Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Donaldson's Jewelers New Owners Reopen

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Donaldson's Jewelers New Owners Reopen

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The sparkle factor in Topeka received a boost with the reopening of Donaldson's Jewelers, a well-known name in area jewelry business.

Founder Dan Donaldson, who ran the business for more than 40 years, has sold it to another area jeweler, David Horn. Horn, who has worked in the jewelry business for about 22 years, said he was excited to take over such a respected Topeka business and pleased to be mentored by an expert like Donaldson.

"When you think about what the store does, we sell jewelry and we take care of it," Horn said. "I've been doing that for 22 years. When it comes to the service, that's my specialty. Fortunately my wife is an accountant, so she's spending her evenings helping out with the books. That's the aspect I don't do."

Horn has been working with Donaldson to learn about buying inventory from various jewelry manufacturers and also about advertising, both skills he hasn't used during his jewelry career.

"Timing-wise it worked out just perfect, coming up now to the Christmastime and No. 1 gift-giving time," Donaldson said.

Donaldson ran Donaldson's Jewelers for more than 41 years before closing its doors in 2007 to become a full-time pastor. Last year, unable to stay completely out of retail, he opened a pop-up store at Brookwood Shopping Center. It was then that Horn connected with Donaldson, visiting the store and talking with him.

"He said, 'Gosh, I wish I could do it.' I said, 'All it takes is money,' " Donaldson recalled, laughing.

Horn's store is at 5938 S.W. 17th St., Suite 400, and he has spent the past few weeks doing much of the store design himself, including laying hand-scraped acacia wood floors. He opened the doors about two weeks ago and is hosting a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the new venture at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Horn began as an apprentice jeweler 22 years ago, learning to repair jewelry, set stones and other bench work. Over the years, he has handled repair work for three or four local jewelers, something he will continue to do in his new store. …

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