Monday, January 23, 2012

Snohomish Washington Public Market and Wine Cellars of Washington

    We love how during the summertime people are encouraged to visit farmers' markets and support local businesses--get fresh produce and buy crafts from local artists. But once winter hits much of that mentality is lost because most of the markets close down for the season. Up until recently, we didn't think there was a farmers' market-like place we could go in the winter...that's why we were so excited to learn about the indoor Washington Public Market that runs every Saturday and Sunday in downtown Snohomish.
This was one of our favorite displays: Nostalgic Bay had a wonderful collection of enchanting merchandise

The Market
    The market features local businesses with vendors who sell everything from handcrafted jewelry to handmade alpaca clothing to Washington wine to truffles. The market just started up in November of 2011, so if you haven't heard of it, you're not alone. We were impressed by the variety of items of the nearly 100 vendors and artists at the market--we spent several hours browsing around admiring it all. 
Alpaca critters--all are irresistibly soft--you can't help but pet them

It's All Here
    The Snohomish Market is a one stop-shop. You'll find antiques, gifts, massively discounted new furniture, cooking shows, people spinning alpaca wool to make yarn, and 25 Washington wine vendors selling one-of-a-kind wines from all over Washington. It's best to not be in a rush when you visit so you can take it all in, so feel free to spend your afternoon there so you have time for it all--especially the wine...
You'll find a variety of flavors among these wineries--here's Scott after talking with Pat with Elevation Cellars

The Wineries
   Since the Wine Cellars of Washington features 25 wine cellars all in the same building, you're in for a real treat. For $5.00 a person, you can get access to all 25 wine cellars and the best part is, you can cycle back through as many times as you want in a day because you're given a bracelet for the entire afternoon. This allows you to explore lots of flavors, explore more of Snohomish and the market, and then come back to enjoy all of your favorite wines from before. Take note that the $5.00 is a door fee and some of the tasting stands charge an additional dollar to taste their wines. Whether you're tasting the complimentary wines that some stands have to offer or you pay the additional $1.00 for other wines, the overall cost to you is so much less than if you go to most other tasting rooms around the area. Plus, if you buy any bottle you get your 5 bucks back. 
You never know what kinds of goodies you'll find at the Washington Public Market in Snohomish

    The Washington Public Market and Wine Cellars of Washington is a fantastic place to spend an any kind of day, especially a rainy one!

Some of the Artists:
Eclectic Treasures -- Inspiring glass treasures that serve great as gifts.
Elevation Cellars -- One of the 25 cellars you'll find, with fantastic wine and very friendly people.
Nostalgic Bay -- "Supplies the unusual and the unique," definitely worth checking out.
Silver Wears -- Beautiful pieces of jewelry, many made from silver that you wouldn't expect to see...
Creative Jewelry By Martin -- Martin has a variety of lovely jewelry and some very neat steampunk-inspired gadgets and jewels.

Things To Know:

  • The Washington Public Market is open every weekend: Saturdays 10am to 6pm and Sundays 10am to 5pm
  • The Wine Cellars of Washington is featured at the market every weekend as well: Saturdays 12:30pm to 6pm and Sundays 12:30pm to 5pm
  • This is a relaxing and fun way to spend an afternoon with family and/or friends
  • Snohomish is located just east of Everett
Address:
    1010 & 1011 2nd Street
    Snohomish, WA 98290
    (888) 415-9567

License plate signs, made from license plates from lots of different states--too cool

Let us know what your favorite part of the market is!
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7 comments:

  1. Great article! It is a very fun Market, I enjoy all the vendors/artists/visitors...you missed me, come visit Past and Present Photo (photo restoration and photography)I am in the downstairs part of the building. There is also a wonderful cafe upstairs next to the wine tasting area. Spend the afternoon ;)

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  2. Looks like an amazing place. Hope I can make it there one day soon.

    Dani @ ONNO Hemp Clothing

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  3. The fact that they don't answer email inquiries regarding being a vendor at their market scared me off- what kind of organization sends out email solicitations but refuses to answer requests for clarification, etc?

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  4. Washington Public Market Closes its doors with no regard to the vendors. Four days prior to Mother's Day, one of the biggest sales days for vendors, Scott closes. Many vendors displaced due to most venues have filled up for the upcoming season.

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