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As if you need a reason to visit Pike Place Market, here are 6 very good reasons to don some green and head to the Market for some St. Patrick’s Day fun.

 

 


 

Corned Beef Sliders

 

Grab some food before you begin your Pike Place Market adventure at Pike's Pit BBQ.

 

Starting Thursday, March 14th through Sunday they’ll be offering $2 corned beef sliders with stone ground mustard aioli and house-made sauerkraut.

 

To find Pike’s Pit BBQ enter through the main entrance under the Market clock sign and take a right. They’ll then be on your left just past Pike Place Bakery.

 


 

Green Beer

 

It’s not St. Patrick's Day without sipping a glass or two of green beer. Three Market bars will be offering green beer.

 

On Saturday and Sunday, the Taproom at Pike Place at 1525 1st Avenue is offering a $14 green beer and corned beef with cabbage special. They have craft beer, cider and other food options, as well.

 

Around noon on Sunday, Keith Highlanders Pipe Band will perform for patrons at the Taproom before marching down the cobblestones to Old Stove Brewery in the Pike Place MarketFront at 1901 Western Avenue.

 

Old Stove Brewery is also offering green beer, food specials and of course, their amazing view of Puget Sound. Meteorologists are forecasting a partly sunny weekend near 60 degrees so you know that view will be nice!

 

If you want to attend a truly rowdy party, Kells at 1916 Post Alley is expecting thousands of people at their 36th annual celebration. (This is a paid event)

 

The festivities will begin Wednesday, March 13th with live Irish music, dancing and traditional foods like Irish stew, Ballycastle Sausage Rolls and Ethna’s Irish Soda Bread. The party really gets going on Friday and through the weekend with three stages.

 

Oh, and they’ll have green beer too.

 

For walking directions to each bar, click here.

 


 

Adult Milkshakes

 

For those who like sweet treats, Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream at 1525 1st Avenue is offering an adult "Irish" milkshake.

 

The milkshake includes mint chip ice cream, Baileys Irish Cream and chocolate. Yum!

 

Shug’s is next to the Taproom at Pike Place and El Borracho.

 


 

Free Family Event

 

Welcome the Barque Brontes Bakery Cafe to Pike Place Market and join them for their first annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  

Enjoy live music, tasty treats and delicious coffee from noon - 5 p.m.

This event is family friendly, so feel free to bring the kiddos.

Owner Ross Corry opened the Barque Brontes Bakery Cafe at 1426 Western Avenue in January. It's located near Ugly Baby and JarrBar on Western Avenue.

 


 

Make Your Own Meal

 

Enjoy a delicious Irish meal at home.

 

This week’s special at Don and Joe's Meats is corned beef. Their knowledgable butchers recommend a prime cut of beef brisket with a few healthy pinches of aromatic seasonings such as peppercorns, allspice, coriander and mustard seeds from MarketSpice.

 

Since the brisket takes several days to cure, give yourself plenty of time.

 

Don’t know how to make corned beef and cabbage? Don’t worry. Here's an easy slow cooker recipe.

 

Don and Joe’s Meats is located to the left of Pike Place Fish Market under the Market clock sign.

 


 

Live Music

 

In case you missed it above, around noon on Sunday, Keith Highlanders Pipe Band will perform for patrons at the Taproom at Pike Place.

 

They’ll then march down the cobblestones to Old Stove Brewery in the Pike Place MarketFront.

 

You won’t want to miss this as the band entertains everyone at Pike Place Market.  

 


 

Walking Directions

 

The Taproom at Pike Place is located on 1st Avenue near Pine Street. They are next to Robot vs Sloth and Miss Cafe.

 

Old Stove Brewery is in the Pike Place MarketFront. Enter Pike Place Market on the side with all the crafters near Stewart Street. Go out the doors toward the Sound. Go down the stairs to find Old Stove Brewery. Old Stove is also next to indi chocolate and Honest Biscuits.

 

Kells is located in Post Alley. From 1st Avenue take either Virginia Street or Stewart Street toward the Sound. Before you reach the cobblestones on Pike Place you will pass by an alley. That’s Post Alley.

Frank Genzale and his wife Sue at the grand opening of Frank's Quality Produce on March 12, 1979. 

