Stafford Jewelers is taking the plunge — downtown, that is.
With 20 years of experience in the diamond industry accumulated from its Kenwood Towne Centre store, Stafford is now opening a second location in the former Fifth Third Street Gallery. With it, the Stafford family is taking aim at downtown’s burgeoning population of new residents.
It wasn’t a hard decision to make for the family’s second-generation business owners, Jacob and Jimmy Stafford. As residents of the urban core, they knew the opportunity to open a storefront there was too good to pass up. Now they'll be selling their exquisite selection of jewelry and watches from the corner of 5th and Race and adding to the renewed vibrancy of Downtown Cincinnati in the process.
BUT ABOUT THAT SECOND GENERATION
Because honestly that’s the real news here. When any business transitions from the first generation to the second, there are invariably hiccups. That’s why UC has an entire institute (The Goering Center) dedicated to family businesses; running one of these things is no joke.
But first-generation owner Jim Stafford taught sons Jacob and Jimmy how to run, operate, and find success in the business at a young age. The two boys worked on weekends, holidays, and breaks through high school and college to learn the jewelry trade.
Not only did they find the business to their liking, but they soon demonstrated an aptitude that made Jim comfortable with the idea of passing it down to them. Today, Jacob oversees the Kenwood location while Jimmy will help run the store at the corner of 5th and Race.
BOILERPLATE BUT ACCURATE
Stafford Jewelers is a premier luxury destination for fine jewelry, Swiss watches and wholesale diamonds. The Stafford family has more than 35 years of experience and enjoys relationships with the leading diamond suppliers in the world. These relationships allow them to purchase diamonds from the source, eliminating the middleman and passing the savings on to you.
Their friendly and knowledgeable staff, including three GIA Graduates, is available to help you with everything you need. They also do on-site repair services using state-of-the-art microscopes and a laser-welding machine. Lastly, they can answer any questions and show you the best the industry has to offer.
To learn more about Stafford Jewelers, check out their website here. The new Downtown Cincinnati location is at 55 West 5th Street.