TECUMSEH – Hacker Jewelers was a fixture in downtown Tecumseh for 37 years, but Barb and Dan Hacker began planning for retirement before COVID-19 hit.
They wanted to make sure the store was occupied by jewelers and it took a little longer than expected to find a buyer, but they found the perfect pair with business partners Cheyenne Sosman and Jackie Juhasz. The pair closed on the property in September.
The new store will be called Patina, named after that green oxidation that we see on aged copper, for example the Statue of Liberty.
âWe really, really wanted to make sure there was a jewelry store in that space. Tecumseh is a great city and people are interested in the building and have ideas, even since COVID, but we had really focused on it. getting a jeweler So when Jackie approached us we thought this was going to be a great choice for the city and a great opportunity for her and her business partner, Cheyenne, “said Dan Hacker.” I have them all. reason to believe that they ‘are going to be in downtown Tecumseh for a long time.
The Hackers said they had a great run and are now planning to complete some projects around the house and, when the pandemic subsides, travel a bit.
âTecumseh was a wonderful city to have a business. It is very conducive to a good quality of life. We have had a quiet, successful business for many years and that has allowed us to retire on our own terms and, you know, we are still at a relatively young age and in good health. It was a wonderful hike, âDan said.
Sosman and Juhasz are both experienced bench jewelers. They both attended Western Michigan University and majored in the fine arts with a concentration in metallurgy. Juhasz graduated in 2007 and Sosman in 2013.
They met at a jewelry store in the Kalamazoo mall called Plata y Oro. Sosman was a part-time sales associate, and Juhasz was the bench jeweler. Juhasz was there for 15 years, and Sosman moved to Signet Jewelry after three years and saw the business side of things and eventually became a bench jeweler. Signet owns Jared, Kay and Zales. Sosman was eventually promoted to manager and ran a repair shop for two years.
Bench jewelers learn virtually everything about the ins and outs of the business.
âA bench jeweler is everything from repairs to personalized jewelry. We therefore carry out all repairs only on your everyday goods; chains, waist rings, stuff like that. And then we set diamonds and engagement rings. Really now the way people buy is they choose their diamond, then they choose their ring, then we put them together and we also do customs, âSosman said. âSo a lot of women see something online, they want something completely personalized for them. They want to use grandma’s diamonds or they want something like creatives are really in fashion right now, colored diamonds, and then we completely personalize things.
The pair do computer-aided designs as well as wax sculptures. It takes a lot of creativity and art. The processes are similar to small-scale forging.
Juhasz said it was time for the couple to fend for themselves.
âI’ve seen both sides of the industry, or a couple of different ways of it. Cheyenne got to see the corporate side of business and she saw the little mom and pop side, and I was engulfed in the small business side for so many years, âJuhasz said. âI love the way it’s run, the relationship you have with your clients and the creativity you are allowed to bring to the world of jewelry. It was therefore quite natural to take the next step. It was either working for a forever mom-and-pop boutique or creating our own. “
The store will open in mid-November and will clean the jewelry for free. Patina will wear some of the lines the Hackers wore, but will bring a new twist to it and also wear new lines.
âWe are planning mid-November, the second week of November. We want to be open before local events and the holiday march and all the fun downtown festivities, âSosman said.
In one look
WHO: Patina jewelry
W: 110 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh
ONLINE: Instagram ID: @patinajewelrydesign
TIMETABLE: From the second week of November. 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday