It started with two men, $5000, a handmade alarm system and stock featuring a teapot, a couple of diamond rings and little else.
Incredibly 50 years later the humble start has given way to a business employing 70 people in six NSW cities.
Orange’s Regency Jewellers is celebrating 50 years in business this year.
Owner Kerry Rawson, who started with Reg Sharp in a room at the Hotel Canobolas in 1968, said it had been a fascinating journey.
Setbacks have included a fire, a hurricane and competition from cheap overseas jewellery flooding the Australian market.
“There’s been a big change in style and fashion [over the years],” Mr Rawson said.
“We’ve always tried to keep a higher quality.”
He said the industry had seen fads like digital watches come and go.
The Orange shop has been in its current Summer Street location for about 30 years.
“This used to be a jewellery shop about 100 years ago, then it was a dress shop,” he said.
Mr Rawson said there were five staff who have been in the group for more than 30 years.
In Orange Michelle Griffith has been there on and off for 30 years, Jo Clark 18 years and Helen Ewin seven years.
Orange financial adviser Rose Hodgins of PWM Advice is in the running for a top industry award.
She is a finalist in the Regional Professional of the Year award category of the 2018 Young Leaders in Finance Awards.
The winners of the inaugural awards will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on June 22.
Miss Hodgins said the nomination recognised PWM Advice’s contribution to Orange.
“[It] reinforces the strength of the brand in connecting with the community and engaging with its customers,” she said.
FAST FOOD SALE
The franchises of two fast food stores in Orange, Pizza Capers and Red Rooster, are up for sale.
The Red Rooster franchisee is downsizing and looking to sell the Bathurst Road business, which is advertised having annual sales of more than $1.5 million.
The store is also listed as having a long lease.
The Pizza Capers store on Summer Street is fully managed with staff and has a five year lease and franchise agreement in place.