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Powers Jewellery first opened for business in December of 1959 when it’s founder, Mr. Stillman Powers, who had apprenticed as a watch repairman, decided to stike out on his own. Initially it was more of a watch repair shop, with a few supplies and little stock, located at the north end of the bridge spanning the gorge. The next year the business was relocated to broadway boulevard at approximately 218 broadway. Initially all the inventory could have fit in a suitcase. With time and demand the inventory grew to include more watches and repairs, jewellery and gift items. It remained at that location and continued to grow there until the early 70s when the owner of the building moved it onto the side street across from where the Cooperators Insurance bureau is presently located. This move adversely affected business and a new location was found next to the old Pizza Pot restaurant on the presently vacant lot on Broadway diagonally across from where Burger King is today.
In 1985, the lot for the present 158 Broadway Boulevard location was purchased and construction was started that spring with the new and larger location opening in June of 1985. The new building had room for three businesses, one of which was a ladies hair salon, which was owned for a time by Mrs. Agathe Powers, Stillman’s wife. The former business corner location burnt to the ground barely seven months later early into the new year 1986. After graduating from high school, Rudy worked full time in the business for a year before leaving to study in Halifax N.S., and later graduating in 1975 from the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology as a Certified Watch Repairman. In December 1993, the business was sold to son Rudy Powers. When one of the businesses moved out renovations to expand the business location were undertaken in mid-February 1996. With the expansion the store doubled in size and was given a new look. The increased work area as well as the sales floor space resulted in increased inventory.
Today, Rudy along with his wife Lynda Geneau-Powers are the owners of Powers Jewellery. Lynda, a Teacher’s Assistant at John Caldwell School, works part-time in the business.
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