Joel and Avi started Olympian in 1991 out of an office measuring about 15 feet by 6 feet, not counting the doorway. We had a fax machine, an old safe the size of a washing machine, shuttered windows facing the other side of the building, and we were good to go. As we grew over the years, we never forgot our humble beginnings and how much our customers means to us. We answered our own phones then, and we still personally take care of our phone calls (and emails, Facebook messages…) now.
In 1995, we moved to our present location facing Lake Michigan and have had a bird’s eye view as the lakefront has become a treasure, and Olympian has established its reputation for personal service, great values, and sensitivity to our customer’s needs. 1997 was a busy year when we annexed the office next door (and computerized!) to set the stage for growth that has continued until today.For Olympian, the new Millennium was pivotal. In 2001, we were joined by Aleah Siegel Arundale. Aleah had just graduated with honors from Loyola University, but fortunately for Olympian (and our industry), she followed her calling going back five generations as scion of a Michigan jewelry family. Selling diamonds on the road taught her endless jewelry selling tips which she shares in a 12,000 member strong (and extremely loved) weekly newsletter. Aleah’s creativity and dedication to retail jewelers is truly legendary. She is a regular contributor to every major jewelry magazine and her endless love of retail jewelers led her to create the largest group of retail jewelers in America: a Facebook group called “Jewelers Helping Jewelers” which connects 15,000 jewelers in real time, 24/7. Aleah’s husband is a patent attorney who enjoys camping out and craft beer, when he is not helping keep up with their young son and daughter.