Jewelery Story Moves from Appleseed Center to Ace Hardware Plaza
Miller’s Diamond Jewelry keeps moving.
The longtime staple of the Appleseed Center recently moved to Ace Hardware Plaza on Lexington Avenue, almost across from the old house. The new address is 1523A Lexington Avenue.
Miller’s Diamond Jewelry has been in business since 1951. It has been at the Appleseed Center since 2005. Before that it was downtown by the courthouse.
Mike and Deb Miller had planned to move, but recent damage has made it impossible for them to stay at the Appleseed Center.
“We’ve had active leaks over the years,” Mike Miller said of the roof.
During roof repairs, Mike estimated that 350 to 400 gallons of water entered the shop space.
“It’s good that you moved or you’ll be out of business indefinitely,” he said.
An out-of-state investment firm bought Appleseed Center last May and hoped for a “significant rent increase.” Millers said he wanted to wait six months to prove the new owner would make improvements.
“I didn’t hear from them until close to November,” Deb Miller said.
Mike added, “I’m starting to feel sick.”
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Millers checked several locations, including downtown Mansfield, before settling on Ace Hardware Plaza.
“We feel the need for family owned jewelry stores to serve their communities,” Deb said.
They credit owners Duane and Tim Getz for making them feel welcome in their new location.
“They’ve already done the structural stuff. Now they’re working on the cosmetics,” Deb said.
The capital improvement plan included work on the roof, repairs to the side and back lots, and replacement of the front windows and doors.
“The front of the building will have a new look,” said Mike.
Deb said the current space at the new location isn’t big enough for the long term, but Miller’s Diamond Jewelry will get more space after tax season when neighboring Jackson Hewitt will move. .
“Tear down the (adjacent) wall and more than double the space,” Deb said.
The store would then be 2,400 square feet. The Appleseed Center had 2,800.
Deb wanted to recognize the team involved in the store, including third-generation Jess Miller, Andy Abrams, and Savannah Gould, and everyone who helped Millers move.
Chris Blubaugh painted the store while the Millers dealt with family matters.
“If we weren’t in crisis, we would be closed on Friday and Saturday and open on Monday,” Deb said.
March 10th was my last day at my previous location.
The Miller family will be living in their new home for some time. They signed an eight-year lease.
To celebrate the move, we are having a 50-50 sale. Half price jewelry is half price. Store hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday and 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday.