Shane Harms
Owner, Dan Murphy (left) with General Manager, Adam Herlihy and Chef Mark Berlin (right)

New eatery celebrates lumber industry roots and Pacific Northwest

Among many names for Ballard like “Snoose Junction” and “Gilman Park,” readers may not be privy to the fact that Ballard was once named “the shingle capital of the world” because of all the lumber and shingle mills that took up shop here. The industry was so successful that it rivaled even the maritime industry in jobs and culture.

It’s no wonder that Ballard resident and owner of The Ballard Loft, Dan Murphy, has opened a new restaurant that celebrates the lumber and shingle industry. ">ShingleTown Northwest Pub and Eatery (2016 NW Market Street) opened mid- month and already Ballardites are clamoring to find a seat. On a Friday night it’s becomes a wilderness of patrons savoring pacific northwest inspired cocktails and dining on dishes sources from the region.

The space is vibrant, clean and the exposed wood and shingles lining the bar harkens to a different time when the mills rattled and Cedar dust flew. The bar itself has the iconic timber saw image imbedded in it. Indeed, ShingleTown is a space that celebrates not only Ballard but also the region as a whole.

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Phinney man invents fort building kit for kids

Legos. Lincoln logs. K’NEX. These timeless toys have captured the imagination of children for decades, teaching them the lessons of structure, weight, strength and the power of the imagination. Building things seems to be a natural inclination, and parents know the practice is not limited to pieces on the table; making forts is yet another expression of the child’s will to create.

Most adults can remember stacked couch cushions, blankets and sheets strung up on bedposts that spanned an entire room. We remember hiding out from pirates, cowboys and aliens in our absurd makes-shift domes of imagination. Indeed, the fort is a vehicle for any adventure.

A Phinney Ridge man knows all about forts and has invented a building kit that provides the pieces to create the timeless stronghold in a brand new way.
August Graube, inventor of Fort Boards, is about to launch his fort-building kit next week, and children – and maybe even adults – may find the will to build up and hide out an irresistible endeavor.

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Peggy Sturdivant
Pieces of the Korean Ashe that was cut down last week.

At Large in Ballard: Just a tree

By Peggy Sturdivant

I was actively looking for the good in Ballard last week, and I was finding it. In the midst of proposals that seemed to promise yet more density for Ballard through zoning changes I was determined to find bright spots. Meanwhile I had taken to always looking at the large Korean Ash tree on the former substation site on Market as though it was a sign that Old Ballard had not fallen. In Seafoodfest’s final hours I detoured around and noticed a man with belongings next to him sleeping on his side near the tree; its orange demolition notice on the ground instead of the trunk. He was still there the following morning as well.

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