(Credit, Karen Ulvestad)
The Pike Place Market is located near the waterfront in downtown Seattle. The market is the longest running in the city, and started in 1907. It is a gathering place for farmers, artists and unique shops to sell their products to the public. The market is a colorful and vibrant place, filling several historic buildings. The location is a hub for urban citizens and a “must-see” for visitors in Seattle. It hums with the constant motion of “flying” salmon, artists, fresh farmer produce, restaurants and retail shops. It sits between First Avenue and Western Avenue. The stairway on the west side leads to the waterfront. Here’s your guide for seeing the best of the best at Pike Place Market.

Gem Heaven
1501 Pike Place Market, Suite 408
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 381-9302

The Gem Heaven is located in the Pike Place Market and is filled with beautiful collectibles. The shop carries many varieties of high-quality crystals, various minerals and fossils. Many of the stones are made into pendants, necklaces and other jewelry items. The beauty of nature shines in these items, and they work well for decoration, feng shui, healing or personal enjoyment. Gem Heaven offers Quantum Qi healing, which is a technique to balance the body’s energy.

The Market Grill is on the main floor of the Pike Place Market (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Market Grill
1509 Pike Place #3
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-2654

The Market Grill is a great place to stop for seafood lovers. This casual restaurant is located on the main floor of the Pike Place Market with a menu that will not break the pocketbook. The grill is known for its fabulous clam chowder and fish sandwiches or platters made from market fresh ingredients. The main menu items include salmon, halibut, prawns and chicken. It’s a great stop for the whole family.

Pike Place Flowers
1501 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-9797

Pike Place Flowers caters to all types of floral needs. It is located in the Corner Market section of Pike Place Market. The flowers are appropriate for all occasions, including thank you bouquets, celebrations and weddings. The friendly staff is quick to assist customers and share expertise.

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Tenzing Momo sells herbs and vitamins from its location at the Pike Place Market. (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Tenzing Momo
93 Pike St. #203
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-9837

Tenzing Momo is inside the Pike Place Market. It has been a market fixture for almost 30 years. The store specializes in medicinal herbs, vitamins, Tibetan and Buddhist Statues, spiritual items and more. If an herb cannot be found, Tenzing Momo probably carries it, since it stocks over 400 varieties of medicinal herbs. Its product line includes items for aromatherapy, which includes essential oils and fragrances. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about products and happy to share insight with customers.

Indi Chocolate
1501 Pike Place #527
Seattle, WA 98101
(425) 245-2089

Indi Chocolate is a small, family-run business located in the down-under section of the Pike Place Market. Great care is taken to know the farmers when purchasing the beans from Belize. The chocolate is made into dark chocolate bars, bark or dipped cherries and cranberries. Indi Chocolate makes and sells skin care products (lotion, body scrub and lip balm) made from chocolate. The body scrub uses the chocolate with sugar to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it softer. The earth friendly practices make higher quality products and cause less impact on the environment.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.