An Arkansas jewelry destination thrives on its three-generation legacy. Baker’s Fine Jewelry in Bryant has built a reputation as the spot for bridal jewelry and custom creations.
“People come from all over the state to shop our bridal collection,” says Carla Baggett, daughter of founder Pat Baker. “We also have our own goldsmith in house, so someone can bring in their precious diamond ring heirloom from their grandmother, for example, modernize it and really make it their own.”
Pat established the business in 1981 in Warren, with her love of people and fine jewelry in mind. She believes she has always had the “most amazing” job she could have ever hoped for, helping people find the perfect piece of jewelry for the perfect occasion.
In February 2005, Pat made the decision to relocate to Bryant to expand the business with her daughter and granddaughter, Madeline Baggett Dunlap. “When I transitioned the store to Bryant I knew I wanted my daughter and granddaughter to be a part of it. Saline County is a growing county and I knew with my family living here it could only help get our name out in the community,” Pat says. “Warren is small and wasn’t growing in the direction I had envisioned. I also knew with a larger and younger population in Saline County with higher incomes, it would only help our business grow to the next level.”
Pat and Carla joined forces, becoming partners in the business, with Madeline being their next working hand as the third generation. The three-generation team has worked diligently over the last several years to reach their goals and achieve success. Pat organizes the books and maintains great involvement in the community. Carla is the bridal specialist with an expertise in custom designing, and Madeline does all the social media engagement that drives clientele to the business.
Twice a year, the trio travels across the United States to jewelry markets, which allows them to hand select the most updated and fashionable jewelry to bring back home to their clients.
During the challenges this year, the business has focused on not giving up, remaining positive and getting creative. “We have had to pull our heads together as a team and get creative with our approach to still reach people and bring people into our store,” Madeline says. “We have taken all precautions and regulations to ensure everyone’s safety by creating appointments, curbside pick-ups and over-the-phone transactions.”
Baker’s has built business on trust, integrity and customer service. They pride themselves on membership in the Bryant Rotary, Bryant and Benton chambers of commerce, Independent Jewelers Organization, Arkansas Jewelers, and the Bryant Rotary Kids Closet of Saline County.
By supporting local businesses, people support the entire community, Madeline points out. “We are supporting our community, our city employees, and fire and police department, which allows for a come-together in times that have been so tough. Remember, local small businesses are the ones that support kids’ baseball teams, dance teams and school events.”
Pat adds, “We are blessed and forever grateful for our loyal customers who have allowed us to service them for the past 39 years.”
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