Pike Place Market Insider's Slide Show
My “Insider’s Slide Show” features 60 slides that are displayed while I share my “insider’s” commentary on each image.
The show ranges from historical slides, which depict the Market’s beginnings in 1907 and run through the renovation in the early 1970s, through modern-day, with the Market’s long-running businesses and vendors represented along with the newest faces along Pike Place.
The show is loosely based on my real-life “Insider’s Tour of the Pike Place Market,” which I give to groups of 15 or fewer, due to the limitations of moving through the crowded marketplace.
My “Insider’s Slide Show” is designed for larger groups, or those with limited mobility. The show takes approximately 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for questions, for a total running time of 1 hour.
Those requesting the “Insider’s Slide Show” are responsible for securing a room and renting a slide projector, podium, and microphone for my use.
Sample Images and Commentary Included:
1. The famous Market Clock/Public Market sign, one of the first pieces of outdoor neon on the West Coast, circa 1927.
2. Rachel the Pig, another Market icon. This giant bronze piggy bank—a porker with a purpose--raises funds for the four social-service agencies in the Market. These include the Senior Center, Downtown Food Bank, Medical Clinic, and Child Care and Preschool.
3. Pure Food Fish, one of the first fish stores in the Market, circa 1911.
4. The Athenian Inn, circa 1908. It's where one of the pivotal scenes from the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" was filmed.
5. Sosio's highstall, one of the Market’s nine highstalls. These permanent fruit and vegetable stands are similar to greengrocers, and feature local produce and produce from around the world.
6. A farmer's table or day table, which is rented on a daily basis and sells only local fruits and vegetables.
7. The organic farmers' tables. On any given Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday during the growing season, there might be as many as 17 different farmers in this area.
8. The original Starbucks coffee store, circa 1971.
9. Market musicians, who must carry a permit, but not necessarily a tune!
10. The Market tiles, which number 46,500, and are imprinted with personal messages.
11. The Pike Place Market Creamery, located in the Sanitary Market Building, with a wide array of dairy products, including milk in glass bottles, free-range eggs of all sorts, and European butters.
12. Sur La Table, 84 Pine Street, the original location in this (now) nationwide kitchen-store chain.
13. DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine, with its amazing selection of Italian specialty products, cheese, and wine.
14. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, where you can watch artisan cheese made fresh daily.
15. Rose’s Chocolate Treasures, which offers not only fresh chocolate truffles and confections, but hot chocolate drinks, chocolate porcelain sets, and books on chocolate.
16. The Tasting Room: Wines of Washington, which offers samples from Washington state’s best boutique wineries.
17. Don and Joe’s Meats, a family-owned meat business that specializes in specialty cuts such as Rocky Mountain oysters, lamb tongues, and sweetbreads.
18. MarketSpice, under the Market clock and in business in the Market since 1911, for bulk spices, teas, teapots, and an incredible selection of hot sauce.
19. The Spanish Table, with its wide range of Iberian specialty foods, cookware, take-away foods, ceramics, and Sherry and Port.
20. World Merchants, Spice, Herb and Teahouse, for its amazing diversity of the freshest spices, spice blends, and herbs from around the world. This is also a good place for a relaxing cuppa.