I would like to begin by introducing myself: my name is Yousef Shulman. My family has been living in the central area for almost 100 years. My Great Great Uncle Henry (Hank) Edelson and his wife Shirley started a small market on the SW corner of 22nd Ave and East Union Street in the 1930’s.
In 1948, they moved their business to its current location and renamed it Leschi Market. Leschi Market and my family have been very active in the community since the opening of the store. I moved to the Leschi neighborhood when I was 13 years old. I began to work at my family business at the age of 13, being the 4th generation to work at the business.
I am now currently Co-Owner and Assistant Manager of Leschi Market with my Uncle Steve Shulman and my Grandfather Leonard Shulman. In 2011, I helped start the Leschi Business Association, which has since put on a yearly Halloween “Spooktackular” and Art walk event. In 2015, I joined the Leschi Community Council as Business Associate Chair.
In May 2016, I was elected to President of the Leschi Community Council. I am learning how much time and effort is required to provide the residents of Leschi a reputable communal council. I am focused and prepared to continue these efforts. I would like to thank the previous board for all the hard work, time and effort each member provided to the community.
I have come to learn how much community involvement it takes to get projects done. Being in the position I am at my family business, I have met many people, gained friends and built relationships. One of my first concerns is the level of participation in community projects and developing issues.
In my new role as President, I will work with residents of community to join our meetings, lend a voice, provide input and increase involvement. From personal experience, I have learned that two of our parks have wading pools that have not been in service for many years. As a child, I remember using these pools, developing fond memories of my past time spent with family and friends. One of my many goals is to have the council work with the city and community to get at least one of these wading pools open.