What’s in My Bag: Terumi Pong and Her Boys Takes Us Along on Their DownUnder Adventure

Hi! My name is Terumi Pong and I am a Seattle phone photographer. I write about family travel and living in our city on my blog, An Emerald City Life. My family and I often come to Pike Place Market together to eat and explore. Sometimes we bike from our house and make a stop at the Market before or after a trip to the Aquarium or Seattle Art Museum. There is always something going on and something new to see. Between June and October we come every week to get our Pike Box CSA here, as well.

Most people think of produce, fish and flowers when they think of Pike Place Market and we love these things too. But some of our favorite places are hidden in the depths of the Market, in the DownUnder! I’m excited to tell you about what’s in our Bag when we visited recently.

The Market Magic and Novelty Shop

What kid doesn’t love magic? And the Market Magic and Novelty Shop is such a fabulous store. They sell everything from flash paper and disappearing ink to elaborate advanced magic tricks. We love to hang around and see what kind of magic we’ll learn. There is an old school photo booth in the front of the store so we bring a few extra dollars if we want to get some fun pics together.

Market Coins

One of the few cash-only spots in the Market is Market Coins where we can spend a long time looking at sports memorabilia and collectible coins. We recently picked up some hockey cards because my guys are so excited for the NHL in Seattle. I felt really nostalgic about buying hockey cards with them because I used to collect hockey cards as a kid too.

The Shoe Museum

We also try to remember some coins to check out the Giant Shoe Museum. It’s been at the Market for as long as I can remember and it only takes a couple of minutes so it’s easy to check out with kids. The Giant Shoe Museum also makes a great backdrop for pictures and it’s a stop I always bring people who visit us to so they can snap a photo souvenir.

Osara Commissary

When I come to the Market without my guys I can spend a long time looking at all the ceramics in Osara Commissary. It’s a really great place to find unique gifts. My whole family likes the Japanese candies and snacks here and one of us can’t leave without buying stickers. 

Slow Loris

The cool art and the soft feel of the Pacific Northwest designed t-shirts in Slow Loris make this store really cozy. I have bought a few t-shirts for my husband.

Eighth Generation

There are so many things we want to pick up in this store for ourselves and for the people we love in our lives.  I have my eye on a necklace for my sister for the holidays and we recently bought the “Confluence crew socks” and “Huckleberry Nettle Soap“.

MarninSaylor

We also noticed that MarninSaylor is getting a storefront in the Fourth Level of the DownUnder this November and we can’t be more excited. They have such whimsical products and is such a great store for families visiting the Pike Place Market. 


P.S. if I think we’re going to make a lot of market stops with my guys, I usually promise a stop to Daily Dozen Doughnuts for their mini doughnuts with cinnamon sugar and everyone comes along with me happily for the rest of the Market trip. 

What To Do This Weekend at Pike Place Market (September 20-22)

Looking for something to do in Seattle this weekend? Why not Make It A Market Day!

Pick up fruits and vegetables from our farmers along the cobblestones or say hello to your favorite crafter before attending any of the below activities. Start planning your Market Day today!


Friday

Kindness in the Kitchen, a Pay-It-Forward Pop Up

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Atrium Kitchen: 93 Pike Street
Tickets: $5 
Details: Kindness in the Kitchen, a pay-it-forward pop up is a breakfast served by the chef of the Atrium Kitchen. Intended to connect people visiting the Market, guests can purchase breakfast for $5.00 and/or purchase a $5.00 pay-it-forward card for someone experiencing food insecurity to come and have a hot meal to start their day.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/kindness-kitchen-pay-it-forward-pop-1

Improv Unplugged: An Improv Happy Hour

Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Unexpected Productions: 1428 Post Alley
Tickets: $10 | Buy Now
Details: You are in for one-hour of spontaneous laughs and a lot of fun! Improv Unplugged (formerly Improv Happy Hour) is a wildly unpredictable hour of classic improvisational games, techniques, songs, and stories created from the ideas tossed out by YOU…resulting in hilarious storytelling. 
Event: ​http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/improv-unplugged-improv-happy-hour


