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love...then comes Simmons and Clark
in 1925, Fred Simmons and Harry Clark established Simmons
& Clark Jewelers on Broadway in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
They met while working for another jeweler. They borrowed
$5,000.00 and opened their store in October just in time
for the busy holiday season. They were a hit and never looked
As one of the
original credit jewelers in the country, Simmons & Clark
began offering payment plans of $1.00 down and $1.00 per
week till the balance was paid. Most of their first accounts
were City of Detroit Police Officers. Fred and Harry had
shown their generosity when in 1925 they donated $100.00
to the Widows and Orphans Fund for the family of a slain
Detroit Police Officer. In addition, many other accounts
were established from Fred going out and working the milk
carts and the Ford Motor factory where Henry Ford was paying
an unheard of $5.00 a day in wages.
Though Fred and
Harry are gone now, the traditions began in 1925 are continued
by Fred's son, George and grandson, Michael. "We have a
great generational mix with old school service and reliability
combined with the new technologies available to our industry"
states Michael Simmons, 3rd generation owner of Simmons
& Clark. We are proud of our past and we are excited
about our future.