Everett Business Owners Surprise Essential Grocery Worker From Broadway QFC

June 7, 2020

Events in Everett

Michaela Reinke (right) learns from Mark and Lisa Dowdle that she has been selected as an essential worker to receive recgnition from local Everett businesses.


With appropriate social distancing Mark and Lisa Dowdle with Michaela Reinke.


The “Thank You” banner was donated by Fastsigns and lists the participating businesses.

After her shift ended at the Broadway QFC Saturday afternoon, Michaela Reinke got a big surprise from several local Everett, Washington business owners as she learned she would be the recipient of an “Extreme Car Makeover.”

It came together after Mark and Lisa Dowdle, who own Everett Tire and Automotive in downtown Everett learned Tire Hub, their Goodyear Tire distributor had selected their shop to give away a set of tires to a deserving essential worker.

“With all the chaos this is something a little good,” Mark Dowdle told us. “We decided to take it a little further than just four tires.”

Dowdle explained they are going to go over Michaela’s car and make sure it is in safe condition. His shop will do necessary safety repairs with parts donated by Advance Auto Parts. If glass repair is needed, Rainier Auto Glass will provide that service.

After the new tires are on and the safety improvements done, Puget Sound Mobile Detail will be giving her car a full interior and exterior detail.

The sign that announced the surprise for Michaela was donated by Fastsigns in downtown Everett.

Lisa Dowdle explained how Michaela was selected. “We know how essential grocery workers are, we live in north Everett and shop at the QFC on Broadway and see how hard the staff there has worked to make sure all of us had what we needed when things shut down.”

Dowdle added, “I asked the manager if they had an employee who stood out and went above and beyond in helping people and Michaela’s name immediately came up.”

Michaela had been working as a part time cake decorator when the Coronavirus pandemic began affecting the community. The bakery manager ended up leaving and according to her store manager Michaela stepped up moving to a full time role and providing service and leadership for the store going well above and beyond what had been asked of her.

MyEverettNews.com asked Michaela her reaction to the honor and how people were treating the workers at the store.

“I’m completely surprised,” she said. “People are great and once or twice a day someone comes up and says thank you just for being here and that makes me feel great and I so enjoy that I can come in every day and do what I love.”

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