Beachcombing

By: 
Jay Beeler

She was known as the “Queen of Kindness” by her many friends, deservedly so. Janice Krantz, 73, passed away on April 30 and a celebration of life was held for her on May 28 at Our Lady of Refuge church, attended by a crowd estimated at 950 family members and friends.

Jan was the owner of J&L Jewelry at 1823 Ximeno Avenue, established in 1991. The initials derived from her son, Josh, and daughter, Lauren. She was married to Mike Krantz, a golf instructor and real estate loan officer.

I met Jan through the Executives Association of Long Beach, as a fellow member of the business networking group founded 100 years ago. In her classification talks she would describe getting into the jewelry business after attending Long Beach City College and working at Art Noda Jewelry, where she learned the trade.

She would develop a reputation for her kindness and generosity, helping anyone in need. J&L has been a long-time supporter of the Beachcomber’s Long Beach Treasures and Best of Long Beach contests, which J&L won every year in the jewelry store category since the contest was created.

Through the years there were setbacks to the business, starting with looting during the 1992 riots over the Rodney King verdict, a 2012 robbery, a 2015 “crash and grab” incident and 2020 looting over the George Floyd incident. Through it all, Jan stayed positive and – true to her faith – forgiving.

She was diagnosed with cancer in December 2020 and fought bravely to the end. I’ll remember her fondly for many years to come while wearing a J&L Jewelry watch my wife purchased from Jan as a 2011 birthday present as well as my wedding ring, which Jan had resized so it would better fit my chubby finger.

The kiss that followed will be forever cherished. Love you, Jan. Rest in peace.

 

A reader recently reminded us of the Burma Shave signs seen along America’s two-lane roads before we had interstate highways. The popular shaving cream company’s signs included a four-line couplet followed by the words “Burma Shave.” For example:

DON’T STICK YOUR ELBOW, OUT SO FAR, IT MAY GO HOME, IN ANOTHER CAR. Burma Shave

DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD, TO GAIN A MINUTE, YOU NEED YOUR HEAD, YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT. Burma Shave

DROVE TOO LONG, DRIVER SNOOZING, WHAT HAPPENED NEXT, IS NOT AMUSING. Burma Shave

BROTHER SPEEDER, LET’S REHEARSE, ALL TOGETHER, GOOD MORNING, NURSE. Burma Shave

AROUND THE CURVE, LICKETY-SPLIT, BEAUTIFUL CAR, WASN’T IT? Burma Shave

AT INTERSECTIONS, LOOK EACH WAY, A HARP SOUNDS NICE, BUT IT’S HARD TO PLAY. Burma Shave

THE ONE WHO DRIVES, WHEN HE’S BEEN DRINKING, DEPENDS ON YOU, TO DO HIS THINKING. Burma Shave

PASSING SCHOOL ZONE, TAKE IT SLOW, LET OUR LITTLE, SHAVERS GROW. Burma Shave

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