The whole thing was canceled 2 hours before our meeting time due to.....what else? Rain! But within an hour of the phone calls, it started to look brighter outside, so I threw my stuff in the car and headed to Seattle, to the Pike Place Market. Made a phone call to my client, and said I'm on my way to Seattle, can you still get here? "Meet me at the pig".
For those of you unfamiliar with the Market here in Seattle, you don't know what you're missing!
Here's a little info on the market beginnings..........
The history of Pike Place Market is as rich and colorful as Seattle itself. Its nine acres and 100 years of operation encompass thousands of unique and interesting stories — stories of immigration, internment, gentrification and urban renewal — that explain why Pike Place Market is called "The Soul of Seattle."
Between 1906 and 1907, the cost of onions increased tenfold. Outraged citizens, fed up with paying price-gouging middlemen too much for their produce, found a hero in Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle. Revelle proposed a public street market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. Customers would "Meet the Producer" directly, a philosophy that is still the foundation of all Pike Place Market businesses.
On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born. On that first day, a total of eight farmers brought their wagons to the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street—and were quickly overwhelmed by an estimated 10,000 eager shoppers. By 11:00 am, they were sold out. Thousands of shoppers went home empty-handed, but the chaos held promise. By the end of 1907, the first Market building opened, with every space filled.
A century later, Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to nearly 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and 120 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and 300 apartment units, most of which house low-income elderly people. "The Market," as the locals affectionately say, attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington's most frequently visited destinations.
Can you tell that I like neon signs?
It's definitely my favorite place to spend the day in Seattle! The sights, the colors, the flowers, the smells, the food!!!! Simply amazing. As many times as I've been down there, each time I go is just as enjoyable as the last.
I had such a fun evening with this family.....Mom came up with quite a few good ideas herself for our pictures. And the boys....not a complaint from them. But most of all, check out her killer heels, and she walked in them on the cobblestones and brick alleyways. Now THAT'S an accomplishment! Now more photos!!
One more for the road.....we ended up at Starbucks, and did you know they don't "let" you take photographs inside the store! What's with that?? Seems like it would be good for business. Oh well, I got a shot of the cups anyway. And an end to a beautiful photo session!
Hope you enjoyed your Market tour!!