I started working in the jewelry industry when I was 15. It wasn’t planned or even a thought to sell jewelry but my sister Michelle was working at Breault’s Jewelry in New Richmond and planned to quit and go to WITC for college. She asked me if I wanted to take over her job. As you see I said yes and it started a journey that I love! I worked for two jewelry stores learning from reading books, manuals, and apprenticeship. After both of them went out of business because of high overhead I opened “The Jewelry Shop” in 1997 in a 200 square foot room in “Doc Epley’s” building; an old historic house on East 3rd Street. Throughout the next 11 years, I would move from the house to a larger location downtown on South Knowles Avenue then heading South to the Munson Plumbing Building and finally ending up in Heidi’s Hallmark in 2010 when they expanded. In 2015 we created a new logo and renamed the business “Beth’s Jewelry Shop”. Customers always said that when someone asked them where to go for jewelry they just said to go to Beth’s so it made the most sense to add my name to the name of the shop.
In July of this year, we unfortunately were told that Heidi’s Hallmark was closing in July due to a lack of business. We needed to make the decision to move or stay and expand the shop. With the encouragement of friends, customers, and family and through prayer we decided to go forward with the expansion from a 500 square foot space to close to 1200 square feet. Now we are able to serve more customers and expand jewelry lines, as well as, an expanded bridal selection.
The biggest addition for us is the pork! Our family raises Hereford pigs and sells pork at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market every weekend throughout the Summer. Our customers have been asking if we have a retail location so we decided to add two commercial freezers at the shop and have all of our pork products available at the shop and the Farmer’s Market. We are now Your Home for Bacon and Bling!