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The Last Rubber Chicken in Ballard

May 31, 2009

Reposted from Slightly Less Disappointing Blog:

After 10-1/2 years, at 3:37 p.m., on May 31, 2009, the last Rubber Chicken at the Ballard Archie McPhee store was photographed, tagged and taken away.

The floors were swept, the cornucopia of stuff hanging from the ceiling taken down and the giant devil head transported eastward in the back of a pickup truck beneath strangely sunny skies.

The Roman gladiator, our guardian, was carefully moved and the private museum of bad art (paintings of big-eyed children and garage sale macrame) that decorated the employee bathroom was dismantled and put in storage, pending final negotiations for transfer to the Smithsonian.

Computers unplugged, phones disconnected and final readings for power, gas and water were made.

At 3:37 p.m. I said, “Shut her down, Shana.” Click, click, click, went the lights for the last time. And it was done. Darkness comes to Ballard. And we are gone.

Thanks to all our loyal friends and fans and the Jacobsen family, for letting us be our eccentric selves on the west end of NW Market St. the past 10-1/2 years — seven days a week, seeing people come in grumpy or stressed and seeing most people leave happy. It is what we do here, our simple purpose in a crazy world.

Thanks to all for spending some of your hard earned money with us, for getting our jokes and giving us meaning in our lives!

Now it’s on to Wallingford and a new saga starting at 9 a.m. Monday morning!


Video of Staff’s Favorite Ballard Memories

May 12, 2009

The Ballard News-Tribune did a video interview on Archie McPhee’s final month in Ballard and asked the store staff what their favorite Ballard memories were.

Wallingford Store Taking Shape

May 1, 2009

The new building looks more and more like the future home of Archie McPhee with each passing day. Gone is the drab, oppressive grey liquor store. The corner of 45th and Stone Way is turning into a wonderfully radiant red and yellow eyesore. The new awning just went up complete with a delightful fez-wearing monkey and an endorsement by the Council of Monsters. Meanwhile the interior is looking like a bowl of rainbow sherbet.

Click here for more pics of the new store!

As the new location keeps getting better and better, our soon-to-be former home in Ballard is clearing out. We’re taking down all the treasures that have been hanging on the walls and ceilings for the past 10 years and it’s starting to look pretty cavernous in here.

While everyone is focused on moving preparations, we also got in a handful of delightful new items recently – including temporary knuckle tattoos, mirror decals to make your reflection wear silly facial hair, glasses, or even a monocle, ice molds shaped like guitars, elegant silver roman numeral and candelabra birthday candles, a spoon with a spring handle for launching your food, and a set of wee hors d’œuvre plates with rings on the underside so you can wear them on your finger and keep a hand free at parties. Bon appetit!