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This weekend, Native-designed lifestyle brand Eighth Generation opens its highly anticipated flagship retail store in Pike Place Market.

Though the Eighth Generation team may be a newcomers to the Market, they have been in operation since 2008, steadily building a diverse following and robust product line—custom sneakers, hats, jewelry, smartphone cases, wool blankets and more—which, until now, has only been available online. In addition to beautiful retail displays, Eighth Generation’s new home includes a multipurpose room, providing a hub for community meetings, workshops and a rotating Artist-in-Residence program.

Founder Louie Gong (Nooksack/Chinese/French/Scottish) comes from a nonprofit leadership and education background, and is on a mission to flip the narrative on how cultural art is perceived while creating sustainably pathways for fellow Native artists. We talked with Louie to learn more about Eighth Generation’s new storefront, their "Inspired Natives" business model and the brand’s future goals.

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Slow Loris is home to original screen printed t-shirts, gifts and more by the creative duo Jessica Lynch and Arlo Rumpff. Their eclectic subject matter is largely inspired by the Pacific Northwest and their surroundings on Guemes Island, where the artists both call home. Come check out the shop on the 3rd floor of Pike Place Market's Lower Levels.



13 Gifts for Your Valentine

Posted January 31, 2016

We know it can be tough to find just the right thing for your main squeeze. 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, one that will do all you need your gift to do: show you are a loving, caring person who has sensitively thought about the perfect Valentine's gift, impress your Valentine with your forethought and, most importantly (let's just be honest here) make you look good. To help you out, we're counting down the days ‘til Valentine’s Day with 13 fantastic gift options available at Pike Place Market.

13. For the Star Wars Lover in Your Life


AT-AT Love Zip-up Hoodie from Ugly Baby ($50)

The mission was to bring down the rebels' shield generator, but these rogue All Terrain Armored Transports (AT-ATs) went on their own mission—a mission of love! Ink printed on a light gray zip-up hoodie. Sizes are unisex, so women may want to order one size smaller than usual. Available at Ugly Baby & La Ru in the Market, or online through Ugly Baby's etsy shop.

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On November 13, 2015, KOMO News' Seattle Refined dedicated a full episode to Pike Place Market!

Join host Gaard Swanson on a tour and meet some of the craftspeople, merchants and restaurateurs who make Pike Place a special destination for locals and tourists alike. Plus, learn more about the new MarketFront expansion and how you can be a part of it with your own Market Charm or Hoofprint.

Stream the full 20-minute episode here:

For Deborah Boone, opening her fabric consignment shop was a long-standing date with destiny.

Boone opened Our Fabric Stash first as a twice per year pop-up in 2009 before opening a permanent shop in the International District in 2013. She relocated to Pike Place Market just a few days ago, but a close friend planted the seed for the business over a decade ago.

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