Saturday

Market to Table Cooking Class with Chef Traci

Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Atrium Kitchen: 93 Pike Street
Tickets: $105 | Buy Now
Details: The Market to Table tour and cooking class is a unique way to explore and fully experience Pike Place Market – perfect for locals and tourists alike. Join Chef Traci as she leads your group through Pike Place Market, procuring seasonal ingredients for an interactive cooking demonstration in the Market’s Atrium Kitchen.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/market-table-cooking-class-chef-traci

Storytelling with Margot Leitman

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Unexpected Productions: 1428 Post Alley
Tickets: $125 | Buy Now
Details: Margot Leitman returns to UP Improv to teach her storytelling class while out on her book tour for her 2nd book, What’s Your Story? A Workbook for the Storyteller in All of Us. Come learn how to use your untapped humanity and embarrassing moments in a way that can reach a wide audience. You will finish this workshop with the tools you need to effectively construct a story and be able to fill in the blank, “———– is the story of my life.”
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/storytelling-margot-leitman

Chocolate Class for Youngsters

Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
indi chocolate: 1901 Western Avenue
Tickets: $35 | Buy Now
Details: The founder of indi chocolate started her bean to bar chocolate company because she wanted to teach her daughters where chocolate comes from and how it’s made. In fact, indi chocolate is named after her oldest daughter. Join us in our chocolate factory to learn about how chocolate is made. Each child will be able to make their own chocolate bark with inclusions of their choosing.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/chocolate-class-youngsters

Batman Day

Time: 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Golden Age Collectables: 1501 Pike Place, #401 Lower Level
Tickets: FREE
Details: Join us as we celebrate 80 years of Batman on BATMAN DAY 2019! Batman will stop by Golden Age Collectables on the 4th level of the DownUnder from 1-3 p.m. Come get your picture taken with the Dark Knight and grab a free comic book! FREE BATMAN COMICS will be handed out, while supplies last.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/batman-day-2019

Truffle Making Class

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
indi chocolate: 1901 Western Avenue
Tickets: $65 | Buy Now
Details: Learn about how bean to bar chocolate, ganache and truffles are made. Make hand rolled truffles and experiment with your own favorite flavor combinations. Take truffles you’ve made home to share with friends and family. This is one of our favorite classes because it really allows you to play with flavor combinations. 
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/truffle-making-class

Improv Unplugged: An Improv Happy Hour

Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Unexpected Productions: 1428 Post Alley
Tickets: $10 | Buy Now
Details: You are in for one-hour of spontaneous laughs and a lot of fun! Improv Unplugged (formerly Improv Happy Hour) is a wildly unpredictable hour of classic improvisational games, techniques, songs, and stories created from the ideas tossed out by YOU…resulting in hilarious storytelling. 
Event: ​http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/improv-unplugged-improv-happy-hour

Cabaret and Burlesque

Time: 9:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
The Pink Door: 1919 Post Alley
Tickets: $25 | Buy Now
Details:Come enjoy an evening at the longest running Cabaret & Burlesque show in the Pacific Northwest. Every Saturday night the doors to our Lounge open at 9:30 pm for Dinner & Cabaret. Dinner begins at 9:30 pm and the lights go down for the show starting at 11 pm. Purchase of Dinner is required in addition to ticket cost.
Event: ​http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/cabaret-and-burlesque

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Looking for Singing Teams

Registration is now open for Seattle’s greatest caroling competition. Sign up early to be a part of this holiday fundraiser happening Friday, December 6.

The 33rd annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition is now accepting applications for teams of five or more singers. Teams will sing their hearts out on street corners in and around Westlake Center. The top teams then compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage.

The competition draws thousands to downtown Seattle each year.

Interested singers can sign up here.

Not a singer? There are lots of ways to be a part of the heart-warming tradition. Contact Zoë Freeman at 206-728-2773 (ext 108) or email zoe@pmsc-dtfb.org to learn how to become a volunteer.

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition is an annual fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank which offers free meals, free groceries, one-on-one counseling, and other services to low-income and homeless neighbors throughout downtown Seattle.

