Edmonds history: The Schumacher Building

The Schumacher grocery store circa 1900 — note “Groceries” as the street name. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Historical Museum)

In the summer of 1890, when Edmonds was incorporating, the Schumacher brothers (William and Roy) finished erecting a building on what was then the corner of Fourth (Groceries) and George Street, to house their grocery business.  Note: George Street was later renamed Main Street, and Fourth (Groceries) was replaced by new buildings.  Fourth Street as we know it today was built further east in later years.

The building’s style was known as Western False Front.  The style had a well defined façade, with a parapet, which was higher than the roof which gave the building an appearance of being taller and grander than it actually was.

The Schumacher brothers ran the grocery store successfully for 14 years. In 1904, they sold their inventory, and rented the building to D.W. Griffith.  Only a couple months later, Griffith sold the business to William Kingdon, who had previously owned a small grocery near the Edmonds docks.

William Kingdon in front of the Kingdon Grocery Store circa 1906. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Historical Museum)

Kingdon operated his grocery store in the Schumacher building until 1907. In an interview, Esther Knowles, a daughter of William Kingdon, remembered living upstairs in the Schumacher building. “My father had me working as soon as I could see over the counter,” she recalled. When she lived there the building was lighted by acetylene lamps, and was one of the earliest Edmonds buildings to have indoor plumbing.

When a new building was constructed directly east of the Schumacher building, Kingdon vacated the space and moved the grocery next door (now the home of HouseWares). With the space vacated, E. H. Heberlein purchased the building from the Schumachers, and moved his newly acquired hardware business into the building.

Wooden façade still in place with Hardware – Plumbing – Furniture Sign circa 1909. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Historical Museum)

H. Herberlein ran a very successful hardware business in the building over the next 15 years. During his tenure, he changed the appearance of the front of the building by putting up a faux brick pattern and installing multiple signs. Initially the business was named Heberlein Hardware but was later changed to Edmonds Hardware Co. with E. H. Heberlein as proprietor.

Near the end of 1921, E. H. Heberlein decided to sell the Edmonds Hardware Co. The new owners were Gove & Lauridsen. Gove & Lauridsen retained Edmonds Hardware Co. as the company’s name, and simply listed their names as the new proprietors under the company’s name in their advertisements.

Edmonds Hardware Co. circa 1912. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Historical Museum)

Two years later, in September 1923, Gove & Lauridsen sold the business to Black and Benjamin from Oklahoma for a reported $20,000. Like their predecessors, Black and Benjamin retained Edmonds Hardware Co. as the company’s name and simply replaced Gove & Lauridsen with their names.

But just 10 months later — in July 1924 — Black and Benjamin departed Edmonds, selling Edmonds Hardware Co. to Clyde L. Jackson, who was coming to Edmonds from Montesano. A front-page article in the Edmonds Tribune Review noted that Mr. Jackson, although young, was experienced in the hardware industry.

The business prospered over the next three-and-a-half years in the Schumacher building. In October 1928, Mr. Jackson decided to move the business up to the new Fourtner building, where Starbucks now resides. That ended a 21-year period in which a hardware store had been present in the building.

After Clyde Jackson moved the Edmonds Hardware Co., the vacated space was apparently owned by a dry goods store for over a decade. The exact name of the business appears to be lost in history.

In the 1940s, the Schumacher building was home first to Miller’s Second Hand Store, and then the Edmonds Furniture Exchange. In the 1950s, Trafon Furniture and Edmonds Furniture Company — which was owned by Marv Behar — were tenants


Sample ads from the furniture companies in the 1940s and 1950s

Later, in the 1960s and 1970s, My Bag Manufacturing, Sound Art Manufacturing Co. Inc. (a manufacturer of recreational equipment and wear), and Spec-Gard Inc.  occupied commercial space in the building.

In 1984, Jochen Bettag purchased the Schumacher building, and funded a complete restoration project to return the building back to its original appearance. The renovation included additional structural support, replacement of all windows,  plumbing and fixtures. When he bought the building, the old façade had been covered with stucco and pseudo-Spanish décor. That was removed to reveal the 1907 façade.  Additionally, a window matching the front display windows was added on the west side and a new stairway was put onto the front. Otherwise, the restoration was true to the building’s original state.

Chanterelle after 1986 restoration. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Historical Museum)

Once the restoration was complete, Jochen Bettag opened Chanterelle Specialty Foods in 1986. Today, 37 years later, Chanterelle continues to be a popular eatery albeit under different ownership. The upstairs is also the home to several business offices.

Chanterelle in 2023. (Photo by Byron Wilkes)

In looking back at the variety of tenants that resided in the Schumacher building,  it is interesting to note:

  • it was the home to grocery stores for the first 17 years.
  • Then it housed hardware stores for the next 21 years.
  • That period was followed by the presence of a dry goods and a second-hand store for more than a decade.
  • Next, a number of furniture stores occupied the building for over 20 years.
  • The following two decades saw manufacturing firms reside in the building.
  • Finally, the building has been the home of Chanterelle for the past 37 years.

