America’s 10 Oldest Jewelers: Saboe Jewelry

Saboe Jewelry Since 1854 102 S. Vine St. West Union, Iowa 563-422-5364  Saboe Jewelry has been a fixture on the main street of West Union, Iowa, for more than 150 years. Originally opened by a man named William Parrott in 1854, the store has seen several changes of ownership and was taken over by Orville Saboe, the father of current owner Ron Saboe, in 1949. After working at the store in high school and taking a career detour in industrial engineering to design rock crushers, Ron returned to the business, buying out his father in 1983. He’s been there ever since, and, despite competition from the Internet and big-box stores, enjoys a steadfast loyalty from generations of Iowans. —Martha C. White "If I can sketch it, we can get it made.” —Ron Saboe Repair work is less flashy, but it’s dependable—and a skill worth having. “I went to watchmaking school in St. Pa

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