1957, Max V. Bargar had completed watchmaker and jewelry
repair studies in Columbus, Ohio, at the National Jewelry and
Instrument Co., and had spent time in the employment of
several prominent retail jewelry establishments in the
central Ohio area. Quickly gaining a reputation as a
perfectionist, he could have easily settled into a steady,
stable career in the trade, punching the clock, and
supporting his young family of four. But, happily, this was
not to be, for in 1957 Max decided it was time to do the
I want to be my own boss thing. So on something
just shy of a shoestring, in a sublet corner of a small,
Delaware, Ohio TV repair shop, with one showcase and a
watchmakers bench, Bargar Jewelry was born.
business that starts so small requires dedication and a real
desire to succeed. Max Bargar had plenty of both, with a
little bullheadedness thrown in for good measure. And the
loyal following in the Delaware community developed. With
work and more work, soon his own location, and gradually more
inventory, the good years and lean years went by. No matter
the economic conditions, who was in the White House, or what
local issues were being hotly debated, Maxs
determination to deliver quality with service at a good value
was turning Bargar Jewelry into a solid, long term operation
in downtown Delaware. And the loyal following continued to
develop. To make a long story short, sons Dale and William entered the business in the 70s,
taking on the bulk of the watch repair and jewelry repair
respectively. They picked up their work ethic, and that be
your own boss thing from their Dad.
In an age where businesses pop up and disappear daily,
its nice to be an icon. In our own building now in the
heart of beautiful downtown Delaware we plan to be an
integral part of the community for years to come, filling
your jewelry and gift needs, providing quality service, and
earning your trust, one day at a time.
Max ended up with a fine family of six, and can still be
found, almost every day, right here in the store, doing
anything from watch work, to selling that special Diamond to
a young couple just getting started.
Max's son Dale was born into the business founded by his father.
He and wife Susan took over the reins from Max in 1990, and
grew the store with an ever wider variety of unique offerings
of fine jewelry and gifts, all backed up with the personal service
we're so well known for. Dale passed away in 2011, and is greatly missed by
his family and the Delaware community he dedicated himself to serving. Today, Susan carries on the tradition started by Max and Dale
as the store continues through its sixth decade.
To learn more about Bargar Jewelry, you should visit us!
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