Stadium Flowers transplanted

  • Mike Benbow / Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2001 9:00pm
  • Business

Old Broadway landmark now a parking lot for new location

By Mike Benbow

Herald Writer

It was the end of an era Wednesday for Stadium Flowers, a landmark family business that got its start in 1947 as a grocery store that delivered — even to fishing vessels on Everett’s waterfront.

The old building at Broadway and 37th Street that always had beautiful plants and flowers out front was demolished Wednesday. It will become a parking lot for a new Stadium Flowers outlet roughly three times the size of its predecessor.

The new building, located just behind the old location, is everything the old one wasn’t. It’s brick exterior is both modern and substantial. Inside, its open ceiling and big windows give a light and airy feel.

Its roughly 5,600 square feet, divided into several motifs, allowing customers to visualize their purchases in a variety of settings, including on the mantel of the gas fireplace.

But Cheryl Van Winkle, who owns the business with her husband, Spark, said one thing won’t change: The building’s entrance will still be awash with flowers and plants.

"We wanted to keep that farmer’s market feel," she said.

Van Winkle’s parents, Elaine and Dorrie Ransick, purchased the old building in 1947, naming their new grocery store Stadium Market because of its proximity to Everett Stadium.

The previous owner had gone bankrupt, and Van Winkle said everyone told her parents they were crazy to open a business there "because they were too far away from downtown."

Van Winkle said her parents persevered, even after Safeway opened a supermarket a half-block away. Over the years, the business was gradually transformed from a market that sold flowers into a flower shop.

Today, the Safeway is gone and Stadium Flowers is one of the first businesses northbound visitors see when they take the Broadway exit off I-5 and head for downtown.

Wednesday was one of mixed emotions for Cheryl Van Winkle, who remembered joining her sister every Saturday in cleaning the onion bins and doing other chores at the market. "There’s an awful lot of history there," she said as the building was torn down. "A lot of people have said they’re very sad to see the building going."

But it was time for the demolition, since the concrete blocks were starting to crumble, Van Winkle said.

The new Broadway building is one of three outlets for the business, which has grown substantially over the years. Other retail shops are in Lynnwood and on Evergreen Way in Everett.

The company also has a design center and a central distribution center in Everett that processes about 100 boxes of flowers each weekend.

Van Winkle said she has tried to continue the personal service begun by her parents, who delivered groceries throughout the city, even to commercial fishermen on the waterfront.

Today, she said, computers have made it possible for her to look up "Aunt Mildred’s" address faster than you can, and to make sure a birthday bouquet gets to right place at the right time.

And Spark Van Winkle said people shouldn’t be too upset at the demolition of the old landmark.

"It’s the new icon," he said of the new building.

You can call Herald Writer Mike Benbow at 425-339-3459

or send e-mail to benbow@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Business

The Westwood Rainier is one of the seven ships in the Westwood line. The ships serve ports in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast Asia. (Photo provided by Swire Shipping)
Westwood Shipping Lines, an Everett mainstay, has new name

The four green-hulled Westwood vessels will keep their names, but the ships will display the Swire Shipping flag.

Lead climbers head up their respective routes at Vertical World North on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Beginner’s ascent: A newcomer’s guide to indoor climbing

Indoor climbing gyms in and around Snohomish County offer thrills without winter chills.

Alexis Burroughs holds a bigleaf maple leaf while guiding her participants through sensory observation during a forest bathing session Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, at Lord Hill Regional Park near Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
To restore human bond with nature, locals lead forest bathing sessions

A yoga instructor in Bothell and Adopt a Stream in Everett say the meditative practice evokes emotion, health benefits.

Instructor Gael Gebow checks her stopwatch while tracking her group’s exercises during her Boot Camp fitness class Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, at the YMCA in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
YMCA fitness instructor challenges, empowers Everett residents

Gael Gebow has made inclusivity and healthy living her focus in 23 years at the YMCA.

A view of the Broadway construction site of Compass Health’s new mental health facility on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Compass Health dedicates Everett block to housing and behavioral health services

The “state-of-the-art” project is set to total over $90M. The nonprofit has asked for public support.

More than 150 people attend a ribbon cutting event on Nov. 16, 2023 celebrating the completion of Innovation Hall at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College campus. The building, which highlights STEM instruction and research, opens to students in January. Credit: Tara Brown Photography/UW Bothell
New science, math facility opens in January at UW Bothell

Innovation Hall is the first new building to be constructed at the Bothell university campus in 10 years.

Everett
Rairdon Auto Group acquires Pignataro VW in Everett

Everett VW dealership is the 12th for the Rairdon Group, which marks 30 years in business this year.

A Keyport ship docked at Lake Union in Seattle in June 2018. The ship spends most of the year in Alaska harvesting Golden King crab in the Bering Sea. During the summer it ties up for maintenance and repairs at Lake Union. (Keyport LLC)
In crabbers’ turbulent moment, Edmonds seafood processor ‘saved our season’

When a processing plant in Alaska closed, Edmonds-based business Keyport stepped up to solve a “no-win situation.”

Angela Harris, Executive Director of the Port of Edmonds, stands at the port’s marina on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Leadership, love for the Port of Edmonds got exec the job

Shoring up an aging seawall is the first order of business for Angela Harris, the first woman to lead the Edmonds port.

The Cascade Warbirds fly over Naval Station Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald file)
Bothell High School senior awarded $2,500 to keep on flying

Cascade Warbirds scholarship helps students 16-21 continue flight training and earn a private pilot’s certificate.

Rachel Gardner, the owner of Musicology Co., a new music boutique record store on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 in Edmonds, Washington. Musicology Co. will open in February, selling used and new vinyl, CDs and other music-related merchandise. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
New Edmonds record shop intends to be a ‘destination for every musician’

Rachel Gardner opened Musicology Co. this month, filling a record store gap in Edmonds.

MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Burst pipe permanently closes downtown Everett toy store

After a pipe flooded the store, MyMyToystore in downtown Everett closed. Owner Tom Harrison is already on to his next venture.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.