Fresh Seafood

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  • Author: Dean Zulich,   2006-02-01

    Seattle's Pike Place Market has been open now for almost a century, and in that time it has become one of the most treasured cultural institutions in the state of Washington.

    In the center is Walter, of Pure Food and Fish, a stand that turns fifty this year. The owner Sol Amon has been at the market since 1931. In his late eighties, he is still peddling fish, and is not planning on retiring for at least another ten years.

    Harry Calvo, in the foreground, returned from Vietnam in 1967, looking for a summer job at the Pike Place Market. Also known as “Cal Ripken of the Market”, Calvo is still a favorite of the passing crowds at Pure Food Fish, famous for his smile and “that goofy ‘aw shucks’ look”.

    In 1911, Jack Amon came to America and began selling fine seafood from a stand in Seattle's world-famous Pike Place Public Market. This family business, Pure Food Fish, is still a single long counter in the Pike Place Market run by Jack's first son, Sol.

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  • Sunday, July 07, 2002, 12:00 a.m. Pacific
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    Job Market

    By Lisa Heyamoto
    Seattle Times business reporter

    Veteran vendor Sol Amon has seen a lot from behind the counter of his fish shop at the Pike Place Market.

    He’s seen the days when he had to have ice hauled in to keep his fish fresh, the days before ice was made by machine.

    He’s seen the Market nearly go under and rise again to unprecedented popularity. But mostly what he’s looking at now is a whole lot of tourists.

    It’s summertime, and the foot traffic is bumper to bumper as shoppers — window and otherwise — pack the market for a sample of its wares.

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  • Travel & Outdoors: Thursday, December 27, 1990
    Emmett Watson

    The most recognized physiognomy in metropolitan Seattle may not belong to Jean Enersen, Mike James, Wayne Cody or Mayor Norm Rice. That honor, if an honor it is, could belong to a tall, angular, gray-haired, slightly bald Seattle native named Sol Amon.

    ``Who?'' you ask.

    The one and only - Sol Amon, a Sephardic Jew of Turkish descent, who is known and recognized all over the world. He has appeared on many local TV shows and some national ones, featuring Charles Kuralt and Willard Scott, the ``Today'' show's bumptious weatherman.

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