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Ballard Blossom now home to pop-up tenants selling donuts, boxing classes, and locally made clothes

The empty Ballard Blossom building has been given new life: It’s being filled with temporary commercial tenants while the development plans are stalled for a couple of years.

The Ballard Blossom has been empty since the owners relocated in 2018. Last year, the Ballard Alliance and the Ballard Public Art Committee commissioned several artists to cover the building in murals, replacing some of the graffiti and vandalism that had been accumulating while the building sat vacant.

Now, Ballard Alliance is once again hoping to revitalize the NW Market St building while the owners pause their 7-story boutique hotel development plans.

Ballard Alliance Sr. Manager of Economic Development Devin Reynolds worked with the property owners to hatch a plan for temporary tenants while the building sits empty. Reynolds reached out to his network to find startups and small businesses to fill the Ballard Blossom space on a temporary basis, turning the old flower shop from a vacant shell into an incubator space with short-term pop-up tenants.

The pop-up tenants are taking over the ground floor space of the building, with three businesses already on board and a few others on the horizon. The first businesses to set up shop are Zuri’s Donutz, Nomad Boxing Club, and Ruby Laine Apparel.

Zuri’s Donutz is one of the first pop-up tenants in the building. Zuri’s is a Seattle-area donut shop that has another brick-and-mortar in Lynnwood. Zuri’s owner and baker Davis Vincent is known for thinking outside the box for his multi-colored creations. Flavors range from chicken and waffles to dragon fruit to a margarita-flavored donut.



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