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Celebrating Dads and Grads

Posted June 15, 2018

It's that time of year again! Celebrate the amazing dads and grads in your life by gifting them something they'll treasure forever. Browse the Pike Place Market craft line for pieces that you won't find anywhere else - beautiful jewelry, handbound leather journals, reclaimed wood cutting boards and so much more. Keep scrolling for gift ideas!

 

Arrow Woodworks

Magnetic bottle openers made by Andy Bergin-Sperry that dad is going to love. You can find him out on the craftsline or online here.

 

Glen's Hand Craft in Seattle

Beautiful and durable leather bound journals for the new grad who's off on traveling adventures or loves to write. Available at Glen's Hand Craft in Seattle only at Pike Place Market.

 

Synergy Stone

Synergy Stones can be heated up or cooled down to give the perfect massage (which dads and grads would both appreciate). Get a free massage by visiting them in the North Arcade or online here.

 

Erickson Longboards

Bill Erickson creates longboards, cutting boards, knives and more out of sustainable or reclaimed wood. Find him in the North Arcade or online here

Meet the Artist: Jim Chobot

Posted June 1, 2018

A ferry away from Seattle, Jim Chobot walks the beaches of Vashon Island, combing for driftwood and inspiration for his next creation.

Chobot is a longtime Pike Place Market artist, well-known for his one-of-a-kind wood pieces from rocking chairs to cutting boards to “fire starters.”

Every day he goes down to the beach, searching for things that have washed up on the island shores. According to Chobot, "When you go looking at the beach, it's a store that's open every day but with different things." He looks for quality driftwood with fun shapes, patterns and textures—all of which add to the character of each art piece.

With more than 40 years of experience at the Market, Chobot has built an impressive customer base, with some becoming collectors of his work) and continues to evolve in his artistic expression to this day. You can find Chobot's work at the Neptune Furniture table in Pike Place Crafts Market seven days a week, and even meet Jim himself most Sundays. Come say hello, pick up some great gifts for Father’s Day, and ask him about his “Pirate Camp,” too!

Pike Box Instagram Giveaway!

Posted May 10, 2018

Do you love fresh produce? Do you want to support local farmers? Do you want to get your hands on the season’s freshest seasonal specialties? If so, you need to sign up for Pike Box!

Pike Box, our newly rebranded CSA (community supported agriculture) program, is a partnership between Pike Place Market farmers and consumers. You can sign up now to enjoy a full season of delicious, fresh Washington state produce! Everything included in Pike Box is sourced directly from our Pike Place Market farmers and hand-packed every week at the Market by staff and volunteers. The program supports local farmers in growing their businesses, by opening additional sales channels, connecting them with new customers, allowing them to experiment with new crop varieties, and more.

Pike Box subscriptions are 20 weeks long and available in two sizes. Small is $360 and includes 5-6 items weekly. Regular is $480 and includes 7-8 items weekly.

This year, pick-up of Pike Box will be at the MarketFront Plaza and Pavilion, Wednesdays between 2-6 p.m. from June 20 through October 31.

Quantities of Pike Box are limited and the deadline is June 1, so enroll today!


*Pike Box Instagram Giveaway Rules*

Visit our Instagram profile to participate in our #PIKEBOX giveaway! One lucky winner will be selected to win a full season (20 weeks) of Pike Box. We've hidden seven letters throughout the Market spelling P-I-K-E-B-O-X. To enter, all you have to do is:

  1. Locate and snap a selfie with all seven letters: P-I-K-E-B-O-X
  2. Post all seven selfies in a sequence on your Instagram profile (must be public)
  3. Tag @pikeplacepublicmarket and use the hashtag #PIKEBOX in your sequence post
  4. Tell us in your caption why you would LOVE a season subscription to Pike Box!

Contest will run until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018 only. No purchase necessary to win. Prize is a 20-week subscription for a small share of Pike Box CSA during the 2018 season. Value of prize is $360. Winner will be announced Monday, May 14, 2018; and contacted via direct message on Instagram. Winner must be able and willing to pick up their Pike Box every week at Pike Place Market, Wednesdays between 2-6 p.m. Pike Place Market is unable to ship or deliver and is not responsible should winner forget or neglect to collect prize. 