Register by October 31st to receive the early bird registration fee.

What To Do This Weekend at Pike Place Market (August 23-25)

Looking for something to do in Seattle this weekend? Why not Make It A Market Day!

Pick up fruits and vegetables from our farmers along the cobblestones or say hello to your favorite crafter before attending any of the below activities. Start planning your Market Day today!


Friday

Improv Unplugged: An Improv Happy Hour

Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Unexpected Productions: 1428 Post Alley
Tickets: $10 | Buy Now
Details: You are in for one-hour of spontaneous laughs and a lot of fun! Improv Unplugged (formerly Improv Happy Hour) is a wildly unpredictable hour of classic improvisational games, techniques, songs, and stories created from the ideas tossed out by YOU…resulting in hilarious storytelling. 
Event: ​http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/improv-unplugged-improv-happy-hour


Saturday

The Barque Brontes Bakery & Cafe Launch

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Barque Brontes bakery & Cafe: 1426 Western Avenue
Tickets: FREE
Details: You are invited to help celebrate The Barque Brontes Bakery Cafe launch in Pike Place Market! The Barque Brontes Bakery & Cafe is a beautifully designed cafe serving specialty coffee and pastries made in house. This elegant cafe is designed with a nautical feel, located in a cozy part of the Market. Join us Saturday, August 24th, for free macaron and coffee samples all day!
Event:

Market to Table Cooking Class with Chef Traci

Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Atrium Kitchen: 93 Pike Street
Tickets: $105 | Buy Now
Details: The Market to Table tour and cooking class is a unique way to explore and fully experience Pike Place Market – perfect for locals and tourists alike. Join Chef Traci as she leads your group through Pike Place Market, procuring seasonal ingredients for an interactive cooking demonstration in the Market’s Atrium Kitchen.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/market-table-cooking-class-chef-traci

Chocolate Class for Youngsters

Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
indi chocolate: 1901 Western Avenue
Tickets: $35 | Buy Now
Details: The founder of indi chocolate started her bean to bar chocolate company because she wanted to teach her daughters where chocolate comes from and how it’s made. In fact, indi chocolate is named after her oldest daughter. Join us in our chocolate factory to learn about how chocolate is made. Each child will be able to make their own chocolate bark with inclusions of their choosing.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/chocolate-class-youngsters

Craft Coffee Brewing with indi chocolate

Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
indi chocolate: 1901 Western Avenue
Tickets: $35 | Buy Now
Details: Want to perfect your coffee making skills? Learn about the fundamentals of coffee extraction using manual brew methods in the indi chocolate cafe! We will learn about the process of how coffee is grown, how coffee comes from origin to our hoppers, the differences between brew methods and how to get the best results. We will also use our palates to learn what kind of coffee and brew methods you prefer.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/craft-coffee-brewing-indi-chocolate

Jam + Cheese with Gilbert’s Cheese Experience & Atrium Kitchen

Time: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Atrium Kitchen: 93 Pike Street
Tickets: $55 | Buy Now
Details: Taste summer before it’s gone with scratch-made jam, artisan cheese and agua fresca in the Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market. This deliciously summery event is a collaboration between Gilbert’s Cheese Experience and the Atrium Kitchen at Pike Place Market: the heart of Seattle’s food culture. Celebrate the bounty of the season with handmade jams by Chef Traci Calderon, the Atrium Kitchen’s owner and executive chef, using fresh heirloom tomatoes, wild Washington strawberries and figs from Pike Place produce vendors. We’ll pair each jam with artisan cheeses, hand-selected by Brian and Holly, and wash it all down with some refreshing agua fresca from Chef Traci.  
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/jam-cheese-gilberts-cheese-experience-atrium-kitchen

Truffle Making Class

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
indi chocolate: 1901 Western Avenue
Tickets: $65 | Buy Now
Details: Learn about how bean to bar chocolate, ganache and truffles are made. Make hand rolled truffles and experiment with your own favorite flavor combinations. Take truffles you’ve made home to share with friends and family. This is one of our favorite classes because it really allows you to play with flavor combinations. 
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/truffle-making-class

