Looking to get the perfect custom piece of jewellery done? Business owner Marilyn Waitkus likes to reduce, reuse, and recycle by redesigning your old jewellery into something new and unique. KJR Jewellery also does repairs right on sight along with selling and servicing finished jewellery.
How did you get into this type of business?
I started 27 years ago, I had an apprenticeship program and I really liked it and have been very successful at it since then.
What's your favourite part about being a business owner?
It’s the ability to earn a living and also to service a need in the community. When I first moved here from Ontario I was thinking of opening a different business but there seemed to be a need to have repairs done on the premises at a fair value and basically to service the people in the community.
Where do you hope to see your business in the next couple of years?
This is only our second year and we’ve moved again so because its new people have to realize were here. A lot of people are excited to have a jewellery store in the downtown core again, its now to make people realize that there is another store other than going to the mall or travelling outside of the community. Once the money leaves the community it never comes back. I’m a firm believer that the person at the grocery store will get a pay cheque and go to another local business and someone at that business will come to me. That money keeps circulating around within the community and if that’s the case then we survive. The outside money coming in from tourists, I don’t rely on that as much as I do the people who live in the community because they’re the ones who will support me year round.