A couple months back our good friend Lori Ness asked if Ashley and I would be interested in ringing the opening bell at Pike Place Market. Yes! We were in! But what bell ringing was there in Pike Place? Lori explained to us that Pike Place has had a tradition of bringing in different community leaders, taste-makers… from around the community to ring the opening a bell.

Ash and I at the Roll call board prior to ringing the opening bell.

Ash and I at the Roll call board prior to ringing the opening bell.

Saturday morning at 8:30am (the earliest we have ever been to Pike Place) Ash and I headed over to the market.

Upon arriving we were greeted by Pam Corwin and Sharon (the Market mom). Turns out that the ringing of the bell starts the tradition of assigning the Pike Place market crafters their designated spot for the day to sell their hand crafted works. Pam explained that the crafters have to be verified that every product is actually built with two hands! And that some crafters/ artisans have been in the market for over 40+ years selling their goods.

Ash ringing the opening bell.

Ash ringing the opening bell.

Pike Place Market has always been Ash and I’s favorite place especially in the freezing winter when we literally sit for hours drinking and eating at Jack’s Fish Spot. And if you are like us, youknow that the market has the freshest and best locally sourced produce and seafood from around the Pacific Northwest. However…knowing that the crafters keep a large portion of the space in Pike Place open year around when the produce is not in season or harvested opened our eyes to how very special these artisan crafters are to Pike Place and our community.

The official pin!

The official pin!

I know now when we head to the market we will stop by the tables (past the produce sections) and if your a close friend, client or family member…your holiday presents will be coming from one of the many talented crafters/ artisans of Pike Place this season!

Meeting Pam Corwin and Sharon

Ashley, Sharon (market mom), Pam Corwin (Paper Scissors Rock) and me

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