Store owners want to celebrate with customers

Georgetown Jewelry owner Ricky Poe has spent most of his life serving peopleboth through his work in ministry and with jewelry.

Jewelry always fascinated me, especially diamondshow we find diamonds and how we market diamonds. Its such a great way of celebration, Poe said. [Our business is run by] people that really care about people and love the opportunity to celebrate with [customers] on their special occasions when they are buying jewelry.

Poe, who still volunteers his time as a chaplain with several area police departments, worked in his brothers jewelry store near Houston off and on during a span of 17 years before deciding to learn more about gems and jewelry at the Gemological Institute of America and open his own business.

The jewelry business is a great business to be a part of, he said.

Poe, along with his wife, Cyndee, began looking for locations in which to open a jewelry store and happened to notice the Williamsburg Village shopping center on Williams Drive while visiting his parents, Cookie and George, who live in Sun City and often can be found helping out in the shop.

We found this location and thought this would be a great place, Poe said. It kind of reminds us of the city I grew up in in the suburbs of Houstona small, very friendly, growing communityand we thought this would be a good spot. So we opened and have loved every minute of it.

Since opening Georgetown Jewelry nearly a year ago, Poe has shared his excitement about jewelry with his customersalong with a few laughs.

Business has been tremendous. We are very blessed with the people who come through, Poe said. Weve been very pleased with how weve been welcomed here.

The store also offers jewelry and watch repair, custom jewelry and Citizen watches as well as a selection of diamonds, estate jewelry and a bridal selection. Poe will also provide written insurance appraisals and buys and sells gold and silver, preowned Rolexes and coins.

When customers walk into the door, they are coming into a family-run business, he said. It excites me when I see the customer is happy.

Poe said he does not have plans to move the stores physical location at this time, but said he hopes to expand his business in the coming years with his own line of jewelry.

Georgetown is growing. With that in mind, we know that we are providing a good service to an area that is really moving forward, Poe said. We are excited about the growth potential and being a part of this community. The strong character and fabric of this community is incredible. People really care about businesses.

Poe is also involved in the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and said getting involved in the community is important to both him personally and his business.

Its about getting out there and getting involved, he said. Its about connecting with families.

Anniversary celebration

While many customers may come into Georgetown Jewelry to help celebrate their own anniversaries and special occasions, owner Ricky Poe said he hopes to bring in customers to help celebrate the stores first year of business June 3.

We want to thank our customers for a good first year, he said.

Along with a discount section and specials, Poe said the store will host a drawing for diamond stud earrings and offer refreshments throughout the week.

Georgetown Jewelry, 3010 Williams Drive, Ste. 121, 512-869-4200,

Hours: Mon.Fri. 10 a.m.6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.4 p.m., closed Sun.