Every day we get the opportunity to set up and sell in the Pike Place Market. The market is such a unique place, where we get access to so many people coming and going. Some of our customers live in Seattle and others are just passing through. People come to Seattle for business, family, medical treatment and some just on a whim. One thing most have in common is that they have to come to the worlds famous Pike Place Market.
We have sold jewelry for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and we have met some amazing people over the years. But I never thought that making and selling our jewelry could have overwhelming impact on anyone’s life but I was wrong.
What is in a ring? A pretty gem stone some shiny silver put together in a way we think is unique. But one day a beautiful lady walked up to our table and picked up a ring and tried it on. We had a pleasant conversation and she walked off with her daughter. A little while later her husband came back and bought the ring for his wife telling us that she never buys any jewelry for herself and fell in love with the ring. He had thanked us for being nice to his wife because she was in town for cancer treatment . She looked frail but had such a light about her as she went about browsing.
The next day we got an email from her husband thanking us again for the beautiful ring and our interaction with his wife and family. We were touched by the email and thankful that we could make someone happy. A few months passed and we received another email early in the AM from her daughter, letting us know that her mother had passed away. Before she died she gave the ring to her daughter to wear as a memento. She thanked us again for the ring and our conversation. Every time I think about this family I cry and think about the profound impact a ring and a simple kind conversation can have on people.
We are fortunate to meet so many people with happy and sad stories. They all have an impact on our life as we have an impact on there’s.
We think about that day all the time and I had asked Alyssa if I could tell you this story. She told me that today is the one year anniversary of her mom Karla’s funeral and she would like me to share our story with you. This is a beautiful family and we are fortunate to call them friends now!
We welcome about 10 million visitors a year at Pike Place Market, many of them from other cities, states and countries. The Market is world famous and a must-see for anyone coming to Seattle.
Most people have heard about the fish-throwers, the original Starbucks, and the gum wall. But there’s so much more to experience.
So we were thrilled to read the Market’s write-up in the 2012 Washington State Visitors’ Guide, in which writer Rebekah Denn gives great pointers to other highlights – and shout-outs to several Pike Place Producers member businesses and supporters, including our friends the buskers.
Thank you to the artisans and brick and mortar businesses of Pike Place Market who helped me to find OM this week. OM at Pike Place Market. A special thank you to the bemused visitor whom I asked to take a picture of. In a jacket. With many OMs. Namaste. Kat Allen – Symbols in Art