Spokane’s jewelry store expands to Kennewick

Kennewick will have more glitz, glimmer and glamour in August when Spokane’s Jewelry Design Center opens its second Eastern Washington store.

The family-owned business was founded in 1977 by Doug Toone, who had worked as a jewelry manufacturer to the trade before striking out on his own.

The company’s 17,000-sq.-ft. Spokane store at 821 N. Division St. features a large, lighted, spinning diamond on top of the building.

The Jewelry Design Center’s Kennewick store will be at 1350 N. Louisiana St., Kennewick. It too, will be easily recognizable by a large, spinning diamond perched on the top of the building.

Brian Toone is the son of the founder, and current CEO and president of the company.

The 6,000 sq. ft. Kennewick store will carry a wide variety of wedding and engagement rings, necklaces and brooches, earrings, loose stones and watches. The workshop will offer repairs and redesigns heirloom jewelry.

“What sets us apart is we have big screens overlooking the work areas so customers can watch their jewelry being worked on, whether it’s an original design or a family piece being given new life,” Brian Toone said.

Toone said the company has been eyeing opening a retail outlet in the Tri-Cities for more than 10 years.

“We have a large customer base who’ve been willing to drive to Spokane to shop with us. Now we get to come to them,” he said.

Once they decided to open a store in the Tri-Cities, the Toones spent about a year and a half looking for a site.

“I believe the place on Louisiana Street will be perfect. There’s a lot of traffic in that area and it’s centrally located in the Tri-Cities,” Toone said.

Jewelry Design Center draws shoppers from throughout Eastern Washington, and into Canada.

The Kennewick store will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 509-579-0456. The store’s website is www.jewelrydesigncenter.com.

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