CRESTVIEW — The place where generations of local families bought jewelry is again a Main Street jewel itself following an extensive, top-to-bottom renovation.
The old Coleman's Jewelry shop, built in 1947 as one of two commercial properties that flank the Fox Theatre, looked a bit seedy when financial adviser Paul Lowrey purchased it two years ago.
Floors were uneven, the roof's gradual slope to the rear gave minimal headroom, and the walls had so many different materials and textures that Lowrey needed "four coats of mud to smooth it out."
As he undertook refurbishment, Lowrey said he was mindful of the building's heritage and the memories it holds for local families.
"This is where all the people in town came to buy their promise rings and class rings and wedding rings," he said.
Lowrey, sometimes with his family's assistance, performed the renovation himself, including plumbing, electrical and heating and air conditioning.