Market Street Traders to close

After two years on Market Street, Market Street Traders is closing.

We spoke with Peg, who has been an employee with the company for years, who tells us that the recession has been really tough on them. She says that they hope to continue selling the fair trade goods online. As of right now there is no official closing date, but it will be after the holidays, around the end of the year. (Thanks Steve for the tip!)


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P. Scott Cummins
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Its a sad day – Market Street Traders is a great store & cafe.

Edog
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Edog

This makes me want to cry!

I'm sick and tired of this economy!

Name
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Name

That place always just struck me as a random collection of crap.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

Are you judging based on the facade? I went in for the first time recently (upon a rec from a friend) and was blown away by the fantastic, unique things.

They just needed better branding. Better store name/identity and better exterior and interior design.

Very sad to see them go. I will definitely go and purchase some holiday things from them.

msballard30
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msballard30

I'm sad to see them go as well. I really like the eclectic mix of world trade items, from wall hanging made with Indian wedding saris to African bags and Indonesian pillows. We have too many souless homogenous chains that sell a “random collection of crap,” but this store was clearly not one of those. They really add a spot of color and flavor to that section of Market Street. And they were / are good people. Their absence will add to the growing blight of empty storefronts that continue to populate Ballard.

watergirl
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watergirl

Bummer! Just discovered this place and love their merchandise!

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

Shoot… I have a Groupon there that I need to use before they close – or wonder if I get an automatic refund?

Theravadist
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Theravadist

Random collection of cheaply made crap sold to pseudo-globalists.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Oh, tragedy!!!!
I may be wrong about this but aren't they connected to Ye Old Curiosity Shop? Can't that tourist cash cow help to keep them here?

Galen Osier
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I never went in. Had no idea what they were about.

msballard30
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msballard30

Yup, same family.

Edog
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Edog

Me either, but I hate the idea of another empty storefront.

yayunicorns
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yayunicorns

which is probably why they're closing.

gordy
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gordy

It always looked kind of junky in the front window so I never went in there until about a month ago. Amazing variety of nice items. I bought a very nice scarf there that was priced $15 less than the same scarf at a Ballard Ave. boutique. The building has a for lease sign on it.

Enatai70
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Enatai70

oh no! where am I gonna go when I need to get a gourd and some fudge?!

Jennie
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Jennie

Boo! I love their food and the products they sell. They will be dearly missed.

Mike Karikas
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Sad here too. As I recall the owners ran Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe and Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe Too on the waterfront, but rents were hiked crazy high for “Too” and they decided to close that store and open Market Street Traders here. All the fudge that was made at the old store moved here too… only they had switched the chocolate to Theo chocolate in the process (yum!).

Really great people, great idea, great store if you ask me… but I know that for myself I only ordered from the cafe and sampled fudge. I once had their baristas try to make me an experimental yerba mate latte ala Tullys… the result was questionable but everyone had a good time trying to make it happen =)

ballardrocksnow
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ballardrocksnow

Sad for the owners, but I always stay away from stores (and homes) with those damn Tibetan prayer flags. I was able to get a neighbor of mine to take hers down after explaining to her the fad is over.

Gurple
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I really like that cafe. Their strada is excellent.

angelatini
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angelatini

Totally off topic…hello to Galen (Joe) from BTG! It's Angela Piacentini. :)

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Yeah! I have been after St Al’s to get rid of that cross they display…the fad is like SOOOOO over.

pennysworld
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pennysworld

This is a sad loss for Ballard. The people who run this store have a true heart and support many people worldwide. I loved not only their vision, enjoyed the welcome my family and I felt each time we visited their store and cafe. Best of Luck!!!!!

bscowler
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bscowler

It's a crap shoot who stays in business and who doesn't. Who'd have thought that the flag shop would close, or Scream Haircutters, or the camera shop, or the book store?
I was happy when God-awful Via Verde closed, but it's sad when quaint shops like Market Street Traders fail, even though they replaced the Scandanavian shop that was there for so many years.
Hopefully the new strip club next to the library will do well.

elena
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elena

Aw, I like that little store. It's great for gifts.

…..hate to ask but – will they have a sale?

tarynshopping
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tarynshopping

I love the girls in the store and cafe! BUMMMER! I will miss all of you. T

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