Jeweler Celebrates 80 Years

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By: 
Mike Drew
Goodman's Jewelers celebrates 80 years in business.

Goodman's Jewelers is celebrating an important milestone this weekend: its 80th anniversary.   

Founded in 1933, the shop is the legacy of two brothers: Robert and Irwin Goodman.

After its founding in the middle of the Great Depression, Goodman’s grew to be a thriving and vital part of the Madison business community, renowned not just for providing excellent jewelry, but also for making generous and important donations of funding support to many community staples. 

The Goodman brothers stood apart in the community as two of the most socially proactive entrepreneurs around, having made substantial contributions in multiple parts of Dane County life.  A list of all the contributions Goodman's has made to the community would take pages, but a few highly visible organizations are the Goodman Community Center and the Robert and Irwin Goodman South Branch Library, both of which bear the family name to this day.

The store itself was eventually passed down to the only family the Goodman brothers trusted enough to continue their legacy - their loyal employee, John Hayes. 

“Bob and Irwin were the best that I had ever worked for,” said Hayes. “The staff was their family.” 

John proudly continues the Goodman's legacy of donations, annually sponsoring the fist 500 children to attend their namesake pool, along with maintaining donations to the United Way and other charities. 

John also keeps himself busy when he's not running one of the most respected Jewelry shops in downtown Madison through membership in multiple community groups like Rotary and the United Way.  He also keeps up with his gardening, walking with his wife Cathy, and spending time with their children and rescue dogs, Bree the bulldog and Maxwell the basset hound.

The store will be celebrating its 80th anniversary weekend with sales on many items on October 4 and 5 and all are encouraged to attend, even if to only wish the staff well on their business’ next 80 years. 

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