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End of an Era: Michael’s Jewelers in Downtown Phoenix Closes After 73 Years in Business

by Madonna

Phoenix, AZ – Michael’s Jewelers, a cherished establishment in Downtown Phoenix, is bidding farewell after an impressive 73-year run. The owner, Michael Strong, has decided to retire at the remarkable age of 103, marking the end of an era for the longstanding jewelry store.

Located on Central Avenue at Monroe Street, Michael’s Jewelers has been a fixture since its inception in 1950 when Michael Strong returned from serving in World War II. Despite the passage of time and changing landscapes, the store has stood resilient, weathering various challenges, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic.


Michael Strong, known for his unwavering dedication to old-school values, reflected on his journey, saying, “I am totally old school, I don’t even carry a phone in my pocket.” Having witnessed the construction of the Chase bank building, he shared memories of a bygone era.


Throughout its tenure, Michael’s Jewelers has not only been a purveyor of exquisite jewelry but a repository of stories. Strong reminisced about encounters with notable figures, such as Sonny from Sonny and Cher, providing a glimpse into the store’s rich history.


As a testament to his vast experience, Strong shared insights into the world of jewelry, highlighting the enduring allure of silver and the practical applications of diamonds in various tools due to their exceptional hardness.

The final chapter for Michael’s Jewelers will conclude on Friday, December 29. The business will operate by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. On the store’s website, a message expresses gratitude to patrons: “Thank you all for your business and support. It has truly been our pleasure.”

The closure of Michael’s Jewelers marks the end of a remarkable era in Downtown Phoenix, leaving behind a legacy of craftsmanship, dedication, and timeless stories.


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