In 1911, Jack Amon came to America from Turkey and began selling seafood from his Pure Food Fish Market stand in Seattle’s Pike Place Public Market. 104 years later, today Pure Food Fish is run by Jack’s son, Sol, and his two grandchildren, Carlee and Issac. “Having been a part of the Market community for four generations is amazing and something our entire family cherishes,” says Carlee.
To Sol and his family, the Market is much more than a place to sell fish, produce and crafts. It is a home filled with memories. “There are still people in the market who remember my great grandpa, Jack,” says Carlee. “And Sol can tell you every family that owned a business here, who worked there, etc. These memories make me proud to come to work here every day. This Market is my home.”
To honor her grandfather, Sol, this Father’s Day, Carlee is contributing to the Pike Up! Campaign by giving him a Market Charm. Funds raised by these Charms will go to expand the Market’s social services and to build the new Pike Place MarketFront, which will provide additional space for local merchants like Sol Amon and his family.
“This Charm represents our family and our commitment to give back to the community,” says Carlee. “Both Sol and I believe the social services and low income senior housing programs that the Market offers are extraordinary and should be supported. We look forward to what these funds will do for the future of the Market.”
“This Charm is something I will cherish for my lifetime,” says Sol. “For me to share this gift with my children, and their children, is something I can’t put into words. It is a way to share with them my life and to let them know their family is a part of the rich history of Pike Place Market.”
This Father’s Day, honor Dads with a unique gift from Pike Place Market. Inscribe their name or business name on a Market Charm or Piggybank Hoofprint and your donation will help grow the Market further by expanding social services and opening up more opportunities for family-owned businesses like Pure Food Fish.