As Timeless as A Diamond: Cravens & Lewis Jewelers
By: Kathy Witt
When Cravens & Lewis Jewelers opened 71 years ago in 1950, sock hops, sideburns and soda shops were all the rage in small-town America. As one of Georgetown’s oldest ongoing family retail business, the store has seen downtown transform as the pages of history turned.
“We have been at 136 East Main Street since 1960,” said Shari Lewis, granddaughter of one of the original founders. “It is amazing to see all the changes and improvements that have been made to Main Street and how the businesses have changed and evolved throughout the years.”
One thing that has remained the same, though, is Cravens & Lewis Jewelers’ commitment to outstanding customer service.
“We are known for the trust our customers have in us for repairing, restyling and restoring their cherished jewelry.”
The shop carries engagement rings and wedding bands, loose diamonds, designer jewelry collections and watches. They buy gold, silver and diamonds, make customized pieces and offer extensive jewelry repair and restoration services. Additionally, they are experts in stone and silver jewelry repair.
Established by Owen K. Cravens and Edward Greenup in 1950, Cravens & Lewis Jewelers started out as a watch repair shop. Watches and jewelry were eventually added.
Jean Lewis, Owen’s daughter, has worked in the store since 1960 and worked for her father. After Owen passed away in 1970, Jean’s husband, John – the “Lewis” of the business – came into the business in 1971. Jean and John’s daughter, Shari, grew up in the business and is today the store manager as well as buyer and engraver.
To learn more about what puts the sparkle in Cravens & Lewis, visit the shop’s website or Facebook page. Connect with the shop at 502-863-2129. Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.
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Author: Kathryn Witt
Kathryn Witt is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer, syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Secret Cincinnati, The Secret of the Belles and Atlanta Georgia: A Photographic Portrait. A member of SATW, Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Books & Illustrators, she lives in northern Kentucky.