About the Leschi Market

In the early 40s, Hank and Shirley Edelson owned a small grocery store on the SW corner of 22nd Ave and East Union Street. In 1948, they decided to move their business to the Leschi community. Shirley's father owned a dry cleaners at the south end of the same building where the meat department currently resides.

Over the next 20 years, with the growth of the neighborhood, Leschi Market went through an extensive remodel in 1967 to increase the size of the store to what it is today. Leonard Shulman came to work at the business for his uncle-in-law, Hank Edelson, and Hank's son, Danny, in 1962 as a second job. His main job at the time was working for the Great Northern Railroad as a telegrapher. In 1967, after the remodel, Hank asked Leonard to become the manager, so Leonard left the railroad.

In 1977, Leonard along with his wife Betty Lou and son John, bought the store from Danny. With the retirement of a butcher in the mid 80's, Leonard and Betty Lou's oldest son Steve came to work at the business as a butcher. In 1996, John decided to move on and leave the family business. Soon after John left the business Steve decided to expand the wine department to what it is today.

Currently, Leschi Market is run by the three generations: Leonard, his son Steve and grandson Yousef.

Leschi Market is truly a part of the community. We regularly support our local food banks. In partnership with our wonderful customers, we donated over 250 hams to our local food banks during the 2008 holiday season. We currently have a food bank program that allows our customers to make monetary donations so we can buy chicken at cost to donate to our local food banks.

Leschi Market also sponsors annual fundraisers to benefit the Central Area Senior Center, the Southeast Seattle Senior Center and the Lakewood-Seward Park Neighborhood Association. Every year we donate over 50 smoked/cooked turkeys to fundraising events at schools and other organizations.

Leschi Market has changed over the years with a wide variety of natural and organic products. We have a great meat and deli department, specializing in homemade sausage, smoked turkey and organic roasted chicken. Our produce department offers some of the freshest organic and conventional produce available. The store may look small but we carry a little of everything in organic, natural and conventional products.

Leschi Market is proud to be your grocery store and a part of the Leschi community.

Leschi Market - circa 1940s

The original store - 1940s

Leschi Market - circa 1950s

After moving to Leschi - 1950s

Leschi Market's Steve Shulman - circa 1967

S. Leonard Shulman 1967

Leschi Market