TRAVERSE Town — Railroad staff made use of to occur to Martinek’s Jewelers and established their pocket watches to the time on the grandfather clock.
For a long time a eco-friendly clock with Martinek’s on the leading and Jewelers on the clock deal with has marked the passage of time in downtown Traverse City, even right after the retailer moved from 217 E. Entrance St.
A replica of the clock was designed outdoors the new area of Martinek’s Jewellery when the 144-year-old small business moved to 950 Duell Highway in 2013. The blueprints for the clock are proudly shown inside the retailer, which traces its roots to Union Street in 1878.
Quickly the two trademark clocks will mark the passage of time in a completely different way. By the stop of June the jewelry retail outlet is envisioned to close its doorways for excellent.
“It is just time,” stated owner Paul Everts, who purchased the enterprise with his father, Lawrence, in 1993. Paul became the sole proprietor when his father retired in 2008. “I have an unbelievable clientele — our clientele is really loyal. We could go on and on (in organization).
“I just do not have any individual to depart it to.”
The 57-year-old Paul Everts mentioned his sons, Alex and Jake, are picking out substantially distinctive vocation paths as a doctor and a mechanical engineer, respectively. Everts claimed his sons “are also smart” to go into the jewellery enterprise like he did as a 9-yr-old, to start with cleansing up his family’s downstate retail store before repairing clocks a 12 months later.
“I’m drained,” he reported. “I’ve been performing 7 days a week due to the fact I was 18 many years old.”
A liquidation sale at Martinek’s began the very first of Could. While it’s complicated to decide how several regular consumers have shopped at the retail outlet around the several years, Paul Everts reported on Friday there is a stack of about 250 receipts upcoming to the sign up, all from when the likely-out-of-enterprise sale started.
“We have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds,” Everts reported. “That’s why I do the job 7 times a week even while I have been closed on Saturdays and Sundays for a long time.”
Getting some function carried out on a ring — as nicely as seeking at all the goods for sale — introduced Kalkaska’s Karen Trapped into the store on Friday. It was also a nostalgic cease in the retail outlet for Stuck, who labored there for a decade.
“I’m unhappy about it because I enjoy Martinek’s,” Trapped said. “I made use of to get the job done at Martinek’s downtown when Mr. (William F.) Martinek owned it.”
The consumers weren’t the only ones experience sad about the longtime enterprise closing. Kathy Warner has been manager at Martinek’s for 13 many years. Warner explained she’ll skip the day-to-day interactions with the regular buyers.
“I’m going to skip a lot of our clientele they had been like loved ones,” Warner explained. “There’s) much too numerous to rely. I operate into men and women all the time at the grocery shop or at Costco. They usually stop and chat — like spouse and children.”
Neil Cooper, brought in to support with the liquidation sale, stated he also hears from clientele exterior of the retail outlet.
That is a direct assertion about Everts, specially “how humble and how trusty worthy Paul is.”
Everts claimed the loved ones approach at work is 1 of the reasons he isn’t continuing his craft. It started when his father died at the age of 83 3 several years back and was actually pushed house practically a year back when more mature brother, Howard “Howie” Everts, died at the age of 58.
“That adjusted my imagining,” Paul mentioned. “That modified my outlook. Dollars is not all the things. The time you shell out with loved ones is a lot more significant to me.”
Martinek’s started with James N. Martinek, who established the jewelry enterprise in 1878 on Union Street, Everts reported. Right after a fireplace just earlier the turn of the century, the enterprise moved to Front Street and the green-painted clock went up in 1909. The retailer was operate by James N. Martinek and his son, James S.
William F. Martinek ran the business until advertising it to Lawrence and Paul Everts in 1993.
“I had (the replica) designed particularly like the aged one downtown when we moved right here,” Everts stated. “(The) downtown (clock) is nonetheless downtown and ought to continue being downtown without end.”
The grandfather clock within the store — which reads “J.N. Martinek Town Time” — has been in each site of Martinek’s considering the fact that the business began. That is until eventually it went back again to Mark Martinek, the grandson of William F., on Saturday.
“That’s been all over because the beginning of time,” Everts stated.
Whilst the Martineks have a very long historical past in the jewellery small business in Traverse Town, the Everts also boast a lengthy track record.
Paul’s grandfather, Howard Everts, begun Everts Jewelers in Clare in 1945. They included a second store in Mt. Nice ahead of Lawrence received a cellular phone get in touch with from Bill Martinek.
“My dad and Invoice had been near good friends and (Monthly bill) did not have any individual to leave it to. He stated, ‘Will you appear up here and acquire it above?’ and he claimed, ‘I’d really like to.’”
As a lot as Paul Everts has appreciated the organization and functioning with purchasers, it is now time for him to go on.
“I’ve been aspect of a great deal of fantastic jewelry retailers,” he explained. “I’ve experienced a lot of fantastic teachers. I’ve been blessed.”
Paul Everts reported he’s not positive what will be subsequent for him when the Duell Road organization closes. He joked that his spouse, Val, possibly won’t allow him “retire retire.”
“It’s time to begin his future chapter,” Cooper reported, answering the question for Everts. “He’s closing that chapter and it is time to delight in the next a single, whatever that is.”
“I’m drained. I’ve been doing work 7 days a week due to the fact
I was 18 several years aged.” Paul Everts, Martinek’s Jewellery proprietor