Become a Guest Vendor
Introducing a New Opportunity for Local Producers
This summer, the Pike Place Market will begin a new “pop-up” program at the entrance to the Economy Building Arcade at First and Pike. The Market, long known as the place to “Meet the Producer” just as importantly allows producers to “Meet their Customer.”
These new vendor spaces will be short term opportunities- rotating new small businesses every 2, 4, or 6 weeks and proving each startup a chance to test their products, gauge customer interest and develop some experience working in a fixed location – but without the obligations and hassle of renting a storefront.
The Pike Place Market will provide the basic location and set up for pop-up retailing, help promote the small businesses and provide a high profile location to build a brand.
Please read program qualifications and operation before applying, here.
Who Can Qualify?
We are looking for creative, innovative producers of specialty artisan food products and personally designed, handmade goods produced in Washington State using locally sourced ingredients when possible.
- Vendors may not have an established storefront location, but preferably have established a business identity at farmers markets or through on-line merchandising of their product. Vendors may have a fixed location rented or owned for production / studio / manufacturing but this location must not also operate as a retail storefront.
- Vendors must commit to operating their stall Thursday through Monday (5 days) and be personally present as the producer 3 of those days.
- All vendors must have a current Seattle Business License. Those offering processed food products must have appropriate Health Permits and produce in a licensed kitchen or cottage-kitchen. Processed food items must be prepackaged in an approved facility and be shelf stable.
Please Review the Qualification Criteria (2)
In order of priority:
- Vendor does not have an established retail business location in a fixed storefront.
- Vendor is not currently selling in the Market (including other pop-up programs).
- Product sold is unique to vendor through design and/or production process.
- Vendors must qualify as a local farmer, processor, or artisan/crafter as defined by the WSFMA Roots Guidelines.
- Food-related products must be shelf-stable and wrapped for display. Foods must be exempt from Seattle-King County Health Department permits.
- Product demonstration, sampling, packaging conforms to local codes and regulations.
- Vendor is from a historically under-represented group.
- No commercially sourced finished merchandise or imported items.
- The facilities do not permit on site food preparation, nor access to sinks.
- Agricultural products including wines or other alcoholic beverages or cannabis are not permitted.
- The primary and significant value of items displayed or sold must be entirely produced in the State of Washington.
- No second hand items (Exception: Those vendors who take a second hand item and “up-cycle” that item into a new use)
- No solicitation of charitable donations or selling of products for fundraising activities.
- No non-owner operated businesses.
- No out of state processing.
- No use of PDA trademarks, “Pike Place Market”, Public Market Center sign image, etc.
- No promotional giveaways (business cards permitted)
How the Program WorksNote: This is a new program - the PDA reserves the ability to modify these guidelines at its sole discretion.
- Available Daily – 9 am to 5 pm. Minimum operating days required are Thursday through Monday (onsite by 9am open by 10am).
- Pop-up “weeks” begin on Wednesday and end on Tuesday.
- Turn-overs for new vendors – move outs on Tuesday evenings, move-ins on Wednesday morning.
Rates vary by season and for periods of 2, 4 or 6 weeks
- Peak (May – September, Thanksgiving – New Year) – $250 per week
- Off Peak – $100 (October to Thanksgiving, January to April)
- Note- specific seasonal rates will be identified on a calendar, effective each Wednesday)
- After a vendors first 2 weeks, additional rent of 5% of sales over $3,000 per week.
- Vendors must submit weekly sales reports.
- A $300 damage/late fee deposit will be charged (or placed on credit card hold) when space assignment is confirmed and will be refundable upon compliance with booth rental agreement.
RESERVING A DATE
- Advanced booking only.
- All stall fees must be paid in advance. Any percent rent due will be billed at the end of the rental term.
- Confirmation of valid city of Seattle business license, commercial liability insurance coverage (coverage requirements to follow), and, if applicable, appropriate Health Permits and produce in a licensed kitchen or cottage-kitchen.
- Vendors will be required to sign a vending license agreement with the PDA. Charges will be processed through conventional credit or debit card accounts.
- Vendor will agree and sign acceptance of Rules of conduct for operating a business in the Market.
- Placement of the $300 security and performance deposit hold
- Space/calendar assignments at sole discretion of the PDA
- Vendor will provide social media images and messaging to be used in promotional materials by the PDA.
- Initial selection of selling dates will be offered to qualified applicants for PDA commercial lease spaces as of May 1, 2022, in order assigned by lottery number. Thereafter, choice of dates will be offered in order of the sequence of approved applicants. Applicants will have 5 days from date notification by email to confirm a reservation with payment of stall fees.
WHAT IS PROVIDED?
- Each vending space will provide 6 to 8 foot of frontage, with approximately 6 feet behind the table. PDA will provide a display table and wire grids for product displays. Spaces also have shared power and overhead lighting.
- Vendors must provide their own stall signage that can be attached to the built-in fixtures to promote their brand. All signage must be approved by landlord in advance.
- All vendors will have access to approximately 20 Amp power. Vendors need to bring their own extension cords and power strips. All electrical equipment must be tested and tagged for safety (UL label) before being brought onsite.
- Loading space for deliveries is on the street but cannot be reserved in advance. Drivers should plan loading in before 9:30 and out after 4:30
CANCELLATIONS AND OTHER INFO:
- There are no refunds for cancellations or non-attendance.
- If vendors do not give a 12 hour notice before a no show, open late, or close early, they may incur a $50 charge for each day affected. Vendors must receive written approval from the Market for any alterations in hours.
- The Market reserves the right to relocate stall assignments for a better fit and mix of use.
- No sub-leasing allowed.
- While the Economy Arcade is secured after regular business hours, the PDA assumes no responsibility for damage or loss of vendor inventory, equipment, or fixtures. Vendors are responsible for securing their own property.
- Vendors must adhere to standards of behavior for business tenants: customers shall be treated in a courteous manner, no mislabeling of products, post a refund policy, no alcohol or drug use, no pets at stall, and no smoking. Failure to respect these rules will result in loss of selling privileges and requirement to vacate the space.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Read program Terms & Conditions, here.