THIS PAST WEEK, I FOUND MYSELF IN SEATTLE FOR A BRIEF VISIT. FREE HOUSING FELL INTO MY LAP FOR A FEW DAYS, AND SO, EMBRACING MY NEW START-UP SCHEDULE, I PICKED UP AND FLEW OVER ON A GROOVY VIRGIN AMERICA FLIGHT.
While the location was not up to me, I was happy to see a new part of the States and one so in love with craft coffee. With that said, my heart was set on one place - PIke Place. Not the home of a questionable brew, but the sanctuary of food stalls and small vendors.
I walked everywhere and everywhere there were hills, but I was never far from a PIke Place dungeness crab cup. I had Beecher’s Mac and Cheese and fish cuisine of all kinds - I of course also revelled in coffee. It was a delightful pit stop, even as I was inundated by curious tourists. I was happily claustrophobic.
Coming home, it was a few days before the cravings set in. What else set in was the realization that we could have really had something with the revitalization of the Fulton Fish Market. The Kopi Trading Company found a pop-up home with the New Amsterdam Market, and with the closure, something is surely amiss. Being part of such a vibrant, creative community of small producers gave us hope that being small was not an obstacle to being great. The city’s resistance to creating such a public space means that we have one less place to find our footing.
I signed the New Amsterdam Market’s petition today (http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/seaport_vision.html) and hope that others will support this vision. Help keep craft food at the seaport.