A recent update to the exterior of Trenton Jewelers has shed new light on a Trenton business that has been doing business in the community for over 75 years.
In honor of the update, Wayne McDermitt, Trenton Jewelers owner and jewelry designer, sat down with Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch editor Nate Stemen to help reintroduce the business to the neighborhood.
McDermitt has lived in the Downriver area his entire life and said the City of Trenton is the perfect place for his business, and he wouldn't consider doing business anywhere else.
Here are the questions followed by McDermitt's answers:
When did you open?
"Trenton Jewelers has been in business since 1936. I got started working here 41 years ago.
How did you get involved in the business?
"(It's a) family business."
What do you offer that's unique to Trenton Jewelers?
We manufacture jewelry right here in our store. We have the largest loose gemstone collection in southeastern Michigan. We're voted the number one jeweler in the Downriver area. We handle Hearts and Arrows which is the finest cut that money can by -- in diamonds. We have the finest shop facilities in southeastern Michigan. We specialize in original and custom designs.
Why Trenton? Being that you have had great success, you could transition that success virtually anywhere? Why stay in Trenton?
"I have strong roots in the area. I feel that Trenton and the Downriver community is the very best place that I could possibly be.
"We have a wonderful school system. We have a low crime rate. We have educated people. We have good median income and we have people that appreciate what I do."
What sets you apart from other jewelers?
"We take a personal interest in each and every customer that comes through our door and we custom tailor the pieces that we do to specifically satisfy their needs and requirements."