A Shout Out to Our Employees and Customers – Past and Present

Esther Fortunoff and FamilyOne of the greatest pleasures in my life has been becoming part of the fabric of the community. My grandparents began their married life in the 1920’s in Brooklyn, then moved to Nassau County. My parents established their own home and built the flagship Westbury store in the early 1960’s, in a then groundbreaking vote for the future of Long Island. I still live here, and consider myself a proud Long Islander.

For almost a century, my family has worked hard. We provided employment to thousands of employees along the way; helped young families establish and grow. We have always supported local charities that help to protect the world around us, and the people who live here. I’m honored to carry on this tradition.

As Labor Day and the end of summer approach, I remember the employees who worked at Fortunoff stores. When our staff members or I meet them, or converse with them online, they remember their working experiences fondly, and speak of the professional way my family and our management ran our businesses.

Esther Fortunoff at Jewelry BoutiqueWhen I reopened my boutique three years ago, I felt a sense of excitement at continuing the family legacy. I have a great passion for jewelry, of course, but more importantly, I sensed that our customers missed the connection we had shared.

What I did not realize was just how powerful the response from our customers and well-wishers of all sorts would be.

We re-opened our doors in September 2014 and our customers and neighbors flooded in, each with a story or two about how Fortunoff was part of their own family’s history. There were tears of joy, re-connections between customers and our own staff (from the old Westbury team), and, over and over, the thread common to us all: personal relationships, built on trust and friendship.

Fortunoff Fine Jewelry - staffSo many previous employees have come in also – from the stores throughout the tri-state area. Sometimes they say their Fortunoff jobs were their first – or laid the groundwork for their future careers. They remember and comment on our great employee benefits, the Fortunoff policy to promote from within, the very diverse group of employees who grew with the company, the tuition reimbursement, and the very unusual profit sharing and pension plans.

The foresight of my parents and grandparents helped thousands of families to work and prosper and retire – and enjoy the American dream. I try hard to live up to their example in the business I run today. Thanks to my entire team, and to all of our customers, and enjoy a great weekend off.

Fortunoff Jewelry Store Staff

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