Congratulations to Charlie Stephens for his continuing success running Randolph Jewelers. Owning the business for 31 years, Stephens has continued a business that was started in a tent in Placerville by F.F. Barss 160 years ago. The business changed locations several times as a result of fires, moving into its current location in the 1880s. After the business was sold to N.H. Burger it changed its name.
In 1946 Burger sold it to Bill Randolph and that name has stuck, even after Stephens bought the business from Randolph in 1981.
Stephens runs a jewelry store that keeps up with current fashions, makes repairs and has a good selection of gem stones for those interested in commissioning custom-made jewelry.
The other business of note is the Gold Country Artists Gallery. Operated as an artists’ cooperative, it has been in business 20 years. The business has a way to go to hit a centennial, let alone a sesquicentennial. But 20 years is impressive longevity for a shifting group of independent artists, many with egos sufficient to show and sell their work with pride.
Gold Country Artists Gallery is the longest surviving gallery in town. It brightens up the end of the street near the Belltower and consistently attracts visitors and other passersby on Main Street.
Congratulations to Gold Country Artists on celebrating 20 years in business. We’re convinced the gallery will be here 30 years from now to celebrate a golden anniversary.