to carpool to an event downtown.  With recent renovations completed by another local favorite – Saltbox Designs – the patio will continue to please for many years to come!

Location: 405 NW 65th Street
Web: https://www.facebook.com/CafeBambino/

Best Non-Profit:  Ballard Food Bank

BallardFoodBank-BestofWestWoodlandThe Ballard Food Bank has been serving Ballard residents since the 1970s and provides healthy food to over 1000 individuals, including children, each week from their Leary Avenue location. Their home delivery program provides grocery delivery to more than 80 elderly and disabled clients once per week.  Thank you Ballard Food Bank for the work you do in our community!

Location: 5130 Leary Ave NW
Web: http://www.ballardfoodbank.org/

Best Business:  Chocolat Vitale

CHOCOLAT VITALEChcocolat Vitale is an Italian-inspired shop selling hot chocolate mixes, artisan chocolates, caramels, wines & edible gifts.  The trifecta of wine, chocolate, and coffee in a casual setting has made Chocolat Vitale a popular neighborhood gathering spot.  Palate pleasing lunch items, like the Caprese Sandwich and Chop Salad, are made to order and prepared fresh by Chef Amy Beaumier.

Location: 6257 3rd Ave NW
Web: http://chocolatvitale.com/

Best New Business:  NW 58th Street

NW58thStreetWest Woodland neighbor Margaux Jones creates 100% original, PVC-free, vegan cuffs, purses, bracelets, and more right here in Ballard! She’s an inspiration, risking stability to follow her entrepreneurial dream. Her work has been featured on Evening Magazine, KING5 News, and included in Grammy gift bags.  You can find her most weekends at the Ballard Farmers Market.

Location: NW 58th Street in Ballard
Web: http://www.nw58thst.com/

Best Brunch:  Stock

2016 - Stock 2Chef and owner Chris Blanco has a generous brunch menu, full of Asian flavors and American comfort food. The brunch menu includes pho and congee, great for our soggy Seattle mornings, as well as hearty hashes that make wonderful use of pickled veggies. Prices are reasonable making this a family-friendly favorite in the West Woodland neighborhood.

Location: 500 NW 65th Street
Web: http://www.stockseattle.com/#slow-food-fast

Best Non “Brick & Mortar” Business:  Balleywood Creamery

2016 - Balleywood CreameryYou will find Balleywood Creamery most weekends at Ballard’s breweries, neighborhood festivals, or farmers market.  The cart is staffed by Balleywood Creamery owner and frozen treat artisan Karen Kinbar.  Karen creates fantastic flavors like bourbon vanilla and Italian strawberry using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, even occasionally from her own garden.

Location: Various
Web: http://www.balleywoodcreamery.com/

Best Pet Friendly Business:  The Dray

2016 - The DrayWest Woodland loves The Dray.  This laid-back hangout features a large selection of draft beers, classic pizza, and sandwiches.  Any given weekend, you will see several happy dogs lazily lounging while their owners enjoy a beer and bite to eat under the Seattle summer sun. This pet friendly business is owned by the same folks who brought you The Yard in Greenwood.

Location: 708 NW 65th Street
Web: http://thedray.com/#

Best Environmentally Conscious Business:  Fremont Brewing

FREMONT BREWING 02A newcomer to the West Woodland neighborhood, Fremont Brewing is serious about sustainability.  They’ve worked to reduce their carbon footprint through energy conservation and zero waste production processes.  They participate in Seattle City Light’s Green Up program at the PLATINUM level and are partnering with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to defend the Clean Water Act. Learn more about Fremont Brewing’s commitment to the environment, visit:   http://www.fremontbrewing.com/sustainability/

Location: 4700 9th Ave NW
Web: http://www.fremontbrewing.com/

Best Family Friendly Business:  Populuxe Brewing

POPULUXE BREWING 02Populuxe Brewing’s large courtyard offers plenty of picnic tables and play space for kiddos to frolic, while parents enjoy a beer and nosh on great eats from a variety of rotating food trucks. Populuxe also hosts Family Happy Hour, complete with kid-friendly activities like tumble bus, corn-hole, face painting, and more.  Expect to see strollers, kids, dogs and plenty of smiles year round at this West Woodland neighborhood favorite.

