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Designer/gem-cutter leads new family-owned jewelry store in Old Colorado City

The recently renovated facade of the building at 2520 and 2520½ W. Colorado Ave. is shown. The Flynn family, under the name of Precision Portfolio Management Property, bought and renovated the commercial space, splitting it into two units and keeping the traditional "½" unit (left) for their By Design Gems business.
Courtesy of By DesignGems
By Design Gems is a recently opened jewelry store at 2520½ W. Colorado Ave.
       The family-run business is headed by owner/jewelry designer/gemcutter Matthew Flynn.
       He works with gemstones, fine jewelry and minerals, specializing in CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing). Services include custom-designing jewelry, gemstone-cutting, 3D printing; casting and jewelry repair.
       The business is open Tuesday to Sunday.
       The Flynn family purchased the property in October 2015, then embarked on a remodeling effort. An aspect of that was to split the 3,429-square-foot building into two separate units.
       “To stay true with history, By Design Gems kept the '½' address when the building was split,” a business press release states. “Bonnie, part owner, designed the showroom and worked with a talented crew to make it a reality. The family has really enjoyed being in the midst of Old Colorado City, where the people are friendly and local history is just around every corner.”
       The building had been owned since 2004 by Keith and Bernideen Canfield. They operated the Bernideen's tea and gift shop in OCC for 21 years in all - including leadership in promoting the historic district - before leaving the area in 2015. For some years before that, the business location had been well known as Rogers Bar.
       For more information on By Design, call 634-7973 or e-mail support@bydesigngems.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 3/28/17; Business: New)

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