About Us

A few people have been asking for more information and background on the market, so here goes:

It all began about a year ago when Jen Kelly, a new resident, started The New Pioneer Square, a blog about this historic neighborhood’s successes and struggles. Don Blakeney, a Seattlite who had recently returned from New York (and who now works as the BIA Director for Chinatown/ID), saw many similarities between neighborhoods he had worked with there as an urban planner, and the struggles that Pioneer Square was currently facing.

They met together to discuss possibilities for the neighborhood, and in a meeting with the Parks Department, the idea for a Saturday Market was suggested and quickly embraced. After meetings with the city, with DSA, with the Alliance for Pioneer Square, and with many many Pioneer Square business owners and residents, the market dates were set and the planning began.

Everything about this market is volunteer-organized and volunteer driven. There are a few reasons behind this market:

  1. To activate a space that is usually empty in the evenings
  2. To show potential residents how great this neighborhood is
  3. For vendors to see a neighborhood with really inexpensive retail rates (as a possibility for opening a real shop)
  4. For market visitors to then spread out and see all of the great shops, galleries, and restaurants that the neighborhood has to offer

All money collected from the event goes right back into market costs — promotion, a waste program, the music, and more. And of course, this market would not be possible without our fabulous sponsors:

Contact Us

We are located at Occidental Square in Pioneer Square. To contact us, fill out the contact form below or email us at info@theseattlesquare.com.