Seattle's Pike Place Market was established on 08/17/1907 as an experiment for farmers, who were being gouged by the middleman, to sell directly to the consumer.
In November 1907 the Goodwin brothers built the first Market Arcade that housed 70 farmers under cover in stalls rented by the day.
Farmers and craft vendors still rent stalls by the day to sell farm fresh produce and their hand made crafts. The 'Meet the Producer' concept is alive and well.
Market Buildings contain hundreds of residential housing units -- many for the low income and disabled as a part of its charter to support the needs of the low income and elderly.
To provide year round produce, 'high stalls' were built, as opposed to the 'daystall' tables rented by the day. You can find produce, fish, meat, poultry, dairy, etc. all year.
In the 60's urban development threatened the Market. A voter's initiative passed saving the Market and establishing it as a historical district. Bussinesses must follow strict guidelines.
We have over 600 shops and vendors for all your needs. Food, arts & crafts, collectibles, restaurants, clothing, flowers, parrots, fish to be shipped wherever, barbers, shoe repair, etc.
Our street performers are an integral part of the Market. From clowns to magicians, to balloonists to magicians -- they add to the festive ambience of the Market.
Just about every month showcases some special event in the Market -- the biggest by far being the Market Street Festival the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Weekend.
Plan on a tour while you're visiting the Market in Seattle, Washington. Learn the history, hear the ghost stories and see the fascinating parts of the Market that most people miss.
For more information about this phenomenal Marketplace, contact the Pike Place Market Merchants Association.