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Kinley Jewelers: Changing over time

April 8, 2008
Jerry Kinley took over his father’s business, E.R. Kinley and Sons Jewelers in the late 1960’s and has made the business work by changing over time and making sure he always carries the items that customers want.

The business sells watches, gold and silver jewelry, preserved roses, jewelry boxes Waterford Cyrstal and many other gift items. The store also does repairs and services to jewelry and watches.

The business opened in 1948 and was originally created to sell and repair watches to conductors and others who worked on the railroad because the employees were on such tight schedules.

“My father, Elmer, attended Williamsport Technical Institute and took small instrument repair,” Jerry said.

Jerry then joined his father in the late 60’s and got involved in making custom jewelry.

At that point, customers began demanding more fashion jewelry and the inventory increased in that sense.

In 1972, the business moved from Newberry to its current location, 131 W. Fourth St, where the store now has both custom jewelry and classic lines of jewelry.

Because the business has been around for about 60 years, the store attracts people from the area and people from out of the area, too.

“The customers that come in here are looking for a hometown feel,” Debbie Kinley, who works at the store, said. “After awhile, you really get to know the customers.”

The store offers customers a lot of different items for customers to choose from to give as gifts or to keep for themselves.

E.R. Kinley and Sons Jewelers has “wish lists” that people can set up form themselves, which takes all the guesswork out of husbands shopping for wives, or boyfriends shopping for girlfriends.

Debbie said she also knows the tastes of many of her customers and if people come in shopping for the usual customers, she can point them in the right direction.

Both Jerry and his son Jared make custom jewelry for people and can custom make many pieces such as engagement rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

If Kinley’s makes or sells a customer an engagement ring, employees can make sure the couple gets weddings bands that fit with the engagement ring.

Gift items are another thing that customers can get at the jewelry store.

“We have a lot of Waterford Crystal,” Jerry said. The store carries table and floor lamps, chandeliers and china glasses, picture frames and other items.

Baby gifts are another reason people can stop into the store. Pewter and sterling silver baby cups are available also with piggy banks and baby jewelry.

Some of the baby gifts can also be engraved for a more personal touch to the gift.

Wall and grandfather clocks are something else the store sells, and can also repair, if a customer has one that needs work.

Employees at the store can also track down “exquisite and unusual” pieces that people are looking for, according to Debbie.

“Some people call and ask for unique things, such as a piece of jewelry with a turtle on it or butterflies,” Debbie said. “Usually we can find what the people are looking for, if we don’t have it.”

The jewelry store has a a great selection, according to Debbie. “There really is something for everyone,” she said.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday

9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Article Photos

Jared and Debbie Kinley look at custom rings that were made by Kinley’s and are ready to be sold to customers.



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