Block Brothers Jewelers was established by the Block family in South Bend in 1922. It was the fourth store opened in the chain of jewelry stores operated by the Block family in Columbus, Ohio, Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Brothers Lou and Saul operated the store in South Bend. An article in the “South Bend News-Times” announcing the opening of the store said “no expense has been spared to give the public the highest class store obtainable.” Mahogany shelves lined the walls. They carried $75,000 worth of jewelry, silverware, cut glass, and ivory. Their tag line was “South Bend’s Finest Jeweler.” Lou Block served on the Board of Trustees and as President of Temple Beth-El from 1953-1955.
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