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As if you need a reason to visit Pike Place Market, here are 6 very good reasons to don some green and head to the Market for some St. Patrick’s Day fun.

 

 


 

Corned Beef Sliders

 

Grab some food before you begin your Pike Place Market adventure at Pike's Pit BBQ.

 

Starting Thursday, March 14th through Sunday they’ll be offering $2 corned beef sliders with stone ground mustard aioli and house-made sauerkraut.

 

To find Pike’s Pit BBQ enter through the main entrance under the Market clock sign and take a right. They’ll then be on your left just past Pike Place Bakery.

 


 

Green Beer

 

It’s not St. Patrick's Day without sipping a glass or two of green beer. Three Market bars will be offering green beer.

 

On Saturday and Sunday, the Taproom at Pike Place at 1525 1st Avenue is offering a $14 green beer and corned beef with cabbage special. They have craft beer, cider and other food options, as well.

 

Around noon on Sunday, Keith Highlanders Pipe Band will perform for patrons at the Taproom before marching down the cobblestones to Old Stove Brewery in the Pike Place MarketFront at 1901 Western Avenue.

 

Old Stove Brewery is also offering green beer, food specials and of course, their amazing view of Puget Sound. Meteorologists are forecasting a partly sunny weekend near 60 degrees so you know that view will be nice!

 

If you want to attend a truly rowdy party, Kells at 1916 Post Alley is expecting thousands of people at their 36th annual celebration. (This is a paid event)

 

The festivities will begin Wednesday, March 13th with live Irish music, dancing and traditional foods like Irish stew, Ballycastle Sausage Rolls and Ethna’s Irish Soda Bread. The party really gets going on Friday and through the weekend with three stages.

 

Oh, and they’ll have green beer too.

 

For walking directions to each bar, click here.

 


 

Adult Milkshakes

 

For those who like sweet treats, Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream at 1525 1st Avenue is offering an adult "Irish" milkshake.

 

The milkshake includes mint chip ice cream, Baileys Irish Cream and chocolate. Yum!

 

Shug’s is next to the Taproom at Pike Place and El Borracho.

 


 

Free Family Event

 

Welcome the Barque Brontes Bakery Cafe to Pike Place Market and join them for their first annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  

Enjoy live music, tasty treats and delicious coffee from noon - 5 p.m.

This event is family friendly, so feel free to bring the kiddos.

Owner Ross Corry opened the Barque Brontes Bakery Cafe at 1426 Western Avenue in January. It's located near Ugly Baby and JarrBar on Western Avenue.

 


 

Make Your Own Meal

 

Enjoy a delicious Irish meal at home.

 

This week’s special at Don and Joe's Meats is corned beef. Their knowledgable butchers recommend a prime cut of beef brisket with a few healthy pinches of aromatic seasonings such as peppercorns, allspice, coriander and mustard seeds from MarketSpice.

 

Since the brisket takes several days to cure, give yourself plenty of time.

 

Don’t know how to make corned beef and cabbage? Don’t worry. Here's an easy slow cooker recipe.

 

Don and Joe’s Meats is located to the left of Pike Place Fish Market under the Market clock sign.

 


 

Live Music

 

In case you missed it above, around noon on Sunday, Keith Highlanders Pipe Band will perform for patrons at the Taproom at Pike Place.

 

They’ll then march down the cobblestones to Old Stove Brewery in the Pike Place MarketFront.

 

You won’t want to miss this as the band entertains everyone at Pike Place Market.  

 


 

Walking Directions

 

The Taproom at Pike Place is located on 1st Avenue near Pine Street. They are next to Robot vs Sloth and Miss Cafe.

 

Old Stove Brewery is in the Pike Place MarketFront. Enter Pike Place Market on the side with all the crafters near Stewart Street. Go out the doors toward the Sound. Go down the stairs to find Old Stove Brewery. Old Stove is also next to indi chocolate and Honest Biscuits.

 

Kells is located in Post Alley. From 1st Avenue take either Virginia Street or Stewart Street toward the Sound. Before you reach the cobblestones on Pike Place you will pass by an alley. That’s Post Alley.

Frank Genzale and his wife Sue at the grand opening of Frank's Quality Produce on March 12, 1979. 

Frank Genzale and his wife Sue celebrate 40 years operating Frank's Quality Produce.Congratulations to owner Frank Genzale and his team at Frank's Quality Produce in Pike Place Market.

The highstall in the Corner Market building celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 12, 2019, but the Genzale family has been at the Market much longer.

Their history spans four generations dating back to 1928.

It all began with now owner's grandfather Frank "Cheech" Genzale, who emigrated from Avellino, Italy.

Cheech and his wife Angelina grew onions, carrots and peas on their small farm in south Puget Sound. They then sold their crops at the Market.

Their son Tony (Frank's father) and his son's, Tony Jr. and Frank continued to sell their family's produce at the Market on the Daystall farm tables. 

