Meet A Merchant: Steve Quick Jeweler
Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Steve Quick Jeweler | 2471 N. Clark
We have all seen change on Clark Street through the years with new businesses coming and others departing, but there are several that have been able to stand the test of time along the corridor and Steve Quick Jeweler is one of those businesses. Thirty years ago, Steve Quick opened up his original jewelry shop almost directly across the street from where his current shop stands on Clark Street, 2471 N. Clark. A year and a half later he moved across the street to the current location, never wavering in his commitment to the Clark Street community.
Since opening his storefront in Lincoln Park all those years ago, he’s expanded to two other locations, one in Lincoln Square and another in Wicker Park. When asking what his inspiration was to open a jewelry shop on Clark Street, the answer was surprisingly simple. Steve lived in the area, he shopped in the area, he knew many of the neighbors, he knew the jewelry business, and he saw that there weren’t many fine jewelers nearby, so to put it simply, he saw a need (plus having a one block commute to work was appealing).
Steve, and his wife Melissa, have developed a business built on relationships both with neighbors and their vendors. They choose to work with interesting designers who are crafting unique pieces that both Melissa and Steve really like and that are in style. They spend a lot of time researching and curating the pieces they want in their stores and they work with purveyors that ethically source their materials. In fact, they have severed ties with partners when they’ve learned of unethical practices. Steve and Melissa are definitely not afraid to support what they believe in. Steve recalls about 25 years ago when he ran an ad supporting the LGBTQ community and the shop sold it’s first commitment rings. Still to this day they actively support the LGTBQ community by participating in the annual pride parade with a float.
Over the years Steve Quick Jeweler has become synonymous with engagement rings and has sold thousands of rings. Through their desire to build relationships, Steve and Melissa provide a very personalized experience to each of their customers and they have many customers who they keep in touch with and will come back for modifications or new pieces all together. “We’re in the happy business,” Steve commented, noting that everyday is a great day to come to work because they get to be part of the major milestones in life. Steve and Melissa excitedly reminisce about the time they offered to host a wedding in their Clark Street shop. One of their customers was to be married outdoors and there was a terrible storm, so the day before when the couple was picking up their wedding bands, Steve offered to host the wedding there. “We were so happy to be able to provide that space for them and keep it a special day,” Melissa commented with a smile. Beyond weddings and milestones, Steve Quick Jeweler also offers a consignment service where you can bring by old jewelry pieces that they will price and try to sell for you to their customers.
It’s abundantly clear that Melissa and Steve love being in the “happy business.” Yet, they also acknowledge that maintaining a small business is hard work, and as much as they build relationships with customers, neighbors must remember to shop small and support neighborhood businesses. With Steve’s duration on the block, he’s seen a lot of vacant spaces fill up and the street has gotten busier, but he knows it’s up to the neighbors to support the business community and keep the street busy. And Steve and Melissa certainly put their money where their mouth is, utilizing many of the great businesses up and down the block. From banking at BankFinancial to grabbing dinner at Basil Leaf Cafe to picking up greeting cards at Climate Home, if they can find it on Clark Street they choose to keep it local. Steve even served on the Clark Street Special Service Area (SSA) #23 commission for several years, advocating for and promoting the many businesses on our corridor.
When not running three jewelry stores, the Quick’s are probably keeping up on the latest jewelry trends whether traveling to jewelry shows or tracking the newest pieces celebrities are wearing. They also try to make sure they turn off for a few hours on the one day of the week their shops are closed, Monday, spending time with each other and recharging. However they truly enjoy their work and the difference they are making in the lives of many. If you haven’t been in to visit, swing by Steve Quick Jeweler at 2471 N. Clark!
Written and posted by Bryan Biello, January 2017