Member Profile: Skalitzky Jewelers, Sun Prairie, WI
Welcome to Skalitzky Jewelers, a fine jewelry store that offers a full-service jewelry repair and custom design department with locations in Sun Prairie and Waunakee, WI. They have been in business since 1982 currently employing 6 full-time and 3 part-time employees. Bill Skalitzky remembers being a 15- year old boy when he came home from a night out with friends. His parents were having a dinner party and one of their guests was a Sun Prairie jeweler. He was a comical man who was cracking jokes and Bill tossed a few back at him. Later, the jeweler told Bill’s parents he wanted to hire him. Bill applied for the job and has been in the industry since. He started his schooling by becoming a certified watch maker and then proceeded to jewelry repair. And the rest is history.
Bill firmly believes that to do things successfully you need to have training, hard work, and sweat. Principles that have helped with the success, growth, and continuity of his business are a simple recipe: Honesty, integrity, community outreach and involvement, and staying humble. It is important to learn, “all that you have learned is a minuscule part of what you will continue to learn over your career.” Our industry is ever-changing, and we have to change with it.
One of the biggest challenges Skalitzky’s, or any jewelry store for that fact, faced was the recession. It was an interesting experience, a bit stressful, but a very good learning experience. Skalitzky’s was able to make the necessary changes and came out of the recession expanding their business to a new location. Custom design work has become a specialty at Skalitzky’s as well as custom designed and custom faceted gemstones.
On a personal note, when Bill and his wife, Jane, aren’t running the business, they enjoy spending time with their blended family of 5 children and 7 grandchildren. Bill also enjoys caring for and playing on his 5-acre golf course, aka his back yard. His course is called “Cabin on the Green”. The cabin is an 1846 oak log cabin that his Grandfather lived in as a boy. The building has been restored by his Father and now by Bill. Every spring, the cabin is opened up to all the 2nd-grade students in the Sun Prairie Area School District for their local history field trip. There are days when 200 students will pass through this tiny cabin to learn a little about their neighbors that settled the area of East Bristol (between Columbus and Sun Prairie).