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Sea-Tac Storefront. Michele Manasse had dreamed of one day owning a gallery. In 1985, when the original Fireworks Gallery in Pioneer Square, Seattle, went up for sale, she decided to make her dream come true. She took the sum total of her savings—$7000—and purchased the then two-year-old gallery from its original owner, potter Steve McGovney.

At first dividing her time between her new gallery and her full-time job as an urban planner, Michele began stocking Fireworks with merchandise she described as practical objects with a playful edge, focusing in particular on showcasing the work of talented local artists from the Pacific Northwest.

Interior, Fireworks University Village. The burgeoning success of her venture soon permitted Michele to quit her job and devote herself full time to her gallery. Reinvesting her earnings into Fireworks, she was able to open a second retail location in Westlake Center in downtown Seattle in 1988. A third gallery was added in Bellevue Square, in Bellevue, Washington, in 1994, and a fourth in University Village, Seattle in 1997. The online store,, was added in 1999. A fifth shop in the Central Terminal of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, added in 2005, marked the most recent entry to the Fireworks family. The year 2006 saw the remodeling of the University Village location, as well as the addition of the Loft to the Pioneer Square location. A sixth retail location in Southcenter Mall opened in May 2010, and a second Sea-Tac Airport location in Concourse C opened July 1, 2011.

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From its modest beginnings featuring the work of a dozen talented local artists, Fireworks has since grown to feature products from over 300 nationally and internationally acclaimed artisans and studios, gaining notoriety as a leading retailer of American craft as well as a leading, woman-owned business in the Puget Sound area.

The medium is not as important as its ability to be functional and entertaining, states gallery owner and Chief Firecracker Michele, and to this end, she continues to look for fun, unusual, and functional merchandise to fill her galleries, embodying Fireworks Galleries' motto, Celebrating art in life.