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Archive for January, 2011

Vasa Ghost Sign

This sign is not your typical ghost sign, a term that typically applies to faded painted advertisements.  But it’s certainly a ghost of sorts, located above the People’s Pub, just a few doors down from the Princess Hotel.  I don’t know how long the Vasa Sea Grill and its Patio Room have been gone, but the People’s Pub has been in this location since 2000. 

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North Park Grocery

Continuing with the theme of Aurora Ave N and elephants, here is another new mural created by the same folks who brought us the Bigfoot on Aurora a few blocks south.  This one is on the North Park Grocery on the west side of the street at N 102nd.  Note that one of our old friends is featured here, finally cutting loose. 

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Bob's Ballard TV?

I guess it’s true.  I’m really not the most observant person about.  I recently went to try and get a better version of the above picture and realized that the sign is missing, and probably has been for months.  I’d been by many times and not noticed.  After all that bragging here and here about keeping the sign, branding firm Stoke just up and left Bob’s, moving into the Kolstrand building on Ballard Ave with all the other cool kids.  And the sign?  Well, I guess it’s not quite as in keeping with the Tea Cozy Yarn Shop—the latest tenant in the space.

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Frank's

I wrote about Frank Pyle and his entryway on Ballard Ave here.  There is also this Frank entryway a few blocks down, no last name.  Perhaps there was a store by that name here at one time, maybe a sausage vendor or, more likely, a bar.  I don’t know.  I do, however, know that Souvenir, the store that has occupied this space since 1999, is closing next month to make way for an elevator.

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Blowing Sands and the Trumpet

How hard can it be to take some photos of a large metal horse?  Quite hard, apparently.  It’s not been for lack of trying or at least not just that.  In the meantime we’ve been scooped, this time by the art critic at Ballard Gossip Girl who had the following review last December:

Blowing Sands Glass Studio is showing some fantastic sculpture by Dan Klennert.  You can see a number of his works outside the studio ….   We think they appeal to the mechanic in all of us, not only inspiring us to see the animal and human forms but to identify the individual parts.  Well done, dudes!

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Aurora Rents -- December 2010

While we’re on the much maligned N. Aurora Ave (even a Yeti comes armed?), I’d like to express my belated thanks to the owner of Aurora Rents who did the right thing and preserved this priceless pachyderm.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys its presence.  And this article on the recent renovation from the Seattle Times, says as much and also provides a good overview of the elephant’s history.  And more information is available here at Northwest Hub.  Apparently it started out life in Fremont before moving to its current location in 1946.

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Bigfoot on Aurora

I think it’s fair to say that Seattle’s Aurora Avenue has seen a lot of things.  A lot of things.  But I’m guessing this is probably the first Yeti.  Aurora doesn’t have the best reputation.  The Yeti is probably smart to be armed, even if it’s just a snowball.  The Yeti is part of a very cool (ahem) mural located just off Aurora in the parking lot of ProSki Seattle (see below).  Here is a post that shows the mural in process.  And here is a short article from the North Seattle Herald-Outlook.

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