As we reflect on all the things we’re grateful for, Giving Tuesday is a day to give back to the causes and communities we love. This Giving Tuesday, we are thankful for our incredible Market Merchant Supporters, three of whom also serve on the Market Foundation Board of Directors!
Larry Mellum of Pike Place Chowder
You know Pike Place Chowder as “America’s #1 Chowder” and “Yelp‘s Most Popular Dish in the Country“, but did you know that a portion of their proceeds supports the Market community?
Founder and owner Larry Mellum has built a chowder empire that regularly wins first-place trophies and nation-wide accolades, but he also keeps the business strongly rooted in the neighborhood where it all started. “It has been an enormous success—even from our infancy,” recalls Larry. “It also showed me what a great community Pike Place is, and a community I am proud to be a part of.” This past year, Larry joined the Market Foundation Board of Directors to further engage in our mission and help nurture a thriving Market community.
“The Pike Place Market Foundation is what makes this community whole,” says Larry. “It is what brings all of these uniquely different parts together and somehow… sometimes inexplicably… turns this crazy place into a community that supports one another. I have, for years, happily supported this work.”
YOU can join Larry and kick off your season of giving today with a gift to support the vital network services in the Market for residents, workers and neighbors throughout downtown. Thanks to our Market Merchant Matching Pool, donations of up to $100,000 will be matched – effectively DOUBLING the amount you’re giving today!
Kim Ramirez of Saisei Apparel
Meet one of our Market Merchant Supporters: Kim Ramirez! Owner of daystall craft business Saisei Apparel, Kim is always willing to lend a helping hand to support her community.
Kim has been a superstar supporter: volunteering at every fundraising event, providing valuable insight to our Market Merchant Roundtable meetings, and donating to support our mission. This year, we were beyond thrilled to welcome Kim as a new Market Foundation board member, and partner with Saisei Apparel as one of our valued Market merchant supporters.
“I grew up in a family that felt it was our duty as part of a community to be of service,” says Kim. “Since moving to Seattle and now being part of Pike Place Market as a vendor, it’s even more important for me/us to give back to this community.”
This community thrives because of efforts like Kim’s. We feel so grateful to partner with her in keeping Pike Place Market healthy and strong.
You can join Kim in contributing to the Market community! This year, our merchants have collectively donated $100,000 to match all donations today on Giving Tuesday. Donate today and your gift will be effectively DOUBLED!
Skye Saylor of MarninSaylor
We want to give a great big shoutout to our friends at MarninSaylor, who gave back to the Market community in big ways this year! If you follow this sweet handmade toy company in the Market (and if you’re not, get on that), then you’ve seen the limited-edition pastry pet auctions they run with proceeds benefitting the Market Foundation.
We’re also so very lucky to have one-half of the MarninSaylor duo on our board of directors! Skye Saylor joined the Pike Place Market Foundation after co-founding her business in the Market’s daystall booths nearly a decade ago, and then opening MarninSaylor’s permanent storefront in the DownUnder. Skye recognizes the vital role that local businesses play in the holistic health of the Market, including its employees and residents. She works hard to help the Foundation partner with the local network of merchants and support workers in our community. “In our years as Market merchants, we’ve been consistently impressed with the Market’s ability to ‘take care of its own,’” recalled Skye. ” We’ve made so many connections with the other shop owners and have gotten a better sense for how the Market functions and cares in bigger and broader ways.”
Thank you, Skye and MarninSaylor, for your support!
There is still time to join MarninSaylor in helping ensure every member of our community is happy and healthy for the holidays! Support the vital network of housing and services in the Market this Giving Tuesday, and your gift will DOUBLE thanks to a $100,000 Matching Gift Pool created by our Market merchants!