Seattle’s Pike Place Market stretches for four city blocks. It includes a collection of old buildings, bunches of stalls and street musicians and afters that draw both locals and visitors. The themed market wakes up each day at 5:00 a.m. Among the first to arrive, flower vendors and fish mongers like Jason Scott.
I, my mother worked here before I was born. She used to put me in a banana box behind the counter. This nice cardboard box as a as a cradle, so I was behind the counter as a baby, and then when I was about 9 or 10, I started working. Put an apron on and I would just ice the fish and sell you know little things here and there, and I came back out of high school and I’ve been here ever since. I’m 46 now.
His stand is known for its tradition of throwing fish before wrapping it up for a customer. And then instead of me walking it all the way around. I would say 1 SOT guy Sakai hey scoring is easy TT DJ oh yes good. Turn sideways, no other sideways keep going yep there you go thank you. TT for Natasha GG for Natasha Wow Wow.
Many Pike Place Market stores are family-run and have been around for generations. Russian-speaking immigrants opened Piroshky bakery 25 years ago. Not a lot of people understand what Piroshky are. People think sometimes it’s a last name, so we do have to educate people a lot. So Piroshky are fresh baked pies and the reason it called Piroshky. Piroshky is when you if you go to Russia and you go to a market like this, you could hear latest scream out - Piroshky, Piroshky and that’s why we call it Piroshky.
Came next Piroshky is a Chinese bakery called Mee Sum pastry. It’s owned by the third generation of the Fong family. They call their signature pastry, the best and biggest combos in towns. Like Chinese hamburger, they screw with the meat, have you can put a chicken or puppy kibble or crispy even vegetable.
But in this sprawling market, one of the most unusual places isn’t a food or craft stall. It’s the gum wall where people can stick their tiny chewed up clump on a roll so apparently don’t give it much thought, others try to be original. This gum wall started about 20 years ago when the theater asked people did not bring gum inside because they didn’t want it under the seats, so people would put gum up on the outside.
Market officials initially tried to clear the sticky stuff off the wall, but new gum always reappeared so they finally gave up. The gum wall quickly became a tourist attraction. We managed anarchy here and sometimes you just let it go.
And just like that gum anarchy turned into an attraction, highlighting a more eccentric side of Seattle that locals and visitors love.
For Natasha moscovia in Seattle Washington Anne Rice VOA news.