Here’s a business that keeps a low profile, but is successful enough to be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014. Hilltop Glass, at 1588 Compton Rd, is owned by Cindy Jurcenko.
When you walk in the shop, you feel a sense of the history of Mt. Healthy around you. The high decorative pressed-tin ceiling and imposing wooden front counter give the feel of a business that predates chain stores. Evidence of many jobs: pieces of glass cut for picture frames, mirrors, windows are neatly stacked waiting for pickup.
Mt. Healthy has been home to skilled tradespeople since the early 1800s. Back then it was coopers, making barrels out of the native white oak trees, which were packed full of pork and shipped off to distant markets, or filled with apple cider for home and tavern use. There were blacksmiths and wagon makers. Today, there is enough need for glass work that Ms. Jurcenko, who learned the glazier’s trade in the 1980s in W. Virginia, has a staff of five to fill orders. She is ably assisted in the office by Gwen Cummins; the two of them greet customers with a wonderful spirit of friendly helpfulness.
Ms. Jurcenko says that good customer service is a top priority for her, reflected in an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” in 2013. She feels that the shop, of which she took ownership three years ago, has been a true blessing. It’s not just about repairing and installing and cutting glass; she likes contributing to the community by being able to offer this service and jobs.