Learn about a jewelry and watch store that’s been a Cincinnati staple (but best kept secret) since the mid 1950’s.
Don Hudepohl, the original owner of Hudepohl Jewelers, learned the art of watch repair following WWII. He combined his love of watches with his wife Rita’s love of jewelry to create a unique experience where quality and customer service came first. Thus, in 1956 the business was born.
The original location of the jeweler was at DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills. The former name of the store was Rie-Don Jewelers. Hudepohl Jewelers moved to their current location on the 7th floor of the Provident Building at the corner of 7th and Vine Streets in 1972.
Currently, Barry Hudepohl, the son of the original owners, runs the business. He earned his gemology degree in 1986 and took over the company in 1995. The store’s staff consists of 8 loyal, longtime employees. Joyce Yancey, the bookkeeper at Hudepohl Jewelers, has been with the company since the move to the Vine Street location. Between all of the staff, there are three gemologists and with over 30 years of experience in the company.
Fast forward to 2016. The store officially celebrated its 6oth anniversary. Contributing to its long-term success is the store’s specialization in custom design jewelry and engagement rings. Hudepohl Jewelers carries a large variety of high quality diamonds, gem stones, and unique mountings. Hudepohl says they also offer custom design capabilities, expert repair services, and competitive pricing.
Hudepohl says their prices are affordable since the store doesn’t advertise, and relies solely on word-of-mouth. In today’s marketing and consumer crazed economy, this is almost unheard of, Hudepohl says, but by prioritizing customer service, the store has gathered a loyal following.
Hudepohl Jewelers values the memories that are made through all of their jewelry. “We have many stories of customers that make a piece of jewelry with their family diamonds,” says gemologist Susan Quinlan Zink. “This Christmas, we had a customer that was brought to tears by the necklace we created.”
Last year, a customer was being shown a $500,000 diamond and said he would take two! Another customer proposed to his fiancée in the store, and the jewelers were more than happy to help with the engagement surprise!
And the surprises don’t stop there! After 45 years, the store is facing an exciting new move. Hudepohl says they are hoping to stay near their current location. Watch for updates beginning in late summer on their Facebook, Instagram, and website.