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The Market's maze-like Lower Levels are full of wonders around every corner—specialty shops with rare collectibles, secondhand curios, and handmade art from around the world—just waiting to be discovered by locals and visitors alike. Enter Sarah Miller and Kristina Knaus, the dynamic PNW blogger duo that makes up Rain or Shine Guides! These two curious Seattleites explored "down under" to share some of their favorite shops and discoveries.

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Thanksgiving Made Easy

Posted November 3, 2016

Enjoy this helpful get-ready-for-Thanksgiving guide to Pike Place Market! 

Welcome to Seattle’s epicenter of fresh produce, specialty foods and independent businesses, where you shop directly from our butchers, bakers, farmers and other specialty food producers. Follow this printable Pocket Guide and let Market merchants help you prepare for fabulous holiday meals and easy-to-host parties. You’ll find everything you need for a holiday menu, from fresh fruit and freshly baked pies to organic turkeys and mushrooms for stuffing.

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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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