J. Bacher Fine Jewelry
J. Bacher Fine Jewelry is owned and operated by Joe Bacher. Mr. Bacher opened his store at 301 N. Commercial St., Harrisburg, Illinois in 2004 and has 35 years experience in jewelry sales, design, and repair. He is also a certified jeweler who has won numerous design awards and is a past president of the Illinois Jewelers Association. The Workforce and Illinois Small Business Development Center (WISBDC) assisted Mr. Bacher with the development of his original business plan. The WISBDC has continued to work with Mr. Bacher through the years by offering our services to him. In 2011, to meet the demands of a growing business, J. Bacher Fine Jewelry has added new lines of jewelry as well as new equipment to keep his facility on the cutting edge of technology. A new laser welder enables the jewelers to work around heat sensitive stones rather than remove the stone to work on the piece of jewelry. A diamond proportion analyzer allows the jeweler to ascertain the cut on diamonds more efficiently. Both of these machines save a considerable amount of time when working on jewelry pieces. The business also has a Facebook page and has a profile on LinkedIn, once again, keeping up with the latest trends in social media. Mr. Bacher’s daughter, Erin, is following in her father’s footsteps. Erin graduated in May of 2012 with an Associates of Science degree from Southeastern Illinois College and recently received her accredited jewelry professional diploma from the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California. Mr. Bacher states, “The Workforce and Illinois Small Business Development Center provides many services for small business owners and is a valued resource for our business as well as others in the area.” J. Bacher Fine Jewelry’s operating hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM – 5:30 PM and on Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. You may contact them at www.jbacher.com or by phone at 618-253-GEMS (4367). The Workforce & Illinois Small Business Development Center is designed to assist owners and managers of small businesses or anyone wanting to start a business. Many of the services of the Center are available at no charge. Call (618) 252-5001 to learn about upcoming events and training opportunities.