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    Archie McPhee Seattle Store

    • Superheroes for Sam

      We'd like to tell you to tell you about an awesome young man named Sam:

      Superman Sam is a six year old boy with a generous smile, a great sense of humor, and a fondness for frogs, turtles, and comic books. We like Sam.

      Sam also has acute myeloid leukemia. Cancer is terrible and fighting it is a painful and exhausting process, even for the toughest person. Sam's family and community have rallied around him to help support him as he fights this disease. But as a six year old, it's difficult for Sam to comprehend just how many people are rooting for him.

      Sometimes just knowing, and we mean really knowing, that people are thinking of you and cheering you on can make all the difference in the world. That's why Sam's mother started Superheroes for Sam: A Photo Project. Sam's mom wants us all to send in photos of ourselves wearing our favorite superhero t-shirts or holding up our favorite superhero logo. These photos will be hung on the wall of Sam's room at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin as shiny proof of just how many people are thinking of him and wishing him the strength of all the superheroes in the universe as he bravely undergoes treatment.

      As soon as we heard about Superheroes for Sam we turned on the Bat-Signal and got on the Bat-Phone to round up our neighborhood superheroes. That was when a funny thing happened. The Archie McPhee staff suddenly disappeared. We know it might seem like a suspiciously huge coincidence, but at the exact same moment they each received urgent phone calls, had urgent last-minute meetings to attend, had to run urgent errands, or urgently had to use the restroom. Whatever was going on, it was urgent.

      But what's funnier still, no sooner had they all disappeared when a whole mess of superheroes appeared on the scene. There were even a couple supervillains. (The sort of supervillains with secret hearts of gold, don't you know.) "We're here for Sam!" they all said in unison. And then they proceeded to pose for the camera as only superfolks can:

      "Let it be known," they cheered, "we're all part of Team Superman Sam!"

      The photos are proof. Team Superman Sam is growing and we think you should be part of it too. Here's how:

      Take a photograph of yourself being super: wearing your favorite superhero shirt, striking a superhero pose, holding up a superhero logo or your favorite action figure, comic book or lunch box, or even just smiling. (If you happen to know any superheroes, you should invite them over too.)

      Then print out the picture. Put it in an envelope and mail it to Sam:

      Sam Sommer, E582
      Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
      P.O. Box 1997
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997

      Sam needs us. Are you ready? Set? Team Superman Sam... assemble!

    • Dueling Tentacles

      Tentacular Lovecraftian summer fun and an outstanding new way to settle points of honor:

      Pistols at dawn are old hat and, frankly, more than a little dangerous. Here at Archie McPhee we demand satisfaction with a contest of Inflatable Tentacle Arm versus Inflatable Cthulhu Arm.

    • Dashboard wigglers on The Dan'l Show

      Allow us to introduce The Dan'l Show! Starring...wait for it...Dan'l!

      In this first episode Dan'l enthusiastically demonstrates two of our newest items, Slicey the Pig Dashboard Wiggler and the Dashboard Monsters.

      Dan'l is so devoted to his demonstration that he gets a bit carried away and encounters some technical difficulties. Let's hope he recovers to deliver a second episode of The Dan'l Show!

    • Fluffernutter Fun!

      The amazing Rusty Blazenhoff stopped by Archie McPhee yesterday to spread the gospel about Marshmallow Fluff. Rusty is not a paid spokesperson, just a true Fluff zealot who wants you understand her passion. She gives her tips on making Fluffernutters, then hands them out to happy customers. Watch a classic Fluff commercial here.

    • Wired Does Archie McPhee!

      Wired, our favorite tech magazine and website, stopped by our store during a recent Seattle trip. They put together a beautiful collection of photos you can see by clicking here. Thanks, Wired!

    • Free Rubber Chicken Day!

      We sure had a blast giving out free Rubber Chickens yesterday. Here's a video of the line of customers waiting to get in to claim their chicken! Hope you got yours.

    • Wallingford Beast

      Ever since moving into our new location in Wallingford last year, there have been some strange things happening. For obvious reasons, we're used to strange things happening, but these defied rational explanation. At night, while closing up, we've heard an odd screeching sound that sounded like an animal's cry. The alley behind the store is constantly full of odd bones picked clean of meat. We throw them away, but there are more the next day. Finally, it all came to a head when Steve heard something behind the store and we captured the video below.

      After we posted the video, a customer forwarded us this newspaper article.

      (Click picture for larger version of article)

      Could this be the Wallingford Beast?

    • Archie McPhee's Bacon Boutique

      Gummy Bacon Taste-testers

      We were on the Food Network last night! It was an episode of Unwrapped that focussed on, what else, Bacon! We got an interesting peek into their production process.

      They filmed at our store over a year before the segment was shown on TV. If you look at the picture of the two adorable customers above, you'll notice Bacon Pennants behind them which have been discontinued. Not only that, but the whole store moved from Ballard to Wallingford! You know, unimportant details like that.

      They filmed for four hours to get the three minutes they ended up using. Shana's greatest fear was realized. They used footage of her flossing with Bacon Floss in the finished story. I had never thought about it, but I guess it is unglamorous to floss on TV.

      As soon as they post the show, we'll link to it. In the meantime, if you are a new customer just click here to make all your bacon dreams come true!

    • Goodbye Rocket, Hello 826

      One of the bad things about moving our Seattle retail store to a smaller location is that we had to get rid of some of our larger items. Most of the items that wouldn't fit moved to our business offices.  As an example, here's a picture of the "Santa Claus in Dentist Chair with Spider" installation which now resides in front of our filing cabinets.

      Santa Claus in Dentist Chair With Cockroach

      One of the things that hurt the most was losing our handmade rocket. It was way to big to be in someone's house and we were afraid that it would have to be recycled. Thankfully, when we offered to donate it to 826 Seattle they accepted.

      826 is a great non-profit organization that teaches writing to kids. Also, the entrance to their building is the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co, a mercantile for all your interstellar needs that helps support their organziation.  It now hangs from the ceiling of their shop and was recently named the "HMS Copernicus' Ride."

      HMS Copernicus' Ride

      826 is always looking for support and volunteers, so if you want to help them with their mission to teach kids creative writing click here for more information.

    • History of Archie McPhee

      On the occasion of our new location in Wallingford, we thought we'd look back at some of our previous stores.

      Archie McPhee's Original Location in the Mid-80s

      In 1983 we opened our first  location on upper Fremont Ave next to the Pink 'N Pretty Beauty Salon in Fremont/Wallingford. This was a store with folding tables and open cardboard boxes full of awesome stuff laid out randomly. As you can see from the signs in the window, our marketing plan could use a little work.

      Old Archie McPhee Photo

      This second Fremont location on Stone Way is where most people discovered us. This rickety building was crammed full of stuff which we stacked on shelves made of recycled coffin wood. Don't ask where we got the wood. Even the light switch was a work of art. It was, however, freezing in the winter and oven hot in the summer.

      Front of Ballard Location

      Then in 1999 we moved to a larger, more modern building in Ballard. Originally a Food Giant supermarket and then a boat shop, the interior had several large garage doors that we covered with stuff to make it look more like home. In 2004 we added More Archie McPhee to accommodate larger items and give us space to grow.

      Front of Wallingford Location

      When we were no longer able to stay in our Ballard location we searched furiously for a suitable replacement. Thankfully we found it. Our new Wallingford location puts us in the middle of a busy urban area that seems to be a perfect fit for our particular sensibility. And our first customer, Nate, proved that people are still willing to buy things even though we're in Wallingford. Excelsior!

      Side of New Wallingford Location

      You can see more of our new store and our history on Flickr.

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