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Ugly Baby and La Ru is an arts-and-crafts store where the owners create almost everything that is sold inside. In fact, their art studio is on the second-floor of this cute, bright shop hidden away on Post Alley. The products are all unique, funny, irreverent and kitschy, but they are all useful as well. On the shelves you will find items like soap dishes, tote bags, colorful artwork, t-shirts, buttons or even a D.I.Y. embroidery kit. Overall, Ugly Baby definitely merits a visit while visiting Pikes Place Market or when exploring the waterfront.
This popular game center features Magic: The Gathering and other similar fantasy games. This place is wild and a bit gothic, despite its location in the bland Northgate shopping district. Each room is specially decorated for its particular purpose (War Room, Mission Briefing Room and the Gathering). Tournaments are held each weekend of the month, sometimes with prizes. You'll find a variety of fantasy and role-playing games for sale here, as well as timers, rule books and multi-sided dice.
Support local art by shopping at this Pike Place Market centered gift shop. This is a great place to pick up truly unique Seattle-based souvenirs. At Ventures, you can find a little bit of everything: jewelry, soap, art, scarves and hats are just a sampling of the items you can find here.
If you are an architect, if you know an architect, or if you are just interested in architecture, then this is the store for you. The bright modern space is filled with a wide selection of architectural books and implements that will keep you browsing for hours. There is a selection of new, used and out-of-print books, as well as architectural gadgets from around the world, including top-quality tools from Europe and Japan.
Here, where the streets of downtown's business district angle down around Elliott Bay to the south, are the flatlands where Seattle was first built. Nightclubs, art galleries, tourist shops, design firms and restaurants dominate Pioneer Square. The area's First Thursday art walk draws huge crowds to the studios, galleries and street performers, and the nightclubs keep the neighbourhood buzzing with activity till wee hours of the morn'. The kitschy Underground Tour explaining Seattle's early history is a perennial tourist favorite, as is the more sober Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which details the Yukon gold fever that made Seattle richer. Yesler Way, which slices the neighbourhood in half, has a footnote in history as the original "skid row". There are also several small parks in the area, including the quiet Waterfall Park, the shady cobblestones of Occidental Park, and the totem-pole decorated triangle at First and Yesler, Pioneer Place Park. The neighbourhood also marks the popular shopping destination of the city, famous for all kinds of knickknacks such as tapestries, rare artworks, books and what-nots!