Celebrate the wonky and wild!
Feeling the post-holiday blues after the lights are taken down, festive spirits have dimmed, and it’s back to business as usual? Fear not!
We’re bringing you all the fun holidays you’ve never heard of and worthy of celebrating at your Seattle public market this January.
Read on for a week-by-week lineup to get you excited about the month ahead and kick off 2022 strong!
Week 1: January 1-8
National Science Fiction Day
Golden Age Collectables — As collectors of all things sci-fi and fantasy in the comic book industry, Golden Age is self-described as “your doorway to other worlds”. For fans of fantasy and the great beyond, this place is for you!
National Chocolate Coated Cherry Day
Chukar Cherries — Any excuse to indulge in a sweet treat is one we can get on board with. The Northwest is known for its delicious Rainier cherries, and Chukar Cherries bring you the best of Washington-grown delights with their chocolate-covered goodies.
National Trivia Day
Watson Adventures — Looking for a unique way to discover the eclectic offerings of the Market with your group? Take part in a locally curated trivia hunt that will lead you to hidden corners and intriguing clues, all in the spirit of exploration. For fans of the sinister and cryptic, try their “Murder at the Market” mystery hunt! Learn more here.
Bubble Bath Day
Buddha Bath — After the fuss of the holidays, take time to unwind and practice self-care on a day that’s all about relaxation. Find bath bombs, bath fizzes, and their signature Buddha Bubbles bath gel, all sourced from pure, organic ingredients and essential oils without any fillers or preservatives.
Week 2: January 9-15
World Sketchnote Day
The Paper Feather – You can’t miss the vibrant turquoise storefront and decorative window art inviting you in this haven of a design studio. Pick from their specialty selection of stationery, calligraphy tools, and paper goods to create your notes with flair.
National Rubber Ducky Day
Ugly Baby – Unlike traditional rubber duckies, Ugly Baby brings clever shower decor with a wink to adults with their funky waterproof wall mounts. Made with various characters and affirmations, they add a comically playful touch to any bathroom.
Dress Up Your Pet Day
Merry Tails – While this shop primarily caters to animal-themed gifts for people, you can also find a selection of pet sweaters for your furry friends here! Browse their extensive inventory of creatural apparel, home goods, and more while finding the perfect fit for your cat or dog.
National Bagel Day
Bagelbop – Whether your taste leans toward sweet or savory, this bustling booth is THE specialty stop at the Market for great bagels. Try their signature cured salmon lox with cream cheese, thinly sliced red onions, and a zesty caper garnish on any bagel of your choice!
National Hat Day
Eclipse Hat Shop – You’ll definitely want to see Sharon at Eclipse Hat Shop before January 15. From felt fedoras and berets to top hats and Stetsons — this tiny shop on Western Avenue has everything you need to celebrate National Hat Day right!
Week 3: January 16-22
Hot Buttered Rum Day
Marketspice – To enjoy this richly spiced winter beverage, pick up one of Marketspice’s toddy blends made perfectly for a do-it-yourself buttered rum. Just add butter, vanilla ice cream and mix! This batter makes an excellent base for cocktails with your spirit of choice or just a dessert in a cup with the addition of hot water.
Gourmet Coffee Day
indi Chocolate – Sourcing their cacao beans directly from farmers, indi offers rich mochas made with single-origin Ecuadorian chocolate and blended with direct-trade producer La Colombe’s espresso. For a spicier palette, try their molé caramel latte using their house-made molé cacao spice rub. This aromatic fusion elevates a traditional cup o’ joe with a flavorful touch.
National Popcorn Day
Cobb’s Popcorn – Prepped fresh daily in their intimate storefront, Cobb’s has top-notch quality and small-batch processes down to a science when making their popcorn. Staple rotations include vanilla salted caramel, cheddar and their signature salt blend. Pro tip: they often sell out of their batches, stop by early to make sure you get your binge-worthy share during their open hours Friday-Sunday!
I’m Just Kidding LLC – For a silly gift to bring a smile to your loved ones with babies and young children, find t-shirts, onesies and aprons with humorous sayings to dress up kids from infancy to nine years old. Their pieces are affordable, durable and cute!
Week 4: January 23-31
National Pie Day
Le Panier – Find handcrafted pastries heightened with a French influence at this artisanal bakery. Their seasonal tarts combine a deliciously flakey crust with freshly sliced fruit like pears or peaches, baked with care and large enough to enjoy for 8 servings!
National Green Juice Day
roJo Juice – With a rotating selection of produce ingredients, rōJō brings pure, 100% organic juice blends that are squeezed daily in their juicery storefront. Their classic “grass is greener” brews a medley of leafy greens, apples and lemons that will power you throughout your day! Their shop offers both single 8-ounce servings and 64-ounce growlers to keep you refreshed all week.
National Puzzle Day
3D Wood Puzzles – Enjoy hours of tinkering fun with these intricate, three-dimensional wooden puzzles that are nothing like your typical tabletop challenges! An engaging and constructive challenge for all ages, their puzzles bring inanimate objects to life with activated moving parts.
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Wanderers’ Mail Service – Established more than 100 years ago at the Market as a mail service haven for sailors and prospectors, this legacy business operates as a fully comprehensive wrapping, packing and shipping center. Take care of all your postal needs and support a local business with a rich history of serving the community and a timely attentive approach.