Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

100 Years

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
This book tells the story of Seattle’s Pike Place Market from several points of view: the food, the people, the unusual shopping, the history. Started in 1907 in response to a revolt on the part of farmers who were been cheated by middle men, and consumers who objected to the high price of onions, the Pike Place Market is the original farm-to-table source for fresh produce, fish, meats, and other products. Located in the middle of downtown Seattle, it remains a wonderfully sensual, salty, and satisfying retail experience that harkens back to an earlier era. This is the market where fish fly through the air from salesman to wrapper, where Starbucks first tested the crazy idea of high-end coffee shop, where Sur la Table sold their first pot. The scene is positively energized with 10 million annual visitors, musicians and entertainers strategically positioned throughout the 9-acre market, a riot of colorful flower bouquets (the freshest and cheapest in town). There is a 100-year old bakery, a Shoe Museum, the best spice shops on the West Coast, and an honest-to-god hardware store. This book is a visual treat with current and historical images, seasonal shopping lists, pointers to some of the lesser known nooks and crannies. Also told in the book are the stories of how the City of Seattle almost tore down the Pike Place Market in the 1960s to build condos. But the Save the Market campaign prevailed. And earlier, during Word War II, the devastating internment of Japanese Americans removed nearly 70% of the produce vendors from the Market. But through its various travails, the Pike Place Market has survived. And this colorful book celebrates this special Seattle place.

Perseus Publishing
In 1907, Seattle’s farmers and shoppers were angry. The former were being cheated by middlemen, the latter objected to the high price of onions. A city experiment to connect the two groups was proposed, and thus was born the Pike Place Market. One hundred years later, the Market still exemplifies the farm-to-table experience. Its nine acres are home to an amazing array of fresh meat, produce, and fish. What's more, there's even marvelous spice shops, fantastic florists, a Shoe Museum, and a hardware store. This is where Starbucks first tested the nutty idea of gourmet coffee and where Sur la Table sold its first stockpot. Officially commemorating the Market’s centennial, this delightful book is packed with fascinating historical images, seasonal shopping lists, and pointers to lesser known spots. It tells the story of the place rightfully known as ?The Soul of Seattle,” its quirky, colorful past, and its vibrant presence in today’s sophisticated city.


Publisher Group West
In 1907, Seattle’s farmers and shoppers were angry. The former were being cheated by middlemen, the latter objected to the high price of onions. A city experiment to connect the two groups was proposed, and thus was born the Pike Place Market. One hundred years later, the Market still exemplifies the farm-to-table experience. Its nine acres are home to an amazing array of fresh meat, produce, and fish. What's more, there's even marvelous spice shops, fantastic florists, a Shoe Museum, and a hardware store. This is where Starbucks first tested the nutty idea of gourmet coffee and where Sur la Table sold its first stockpot. Officially commemorating the Market’s centennial, this delightful book is packed with fascinating historical images, seasonal shopping lists, and pointers to lesser known spots. It tells the story of the place rightfully known as “The Soul of Seattle,” its quirky, colorful past, and its vibrant presence in today’s sophisticated city.


Publisher: Seattle : Sasquatch Books, c 2007
ISBN: 9781570614972 (pbk.)
1570614970 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 381.410979 PIK
Characteristics: 139 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 17x21 cm

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