Jack Menashe has lived in Seattle for sixty-eight years… Jack attended Franklin High School, Highline College, and The University of Washington. Jacks beginning and mentouring from the jewelry world was through his uncle Mark Rose who worked for Weisfields in South Center. He asked Jack to come and work for him in the 60’s. Jack started as a box boy reorganizing the back room at sixteen years old. In his spare moments he would listen to his uncle Sell… Soon thereafter listening to his uncle sell Jack new sales were ingrained in his DNA. Jack has always been honest and has a kindness towards people and community. His motto is treat people with Honesty and respect.
In 1971, he married his wife Linda Michelotti from West Seattle. Two years later they purchased Teague Jewelers, a small established jewelry store in West Seattle. His kindness to his customers and community kept business ever increasing. In the 1990’s he decided to remodel. The store is three times the original size. He bought both businesses on either side of the jewelry store, which now has the largest inventory in the northwest. “If you have a large enough selection they don’t have to go anywhere else.”
Jack has four grown children, three sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren. He loves the community he is so heavily involved with: his church, Seattle Lutheran High School, donating to all local auctions and events. Two out of Jack’s four children are jewelers, the oldest Joshua his right hand man and his one and only the youngest, Joanna. Jacob his second oldest son is a realtor and Jack Jr. a teacher at Seattle Lutheran High School.
Jack’s generosity is known to all. Seattle has been so good to him that they decorate their home at Christmas for others to enjoy. Jack shares with his wife Linda often, “I have lived the American dream.” From where he started as a box boy to the owner of an established jewelry store. He often tells his wife,
“I would love for my parents to be alive and walk into our store and to our waterfront home. I would love to give my father a Rolex watch and give out any jewels my mother would want. God has been good to us and our customers and the West Seattle Community.”
Menashe and Sons... and The Clock
Since the turn of the 20th century, a towering street clock has represented the presence of the neighborhood fine jewelry store. By the 1920's, street clocks had become prominent features along many of Seattle's streetscapes, and their numbers led some observers to refer to Seattle as the "City of Clocks."
As newer forms of advertising, particularly neon lighting, became more effective and fashionable, the popularity of street clocks waned and were removed from the city streets. Today, just nine clocks remain standing in the city of Seattle.
When Jack Menashe opened Menashe and Sons in 1973, he restored the West Seattle neighborhood clock to its original glory. Over the years, the clock has become an historic landmark and West Seattle icon. Menashe and Sons is proud to be one of the last remaining owners of this landmark symbol of tradition and community.