Amid the hustle and bustle of Hope Street, Bristol is beginning to anticipate that familiar change in scenery: soon boats will be covered, shawls will be traded in for scarves and everyone will begin thinking of the holidays. If you’re anything like me, you think of what to get the special people in your life months in advance. So when I stumbled upon Caron Jewelers and asked about gifting ideas, I was not let down. Cape Cod interchangeable bracelets, geode-inspired earrings from Rare Earth and hand painted and glazed pottery by local artist Dwo Wen Chen of Three Wheel Studio made me reconsider my holiday shopping list.
Diane Berube-Catanzaro and her husband Joe Caron opened the shop front in April and combined their talents to create an inviting and homey space to sell their wares. “My parents had this business from 1956 to 1997. And about eight years ago, I sold it to another jeweler that went out of business earlier this year. So we decided to come back and reoccupy the space.”
Joe was welcomed back to Bristol by locals who remembered his talent for watch repair, replacing 164 batteries in the first few days of being open. As a certified gemologist and watchmaker, Joe is able to restore and repair hard-to-find rhythm clocks, and create custom wedding bands and engagement rings. The serendipitous nature of the business was not lost on Diane either, who now proudly displays, and sells, her own art in the store. “My favorite drawing was always of boats in State Street dock before Joe and I met, and what a coincidence that now I see it everyday when I leave.”
Caron Jewelers | 473 hope street, Bristol | 401-253-9460