When Rob Panowicz looks into a diamond, he sees more than its sparkle. He sees subtleties of cut and color that are virtually invisible to the layman's eye. It makes sense that his knowledge runs so deep?after all, he's been working within Panowicz Jewelers, a family-owned jewelry shop on Market Street, since he was a child.
"Dad opened the store shortly after my first birthday, and we kind of grew up with the store," he said. "My job in the first grade was to come down Saturday morning to wash the floor, sweep the sidewalk, and wash the window inside and out."
Today, Rob has stepped into the role his father once held, welcoming visitors into the boutique and handpicking the most radiant diamonds he can find for his shop. Customers can also find diamonds, engagement rings and world renowned jewelry collections by designers such as Alberto Petochi, the sixth-generation Roman jeweler behind the 1884 Collection. Panowicz and his team take custom orders, too, crafting one-of-a-kind designs for clients who wish to stand out even at parties held inside gold mines.
Tacoma Custom Jewelry dresses up bare skin with a multitude of locally crafted adornments that support area artisans. Owner Shelly Smith spotlights work exclusively by Tacoma-region artists and jewelers, including her own pieces, assembled using naturally occurring stones, shells, and macaroni noodles. Flashing its fulgent stripes, a glass-angel fish necklace ($30) floats serenely from a subtle silver cord, attracting attention from admiring onlookers and scheming cats. A rainbow moonstone ring ($35.69–$47.99) bolsters the allure of come-hither fingers, and Shelly’s hand-sewn lapis lauzi necklace ($40), composed of tiny polished stones, encircles necklines in natural brilliance. Extending eye-catching flair beyond bodily canvases, a blue-and-silver wine-bottle stopper ($15) turns a casual tipple into an elegant toast.
Sheltering feet and torsos since 1976, Work 'n More carries a colossal stockpile of boots, safety equipment, and work apparel from brands such as Carhartt, Georgia, and Wolverine. Deck out hardworking gams in comfy, functional Carhartt B73 dungarees ($44.85), with reinforced back pockets and both tool compartments and a hammer loop. The men's Georiga Giant Romeo ($64.95) encases phalanges in a full-grain leather and cushion insole. Dainty digits and profoundly confused genies breathe freely in the women's Georgia GR3118 ($64.95), a pink leather shoe with high-performance lining. Weed briar patches or challenge tool boxes to a duel with the Atlas fit rubber-knit gloves ($3.65), outfitted with a textured grip to keep your palm’s entourage in the finest fettle.
Behind Silver Moon Jeweler's stately black flared awning, delicate wood and glass display cases glitter with precious stones and sterling-silver jewelry for women and men. Baubles from more than 40 artists such as Boma, Holly Yashi, and Rosselini dapple bracelets with inlaid stones, lend spartan embellishments to stately men's rings, and crown women's rings with jewels such as onyx and blue topaz. Silver Moon Jewelers nestles every bauble in a sealed gift bag along with an anti-tarnish strip to ensure ornaments remain sparkling and free of smudges and ancient curses.
Since 1982, the licensed opticians at Kitsap Optical have been keeping their eyes on emerging technologies, helping ensure their customers can view the world with 20/20 clarity. After each exam, the staff assemble eyeglasses with prescription lenses that correct blurry vision and popular brand-name frames that suit the client's unique sense of style.