The Goltz Group announces that the City of Chicago has honored local business entrepreneur Jay Goltz, by proclaiming the stretch of Clybourn Avenue by Kenmore Street, “Honorary Jay Goltz Way.” Thirty years ago Jay Goltz was the first retail pioneer on “the Clybourn Corridor,” when the area was better known for drag racing and abandoned buildings.
It was 1978 when Mr. Goltz opened Artists Frame Service, a Chicago icon that has become the largest picture frame store in the country. Following on that success Mr. Goltz opened the nationally-acclaimed home furnishings store Jayson Home & Garden, and a full service art gallery and art consultancy, Chicago Art Source.
“Mr. Goltz has demonstrated exemplary corporate and civic leadership and a commitment to improving the neighborhood;” said Alderman Scott Waguespack of the 32nd Ward of the City of Chicago, proclaiming the stretch of Clybourn at Kenmore, “Honorary Jay Goltz Way.”
Mr. Goltz, who continues to develop his businesses at his Clybourn location, says, “In an environment where small businesses are more challenged than ever, I’m honored to have a city block named after me. It is especially gratifying since my retail career began at the age of five just a few blocks from here at my grandparents’ and parents’ dime store on Armitage.”
Alderman Waguespack announced the proclamation and unveiled the new street sign on Friday evening to the loud cheers of Jay Goltz’ 100+ employees who were attending a Goltz Group holiday party at Artists Frame Service.