Krista Manuelson, manager of the rental side of Bella Umbrella, Seattle’s parasol emporium at Pike Place Market, with a pinwheel pagoda umbrella that was custom-made in the store. Bella is closing this week, and owner Jodell Egbert is setting up a new store in New Orleans. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)
Krista Manuelson, manager of the rental side of Bella Umbrella at Pike Place Market, holds a pinwheel pagoda umbrella that was custom-made in the store. Bella is closing this week. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

Why Seattleites love to hate the poor umbrella

The city’s only brick-and-mortar umbrella shop is closing this week. One of the owner’s reasons: “Every day somebody would come in and tell me it was stupid to have an umbrella store in Seattle.”

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