News from the  Ballard Chamber of Commerce
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
November 17, 2016 


Looking ahead
November 19 & 20
YuleFest @ Nordic Heritage Museum
November 24
Happy Thanksgiving!
November 25 Ballard Gives Black
November 26
Ballard Holiday Fest and  Small Business Saturday
December 1 The Cold Hard Cash Show @ Sunset Tavern
December 1
Open Late Thursdays
December 3
Zepperella @ Tractor Tavern
December 4 Saint Lucia Pagent @ Nordic Heritage Museum
What's happening

LetterMikeA Message of Change and Gratitude from the Ballard Chamber of Commerce 
On behalf of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, I would like to take a moment during this season of gratitude to thank all our members, partners and community leaders. This organization depends upon the generous participation, contribution and leadership of its members to thrive. Thank you to all the talented individuals who worked on committees, volunteered or participated in one of our many events and initiatives.
There is much to be thankful for!
We are excited to announce that the Ballard Improvement Area (BIA) was approved by the City of Seattle last month.

The BIA is a long-term, sustainably-funded leadership organization representing Ballard's businesses, residents and property owners. This was the result of more than two years of hard work and dedication from our Board of Directors, the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth as well as commercial and residential property owners throughout Ballard. The BIA will implement programs and services critical to ensuring that Ballard remains a vital place to live, shop, work, eat and play.
In this new capacity, the Ballard Chamber will represent both business and residential interests. To that end, the Ballard Chamber will become The Ballard Alliance on January 1, 2017.
The Ballard Alliance will administer the projects within the scope of the BIA, such as: Clean Streets and Graffiti Removal, Public Safety and Health Enhancement, Marketing and Promotions, Business Development and Advocacy/Urban Design/Transportation. BIA funds will be used only to support these identified programs. The organization will adjust staffing resources and contracts appropriately to deliver these services.
Services currently provided by the Ballard Chamber will continue, including marketing, networking, programs, and production of the Ballard SeafoodFest. The Ballard Chamber will outline the specific details for current Chamber members that reside within and beyond the boundary of the BIA next month.
We are excited to continue serving our community and supporting the interests of commercial and residential property owners, residents, business owners and visitors. This transformation will bring about a new look, a new logo, and a new location for the organization; but it will continue to provide the same dedication to building and advocating for a better Ballard. 
All the Best,
Mike Stewart, Executive Director
Ballard Chamber of Commerce 
memberJen Member Spotlight
What is your favorite aspect of owning a business in Ballard? My favorite aspect of owning a business in Ballard is the community.  I love that I can walk to work.  It is great to be part of the community as a business owner, but also as a homeowner and a mom.  I get to enjoy all the different aspects of being a member of the Ballard community.

What makes your store and services unique? Ballard Acupuncture Center is unique in that we offer Acupuncture as well as Functional Medicine treatments.  Functional Medicine is a lab-based approach that addresses five common conditions- weight gain, fatigue, depression, female hormone and digestive problems.

What do you want people to know about you or your business/organization? I would like people to know that I have been practicing Acupuncture for more than 13 years now and I still love what I do.  I love that I can help so many people who come in for many different reasons from low back pain, headaches, neck pain, infertility concerns, menopause, and stress & anxiety to sleep issues.  

What is you favorite place or thing to do in Ballard? My favorite things to do in Ballard are going to the Sunday Farmer's Market, getting a glass of wine at Noble Fir and getting pho and then going to a movie with my family.

2224 NW 56th Street, Seattle, WA 98107

Commitment to Community
The caring Chamber members at  Ballard Acupuncture Center are proud to support local nonprofit WestSide Baby by helping to spread some JOY this holiday season. 

They will be hosting a drive to gather the clothing and supplies needed to keep kids in our community safe, warm and dry. 

The drive will run from  November 29th to December 30th at Ballard Acupuncture Center located at 2224 NW 56th Street. The donated items will benefit the 41,000 children, aged 12 and under, in King County who live below the federal poverty line. 

Please drop off size 6 diapers, winter coats, wipes, shampoo/baby wash, diaper cream, new underwear, socks, and pajamas and say hello to Avigail and her team!

