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Holiday Buttons by Graig Anderson

Posted December 12, 2017

Sasquatch pulling a sleigh. Skiing snowman. Bubblefish playing the cello.

These are a just few of the fantastical scenes depicted over the years on Graig Anderson's Pike Place Market holiday buttons. He's been creating them since 1999, each year with a new holiday-themed design. Ask any craftsperson in the Market and they'll tell you: Graig's buttons are a cherished holiday tradition.

"It's fun for me," says Graig. "I've been drawing since I was a kid, and used to paint Christmas stuff on storefront windows. Each year I look back through my sketchbooks and have a big bank of images to choose from as a starting point."

From there, he discusses concepts with Pike Place Market PDA daystall staff and hones his design. "It goes from a drawing to an acrylic painting that I photograph and make final touches on the computer," explains Graig.

Although he cites artistic influences like Edward Gorey, Dr. Seuss, Francisco Goya, and classic Warner Bros. Cartoons as inspiration, its clear browsing Graig's craftstable that he's created a unique magical world of his own.

Shop the Crafts Market from now through the end of the year to receive your own 2017 limited edition Pike Place Market holiday button (while supplies last)!


Graig Anderson's buttons through the years:

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On this day in Market history, 110 years ago, November 30, 1907...

"There were cheers when Councilman Tom Revelle, got up in top hat and tails, approached the podium; more cheers when a farmer thrust in his hands a huge pumpkin; and still more when he set it down by the speaker's stand, placed his silk hat on it, and with political resonance addressed the assemblage:

This market is yours. I dedicate it to you, and may it prove a benefit to you and your children. It is for you to defend, to protect and to uphold, and it is for you to see that those who occupy it treat you fairly; that no extortion be permitted and that the purpose for which it was created be religiously adhered to. This is one of the greatest days in the history of Seattle, but it is only a beginning for soon this city will have one of the greatest markets in the world. ...It is here to stay and there is no influence, no power, no combination and no set of either political or commercial grafters that will destroy it.

The assembled farmers and consumers cheered, the band struck up another march, and the crowd dispersed to shop at stalls filled with late fall produce"

-Excerpt from Soul of the City: The Pike Place Public Market by Alice Shorett and Murray Morgan

Pike Place Stuffing Recipe

Posted November 6, 2017

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you're searching for a new dish to serve to your guests or bring to a Turkey Day celebration, look no further. Our Pike Place Stuffing recipe checks all the boxes: delicious, easy and sourced from local Market businesses.

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter from The Pike Place Market Creamery
1 loaf Le Panier Champagne bread, cubed
1 pound Don and Joe’s bulk pork sausage
1 ½ cups celery, diced
1 ½ cups carrots, diced
1 ½ cups onions, diced
1 pound mushrooms, quartered (shop for veggies from Market highstalls)
1 tablespoon MarketSpice Sabzi Polo dried herb mix
2 tablespoons MarketSpice poultry seasoning
3 cups chicken or turkey stock


Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a large casserole pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Set aside.

2. Spread cubed bread on a baking sheet and toast until lightly browned and crisp, about 20 minutes.

3. In a deep skillet, melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Add the diced vegetables and sauté until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside. On high heat, brown the sausage until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Add the vegetables back to the pan with the sausage. Add the spice mix and stir to incorporate. Adjust salt and pepper as needed.

4. Add 1 cup of stock to the pan, scraping the browned bits on the bottom. Stir until the liquid is nearly evaporated. Scrape the sausage mixture into a large bowl. Add the toasted bread cubes. Add the remaining 2 cups of stock and stir gently until bread is coated evenly.

5. Bake stuffing in preheated oven for one hour, or until the top is lightly browned and crisp. Let the stuffing sit for 10 minutes before serving.

6.  Enjoy


As always, we're incredibly thankful for YOU and our community of steadfast Market enthusiasts! Thank you for shopping local and supporting Market businesses year-round.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Looking for some costume inspiration or something to take your Halloween party to the next level? Pike Place Market has you covered for all things Halloween! Head down to the Market's Lower Levels, but watch out for Market ghosts and oddities along the way...


1. Market Magic & Novelty Shop

Start your adventure at the Market Magic & Novelty Shop on Level 4. For more than four decades, owner Sheila Lyons and her team have put the 'trick' in trick or treat, delighting customers with oodles of tricks, illusions and gags. Here you'll see pictures of famous magicians that have visited the shop, turn of the century magic posters and a fun, jammed pack place of enthusiasm and wonder.


2. Sweetie's Candy

 

Stock up before the 31st here at Sweetie's Candy. This tiny 135-square-foot shop boasts a massive candy selection of over 200 different products, including Jelly Belly's, gummies, nostalgic candies and, of course, tons of treats for Halloween.


3. Holy Cow Records


Whether you're looking for spooky sounds to scare trick-or-treaters as they walk up to your front door or background music for your shindig, the friendly staff at Holy Cow Records will point you in the right direction. With album titles like "More Death and Horror" and "Sounds that make you Shiver!" you can't go wrong! Stop by any day of the week between 10 am and 6 pm.


4. Our Fabric Stash


The next stop on our Halloween guide is for all the crafters and DIY-ers out there. Our Fabric Stash is a consignment shop that carries yards of seemingly endless fabric, beads, threads, patterns and anything else you could possibly need for the perfect Halloween costume. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am- 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am-5 pm.


5. Orange Dracula

Every day is Halloween at Orange Dracula! Here you'll find Frankenstein, The Addams Family, Dracula and Harry Potter inspired buttons, candles, accessories, masks and more. Check out the photo booth and take a pic with your newest find!


6. Rummage Around

Step out of Orange Dracula, take a left down the hallway and you'll find Rummage Around. Packed wall-to-wall with odds, ends, and everything in between you'll find almost anything you need (and maybe even something you didn't.) Don't wait to check out this store, the Halloween items are selling almost as quickly as they're coming in!