What a Butte! Montana’s Keenan Jewelers Celebrates 60 Years

Keenan’s celebrates 60 years of bejeweling Big Sky country Ryan Lee, a third-generation retailer at Keenan Jewelers in Butte, Mont., occasionally earns skeptical glances from customers wondering if someone so baby-faced is equipped to sell them diamonds. “He looks so young, people sometimes don’t understand how knowledgeable he is,” says his mother, Rhonda Lee, who owns the store with her brother, Jim Keenan. Ultimately, “they are impressed and surprised that he knows what he knows,” she says. Ryan, who in 2005 joined the business his grandfather founded, is now a jack-of-all-trades, Rhonda says. “He handles the bulk of the bench work, screws in the lightbulbs, doubles as the IT guy—he really does it all.” Jim, who has a full-time job as an engineer for the local water treatment plant but works the bench when things get busy, took Ryan under his wing as a high schooler.

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