For Sale: 6415 8th Ave NW 

CHOICE DELI Ballard West Woodland
Photo of Choice Deli & Grocery, located at 6415 8th Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.  

It’s easy to miss the For Sale sign posted on the northside of Choice Deli & Grocery, located at 8th Ave NW and NW 65th Street. Tucked up on the NW corner of the building, you could pass by the sign a dozen times, like I did, before even noticing the announcement.

After an observant neighbor asked about the property,  I called the shop and spoke with an employee who told me that the business wasn’t closing. Choice Deli & Grocery has a lease until 2026, so future owners will benefit from a revenue generating rental agreement.

Choice Deli & Grocery has been under the same ownership for the past 15 years, and recently reinvented itself as a beer stop with teriyaki and other quick eats. Ballard neighbors have enjoyed the expanded food and beer offerings, as well as the family friendly summer block parties, which have included live music and ice-cream. Check out a few past posts about the expansion HERE.

Interested in buying the property? It could be yours for $1,950,000. Property details, courtesy Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services, available HERE and in this supplemental document: Choice Deli and Grocery

Thank you to Megan M. For the tip! If you see something happening in the neighborhood, send me an email at


The Buzz: Beekeeping in Ballard

Guest Post By Jason Kardong, Woodland Bee Company,

Woodland_Bee_Company_LogoBeekeeping has become a very popular hobby in the U.S., especially in cities like Seattle and Portland where it’s not only legal to keep bees in your yard, but encouraged. Many people undertake this extremely joyful undertaking, but many people fail. Not out of lack of desire or love, but because there are many aspects of beekeeping that require attention and detail.

What Does Beekeeping Entail? Anyone can keep bees, all you need is a spacious yard, some equipment, and a passion to help struggling bee colonies. Seattle allows you up to four hives in your yard, but most new keepers opt for two. I can help you get all this started, from selecting books, to buying equipment, to installing your bees! It’s all part of a service I offer.

Bee Packages. Ok, after setting up your hive(s), you now need bees!! Most new beekeepers opt to buy what’s called “package bees”, which is three pounds of bees (that come in a special box) that will be moved into your hive. Typically packages are available from April until May and once they are gone, you have to wait another year. We sell these packages in limited numbers, and can even help you install them.


Jason tending his downtown Seattle hives.

Colony Collapse, Parasites, Diseases! There are plenty of things that can kill or weaken bees. Fungus, varroa mites, sicknesses all can quickly kill a colony. A skilled beekeeper can keep an eye out for signs and make necessary corrections. Working with an experienced beekeeper can expedite your learning, so find an experienced mentor!

Consultation. New and even experienced beekeepers need help from time to time. If you have questions or concerns about your hive, let us know and we can come out to consult.

Hosting. Because some people would like to keep bees, but either do not have the time or resources, Woodland Bee Company offers a hosting program where we place bees into your yard and take care of all aspects! We charge a service fee that goes directly to serving the bees in your yard.


Jason at work in Ballard

Swarms….. May and June is swarm season. Don’t be scared if you see one, but rather enjoy the sight, from a distance. It may look scary, but it’s really not. If you do have a swarm, we can come collect it and rehome the bees in a new hive, thus giving them a wonderful chance to live another year.

Honey?? Did you know most of the honey you buy in the grocery store is not “real” honey? Most of it is fake or substitute. The best way to ensure you get real honey is to buy from a beekeeper. Yes, we can help you with that, let us know if you’d like 100% pure honey.

Ballard West Woodland Bee Company Jason_At_His_Ballard_Backyard_Apiary

Jason Kardong, Owner

About Jason Kardong

After keeping bees in my West Woodland yard in Ballard, then working at Ballard Bee Company for some years, I started my own beekeeping company, eventually named Woodland Bee Company. I have bees in over 20 different yards across Ballard, as well as at Google, Pacific Science Center and on the Columbia Center downtown.

I love my bees, love my hosts and love spreading the word and am certified with the state of Washington and Montana as a beekeeper. When not keeping bees I’m active in the Ballard music community and can often be seen getting dragged around West Woodland with my black lab Simon.

Find Jason Online

Bee Plus Honey LLC |
Woodland Bee Co |
EMail | 


The Ballard Alliance, formerly Ballard Chamber of Commerce, works to ensure Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood remains a unique and economically vital community for its visitors, residents, businesses, and property owners. As a community partner, they continuously encourage improvements within our neighborhood and business districts.

One improvement program, created to tackle the litter issue affecting our neighborhood, is a litter abatement program which recently kicked-off near the breweries.

From the Ballard Alliance:

“The city of Seattle is trying out ways to tackle the litter issues that affect many Seattle neighborhoods. They recently partnered with the Ballard Alliance looking for key areas to focus on in Ballard. Their first round of cleanups were in West Woodland focusing on our Ballard Brewery District.”


Thank you to the Ballard Alliance and Ballard Brewery partners for supporting this litter abatement program.  The program will make our streets and sidewalks safe for those who live, work, and play in Ballard’s Brewery District.

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Join the Ballard Alliance!

Membership in the Ballard Alliance provides an opportunity to promote your business or organization, keep informed about important events and issues, participate in B2B networking events and engage on broader community issues and initiatives.

Learn more here:

Ballard West Woodland Litter Clean Up