Those who seek out what’s new and unique, and are willing to endure the hardship that is often necessary to achieve such aims, are said to have a “pioneering spirit”. I thought about this on a recent trip to Seattle as I strolled through Pioneer Square. Once the bustling center of a frontier town, the center shifted long ago and Pioneer Square has since struggled to transform itself into a new version of its former glory.
These days there are signs that Pioneer Square may have finally found its new center, with a variety of interesting entrepreneurs taking the historic infrastructure as a backdrop for their visions. Along with general store E.J Smith Mercantile, and long-time purveyor of fine ceramics, Laguna Pottery, one of the most prominent new merchants driving the Pioneer Square resurgence is epicurean and household-goods purveyor, London Plane. With several businesses already anchoring the area, they have recently opened a new flagship store at 300 Occidental Avenue South, to rave reviews.
But on this day I was in the mood for a light lunch and a great glass of wine. And for that, I still like smaller, tried-and-true, Little London Plane, just a block south. In true London Plane style there is a wonderfully eclectic collection of food, dishware, cookbooks and home and garden products on offer.
Conveniently, my favorite coffee brand, Cafe Umbria, has their Seattle outpost right next door. Don’t forget to stop by for a coffee after lunch.
< More fascinating vacation destinations await. Let’s go.