Waddington Jewelers opened February 1st, 2005. since then the store has grown tremendously. Ben & Jen Waddington spend most of their time running the store, with the help of part time staff, including Jodi Laubis & Betty Kahlenberg. The benefit is every time you come in, you will most likely be greeted by one of their friendly faces. They have added two beautiful children to their family. Mackenzie & Xavier are often up at work with mom & dad and love greeting customers. Waddington Jewelers is very committed to Bowling Green, Wood County and to it's Customers. They have received the "Small Business of the Year" Award from the Chamber of Commerce and have won "Best of" multiple years in a row. We put ourselves in each customer's shoes and treat them like we would want to be treated.
Jen Studied abroad for a year completing a Gemology course at the Gemological Orientation & Development Society of Pune, (India) in 1998. Upon returning she attended the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad California. She graduated as a Graduate Jeweler Gemologist in 2002. She also is certified in Advanced Stone Setting, Jewelry Design, Counter Sketching, Pearl & Bead Stringing, Graduate Diamonds, and Graduate Colored Stones.
After Graduation, Jen Moved back home to Akron, Ohio setting stones for a manufacturer of finished jewelry. She soon moved to Bowling Green working for a local jewelry store. During her two years of employment she gained on the job experience that helped give her the confidence to open Waddington Jewelers after the former owner retired in December 2004.
Jen does all repairs in shop and can be seen many nights burning the midnight oil late into the night. She has built such a great reputation in the community that there is almost always 100+ jobs waiting in her bin.
Ben Waddington is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. He Graduated with a BFA in digital art with an emphasis in 3-D animation. Currently he designs most of their advertisements and manages the business side as well as sales. Ben has obtained his AJP (Accredited Jewelry Professional) degree. He is very involved in the community. Currently he sits on 4 boards including The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and St. Aloysius School board. As his kids say, he talks to people all day.