[ Main Street
Matters ]

 

- Open Mondays,
- First Monday + Tuesday
of the Month,
+ by Appointment
9 - 5

Many showrooms
open throughout the
week. View showroom
listings for days and
hours of operation.

 

SEATTLE MART
200 SW Michigan Street
Seattle WA 98106

Phone 206-767-6800
Email Us

Free Parking

When tenants were informed that the Pacific Market Center was closing as a wholesale center, we quickly moved into action.  At stake were not only our livelihoods but the survival of retailers who count on us for goods and services. Main Street mattered.

Believing we’re “better together,” a core of passionate showroom Principals began their search for a new building. A beautiful brick building less than a mile from the Pacific Market Center was soon identified. The building, constructed in 1929, was Boeing’s original corporate headquarters. This gave us pause. If buildings have stories to tell, then this building spoke volumes.

What followed was a series of meetings with tenants and the building's owners to
secure commitments. Creating a market center largely through a core of volunteers was
not a standard business model but over time, both tenants and owners were convinced
it could work.

A new building provided new opportunities. It signaled the beginning of a new era for our mart and a new way of thinking. This was the moment to create an entirely re-designed experience for our customers built on an overriding belief that Main Street matters.

From access to thousands of products to true collaboration, the SEATTLE MART is a partner to the retail community. Together we keep Main Street strong.

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[ GRAND OPENING ]

 
 

 

We thank all our customers and vendors who contributed to a wonderfully successful show and Grand Opening of the SEATTLE MART.

Here's a retrospective of the week including our Grand Opening celebration: Party on Main Street.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the year and at our January shows.

[ The Making
of Our Mart ]

 

- Open Mondays,
- First Monday + Tuesday
of the Month,
+ by Appointment
9 - 5

Many showrooms
open throughout the
week. View showroom
listings for days and
hours of operation.

 

SEATTLE MART
200 SW Michigan Street
Seattle WA 98106

Phone 206-767-6800
Email Us

Free Parking

Built in 1929, the geometric lines of our building's exterior follow a restrained art deco style. Constructed as Boeing's headquarters, this was a building built by engineers for engineers. There was no need for gilded interiors or exteriors commonly associated with the art deco era. But this is not an ordinary building. Its simple lines mask engineering and building innovations contained within its walls. 

The building's tall ceilings, generous natural light and location made it an ideal site for the Seattle Mart, but transforming a historic building with decades of renovations into a wholesale mart required a complete interior renovation. This meant removing walls, lighting fixtures and stripping floors down to the concrete while preserving as many architectural features as possible.

Construction began in March 2016 and moved quickly as can be seen in the following photo montage.   

[ Our Building ]

 

- Open Mondays,
- First Monday + Tuesday
of the Month,
+ by Appointment
9 - 5

Many showrooms
open throughout the
week. View showroom
listings for days and
hours of operation.

 

SEATTLE MART
200 SW Michigan Street
Seattle WA 98106

Phone 206-767-6800
Email Us

Free Parking

Frederick Rentschler and William Boeing (Right) in front of 200 SW Michigan - Circa 1929

Our beautiful building (200 SW Michigan Street) was constructed in 1929 and served as the Boeing Corporation's original headquarters following its startup days on the shores of Lake Union.  It was part of several buildings known as "Plant 1."
 
Bill Boeing purchased the Duwamish River site for Plant 1 from a bankrupt shipyard builder for $10 dollars in 1909 and with an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit, built his company on the site over the next 50 years. The third floor served as Bill Boeing's office and housed many of Boeing's engineers and administrative staff.  It is one of two remaining buildings from Plant 1. The other, Red Barn Building 105, was relocated to Museum of Flight in the 1970s when the majority of Plant 1 was sold to the Port of Seattle. 
 
The SEATTLE MART is proud to call it our home and carry its spirit forward into a new chapter.

                             Photographs courtesy of Boeing Corporate Archives

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[ Georgetown ]

 

- Open Mondays,
- First Monday + Tuesday
of the Month,
+ by Appointment
9 - 5

Many showrooms
open throughout the
week. View showroom
listings for days and
hours of operation.

 

SEATTLE MART
200 SW Michigan Street
Seattle WA 98106

Phone 206-767-6800
Email Us

Free Parking

Home of the SEATTLE MART, Georgetown is Seattle’s oldest neighborhood with a history of independent, entrepreneurial and quirky roots dating back to the mid-1800s.

Here's a brief history of Georgetown:

"Georgetown's first settlement was founded on September 27, 1851, when Luther Collins, Henry Van Asselt, and the Maple family arrived with their household goods with the intention of farming the rich alluvial lands of the Duwamish delta. Although the Denny Party arrived at Alki Point two days prior to the Collins Party arrival, the Collins Party was able to complete permanent structures and build a successful farming community within a year. The Denny Party suffered in relative squalor in an unfinished cabin and encampment until their move in 1852 to the future downtown Seattle area. The Collins farm was located in the vicinity of the present-day First Avenue Bridge, running north to the vicinity of South Idaho Street, on the east bank of the Duwamish River. Georgetown was named by Julius Horton after his son in 1890. Rainier Brewing Company's original Rainier Brewery, once reportedly the sixth-largest brewery in the world, began operations in 1882. Now called the Georgetown Brewhouse, the red brick brewery, home to artists and small businesses, dominates the commercial district along
Airport Way S.
As a home to saloons and breweries, Georgetown incorporated in 1904 largely as a defense against prohibition.
Georgetown existed as an independent city from 1904 to 1910, when it was annexed by Seattle; the Old Georgetown City Hall (1909) is now on the National Register of Historic Places as is the Georgetown Steam Plant (1906). The movement for annexation began in 1906 but did not gain significant support until 1909. Following presentation of a petition for an annexation vote, a special election was held on March 29, 1910. The annexation proposition passed with 389 votes in favor and 238 opposed. The City of Georgetown was officially consolidated with Seattle on April 4, 1910.
Georgetown has had a certain degree of a "scene" since the 1990s. In 2001, Industrial Coffee and Stella Pizza were both hosting live musical performances. The former folded, and the latter stopped hosting shows and changed its name to Stellar Pizza. Since that time, however, quite a few new bars and coffeehouses have opened in the neighborhood, plus a record store, a beer store, a barber shop, a bakery, a scooter shop, a "skin sanctuary" (which is to say, a waxing salon), a web design company, and an art gallery/recording studio. Laura Cassidy of the Seattle Weekly described the prevailing aesthetic: "Creatively employing the open, airy brick-walled spaces left behind by industry and manufacturing, and augmenting them with local art and 20th-century detritus, Georgetown's merchants consistently fashion warm, imaginative interiors: places you want to visit and never want to leave. Just walking through the streets you witness post-squat, industrial bohemian chic."


Source: Wikipedia

 
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