Seeing as how beet weather has finally descended upon Seattle, it was

Seeing as how beet weather has finally descended upon Seattle, it was time to go to one my favorite Pike Place Market stalls, Cafe Yarmarka. As I was settling in for pieroghi and borscht — tomato-bright, beet-sweet, and bulked up with carrots and shredded cabbage — I heard the guy next to me telling owner Rozalia Baklanova, “Congratulations, and I’m sad to hear it!” Turns out the Baklanovas have just sold their 14-year-old stand. Baklanova wasn’t giving out many details, but she did say the sale went through four days ago, and she’s going to stick around for a few weeks to work with the new owners and then help out here and there in the mornings. “Nothing will change for now,” she reassured both of us. The guy next to me asked the now-employee what she was going to do with herself. “Go to the Korean spa!” she replied, grinning like she’d just dug up a stash of Anglo-Saxon gold.


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