Public Notice: 1100 NW 54th Street

Kamiak Real Estate is in the early planning stages for a new seven-story project at 1100 NW 54th Street, Seattle 98107 (NW corner of 11th Ave NW and NW 54th St.).

The Developer and Architect will host a community meeting on March 28 from 6:00-7:00pm at Ballard Senior Center 5429 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, 98107. The purpose of this meeting is to share early design concepts for the project and encourage community input.

If you have any questions or input related to this project or event, please send us an email to Any information collected via this email address may be subject to public disclosure.

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2017 Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide

Shop Local in Ballard’s West Woodland Neighborhood!

For as long as gift-giving has been a tradition, we’ve also struggled with finding the right gift. Our 2017 Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide was created to help you find the perfect holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list – your wellness-obsessed friend, music-loving mom, sophisticated boss – buying from shops right here in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

Each dollar you spend at independent local businesses returns three times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain store, almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer.  Shopping local is a benefit we all can bank on. (Source:

As you start your holiday shopping, use the 2017 Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide to find something truly unique – and locally made – for everyone on your gift giving list. We hope these recommendations spark an idea for what you might gift your loved ones.


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Do you have a guitar hero on your gift giving list? Fret no more! Peace General Store stocks handcrafted leather guitar straps, banjo straps & premium accessories produced by Seattle’s own Copperpeace.

Every item is skillfully crafted and quality checked before arriving in your hands. The guitar straps you’ll find at Peace General Store are of the highest quality materials that will stand the test of time and can be passed down a generation.

Peace General Store is located at 1417 NW 54th Street, Suite 107, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Ballard’s already experienced a flurry of early snow and freezing temperatures. Needless to say, we need a taste of whiskey to warm the soul. Embracing cozy vibes, with smoky salt and local whiskey flavors, Jonboy Caramels will put the happy back into your holidays.

Buy Jonboy Caramels Whiskey with Smoked Salt Caramels online here.  If you need a gift to go, visit Seattle area PCC Natural Markets and Whole Foods Market for additional Jonboy Caramels product selection.

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Holiday - Inner Harmony

Need a gift that will help your stressed friend chill way out? Give the gift of health this holiday with an Inner Harmony Acupuncture gift certificate.

Inner Harmony Acupuncture provides a wide range of healing modalities, including Reiki, sound healing, massage, and more. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and for a limited time, spend $100 and you get a gift for yourself!

Inner Harmony Acupuncture is located at 1417 NW 54th Street, Suite 437, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Domanico Cellars wine club is the perfect gift for both experienced and new wine drinkers. The delight of wine arriving at your door never gets old, and like all gift of the month clubs, a wine subscription is a gift that keeps on giving.

Club members receive 10% off any wine purchase including your wine club wines, 25% off when purchasing 12 or more bottles, invitations to exclusive events, and much more! Sign up here:

Domanico Cellars is located at 825 NW 49th Street, Seattle, WA 98107

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Holiday - Lighten Up Seattle

Light up your life! There’s a place in every home – even the tiniest of apartments – for a petite accent lamp. Though they may be small, the cheerful glow they produce will make a significant impact on the ambiance of a room.

Lighten Up Seattle has an amazing selection of lamps – big & small – to brighten the darkest corners. Whether you’re shopping for an avid art collector who loves to showcase their collection, or a student who needs to upgrade their desk decor, Lighten Up Seattle is the bright choice.

Lighten Up Seattle is located at 1417 NW 54th Street, Suite 106, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Holiday - Hapertas and Co

Ballard’s big on bowties and whether you’re mad for plaid or prefer a preppy polkadot, Hapertas & Company is happy to help you find a perfect fit.  Hapertas & Company specializes in handmade haberdashery and gifts for the classic gentleman. Their products include neckties, bowties, pocket square, collar stays, cuff links, leather goods and home decor.

Hapertas & Company is located at 1417 NW 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98107.  Visits are by appointment only.

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HOLIDAY - The Blue Glass

For the ultimate foodie, what’s more luxe than enjoying your favorite dish, surrounded by friends?  Relax over a drink with your Bestie, while the culinary artists at The Blue Glass create magic in the kitchen.  For a limited time, starting November 30, 2017, pop over to The Blue Glass and buy a $100 gift card for your friend, and they’ll give you a $25 gift card for free.

The Blue Glass is located at 704 NW 65th Street, Seattle, WA 98117.

