Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Vancouver-Seattle Tour: Day Seven

After doing some window shopping in downtown Seattle, we head to Pike Place Market.

" Its nine acres and 100 years of operation encompass thousands of unique and interesting stories — stories of immigration, internment, gentrification and urban renewal — that explain why Pike Place Market is called "The Soul of Seattle."Between 1906 and 1907, the cost of onions increased tenfold. Outraged citizens, fed up with paying price-gouging middlemen too much for their produce, found a hero in Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle. Revelle proposed a public street market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. Customers would "Meet the Producer" directly, a philosophy that is still the foundation of all Pike Place Market businesses. On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born. On that first day, a total of eight farmers brought their wagons to the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street—and were quickly overwhelmed by an estimated 10,000 eager shoppers. By 11:00 am, they were sold out. Thousands of shoppers went home empty-handed, but the chaos held promise. By the end of 1907, the first Market building opened, with every space filled." Source: Pike Place Market

We stop at the Soundview Café and I order the North African Hummus which is served with pita triangles topped with diced tomato, cuccumber and red onions. For some unknown reason, our server asks if we'd like a complementary shrimp cocktail and we don't turn it down saving $6.95. Before heading home we decide get my sister a hostess gift and visit a flower stall in the market where we haggle for a deal on fresh cut tulips for - four bunches for $20, a $4 discount. Today's savings: $10.95 US - Total Savings:$126.29 CD

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