This story was originally published in The Star-Herald.

By James Phillips

Patterson Jewelers has been a staple in downtown Kosciusko for more than 60 years. The store, currently owned and operated by Jimmy and Paula Patterson, was opened in 1950 by Jimmy’s father, Jack Patterson.

Jimmy Patterson started helping around the store at a young age and went to his first jewelry school at 14. “They didn’t want to teach me because I was so young,” he said. “I ended up with the highest grade in the class.”

After a stint at Holmes Community College, Jimmy Patterson went to the Institute of Jewelry Repair and Design in Texas. He then worked in several areas, including running a store in Forest, before returning to take over the Kosciusko Patterson Jewelers in 1999.

“My mom needed us to come back, so we did,” Jimmy Patterson said. “We’ve been here ever since, and we appreciate the support the community has given to us.”

Patterson Jewelers offers a large assortment of different jewelry items, including custom made pieces.

“Our custom jewelry has become very popular, “he said. “If someone has an idea for a piece, we can do it. I do it all in 3D on the computer. I try to utilize as much technology as possible.”

Along with jewelry, the store includes a full gift shop and now offers a full line of Merle Norman Cosmetics. “The store is constantly evolving,” Jimmy Patterson said. “That’s something you have to do. You have to be able to change and evolve to offer different things to your customers.”

Paula Patterson said the addition of Merle Norman products has been a popular move. “We try to look for things that aren’t already offered in the community,” she said. “That’s what led us to add Merle Norman.”

The Pattersons have been married and worked together for 30 years.  “I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Jimmy Patterson said. “We make a good team.