Downtown stores see a rebirth

SANDUSKY Jim Bertsch remembers when people would stroll down Columbus Avenue in the evenings to browse the shops and watch th
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Jim Bertsch remembers when people would stroll down Columbus Avenue in the evenings to browse the shops and watch the passers-by.

That was in the 1950s and '60s, but it's an image becoming familiar to downtown once again.

A combination of new businesses alongside family-run stores that have been anchors for ages is invigorating Sandusky's downtown.

Bertsch, 75, is the owner of James A. Bertsch Jewelers, 101 W. Market St., which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. His daughter, Michelle Bertsch-Herold, 47, is the store's vice president.

Bertsch has been in the jewelry business for more than 50 years.

Sitting in his shop on a crisp summer morning, Jim Bertsch points along the street and describes where old city offices and shops used to be.

"Then along came the mall," Bertsch said.

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