It’s hard to believe that we’re well into the 13th year of the new millennium. We’ve survived Y2K, 9-11, the collapse of Wall Street, the near-bankruptcy of two of the domestic auto-makers and most recently, the end of the world this past December. It’s been quite a ride, but here we are, on the other side of it all.
It’s also been a fast 25 years for us, Urban Jewelers, in downtown Ann Arbor. We opened our current location in May of 1988, and much has changed down here since then. Many of the businesses are gone, among them Kline’s, Fiegel’s, Ann Arbor Clothing and Lucky Drugs. Others have relocated, like Mast Shoes, Sixteen Hand, Renaissance, Four Directions and Deluxe Drapery (twice!). I can’t even begin to recall the changes to the restaurant scene…I’d need a couple of pages for that!!
So…is there anything in downtown Ann Arbor that is the same as it was, 25 years ago? Well, yes there is. A few of us have been able to hang on for the wild ride the economy has put us through…and come out strong! I’m proud to say that Urban Jewelers is among those survivors! Oh, we’ve made subtle changes, like painting the inside and out of the building, new carpeting, LED lighting…mostly cosmetic things. But the things that really matter, both to you and to us, haven’t changed at all. For example, our core staff…four of the five who were with us 25 years ago are still with us (the fifth being my dear father-in-law, who passed away in 2009). Our business principles, our level of professional yet personal service and knowledge and love of what we do…you know…the really important stuff…none of that has changed!
That’s all fine and good, but without you, our loyal clients (many of whom have become personal friends), we’d have gone the way of the dinosaur, Jiffy Pop and S & H Green Stamps! So to all of you, we say thanks for 45 great years, the last 25 here in downtown A2. And to those of you who haven’t a clue as to what I’m talking about, what are you waiting for??? Get in here and check us out!