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Padgett’s Jeweler nears 72 Years with 96-year-old owner still at the helm

In an era where businesses come and go like fleeting trends, one jewelry store stands as a beacon of longevity and family legacy.

Padgett’s Jewelry, a beloved fixture in the community, is excited to celebrate 72 years of serving its customers. As a thank you, in the month of April, the store will offer 25% off in stock gold chains from April 3-5. Additionally, a three-day bridal event will be held April 25-27, 25% off all natural diamonds. 

“It’s been all good days,” said Beth Padgett. 

Since its inception, the retailer’s recipe for success remains the same, simply providing exceptional products, good ol’ fashion customer service, and adding a memorable shopping experience.

Founded on April 1, 1952 by the visionary, Rex Padgett, in Chattahoochee, Florida on Washington Street, the business began. Padgett’s Jewelry opened its doors with one handmade case (without) glass, three watches and two wedding sets. Shortly thereafter, Padgett (Rex) married Joyce Bates. (d. Oct 2022) In 1976, Padgett (Rex) decided to move the store across Gadsden County to Quincy, Florida where the business flourished including all five children working alongside their parents in the store for many years. 

Padgett’s Jewelry, nestled in the heart of downtown Quincy, is known for its polite and personalized service. From engagement rings to birthstones (February) in honor of the late Joyce Bates Padgett to necklaces and Diamond bracelets. 

“Bigger and better quality,” commented Rex who still replaces watch buckles and other small repairs for customers. 

Rex celebrated his 96th birthday on January 10. Beth purchased vanilla cupcakes to make his birthday special. 

Marking countless milestones and celebrations for generations of loyal patrons. At the age of 96, Padgett (Rex) is a little hard of hearing but continues to greet his customers with a warm smile. 

Olivia Fulmer, cashier and store associate of almost two and a half years working for the department company, explains “it’s a lot different from working fast food.” 

“We all get along and it’s more personal,” Fulmer added.

Mr. Padgett still rides to work with his daughter Beth (the only one of her siblings who continues to work with the company) Padgett’s is not big on trends, however, the store offers selective pieces on its Etsy Shop and Live Facebook Show on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The store is looking to offer online shopping in the near future. 

On Friday evenings after work, Beth and Rex enjoy fun night. 

“We play a game of Uno, Skip-Sbo and Mexican Train. It’s a great way to keep his mind well,” Beth said. 

“I used to think he was a rough and tough old man,” said Louise Richards, store associate, referring to Rex. “He’s really a teddy bear,” Richards added.

Richards has worked with the family-owned business for about two years. She doesn’t call it prying but she will inquire a price range and find the best price for each of these products 

“I want them to come in as a customer and leave as a friend,” Richards mentioned. 

Padgett’s Jewelry proves that some things truly do get better with time. 

Kiwanis White – Gadsden County News Service