By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: November 2013
The team at Moody’s Jewelry in Broken Arrow (L to R): Manager Thomas Stoltzner, Peggy Sheild, Peggy Hillhouse and Karen Taylor.
Moody’s Jewelry, established in 1944, is celebrating their 69th anniversary. According to Thomas Stoltzner, manager of Moody’s at Aspen and Kenosha in Broken Arrow, “Moody’s was actually founded by chance by Ernest Moody Jr. when he was only 19 years old.”
Mr. Moody and his parents moved from Tulsa to a small northeastern Oklahoma town and launched a laundry service. With the Great Depression, the business floundered and ultimately closed. After moving back to Tulsa, Ernest was only 14 when his father died. “While in high school, Ernest pulled a wagon though neighborhoods picking up laundry for his mother to wash,” said Stoltzner. “Not a booming business, but it did bring in a few pennies a day to help put food on the table.”
Mrs. Moody sent Ernest to Gilmore’s Repair Shop on North Lewis Avenue when the family’s alarm clock stopped working. “The clock needed a 50-cent spring to put it back in working order. To pay for the repair, young Moody was offered a part-time job by Mr. Cupples, owner and repairman at Gilmore’s,” said Stoltzner. Young Moody actually repaired his own clock, the beginning of a learning process that taught him the watch repair trade that he came to love.
Moody was stricken with tuberculosis at the age of 17 and received experimental treatment at a U.S. Army Hospital in Colorado. During his 18-month recovery, he and a roommate did watch repair while in the hospital.
After defeating TB, Moody returned to Tulsa to finish his education at Rogers High School. He received word that he had qualified for an engineering scholarship that would have enabled him to move into the new technology field of television, for which he had great interest. He rushed to work to inform Mr. Cupples. Upon arriving, Mr. Cupples informed Moody that he was moving out of state to assist an ailing family member and that he would like to sell the clock repair business to Moody. “With just $106 that had been saved by his mother for Ernest, Moody made the offer,” said Stoltzner. “With a handshake, Mr. Cupples said, ‘“Sold!”’
The shop’s name was changed to Moody’s Time Service, and gems were later added to the inventory. Ernest Moody’s business has survived and prospered for nearly 70 years. Today the company has seven locations.
The original Moody’s store still operates at 12th and Harvard. Before Stoltzner began employment at Moody’s, he took his daughter to dance lessons each week at Kenosha and Aspen. He would relax at Blimpie’s during the dance session and was always impressed with traffic flow at the intersection. Four years later, the Blimpie’s location became available. Stoltzner said Ernest Moody III had shown interest in opening a store in Broken Arrow. When he shared his feelings about the Blimpie’s location, Moody said, “Let’s do it.”
With an outstanding history of quality, Moody’s Jewelry invites you to join them in celebrating their 69 years in business with their Anniversary Sale. “Every item in the store is sale priced,” said Stoltzner. Moody’s is the main sponsor of the 2013 Buy Broken Arrow campaign. Moody’s features quality lines including the Angelica Diamond, a 90-faceted diamond exclusive to Moody’s; Luminox, Seiko, Tissot, Bulova and Fossil watches; and Henri Daussi New York Bridal Rings, also exclusive to Moody’s.
“Every time you make a purchase at Moody’s,” says Stoltzner, “part of the purchase price goes to one of the over 66 local charities supported by Moody’s. Over the years, we are proud to have donated millions of dollars to Tulsa charities.”
Please stop by and say hello to Thomas and his staff at the Moody’s Broken Arrow store.
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Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.
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