Day’s Jewelers Wins Family Business Award

On June 3, Day’s Jewelers, the eight-store jewelry chain based in Waterville, Maine, received the 2019 Renys Large Business Award from the Institute for Family-Owned Business.

The award was given out as part of the group’s 20th annual Maine Family Business Awards. The honors are given to Maine firms that demonstrate excellence in family involvement, business success, and commitment to employees, customers, and community, according to a report in Mainebiz.

The event drew 157 nominations. Thirty-two semifinalists competed to receive seven awards. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges.

In accepting the award, Day’s Jewelers vice president of marketing and chairman Jeff Corey dedicated it to his parents.

“Robert and Enid Corey…spent a lifetime mentoring their seven children on how to manage the trials and tribulations of a family business,” he said. “Thank you Mom and Dad for your patient guidance and love.”

Day’s currently has a staff of 125 and eight locations across Maine and New Hampshire. The jeweler was founded in Portland, Maine, in 1914.

The Corey family purchased the business 30 years ago.

This is not the first award the chain has won: In 2018, it was named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine by the Society for Human Resource Management, part of the Maine State Council. It was the fourth year in a row the company has taken home that title.


Award winners
All the award winners at the Institute for Family-Owned Business event. Jeff and Cathy Corey are in the middle.

The event was held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine. The Institute for Family-Owned Business is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of family-owned businesses in the state of Maine.

From left: Day’s co-owners Jeff Corey, Cathy Corey, and their son and vice president of store operations Joseph Corey, accept the award from the Institute of Family-Owned Business on June 3 (images courtesy of Day’s Jewelers; credit: Brian Peterson).

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