About the In Ballard Merchants Association
The In Ballard Merchants Association is an official 501(c)(6) non-profit Mutual Business Organization with the State of Washington. The Mission of the In Ballard Merchants Association is to ensure a flourishing Ballard economy through collective event planning and advertising among Ballard businesses. The Association heads up two major campaigns during the year, Tuesdays in Ballard in the Summer and Holidays in Ballard in the Winter. For more information, send an email to merchants@InBallard.com. The Inballard.com site is the official home of the In Ballard Merchants Association.
The original inballard.com site, created in 1998 by Ballard designer Hovie Hawk, was one of the first online guides to Ballard. Hawk created the site as a way to showcase what he saw as the best places to drink, eat, shop, and play in, what was then a very sleepy, quiet Ballard community. There were many great little boutiques that were going unnoticed and so the idea of a site promoting the best places came about. Since then Ballard has certainly changed and has become a booming, vibrant neighborhood. In 2009 Hawk joined the In Ballard Merchants Association and agreed to allow the organization to use the site as their official site.
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The Holidays in Ballard campaign starts in November and continues into early January. With the help of member merchants, the In Ballard Merchants Association has plans for fun and exciting holiday activities and decorations that help to bring people to Ballard from all over the region. For more information please contact merchants@InBallard.com or check out our Facebook Fan page.
The Summer Tuesdays in Ballard campaign was named as the “Best organized effort to shop locally” by Seattle Magazine and has been featured on KIRO 7 News, Northwest Cable News, The Ballard News Tribune, the Lit Riffs blog in the Seattle PI, and MyBallard.com. It creates fun and excitement all Summer in Seattle’s greatest neighborhood!