Published: May 01. 2012 5:53PM
We couldn’t end all of our talk about luxury without a mention of one of the most enduring locations for a little indulgence around. Hale’s Jewelers began in a wooden structure on what is Main Street today, in the spring of 1856. Must of the early business came from hair braiding-- an intricate technique of weaving gold with a lock of hair into rings, lockets, or other “forget-me-nots” during the Civil War.
In 1923 William Randolph Hale, Jr. sold the business to Hewlett Sullivan, Sr.. The photo seen here, circa 1930, is an interior shot of the new location on South Main Street. Mr. Sullivan (left) and an employee are standing in front of a very large selection of sterling silver hollow ware-- very popular for bridal registries and entertaining at that time.