Fifty-one years after his grandparents first began selling their produce at the Market, Frank and his wife Sue opened a permanent location calling it, Frank's Quality Produce

Frank Genzale Jr. poses with his mother on the 40th anniversary of Frank's Quality Produce.

The family tradition of working at the Market continues with Frank's son.

After attending Central Washington University, Frank Jr. began working with his dad.

Frank Jr. says it's the people he meets at the Market which keeps him coming back. 

"People will come to you and ask for advice on how to cook with something," he explains.

"You'll give them a recipe, and they'll come back and thank you and think you're a chef. Things like that can only happen at the Market, and that's why this is such a great place to work. Once you start down here, it's hard to leave. There's no other job like it in the world." 

Customers at Our Fabric Stash in Pike Place Market’s DownUnder have been quietly sewing care cushions for people living on the streets of Seattle.

It’s part of a year-long initiative by owner Deborah Boone, who called on the community of sewists and crafters after a brainstorming session with a homeless woman who visited the fabric store in search of peace and the opportunity to be surrounded by pretty things.

“Unbeknownst to her, she was talking to a Program Manager who loves soliciting requirements and providing solutions to her clients’ needs whether it’s software systems or waterproof care cushions,” Boone said.

Since January, Boone and her team have created 270 care cushion kits that anyone can buy, put together and give to someone in need. Each kit contains waterproof fabric for the outer layer, a wool liner, and instructions on how to sew the cushion together.

The care cushion serves as a barrier from the elements and actually lifts people off the ground.

“We understand this is not a total solution,” Boone said. “But it is one that has a full circle experience: to meet the need of our clients, engage our community at-large for assistance, while keeping Our Fabric Stash available as a resource to those who love to craft.”

On February 23rd, about half a dozen volunteers sewed care cushions in the Market Commons as part of a National Community Sew-In for Homelessness “A Community that Sews Together, Gives Together.”

That day, volunteers put together 10 care cushions.

Combining that with care cushions made prior, Boone and her husband were able to distribute about 20 finished cushions to people in need over the weekend.

Care cushion kits and complete care cushions can be bought online and in store for $24.95.

Boone said customers who purchase the care cushion kits can sew the cushion together and either return them so they can be distributed in the future or give them to a person in need in their community.

Check the Our Fabric Stash website, Facebook page or follow @Stashaholics on Instagram for future sew-ins or how you can help distribute the care cushions throughout the year.

Our Fabric Stash is an eco-friendly fabric consignment shop who has called Pike Place Market home since 2015.

(Photo take by Alejandro Valdivieso)

Last month, two members of the Pike Market Senior Center taught us you can fall in love at any age. 

Just one day after Valentine's Day, Bennie and Patricia were married in the very room where they met.

Staff and other members from the senior center decorated the room with Market flowers and ordered a cake. 

The ceremony was officiated by Jeannie Falls, Executive Director of the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

(Photo take by Alejandro Valdivieso)

One of the mantras of the Pike Market Senior Center is that it is a lot of things to a lot of people. Not only can anyone over 55 get two meals each day, they can also find activities, films, games, dancing, social work case management, and a help for problems big and small -- all for free.

Now you can add "have a lovely wedding ceremony" to that list!

(Photo take by Alejandro Valdivieso)

The Pike Market Senior Center is a caring community for the most vulnerable seniors in downtown Seattle. The center offers free breakfast and lunch every day of the week and is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the Pike Market Senior Center, click here.

The Complete Guide to Our Mural Hunt

Posted February 11, 2019

These artistic expressions our way of saying, "We love you!" 

Over the weekend, Market artists put the final touches on eight pop-up murals across Pike Place Market. Each mural is designed to create amazing photos.

The murals will be painted over March 8th. So don’t wait!

Below are all the locations and details about the artists.

(Make sure you tag #PikePlaceMarket and #LocalLove to be featured in our Instagram Stories.)

 

Love the Pod You’re With

This mural of mom and baby orcas designed by Stacey Sterling is too cute. You can either kiss the baby or the mother orca, depending on your height.

Find this mural behind the Made in Washington store in the Sanitary Building.

Find more of Stacey’s work in the Crafts Market.


 

Blow the Bubble

Blow the perfect bubblegum bubble right outside the Gum Wall!

This fun mural was designed by Alex Achaval, Brooke Westlund and Jennifer Cullin.

Find it near the Gum Wall.

Brooke and Jennifer have shops on Western Avenue, and Alex has a studio on Level 3.


 

It’s Raining Love

Who says Seattleites don’t use umbrellas? This adorable umbrella mural was designed by Rachel Jobe Cuba.

The mural is perfect for adults and children.

Find it outside the MarketFront Pavilion near Billie the Piggybank.

Find more of Rachel’s work in the Crafts Market.


 

Up, Up and Away!

Pose at this heart balloon mural designed by Alex Achaval, Brooke Westlund and Jennifer Cullin. It will lift your spirit!

Find it at the top of the Pike Street Hillclimb.


 

Love Struck

Need help in the Love Department? Get love-struck by Cupid.

