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Gum Wall Snap! Contest

Gum Wall Snap! Contest Snap! Pop! Hi, it’s me, the Gum Wall! I’ve got big news and a contest to share with you: for the first time in 20 YEARS, I’m due for a total scrub down. Just like you, all that sugar can really mess up the surface of your bricks, er, teeth! Before […]

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Community Profile: The Community Safety Net

Pike Place Market is many things: it’s a farmers market, crafts market, tourist attraction, a multicultural hub, a local haunt. It’s a living piece of Seattle history, and it’s a collection of some of the finest dining establishments in the area. It’s also a community, with services available to residents of the Market, community members, […]

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After Dark: Ghost Alley Espresso and Market Ghost Tours

Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s most popular attractions, but not all its visitors are of earthly persuasion.If you ask Mercedes Yaeger of Ghost Alley Espresso, a coffee shop located just a few feet away from the Gum Wall in Post Alley, there’s much more to the Market than first meets the eye.Yaeger also runs Market […]

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Meet the Craftspeople: Ballard Vine Works

What happens to wine barrels when wineries are finished using them? Brothers Ron and Loren Ballard have come up with an array of creative uses that keep this amazing wood out of landfills: they reclaim the barrels, incorporating metalwork with the luscious naturally wine stained woods for wine racks, wine glass holders, lazy Susans, and […]

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Our markets are closing up for the season

Our markets are closing up for the season, with City Hall ending Oct. 27, South Lake Union ending Oct. 29, and our Pike Place Saturday farmers market ending Oct. 31. Now is a great time to come in and spend the Fresh Bucks you’ve been carrying around or have at home. Right now is harvest […]

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Market Trivia

Each day at Pike Place Market, countless visitors take photos with Rachel the Pig, who sits beneath the Public Market Clock and Sign at the corner of Pike Place. But most people might not realize who Rachel is, and why she’s here. Is she: A. Paying homage to the pig farmers who founded the market. […]

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Meet the Buskers: Emery Carl

If you’ve ever seen Emery Carl perform, you know how mesmerizing–and unforgettable–he can be. Carl is one of the longest-performing buskers at the Market, continuing a seven-year run that has him busking as a full time job. It’s tough going, but performing is Carl’s passion and that love fuels his efforts day in and day […]

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People and produce are the twin themes of this outdoor mural, located on the Pike Hillclimb

People and produce are the twin themes of this outdoor mural, located on the Pike Hillclimb. It’s a newer piece of art in the Market, it was created by Billy King in 2011. He aimed to capture the essence and spirit of Pike Place Market.

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