Plus, a cougar was spotted in Magnolia recently.
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Planning Pike Place’s future
Two rows of bright yellow daffodils line one of the rooftop's above Pike Place Market and lead directly to the market's iconic red sign.
The market’s rooftop makes a very sunny little hat for the building during the spring. | Photo by @seattle_royalphoenix
If you’re going to grow a strong tomato vine, you need a trellis. If you’re going to grow a strong public market, you need a plan.

To help direct its growth and stabilize its future, Pike Place Public Market has adopted a new master plan that lays out both the challenges it expects to face in the coming years and ways to help overcome those bumps in the road. It also includes a plan for managing traffic along its interior street.

Here’s an overview of what’s to come for our great Seattle icon.

The challenges

Knowing your “enemy” is half the battle. The main issues the market expects to tackle are:
  • Slow downtown recovery: The city government has been working hard to continue attracting traffic downtown following the pandemic, but Seattle is still No. 63 out of 66 US cities when it comes to getting people to come back and hangout.
  • Declining farmer population: Total farm attendance in 2022 was only at 69% of pre-pandemic levels.
  • Evolving retail trends: It’s a little harder to convince people to go out to shop when online delivery is so easy these days.
  • Sustainability needs: The market wants to be as green as possible moving forward.

The methods

With those challenges laid out, the market now has some strategies its looking to employ. Those include:
  • Creating a new street management program that allows delivery + safety vehicles to access the market, while still closing some areas for outdoor seating, festivals, and easier pedestrian access.
  • Attracting you — yes, you — the locals. They hope that by curating vendors intentionally that they’ll keep you always coming back for more.
  • Supporting its farmers + craft-makers by building more seasonal harvest-focused events, expanding its produce subscription service, expanding satellite locations, and more.
Tuesday, April 2
  • “Beetlejuice: The Musical” | Tuesday, April 2-Sunday, April 7 | Times vary | Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle | $120-$251 | Be careful whose name you say three times in a row.
Wednesday, April 3
Thursday, April 4
  • Cooking With Five Ingredients or Less | Thursday, April 4 | Times vary | Location provided after booking, Seattle | $95 | Learn how to make an easy-but-delicious meal before diving into your own four-course dinner.
Friday, April 5
  • The Veronicas: Gothic Summer Tour | Friday, April 5 | 8 p.m. | The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle | $35-$40 | You might have had the pop punk duo’s hit song “Untouched” downloaded on your iPod nano at some point.
  • Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2024 | Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 7 | Times vary | Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle | $15-$400 | Check out incredible works created by deaf filmmakers, actors, and producers.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • Get those noodle slurpers ready — Japanese fast casual chain Marugame Udon will be opening its first Washington location in the Westfield Southcenter shopping mall later this year. The restaurant, known for its fresh noodles, will be moving into a 3,100-sqft space. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • Seattle Parks and Rec’s renovations of the Green Lake Community Boathouse are “substantially complete” and the department is hosting a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. in honor of the project. The new 10,800-sqft boathouse includes more efficient boat storage and instructional space for public programs.
  • Call it a comeback — popular Wallingford brunch cafe Julia’s will reopen as soon as this Thursday or Friday. The restaurant/bakery closed in December due to a reported breakdown in relationship between the building and business owners. With the reopening, the new owner plans to add Mexican dishes to the menu. (Eater Seattle)
  • Yikes, a cougar was spotted in Magnolia over the weekend in Fort Lawton Park. The Department of Fish and Wildlife are currently investigating the sighting, but this isn’t the first cougar to be seen in the area. Two different cougars were removed in 1981 and 2009. (My Northwest)
  • UW Football coach Jedd Fisch is building the list of players he plans to visit this summer during recruiting efforts. Hear from the local experts on who the Huskies are looking at with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    • You’re invited to an intimate evening with beloved Americana singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone live in Seabrook on Saturday, May 4. Seabrook Town Hall will host the show, followed by a special meet and greet. Tickets are $25. Pro tip: Use the code “Sera10” to book a weekend stay and enjoy 10% off plus two tickets to the show.*
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