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www.theindependent.com The Grand Island Independent SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019 2I BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT FROST A HUSKER’S JOURNEY HOME FROMTHESPORTSWRITERSOFTHE $ 29 . 95 PLUS TAX & SHIPPING The extraordinary story of a native son who was destined to be Tom Osborne’s heir. All told with never-published photos plus fresh reporting and perspectives from the Omaha World-Herald’s award-winning sports writers. THE DEFINITIVE SCOTT FROST BIOGRAPHY AVAILABLE HERE 422 W. First St. Grand Island, NE CraigHand’s dadnever toldhimto take the business over. That was his idea. “I always loved the work. It is a fun job,” saidHand. “People love seeing some- thing their grandmother wore looking brand new.: Howard Hand, Craig’s father, opened the store in 1947, after serving in World War II. The first store was in the rented corner of a downtown Grand Island shoe store. Hand’s mother, Lucille, took care of the books. The store than moved four times: to 120 West 4th St. next to the Is- landTheater in 1948; 213N.Walnut in 1949; and 205 N. Walnut in 1952. In 1974, How- ard and Lucille purchased their present day location at 303 W. Third. That same year, Hand returned from Vietnam to help his parents run the fam- ily business. Howard retired in 1984 and Lucille in 1987. Hand bought the business in 1987 after he father had a heart attack. Hand’s wife, Rita, is a retired school teacher and has been the business’s book- keeper since the early days. She has been an indispensable part of the business’s success over the years, said Hand. Handwas taught much of the business operations by his father. “It’s been some- thing I’ve always enjoyed since I was kid. It is not really work to me. It is fun, I en- joy it and the people who come in.” Some of the same families have been coming toHoward’s Jewelry since the store first opened in 1947. That includes many of the children Rita taught at Jefferson Elementary School over the years. “It is kind of a fun job seeing the kids come in that we know,” he said. Hand himself spent much of his youth downtown. He liked tohang out at the store in the evenings or after school. Experience builds trust Many customers have a favorite piece of jewelry they are unable towear because it needs repair. Some of that jewelry has family importance as an heirloompassed on by a family member. The store has de- veloped an excellent reputation for jew- elry repair over the years. They’ve also earned a reputation for fast and reliable repairs. All repairs are done on the premises. “Everything youwork on is someone’s pride and joy,” Hand said. “It has to be ex- actly perfect.” The store’s slogan is ‘For Those Who Desire theFinest andKnowtheDifference.’ He said his father’s philosophywas ‘If you wouldn’t sell it toyour family, youshouldn’t sell it to anyone else.’ “That has served us very well”, he said. Theyperformjewelry cleaning, engrav- ing, prong retipping and pearl and bead restringing. Their qualitywork and quick service also extend to soldering; ring head and prong, necklace, bracelet, and clasp repairs; stone setting; and ring sizing. Custom Jewelry is another specialty. Hand said that starts with an idea and conversation based on the insight from their creative artistic professional. They also offer personalized jewelry; engagement and wedding rings as well as bridal jewelry; one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry; cross designs; casting and hand setting; assorted jewelry; and custom redesign. Along with the Hands, customers can count on the design specialists and sales- people to help them find the perfect pur- chase. Rita continues to be an active part of the team. The store has been awarded the Bet- ter Business Bureau Excellence Award and has won the Independent’s ‘Best of Grand Island’ many times. “The standard of quality is very im- portant tome,” he said, “We don’t sell me- diocre diamonds, even though theywould be less expensive andmany people would not know the difference. We know the difference.” Craig’smotto is ‘Sell the very best thing you think is best for the customer andhope- fully they will spread the word that you are nice and do what they like.” “It is a great joy to me seeing people happy with something I do.” Over 70 years of the Finest For those that desire the finest and know the difference. 303 West Third • Downtown Grand Island 308-381-1225 • howardsjewelrygi.com Mon.-Fri. 9-5 • Wed. 9-8 • Sat. 9-4 Quality , Service & Integrity 72 years of Locally owned & providing the finest jewelry to downtown Grand Island since 1947. BEST OF GRAND ISLAND 2018 theindependent.com Home is not simply where we live. It’s who we are. A link to years gone by andwherewe hope to spend the years to come. Good Samaritan Society Home Health has provided a wide range of options de- signed to help you stay in your home and community They’ve been in the Grand Island area for 9 years and the Hastings area for more than 10 years. 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