Market Ghost Stories

Time: 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Unexpected Productions: 1428 Post Alley
Tickets: $20 | Buy Now
Details:Unexpected Productions is offering a new type of theatrical event, Market Ghost Stories, a ghostly adventure through the Pike Place Market. This 75-minute excursion leads you through the Market’s unusual arcades and alleys while sharing the often overlooked darker history of Seattle. By connecting each building, each landmark, to the ghost stories told you will see the Market in an entirely new way.
Event: ​http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/market-ghost-stories

Improv Unplugged: An Improv Happy Hour

Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Unexpected Productions: 1428 Post Alley
Tickets: $10 | Buy Now
Details: You are in for one-hour of spontaneous laughs and a lot of fun! Improv Unplugged (formerly Improv Happy Hour) is a wildly unpredictable hour of classic improvisational games, techniques, songs, and stories created from the ideas tossed out by YOU…resulting in hilarious storytelling. 
Event: ​http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/improv-unplugged-improv-happy-hour

Cabaret and Burlesque

Time: 9:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
The Pink Door: 1919 Post Alley
Tickets: $25 | Buy Now
Details:Come enjoy an evening at the longest running Cabaret & Burlesque show in the Pacific Northwest. Every Saturday night the doors to our Lounge open at 9:30 pm for Dinner & Cabaret. Dinner begins at 9:30 pm and the lights go down for the show starting at 11 pm. Purchase of Dinner is required in addition to ticket cost.
Event: ​http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/cabaret-and-burlesque


Sunday

Flavors of Pakistan: Sunday Brunch Pop Up

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Atrium Kitchen: 93 Pike Street
Tickets: $50 | Buy Now
Details: Join us for a traditional Pakistani family-style feast at Atrium Kitchen, in the heart of Seattle’s legendary Pike Place Market. Hosted by acclaimed South Asian chef Kausar Ahmed, author of The Karachi Kitchen: Classic and Contemporary Flavors of Pakistan, the menu for this one of a kind pop-up event features traditional breakfast dishes from the author’s hometown of Karachi, Pakistan.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/flavors-pakistan-sunday-brunch-pop

Bean to Bar Chocolate Making

Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
indi chocolate: 1901 Western Avenue
Tickets: $80 | Buy Now
Details: Go behind the scenes into the indi chocolate factory and learn how to make chocolate from the cacao bean with our Chocolate Maker. Learn the basics of chocolate making starting from the bean. We will teach you how to roast, refine and temper chocolate.
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/events/bean-bar-chocolate-making

The Head and The Heart Rooftop Concert at Pike Place Market

Time: 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Pike Place Market: 85 Pike Street
Tickets: FREE
Details: The Head and The Heart and Amazon Music have announced a spectacular hometown show on the rooftop of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. The show will be FREE to the public and also streamed live on both the Amazon Music and The Head and The Heart Facebook and Twitter accounts. This will be the first time the band has performed in Seattle since releasing their 4th full-length album, Living Mirage, featuring hit single “Missed Connection.”
Event: http://pikeplacemarket.org/TheHeadAndTheHeart

The Head and The Heart to Play FREE Concert at Pike Place Market Sunday, August 25th

The Head and The Heart and Amazon Music have announced a spectacular hometown show on the rooftop of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. The show will be FREE to the public and also streamed live on both the Amazon Music and The Head and The Heart Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Fans can tune into the one-of-a-kind concert experience exclusively on Amazon Music’s Facebook and Twitter handles starting at 7 pm PT on Sunday, August 25. The social channels will also host the performance at Pike Place Market for a limited time afterwards for those unable to watch the livestream.

This will be the first time the band has performed in Seattle since releasing their 4th full-length album, Living Mirage, featuring hit single “Missed Connection.” 