Artists Alex Achaval, Brooke Westlund and Jennifer Cullin created this mural in the DownUnder. They also collaborated on the mural, Blow the Bubble.

Find it as you head up the ramp to Level 5.


 

This is MY Market

Be king or queen of Pike Place Market with this mural by Carol Chen Lord. A bench provides the perfect throne.

But finding this mural can be a bit tricky. Head to the Gum Wall and open the double doors on your left.

Find more of Carol’s work in the Crafts Market.


 

Infinity Hearts

You’ll never guess what’s behind these double doors on Western Avenue.

Our artists took boring doors and made a beautiful backdrop that’s perfect for your next Instagram post.

Find the Infinity Hearts mural on Western Avenue just down the street from The Paper Feather.

Alex Achaval, Brooke Westlund and Jennifer Cullin worked on this mural too.


 

I Love Pike Place Market

We know you love us, so shout it! This mural was designed by Alex Achaval, Brooke Westlund and Jennifer Cullin.

Find it on Level 3, across from the shop Rummage Around.

12 Ways to Say 'I Love You'

Posted February 5, 2019

There is no better way to say, 'I love you' than with a handmade gift.

Swing by Pike Place Market before or after work and pick up something truly unique and special for your sweetie, Galentine or Palentine. 

After all, we at the Market are heart-makers, not heart-breakers.

 

Piroshky Piroshky

Eat your heart out to your tastebuds’ delight.

At Piroshky Piroshky, the Strawberry Marzipan Heart Piroshky is new.

Treat yourself and your friends. 

Find Piroshky Piroshky at 1908 Pike Place.


 

The Paper Feather

The Paper Feather on Western Avenue sells heart-felt terms of endearment on originally designed cards and vintage finds. 

With sayings like, "Let's spoon" and "It's a sweet life with you," you're sure to find the perfect card for any occasion. 

Visit owner Jennifer Cullin and her shop at 1520 Western Avenue.


 

Kobo Art Garden

Do you know someone with a "heart of glass"? This Valentine's Day reward their romantic self by giving them a real heart of glass from Kobo Art Garden

Joshua Swanson and Motoko Hayashi specialize in fine handmade glass art and gifts. 

These hearts of glass come in every color one could image. 

Find Kobo Art Garden in the Pike Place Crafts Market. 


 

Scott Alberts

Deck your halls with love and keep these subtle affirmations of love up all year round. 

Scott Alberts creates custom laser etched paintings. 

Find Scott in the Pike Place Crafts Market.  


 

MarninSaylor

The adorable pastry pets of MarninSaylor are hand-stitched, covetable and collectable toys.

New for the season are all-pink, limited-edition strawBERRY, strawBUNNY, and Donut Cat. Each includes a set of heart-shaped stickers, too.

Great for gifting, but they’ll have you declaring, “Be Mine!”

Find MarninSaylor in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


 

Gem Heaven

The “wow” factor is high at Gem Heaven, which offers heart-shaped rocks, gems and geodes of different sizes and colors.

Amethyst, obsidian with minerals, and rose crystals are some of the hearts to discover.   

Find Gem Heaven in the DownUnder.


 

Le Panier

Pick up a heart-shaped brioche with a crumble topping, filled with raspberry preserves and dusted with powdered sugar at Le Panier.

Pink heart-meringues with raspberry also make a graceful—and delicious—addition to any dessert platter.

Look for heart-shaped baguettes and palmiers, too.  

Find Le Panier at 1901 Pike Place.


 

Royal Phoenix

Perfect for nature loves. This pendants by Royal Phoenix features an actual starfish. Other pendants include flowers and other elements from nature, including her Mermaid pendants.

Find Royal Phoenix in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


 

The Old White House

Keep an eye out for these lavender sachet hearts made by The Old White House. Theresa Hein has been making and selling these popular sachets at Pike Place Market for a few years.

Each one is handmade and unique. 

Find The Old White House in the Pike Place Crafts Market.  


 

21+ Valentine's Day Gifts 

 

 

Orange Dracula

For some, love is a mystery. Orange Dracula's V-DAY mystery bags are full of chocolate, Valentines candy and more!

While you're in the shop, grab a Nicolas Cage Valentine's Day card or a quirky gag gift for your sweetie. 

Find Orange Dracula in the DownUnder.


 

The Naughty Valentine

Toss out the traditional and go naughty this Valentine's Day. 

Rosie Edholm's cards are perfect for your best friend, lover or crush with lines like, "I'd like to wear your skin" and "brains are the new tits."

Find The Naughty Valentine in the Pike Place Crafts Market.


 

Wonder Pipes

Say, 'I love you' with a new pipe!

Every Wonder Pipes product is "womanmade" from the highest quality materials and positive vibes. 

J Wonder's love-inspired ceramic pipes are pink and adorn with hearts making it almost too cute to use. 

J Wonder has been selling at Pike Place Market for the last 6 months. 

Find Wonder Pipes in the Crafts Market.