Pass It On

Shared my Seattle Met with a father and son on my Alaska Air flight—it’s their first time to Seattle and it’s a perf guide thru Pike Place (“Local’s Guide to Pike Place Market,” June 2011).
Molly Dow
via Twitter

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This Little Piggy

Like many other Seattleites, I feel a strong kinship with Pike Place (“Local’s Guide to Pike Place Market,” June 2011). One day when my future business partner and I were having lunch in the Market (Counter Intelligence), we discussed finding office space there. We discovered that a prime corner office on First and Pike, above DeLaurenti’s, had just come up for lease that very day after being occupied for 12 years. The following month, in May 1993, the Garrigan Lyman Group was born.

For over eight years, we called the Market our home. With Rachel the pig as our inspiration, we created the first Pigs on Parade campaign in 2001, procuring and placing over 60 pigs around Seattle that were designed by talented artists and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Market Foundation. Although we eventually outgrew those offices, I always look back fondly on our unique and fun beginnings in the Pike Place Market.
Tim Garrigan
Seattle

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Market for Life

When Seattle saved the Market (“Local’s Guide to Pike Place Market”, June 2011), it also had the foresight to ensure that the residents of the Market could remain in the area. Today many of the Market’s hundreds of permanent residents are on fixed or low incomes and are served by the Market’s social service agencies: the Senior Center, Downtown Food Bank, the Medical Clinic, and the Child Care and Preschool.

Every time someone puts a dime or nickel in Rachel the piggy bank they are helping the Market Foundation provide residents with the basic necessities we all need. The money we raise is especially important in these times of diminishing government support for human services.
Marlys Erickson and Patricia J. Patterson, The Market Foundation
Seattle

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Handcrafted Treasures

While Jessica Voelker put together a lovely “Local’s Guide to Pike Place Market” (June 2011), there was something missing: the more than 200 permit holders of the Market day stalls, artists, craftspeople, small business owners selling what they can of their handcrafted work.

I am a member of that craft line, the people who craft those hidden treasures— jewelry, hats, scarves, pottery, clothes, paintings, soaps. How can we change the perception of who we are as artists and what we have to offer? There are some faithful locals who will come to see us when they need something special, when they want to make contact with the person who makes what they’re purchasing; they come by just to say hello when they’re in town with visiting relatives.
Kat Allen, Sumon Company Symbols In Art
Maple Leaf

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Battle of the Buskers

A sampling of heartfelt responses to the Pike Place Market “Battle of the Buskers” (June 2011), via seattlemet.com:

Hobbit!!! I must vote for Hobbit!
Jill Goodman

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Cast one more for Mr. Howlin’ Hobbit.
Dean Hedges,
Seattle

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What a hard choice—I love each and every one of our Seattle buskers! I’ll cast my vote for the irrepressible Reggie Miles.
Mary Witter,
Wallingford

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Carly Calbero! What a pretty voice. I always have an appreciation of girls who rock the guitar.
Wendy Scott

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Where is Whitney Monge? She is my favorite…a longtime Pike Place Market legend.
Jackie

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What about the human statue?
Reno

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Morrison Boomer did the best of the bunch. Yaacov did the best out of all the solo acts. Also, please tip your Pike Place Market buskers.
Joseph Doney,
Pioneer Square

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Too Old for Xbox

Many of these seem like great places to work when you’re straight out of college (“The Best Places to Work! …and Play!,” May 2011). But the older you get, the less free foosball and Xbox matter: It takes stronger stuff to build a good corporate culture. As long as the work is meaningful and the pay is good.
Anthony Charlton,
Magnolia

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Thanks! Good to Know!

The images, use of balance, color, tone, placement, and movement are all splendid on your May cover; but you used two exclamation marks: “The Best Places to Work! …and Play!” I don’t know if I have ever used an exclamation mark in a formal manner, nor do I recall a time when I have even texted an exclamation mark. The last time was on a $35 check for a parking ticket. The note read: “I was one minute late, thanks jackass!”

F. Scott Fitzgerald once stated that an exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke. I think he was wrong; it’s more like giving yourself a double thumbs up in the mirror every morning.

I hope we can avoid future confrontations on the matter of exclamation marks.
Brent Holland
Seattle

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Snacks with a Twist

I am on a mission to taste these all now (“Soft Pretzel Update: Pike Pub Joins the Pack,” May 2011). Rock Bottom has had soft pretzels for a while now, too, but nothing crazy amazing. Best pretzel that I eat still remains Whole Foods Bavarian pretzel with a pint of Rogue.

Ashley Horiuchi
Bellevue

 

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Very Sweet Dreams

 

Hands down…Heather’s cookies at Volunteer Park Cafe are the absolute best cookies that have ever graced this earth (Seattle Met Taste Test: Chocolate Chip Cookies,” May 2011). Not only do I dream of all of her baked goods, old Southern grannies do as well. I sent these gorgeous, huge cookies to my family over the holidays. When your 82-year-old grandma says, “Those are the best cookies that I have ever had in my life,” and your dad hoards and sneaks them in the middle of the night, you know that you have stumbled upon gold.
Tracy Haaland
Seattle

 

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Cookie Connoisseur

 

Everything the tasters said about Hiroki’s cookies is why I like them the best (Seattle Met Taste Test: Chocolate Chip Cookies,” May 2011). They are chewy without being overcooked, they have chunks of chocolate rather than chips, and that orange zest makes them scrumptious (but he has cookies without orange, too).
Ben
Seattle

 

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CORRECTIONS
In the June cover story “Local’s Guide to the Pike Place Market: Meet the Ghosts,” the quote about Princess Angeline’s ghost smelling “unpleasant, pungent” was inaccurately attributed to Mercedes Yaeger. Rather, people on her ghost tour have offered this description. In the same story (“Found Among the Merchants”), we referred to Pipe Palace as the Pike Place Smoke Shop. Also in June we misstated the relationship of Jim Drohman and Joanne Herron (“Mood Maker”); though partners in business, they are not married. And in March we recommended a whole-grain muffin at Wake-n-Bakery in Glacier (“The Fabulous Baker Joys”); though baked goods are on offer, they are not whole grain.

 

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