We are living in a time of crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice at our doorstep. At Pike Place Market we are expanding our focus from reopening our vibrant Market to include supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand with our business owners, farmers, artists, musicians, residents, visitors and allies in the fight against racism and injustice. The Pike Place Market is comprised of 500+ small businesses with generations of black and African American families working to serve our community.
The Market has always been a gathering space for people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. It is a place where hundreds come to sell goods and we welcome millions of people from all over the world to be part of the magic that is Pike Place Market. The Market is for everyone.
Below is a list of Black-owned businesses in the Market and ways you can support them.
This is the first step of many Pike Place Market will be taking to educate, inform, and amplify the voices from the Black and African American community at the Market. As the Soul of Seattle, we need to do our part to end racism. Staying silent is not an option.
Atlantis Collective’s Mena Aklilu
Mena Aklilu is one of six artists that make up Atlantis Collective. Mena is a self-taught Seattle artist who finds inspiration from nature and loves using acrylics and spray paint. Check out her online store.
Cafe Campagne’s Owner and Executive Chef Daisley Gordon has worked to bring authentically prepared French food to Seattle families for more than 25 years. Cafe Campagne features a European-style charcuterie case and rotisserie. The eatery is currently open for takeout. Check out their delicious menu here.
On a summer day, the delicious smells wafting from Falafel King’s takeout window can make you instantly hungry. Owner Yacab Gazaee specializes in Mediterranean food. Stop by or order delivery.
Grimm Hot Sauce
You might have seen Antonio Lovett and his Grimm Bros tent set up at Pike Place Market and farmers’ markets across the city. Antonio decided to create his own hot sauce after working and learning from Ras of Herban Farm. Antonio specializes in ghost, scorpion and reaper peppers. Purchase his hot sauce and spices here.
Ras Levi Peynado started Herban Farm in 2012, after a trip to Jamaica and a yearning to follow in his parents’ footsteps. Ras grows a variety of herbs and hot peppers on an urban farm in North Seattle. Try his small-batch culinary spice blends, seasonings, sauces, salts, vinegars, mustards, and teas. Purchase here.
Lungu Gifts & Antiques
You might have stumbled up Lungu Gifts & Antiques when exploring the building near Michou and Le Panier. Lungu Gifts & Antiques’ owner Philip Kwara specializes in hand-carved wooden products, hand-carved soapstone, and authentic clothing, jewelry and accessories from Africa and Indonesia.
Sara Porter and her son Isaac have been selling colorful T-shirts, bags, and aprons with artwork inspired by the Tlingit people for more than 30 years. Her son Isaac grew up a "Market Baby" and is now co-owner of Saragraphics. Check out their online store.
Wais Ali first became interested in visual arts while growing up in the country of Djibouti in East Africa. Now a Seattleite, Wais has been selling original acrylic paintings and prints at Pike Place Market since 2015. Check out his Etsy store.
Support When the Market is Fully Open
Robert Jones of Banner Bags has been making and selling upcycled backpacks, vinyl messenger bags, flower bags and totes since 2009. Find Robert in the Pike Place Crafts Market.
BLMF Literary Saloon
The BLMF Literary Saloon in the lower levels of Pike Place Market is a book lover’s dream with books filling the windows, lining the shelves, and piling around the floor. Owner JB is always helpful with a book recommendation tailored specifically for you. Stop by JB’s bookstore when Pike Place Market is fully operational again.
Creates tie-dyed children's clothing and hand-knit scarves and hats. Find Stephanie most days in the Pike Place Crafts Market.
Market Businesses Donating to Advocacy Groups
Do Not Bleach
Noah Parriott from Do Not Bleach creates graphic t-shirts using coffee, bleach and stencils. He has created several designs to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Direct message him on Instagram to order one. All profits will be donated to ColorOfChange.org.
Savor Seattle, the creator of the Iconic Market Box launched a new artisan box featuring 11 Black-owned Seattle area food businesses. $5 from every Seattle Solidarity Box will go to the Black Lives Matter Fund. So far, they have donated $11,000 to the Black Lives Matter Fund and $110,000 in direct sales have gone to 13 Black-owned Seattle food businesses.
Order your Seattle Solidarity Box here.
Twyla Dill Design
Twyla Dill Design pledged to donate 10% of all web sales to a different Black Lives Matter cause each month. For the remainder of June they will donate to the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project. Check out Twyla Dill Design's online store.
Helpful links from blacklivesmatters.carrd.co
- Anti-Racism for Beginners
- Black Lives Matter Ally Research
- Anti-racism resources
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- PBS News Hour: Roxane Gay, Anna Deavere Smith and Tay Anderson on the protests’ hope and despair
- Black History Month Library
- More education resources