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Ideal Jewelers store is coming to West Street
Litchfield.bz (01-27-18)


Andy Goldstein of Harwinton has found an ideal location in Litchfield to relocate his family-owned Ideal Jewelers business.

Goldstein is in the process of moving the business his great-grandfather, Harry Goldstein, opened in Waterbury in 1907, to 43 West St., a storefront next to the West Street Grill that had been vacant for a few months.

Ideal Jewelers could be open by Feb. 1, according to Goldstein, the president of the business and the fourth generation of his family to run it. The business has called Bank Street in Waterbury home since 1970.

“Litchfield is always where I wanted to be,” Goldstein said, noting that retail sales in Waterbury had slowed.

Goldstein expressed interest in 43 West St. a few years ago, only to find out that an art gallery has already secured the space. When it became available late in 2017, he jumped at the opportunity and contacted the owners of the building, John Fahey and Jay Youngling.

“This time the timing was right,” Goldstein said. “It’s a great spot on the street.”

Ideal Jewelry specializes in sales of new jewelry, estate jewelry and fine watches. It also serves as a diamond broker and repairs jewelry and watches. The business also features the IJ International Diamond Brokerage with offices in New York City, Boca Raton, Fla., and Paris, France.

Goldstein has run the business since 1989, following in the footsteps of his father, William Goldstein, and grandfather, Louis Goldstein.

Ideal Jewelers will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 to 7, and Sunday from 11 to 4.