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It's Always Halloween at Orange Dracula

Posted October 25, 2016

Hosting a Halloween party this year? Looking to take your costume to the next level? You've come to the right place. At Orange Dracula, shop for rare collectibles, retro kitsch and shelves chock-full of spooky stuff.

Find Orange Dracula "down under" on Pike Place Market's 3rd level, 1501 Pike Place #319.

In the early 1940s, World War II tensions resulted in the tragic internment of thousands of Japanese Americans in the United States. The majority of the Pike Place Market's farmers were forced from their homes and livelihoods, never to return.

In 1998, local Japense-born artist Aki Sogabe was commissioned by the Japanese American Citizen League Seattle Chapter to create artwork honoring the memory of long-time Japanese American farmers. “Song of the Earth” was created with papercut images transferred onto five porcelain enamel panels, each 3 feet by 5 feet. The project took her one year to complete and has been on display ever since at Pike Place Market's main entrance near the corner of Pike Street and Pike Place.

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With its awesome indie art galleries, delectable French bakery and forthcoming local flower company, Pike Place Market's stretch along Western Avenue is quietly becoming one of downtown's premier destinations for gift shopping, noshing, and even special event planning (brides-to-be, take note!). We've spotlighted five of Western Ave. businesses and asked the entrepreneurial women behind them why they chose to hang their shingles in Pike Place Market.

Brooke Westlund Gallery

1516 Western Avenue

Brooke Westlund, Owner/Artist

For a firsthand glimpse into Brooke Westlund's creative procress, just drop by her gallery on Western Avenue. Chances are she's splattering color on an abstract painting, adding the final strokes on a Seattle skyline, or hanging up her latest commissioned mixed-media collage. In addition to selling her one-of-a-kind pieces, Brooke also offers painting classes for small groups right here in her studio―for your next Bachelorette party or girls night out, perhaps?

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As part of our At The Table culinary programming in the Atrium Kitchen, Chef Traci Post (Seductive Specialty Foods and Succulent Catering) leads a series of hour-long culinary workshops focused on fall and holiday entertainment. We spoke to Chef Traci to learn more about why she loves sharing her passion for cooking and entertaining.

How did you get into the cooking profession?

I grew up watching both of my parents cook—mom on the weekdays and dad on the weekends usuallyso it's in my blood. In 1998, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. I left my career in public relations and started caring for her. During our days together I would help her make dinner. As the disease progressed she was no longer able to recall her recipes or follow a written recipe. It was then I started cooking my parents meals and stocking their fridge. It was the gateway to becoming a personal chef, which eventually lead to catering. In 2011, a few months after my mom passed away, I took an inspiring trip to Italy and returned to Seattle with an idea for a line of gourmet sauces, syrups and jams. Teaching others to cook and entertain came about naturally. My roots and passion for cooking run deep and I enjoy sharing that with others. I love what I do!

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Tower Crane Time-Lapse Video

Posted October 10, 2016

On Saturday, October 8, we bid farewell to the tower crane. Have a look at this 1-minute time-lapse video of the tower crane's disassembly.

Construction continues on the new vendor canopy, restaurants and low-income housing, with an official grand opening coming in summer 2017.

Photo by Won Moc, Sellen Construction

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Meet the Craftsperson: Yarnarchy!

Posted October 6, 2016

Please join us in welcoming Yarnarchy! to the Pike Place crafts community! Jennie Goforth makes beautiful hand-spun, hand-painted yarn, all without electricity on her farm in Skagit County. "Radical yarn for radical living!"