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    Tacoma Farmer's Market
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    Tacoma Farmer's Market - Broadway: Thursday is Farmer's Market Day in Tacoma

    by glabah Updated Sep 27, 2012

    There are actually Three (3!) Farmer's Markets in Tacoma. This tip relates to the one on Broadway, right in the core of the Theatre and Museum districts and close to the convention center. This market is open on Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm from May to October.

    While it is a fairly small farmer's market by South Puget Sound standards (take a look at the Olympia Farmer's Market to compare) the downtown farmer's market in Tacoma packs a lot of variety into a small space. This includes street musicians (as long as you talk to the market organizer in the booth, they will generally allow such street performances in a number of locations). There are several arts and crafts booths, several musicians playing in various locations but not loud enough to interfere with each other (this is why the location of spontaneous performers is carefully controlled - for the benefit of all), and of course food of various types - prepared, fresh, from trucks and everything else.

    Most impressive is the booth that does "kettle popcorn" in a true kettle - a huge cauldron that is heated with the woman doing the preparations having to wear full welding equipment.

    Don't miss the few vendors that have their booths set up in Theatre Plaza.

    As an added bit of interest, the restaurants nearby are quite a bit less busy when the farmer's market is in session, as many people get their food at the market instead.

    What to buy: Whatever suits your fancy! Take a close look at the unique handcrafted items however. Some of these in particular are one of a kind items.

    Tacoma Farmer's Market Urban Truck Farm Farmer's Truck! Fresh Food + Live Music (background) Locally Made Toys (left) and Purses (right) Various Ethnic Food on Theatre Plaza
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    Connoisseur Shop: Art and Collectibles

    by missioni Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Connoisseur Shop is a 50 plus year old Tacoma institution (est 1949) and has wonderful collectibles and gifts. The most unique feature is that they have a working artist working the front window four days a week (Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat) with a great collections of their sculpture and watercolors available to purchase.

    What to buy: Just about anything especially the local artists work.

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    W.W. Seymour Conservatory Gift Shop: A Few Local Guides, Items and Lots of Trinkets

    by glabah Updated Aug 27, 2010

    Located inside the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, which in turn is located inside Wright Park, the gift shop features an assortment of items. Some of these are aimed at local visitors (for example, those who come to the conservatory may be interested in picking up various gardening books that are aimed at the local climate).

    After going into the main entrance of the conservatory, turn left and the store is a small kiosk at the end of the greenhouse.

    Hours: closed Mondays, Open Tuesday thru Sunday 10 am-4:30 pm, except for Thanksgiving Day, several days in early December for decoration for the holidays, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and a few other holidays. Also, on December 24th, the Conservatory closes at 3 pm.

    What to buy: Items most likely to be of interest to tourists from out of town include some local greeting cards and post cards, and other items featuring Tacoma.

    For those interested in diving deeper into the history of the parks, there are entire books available here.

    Some of the garden trinkets may be of interest to some, but many will likely be able to find similar items in similar stores closer to home, and not have to worry about packing them into your luggage.

    Also, it should be noted that there are local visitor's guides available here by the cash register, and these may prove to be helpful in exploring the rest of Pierce County and the surrounding region, as well as finding out a little more about Tacoma.

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    Freighthouse Square Shopping Center: Some Local Stores in Historic Railroad Building

    by glabah Written Jan 28, 2010

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    The most unique feature of Freighthouse Square is its location: unlike so many shopping centers, the historic old industrial building was not demolished to make way for yet another shopping center that looks like any other shopping center in any other city.

    Instead, the historic Milwaukee Road (Chicago Milwaukee Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad) freight house building was converted into a multi-store shopping mall.

    Attempts have been made to keep the stores inside locally owned, though you will find a few franchise chains (for example, while locally owned, you will find a Subway restaurant chain franchise inside). Mostly, however, the attempts to keep the shopping mall limited to local stores has been reasonably successful.

    Wall decorations include photographs of old Tacoma, including photographs from the Chicago, Milwaukee Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad.

    What to buy: Check the web site: you will find a listing of stores there.

    If you at all have a sweet tooth, I particularly suggest coming hungry and stopping by "Cookies Your Way".

    What to pay: More than you probably want to, but less than you would in some shopping centers in some other cities.

    Freighthouse Square in old railroad freight house west end of Freighthouse Square shopping center north side of Freighthouse Square shopping center interior view of rebuilt Freighthouse Square Freighthouse Square dwarfed by Tacoma Dome
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  • Dwell home decor: Must Go!

    by rosedefield Written Feb 26, 2007

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    An amazing place to go for gifts and items for your home. They are kinda like a mini Anthropoligie (minus the clothes) and have totally unique things that I usually have to go to Seattle for, no more trips! The owners are so nice, you'll love them! They look like sisters but they're just friends! It's a must if you love boutique shopping.

    What to buy: Their awesome voluspa candles, the french soaps, any of their furniture pieces, italian stationary, vintage items, amazing pillows , etc, etc

    What to pay: Everything is accessible from french magnets that are $1 to one of a armoire I saw for $1350

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  • urbanXchange: eclectic/alternative shopping in museum district

    by dodgethis Written Sep 11, 2005

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    Hip Buy, Sell, Trade clothing store with both men and women's trendy and alternative clothing. Fun atmosphere with vintage sofas, wall murals and funky displays and eclectic music and local art.

    What to buy: This store has a great selection of jeans, tshirts and jackets. There are also some soaps, scarves, CD's etc. by local artists.

    What to pay: High end items like 7 jeans are $40-45 and random Tshirts are only $3-6. Belts $2-6, Jackets $8-30

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