Seattle Promotional Products
Many things come to mind when one thinks about Seattle promotional products: umbrellas, coffee mugs, and outerwear are a few. Seattle is a prolific city known for its rainy climate, coffee consumption, and northwestern location near the United States-Canada border, so these ideas are well-founded; however, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area is home to a diverse collection of industries, neighborhoods, and individuals, many of which use imprinted items to expose people both within and outside of Washington's King County to a wide variety of messages.
Seattle for Coffee Drinkers
Seattle's reputation for heavy coffee consumption is linked to the fact that coffee companies founded or based in the city include Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's, in addition to dozens of independent cafes. Starbucks, an international coffee and coffeehouse chain, was founded in 1971 at a location on Western Avenue in Downtown Seattle, near the Puget Sound. That location was relocated to nearby 1912 Pike Place, which remains in operation to this day. Starbucks is famous for its coffees and the atmosphere of its coffeehouses, which sell beverages, food, and non-edibles, from mugs to tumblers and t-shirts. Seattle's Best Coffee, a subsidiary of Starbucks, began as an ice cream & coffee shop known as the Wet Whisker on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington, west of Seattle. Like Starbucks, the Seattle's Best brand is found across the country on grocery store shelves and in retail spaces, many of which are located within stores such as Borders and JC Penney.
Seattle for Sports Fans
Seattle may have a large concentration of artists, performers, and musicians, but that doesn't mean that the city is short on competitive sports. In fact, Seattle is home to three major professional teams, a number of collegiate teams, and is a destination for athletes who compete in individual and extreme sports as well. Sports Gear adorned with mascots from Seahawks to Huskies are abundant in western Washington and beyond. Qwest Field, located west of Atlantic and south of Broadway within a mile of Seattle's central business district, is where the Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and the Seattle Sounders (MLS) play their home games. From jerseys to water bottles and keychains, sports memorabilia for both teams can be found within the stadium's plaza and in nearby businesses as well. Baseball fans, on the other hand, head to Safeco Field in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood to watch the Seattle Mariners (MLB) play and to pick up some Seattle souvenires decorated with images from America's favorite pastime.
Seattle and Grunge Fans
The grunge genre, which was popular between the mid 1980s and early 1990s, is sometimes called 'Seattle sound', and for good reason: the city produced a number of bands who spearheaded the grunge movement in America. Characterized by angst-ridden lyrics, tempos and riffs, grunge music is most famously associated with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains, all of whom hail from the Seattle area. Members of Nirvana attended Aberdeen High west of Olympia, and Pearl Jam played its first show at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle. Local items often signify the city's musical history, especially its contributions to the grunge movement.