Pike Place and 1st Avenue will be closed to vehicles starting at 5pm. Sidewalks at the Market will remain open for access to restaurants and shops. Starting at 12pm on the 25th, at the Showbox across the street from Pike Place Market, The Head and The Heart will have a pop-up store featuring exclusive merch designed for the event, with all proceeds benefiting local Seattle-based music programs and initiatives. The Showbox pop-up store will be open all day from Noon to 9pm on August 25th.

Pike Place Market is Seattle’s original farmers market, founded in 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the U.S. The Market, which will be celebrating its 112th anniversary on August 17, operates within a nine-acre historic district and is a bustling neighborhood of hundreds of vendors, housing and businesses, including farmers, craftspeople, independent shops, buskers, and residents, many of whom are low-income seniors, and five social service agencies. In 1974, the City chartered the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), a not for profit public corporation, to preserve, rehabilitate and protect buildings within the Market, increase the opportunities for farm and food retailing, support small and marginal businesses, and provide services for low-income individuals.

The Head and The Heart’s “Missed Connection” recently secured multiple weeks at the #1 position on the Mediabase and BDS Alternative Radio Charts – already having achieved multiple weeks at #1 on the AAA charts. “Missed Connection” is the lead single from Living Mirage, the band’s fourth full-length album, released on Warner Records / Reprise Records to critical praise earlier this year. This marks the band’s second #1 at Alternative, having previously landed the position for “All We Ever Knew” (Signs of Light), which also held the #1 spot at AAA for nine straight weeks in 2016.  The band’s second single from Living Mirage, “See You Through My Eyes” was #1 most added at AAA radio last week.

The Head and The Heart have been bringing their high-energy live show out on the road in the US on the Living Mirage tour this summer.  Including 2 sold out nights at Red Rocks (the bands 5th and 6th sold out shows in the legendary venue), 2 sold out nights at the ACL Live at Moody Theatre in Austin, and more.  The Living Mirage tour will continue in Indianapolis on Sept 6th. Tickets purchased online for select tour dates (as noted below) includes your choice of a CD or digital copy of the new album, Living Mirage. Purchasers will receive instructions via email on how to redeem the album after ticket purchase. Stream and purchase Living Mirage on Amazon Music HERE.       

Initially self-released in 2011, The Head and The Heart’s self-titled breakout debut produced instant classics including “Rivers and Roads,” “Down In The Valley” and “Lost In My Mind” (#1 at AAA) and is now Certified Gold. Their last two albums, 2013’s Let’s Be Still and 2016’s Signs of Light, settled into Billboard’s Top 10 albums chart, with Signs of Light securing the #1 position on Rock Album Charts. They have appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Roadies, with music featured in countless other commercials, films and TV, among them Corona, Silver Linings Playbook and more. The band has established their status as a touring powerhouse, having landed prime time mainstage slots at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. In total, the band has performed 15 times on national television including appearances on EllenThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonThe Late Show With Stephen ColbertAustin City Limits with more to come in the coming months. 

Living Mirage Tracklisting:

01. See You Through My Eyes

02. Missed Connection

03. People Need a Melody

04. Honeybee

05. Brenda

06. Running Through Hell

07. Up Against The Wall

08. Saving Grace

09. I Found Out

10. Living Mirage

11. Glory of Music

Meet the Newest Crafters at Pike Place Market

Four new faces are in the Pike Place Market Crafts Market this summer.

Stop by and discover ceramics formed from clay unique to the Northwest, vintage-inspired handmade bags, adorable felt accessories, and cool ocean-inspired prints.


Cat Shy Crafts

Cathy Pascua of Cat Shy Crafts made her Pike Place Market debut June 6th. You can typically find her every Friday at the Market. (Follow @catshycrafts on Instagram for updates)

Cathy started her one-mama business in 2011 and has since expanded on her collection of too-cute accessories, including tortilla chip embroidered hair clips, dumpling enamel pins, embroidery hoop art, and wall banners.

Her positive messages and whimsical art make perfect gifts for just about everyone.

Learn more about Cathy and her company Cat Shy Crafts, here.


CMS Ceramics

Chris Scamehorn of CMS Ceramics made his Pike Place Market debut June 25th. You can typically find Chris every Thursday at the Market. (Follow @cmsceramics on Instagram for updates)

Chris first fell in love with clay in elementary school turning his love into a passion and then a career.

