Monday, August 27, 2007

Starbucks Coffee was founded near Pike Place Market in 1971. The original store relocated to the market place in 1976 and is still in operation. The logo for this store is the original, unabridged version of the bare-breasted siren that was illustrative of a 15th century Norse woodcut. The mermaid logo that is now used at most Starbucks Coffee shops is the altered and politically correct version. Isn't this original store front unassuming?

Seattle's market is unique, in that it is the oldest continually-operating public farmer's market in the United States. It opened officially on August 17, 1907 and celebrated it's 100th birthday ten days ago with much fanfare. Although the Space Needle is a visual icon of Seattle, it's actually the Pike Place Market that is it's most popular tourist destination. The market is located downtown, next to Elliott Bay where ships and sea planes can be observed. The market is named after the central street that runs through it: Pike Street.

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