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Larc Jewelers opens a Second Location!

posted Dec 6, 2017, 10:50 AM by Larc J.

Glen Ellyn-based Larc Jewelers opens second store in Wheaton
Grand opening to be Nov. 10, 11 for store at 128 N. Hale St.
WHEATON – For more than 40 years, Larc Jewelers has tried to provide outstanding merchandise and customer service.

The Glen Ellyn jewelry store looks to do the same at its new store at 128 N. Hale St. in downtown Wheaton, which opened Oct. 1. Larc Jewelers' new Wheaton store formerly housed Wheaton Ltd. Fine Jewelers, which closed recently after the owners, Jon and Carole Schroeder, retired.

"I had enough inventory, and I was able to retrofit kind of the concept of what we do into their store," said Larc Jewelers owner Wes Barrow, who was friends with the couple.

Barrow decided opening a store in Wheaton would be a good fit.

"Since it was already an established jeweler in Wheaton and since we're sister towns, I decided to take the opportunity in front of me to take on a second store," he said. "With Wheaton Ltd. closing, there was less support for the town for their jewelry needs, so I felt like we could provide not just a certain type of inventory, but a certain type of service that we've always been able to extend to our customers."

Cary Zaras is the manager of the Wheaton store. He worked at the Glen Ellyn store for six years and has known Barrow since attending high school together.

Zaras hopes people walking into the store will have a pleasant shopping experience.

"It's real easy from the sales aspect of it because pretty sells," he said. "For me, it's just a matter of listening. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. I listen, and I hear what they are looking for. If I sell something, that's great. It keeps the doors open and the lights on. I would much rather educate somebody so they can make a good investment."

Established in 1972, Larc Jewelers is Glen Ellyn's oldest established jeweler. The new Wheaton store will have a grand opening Nov. 10 and 11. As part of the festivities, there will be a drawing for a handmade 14K white gold tanzanite and diamond pendant with a retail value of $3,150.

Since May 2011, Larc Jewelers has been located at 479 N. Main St. in downtown Glen Ellyn. The store previously had been located at 413 N. Main St.

Barrow has owned Larc Jewelers since 2001 after starting at the store as a salesperson in 1990.

"I started there when I was 22," Barrow said. "I worked my way up to managing the store, and I bought the previous owner out in 2001."

Larc Jewelers strives to cater to those looking for something special.

"I specialize in fancy gemstones from around the world," Barrow said. "[We have] a whole different group of opals that you wouldn't see in most jewelry stores."

The store also does custom-design jewelry and provides such services as in-house engraving and pearl and bead restringing.

Selling jewelry is in Barrow's blood.

"This is something I've been educating myself on since I was a little kid and reading books on rocks and minerals," he said. "It's always been something that's appealed to me, so the fact that I get to make a living doing something that was exciting to me as a child is kind of cool. It's just a lot of fun. Plus I like educating people about it. I've taught a couple of one-day courses over at College of DuPage for the last three years on rocks and minerals and gemstones."


If you go

WHAT: Larc Jewelers

WHERE: 128 N. Hale St., Wheaton

HOURS: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays

INFO: 630-221-9100, larcjewelers.com

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posted Dec 6, 2014, 9:20 AM by Larc J.   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 1:33 PM ]

Deal or No Deal: Travel Edition

posted Jun 23, 2014, 8:08 AM by Larc J.   [ updated Jun 24, 2014, 7:40 AM ]

Hello Larc fans!!

I've just returned from a little well needed get away in the beautiful country of Mexico.
I can certainly tell you that there are far better times of the year to visit than in June.
It's HOT, not "sotra" hot, but really really HOT in June. Maybe a "turn the hair dryer on high and
hold it in your face" hot. That being said, I still saw some amazing places, and enjoyed some
outstanding food. 
Although my travels this time were mostly for pleasure, 
I'm always on the look out for some good deals on silver, opal, or amber jewelry, which
prompted the subject for this month’s blog.

 I frequently get asked by customers who are preparing for their
own world wide travel adventures.............
"I'm going to SanJewelryplaceamento, and they are known for producing the finest
whatchagemstoneamahoozits and I wanted to buy one from the source while I'm there.
“Can I get a good deal, and how do I know if I'm not getting ripped off?”

The simple answer is "maybe" and "you don't".

The truth...........Sure, you can get a good deal, if you really know what you're buying, and 
if you are buying it from the lowest common denominator. 
While you might have some knowledge of what you are buying, it is
unlikely that you are buying from anything below the retail level.
As far as "being ripped off" that depends on your definition. It is unlikely that most vendors
are dishonest in reference to selling you a real whatchagemstoneamahoozit. I would be less concerned
about outright fraud, and more concerned about the value of the item against the price being asked.

I completely understand the idea of having a memory or keepsake from an important vacation.
But as I was just reminded from my most recent journey, the "deals" are few and far between. 
I really expected to come home with a few new fun pieces for the store, and I had to take a total pass.

As an example; I looked at a ring that I liked, which was optimistically tagged at $12,000. 
I spoke with the manager, and explained that I own a retail jewelry store and that I would be
interested if he could give me a fair realistic price and asked for his best price.
He returned a few minutes later with a quote of $4,800. That sounds like a great price, but the reality
is I could probably have sold the piece here at Larc conservatively for around $3,500. I obviously passed,
but my guess is a regular customer who liked the ring might pull the trigger on a "deal" such as this 
because the "discount" seems quite significant. Was it a rip off?? No. Was it a good deal? No.

I guess the bottom line for those who have ever had this question is this. If you have to have it, by all means
take it home with you. If you are thinking you can get a better deal buying it from the source, rather than
from your trusted local jeweler (I highly recommend Larc!!!), there's a good chance that's just not the case.
You will also miss out on the customer service aspect of buying local and the availability of recourse
if for some reason something isn't quite right: like sizing or a loose stone. 

I have always worked very hard at buying as well as I possibly can. Whether it's traveling to the source myself,
or working directly with the vendors that do. This allows me to sell to my customers
as reasonably as possible while still offering top quality and service for the best price. 
So as the travel season shifts into high gear, just remember that the best values in jewelry are right here at home!

Meet Wes

posted May 13, 2014, 10:51 AM by Larc J.   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 1:34 PM ]

Hi there! 

For those of you who don't already know me, I'm Wes.
This is my 24th year here at Larc Jewelers, and the 13th as it's owner.
It's been an interesting ride to say the least, but for over half of my life I have been 
privileged to serve Glen Ellyn and it surrounding areas for all of their collective jewelry needs.
Today is my first attempt at joining the 21st century of cyber media, and I am introducing
our new "What's new, What's up" or "From the desk of Wes" blog. (I'm still working on that part).
I will periodically post interesting information pertaining to gemstones, and jewelry, as well
as news and events that might be note worthy. 
Whether it might be about a beautiful new Blue Zircon we have acquired from an award winning top 
gemstone cutter, a weekend store event, or simply information about why you might need to consider
an appraisal update, you will find it here.
After 26 years in the Jewelry industry, I feel like the new kid on the block again, so I'll ask for your
patience and understanding as I try to get the hang of this whole......Blaaaaaahg thingy.
Feel free to message or ask any questions you might have, and I will answer the best I can.

Thanks again for all of your continued and future patronage.

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