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Meet the Buskers: Gregory Paul

Posted September 30, 2015

Gregory Paul, a regular busker at the Market, has never had a music lesson.

"It was just something I remember loving growing up," he says of music. "I started playing guitar at 15 and I've always had an idiosyncratic approach because I'm not trained. Paul says he doesn't read music, but rather learns by ear.
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On Sunday, the MarketFront reached a major milestone with the delivery of a 175-foot tall tower crane to the site on Western Avenue, “behind” the Market. Check out our info graphic to see how this former surface parking lot will serve our Market community and greater neighborhood. Learn how to add your name to the MarketFront and more about the project at

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Market Trivia

Posted September 25, 2015

Pike Place Market is home to more than 200 unique owner-operated shops and more than 80 restaurants. The craftsmarket represents 225 local and regional craftspeople. What else is located in the Market, beyond these vendors?

A. Food bank

B. Senior center

C. Preschool

D. Health clinic

E. All of the above.
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As anyone who has visited Pike Place Market can attest, the experience can be a bit of a sensory overload, especially for young kids who may not be able to see over the crowds.

But with the Market's Education Program, kids get an up close and personal look at the entire Market, from its history to its vendors and community aspects. The program is open to Seattle-area students in second through fifth grade.

The program begins with a classroom visit from program director Scott Davies, who gives a presentation that includes a history role play and a presentation on the Market's farmers. He then leaves behind a resource kit for the teacher to use in the classroom. And three weeks later, the students visit the Market for a field trip.

“We share stories about the Market and introduce them to merchants and we work on an assignment that focuses on the foods, jobs, and countries of the world as it relates to products and people that represent different countries, pointing to the diversity of the Market," Davies says. "These grades often study community in social studies so the market is a perfect example of a very vibrant, lively, diverse community so they learn about the market community in all its wonderful aspects, from the social services to the residents to the diversity of products sold here."

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Meet the Buskers: Whitney Mongé

Posted September 21, 2015

When from alternative soul artist Whitney Mongé moved from Spokane to Seattle in 2007 to pursue an audio engineering degree, she rented an apartment in Pike Place Market's Stewart House. "I've been connected to the Market from the get-go," she says.

Though she'd sung and played guitar in church for years, Mongé hadn't considered pursuing a career as a recording artist. That changed when she noticed the Market's buskers.

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Our Express Markets are still open!

Posted September 10, 2015

Our Express Markets are still open! You can find these handy mini-markets at City Hall Plaza on Tuesdays, King Street Station on Wednesdays, South Lake Union (410 Terry Avenue) on Thursdays, and Virginia Mason (9th and University) on Fridays. There’s plenty of great produce, flowers, and more, and they’re running through the beginning of October! More information can be found here: