Owned by David Mann Cyrkin—a ninth-generation IJO jeweler—and his wife Denise, David Mann Jewelers has been selling high-quality, custom-designed jewelry to the Genesee Valley community for 57 years. Along with adorning gemstones and helping clients design the one engagement ring to rule them all, David Mann carries collections from designers such as Elle and Parle. Trick out dull limbs with a Chamilia charm ($27+), a trinket from Beads by Betsy ($50+), or a silver bracelet ($15+), or keep ears anchored firmly in place with earrings ($20+). A hand-blown glass holder for rings ($25) gives the glitzy a stylish way to store all their precious bands and cereal-box decoders. David Mann will also happily appraise ($50+) your ornaments, determining if your Green Lantern power ring is authentic by testing its ability to affect yellow objects. In addition to designing and selling beautiful baubles, David Mann also performs expert ring sizing, jewelry repair, and cleaning.
For more than 50 years, the trio of optical specialists at Council Opticians have specialized in enhancing their clients' sight. Dr. Robert Gouinlock prescribes glasses and contact lens while also providing exams to detect potential health issues. Optician Donna Kabel specializes in matchmaking patients with flattering styles, helping tour the store's library of designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ray Ban, and Michael Kors. Greg Kardach rounds out the group with decades of experience as an optician, a skill he now uses to repair glasses. For quick convenience after appointments, the trio works in an onsite lab that allows them to produce or fix eyewear within an hour, a much faster method than tying magnifying glasses and chicken wire together.
Before they wrapped their first sale in their distinctive gift-wrap, the owners of Andrews Jewelers spent decades gaining experience in the industry. Today, their staff trains with the Gemological Institute of America to become qualified to appraise, grade, and administer SATs to jewelry and diamonds. Armed with experience and exacting taste, they shop the jewelry market—sometimes journeying as far as Belgium or Israel—to acquire an inventory of fine jewelry with varied style and consistent quality.
Their extensive collection of engagement rings and wedding bands displays Celtic, vintage-inspired, and modern design. Their network of wholesale diamonds comes exclusively from conflict-free sources. A rainbow of gemstones color bracelets, earrings with citrine, ruby, and sapphire, and custom designs glitter in customers' favorite colors.
Linda Van Buskirk and Dorathy Gallo, the jewelry-making duo behind Beaded Finery, ornament wardrobes with eye-catching accouterments and edify students with the skills to do the same. The talented ladies incorporate glass beads, Swarovski crystals, and semiprecious stones into a lengthy list of handcrafted products that range from draping necklaces and moroccan-tile bracelets to satin handbags. A rotating schedule of classes instills amateur jewelers with the bead-stringing and clasping skills needed to express their style through colorful, sparkly accessories similar to those populating Linda and Dorathy’s shop. Each functional item is forged in Beaded Finery's private studio, ensuring one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and a safe place to vent one’s anger at the lack of crystal-encrusted medals presented at the Olympics.
Under the leadership of Valentin Skorsak, the tailoring team at Valentin's Clothiers & Custom Tailoring imbues each stitch and lapel of their custom wares with a combined 70 years of expertise. Using material supplied by high-end brands such as Sartoria Tosi and Gino Monti, Valentin and his colleagues tailor personalized men’s and women’s business suits, shirts, and ties in one-on-one sessions in the shop or at clients' homes and offices. Along with their tailoring services, the drapers at Valentin's Clothiers & Custom Tailoring alter any hem or length for clients who have outgrown their clothes or need room to smuggle extra watermelons into a business meeting.
The fashionistas at Small Wonders Boutique meticulously scrutinize prospective consignment pieces, accepting only the garments that meet exacting standards: freshly laundered and pressed; name brand; no older than three years; and devoid of smoke, stains, and holes. In addition to seeking out quality pieces, the staff strives to ensure a diverse selection, with women’s sizes ranging from XS to 4X and brands including Kate Spade, Ann Taylor, and Express. There’s also an ample selection of children’s and teens’ clothing as well as maternity wear by A Pea in the Pod and Liz Lange. Customers can keep their kids entertained in the store’s small play area while they peruse circular racks and reenact Elizabethan fashion montages.