When Will Morris, a senior at Bainbridge Island High School, began to look for places to work in Seattle, his mother suggested he check out one of her favorite shops in the Pike Place Market, The Crumpet Shop. “She told me it is just the perfect place for me to work,” says Will. “Once I walked into the Crumpet Shop, I knew my mom was right and I just had to be there.”
Since Gary Lasater and Nancy McFaul opened The Crumpet Shop nearly 40 years ago, it has become one of the Market’s favorite destinations for locals and visitors alike. Today, Gary and Nancy still own the shop and their son, Rob Lasater, oversees its daily operations. “Rob is a really friendly guy, and that friendliness affects everyone who works at the shop,” says Will. “It is a really personable place. We have a lot of regulars, and I now know many of them on a first name basis.”
On June 13, Will graduates from Bainbridge Island High School. He plans to complete his Running Start program at Seattle Central Community College, and then study Oceanography at either the University of Washington or the University of Puget Sound. To celebrate Will’s graduation, The Crumpet Shop will be donating to the Pike Up! Campaign by giving Will his own Pike Place Market Charm. “This is an amazing gift, and I am really thankful,” says Will. “I feel Gary, Nancy and Rob are giving me an opportunity to be a part of this Market and a part of its lively, thriving community.”
“I can see myself coming back to Pike Place Market when I am 30 or 45 years old, and taking a stroll along the beautiful market expansion these charms helped to create,” says Will. “I am definitely going to look for my Market Charm and, when I see it, it will remind me of my time with the Crumpet Shop and the Market. That will be a pretty emotional moment for me.”
Congratulate Grads with a Market Charm or a Piggybank Hoofprint! Your gift to support the Pike Up! campaign to build the new Pike Place MarketFront will help grow opportunities for young entrepreneurs, small businesses, and families in Pike Place Market. Click here to gift your Grad a Market Charm or Hoofprint.
Photo credit: Lance Wagner Photography