North Star: Talking to Josh and Theresa Kiemele of Westley’s Jewelry in Bismarck, N.D.



Josh Kiemele took a detour on his way to accounting school and hasn’t looked back sinceJosh Kiemele, second-generation jeweler at Westley’s Jewelry in Bismarck, N.D., inherited his dad’s mechanical mind—and love of working with his hands. While still in high school, Josh started repairing clocks at the now 77-year-old store his parents, Rick and Theresa Kiemele, took over in 1983. “I was going to school for accounting, and I realized along the way that I didn’t want to be an accountant,” Josh recalls. “I preferred making things and working with my hands. We do a lot of custom work at the store. So I learned from Rick how to carve models, how to set stones, how to fix watches and clocks. That seemed more exciting to me than doing bookwork.” He officially joined the family business in 1994, taking over a chunk of the custom design and repair services (the shop boasts a b
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