Pike Place Market Celebrates Black-Owned Businesses

Support Market Black-Owned Businesses during Black History Month

SEATTLE, WA — February is Black History Month! As we celebrate and uplift the history of Black Americans, we invite you to explore the Black-owned businesses that call Pike Place Market home. Pike Place Market is not just a hub of local food, art, and culture, but it is also home to a diverse community of business owners. This remarkable group has been an integral part of the Pike Place Market community for many years, making major contributions to its vibrant and thriving atmosphere. From artisanal food makers to local craftspeople, these entrepreneurs bring a unique blend of passion, creativity, and expertise to the Market.

Visitors to Pike Place Market can enjoy the delicious offerings of Black-owned businesses like Lands of Origin, where Chef Meeraf Mamo serves up Ethiopian-inspired desserts, lentils, and spices kits. Another must-visit is the BLMF Literary Saloon in the lower levels of Pike Place Market is a book lover’s dream with literature filling the windows, lining the shelves and piled around the floor. For more than 17 years, owner J.B. Johnson is always helpful with friendly, knowledgeable service and an eclectic collection to tailor recommendations. And for those looking to take home a piece of Pike Place Market, head to East Africa Fine Art for an original acrylic painting themed after owner Wais Ali’s time growing up in East Africa.  These Black business owners are not just making a positive impact on the Pike Place Market community, but they are also helping to strengthen the Black community in Seattle and beyond. By showcasing their talents, skills, and products, they are making a powerful statement about the value of diversity, inclusion, and entrepreneurship.

This year, the Market invites everyone to celebrate Black History Month and recognize the rich history and culture of this community. Let’s take a moment during Black History Month to honor and support the Black business owners at Pike Place Market, and to celebrate the vital role they play in creating a vibrant and thriving community.

Find a list of Black-owned businesses in the Market here and ways to support them.

Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority PDA – The nine-acre historic district is maintained and operated by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), a nonprofit public corporation created by the City of Seattle in 1973. The PDA supports the Market’s remarkable community by increasing farm and food retailing opportunities, supporting small and marginal businesses, and providing services for low-income individuals. In addition, PDA helps protect the essence of the Market by preserving, rehabilitating and maintaining the buildings within the Market. PikePlaceMarket.org


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