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Jacobs Jewelers

For those of us who consider Downtown an integral part of our lives, Jacobs Jewelers plays a prominent role. The clock sitting outside the store is also considered to be a landmark to the Downtown community. The magnificent “Crosby Clock” stands over 15-feet tall and was manufactured in 1901.

But the jewelry store, which specializes in precious stones like diamonds and rubies, has been in business since 1890. It’s been at its current location, 204 N. Laura St., since 1968.

Roy Thomas, owner, says that location is one reason Jacobs is still doing well despite years of Downtown construction, new businesses opening and closing as well as tough economic times.

“There’s a lot of activity in this location and its convenient to people who are already here,” Thomas says.

He also believes the quality of the merchandise contributes to the longevity and success of Jacobs Jewelers.

“In dealing with only the finest quality, we give better value to our customers,” he says.

In addition to selling jewelry, Jacobs is also a jewelry designer.

“We buy mountings and then set our own settings,” he says.

Thomas says he’s passionate about his work and the overall business in general.

Because of that passion, he says he enjoys coming to work in Downtown each day.

“The love for what I’m doing motivates me and I feel very fortunate.”