Jew­ellery Fac­tory a rar­ity

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A Q & A with Jonathan Al­li­son, of the Jew­ellery Fac­tory and Aberdeen Gift, two fam­ily-owned re­tail stores lo­cated in South Lan­caster.

What type of prod­ucts do you sell? The Jew­ellery Fac­tory is a full-ser­vice jew­eller, some­thing that is quite rare in the in­dus­try th­ese days. With a staff of ex­perts within the in­dus­try, we are able to cre­ate any­thing you can imag­ine, your bud­get be­ing the only con­straint. Our work ranges from rou­tine main­te­nance to pre­serve jew­ellery, re­pairs of all sorts to re­store jew­ellery, and the abil­ity to cre­ate com­pletely cus­tom one-of-akind items. If you can imag­ine it, we can do it. Our ex­pert staff has even cre­ated jew­ellery for celebri­ties.

Aberdeen is a nat­u­ral com­ple­ment to our jew­ellery store and al­lows our cus­tomers to enjoy one stop shop­ping. Aberdeen is a beau­ti­ful store with unique and hard to find gourmet items, great gifts for all oc­ca­sions, as well as a wide va­ri­ety of beau­ti­ful home decor items for all sea­sons. Aberdeen also of­fers a wide se­lec­tion of lead­ing brand names within a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories in­clud­ing: Yan­kee Can­dle, Crab­tree & Eve­lyn, Michel De­sign, Wildly De­li­cious, and much, much, more.

Is on­line shop­ping an is­sue? It's some­what ironic, how­ever on­line shop­ping, as well as shop­ping by TV, ac­tu­ally help our busi­ness. Jew­ellery pur­chased on­line is more likely to come in for re­pair, bring­ing us new cus­tomers who dis­cover our store. Jew­ellery is a tac­tile item and qual­ity as­sess­ments are best made when you can see and feel an item from all an­gles, not just the an­gle that an item pho­to­graphs best from. Our cus­tomers can also try items on and dis­cuss any ques­tions they might have with a knowl­edge­able ex­pert who has a life­time of ex­pe­ri­ence to share. We also have a vested in­ter­est in en­sur­ing ev­ery cus­tomer leaves, and stays, happy. Our cus­tomers trust our rep­u­ta­tion and take com­fort know­ing that we stand be­hind ev­ery­thing we of­fer, pe­riod. Have con­sumers’ tastes changed over the years? Definitely. Rose gold con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity, whether it's an item that's en­tirely rose gold or an item with rose gold ac­cents. Gem­stone en­gage­ment rings are definitely some­thing that are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, per­haps in­flu­enced in part from royal Kate Mid­dle­ton's gem­stone en­gage­ment ring. Also cus­tomers from all over the world are com­ing to re­al­ize we are in­cred­i­bly lucky to have ac­cess to Cana­dian di­a­monds.

Why should peo­ple shop lo­cally? Shop­ping lo­cally is di­rectly con­nected with build­ing our com­mu­nity and is likely the most pow­er­ful means we have of ex­press­ing our per­sonal val­ues and be­liefs. Our stores, Aberdeen and The Jew­ellery Fac­tory, sup­port count­less lo­cal char­i­ties, fundrais­ers, or­ga­ni­za­tions, and events each year. Most of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties are not pub­li­cized.

Shop­ping lo­cally is also a vir­tu­ous cir­cle in­so­far as it sup­ports those em­ployed within the com­mu­nity, who then go one to sup­port oth­ers within the com­mu­nity. Shop­ping lo­cally also helps to build a sense of con­nec­tion and pride within our com­mu­nity.

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