don't golf, I don't play bridge.
This is my hobby. I enjoy meeting people." says Jack Mosel, founder
Mosel was started by Jack Mosel and has
been in business since 1945. It started as a small general store on St-Laurent
Boulevard and quickly expanded into a larger department store, located
on Bleury Street, and eventually settling into it's current award-winning
location on Boulevard Jean-Talon West (Grand Prize Winner of Commerce
Design de Montréal 2000).
The first store sold almost everything
from razor blades, hockey sticks to electric guitars. They sold watches
and a wide assortment of products catering mostly to the sailors from
the port of Montréal. Not long after thry added a wholesale division
and even had salesmen on the road.
In the 1960's, Jack Mosel opened a new
store on Bleury Street near St-Catherine and expanded his product lines.
The Bleury location now had a large jewellrey section, electronics and
camera department and of course watches. This store quickly became a landmark
in Montréal and everyone knew of Mosel.
In 1971, Jack left the downtown core
of Montréal to relocate near the Blue Bonnets race track. There
once again Mosel diversifed with a large luggage section. In 1992 Mosel's
moved again to our current location at 4048 Jean-Talon West.
Today, Mosel has built it's reputation
as the place to go for luxury goods with high-end products such as TAG
Heuer watches, Montblanc writing instruments, Swarovski Crystal, Lladro
porcelein figurines and assorted leather goods and giftware from around
Today, Jack Mosel's family is a part
of the business. In addition to Jack and his son Howard, Jack's wife
Dorothy, his daughter Donna also work in the store.
At 90, Jack could have retired years
ago, but he simply prefers to keep working. "I think it's what has
kept him going", says Howard. "And he has made one concession
with age. He leaves at 4:30 instead of closing.