Worthington Jewelers, located in the Columbus suburb of Worthington, Ohio, will open a new expansion in November that will triple the size of its current showroom.
“We started out as a small custom jeweler,” Joe Davis, the managing partner of the store, tells JCK. “Our current showroom hasn’t been able to contain us for several years now.”
Davis and his business partner Bob Capace purchased the store more than 11 years ago when it was a failing business. It didn’t take too long for the pair to turn the store’s fortunes around. “I remember calling him up after our first $1,000 day,” says Davis. “We went out for drinks—it was such as huge milestone for us.”
The store is still best known for its custom and repair jobs—work that makes up 85 percent of its grosses. Capace noted in a statement that the company’s green initiative of buying gold jewelry and refurbishing it or transforming it into new creation is also factor in the company’s growth.
Their efforts haven’t escaped attention, as their store was recently on the Columbus Business First’s 2011 “Fast 50” list of central Ohio’s fastest-growing companies. The store was the only jewelry retailer in the greater Columbus area to make the list. “We keep pinching ourselves and are waiting to wake up,” says Davis. “We hear so much bad news about the economy throughout the country, so this really just blew us away.”
Digital rendering of Worthington Jewelers’ expansion
Davis and Capace plan to run 10 days of special events leading up to Nov. 18 when they will debut their 3,000-square-foot expansion. They will host events that cater to the local business community, as well as the press, but the day they are most looking forward to is the one when they’ll honor the customers that have been with Worthington since the beginning.
“It’ll be fun to look back at where we started and celebrate with them,” says Davis.