MJ Jewelers in Monroe closes for two months for medical reasons

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Jose Landi of MJ Jewelers in downtown Monroe recently got some shocking news. It turns out he has three cranial aneurysms that have to be repaired. He said he was fortunate that these were discovered before any of them burst. The aneurysms were found while he was undergoing treatment for an injury to his arm.

“The doctor says it was a gift that they were found. Last year I had an injury to my arm,” Landi said, explaining that he told the doctor after that he was experiencing pain to his head and neck. The pain had him visiting several different doctors in an attempt to find the cause of the pain. “So finally we did an MRI and that was when they found the aneurysms.”

Although Landi is concerned about what is major brain surgery to clip and repair the aneurysms, he said he’s also very concerned about his customers. He has caught up any orders that were on hand but will have to close the shop for a couple of months to recover. Friday was his last day at the store pending the surgery

“I will be in the hospital for at least a week and so I may be closed for six, maybe eight, weeks. My biggest concern is to let my customers know it will be temporary,” he said, promising he will be back in time to fulfill any Christmas orders. “Most of my loyal customers already know about it. I will put updates on the webpage and Facebook on when to expect me back.”

Landi said initially he may just be back for a couple of hours a day or a couple of days a week, but the details on times and dates will be posted on the Facebook page and the webpage, both which currently carry a notification that he expects to be back on Sept. 25, 2018.

Jose Landi, owner of MJ Jewelers in downtown Monroe, Ga. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Landi, who has operated MJ Jewelers on North Broad Street in downtown Monroe after opening more than four years ago, said he loves the area and the customers he has come to know over the years.

“It has been good here. I have met a lot of nice people and really enjoy being here,” he said. “I want them all to know I’m still here and will be back as soon as I can.”

Landi, a third-generation jeweler, moved to the United States from Ecuador and continued the family business, first with a Jewelry store in New York before the whole family moved to Georgia. When he opened in Monroe in April of 2014, Landi was operating two stores, one in Dacula and one in Monroe. He has since closed the one in Dacula to be able to focus on the store in Monroe.

Tuesday, Landi will be having the surgery at Emory Hospital. He would like prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery, and for the community to remember that it is just a temporary closure of the shop. He will be back in operation in time to fulfill any orders, including those that may be needed in time for Christmas.

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