Leo Alfred celebrates 30 years
A Dublin business that focuses on gold, silver, diamonds and other gems is celebrating its pearl anniversary.
Leo Alfred Jewelers will celebrate 30 years next month, with a special week set aside Nov. 4-9 to thank long-time customers for support.
"This is to celebrate and say thanks to customers in the area," said Jason Laudick.
Laudick's parents, Penny and Alfred opened Leo Alfred in 1983 with Alfred's brother, Thomas. The brothers knew a little about the jewelry business; the family purchased Laudick's Jewelry in 1950 in Van Wert.
"My parents lived in Dublin and called my uncle in Atlanta and said, 'Dublin needs a jewelry store,' " said Kevin Laudick, Jason's brother.
"My father was a silent partner. He ran the books. My mom and uncle worked the storefront from the start."
Penny and Thomas can still be found behind the counters, along with the next generation, Kevin and Jason who joined the business in 1999.
"I worked here ever since high school," Jason said. "I enjoyed it."
Being part of the family business was not in his plans, but Kevin got on board when he realized he could do more than sales.
"I like working with my hands," he said. "I sit with the other goldsmiths."
The store at 4115 W. Dublin-Granville Road serves up much of its own designs, about 75 percent, Kevin estimated.
"We don't carry many brands beside Rolex," he said.
"It's pretty old school," Jason added.
As it is, Leo Alfred Jewelers has a small staff of 12 and four are family.
"We wear many hats from sales to janitor," Kevin said.
Since established 30 years ago, Leo Alfred Jewelers has been at three different locations: first where the Kroger Pharmacy is located on W. Bridge Street, then a few feet away at the current Jason's Deli location. The business has been at its newest location for about five years.
"We grew up here and wanted to keep it in Dublin because it's always been here," Jason said. "It's a nice place to raise a family and a nice place to have a business."
The family has also made a practice of giving back to the community that supports it.
"A big part of what we try to do is give back to charities," Jason said.
The family also focuses on giving customers what they want.
"We have local, handmade jewelry with quality service where you will be working with an owner every day," Kevin said.
"We have heirloom pieces they can even pass on," Jason added.
During the 30th anniversary celebration all items in the store will be at least 10 percent off. For more information, look online at leoalfred.com.