Family Matters

In 1988, Roy Yelton’s part-time passion—selling jewelry—won out over his full-time vocations (police officer and security consultant) and he converted an old down­town drugstore in Hamilton, Ohio, into a jewelry store. After 11?years, Roy added a second store in West Chester, Ohio. But the family quickly discovered that two stores were too much. Roy closed the original Hamilton venue in 2000, and relocated the West Chester store last year. Sadly, he died just 10 days before the grand re-opening in late October 2009. But his wife, JoAnn, his son Mark, and Mark’s wife, Tina, are keeping his dream alive.In the beginning…Mark: My dad actually became really interested [in the jewelry business] after investigating an individual in the area to be sure he wasn’t selling stolen jewelry. My dad and another police officer posed as customers. After learning the guy was legit and had a v

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