Throughout all the years, the Schumacher building has been an anchor in the Edmonds community and continues to be a valued asset. The building was deservedly added to the Edmonds Register of Historic Places in 2015.

Addendum: After the original article was published, I was able to garner further information regarding the history of Chanterelle which I was not able to establish at the time of the initial writing.

The following information regards the operations of Chanterelle within the Schumacher building from 1986 through April of 2023.

When Jochen Bettag operated Chanterelle Specialty Foods there was a deli in the middle of the dining room where one would place their order and then wait in chairs that were provided.  There was another small specialty grocery area off to the side that offered retail items for preparing gourmet meals at home.

After six years of running Chanterelle, Bettag sold the business  to Denise Linn and Russ Cliff, and at the same time he sold the building to Dena Blatt, who has been the landlord ever since. The dining room format did not change under their ownership.

Steve and Irene Stewart of New York bought the business approximately three years later.  The Stewarts did not work in the restaurant, but instead hired a manager to run Chanterelle. During that time they eliminated the deli in the center, and added an espresso counter to the left of the front doors.

The Stewarts sold the business to the Bakers (Brooke and Randy) in 1997 after two short years, and returned to New York.  The Bakers who had a strong restaurant background, ran the restaurant for the next twenty years.

One of the many changes made under the Bakers’ leadership was to create and construct dropped burlap-wrapped sound absorbing panels to absorb much of the noise bouncing off all the hard surfaces. Several restaurants in Edmonds took note and implemented similar panels.

In 2015 other updates included new signage, modeled after the original hardware store sign. At that point Chanterelle adopted the byline “Edmonds Hometown Bistro” which was more fitting then the original name of Chanterelle Specialty Foods, since the Specialty Food market shelves had been eliminated decades before.   The Bakers also updated and reconfigured the dining room to include a full bar in 2016.

After a little more than 20 years of successfully running and expanding Chanterelle’s reputation and business, the Bakers sold the restaurant in October of 2018 to Hoa Tran.  Hoa Tran owns the restaurant as of this writing, and his daughter Tiffany serves as the general manager.

— Article was researched and written by Byron Wilkes. The Edmonds Historical Museum, Sno-Isle Genealogy Society and Lynnwood Library assisted in the research of this article. Thanks also to Joe Davis, who provided valued information on his maternal  grandfather Clyde L. Jackson, owner of the Edmonds Hardware Co. from 1924-1928.

  1. Thank you for a great article! I have so many thoughts… First is my love for this building where my husband Randy and I ran Chanterelle for over 21 years, from 1997-2018, with everything we had in us. (Clearly not flawlessly, but we worked hard and did our very best!) It was a labor of love… a love of Edmonds, and the hospitality industry. I was always quite enthusiastic to learn as much as possible about this building specifically and of greater Edmonds’ history in general. Most lines up with what I have read in this article; the few things that don’t aren’t worth quibbling about. What is important is the incredible sense of community in Edmonds; it’s just amazing that this building has played such an important part for over 120 years!

    1. Brooke:
      Your and Randy’s ownership of Chanterelle was appreciated. And you were great contributors to our community.

    2. Brooke thanks for the comments and I totally agree with you in regards to my love of Edmonds and its history. I appreciate your thoughts regarding the “lining up of facts”. In researching through a wide range of materials on these history projects there are always discrepancies or confusing information in regards to the time of residency (years)/names of organizations etc. I try to find as many records as possible to verify information before I “go with it”. In some incidences there is only one reference that I could find. Whether that reference was 100% accurate is always a question.

      If I misstated or missed something, I apologize. Thanks for all the dedication that you and Randy gave to Edmonds and Chanterelle for two decades.

      1. Thank you Byron! No apologies needed. I wouldn’t say obsessed, but I tried to learn everything I could about this wonderful old building. I spent more time in it than any other single spot in my life by far. I always wanted to put a complete timeline together for its history and you did a fine job of getting that going. Thank you!

  2. Nice piece! I have lived and worke in and around Edmonds since 1969. It’s not always easy to remember “what used to be there” in various locations. Chantrelle has long been a favorite that I visit at least weekly.

  3. This is interesting to learn about. While I knew about some of the history, this article revealed some new (to me) information.
    I wish the Author would have been more detailed on the more recent history though. While he noted the businesses and Owners up to 1987, no mention was made of the Owners of Chanterelle since then. In order to be a complete history, he should have included the Bakers who owned it from ‘97 to ‘18 and made it the great restaurant that we know today, as well as the Tran’s who have owned it since then.

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