America’s 10 Oldest Jewelers: Nelson Coleman Jewelers

Nelson Coleman Jewelers Since 1856 307 E. Joppa Road Towson, Md. 410-494-0080 As a sixth-generation owner and general manager of Nelson Coleman Jewelers in Towson, Md., Amanda Coleman-Phelps takes the reins on a business that shuttled back and forth between Munich and the greater Washington, D.C., region before settling in Baltimore more than 100 years ago. In 2002, the store made the move to the suburbs of Baltimore—a hard decision, given the family’s long history in the city, according to Coleman-Phelps, but a practical one that offered the store’s customer base easier access and better parking. “A lot of our clientele had moved up this way,” she says. “I’d say that we’re actually going back to our roots by being innovative and diversifying and taking on more risk.”  "What’s your legacy? What are you going to contribute?” —Amanda C

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