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HOLIDAY - Populuxe

Is your friend’s wardrobe about 75% T-shirts?  Sign them up for the 2018 Populuxe Brewing Mug Club and help them get closer to 100%.  Members of this exclusive club receive a 20 oz. pour every time they order a pint (FREE Beer all-year), 10% off all Populuxe merchandise, a super soft Populuxe Brewing Mug Club T-shirt, club mug, and MORE!  All this for only $100, sign up here:

Populuxe Brewing is located at 826 NW 49th Street, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Tucked inside StudioWorks Ballard is 5 Lights Wellness, an Acupuncture, Yoga and Sound studio that specializes in helping many heal their body, optimize their mind, and experience higher states of consciousness.  Treat your friend (and yourself) to a Sound Experience or Small Group Yoga Session for just $20. Contact 5 Lights Wellness owner, Amber West at for gift certificate orders.

5 Lights Wellness is located at 1417 NW 54th Street, Suite 234, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Buying for someone who lives on the other coast? If you’re hoping to really make an impact this holiday, get them something they can’t get themselves and be a holiday hero!

For the craft beer enthusiast, gift two bottles of beer from Ballard’s most decorated brewery, Reuben’s Brews. The bottles come snuggled in a super soft tee, boxed and ready to be shipped, or placed under the ol’ tannenbaum. Family owned and operated, Reuben’s Brews offers a large selection of beer gear and gift cards.  One for you and one for your friend.

Reuben’s Brews is located at  5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Holiday - Lori Goldston

Ballard-based musician, Lori Goldston has stood on stage with rock icons like Kurt Cobain, and has created a memorable career by deconstructing her classical education and merging with self taught experimental skills.

Goldston’s album, Film Scores includes: Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Yasujiro Ozu’s Passing Fancy (1933), Linas Phillips’ Bass Ackwards (2010), Britta Johnson’s Crashing Waves (2010), Vanessa Renwick’s Charismatic Megafauna (2011) and Mighty Tacoma (2011).

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If you’ve made it this far, your holiday shopping list must include someone who has everything.  Give them the gift of relaxation at Ballard’s Ohmbiance.  For a limited time, West Woodland, Ballard readers will receive a 60 min organic facial, regular retail price $90, for ONLY $60. Include “Holiday” in the appointment notes when scheduling online:

Ohmbiance is located at 1417 NW 54th Street, Suite 305, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Still not sure what gift to give? 

Take a look at last year’s gift guide for additional ideas:

Happy Holidays!

Indigenous Foods Pop Up At Joli

JOLI LOGO Ballard West WoodlandHappening at Joli on Sunday, November 12: An unforgettable night of Native foods, craft-cocktails, and entertainment.

This event is one-night-only, and will include passed appetizers, cocktails, a silent auction, and feature words from Abigail Echo-Hawk on the importance of Indigenous foods.

Indigenous chef’s Hillel Echo-Hawk and Brit Reed bring you this unique event as a part of the I-Collective’s fundraising efforts for their first ever NYC popup event. All proceeds will be used to fund Hillel and Brit’s trip to the NYC I-Collective popup. To find out more about the I-Collective and the NYC Popup, please go to their event page here:

Where: Joli, 7th and 65th NW
When: 6:00 pm
Cost: $75 per ticket, with a cash bar

Joli is located at 618 NW 65th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

Man Critical After Being Set On Fire Near 45th & Leary

Update 11/8/17:


Detectives are searching for 31 -year-old Christopher Burrus for the assault of a 39-year-old man Tuesday evening. Detectives believe Burrus doused the victim with a flammable liquid before setting him on fire.

If you know where police can find Burrus, please call 911 immediately and do not approach him. Detectives are asking you to call the homicide/assault tip line at (206)233-5000 if you have any information regarding this case.


Written by Detective Patrick Michaud, Seattle Police Department, on November 7, 2017 9:47 pm

Homicide detectives are searching for a man after he set someone on fire in the Fremont neighborhood.

A passerby called 911 just after 7 p.m. Tuesday when he spotted a man on fire in the 4500 block of Leary Way NW. He extinguished the flames while waiting for first responders. Seattle Fire medics arrived and took the victim to Harborview Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition.

Seattle Police Homicide/Assault detectives are currently searching for a male suspect and his girlfriend.

This is an active case and the details will be updated as we get more information from detectives. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the homicide/assault tip line at (206)233-5000.

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Ballard School Flooded By Sewage

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Preschool flooded with sewage

Friday, October 13, 2017 will not easily be forgotten by the parents, students, and teachers at Saint Alphonsus Parish School in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. Families arrived to find that one of their classroom spaces had been flooded overnight with Seattle’s slop.

