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Instead of shopping gift registries, try browsing the craft tables in the north end of Pike Place Market for unique handcrafted gifts that are decorative, functional or both. If you’re shopping for those who love to cook, wine and dine, you can’t go wrong with these: 

Raven Mountain Woodworks

Terry Graves produces cutting boards of durable woods. Choose a pig, a fish, or a pear—each has a food-safe finish. Check out their website here.

 

Fine Grind

Brett Knutson creates pepper and salt mills made from exotic and domestic woods. Each features gourmet components and a lifetime warranty. They come in a variety of sizes, 6 to 24 inches. Brett also sells bottle stoppers.

 

Ballard Vine Works

Ballard Vine Works takes wine barrels and repurposes them into bottle racks, wine butlers, flight glass holders, cheese boards and more, even small tables! Find them online here.

 

Kitchen Basics

For the cook who has everything, try building your own “gizmo and gadgets” basket chock-full of unusual kitchen items. Kitchen Basics, located in the Sanitary Market, carries unusual items like a coconut tool, a lemon press, a banana slicer, a pineapple slicer and even a watermelon slicer! Arguably the most popular tool is the 3-in-1 avocado slicer, it slices, removes the pit, AND neatly cuts the silky green flesh into slices. Find them online here.

Since 1907, Pike Place Market has been the soul of Seattle and the source of some of the best locally grown produce, fresh seafood, specialty food, handmade gifts and independently owned shops and boutiques.

From our humble beginnings, when farmers sold fruits and vegetables from horse-drawn carriages on the cobblestones; to today, as we welcome more than 15 million visitors annually, Pike Place Market has a rich history that is difficult—if not impossible—to replicate. Yet, many wonder how Pike Place has operated for so many years and are curious about the challenges that we face, especially with in the era of a booming society and digital age. 

This year, we are incredibly honored to be part of a new alliance of internationally renowned public markets from around the world. While we're approaching our 111th anniversary and are one of the oldest continutally operating markets in the U.S., Pike Place Market is the youngest public marketand the only public market in the Western Hemisphereto be included in the group of founding alliance members.

The new “Magnificent Seven” is an alliance, spearheaded by Borough Market in London. We’re in great company with six other public markets: La Boqueria in Barcelona; Markthalle Neun in Berlin; Central Market Hall in Budapest; Sydney Fish Market in Sydney; and Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.

Collectively, these markets bring thousands of years of history and more than 74.5 million annual visitors. The alliance is a partnership focusing on forward-thinking and sharing of knowledge, expertise and history pertaining to public market operations, including championing quality, sustainability and environmental approaches to food and its production. Additionally, leaders from the markets will collaborate in skill sharing, community development and innovative uses of the historic spaces and locations each market is in.

Next time you visit Pike Place Market, we invite you to stop and take in the history from the past 111 years, but also participate in the history that is being made now, as we continue to operate Seattle’s oldest farmers market, and one of the country’s longest continuously operating public markets.

Read more about Pike Place Market’s history at http://pikeplacemarket.org/history.

 

Look beyond the scrumptious bounty of foods and neon signs around the Pike Place Market and you’ll discover an assortment of specialty services. They’re among the unexpected pleasures of exploring the Market’s nine acres.

Need a downtown dentist?  No problem! Go upstairs in the Economy Market building to Pike Place Dental. Happy to report Dr. de Vigne is a “gentle dentist.”

Downstairs on Level 3, get a glimpse into your past, present and/or future at Christopher’s Lamp. Clairvoyant and spiritual counselor Darlene Christopher has called Pike Place Market her work home since 1993. Look into the crystal ball at her desk.

Another means of aligning your yin and yang is the myriad services available at Ageless Acupuncture located on First Avenue in Sanitary Market building. Oriental medicine practitioners offer herbal consultations, acupuncture, as well as auricular, cosmetic and traditional Japanese and Chinese styles.

Barbershops have been fixtures in the Market since the early days—the first record of barbers in the Market dates back to 1908. The Market even housed a barber school in the 1960s. Today, customers can get their hair cut at Sergio’s Barber Shop in the First and Pine building. There's more than one barber here at the Market so be sure to explore and find Balcony Barber on one of the Lower Levels!

At Market Optical in Stewart House, you can get an eye exam as well as purchase a stylish set of eyewear. Dr. Cynthia Ruggeiro offers comprehensive eye exams to keep your eyes healthy.

One of Seattle’s best-known tattoo artists is Vyvyn Lazonga, an icon of the local tattoo scene since 1972. She was among the first female tattoo artists ever to own a tattoo business. Vyvyn and her associates create body art inspired by the natural world, cultural motifs, spirituality and more. You’ll find her shop, Madame Lazonga’s Tattoo, on Western Avenue.

Over the years, the Market has been home to so many services, large and small. Seafair Parade floats were built in the Champion building, and there was—really—a matchmaker on the top level of the Corner Market building.