Location: 826 NW 49th Street
Web: http://www.populuxebrewing.com/

Best Brewery, Winery, or Distillery:  Stoup Brewing

2016 - Stoup BrewingStoup’s beers are beautifully balanced from start to finish and that makes sense when you learn the company has Robyn Schumacher, a certified Cicerone, on the team. The brewery communicates a respect for both the art and science of beer by cultivating a warm and communal environment – a place for friends to gather, and for beer enthusiasts to chat with the makers over a well-fashioned, delightfully delicious beer.

Location: 1108 NW 52nd Street
Web: http://www.stoupbrewing.com/

Best Business to Neighborhood Connection:  Four Legged Friends

LIZA WHITE.jpgFour Legged Friends, an animal care service, joined Seattle’s Adopt-A-Street program four years ago and has been keeping NW 65th Street clean since then.  Liza White, owner of Four Legged Friends, works to enhance West Woodland’s historic NW 65th business district and improve neighbor’s quality  of life through quarterly street clean-ups.  Her goal is to beautify the neighborhood, support our small business community, and remove debris that threatens our environment.  Thank you for your support Liza!

Location: Various
Web: http://www.fourleggedfriendsseattle.com/

Best Neighborhood Project:  Gemenskap Park

G PARKGemenskap, the Swedish word for community, is the perfect name for our newest park which converts two blocks of 14th Ave. NW, between NW 59th and NW 61st Streets, into an inviting neighborhood gathering spot.  Gemenskap Park replaces a gravel wasteland, full of weeds and unsightly debris.  The East Ballard Community Association, headed by Dawn Hemminger, has worked tirelessly for 10 years to bring this park to life and the benefits of this neighborhood gem will be felt for years to come.

Location: 14th Ave NW
Web: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/ballard_hub_uv/

Best Medical Provider:  Eyes on the City – Ballard

EYES ON THE CITY 04Dr. Leslie Craddock knows that our eyes are working hard for us everyday. The team at Eyes on the City provides the care and attention each individual deserves, with comprehensive eye exams, eyewear selection, and ongoing support for a range of eye conditions.  Dr. Craddock has lived in Ballard for many years and has a strong relationship with the community she serves. Whatever the reason for your visit, you can count on the team at Eyes on the City to provide the highest quality care and excellent service.

Location: 603 NW 65th Street
Web: http://www.eyesonthecity.com/

Best Bar, Pub, or Tavern:  The 418 Public House

2016 - The 418 Public HouseFrom the outside, this low rise, nondescript building looks like any other watering hole in Ballard, but on the inside neighbors are treated to some of Seattle’s BEST Mexican soups, tasty tacos, and satisfying selection of sides. Let’s not forget the drinks!  Enjoy a bourbon lemonade on the patio, sangria by the pitcher, or grab a pint of local beer and play pool with your neighbors.

Location: 418 NW 65th Street
Web: https://www.facebook.com/418-Public-House-196916440347556/

Best Coffee:  Cafe Bambino

2016 - Cafe Bambino 2In a location that once sold cigarettes and sidearms, this tiny but wonderful West Woodland coffee shop is a community favorite. Whether your looking for a quick coffee to go, or want to enjoy a lazy morning on the patio, the team at Cafe Bambino delivers what you need with a friendly smile.

Location: 405 NW 65th Street
Web: https://www.facebook.com/CafeBambino/

Best Fitness Support, Training, or Gym:  Salmon Bay Physical Therapy

SBPTSalmon Bay Physical Therapy’s healthcare professionals have years of experience working side-by-side in a collaborative team-based environment to provide care for pain reduction, weekend warrior injuries, and more! With a commitment to continuing education, you can trust that the services SBPT provides are the newest and most advanced physical therapy treatments available.

Location: 6500 6th Ave NW Suite A
Web: http://www.salmonbaypt.com/

Best Beauty Salon, Spa, or Barbershop:  BaBaLouise

BABALOUISE 02From cuts to colors, the team at BaBaLouise works to enhance individual beauty and well-being. They’ve created a lifetime of loyalty by setting high standards and demonstrating excellence in the services provided.  Neighbors know that they are receiving personal treatments tailored to fit their individual needs.  Celebrate beauty and wellness with the team at BaBaLouise.

Location: 616 NW 65th Street
Web: https://www.vagaro.com/BabaLouise

Thank You!

We are appreciate the time you took to vote in the first annual BEST of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Award poll.  Connect with us on Facebook (@WestWoodlandBallard) and Twitter (@WW_Ballard). We’d love to see pictures of you and your family enjoying these favorite places!