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Beer lovers, rejoice! Another MarketFront milestone has been reached as twin grain silos were installed at Old Stove Brewing Company's future home. We visited the site with Old Stove co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan to learn more about the silos' role in the brewing process. Check out the video below.

With the expansion, Pike Place regulars welcome a new craft brewery to the neighborhood. At Old Stove Brewing Company, thirsty patrons will sip pints in a brew house and gastropub designed to make the most of the MarketFront’s open-air feel, with an 80-foot window-wall showcasing an expansive view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains visible from Western Avenue. While soaking up the sea breeze and counting sailboats, diners have a front row seat to the milling, mashing, graining, and fermenting process, and of course, the final step, drinking the finished product. Chris Moore and Brian Stan plan to have 20 house-made rotating beers on tap, including the brewery’s flagships, and the pub menu will highlight locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The place may even influence future generations of craft brewers— the brewpub will be open to tykes, as well as their parents. A summer weekend field trip never sounded so good.

Old Stove Brewing Company Co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan. Photo by Barbie Hull

We can't wait to celebrate the Pike Place MarketFront's grand opening next summer, but until then you can enjoy a cold one at Old Stove's taproom on First Avenue.

Learn more about the MarketFront and how you can write your name into history at PikeUp.org.

 

MarketFront Progress: Side-by-Side Images

Posted September 12, 2016

As summer ends and fall begins, construction on the MarketFront expansion enters into its final months. Major components of the project are now visible, like the low-income housing building and the retail structure. The steel structure of the new vendor canopy on the plaza is also taking shape. Construction will be completed in January, after which the build-out for the new MarketFront tenant spaces will begin. The Pike Place Market community looks forward to holding a grand opening in summer 2017. 

New to the MarketFront? For the first time in 40 years, Pike Place Market is growing! The Market-centric expansion will reclaim an underutilized surface parking lot that has long been part of the Market Historic District. Before it was a parking lot, the site was home to the Market Municipal building, built in the 1920s. The design for the MarketFront includes a dynamic public plaza with views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, table space for farmers, craftspeople and artisan purveyors, retail space, low-income housing, a neighborhood center and parking.

Check out the photos of the site today side-by-side with renderings by the Miller Hull Partnership to get a sense of how the future MarketFront will look! (Click to view larger images.)

The Sellen Construction team has nearly completed exterior glazing, and will continue wrapping the exterior of the residential structure. Installation of "glulams," the large wooden beams that provide the structure for the entire structure/retail space, is roughly 60% complete, and concrete stairs, pathways and planters continue to be poured throughout the site. 

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Pike Place Walking Guide: 101

Posted September 5, 2016

Welcome to Pike Place Market, Seattle’s epicenter of fresh produce, specialty foods and independent businesses.  Established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, the Market continues its “Meet the Producer” tradition with a year-round farmers market, bustling crafts market, and owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, produce stands and specialty groceries.

The Market’s 9 acre historic district offers a multisensory experience that will amaze, delight and inpire you!  There are more than 80 eateries to tempt you, from take-out counters specializing in mini donuts to fine dining establishments with international and Northwest cuisine.  To give you an taste of all the Market has to offer, we've created this printable self-guided tour: Pike Place Market Walking Guide 101

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Meet the Craftsperson: Aaron Murray

Posted September 1, 2016

A ceramic artist for more than 25 years, Aaron Murray creates porcelain figurines and earthenware that combine his love of folk art and animal forms with a dash of humor. At first glance his display appears to be an ancient artifacts exhibit, but upon closer examination you'll find a delightfully quirky menagerie of animals, robots and other objects, each handcrafted and imbued with its own distinct personality.

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Elotes Grilled Mexican Corn Recipe

Posted August 30, 2016

Recipe and photos by Seattle food blogger N.J. Soler: 

Grilled Mexican Corn Elotes Pike Place Market

Elote is a grilled corn recipe that humbly originated from the streets of Mexico. You get the sweet nuttiness from the charred corn, the creaminess from the crema Mexicana, saltiness from the cotija cheese, spiciness from the guajillo chile powder, and tartness from the lime. The dish is a perfect summer grilling recipe that is a suitable side for any grilled meat or barbecue parties.

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This weekend, Native-designed lifestyle brand Eighth Generation opens its highly anticipated flagship retail store in Pike Place Market.

Though the Eighth Generation team may be a newcomers to the Market, they have been in operation since 2008, steadily building a diverse following and robust product line—custom sneakers, hats, jewelry, smartphone cases, wool blankets and more—which, until now, has only been available online. In addition to beautiful retail displays, Eighth Generation’s new home includes a multipurpose room, providing a hub for community meetings, workshops and a rotating Artist-in-Residence program.

Founder Louie Gong (Nooksack/Chinese/French/Scottish) comes from a nonprofit leadership and education background, and is on a mission to flip the narrative on how cultural art is perceived while creating sustainably pathways for fellow Native artists. We talked with Louie to learn more about Eighth Generation’s new storefront, their "Inspired Natives" business model and the brand’s future goals.

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