In the four years that I’ve been writing and producing the MBIP blog, lots of traditions and yearly events have become a staple of this online publication and one of them is my yearly “Speedshopping” visits to Kevin Kelly Jewelers. For those of you that may have recently moved here or if you live under a rock, Kevin Kelly Jewelers is one of the oldest and friendliest family-owned jewelry stores right here in Peoria. They have all kinds of quality and elegant merchandise, plus in-store service and repair, appraisals, gold-buying, engagement and wedding jewelry consultation and much, much more.
You know, I just realized something, in that first paragraph I mentioned, “people who live under a rock.” I just thought of something, if you actually do live under a rock, you probably can’t afford jewelry and I really don’t know how the hell you’re getting internet service to read this, since you live under a rock (which kind of creeps me out), so this doesn’t apply to you at all. Just go back under your stinking rock and leave us alone, please and thank you! Alright, we now return to this blog post already in progress...
Anyhoo, what all this is leading to is at least once a year, usually on Mother’s Day, I stop by Kevin Kelly Jewelers and do what I like to call, “Speedshopping.” I’m not a very good shopper and always like to get it done quickly and at Kevin Kelly Jewelers, they’re very accommodating to special needs shoppers like myself (unless, of course, you live under a rock!) I’ve turned this into a yearly event at their store and let’s review what’s happened in trips from the past!
May 8, 2013
Kevin’s wife Maureen assisted me on this maiden voyage of our Kevin Kelly Speedshopping expeditions and our shopping time that day was: Seven minutes.
May 7, 2014
A year later, Kevin’s son Dan decided to help me in the second year of our Speedshopping trips and he got a little assist from Melissa towards the end and their combined time was: Eight minutes and forty seconds. A little bit of a slide backwards, but they did take time to gift wrap it, so it’s still impressive.
May 4, 2016
Somehow I missed doing this in the year 2015...oh okay, i was living under a rock. Don’t judge, I’m sure you’ve had tough times too, the important thing is I got back on my feet and out from under the rock and in 2016 I was back at Kevin Kelly Jewelers for my speedshopping experience. This year Kevin’s daughter, Mary was in charge and she really did an impressive job! The total shopping time for that day was: Six minutes and fifty three seconds! A speed shopping record! Can this record be beaten this year? Well we’ll soon find out as we begin this year’s, Kevin Kelly Speedshopping Experience, The 2017 Mother’s Day Edition!
The 2017 Kevin Kelly Jewelers Speedshopping Experience (Hey, that wouldn’t be a bad name for a band!)
One of the many great things about Kevin Kelly Jewelers is that it’s located about two minutes away from the MBIP World Headquarters! Here we are!
As we enter there’s a sign for just one of The Mother’s Day specials going on here, a Pearl Drop Necklace for under a hundred bucks! Wow, that’s so affordable, even some luckless bastard living under a rock could afford it! Hey, that should be Kevin Kelly Jewelers new advertising slogan: “Prices so low, even a luckless bastard living under a rock can afford them!” No need to thank me for that Kevin, it’s what I do! Okay, let’s take the annual obligatory mirror shot and go inside and begin this year’s speedshopping experience.
Things are busy over at the front counter and there’s Mary on the phone over in that glass office area. Let’s let things calm down in here and take a quick look around before we start the speedshopping event.
As you can see, it’s really spacious in here and there’s lots of jewelry cases to peruse in here.
This is quality merchandise and there’s a full-service repair and customizing department in the back, so your jewelry is always gets a custom-fit here and can be tweaked to perfection! And as you can see from the last photo, they even have free gift-wrapping!
Meanwhile, back at the front counter, it looks like we’re about ready for this year’s speedshopping event! This year Kevin himself is stepping up to the plate and he and Mary are going to be helping me with my Mother’s Day speedshopping. Okay, time to set the MBIP stopwatch and let this year’s speedshopping begin!
Holy freaking smokes! They’ve already got a whole selection ready for me and the standout is that Pearl Drop necklace. It’s really beautiful and elegant. Plus you get a certificate with it!
Here’s Melissa showing us the necklace. Very beautiful! And so is the necklace! And I have to confess that this year we cheated just a little bit, I called in advance and spoke with Melissa and she set up the whole display for us to choose from. But hey, you can do that too, so it’s still a speedshopping reality experience! And check it out, Melissa’s writing down all the information about the necklace for me, how’s that for wonderful service! According to her notes, this is a sixteen inch Cultured South Sea Pearl Drop Necklace. This is the Mother’s Day Special item this year and if you need a last minute affordable gift, stop in and have your own speedshopping experience at Kevin Kelly Jewelers! Speaking of speedshopping, this year’s trip timed out to...
Three minutes and forty seven seconds! It’s a new record! Thanks to Kevin, Mary and Melissa for another great Mother’s Day speedshopping experience! It was a fun time and wonderful to see all of you again! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
7501 N. University Sreet
Suite 114 (In the Pioneer Shopping Center)