Zak’s Jewelry has been creating memories in Cape Coral for 45 years

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As the oldest business owner of its kind in Cape Coral, Alison Polo has savored growth and change in the same families that have patronized Zak’s Jewelry for decades. There will be more catching up in October when some of those customers drop off as Zak’s celebrates its anniversary with widespread discounts on their sparkling jewelry, watches, bracelets and more. It’s a family business and

operated since 1977.

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“Our very first customer is still a customer. We have many ties within the same families connecting grandmothers, mothers, daughters and sisters,” Polo said. “Recently, a gentleman client presented a diamond to his grandson.”

This special month also highlights his early work memories and his lifelong relationships and friendships with colleagues, other nearby business owners and area institutions.

Born and raised in Cape Town, Polo’s earliest store memories are “at our first location across the street and mum asking me to clean the windows at 4 years old I believe!”

After the company moved to its current location built by her grandfather in 2000, the Mariner High School graduate joined the company at age 21.

Zak's Jewelry team member Gabriella Cinelli in Cape Coral installs new watch batteries.

“I was working on my master’s in business administration at what would become Hodges University,” Polo said. “My father and grandfather gave me things to do, but they were very understanding. I started and ran an eBay sale of jewelery and Waterford crystal.

When her grandfather died in 2003, “I knew I had to take on some responsibility.”

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Along with repair work, Zak’s expert jewelers craft unique, custom pieces following an elaborate process that may include design sketches, making molds including casting wax, setting stones and other items. , all according to the wishes of the customers. Jeweler Scott Fizer, who was trained by Polo’s grandfather, and staff member Diane Anderson have been employed for 37 and 32 years, respectively.

Zak’s is a longtime supporter of the Southwest Florida Symphony and “We have been a major sponsor of German American Social Club Oktoberfest since its inception.” They have also helped the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, PRIDE, Special Equestrians and many other organizations.

The jewelers at Zak's Jewelry in Cape Coral work on a variety of items for repairs and adjustments.

Some of the many nearby entrepreneurs with whom Polo has long friendships include Greg Gebhard and Jovana Batkovic, owners of Nice Guys Pizza (“They were one of the first here at what they offer. We love the place”) ; Giovanny Troche and his son Gio, owners of Genius Computer Repair & Service, (“I’ve known Giovanny for 25 years”); and Shelly Walton, owner of Backstreets Sports Bar (“I’ve known her almost the same time”).

Zak’s, which also accepts exchanges and provides free jewelry inspection and cleaning, has won all five Best of the Best Cape Coral News-Press reader polls in various categories.

Polo is also vice-president of the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association, which he joined in 2018.

“I love it,” he says. “My husband says it’s a lot of work. I focus a lot on daytime business support, including with special promotions. Bringing more people downtown helps all businesses.

Litton Polo, jeweler at Zak's Jewelry in Cape Coral, uses a gas torch to size a gold ring.

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What: Zak’s jewelry

Where: 1314 Cape Coral Parkway, Suite 101

Information: 239-542-7766, zaksjewelry.com

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