It’s All Relative: Rising Sons

In the late 1930s, John H. Epp was a full-time warehouse worker at Piggly Wiggly/Safeway, the nation’s first self-service grocery store, supplementing his income by selling watches and men’s shavers door-to-door. In 1939, he outgrew his briefcase and opened a small shop, and three years later moved operations to Notre Dame Avenue—where Independent ­Jewellers still operates today. John’s son Ernest joined the business in 1970, and Ernest’s sons Jonathan and Jeremy eventually followed suit. With a brand-new location at the Polo Park shopping center, the Epps are hoping to attract a new, youthful clientele with an extensive bridal selection and big-name watches.IN THE BEGINNING… Ernest: After graduating from the university, I began working in the family business doing whatever I could, from licking stamps and sweeping floors to running errands. One of the first things I noticed

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