A nationwide department store with a prominent outpost in Downtown Seattle, Macy’s is the place for one-stop shopping for the family and the home. The longtime retailer carries brand name and private label clothing and shoes, and have extensive furniture and housewares departments for any upscale homeowner looking to bring their look up a few notches. Even better, they are known for their frequently-occurring sales, which means even mid-level folks can splurge on great pieces for their home or their closet. The stately 1929 building takes up a city block and spans six floors, plus a basement, and holds an annual holiday parade with inflatable floats, marching bands and costumed characters, which ends in the lighting of the huge Macy’s star on the corner of the building.
Pike Street Press wears multiple hats: it's a letterpress design studio, a custom-print shop, and an art gallery rolled into one small, environmentally conscious store. Read on to learn more about this throwback business.
All the work is produced on antique printing presses. The shop's roster of used equipment includes a 1960s Heidelberg Letterpress, which shoulders the brunt of the load.
Proprietor Sean Brown learned to letterpress in Utah’s southern mountains. More specifically, he learned the craft while working on a cattle ranch there.
Modern processes are still prevalent. Old-fashioned presses might be the stars here, but pre-press graphics are generated on computers in high resolution.
Mother Nature gives it a thumbs up. That's because the shop doesn’t throw away any surplus supplies, donating them to local art schools instead. Plus, its employees all walk or bike to work instead of driving coal-powered monster trucks.
You can shop for artwork, too. Aside from printing its own pieces of art, Pike Street Press also showcases for-sale masterpieces from local artists.
Presented as a gift to Seattle residents from Charles and Emma Frye, two philanthropic Seattleites, the Frye Art Museum in the First Hill neighborhood is lean and low when viewed from the street. The building’s stark mid-century concrete profile belies the rich collection of artwork and airy galleries held inside. Opened in 1952 as a home for the couple’s private collection of 232 paintings, entrance is free in perpetuity for Seattle residents. And while the Frye founding collection focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century paintings, visiting exhibitions have expanded this content and routinely feature contemporary artists such as Mark Mitchell, Joshua Kohl, Jason Hirata, Henry Darger and Helmi Juvonen, among others. The museum also hosts a gift shop and small cafe with outdoor seating in warm months, but is closed on Mondays.
The craft masters at Seattle Glassblowing Studio & Gallery guide pupils to artistic bliss by expounding on a spectrum of steps needed to create intricate pieces. Whether joining 10?25 fellow artisans in a group workshop or forming a clique in a one- to three-person private class, students turn provided materials into bowls, cups, and decorative piles of glass shards. Professional glass wielders safely impart etiquette and basic techniques such as gathering glass on a rod and shaping it into colorful geometric forms.
The shop's instructors also offer their own artistic services, including custom commissions such as functional lighting and installation pieces. Damaged glass heirlooms undergo repairs in the cold-working shop, where artisans restore shattered pieces and polish away dullness left behind by covetous pawing.