Metropolitan Market Celebrates in Style
When is a grocery store not a grocery store, but a lifestyle? When it is Seattle’s own Metropolitan Market, celebrating its 40th year this week. We all take Haagen Dazs, Altoid Mints, Fran’s Chocolates and Copper River Salmon for granted, but did you know that Metropolitan Market was the first store to carry them? The lists of “firsts” they have brought to Puget Sound covers everything from the first coffee cart, to appearances by Julia Child, Martha Stewart and our beloved local icon J.P. Patches.
It’s the kind of place that Cosmopolitan Magazine dubbed the best place to meet singles during the 1980s. I would second that even now! You can tell a lot about a person by what they have in their cart. If a handsome man has a basket of your favorite things next to you in line, no better or safer place to strike up a conversation about Pence peaches. Thoughtfully designed by Mulvaney G2, Metropolitan Markets is situated in all the best neighborhoods and supports local causes in each area, from Queen Anne HelpLine, to Ronald McDonald House, to North Proctor’s Business Association.
As a thank you to the entire staff, a “reverse” surprise party was held yesterday at the Uptown Store on Mercer Street, near the Seattle Center. Cast members of Teatro ZinZanni infiltrated the store at the noon hour and sang happy birthday. For the next 40 days, each Metropolitan Market will be giving away some “grown-up” pieces of flair; ask the checkers for yours. Who knows, could be a great ice breaker next time you’re in line.