Growing Plainville jewelry business honored
PLAINVILLE — Town and chamber officials honored DBK Family Jewelers for its 2015 expansion Monday, presenting owner Ted Rahaim with the Kristian Jensen Jr. Memorial Community Commitment Award.
Last July, DBK moved from its previous location at 41 East St. into a former Parson’s Buick showroom at 165 East St. The new location, Rahaim said, has been “wonderful” for DBK, which he said is Plainville’s last remaining jeweler.
“It’s such a huge difference,” he said. “We have twice the showroom space that we had before and three times the space for back offices. We have also increased our inventory by 30 percent for new lines and 20 percent for existing lines. The Reactor line was half its current size at our old store. Now, we are the largest independent retailer for Reactor in the U.S.”
In addition to sales, Rahaim said, repair and restoration constitutes 25 percent of his business.
“We draw customers from Plainville, Southington, Bristol, Newington and Berlin,” he said.
Director of Planning and Economic Development Mark Devoe praised DBK for the service he has received.
“When my mom died in 1978, my dad held onto her one-carat ring,” he said. “After I married my wife, Nancy, my dad gave the ring to me. DBK had the gem mounted on her ring and it came out incredible. Years later, after my father died, I found a heavy gold ring among his possessions. It was worn and tarnished, but they cleaned it up so that you could never tell and I wear it now.”
Val Dumais, chairman of Plainville’s Economic Development Agency, then presented Rahaim with the Kristian Jensen Jr. Memorial Community Commitment Award, thanking him for choosing to expand in Plainville.
“There are many places you could have moved, but you chose to stay committed to Plainville and we thank you for that,” he said. “This location represents excellent use of a large, open space. We are also well aware of all the good work you have done for the Rotary Club and the Plainville Food Pantry.”
Devoe said DBK Family Jewelers has donated to the Rotary Club’s Penny Sale and “a couple if times a year” sets up drop-off boxes for donations to the Plainville Community Food Pantry.
“They are an institution in town,” said Devoe.
“This is a beautiful location and they sell a lot of grand, gorgeous things here,” said Maureen Saverick, operations manager of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on DBK Family Jewelers, call 860-747-3374.
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165 East Street (Rt. 10), Plainville, CT 06062
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