Al McCarty Jewel­ers ex­perts at re­pair

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS SHOWCASE -

Al McCarty Jewel­ers, in Rogers, has been in busi­ness 102 years and orig­i­nally started as a watch re­pair shop in He­lena in 1915 by Al McCarty’s grand­fa­ther, who passed it down to his fa­ther, who in turn passed it down to Al, who opened his first jewelry store in 1971, in He­lena.

In 1979, the store moved to Rogers by virtue of a rec­om­men­da­tion from a jewelry sales­man, and it has been in North­west Arkansas ever since.

A.V. McCarty IV now runs the store, along with his mother, Carolyn, and is the fourth gen­er­a­tion to run the fam­ily jewelry busi­ness.

“Now, we fo­cus mainly on re­pair­ing of jewelry and cus­tomiz­ing and mounts,” McCarty said. “That’s what we’ve tran­si­tioned into here in Rogers, and it’s our bread and but­ter.”

Orig­i­nally, the store was in down­town Rogers, but moved to the cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Wal­nut Street in the late 1980s.

McCarty has the tools and re­sources to fix al­most any type of jewelry imag­in­able, and does ev­ery­thing on the premises.

“I’ve got to see it first, but I can fix al­most any­thing,” McCarty added. “I’ve now got a laser welder that can help me fix cos­tume jewelry that I used to not be able to fix. I can also do eye­glasses now. If you bring in all your old jewelry, we’ll put it in some­thing new. We’ll find a ring or pen­dant or ear­rings and put your stones into it.”

The only thing that is sent off and not worked on by McCarty in the store are watches, but they are sent to a lo­cal res­i­dent who lives on Beaver Lake and works on them.

“We got started in this busi­ness do­ing watches, and now we re­ally only deal with bat­ter­ies, bands, and links nowa­days,” noted McCarty.

Al McCarty Jewel­ers is lo­cated at 1041 W. Wal­nut, in Rogers, and they are open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on Sat­ur­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, they can be reached at (479) 636-7319, or on­line at mc­car­tys­jew­

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