Chris teaches at Everett Community College and at Seward Park Clay Studio, as well as, selling functional pottery, jewelry, sculptures, tiles, and musical instruments at his table in the Market.

Chris creates his unique marbleized ceramics by mixing together clays from around the region.

Learn more about Chris and his company CMS Ceramics, here.


John Met Betty

Jillian Darnell of John Met Betty made her Pike Place Market debut July 23rd. Follow @johnmetbettyhandbags on Instagram to see when she’ll be at the Market next.

Jillian has been designing one of a kind vegan leather bags, totes and clutches for over 10 years.

Her flair for vintage designs comes from her grandparents John and Betty. Just one reason why Jillian named her company after them.

Jillian is originally from Toronto Canada, but now lives and works on Bainbridge Island.

Learn more about Jillian and her company John Met Betty, here.


Ritu Tilwani

Ritu Tilwani will make her Pike Place Market debut later this summer. She specializes in ocean-inspired block prints.

Ritu is a familiar face around the Crafts Market. Previously, working as a sales manager for Paper Scissors Rock.

Check the Pike Place Market Instagram for updates on her Market debut. 

From Italy to Japan in the Atrium Kitchen

Pike Place Market’s At The Table series brings together the abundance of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients with top chefs, rising culinary stars, and you! Only two At The Table classes remain for the summer 2016 season, so reserve your seat now for a hands-on class in the Atrium Kitchen. Tickets: $27

Wednesday, August 17, 6-7 pm

Pietmontese Risotto with Chef Drew Marquis of DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine
Chef Drew Marquis shares his passion for cooking authentic Italian cuisine as he demonstrates how to prepare one of his all-time favorite dishes, a classic Piemontese Risotto.

Wednesday, September 21, 6-7 pm

Northwest Kaiseki with Chef Hiro Tawara
Kaiseki is a multi-course Japanese haute cuisine featuring seasonal ingredients prepared in a variety of cooking methods. Several dishes are served in order and each individual dish is usually small and carefully balanced.

Tickets ($27) are limited. Purchase online by selecting a class above.

MarketFront Expansion Takes Shape with Major Progress in Housing, Retail and Parking

MarketFront construction continues upward and is now approaching the Desimone Bridge. For more than a year, Market vendors, residents and community members have watched the process unfold as the former surface parking lot transforms into a new marketplace in keeping with the functions outlined in the City of Seattle’s Market charter. With 30,000 square feet of open public space with new views, a weather-proofed canopy with additional vending space for Daystall tenants, space for food production and on-site brewery, low-income housing, and social services—the MarketFront will truly be part of the Market.

Currently, Sellen Construction workers are completing the installation of “glulams,” the large wooden beams that provide the framework for the entire structure/retail space. The beams are an essential part of the overall design, which reflects the heavy timber beams found throughout the Market today.

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This design direction, as well as many other project decisions, are due in large part to the input from the Market’s many stakeholders and community members at more than 200 public meetings and dozens of community outreach sessions since 2012. Thanks to our passionate and dedicated community, the MarketFront reflects the unique needs of our public market.

Additionally, the framing of the low-income housing is ongoing just south of the Desimone Bridge on Western Avenue. The top floor of the four story, 40-unit building interrupts the views from inside the Arcade to the west between the Desimone Bridge and City Fish. The decision to increase the height of the building in order to accommodate eight more studio units was made after much deliberation and input from the community regarding the need for low-income housing. Expansive new views will be enjoyed by all from the open air walkways at the retail level of the MarketFront.

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Work also continues on the first level of the commercial building. The three levels of parking beneath the structure are now nearly complete. The PDA intends to open the new garage to much needed short term parking before December.

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As the MarketFront construction progresses, conversations continue regarding the connection to the waterfront at Pike Place Market PDA MarketFront and full Council meetings. The PDA encourages input at these meetings and at community stakeholder meetings. A full list of meeting times and dates are available online at pikeplacemarket.org/meetings-minutes-2016.

