My grandma Mable grew up in the South Park neighborhood in the very south of Seattle on the Duwamish River. There wasn't much to inspire a young girl growing up during the Depression in one of the poorest parts of the city. Fortunately, there was a place called The Field House just down the street, and Mable and her little sister Margie could go there any time to take classes for free. Crafts were what excited my grandma, and the classes she took inspired her to eventually raise sheep for wool, spin, weave, knit and crochet. Her home became a collection of shells she picked from the beaches in Mexico, giant pine cones from all over the west coast and hand made dolls from Eskimos in Alaska. Her style is her own, and she inspires me more than she will ever know. The goal of The Field House is to inspire you the way the original inspired my grandma.

As with anything I do, this is just a start. We're working on a lot of great ideas we hope to share with you soon. There is so much more I would like to say, but I'll let the photos and your trip to The Field House fill in the rest for now.



The Field House

5465 Leary Avenue NW

Seattle, WA 98107

open every day 10 to 7


The Field House opens in Ballard neighborhood of Seattle
Blackbirds’s newest store invokes general store reminiscence

Seattle — The Field House, Blackbird’s newest store, is now open in the heart of Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.

The Field House is reminiscent of general stores that were once at the heart of rural towns across America. Its shelves are stocked with a wide variety of merchandise, including classic work wear, vintage goods, basic groceries and candies, flowers, and perfumes and candles. It captures the history, geography, and folklore of times past, when goods were less disposable and had more meaning, a time when people canned their own food and took a moment to converse with strangers. It is perhaps Blackbird's most personal store, as it is inspired by owner Nicole Miller’s eccentric Pacific Northwest family and her desire to get back to basics.

“In a culture dominated by computers, The Field House is a refreshing invitation to slow down and connect with traditions that are lost and forgotten,” says Miller.

In addition to merchandise, The Field House plans to have free weekly classes on lost skills such as "How to Debone a Chicken" or "Lawnmower Repair." The store will sell Christmas trees for the holidays and will serve a "cup-a-joe" from an insulated Stanley thermos.

The Field House is an experimental pop-up shop. After three months, Blackbird will decide whether to make it a permanent part of the neighborhood. It is located behind Blackbird at 5465 Leary Avenue NW in Ballard. The brands and items currently offered at The Field House include:

Apparel for Men & Women
Woolrich Woolen Mills
Woolrich John Rich & Bros.
The Hill-side
Red Wing
April 77

Concord Flasks

Whidbey Island Trollers canned Albacore
Rococo Chocolatier
Local bulk in-shell nuts
Local beef jerky
Local organic fruits and vegetables
Bee Raw Honey

Perfumes and such
Cire Trudon
Comme des Garcons
Lipstick Queen

For more information or to set up an interview with The Field House owner Nicole Miller, or for press photos and materials, please contact Cal Ledbetter at

The Field House
5465 Leary Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107