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Be My Pike Place Valentine ❤

Posted January 31, 2018

We know it can be tough to find just the right thing for your main squeeze for Valentine's Day. Time runs out, panic sets in and you find yourself eyeing the forlorn single roses at the gas station. But wait, there's still time to get the perfect gift!

Join us on a stroll through Pike Place Market as we show you where to score beautiful flowers, artisan sweets, handmade jewelry, romantic restaurants, dazzling entertainment and boutique lodging for the ultimate Seattle staycation. Ready? Let's go!

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Meet The Confectional's Destiny Sund and Paul Verano

Everyone knows how amazing the cheesecakes are at The Confectional (and if you don’t, stop reading and go there now!), but few know how the specialty bakery came to be. According to co-owner Destiny Sund, it all started when she invited her best friend Paul Verano over for dinner one night in 2005. “If I’m remembering correctly, we were in business together before we finished dessert!”

Paul and Destiny met at the University of Oregon where Paul first got serious about cheesecakes. Word got out and friends started paying him to make them. Since then, he’s perfected his original recipes with Destiny as chief taste tester.

At first, opening a store in Pike Place Market seemed intimidating, but after meeting and become friends with other shop owners Destiny soon found a whole community that was welcoming and supportive. They started sourcing ingredients from other Market tenants like Frank’s Produce, the Pike Place Creamery and MarketSpice.

Over the years, The Confectional has been named one of America's "top 5 chocolate desserts" by Food Network and one of Whoopi Goldberg’s "favorite things," plus Destiny personally handed out mini cheesecakes to Jimmy Fallon and The Roots! But the most impressive feat to Destiny and Paul is the fact that they’ve kept “a small business alive and kicking for eleven years!”a testament to how delicious their desserts truly are! (Pro tip: Pick up some heart-frosted cheesecakes for Valentine's Day.)

Seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they watch cheesecakes being made in the “Chocolate Theater” and the even bigger smiles they have when they eat one, is reward enough for two friends who together have created a true Pike Place Market gem.

Visit The Confectional at 1530 Pike Place, 10 am-6 pm daily.

Robot vs Sloth Opens on First and Pine

Posted January 23, 2018

Located on the corner of First and Pine, Robot vs Sloth is the new shop of owner/artist Lauren Rudeck. Though the shop is a Market newcomer, Lauren is no stranger to Pike Place. For the past five years, she was half of the duo behind Ugly Baby and La Ru on Western Avenue.

Now with more space to showcase her handmade art of "cute animals fighting each other," Lauren's original designs be found throughout the shop on t-shirts, buttons, pins, magnets and totes. Robot vs Sloth also features an expanded selection of paintings, jewelry, plush creatures and DIY craft kits from other local artists such as Starheadboy, Care It Bites, Narboo and more. For those who are artistically inclined, a variety of workshops will also soon be offered in a new classroom space in the back of the store.

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Meet the Artist: Wais Ali

Posted January 19, 2018

Meet Wais! Pike Place artist Wais Ali first became interested in visual arts while growing up in Djibouti, his home country in East Africa. Now a Seattleite, Wais has been selling original acrylic paintings and prints in the Market since 2015. Stop by his table in the North Arcade and meet the artist behind these stunning paintings!

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For 40 years, the Pike Market Senior Center (PMSC) has served low-income and homeless seniors in the immediate downtown Seattle area. PMSC provides a safe place for seniors (55 years and older) to participate in activities such as yoga, dancing, acupuncture, receive assistance with housing and social security, and perhaps the most important thing of all - a place to eat two meals a day. Behind the scenes planning activities, scheduling wellness services and cooking meals is a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Feeding approximately 200 seniors daily is no easy feat, especially when 90% of food needs are reliant on donations! Brenda Neuweiler, senior nutrition program manager and chef, plans and cooks meals based on weekly donations that not only taste good but meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). The Senior Center serves breakfast and lunch daily, which means that if a senior eats both meals at the center they will have received ⅔ of RDA for the day. Neuweiler has only been at the center for 2 years, but says, “I realized the needs within this demographic and immediately knew that through my cooking I could bring positive change and was confident that I could elevate the food being served. I couldn’t be more pleased with the staff and how we’re able to make such a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Running and operating a senior center takes money, and while about 75% of the funding comes from Pike Place Market Foundation grants and city contracts, there’s still a 25% funding gap that needs to be filled. That's where Mason Lowe comes in. Lowe is PMSC's grant writer and bookkeeper, and has been with the organization for the past 8 years. “I love it," said Lowe about working with seniors. "Everyone here has had a really interesting life. Anytime I’ve been able to sit down and have a one-on-one, I leave blown away.”

(Brenda Neuweiler and Mason Lowe, PMSC staff)

Located under the famous Public Market Center sign and clock and down the hallway from the infamous Gum Wall is a place where passion and commitment ensures the wellbeing of some of the most important and vulnerable people in our community. To learn more about PMSC and how you can volunteer and donate, visit pikemarketseniorcenter.org.
 

Produce Spotlight: Winter Citrus

Posted January 5, 2018

Did you know that, in addition to our many farmer stands, Pike Place Market has seven independent produce highstalls? (Highstalls are named for their elaborate displays of sumptuous fruits and vegetables that were traditionally built higher up from the floor than the metal tables used by farmers.) Each of these businesses provide a large selection of fresh, high-quality and seasonal fruit and vegetables—both locally grown and from around the world. Winter is the perfect time to enjoy delicious and vitamin C-rich citrus!   

Fun fact: Before they can be considered a true heirloom variety, navel oranges need to have seed strains dating back at least 25 years!

For this spotlight, we talked to Jodi at Manzo Brothers, where she’s worked for the past 27 years. Want help deciding between a satsuma or a sumo mandarin? Can you really eat the skin of a kumquat? Jodi is your gal! Here are her takes on the best citrus and various uses for each of them.

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