Gaylene Lindell has been serving the Jamestown area and helping area residents with their jewelry needs for 20 years.
Lindell's fascination with working with jewelry started with an elective art class at Southwestern. Pursuing her interests, she got a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in metal-smithing and sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. From there, she worked for many stores before the companies started moving away from freelance metalsmiths.
"I was subcontracted by a lot of stores to do repair work," Lindell said. "As time went on, a lot of companies hired their own jewelers inhouse or started sending their stuff to central repair shops."
Gaylene Lindell, owner of Gaylene’s, helps longtime customers Dorothy and Gary Hall of Bemus Point.
P-J photo by Mallory Diefenbach
That was when her friend's mother got Lindell to open next to her business, Alice's Bridal Shop. After the bridal shop closed, she moved to the AMVETS building. However, AMVETS foreclosed after three years, and Lindell lost her lease. That is when she moved to her current location on Fluvanna Avenue, where she has been for the past six years.
"I'm happy I found a niche here. I know growing up here there were so many jewelers, that I just knew when I was interested in it at the college it would be difficult to find a spot in Jamestown," Lindell said. "As I got older and got through college, more and more (jewelers) retired. So, it just kind of worked to find a niche. Now there are hardly any independent jewelers."
Lindell gets equal business from sales and repair work. With gold prices high, she has been selling a lot more silver than she was 10 years ago. Charm bracelets are also making a comeback and infinity link jewelry is popular.
"(Gaylene's is the) best jewelry store in Chautauqua County. I send all my friends here," said Dorothy Hall, a longtime customer and supporter of Gaylene's. "Gaylene is extremely accommodating. She goes over the top for her customers."
Gaylene's has a wide selection of merchandise, from a full line of gold and silver jewelry to watches to costume pieces. Not only that, but Lindell does all the repair work herself with the exception of watch repair.
"I'm always getting new stuff in," she said.
Gaylene's is located at 3045 Fluvanna Ave. in Jamestown. It is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 483-6682.