Sludge oozed from beneath the preschool classroom door. A bay of windows running along the east-side of the space was foggy with condensation. An odor greeted those who moved closer to the classroom, confirming suspicion that something was not right.

From the Principal, Matt Eisenhauer:

“Overnight, the room had been flooded with back-up from the sewer system, that covered the floor, wall to wall, in the closets, restrooms, electrical closet and all. We contacted the city of Seattle, and they have three large trucks out on 58th street clearing out the sewage lines that run under the road.”

The classroom will be out of commission until the affected area is cleaned, repaired, inspected and approved for use. When school opens on Monday, students will report to the auditorium.

For those who use the NW 58th Street Greenway, please be aware of the additional traffic, big trucks, and workers on the roadway.

Saint Alphonsus Church & School are located at 5816 NW 15th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.  Learn more:

Up Next: Books By Ballard Authors

BOOK and OWL 2017-10-04 09.38.57It’s autumn in beautiful Ballard. Pull on a sweater, grab a cup of tea, and snuggle up with the literary works of those who have been inspired by our special surroundings. Here are four amazing authors that live right here in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.



David Neiwert is a freelance journalist, blogger, author. He is a contributor to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and the author of numerous books, including And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border, winner of the 2014 International Latino Book Award for Nonfiction.

His newest work, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, discusses the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism.

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Kira Brady’s debut Hearts of Darkness was named one of the Best Books of Summer 2012 by Publishers Weekly. She is the author of the Deadglass Trilogy, apocalyptic paranormal romance set in a grisly modern day Seattle from Kensington Publishing.

A native Seattleitte, Kira spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest. She fell in love with historic, haunted cities in graduate school, and writes about the twisted towns of her imagination, where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and love redeems even the darkest heart.

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Molly Torres, published a collaborative novel titled Ash Tuesday with her sister Peggy Nelson and niece Shawna Rengli.  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. The story ranges from Washington and Idaho to Montana, with some very familiar scenes here in Ballard.

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Heather Nuhfer writes all-ages and children’s books and graphic novels. The first book in a new middle grade series,  My So-Called Superpowers, is a quirky and funny coming-of-age novel celebrating individuality.

Heather has penned numerous original stories for comic book titles including, Scooby Doo, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans GO!, Fraggle Rock, LisaSimpson, and Monster High. Her My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic graphic novels are international bestsellers, and if you like poems, WeirdEST is the one to read first.

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Nature Inspired Exhibition Opening At Ballard’s Blowing Sands Glass Studio

Ballard resident and artist Robert Sparrow Jones’ solo exhibition, The Uncertain Landscape, opens Sunday, October 1 at Blowing Sands Glass Studio.  Jones grew up in Pennsylvania, and his work reflects his relationship with nature, evoking a deep sense of place.

Robert Sparrow Jones Ballard Blowing Sands Glass Studio“What moves me to make these works is the trifecta of memory, love, and the passage of time. The pictures serve as a shifting cross-section—using color, tone, and an expressive languor in paint language, to create a local dialect that, although uneven, I think vividly captures the energy, the mutability, or perhaps the stubborn persistence of what it’s like to be affected by place,” Jones shared.

The exhibition, including Rosa acicularis, which is shown on the right, has a strong narrative quality. Jones shared that they are meant to act in the present but suggest a past, moving with the rhythm of everyday life that is rife with multiple time signatures.

“The figures are intended to add atmosphere to past peregrinations and dalliances and knit the uncertainties of our life’s complications into such a lovely, changeable shifting. The emotional landscape emerges when our attentiveness to the sensual world brings a certain mutable responsiveness from the imperatives of consciousness.”

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The Uncertain Landscape is showing from October 1 through October 30, 2017 at Blowing Sands Glass Studios, located at 5805 14th Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

About Robert Sparrow Jones:

Robert Sparrow Jones received his BFA from Kutztown University and MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, studying with Abstract Expressionist, Grace Hartigan.

He was an Assistant Professor of Painting at Piedmont College and NOVA Southeastern University. His Artist in Residencies include, The Studios of Key West, the Vermont Studio Center, Museum of Glass, and the Frye Art Museum. He was awarded Deering Estate one year fellowship in Miami, a Can Serrat Artist Grant in Spain, and nominated for an Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2017.

Jones’s work has been reviewed in Oxford American Magazine, Athens Food and Culture, Seattle Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and his paintings appear in New American Paintings.

His work has been exhibited from New York City to Hong Kong and he is a regular contributing writer for the Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives and works in Crown Hill, Seattle, and is Dale Chihuly’s painting assistant.

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