Two years in the making, Seattle’s massive downtown retail and entertainment center, Pacific Place, has officially polished off its multi-million dollar renovation.
Visitors will enjoy nods to the Pacific Northwest alongside contemporary design elements, local artwork on display, new signage and experiences that support safe and distanced shopping and dining.
“We’ve been incredibly thoughtful and strategic in the design of this new space, and also in our reopening strategy throughout Washington’s Safe Start plan,” said Pacific Place General Manager Elena Arosteguy. “Our goal to bring the outdoors in and provide an open, modern and appealing Pacific Northwest aesthetic has come to life in this new, pristine space. We are thrilled to welcome the community and announce new tenants throughout the rest of the year.”
The space beckons local, small businesses like those of HaiDiLao Hot Pot in late summer, and Paper Source later this year. In continuance of its active “Pop-in Program,” the renovations allow businesses a lease as short as one to two days — an attractive option for small, local businesses.
“Our pop-in format is very well suited to those looking to ‘test drive’ a brick and mortar shop,” said Pacific Place Leasing Manager, Ryan Amos. “We’ve created new spaces and opportunities to host artists, artisans, bakers and entrepreneurs seeking a physical presence, and the awareness created in the retail space.”
Vendors seeking opportunities for August and September can email [email protected] directly to inquire about availability.
Pacific Place’s new interior boasts a 4-story living green column, an interior walkway connecting the north and south ends of the center, and a 4-story grand entrance at 6th and Pine — designed to flood the center with natural light. Alongside a grand, curved wood wall, the renovations take influence from the rain, forest and mountain glaciers.
Murals by local artists like @KelseyMontagueArt and @VK.Signs pop up throughout the center, anchored by the 60-foot “Murmuration” sculpture by local artist Susan Zoccola comprised of more than 2,100 individual kinetic spheres suspended by an armature system.
The 7th and Olive entrance also dishes out a 24-foot LED screen, showcasing seasonal videos reflecting life in the Pacific Northwest.
Following Governor Inslee’s directive, Pacific Place officially reopened for business on June 6. New signage encourages safe and distanced shopping and dining. Shops and restaurants like Din Tai Fung, Francesca’s and Gallery Onyx are now open for in-person shopping and dining. For a list of updated openings and services, visit the Pacific Place’s website.
“With the redevelopment behind us and as our community ventures out to safely shop and dine, we look forward to the community and awareness that Pacific Place can bring to our business,” said Marlo Miyashiro, founder of The Handmade Showroom. “Following so much time in the virtual world, our team is thrilled to welcome customers looking to safely shop and connect in person.”
Take a virtual tour of the newly debuted Pacific Place here.