The dancing ghost

Halloween is just around the corner and the Market Ghost Tours are in full swing. It is the perfect time for a ghost story. This is an excerpt from the book I wrote and published myself, Seattle’s Market Ghost Stories;

A ghost that is seen often in the Market is the spirit of Arthur Goodwin, nephew to Frank. He made his way to Seattle shortly after 1907 and is responsible for the interior design of the Market. His parents were both actors.

Having grown up around the stage, Arthur brought theatrical elements to the Market. If you look at the archways, pillars, and ornate decorations in the Economy Market you can see the theatrical influence.

At one time over 20,000 light bulbs lined the ceilings of the arcades and were lit up 24 hours a day. The flood of light was a security measure and a not so subtle competition with Luna Park, a giant amusement park across Elliot Bay on Alki Point in West Seattle.

Arthur was known for coming to work dressed in his finest, donning a top hat as he checked on vendors. He was responsible for assigning spaces to farmers and it was said that while he was a horrible actor, he could mimic any dialect in the Market. He also loved to dance. It was a treat for me to see black and white footage of him dancing, that his descendants shared with me.

Arthur’s office was in the Economy Market at the corner of First and Pike, on the second floor. It is in the window to his former office that his spirit is seen today. In the winter months he is visible standing at the window with a notepad in hand, perhaps planning his daily placements.

He is also seen inside the Economy Market, in the Atrium, a huge open space created by gutting the original building. Today there is a sculpture of a giant squid hanging from the ceiling. My parents’ shop,Watercolors Fresh Daily, is located in the Atrium. My father has been asked about the ghost of a man dancing. People see him in the building. The “Dapper Dancer,” as my father calls him, occasionally graces the interior of the Atrium, wearing a black suit and top hat.

Through the early 1940s, a dance hall existed on the top floor of the Economy Market, right across from Arthur Goodwin’s office. Arthur would attend dances on Saturday nights. That is where he is still seen today, dancing on a dance floor that no longer exists. Those who have seen him say he is dancing in thin air.

Interestingly enough, there is a theater in the very bottom of the Economy Market, The Market Theater. They have a ghost they call “Arthur” who also dances on their stage.

We recently opened an espresso and retail shop in Lower Post Alley, Pike Place Market. You can find us under the Pig and just before the Gum Wall at 1499 Post Alley. You can also find the book, Seattle’s Market Ghost Stories for sale at the shop.

Mercedes Carrabba,

* I wrote a post about the Goodwin family earlier this year: you can read it by clicking here: The Goodwin Influence


American Craft Week

In honor of American Craft Month we are  posting  an amazing artisan each day on our Facebook page with a link to a website where you can purchase the most awesome handcrafted items ever.
Here is a recap of our first week.
Day one: Pingi Hats by Lynn Rosskamp = the most amazing hats and hoodies you will ever get your hands on. I own many of her super designs and they make great gifts especially with the cold weather coming up. They are so wonderful they are even in the Antarctic. — with Pike Place Producers.
 Red Delicious Bags by Emma Roscoe. Emma and I share a studio space and I can attest to the time and care she puts into every handcrafted tote, sling, clutch or computer sleeve. She’s also a snappy dresser, does a wicked good Michael Caine impression (being from the UK probably helps) and is the master of finding amazing happy hours in Seattle. All of these things (and many more) make her a perfect studio partner. Please enjoy taking a tour of her lovely bags at
Heavens to Betsie : Rosetta Greek is the fine purveyor of the most eclectic pot holders and accessories I have ever seen. Not only are they fun but very useful. I love this gal she has spunk and chutzpah – she is the most creative and talented woman I know – she sews like a wild woman during the day and is on the opera stag at night. You need to pick up some of her pot holders it will make your kitchen and your life better. Enough said here is where :
 Stickman Leather by Shawn Bettinger. Shawn embodies all that the word Artisan describes. His hand crafted leather bags are made with the finest #1 grade domestic leathers. His designs are timeless and that is a good thing because when you buy a bag from Stickman Leather you will most likely have it for the rest of your life. You can find him at the Pike Place Market everyday except Tuesday and Thursday and you can see his designs at Every one needs a good leather bag and a new belt as well!
Orna’s Pottery: Tableware, Freeform Art and Judaica . Orna’s pottery is so beautiful you may not want to eat off of it but you can. All of Orna’s ceramic work is individually hand-made. It is made of high-fired stoneware, glazed or applied with oxides. May I suggest if you are in the market for new table ware you check with Orna first. You will love her work! You can find her at the Pike Place Market 2 or 3 days a week and you can view her schedule and her work on her website:
Behold the gorgeous copper wire and semiprecious gemstone jewelry of Megan and Alan Carlisle, owners of Nature’s Twist at Pike Place Market.
April Acevez Cameron is the lovely and talented designer and owner of Vida Loca. April makes the most beautiful handmade Venetian lamp work glass beads and put them together to make amazing jewelry. You can find her at Pike Place Market on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
 Charan Sachar – Ceramics Teacher & Ceramics Instructor in Federal Way, WA the owner of Creative with clay .  If you want to add a little color to your life check out Charan’s Unique one of a kind handmade pottery inspired by Indian designs, fabrics, embroidery, colors and Bollywood .
by Kristeena Sabando
Sabando Design

In the spotlight

I’m going on vacation next week and really looking forward to having a break after a long and busy summer making bags and working at my Pike Place Market booth.

The first thing I do when planning a trip is to look up where to find good galleries, crafts markets and studio tours. While that could be called a busman’s holiday I love to see the work of other artists around the country.

Each year Pike Place Market welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world, excited to see all it offers. Every day I’m at my booth I hear words of amazement and appreciation for the array of arts and crafts that visitors find here.

Many of those tourists are like me, enjoying locally made art is a primary pleasure on trips. And many of them have arrived at the Market with no idea they would see a collection of world-class arts and crafts.

A major mission of Pike Place Producers is to raise awareness of our crafts community. When you open a guide book or search the internet for things to see in Seattle we want “visit the unique crafts community at the Market” to be up there with the fish throwing, gum wall and first Starbucks.

My trip coincides with the third American Craft Week, which also has the objective of raising awareness about art and crafts across the country and all the good things that come from our work.

Pike Place Market is participating by putting photo and video profiles of some of our crafts community via Facebook and YouTube, including this gallery. We’re sharing much of this on the Pike Place Producers Facebook page too.

I assume you’re reading this blog because you already know about and appreciate the Pike Place Market crafts community (thank you!). So help us spread the word: tell your friends, share on social media, come to see us and shop with us this holiday season.

Meanwhile I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the fence next week, seeing, appreciating and maybe buying some fabulous American crafts.

Emma Roscoe, Red Delicious Bags