Don & Joe’s Meats Celebrates 50 Years at Pike Place Market

Don & Joe’s Meats Celebrates 50 Years at Pike Place Market

Congratulations, Don and team!

The last remaining butcher shop in Pike Place Market will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Saturday, August 3rd with rollback prices on selected items and treats. Don & Joe’s Meats is celebrating the Summer of 1969 all over again!

In 1969, Don Kuzaro Sr. and his brother-in-law, Joe Darby purchased Dan’s Better Meats from their former boss then changed the name to Don & Joe’s Meats.

Soon after buying the butcher shop, Don made the shop into a true family business hiring his grandmother, Barbara, to keep the book and his son, Don Jr. (Today’s current owner)

Don Jr. worked his way up from “clean-up kid” to meat cutter all while attending college. Don Jr. was drafted into the Navy from 1972 to 1976, but after returning and earning his associates degree Pike Place Market drew him back. After all, he met his wife at Pike Place Market.

In 1986, Don Sr. and Joe sold the butcher shop to Don Jr.

Today, Don Jr. and his crew sell to countless regulars who visit Pike Place Market each week and to six Market restaurants including Cafe CampagneIL BistroLe PichetMatt’s in the MarketRadiator Whiskey and The Pink Door.

Some of those regulars are famed chefs like restaurateur Tom Douglas and Eat Seattle chef Eric Olinsky.

Stop by this month and say congratulations to Don Jr. and his team for 50 great years!

What’s in My Bag: Stephanie Forrer Takes Us Along on Her Weekly Food Shopping Trip

Hi there! I’m Stephanie and I’m a food and travel blogger living in downtown Seattle right by the lovely Pike Place Market. As someone who is utterly and completely obsessed with food, I have such a deep appreciation for this Market that connects us to so many local farmers.

The Market is just two blocks from my front door and I feel beyond lucky to have it in my backyard. As a Seattle local and a food lover, the Market really is where I do my shopping. Here’s what’s in my bag when I do my grocery shopping at Pike Place Market!

1. Organic Jumbo Brown Eggs – The Pike Place Market Creamery

I start most of my days with a smoothie and these beautiful, brown organic eggs. You’ll find a dozen different types of farm fresh eggs at the Pike Place Market Creamery from quail to duck! You can also get your milk, cream and butter here. FYI – it’s cash only.

2. Rustic 8 Grain Bread – Three Girls Bakery

I get fresh bread in the Market every week and it’s always the Three Girls Bakery Rustic 8 Grain. It’s super hearty and sturdy and makes for the perfect base for avocado toast! Three Girls Bakery is the first business licensed to a woman in the city of Seattle. 

3. Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

Picking up a fresh bouquet of flowers from the Market every week is a must for me. They have stunning bouquets starting at just $5 and there is nothing more magical than walking through Pike Place and selecting the perfect bouquet!

4. Bacon (and all my meat needs) – Don and Joe’s Meats

It is such a privilege to buy meat from a butcher instead of a grocery store. This is where I buy all my meats including the weekly provisions of bacon for my boyfriend.

5. Fruits and Veggies – Frank’s Produce

I can’t stress how stupid lucky we are that we have this amazing market in the middle of our city and it’s open almost every single day of the year. It is such a luxury to shop as needed for fresh fruits and vegetables. Shopping at Frank’s Produce is seriously the highlight of my week. The crew there is beyond helpful and happy to help me pick out the freshest, best local produce.

6. Housemade Hummus – Delaurenti

I used to make my own hummus from scratch until I tried the hummus at Delaurenti and then I realized I was just wasting my time. They make it fresh here daily and it’s fantastic, y’all. It’s a staple that is always in my fridge (I like it with veggies or a pita or naan flatbread).

7. Timber City Ginger Beer – Delaurenti

Delaurenti is a great place to get all your local goodies and I have to have my Timber City Ginger beer. Their traditional ginger beer is outstanding as are their seasonal flavors (I’m a huge fan of their Apple-Rose Petal that comes out in the spring).