Frank Genzale and his wife Sue celebrate 40 years operating Frank's Quality Produce.Congratulations to owner Frank Genzale and his team at Frank's Quality Produce in Pike Place Market.

The highstall in the Corner Market building celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 12, 2019, but the Genzale family has been at the Market much longer.

Their history spans four generations dating back to 1928.

It all began with now owner's grandfather Frank "Cheech" Genzale, who emigrated from Avellino, Italy.

Cheech and his wife Angelina grew onions, carrots and peas on their small farm in south Puget Sound. They then sold their crops at the Market.

Their son Tony (Frank's father) and his son's, Tony Jr. and Frank continued to sell their family's produce at the Market on the Daystall farm tables. 

Fifty-one years after his grandparents first began selling their produce at the Market, Frank and his wife Sue opened a permanent location calling it, Frank's Quality Produce

Frank Genzale Jr. poses with his mother on the 40th anniversary of Frank's Quality Produce.

The family tradition of working at the Market continues with Frank's son.

After attending Central Washington University, Frank Jr. began working with his dad.

Frank Jr. says it's the people he meets at the Market which keeps him coming back. 

"People will come to you and ask for advice on how to cook with something," he explains.

"You'll give them a recipe, and they'll come back and thank you and think you're a chef. Things like that can only happen at the Market, and that's why this is such a great place to work. Once you start down here, it's hard to leave. There's no other job like it in the world." 

Customers at Our Fabric Stash in Pike Place Market’s DownUnder have been quietly sewing care cushions for people living on the streets of Seattle.

It’s part of a year-long initiative by owner Deborah Boone, who called on the community of sewists and crafters after a brainstorming session with a homeless woman who visited the fabric store in search of peace and the opportunity to be surrounded by pretty things.

“Unbeknownst to her, she was talking to a Program Manager who loves soliciting requirements and providing solutions to her clients’ needs whether it’s software systems or waterproof care cushions,” Boone said.

Since January, Boone and her team have created 270 care cushion kits that anyone can buy, put together and give to someone in need. Each kit contains waterproof fabric for the outer layer, a wool liner, and instructions on how to sew the cushion together.

The care cushion serves as a barrier from the elements and actually lifts people off the ground.

“We understand this is not a total solution,” Boone said. “But it is one that has a full circle experience: to meet the need of our clients, engage our community at-large for assistance, while keeping Our Fabric Stash available as a resource to those who love to craft.”

On February 23rd, about half a dozen volunteers sewed care cushions in the Market Commons as part of a National Community Sew-In for Homelessness “A Community that Sews Together, Gives Together.”

That day, volunteers put together 10 care cushions.

Combining that with care cushions made prior, Boone and her husband were able to distribute about 20 finished cushions to people in need over the weekend.

Care cushion kits and complete care cushions can be bought online and in store for $24.95.

Boone said customers who purchase the care cushion kits can sew the cushion together and either return them so they can be distributed in the future or give them to a person in need in their community.

Check the Our Fabric Stash website, Facebook page or follow @Stashaholics on Instagram for future sew-ins or how you can help distribute the care cushions throughout the year.

Our Fabric Stash is an eco-friendly fabric consignment shop who has called Pike Place Market home since 2015.

(Photo take by Alejandro Valdivieso)

Last month, two members of the Pike Market Senior Center taught us you can fall in love at any age. 

Just one day after Valentine's Day, Bennie and Patricia were married in the very room where they met.

Staff and other members from the senior center decorated the room with Market flowers and ordered a cake. 

The ceremony was officiated by Jeannie Falls, Executive Director of the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

(Photo take by Alejandro Valdivieso)

One of the mantras of the Pike Market Senior Center is that it is a lot of things to a lot of people. Not only can anyone over 55 get two meals each day, they can also find activities, films, games, dancing, social work case management, and a help for problems big and small -- all for free.

Now you can add "have a lovely wedding ceremony" to that list!

(Photo take by Alejandro Valdivieso)

The Pike Market Senior Center is a caring community for the most vulnerable seniors in downtown Seattle. The center offers free breakfast and lunch every day of the week and is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the Pike Market Senior Center, click here.