LightupLight up Ballard 
The long dark days of winter just got a bit brighter, thanks to our local merchants and business owners. The beautiful holiday lights are made possible through donations. If you would still like to contribute, it is not to late. 

Donations cover the cost of installing lights, maintaining and taking them down each year. We're asking all neighborhood merchants and businesses contribute $250, or what ever you can give this year, to make our neighborhood festive and bright!

Please send checks to Ballard Chamber of Commerce, 2208 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107, and note holiday lights donation in the memo section.

 A Special Thank you from Reach Now
ReachNow wants to thank you for being one of the most active car sharing neighborhoods in the city by giving you, your staff and customers one more reason to drive this week with $15 in driving credit! Simply enter promo code 'GOBALLARD' into the promo section of the app (expires: 11/24).

A lso, if you, your friends, family, and neighbors haven't tried ReachNow, sign-up is still free for a limited time! Drop by CaffĂ© Umbria this Sunday November 20th, from 9am to 1pm, check out one of our electric I3 vehicles. The first 50 people that sign up to be members will receive a $5 Caffe Umbria gift card. 

Tides and Pines Now Open!
One of the things that gives Ballard so much character is all the boutiques and shops.  We would like to welcome another charming merchant, Tides and Pines. Tides and Pines "is a lifestyle shop that emphasizes Pacific Northwest style." We wish you much success.  If you would like to check them out, they are located at 5410 22nd Ave NW.
Mark Your Calendars

Enjoy live music, free photos with Santa, hot chocolate and find out the winners of the Tomte Trail adventure at this free event celebrating the holiday season in Ballard. Fun family entertainment in the heart of Ballard!  

Don't forget to bring your filled Tomte Trail passports to be entered to win the grand prize.  Didn't fill your passport? No problem! Prizes for a Bingo on the passports this year!

Irish Tenors Concert Tickets Still on Sale
There are still seats left for the Irish Tenors Holiday Concert  on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30pm, Benaroya Hall.  The concert will benefit the programs and services offered by the Ballard NW Senior Center and is the most important fundraiser supporting the Center. 
If you were looking to get in the holdiday spirit with friends, family or collegues, this is a great way to support the Center and enjoy the season.

Fun Facts Photo(s) of the Day

Ballard High School, originally called the Central School on Tallman Avenue, was the first two-story building in Ballard. The new Ballard High School (second photo), opened in 1916 on the site of the Hamblet Family Homestead.  Rebuilt once again, the current building design refelcts the previous archetectural elements but with modern amenities (third photo c. 2000).

Speaking of Ballard High School... You are invited to a  kick-off gathering for the First Annual "Running of the Beavers"!  The inagural April 1st, 2017 5K Run/Walk event will benefit the Ballard High School Foundation with all net proceeds going to Ballard High School. Family, Friends and Supporters of Ballard High School are welcome on November 30, 2016, 4:00 p.m. to support this new neighborhood event at:
The Shelter
4901 Leary Avenue NW
Light Appetizers will be served -- please RSVP
NARMExplore Local Museums or Across the Continent

T he Nordic Heritage Museum is now an official member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). 

Members at the new  Family Plus level and higher will receive benefits at over 800 institutions nationwide, including free admission, gift shop discounts, and/or discounts on programming and events. 

Redeeming these benefits is easy. Show your Nordic Heritage Museum membership card at the admissions desk or gift shop at any of our North American Reciprocal Membership partners and receive free admission and discounts. 

The Nordic Heritage Museum offers a Family Plus membership for $100.  A great gift for active families or the curious person who has everything.  To become a member or learn more about memberships contact:  Kelsey Svaren  at (206)789-5707 Extension 24.
NPACNorth Precinct Advisory Council Meeting on December 7th, 2016 from 7-8:30 p.m.
In lieu of a guest speaker, next month's meeting will be an opportunity to socialize and share public safety concerns and ideas to work on in 2017.  

Please bring a snack to share and a new pair of socks. This meeting will mark the end of the 2016 Sock Drive. The socks are donated to the Harborview Pioneer Square Clinic, ROOTS, YouthCare, and Mary's Place.

December's meeting will be held at North Seattle College, room CC1161, College Center Building 2.  

The January 2017 meeting will feature the North Precinct's Community Police Team as guest speakers.