Your Mother's Day Cheat Sheet

Posted May 10, 2018

Here’s your Mother’s Day cheat sheet for a fabulous day out with mom at Pike Place Market. Just remember the four F’s — Flowers, Food, Fashion and Fun — and you can’t go wrong!

Flowers

The 10th annual Flower Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, right on the historic cobblestones of Pike Place. Tent after tent will line the street, each filled with beautiful stems and gorgeous bouquets from local farmers that are sure to wow the moms in your life. The only hard part will be deciding which arrangement to buy!


Food

Is your mom an early riser? Start the day off right with a crumpet and a cup of chai from The Crumpet Shop (left). Not an early bird? No problem! Sit down to mid-morning brunch featuring Bananas Foster French Toast at Red Cedar & Sage, Dungeness Crab Quiche at Café Campagne (right) or a Springtime Omelet from Steelhead Diner. If you already have plans during the day, we recommend treating mom to a classic Italian dinner at IL Bistro — delizioso!


Fashion

Jewelry and accessories are classic Mother’s Day gifts that are sure to impress. Find something inspiring like an engraved bracelet from Hammering Girl, one-of-a-kind rings from Sabando Design, modern metal earrings from Knuckle Kiss (pictured above), unique micro pendants from Silver Cherry, and much more handcrafted gifts from hundreds of local artisans in the crafts market.


Fun

Share an experience and create memories with mom that she’ll cherish forever! Sign up for a cooking class in the Atrium Kitchen or workshop at a Pike Place Market business where you can take a Market-to-Table Tour and Cooking Class with Chef Traci, learn about Old World / New World Cheese, or create handmade wreaths while enjoying indi chocolate. Browse our Event Calendar for classes, dates, prices and more info.


Happy Mother’s Day!

Meet the Producer: Stone City Farm

Posted April 27, 2018

Local, Seasonal, Personal.

The rising sun breaks up a sleepy fog that blankets the land, causing roosters to crow, chickens to stir in their coops and goats to bleat as a new day begins on Stone City Farm. Kathleen Nece is the owner of Stone City Farm, a family business that produces all-natural goat milk soap on their picturesque property, just south of Olympia in Tenino, Washington.

After a close friend developed a sensitivity to certain skincare products, Kathleen read the ingredients of a soap her and her family had been using and was surprised at the number of chemicals. In her search to find something more natural and safer for her family, she decided to try her hand at soap-making. Kathleen’s homemade soaps became so popular among friends and family that she decided to turn her hobby into a business, and in 2013, Stone City Farm was born. All of their soaps are made from a mixture of milk from their goats raised on their farm, olive oil, coconut oil, castor, oil, Fair Trade palm oil, beeswax, and essential oils for scent or exfoliating ingredients.

Goat milking, oil mixing, pouring, curing, cutting and wrapping soap can be a long and tedious process, but the final product is worth the effort. “Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it absorbs 80% of what it comes into contact with,” says Kathleen. “So starting with the basics of what you’re washing yourself with is really important to me.”

In addition to making soap, Stone City Farm also offers handcrafted wood gift boxes, teak soap decks and spa cloths, all produced by Kathleen and her family. The quality of every product that comes from Stone City Farm is a testament to the passion and commitment the family has to making their small business work. Their motto, “Love my goats! Love my soaps!,” says it all.

You can find Stone City Farm’s craft table at Pike Place Market seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and online at stonecityfarm.com.

Happy Earth Day! Everyone knows Seattle is all about being green and to show our support we decided to let you in on a little secret. Pike Place Market has reserved parking just for electric vehicles (EVs)! Easily identified by green paint outlining the space, are nine parking spaces reserved for EVs, located in the MarketFront Parking Garage located at 1901 Western Ave. Need to charge your car? No problem. Each parking spot has access to a charging station that cost $1 per hour to use in addition to the hourly cost of parking. 

For those that don't have electric cars, there are more than 200 parking spaces available in the Market's parking garages. Park before 9 a.m. and get Early Bird parking for $15! For more information on parking at the Market visit pikeplacemarket.org/public-market-garage.