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Mia Allen's patterned, knitted gloves and beanies stand out in their own right, but the story behind them is unique, too.

Allen is a "second generation" Pike Place Market artisan; her parents Jeff and Kathi have sold art tile in the market since 2004.

Mia crafts her items with wool yarn and bamboo fibers. Her wool is sourced from a family-owned mill in Mitchell, Nebraska. "The family has been on this same land for over 100 years and have worked hard to run a ‘green’ business," Mia says. "They buy all of their wool directly from the growers. I chose this company because they create a beautiful USA-made product from start to finish." Her bamboo is harder to source, though she's able to get Canadian-spun bamboo that is dyed in the U.S.

Mia also sets herself apart through the use of vintage machines from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. She's recently acquired an antique sock machine that is more than 100 years old.

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More Room for Farmers

Posted March 20, 2015

More Room for Farmers Then, and Now, at theMarketFront Farmers, Cars and a Drive-Through Farmers Market in the 1920s

Trying to drive down Pike Place 100 years ago was a difficult prospect, even more so than it is today. In the Market's early years, farmers' stands and wagons lined the street, so only those on foot, horseback, or perhaps driving a wagon, could make their way through the bustling street. The recent history of the future MarketFront site, on Western Avenue, begins on that street, in 1920. 

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Public radio station KUOW featured the MarketFront expansion Monday after the Seattle City Council committee on the waterfront approved an agreement with Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority to fund the project. 

The Pike Place Market is going to expand westward. On Monday, a Seattle City Council committee agreed to pay $34 million from the general fund to build new vendor stalls, senior housing and a public plaza. The other half of the money comes from tax breaks, grants and philanthropists. The project is part of a larger effort to reconnect the market with the waterfront. Take a listen

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Pike Place Market artisan and blacksmith Erica Gordon is teaching a jewelry-making class at Pratt Fine Arts Center as part of their "Women In Metal" series. Erica likes to "flip the script and use blacksmithing techniques to make jewelry" including earrings, belt buckles, and necklaces. Her two-day workshop at Pratt will be held on May 23 and 24 and each student will create and take home "wearable steel." Learn more here: http://www.pratt.org/classes/wim
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It's MarketFront Thursday!

Posted March 12, 2015

It’s MarketFront Thursday! Each week, we’ll be bringing you news and facts about our new “front porch” to the west of Pike Place. This front porch includes 30,000-square-feet of new public space that is currently nothing but air outside of the Desimone Bridge. Picture yourself stepping through doors at the top of the stair onto a public plaza with lots of room to eat piroshkies, enjoy an espresso and take in the view. Learn more and get involved: http://pikeup.org/project