There is no doubt that Ballard is recognized as a great place to live, work, and play. From world-class restaurants highlighted in the New York Times to regular features in Sunset Magazine, Ballard is receiving critical acclaim from across the country and beyond. Add a new luxury hotel to the mix and it’s easy to recognize that Ballard is becoming a sought after travel destination.
At the same time, Ballard remains the home to significant maritime and industrial businesses that are the backbone of our community. From fishing to shipbuilding and heavy manufacturing to transportation services, all of these industries provide living wage jobs that help keep our local economy stable and vital to Ballard’s prosperity.
While the face of Ballard will continue to evolve, the eclectic mix of retail and restaurants with industrial and maritime businesses will help preserve Ballard’s identity in the years ahead.
The Ballard business community has rallied together this holiday season to create two special events for the broader Ballard community, shoppers and visitors.
Dubbed “Ballard Gives Black Friday,” this day-after Thanksgiving Day event takes a new twist on the largest shopping day of the year. Rather than offering 5:00 a.m. “Doorbusters”, many independent shops throughout Ballard are inviting shoppers to patronize their business on Black Friday and, in return, a portion of each sale will be donated to a local non-profit.
Local non-profits that will benefit include: the Ballard Boys and Girls Club, the Ballard Food Bank, Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Foundation and many more. For the complete list of participating businesses and selected charitable organizations, please click here.
Shoppers interested in participating should look for the “Ballard Gives Black” logo in storefront windows.
On Saturday, November 30, holiday shoppers, residents and visitors are invited to make merry at Marvin’s Garden Park for the first ever “Ballard Gives Holiday Lights Celebration.” The event features live music, free treats and beverages, and an opportunity for youngsters to share their Christmas wishes with Santa Claus – including a complimentary photo with Santa.
Here are the events planned for Marvin's Garden Park:
|2 – 5 p.m.||Free Photos with Santa & Complimentary Treats and Beverages|
|3 – 4:50 p.m.||Ann Merryfield Jazz Trio|
|5 p.m.||Tree Lighting Ceremony|
|5 – 5:30 p.m.||Market Street Singers|
|5:30 – 6:30 p.m.||Los Gentlemen|