A jewel of downtown Plymouth is about to close its doors.
After operating in the western Wayne County city since the mid-1970s, Delta Diamond will close its doors at the end of the month.
“We’re leaving at the right time for us,” said Aurelia Piotrowski, the wife of Thomas Piotrowski, who owned the shop until his death in 2016. “We’re holding our heads up high and we’re going to try different things.”
The shop originally opened in 1973 in Dearborn before moving to Plymouth a few years later, first operating in the Mayflower House before eventually landing in its current home at 895 W. Ann Arbor Trail, where it’s been for several decades, seeing plenty change downtown throughout the years.
“Town has a different vibe, but it’s good,” said Kathy Aschermann, Piotrowski’s daughter and a gemologist at the shop. “Everything changes. You can’t have all retail and no service.
“You have to have a good mix. And it has ebbed and flowed and changed.”
Aurelia Piotrowski, a nurse by trade, took control of ownership after her husband died. She said she always enjoyed parts of living with a jeweler, including traveling with her husband to various shows across the country.
There was discussion amongst the family about closing the shop when Thomas Piotrowski died more than five years ago, but they decided to keep the shop open in his legacy.
“It was his dream, his vision. It really was,” Aschermann said. “We had that initial conversation about five years ago and we said, ‘Let’s see what we can do and shelve it for a while.”
With everything that’s happened in recent years, especially the economic effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, the jewelry business has changed dramatically.
“The industry has changed, the market has changed,” Aschermann said. “Brick-and-mortar retail has changed.”
The store has specialized in all things fine jewelry, from necklaces to bracelets, earrings to engagement rings. Items are currently discounted, with pieces on sale for as much as 70% off. Those discounts will remain as the store remains open, which will be through Feb. 26.
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It’s a place that’s sold to multiple generations in the community, selling engagement rings to both fathers and sons throughout the years. The lassics are the store’s biggest sellers.
“Everyone loves diamonds,” Piotrowski said. “Diamonds go with everything.”
The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday until it closes. More information can be found at deltadiamondplymouth.com.