By Heather Lusk
After 41 years in business, Jewel Box Jewelers owners Phillip and Regina Owens are retiring and moving to Florida. They will be selling the company to David Haug, who has worked for many luxury jewelry brands as well as Hofmeister Personal Jewelers and Midwest Estate Jewelers and Buyers.
Phillip Owens emphasized that he and not Jewel Box Jewelers is retiring.
“I appreciate my customers’ loyalty over the years,” he said. “Under the new ownership of David Haug, Jewel Box Jewelers will continue to serve its customers with the same level of care and quality that it has for all of these years.”
Owens said that the location and staff will remain the same. He has been at the current location since 1984 in a building that previously housed Southside Market, several restaurants and a floor covering company. The second floor that the Owens’ converted to a living space once housed a dentist office. It will soon become a law office.
Haug will take over on May 1 after a quiet final day for the Owens.
“We’ll miss our customers,” Regina Owens said. “We’ve formed friendships.”
Phillip Owens, who has seen a transformation of Main Street over the years, will miss seeing the next phase of changes. But he’s ready for retirement.
“I’m not going to do anything for at least six months,” he said.
The couple still owns the building and will make themselves available to their customers through the new owners if necessary. But Phillip Owens is confident that the new ownership will be successful.
“David is an A+ person, people are going to like him,” he said. “He’s very enthusiastic.”
Until the official transfer date, everything in the store is marked half price. Phillip Owens said that will allow Haug to bring in his own inventory.
Haug plans to update the bridal selection. “That will be one of the bigger focuses,” he said.
He also expects to bring in a couple of new brands, and with his background in watches, will probably expand that area. But overall Haug appreciates what currently exists at the store.
“I want to keep a lot of the flair of what is already there,” he said.
Coming back to Main Street is something that Haug is eager to do.
“It’s a fun little town, nice people, good people,” he said. “They fill the streets on a Saturday morning. They shop local.”