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Photograph by: Darrell Snow Beeks’ Jewelers N Beeks’ Jewelers onie Ballard walked into Beeks’ Jewelers as a high school student looking for a we see multiple generations return as customers,” she says. “It’s exciting to participate in the special first job. Little did she know that more events in the lives of these people who are like our 1358 N. Pleasanburg Drive Greenville than 40 years later, she’d still be there, family.” 864.268.1250 helping customers with old-fashioned service at a Many come in for Beeks’ fabulous selections jewelry shop that makes people feel like they are a and repair services although many folks drop in Jewelry Store welcome guest. just to say hello and visit with Cooper, Ballard’s Ballard, a Greenville native, first fell in love with 1-year-old golden retriever. the business thanks to founder Charles Beeks, “Cooper has come to work with me every day who “tucked me under his wing and treated me since she was five weeks old,” Ballard says. Her like a daughter,” Ballard says. He opened the store love of animals has led her to give out free watch in 1950, and it moved to its location in the Lake batteries a couple of times a year in return for a Forest Shopping Center in 1979. donation to the Greenville Humane Society. A graduate gemologist, Ballard bought Beeks’ in 2000. “Customers become extended family, and 44 behind the counter | 2012