PUNXSUTAWNEY — Paul Beatty Jewelers has been a fixture in Punxsutawney since 1950 and has provided the community with customer oriented service and a large selection of jewelry items.
According to store co-owner David Beatty, the store began when former owner Paul Beatty was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1947. He opened a watch repair in Sykesville in 1950 because of a lack of store front space in Punxsutawney, where he was a lifelong resident. In 1951 a space became available on Mahoning Street. Beatty began offering a small selection of jewelry items and watch repair until a location at 120 West Mahoning St., where the store currently sits, became available. The new location allowed the store to expand its inventory and add an expansive gift department. In 1981 the store expanded again and added to its gift department and allowed the addition of a selection of wall, mantle and grandfather clocks.
David Beatty said Paul Beatty Jewelers has become a state-of-the-art facility that encompasses all aspects of the jewelry industry and specializes in diamonds and gems, precious metals and custom jewelry designs. Beatty said the staff is more than qualified to handle all their customers’ needs.
“Three Gemological Institute of America trained diamond gemologists and one GIA graduate gemologists are on staff to provide the best in quality assurance. Our well equipped repair department performs all repairs right on the premises,” he said.
The store also features a large inventory of clocks from the Howard Miller clock collection and an inventory of watches that includes Seiko, Pulsar and Timex. Beatty said they stock replacement watch bands for most modern watches.
He said he especially enjoys doing custom work and seeing a customer’s vision become reality.
“The most rewarding thing is making people happy. I love working with the customers towards their goal and seeing them walk away satisfied,” Beatty said.
Co-owner Jill Voris echoed Beatty’s sentiments and said she enjoys seeing how customer’s desires become a reality.
“I love handing out something that we have made up special and seeing how happy someone is. When someone dreams up something in their head and we can actually make what they are thinking, it makes people happy. We kind of know how to read customers and what they are looking for,” she said.
“We have a lot of people that are repeat customers and we just know about them and their families. You get to be friends with people after this long,” she said.
Beatty echoed her thoughts and said he loves working in the community. He said the store regularly gets customers from all 50 states.
The co-owners said they want to continue providing the same quality service to the community for as long as they can. Voris said she would like to expand the web presence of Paul Beatty Jewelers to get more information out to their customers.
“I want people to realize how much specialty stuff that we do,” Voris said.