May 19, 2022

Made in Washington Hires Kristin Frossmo as President and CEO

Made in Washington made news earlier this month when it appointed former Nordstrom VP Kristin Frossmo to lead the company as President and CEO. Previously executive vice president and general merchandise manager of Nordstrom's shoe division, Kristin will bring a wealth of retail knowledge and customer service experience to the role as the company prepares for a busy tourism season ahead. 

Since 1984, Made in Washington has been a place for locals and tourists alike to shop for a wide array of products that are designed and produced in Washington state. In her new role, Kristin will help bring the stories of local artists and makers to life as the company continues to expand its presence in the region and differentiate itself in the market as a diverse place for local shopping and discovery. 

With locations in four very different settings (Pike Place Market, Alderwood Mall, Bellevue Square Mall, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport), Frossmo sees an opportunity to personalize the experience at each location and give consumers a unique, hyper-local shopping experience. She's also excited about the possibilities that lie ahead when it comes to increased consumer engagement through interactive events, product demos, and specialty shopping nights where customers can learn more about the emerging and established brands carried by Made in Washington. 

As part of the transition, Kristin will replace current President and CEO Mike Mondello, who also serves as President and CEO of SeaBear Smokehouse. Made in Washington carries products from over 250 local vendors across a range of categories including food, art, home goods, gifts, glassware, and more.

As a long-time shopper of Made in Washington, I love the fact that customers can design their own gift baskets or choose from a wide selection of pre-made gift sets. It makes shopping for the holidays, or any occasion, fun and easy. We have a lot of relatives that live out of state, so having the opportunity to send them a little piece of "Washington" is always a welcome gift. 

Here are 5 of my favorite gifts available at Made in Washington: 

Seabear Smoked Salmon - An iconic Pacific Northwest gift that is handcrafted in small batches and smoked using traditional smokehouse techniques. 

SaltWorks Dead Sea Bath Salt - This relaxing bath soak has 10x more minerals than ordinary sea salt and features USDA-certified organic eucalyptus essential oil to soothe skin and reduce stress. 

Handblown Glass Paperweight - This handcrafted, Mercury-inspired paperweight glows in the dark and contains ash from the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Perfect as a standalone piece of art or a stylish office accessory. 

Market Spice Huckleberry Tea - I've been a fan of the Market Spice teas for a long time and the signature Huckleberry flavor makes a great gift!

Chalo Boarding Pass Tote - This Seattle-inspired tote bag is spacious, durable, and great for carrying around all your must-haves. There's even an interior zip pocket to safely carry around smaller items like a wallet or keys. 

Whether you need an easy way to support local makers or you're looking for a great gift, you'll find it at Made in Washington. Visit one of the stores or learn more about Made in Washington, here


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