As the world and the community changes all around us, it is good to recognize longtime shopkeepers Eddie and Judy Snow. Their Snow’s Jewelers has been a fixture on Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile for 40 years.
The Snows were honored for their dedication at a little party recently with a proclamation from Mark Trowbridge, president and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
“When Snow’s Jewelers opened in Coral Gables in 1974, the country was in a recession and the vacancy rate on Miracle Mile was high,” said Judy Snow. “Eddie and I were young and fearless newlyweds, so we blithely forged ahead, building our business and our family year by year. There have been many ups and downs, but we have succeeded by showing up and working hard every day.”
She added that their goal has always been to satisfy their customers and create a legacy of Snow integrity and goodwill in the community for themselves and their three daughters and grandchildren.
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“We have given Snow’s Jewelers our all and let the bottom line take care of itself. Eddie and I are grateful for the friendship and patronage of all the people who have trusted us over the past four decades and we look forward to many more years in beautiful Coral Gables” she said.
One of their daughters is Mary Snow, executive director o the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
“My parents aren’t ones to celebrate their accomplishments, but I think they should be,” she said. “They’ve had a great career on the Mile seeing all the changes on the street and they’ve weathered the tough times as well as flourished in the heyday.”
She said her parents are on their third generation of customers.
“Even if they’ve moved away, they continue to remain customers,” Mary Snow said.
The Snows are graduate gemologists and Judy Snow was the first female graduate gemologist in the state, their daughter said.
Eddie Snow said that in 1974, he and his wife thought they would find easy success in their new jewelry store in Coral Gables.
“We soon discovered there was no miracle on Miracle Mile, but we kept at it six days a week. We worked hard, built a strong clientele based on fair prices, excellent customer service and ethical treatment of everyone in our business and personal lives,” he said.
“There have been many exciting positive changes in our city over the past several decades. We find the economy is improving from the most recent downturn, people are optimistic and, of course, Coral Gables is on a major roll. After 40 years, I still look forward to throwing the latch and turning the lights on each morning.”
EVENING ON THE PLAZA
Four deserving and dedicated local leaders were honored at “An Evening on the Plaza” hosted by the Coral Gables Museum. More than 200 people attended the annual fundraising event held on the beautifully decorated open-air Giralda Plaza on Aragon.
Honored with Community Achievement Awards were David Evensky, Thelma Gibson, H.T. Smith and Judith Weissel. Attendees also helped raise $25,000 to support the museum’s educational programs, events and exhibits.
“The evening exemplified everything the museum teaches through our exhibits and programs — a celebration of our shared heritage, activism, respect for the past and a vision for the future,” said Christine Rupp, director of the Coral Gables Museum. “One out-of-town guest even remarked that it was a pleasure to be at an event where the honorees were people, ‘who really deserved to be honored,’” she said.
Wayne “Chip” Withers, chairman of the Coral Gables Museum, said, that “while each honoree has a different passion and focus, they all are very successful individuals.”
Check out www.coralgablesmuseum.org for more, including the Holiday Concert on the Museum Plaza, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19. The concert is free and donations are appreciated.
MIGRANT CHILDREN VISIT TEMPLE
Throughout the year, Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) committee members and Dr. Ella Levy, director of Congregational Learning, are pairing each grade level with age-appropriate charitable organizations.
Recently, they planned special learning days for the festival of Sukkot. During Sukkot, Jews around the world bring together family and community to acknowledge their blessings and the bounties of fruits and vegetables.
Representatives of the Migrant Education Program were invited to teach students in grades 4-6 about the struggles of South Florida migrant children and their families.
A few days later, 28 migrant children visited Bet Shira for lunch with the students and they learned all about the agriculture significance of Sukkot from teacher Sara Horton. After lunch, all the children played sports games outside.
Mallory Blum gave guests a full tour of the synagogue and explained some of the Jewish rituals and customs. Carol Stein, Horton and other Bet Shira Tikkum Olam committee members created an atmosphere of sharing and learning in this community outreach program. Congratulations to Shirley Williams for coordinating the successful event.
CELEBRATE WINTER SOLSTICE
Bundle up and go out to see the stars and planets at the next free viewing event hosted by the Southern Cross Astros, 4:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center on Southwest 176th Street, half a mile west of Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay. There will be safe solar viewing available at 4:30 p.m.
Bring your own picnic to the campfire, 6-7 p.m., and visit the site’s classrooms for a photo gallery organized by the Southern Cross Astros. Books are available by donation.
The Star Party is at 8 p.m. and members will set up their hi-tech equipment for guests to focus on the winter stars, nebulas, galaxies and Jupiter. Be sure to bring your chairs, blankets, jackets, bug repellant, snacks and your own binoculars and telescopes. As you approach, be careful to dim your car lights. No flashlights, lanterns, alcohol or pets allowed. For more call 305-661-1375or visit www.scas.org.
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