After World War II, Dick Stewart took over his father’s store. Dick wasn’t much of a mechanic so he started did what he could do, which was selling bikes and sharpening skates. He moved his business into ever larger locations several times until he found its current spot.
Dick retired and sold the business in 2000. By then, Stewart’s had developed an outstanding reputation for supporting youth athletics.
Stewart’s reputation in the community is still known as the go-to place for expert advice -- whether for bikes, skates, or field sports; and for all kids young or grown up.
We don’t like to talk about ourselves, but we want to shed some light on why we are in business and how our local history has helped our community. Back in 1906, Dick Stewart Sr. took a chance and opened up a new store over on 3rd Avenue West, just above Superior Street. His predominant product was lock and keys, along with some miscellaneous hardware. As Dick Jr. helped his Dad, he developed his own sense of longing to become a proprietor. He began seeking out the occasional deal on small lots of sporting goods, and selling them in his Dad’s store. This love of making an honest buck and dealing with customers helped him build the first Stewart’s Wheel Goods in 1956, at the site of the present Marine General store. For the next eight years, Stewart’s became known as a great place to shop, and a great place to catch up on the latest local sports news or the latest trends in equipment.
His commitment to excellence along with an incredible passion for hockey helped Dick develop a reputation as a neighborhood friend. Stewart's became the first one to be approached if a team needed sponsoring or a youngster needed help getting outfitted. Dick promised that he wouldn’t turn anyone away-if a young boy came in and wanted to play hockey but couldn’t afford equipment, Dick would find a way to get that boy outfitted. And as that boy grew older, got married, had kids of his own and carried on an athletic tradition, that second generation was often picking out their first bike or skates in the very same store.
In 1964, Dick moved the store to its present site, and in 2000 the name was officially changed to Stewart’s Bikes and Sports along with Dick's retirement. Stewart's is still locally owned by friends and neighbors, continuing the tradition started by Dick Sr. back in 1906. We value your support, and we sincerely appreciate your business. We consider you family, and we hope that you do the same.