Chatting With Sociable Father-Daughter Duo Wayne & Kate Addessi of Addessi Jewelers

Growing up, Wayne Addessi, owner of Addessi Jewelers in Ridgefield, Conn., worked part time in his father’s jewelry stores. But his first official day in the business came as a surprise to his dad, Rick, who at the time owned the business with his brother, John. “He had been asking me to work there, and one day I put on a jacket and tie and just came in and surprised him,” Wayne recalls. “It would be a while before I was sure about joining the business, but I thought it was kind of a cool place to work.” The career stuck, and “as time passed, my dad and I grew in a lot of ways together—I worked with him every day for most of his life.” Rick passed away in 2013 (eight years after John passed), but his legacy, which includes building lasting relationships with customers, lives on in Wayne and his daughter, 23-year-old Kate Addessi. Kate, who’s currently finishing a degree

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