By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Perched on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Horger for 40 years, Ace Diamond Jewelers is going out of business and having an “everything has to go” sale.
Co-owners and brothers Carl Marusak, 60, and Richard Marusak, 61, are planning to close the jewelry business as soon as all their inventory is sold to retire and enjoy family time.
Carl Marusak said some of the items are at cost and below with some up to 70 percent off. The store has provided engagement rings, wedding bands, watches, Pandora bracelets and charms, silver, sterling silver, and scrap gold to its more than 40,000 customers.
“We’re going to miss all the people we’ve meet over the years because we built friendships and relationships with them and their families,” Carl Marusak said.
He joked that he’s getting old when asked about the closing and that he plans to move to his house in the Florida Keys while Richard Marusak purchased a condominium in Alabama.
The Marusak brothers both started working in the coin selling business with their uncle where their love for selling coins and jewelry grew. In 1978, the two buildings which make up the Ace Diamonds Jewelers business — a bank and the Applegate’s Beef House restaurant — were purchased.
“When I was 14 or 15 I worked in coins selling with my uncle, then at 17 years old I bumped into the right guy who had a jewelry store in Arizona where I moved to work before returning to Dearborn,” Carl Marusak said.
As for the future of the business, Carl Marusak mentioned possibly keeping it in the family.
“I’m tying to talk my three boys into taking over the business, but they have to love it in order to continue what we started,” he said. “One of my sons has been working at the store for two years now, but nothing is set in stone with the future of our business.”
Along with keeping the business in the family, Carl Marusak said the two brothers have received interest from 20 to 30 people to purchase the building, citing the hot Dearborn real estate market as a reason for the enthusiasm.
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