In 1961 Peter, of Peter & Co. Jewelers immigrated to the United States from his home country of Yugoslavia. He spoke no English, but that didn’t stop him. With a little creativity, a lot of hard work and limitless enthusiasm he set out on a dream to start his own business. (He was also quite crafty...he made almost every sign for our store by hand until he passed.)
1980’s: Passion To Succeed
In 1987, Peter saw an opportunity in the jewelry industry and started selling gold chains. With no formal training, some borrowed capital and a passion for business he set out to follow the American dream.
1990’s: A True Family Business
By 1992 Peter’s jewelry store had doubled in size. The business had outgrown its space in Bay Village and it came time to find a new home. It was at this time that Peter & Co. Jewelers made it’s way to Avon Lake. In the new space Theresia joined Peter to run the business. Soon after, his daughter, Tamara, joined the team as well. Now it was truly a family business.
2000’s: Living On The Dream
Sadly, in 2000, Peter passed away, leaving his business to his family. While it was a hard time for all, the business did not miss a beat. In 2003 Peter and Theresia’s other daughter, Kim, joined the team as well.
Together Peter’s three leading ladies continued to expand the business. What started with one man and a few gold chains has now grown into a full-service jewelry store with ten people on staff. Amongst them, a GIA Graduate Gemologist, an AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser, a JA Certified Master Goldsmith and a CW21 Certified Watchmaker.
2010’s: On The Move Again
In November of 2010, Peter & Co Jewelers was on the move again. Everything of value was packed up from the strip mall location and moved to a new freestanding building on Walker Road in Avon Lake. This is where you can find Peter & Co. Jewelers today. In this new space, Peter & Co. continues to achieve many milestones, including an honorable mention in the America’s Coolest Stores contest.
Looking at how far we’ve come, it’s exciting to think about where the future will take us. Inspired by Peter’s original passion, supported by our dedicated staff and excited by the products we offer, we’re happy to be Avon Lake’s trusted family jeweler. Thank you to our community and our customers for the ongoing support. We look forward to serving you for decades to come!