Looking back on 2022...
This year brought us many joys at Pike Place Market. We welcomed many new businesses, commemorated milestones met by others, and celebrated with our special community throughout every season. Let’s toast to what makes our historic district a cherished place to live, work, and visit year after year!
New Businesses We Welcomed
Awards Received by Businesses
Instagram micro-influencer group Butter My Biscuits travels nationwide and samples biscuits from all over the country. Honest Biscuits remains the leading champion among over 70 eateries! Their signature butter-hole biscuit garnered rave reviews for its dense crumble yet fluffy texture. Try a classic with butter and jam, or make it a hearty meal stacked in one of their signature breakfast sandwiches.
Crafting the only bean-to-bar chocolate in the Market, indi earned a spot in Yelp’s Top 10 Coffee & Chocolate establishments in Seattle. What sets them apart from many chocolate retailers is their commitment to direct sourcing of cacao beans from growers and cooperatives to make their rich, small-batch, single-origin dark chocolate. When purchasing their products, you can count on supporting ethical practices that support cacao farmers worldwide.
King 5 Evening News awarded their Best of Western Washington titles in November, and Made in Washington was crowned “Best Northwest Gift Shop” for its range of locally made and regional specialty goods. Shop blown glass art, smoked salmon, chocolate, and other gourmet items iconic to our state that are curated from over 250 local vendors.
Known for straightforward but well-crafted pasta dishes, Pasta Casalinga was recognized as one of the Top Italian Restaurants in Seattle by Gambero Rosso, a leading source of reviews on the Italian food, wine, and travel sector abroad. Stop in to sample their latest rotating seasonal menu options with fresh pasta made in-house daily!
This iconic Market dining establishment earned a spot on Opentable’s Top 100 Restaurants for 2022. Analyzed from over 13 million reviews, The Pink Door is the only restaurant in the Northwest to make this list! Be sure to set your reservation early to grab a spot and indulge in the lively warm ambiance of Italian-American dining and eclectic entertainment.
Anniversaries We Celebrated
Communities We Honored
February: Black History Month
Over a dozen Black-owned businesses operate within the Market, highlighted throughout the month of February. Learn more about them here.
March: Women’s History Month
We celebrated our 225+ women-owned businesses all month long! Find individual highlights and a comprehensive list available here.
November: Native American Heritage Month
Last month, we highlighted our Native-owned businesses and vendors that sell Indigenous works. Read about them here.
Special Event Highlights
Love in the Market
February is our time to show LOVE for our locals — we shared the joy and gave away 400 tote bags, held a scavenger hunt with almost 150 participants, and other fun activities!
25th Annual Daffodil Day
We handed out 8,000 daffodils to ring in the first day of spring and support our local flower farmers!
14th Annual Flower Festival & Mom’s Market Day
Over 40 tents lined Pike Place with tens of thousands of fresh blooms, ushering in our celebratory weekend of moms and more!
Summer Night Market
We welcomed over 3,000 visitors to enjoy our special evening market celebrating PRIDE month with live music, performers, handmade goods, and delicious food!
Pike Place Market Foundation‘s biggest annual fundraiser was a hit this summer as it rang in 40 years of serving our community. 1,700 guests, 227 volunteers, and 115 vendors among many other supporting contributors put on a memorable evening of great food, drinks, and entertainment while raising nearly $600,000 for the Market’s essential services!
A massive pumpkin weighing over 500 pounds was transformed into a Market scene by master carver Russ Leno at our fall celebration. During this Market-wide event we also celebrated the 40th anniversary of our Market Foundation, who brought home 40 “Pigs on Parade” to commemorate the special occasion.
27th Annual Magic in the Market & Santa Photos
We shared over 700 Santa pictures with families, friends, and furry pals of all ages to commemorate their special Market holiday over three weekends of fun!
Programs We Launched
New Market Website
While it launched at the tail end of 2021, we officially debuted our new website this past February. Our directory and other resources continue to grow and become more comprehensive and as up-to-date as possible, keeping you informed on our 500+ small businesses, events, operations, and much more!
Interactive Market Map
For the first time ever, Pike Place Market launched an interactive map to provide our visitors with step-by-step directions to businesses, restrooms, attractions, and more! After over a year in development, it premiered in June, just in time for the busy summer season. Improvements continue to better serve our community’s wayfinding needs.
Market Gift Card
We launched a Market-wide gift card! Continuously growing, we’re excited to offer a way for recipients to experience shopping multiple businesses in the Market through one easy paperless method.